One thing you may not have not checked into when buying your condo was rules around outdoor grilling. In tight living conditions, the last thing you want to do is burn down one of your neighbor’s houses.
If you’re new to outdoor electric grills, this may be the first time you’re looking into the options from Weber, a well known grilling brand. They currently have two models available: the Weber Q1400 and Q2400.
When you’re deciding between the Weber Q2400 vs Q1400 electric grills, most of the questions will be around how much you generally want to grill, how much space you have, and your budget. The core design of these electric grills is the same.
Where the Weber Q1400 vs Q2400 are the same
The Weber Q1400 and Q2400 are really sturdy 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 of the Weber electric grills have the same heating element that is 1560-watt/120 volt so you can plug it into a regular outdoor outlet. These grills also feature a dial-based infinite heat selector so you can choose the right temperature for the food you’re grilling. Not everything grills well on screaming hot.
It’s also important to note the Weber Q-series, including the Q1400 and Q2400 electric grills are made to be used outdoors only. They create smoke will cooking, which is a good thing to add to your foods’ flavor.
For any electric grill you buy, make sure you know if it designed for outdoors only, inside, or inside and outside usage. If it creates smoke while cooking, assume it’s not meant for indoor use.
Similarities between the Q1400 vs Q2400 models
|Color||Dark Grey||Dark Grey|
|Electric Heating Element||1560-watt||1560-watt|
|Cooking Grates||Porcelain-enameled cast-iron||Porcelain-enameled cast-iron|
|Lid and body||Cast Aluminum||Cast Aluminum|
|Electric Cord||6 foot grounded||6 foot grounded|
|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|
|Usage||Outdoors only||Outdoors only|
In the latest versions of the Q1400 and Q2400 (compared to the original releases), the grates are Porcelain-enameled cast-iron. Cast-iron grates are creates grill marks and hold heat really well. I measured over 550 degrees on the grates in one test. The original versions were a matte finish cast-iron that built up burned-on carbon and a little harder to clean. The new glossy finish is so much easier to clean.
HINT: If you have an older model of the Weber electric gill that’s still going strong (and they do last for years!), you may want to consider a grate upgrade if you still have the stainless steel or matte cast-iron grates. The newer porcelain-coated cast iron grates are easier to clean and give you grill marks like a flame-based grill. While I generally don’t compare electric to gas grills, because as a condo-dweller flame isn’t even an option.
Differences between the Weber Q1400 vs Q2400
The four main ways the Weber Q1400 vs Q2400 are different include: grilling space, size, weight, and price.
The grilling space is different between the Q2400 vs Q1400 with the Q2400 having about 90 square inches of cooking space. The Q1400 grate is about 17 inches long by 12-1/2 inches wide for a grilling area of 189 square inches. For the Q2400 it is 20 inches long by 14 inches wide for 280 square inches of grilling area.
Weber builds 3 sizes of grills within its Q-series with the Q1000s being the smallest, Q2000s in the middle, and Q3000s as the largest. There isn’t a Q3000 electric option.
Overall the Weber Q1400 vs Q2400 grill itself is smaller. The Q1400 is 20-1/2 inches long by 27 inches wide by 23-1/2 inches high. This grill weighs 29.50 lbs. The larger Q2400 is 25 inches long by 27 inches wide by 25 inches high and weighs about 40 lbs.
Differences between the Q1400 and Q2400 models
|Grate Size||17 inches long by 12-1/2 inches wide||20 inches long by 14 inches wide|
|Grilling Area||189 square inches||280 square inches|
|Grill Size (lid closed)||14.5 H x 27 W x 16.5 D||14.5 H x 31.5 W x 19.5 D|
|Grill Size (lid open)||20.5 H x 27 W x 23.5 D||26.0 H x 31.5 W x 25.1 D|
|Weight||29.5 lbs||40 lbs|
Aside from being slightly larger in dimensions, the cast-iron grates for the Q2400 are heavy and contribute to the 10 lbs difference between the two models.
Price-wise you’ll pay a little bit more for the larger Q2400 vs Q1400. Keep an eye out for deals as you never know what you’ll find.
Choosing between the Weber Electric Grills
When choosing between the two Weber electric grills, take a look at how much outdoor space you have and how much you generally want to grill. Both options are great as they have the same sturdy core construction.
For example, the Q2400 is great if you generally grill for a few people or like to grill a few things at the same time. Learn more about the larger grill option or check out the price and reviews of the smaller version.
What is most important to you when you’re choosing an electric grill that fits your HOA’s grilling guidelines?