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Weber Q3100 Family Q Vs Q3200 Family Q Premium

We compare Weber’s Family Q BBQs to help you make the right choice for your home.

The Weber Q3100 and Q3200 are both BBQs in the very popular Family Q line of gas grills from Weber.

They share a lot of similarities, but there are some important differences you’ll want to consider before making your decision.

In this article, we’ll cover the important differences between these two models so you can make your selection with confidence.

Key Takeaways

These two models are very similar, both with two stainless steel burners that deliver the same heat output.

They both also have enamelled cast iron grills and a cooking area measuring 2400cm².

The key differences between the Weber Q3100 (standard) and Q3200 (premium) are as follows:

  • The Q3100 uses a push-button piezo igniter, while the Q3200 is equipped with a premium electronic ignition.
  • The Q3200 has a built-in lid thermometer.
  • The Q3200 has a slightly higher dome.
  • Both models are available in titanium or black, while the Premium model also comes in red.
  • The Q3200 has traditionally been harder to find, as it was only sold through Weber Specialist Dealers and Weber Stores. However, you can now purchase the premium model online from Weber’s Amazon store.
Weber Family Q Q3100 LP BBQ | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Family Q (Q3100)
Weber Family Q Premium Q3200 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Family Q Premium (Q3200)

Key similarities

Number of burners

Both of the Weber Q BBQs have 2 stainless steel burners which deliver a heat output of 21,700 BTU (22.9 MJ).

They both also have a cooking area measuring 2400cm2.

Enamelled cast iron grills

The Family Q BBQ and Family Q Premium BBQ have a lot in common, but one of the most important things they have in common is their enamelled cast iron grills.

This makes it possible for these grills to provide an even heat distribution and make them easier to clean.

This is important because it means you can get consistent results every time you cook on your grill.

Heavy-Duty Cart

The Family Q series BBQs come with a heavy-duty cart, which serves as storage space and features side tables for extra preparation area. The side tables fold down for easy transport.

The open design of the cart means you can put the gas tank there so it is out of the way while connected to your barbecue.

Removable Catch Pan

All Weber Q models have a removable catch tray, into which grease is directed during the cooking process. This feature makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Key differences

Ignition

The Q3100 uses a push-button piezo igniter, while the Q3200 is equipped with an electronic ignition, also known as a spark generator.

Because they use no outside power source, piezo starters are a popular option in gas appliances.

Electronic ignition systems generate a spark by applying the voltage from a battery and are the ignition found on most premium grills.

While an electronic ignition is generally considered to be more reliable, it does come with the downside that the battery needs to be replaced periodically (1 x AAA battery).

Thermometer

One of the most noticeable differences between the Weber Family Q Premium and the standard model is that a built-in lid thermometer allows you to monitor cooking temperatures while you roast or grill.

This is probably the biggest factor that sways people to opt for the Q3200 over the Q3100.

Size

These two BBQs are fairly similar in overall size and they both have a 2400cm² cooking area.

However, the Q3200 has a slightly higher dome, with a cooking height of 20 cm, compared with 18 cm on the Q3100.

Colours

The Weber Family Q is available in Titanium or Black, while the Premium model also comes with the option of a red colourway.

Availability

Weber’s Family Q is sold through national retailers and can be purchased online from places like Amazon and The Good Guys.

Until recently, people have found it a bit more difficult to get their hands on the Q3200 model, as it was only sold through Weber Specialist Dealers and Weber Stores.

However, you can now purchase the premium model online from Weber’s Amazon store.

Comparison table

BBQWeber Family Q (Q3100)Weber Family Q Premium (Q3200)
BBQ cartYesYes
GrillsEnamelled Cast IronEnamelled Cast Iron
Removable catch panYesYes
Push button ignitionYesYes
Ignition typePush-button piezo igniterElectronic igniter
Stainless steel burner tubesYesYes
Number of burners22
Burner power22.9 MJ (21,700 BTU)22.9 MJ (21,700 BTU)
Cooking area2400 cm²2400 cm²
Lid ThermometerNoYes
Side tables22
Hooks33
Wheels22
Size (open)141 cm H x 140 cm W x 74 cm D141cm H x 127.6cm W x 76.2cm D
Size (closed)109 cm H x 140 cm W x 74 cm D110.5cm H x 127.6cm W x 53.4cm D
Cooking height18 cm20 cm
ColoursTitanium, BlackTitanium, Black, Red
Weber Family Q Q3100 LP BBQ | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Family Q (Q3100)
Weber Family Q Premium Q3200 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
Weber Family Q Premium (Q3200)

Making your selection

There’s a reason the Weber Q Family BBQs are some of the most popular in the country.

Both grills have all of the features that make the Weber Q range so popular: they’re easy to use and reliable, deliver consistent cooking temperatures, and feature high-quality components.

In terms of choosing between the Q3100 and Q3200, there are only a few things that are likely to sway you one way or the other.

The biggest difference that will sway most people is the built-in lid thermometer. It’s not essential, but for the lid-down cooking style that Webers are designed for, it’s very convenient.

Visit Weber’s Amazon Store.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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