If your condo association has rules prohibiting open flame grills such as propane and charcoal, an outdoor electric grill may be an option for you and your HOA to consider.
Weber started selling outdoor electric grills more than 10 years ago with the release of the Q140. The grill was updated a few times over the years and as of 2014 now sells under the model name Q1400.
If you have an earlier model Weber electric grill and wondering about the differences between the Weber Q140 vs Q1400, here’s a quick review of the options.
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In 2014 Weber restyled and released new versions of both its electric grills under the names Q1400 and Q2400. Overall most of the differences between the two grill versions are cosmetic as the core of the Q1400 and Q140 grills are identical. The color change from a light grey to dark grey along with a few other exterior design changes including the lid handle.
The most important differences between the two versions of the smaller electric grill are:
- cooking grates,
- grill carts compatibility, and
- an added safety feature on the power cord in the Q1400
Where the Weber Q140 vs Q1400 are the same
The Weber Q140 and Q1400 are really sturdy outdoor electric grills, built with cast aluminum lids and glass-reinforced nylon frames. Compared to their gas and charcoal cousins, the electric offering also has an added an aluminum heat-retention liner in the lid and base.
Both versions of this smaller Weber electric grill have the same heating element that is 1560-watt/120 volt so you can plug it into a regular outdoor outlet. The cooking temperature is controlled by a dial-based infinite heat selector. You can choose the right temperature for the food you’re grilling as not everything grills well on screaming hot.
Both the older and new models of the grill are intended for outside use only as they create smoke while cooking.
Similarities between the Q140 vs Q1400 models
|Electric Heating Element||1560-watt||1560-watt|
|Lid and body||Cast Aluminum||Cast Aluminum|
|Frame||Glass-reinforced nylon||Glass-reinforced nylon|
|Added Heat Retention||Aluminum liner in lid and base||Aluminum liner in lid and base|
|Electric Outlet Required||Standard 120-volt outlet||Standard 120-volt outlet|
|Grate Size||17 inches long by 12-1/2 inches wide||17 inches long by 12-1/2 inches wide|
|Grilling Area||189 square inches||189 square inches|
|Grill Size (lid closed)||14.5 H x 27 W x 16.5 D||14.5 H x 27 W x 16.5 D|
|Grill Size (lid open)||20.5 H x 27 W x 23.5 D||20.5 H x 27 W x 23.5 D|
|Usage||Outdoors only||Outdoors only|
How the Weber Q140 vs Q1400 are different
The four main ways the Weber Q140 vs Q1400 are different include: grates, lid color, power cord, grill cart compatiblity.
In addition to changing the name, there were a few cosmetic design changes as Weber refreshed their electric grills. The lid changed color, the handle was streamlined, and carry handles changed shape a little.
The grates in the Q1400 are porcelain-enameled cast-iron and the original Q140 were made of stainless steel. This is a great upgrade for the grill because they result in better grill marks and hold heat really well. Any and all tweaks to help improve heat performance are important for an electric grill.
The Q1400 power cord also includes a GFCI to help improve safety. One additional noticeable difference is the power cord between the older and newer model, is the newer power cord also has a ground-fault device on it. These types of devices prevent electric shocks.
It’s also important to note the Q140 and Q1400 have different grilling carts that are not cross-compatible. The version that was used with the Q140 has also been discontinued. You may still be able to find the older model if you search the web, but given the years since 2014, availability will be limited.
Differences between the Q140 and Q1400 models
|Lid Color||Titanium (lighter grey)/Dark Grey*||Dark Grey|
|Cooking Grates||Stainless Steel*||Porcelain-enameled cast-iron|
|Electric Cord||6 Foot Grounded||6 Foot Grounded with GFI|
|Grill Cart||Weber Q100/200 Series Rolling Cart (discontinued)||Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart|
|Status||Discontinued||Available for purchase|
* The original Q140 lid was a light grey/Titanium color. It was updated to a dark grey lid and given a matte cast-iron grate. for a while prior to the 2014 Q1400 restyling release.
There was an increase in the price for the Q140 vs Q1400.
HINT: If you have an older Q140 Weber electric gill that’s still working well (and they do last for years even when left outside), you may want to consider updating the grate. The new grates fit both the current and previous models. If you are using a stainless steel or matte cast-iron grate, check out the newer porcelain-coated cast-iron grate. The cast-iron holds the heat much better than the stainless steel version, and its smooth finish is much easier are easier to clean. Make sure double-check listing to ensure you’re buying the right sized-version.
A quick summary of model differences
In 2014 Weber released an updated version of its small outdoor electric grill. The Q1400 continues to be based on the sturdy core design of Weber’s products with a few updates including the name. The new cast-iron grate was a welcomed enhancement that improves the grills heat and cooking performance.
If you have an existing Q140 and aren’t ready to upgrade just check, consider checking out a replacement grate as most of the changes were cosmetic.