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While the sun may be sporadically shining at the moment, before we know it we'll be digging out those cooling fans and swapping dinners around the kitchen table for al fresco dining.
If you're BBQ has seen better days and you're searching for a new one on a budget, there are some great high street options out there that won't break the bank, from Aldi's hugely popular £399.99 Kamado Ceramic Egg BBQ to John Lewis' affordable own branded range.
There are six BBQs in the John Lewis & Partners collection in total, which range from hybrid gas and charcoal designs under £1,000, to three very affordable charcoal BBQs all under £300, the most highly rated of which is the mid-range £279 BBQ.
Why we rate it
The 3-Burner Gas BBQ can cook food for up to six people, which is ideal for families and small summer gatherings.
Having launched in 2021, it has been a popular choice with customers who have had to wait for the affordable BBQ to be restocked, many saying it's "well worth the wait", praising its sturdy build, quick heating and easy assembly (customers say it takes on average between 30 minutes to an hour).
The BBQ comes with all the bells and whistles you need, from an in-built lid thermometer to help you to keep an eye on the cooking temperature, to a warming rack and side shelves to keep crockery and utensils to hand.
It also features porcelain-coated cast iron grills and a removable cut-out grill for easy cleaning, plus wheels to manoeuvre it around your outdoor space.
John Lewis recommend using a cover to protect the BBQ all year around, and luckily the brand has created a custom cover just for the BBQ, which is waterproof, strong and features taped seams for better protection – and only £30.
What the reviews say
The John Lewis & Partners 3 Burner Gas BBQ is already selling fast as many are keen to get their garden space summer-ready. Praising its great value for money and numerous nifty functions, reviews confirm it's a great budget-friendly option this year.
"I had been waiting for a while to buy this BBQ, when it arrived I was not disappointed with the build quality, I found it easy to assemble and it functions very well for the price."
"I've been waiting a while for this BBQ and it was well worth the wait! Easy to assemble, very sturdy, cooks brilliantly and looks amazing! Great value for money! I'm glad I invested in the John Lewis 3 Burner cover too! Highly recommend both BBQ and cover! A must buy!"
"Boy! It is so hot, much better than my old one. I love the circular grill in the middle; useful for pans as I use my BBQ all year round like an indoor cooker. Love how easy to remove the warming shelf if needed... and the price is superb for what you get."
"It is the perfect size for four people for a mixed grill, steak, sausages, burgers, chops etc, and would be fine for 6-8 people for sausages, fish skewers and burgers. Just wish we had bought it sooner."