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Weber Traveler Review — A Good Grill, But With a Cold Weather Warning!

I’m always looking for the best portable grill, something that delivers a quality cooking experience yet is compact enough to toss in the trunk at the drop of a hat. Is the Weber Traveler the perfect portable? That’s what we’re here to find out.

Mark Jenner
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Last Updated: February 15, 2024

A weber Traveler portable gas grill isolated on black, next to text describing this article is a review.

Here’s our comprehensive review of the Weber Traveler gas grill, their all-new portable grill, including unboxing, assembly, build quality, and a performance report.

Having used and tested this grill extensively, I’ve put it through its paces, exploring and assessing every feature to offer you my firsthand experience.

This grill stands out not just for its portability but for its ability to deliver quality meals, wherever my adventures take me.

I’d say, from its easy setup to its impressive cooking performance, the Weber Traveler is worth considering for any campers, RVers, or tailgaters.

So keep reading to discover how and why this grill could be the perfect companion for your next outdoor escapade.

Ratings and Final Verdict

Weber Traveler gas grill, unfolded and standing on a grass lawn.
8.9
Scores Out of 10
Performance and Versatility 8.0
Ease of Use 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Size and Portability 9.0
Temperature Control and Range 9.0
Cleaning and Maintenance 9.0
Value for Money 8.0

Our final verdict on the Weber Traveler is highly positive. Its compact design doesn’t skimp on grilling space, making it perfect for camping, RVing, or tailgating.

The grill’s ingeniously designed easy setup and fold-down feature, combined with its durable wheels, make it a breeze to transport and store. And the large grilling area and efficient heat distribution allow for a variety of foods to be cooked for a decent number of people.

However, while it boasts a powerful single burner and high-quality grates for excellent searing, the inability to create indirect heat zones due to the single burner design is a minor drawback.

Additionally, the grill’s performance can be affected in close to freezing weather and below without the right type of gas canister.

Despite these inconveniences, the Weber Traveler’s robust build quality, overall convenience, grilling capabilities, and practical features, such as the side shelf and tool hooks, make it an excellent choice for grillers on the move.

While it may not replace a full-sized grill, it certainly meets the needs of those seeking a high-quality, portable grilling experience.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality.
  • Ingenious cart design, opens/closes effortlessly with one hand, auto-locks lid when collapsed.
  • Easy to transport with large durable wheels.
  • Side table and tool hooks for convenience.
  • Plenty of searing power.
  • High quality cast iron grates.
  • Generously large cooking surface area.
  • Simple to clean, saving time after cooking.

Cons

  • Single burner is limiting as you cannot create different heat zones.
  • Slow to reach maximum temperature.
  • Cannot remove the grill from the cart, which you might sometimes wish to do.
  • Low lid height restricts cooking of tall items.
  • I suffered Webers own brand gas bottles freezing up and stop providing gas on cold days.

Who Should Buy This Product

It’s a good overall grill, but it’s no substitute for a full-size backyard barbecue. As the name implies, the Weber Traveler is meant for life on the road.

If you’re a frequent camper, RVer, or cottager, you’ll appreciate the mix of portability and power. It folds down flat enough to fit in most vehicles and trailers, you don’t have to figure out where to put it when you get where you’re going, and it provides a good quality barbecue experience.

The convenience doesn’t stop there; its built-in stand and wheels mean you can easily set it up without needing an extra table or surface. With a generous grilling area and plenty of searing power, it’s perfect for grilling small to medium-sized items like sausages, burgers, chicken pieces, steaks, chops, and vegetables.

You might also consider the Weber Traveler if you have minimal outdoor space, such as a condo patio or balcony, or if you live on a boat maybe. It has a small footprint, and you can clear it away when it’s not in use. Just be sure you’re allowed to cook with an open flame where you live before you pick one up.

However, the Weber Traveler might not be the best pick for those looking to undertake more ambitious grilling projects, such as roasting whole chickens, ribs, or large joints of beef. The low lid prevents large items from fitting on the grill. Secondly, its single burner design means it lacks the capability for indirect heat cooking, limiting its use to direct grilling only. This makes the grill less suitable for those who prefer the versatility to both grill, and smoke or roast their food.

Additionally, suppose you’re someone who grills in very cold conditions. In that case, you might find the Weber Traveler’s performance affected by the cold weather, as its gas canisters can freeze and impede gas flow.

So if you only wish to grill small items quickly, the Weber Traveler is great. But if you want to roast whole chickens, ribs, or large joints of beef while on the road, this isn’t the grill for you.

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
Weber Traveler isolated on white.

A compact grill, yet with a large grilling area, that can fold to fit inside the trunk of your car and be wheeled around on its own foldable scissor stand. Easy to set up and fold, with a heavy-duty frame and wheels and premium materials, this grill is also easy to use and built to last.

Our Ratings Explained

Based on the results of my many weeks of use, here are the ratings and explanations for my scoring of Weber Traveler across the specified factors:

Performance and Versatility

The Weber Traveler shines with its robust grilling performance, handling everything from sausages and burgers, to steaks and pork chops with ease, thanks to its low-to-high temperature range. And the large grilling area allows for cooking multiple items simultaneously.

However, its single burner limits the ability to create different heat zones and enjoy indirect heat cooking, and its low lid height prevents cooking larger items, affecting its versatility. Compared to other portable grills with multiple burners and higher lids, this is a slight drawback.

Score: 8/10.

Ease of Use

This grill scores high on ease of use, with its one-handed setup and fold, automatic lid lock, and easy-to-transport design. The ignition is reliable, and temperature control is straightforward, making it user-friendly.

The only minor issue is the limitation posed by its single burner, which slightly impacts the ease of managing different cooking temperatures simultaneously.

Score: 9/10.

Build Quality

Weber is known for its quality, and the Traveler is no exception. Its sturdy, compact design, combined with high-quality materials like porcelain-enameled cast iron grates, ensures durability and longevity. The unique folding mechanism and the overall construction quality are impressive.

Score: 10/10.

Size and Portability

The compact fold and large wheels make the Weber Traveler exceptionally portable, fitting easily in a car trunk and convenient to wheel around. Its design optimizes space without sacrificing grilling area. However, it’s slightly bulkier than the most compact portable grills on the market, which might be a consideration for those with very limited space.

Score: 9/10.

Temperature Control and Range

With a low-to-high temperature range, the Weber Traveler provides excellent control, allowing for a variety of cooking options from searing steaks to making pancakes. The built-in thermometer and adjustable knob offer precise control. The only caveat is the performance in cold weather, where the gas flow can be impeded, though this may be more an issue with gas canisters than the grill itself.

Score: 9/10.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Ease of cleaning is a strong point for the Weber Traveler. The grease management system, easy access to the drip pan, and porcelain-enameled surfaces make maintenance straightforward. The grill grates and drip pan are easy to clean, ensuring the grill remains in good condition with minimal effort.

Score: 9/10.

Value for Money

Considering its build quality, portability, and performance, the Weber Traveler offers good value for money. It’s priced higher than some portable grills but justifies this with superior design and functionality. The limitations in versatility and the additional cost for pure propane canisters in cold weather slightly affect its overall value for money score.

Score: 8/10.

General Overview and Core Features

Close up of Weber traveler BBQ with lid open, showing grates, burner, and side ta.

The Weber Traveler is a propane barbecue designed to be taken on travels. It operates on small, disposable 1 lb. gas canisters as a portable grill, though an adapter is available for 20-pound tanks.

Viewed as a travel grill, it’s straightforward yet efficient. The single burner delivers 13,000 BTU per hour, offering ample power to grill thick steaks and meet all your camping and RVing cooking requirements. While it can’t accommodate a whole chicken under the lid, its 320 square inches of cooking surface makes it versatile for chicken pieces, chops, burgers, sausages, vegetables, fish, and breakfast items.

The grill features an easy-to-use ignition button and an infinitely adjustable knob for precise heat control, both positioned safely away from the lid to prevent accidental burns.

Close up of Weber Traveler burner and igni.

The grill features a large side shelf for preparing, serving, and holding condiments and spices. There are also three hooks for your spatula, fork, and tongs, along with a built-in lid thermometer to monitor the cooking temperature.

The standout feature of the Weber Traveler gas barbecue is its exceptional cart and stand, which are designed for easy folding and unfolding. Demonstrations show the grill can be set up and packed away effortlessly, even in formal attire.

When ready to move, the stand collapses, allowing the grill to be transported on its large plastic wheels by pulling the handle, similar to moving a golf bag on wheels or a wheeled suitcase.

Weber Traveler gas grill folded f.

To set up, place the grill on the ground and unlock the red clip at the front. Stand on the red rectangle on the handle and lift from under the shelf until the stand fully opens and locks with a click. This process is straightforward and doesn’t require much strength or coordination.

For folding, first, detach the gas canister to enable folding, as the grill won’t collapse with the canister attached. Also, empty the drip tray to avoid spills.

Then, step on the red rectangle again, grab the red handle under the shelf, pull up and out, and release. The stand, equipped with a gas piston, folds down smoothly. The locking tab and grill lid are secured automatically. Now, you can easily roll the grill away.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Main Burners: 3.8 KW
  • Dimensions — Lid Closed: 94.5 CM H x 110.8 CM W x 58.4 CM D
  • Total Cooking Area: 2065 CM2
  • Weight: 28.141 KG
  • Stain less Steel Burners: 1
  • Fuel Type: Liquid Petroleum Gas
  • Durable All-Weather Wheels: 2
  • Tool Hooks: 3

Why Trust Me and This Review

Owning the Weber Traveler has allowed me to put it through its paces, comparing it directly with the extensive range of grills I’ve used since I started grilling in 2005. These decades of experience allows me to offer a review that’s not just based on a single use but on a deep understanding of how this product stacks up against others.

Like all others on this website since 2017, my approach to this review is thorough and honest. I’ve looked into what other experts have to say, sifted through customer feedback online, and checked out social media and forum threads for real user feedback to ensure a well-rounded view.

Importantly, my insights are unbiased—I have no financial stake in the Weber Traveler or any competing brands. This review is about sharing genuine, expert advice to help you make informed decisions.

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
Weber Traveler isolated on white.

A compact grill, yet with a large grilling area, that can fold to fit inside the trunk of your car and be wheeled around on its own foldable scissor stand. Easy to set up and fold, with a heavy-duty frame and wheels and premium materials, this grill is also easy to use and built to last.

Weber Traveler Performance Testing and Detailed Review

Six chicken pieces being grilled on a Weber Trave.

So what’s our assessment of the Weber Traveler in use? Read on to learn what I think after unboxing, assembly, a fair few cooks and a couple of camping trips over the past few months.

Unboxing and Assembly

Honestly, the anticipation of opening a new grill is almost as exciting as actually using it. Almost. Let’s get it open and see what we’ve got.

What’s Included

Inside the colorful Weber box, your Traveler grill is already nestled into the folding stand, and comes with the wheel assembly, drip pan with a liner, dual grill grates, and an instruction manual.

Ease of Assembly

The Weber Traveler comes almost assembled right out of the box. You simply have to attach the wheels, insert the grates, and slide the grease collection tray into it’s holder.

Weber also have the instructions on Biltapp, an android and iOS app with animated 3d instructions, 360 degree photos, parts lists and more, so you can simply follow along. Here’s a few example screenshots:

Basically, assembly is simple and foolproof.

First Impressions

weber traveler portable gas grill standing on a pa.

The Weber Traveler is clearly a travel grill, evident from its folding stand, aluminum build, and compact design, all indicating mobility. Plus, it’s named “Traveler.”

This grill prioritizes convenience, featuring durable wheels, an accessible grease tray, and tool hooks. The side shelf, often missing on larger grills, is also a welcome and helpful addition.

Aesthetically, the grill appeals with its light grey aluminum frame, charcoal shelf, and glossy black enamel finish. It’s the kind of grill that could draw attention and curiosity at a campsite.

Now, let’s get into the finer details.

Overall Build Quality

Buying a Weber grill sets an expectation for quality. Though the Weber Traveler portable gas grill is not the absolute best, it’s a very good, well-constructed, and smartly designed grill.

The stand’s design is exceptional, featuring a hydraulic-assisted hinge that allows for one-handed (and one-footed) opening without the risk of it slamming shut on your fingers.

The grill’s cookbox and lid are crafted from porcelain-enameled steel, offering sufficient durability and ease of cleaning. The drip pan is conveniently accessible from the front and is easy to clean or access to replace the foil liner with either Weber’s own or simply aluminum foil.

The stainless steel burner tube maintains Weber’s quality standards, showing no compromise despite the grill’s compact size.

Weber’s choice of porcelain-enameled cast iron for the cooking grate is commendable, providing top-notch durability and cooking performance. This choice stands out, especially when many portable grills opt for lesser materials.

Weber’s stance means no compromise on quality, even on the go—a commendable approach.

Portability

Portability in grills falls into two categories:

  1. Compact grills that require placement on a surface like the floor or a table.
  2. Grills that include a wheeled cart and built-in table for mobility and convenience.

The Weber Traveler belongs to the second category, offering more than just compactness by providing a stand and wheels for easy movement.

If your priority is a tiny, ultra-compact grill for minimal storage space, this grill might not match your needs. However, the Weber Traveler is designed for you if you’re after a grill that folds down flat, includes its own stand and prep area, and is easily movable.

Raising and Lowering / Folding up and Down

First of all, raising and lowering down the scissor cart could not be any easier, and it’s actually quite satisfying to see and do.

I think it’s best shown in the official Weber video:

As you can see, it is incredibly easy, a well-engineered, and well thought out solution to a folding cart and table. I love it.

Ease of Operation

We’ve already discussed the ease with which you can raise the grill from folded, getting it ready for action.

Next, connecting the gas bottle is a cinch. Once you have the grill raised, you simply screw your disposable gas bottle onto the regulator on the underside of the grill.

Close up of weber traveler with gas canister connec.

To light the grill, you simply turn on the gas at the regulator, turn on the burner control knob, and press the built-in igniter. It always lights with just one or two clicks.

Temperature Control and Accuracy

Close up of Weber Traveler lid thermometer and a Grilleye Max Thermometer disp.

Temperature control couldn’t be easier, with a single gas knob and a built in lid thermometer.

Simply light the grill and allow it to come up to a stable temperature. From lighting, in 74 °F / 23 °C ambient air temp, the grill took just 9 minutes to reach a 500 °F grilling temperature. In 50 °F / 10 °C ambient air temp, it took just 12 minutes.

When you want to bring the temp down, or wish to cook at less than maximum, simply dial the gas control knob down and wait for the displayed temperature on the lid thermometer to stabilize, which typically takes just 5 to 7 minutes.

The lid thermometer seems reasonably accurate. It read 500 °F when a meat thermometer probe read 535 °F at grate level. Lid thermometers are generally always higher in a gas grill, because the heat rises and gets caught in the lid, so it’s reasonably accurate.

Grilling Performance

The Weber Traveler comes up to grilling temperatures quickly, and the porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates hold heat well. When I cooked burgers, chicken, pork chops, and steaks, I was able to get decent grill marks and a nice Maillard crust.

I did find the outer edges on the left and right were slightly cooler than the middle section of the grill, but it’s not a big issue as the grill is so spacious. You could even say this is handy so you can move things around a bit to speed up or slow cooking.

So, in conclusion, it loses some points for having cold spots on the edges but otherwise performs really, very well.

Smoking Performance

It’s not a great grill for smoking on for two reasons.

Firstly, because it only has a single burner, you cannot create an indirect heat zone. So you can only really grill things with direct heat, you cannot slow roast on it. But like any gas grill, you can add a smoke tube or foil packet of wood chips to add a hint of smoke to anything you are grilling.

Sadly, I couldn’t get a smoker box to work. I tried placing it directly on the burner tubes, but it didn’t ignite because it smothers the tube below, killing the flame. It also doesn’t get hot enough when sitting on the grate to ignite the wood chips either.

But I have used a smoke tube, and a foil packet, with success, by placing them directly on the burner, as can be seen in my jerk chicken cook above.

Secondly, it only has 5 or 6 inches of space between the grate and the grill lid. So you are unable to get anything large in the grill anyway.

Photo showing how little space there is with the small Weber Traveler .
Here you can see my smoke tube is generating a healthy lick of smoke, but also just how little room there is under the lid.

So yes, it’s not got out and out smoking as a capability, such as to smoke ribs, or large roasting joints. But you can add a lick of smoke to anything you’re grilling if you desire.

Ease of Cleaning

Photo of the underside of a Weber Traveler grill, showing the drip tr.

There is an integrated drip tray at the unit’s base for grease collection. It’s easily accessible, simple to remove and replace, and can be washed with soapy water.

So to clean the Weber Traveler, all you need to do is allow it to cool slightly, then use a good grill brush on the grates before removing the grates and setting them aside. Then use the grill brush and some kitchen paper to scrape and wipe down anything on the inside down into the grease collection tray. Finally, empty out and then wash the drip tray.

Honestly, cleaning couldn’t be any easier.

Cold Weather Warning!

I used this grill once on a sunny but cold day, when the ambient air temperature was just 37 °F / 3 °C. It stopped working, and after some digging and thinking, I think I know why!

Weber’s own brand of 1 lb gas canisters — that they sell as compatible with this grill — is a mix of butane and propane. Butane has a boiling point of -2 °C, while propane has a boiling point of -42 °C.

Now, with the grill running at a high temp, the gas flows fast, and as liquid gas expands and leaves the canister, the canister cools. After a short amount of time, the canister began to freeze, taking it below -2 °C, and then the gas stopped flowing!

Photo of frozen gas canister under a Weber Traveler gas grill in .

I had to switch two or three times between different gas canisters to finish my cook…which was a right pain in the a**!

So in colder climates or conditions, you’ll need pure propane canisters, which perform better in low temperatures than butane or mixed canisters, or the Weber Adapter for a full-size gas bottle.

It’s frustrating that the Weber Traveler manual doesn’t mention this. Despite recommending “propane only” canisters on page 8, Weber sells a butane-propane mix on their website without offering a pure propane option.

So be warned! This grill will stop working in the cold if you use Weber’s recommended gas canisters. I had no such issues when the ambient air temperature was 60 °F / 15 °C or higher.

Others Reviews for the Weber Traveler

At the time of writing, these are the ratings given to the Weber Traveler from previous buyers at some of the largest online retailers:

  • Weber.com: 4.5/5 from 2,113 reviews.
  • HomeDepot: 4.5/5 from 1,226 reviews.
  • Lowes.com: 4.6/5 from 2,342 reviews.

The Weber Traveler review at OutdoorGearLab gives praise for its outstanding performance, transportability, and build quality. It’s recognized as a superior choice for anyone searching for a high-end portable gas grill, boasting a spacious cooking area and a porcelain-enameled cast iron grate that simplifies cooking for small gatherings.

They go on to say its high 13,000 BTUs, along with steady temperature management, supports effective meat searing and delicate vegetable grilling. They also highlight its luxury attributes, including strong wind resistance, straightforward cleaning, and reliable temperature regulation, making it perfect for both home and outdoor use.

Yet, the review points out some cons, such as the grill’s premium cost, its bulky stand-up design requiring more storage, and its heaviness.

Nonetheless, they go on to say it’s great for those ready to invest in a top-notch grilling experience, and the grill distinguishes itself in the portable grill market as a luxurious choice.

The AmazingRibs.com review awards the Weber Traveler grill the Best Value Gold Medal, celebrating its quality build, exceptional customer service, and its position as a reasonably priced, sizable portable gas grill packed with appealing features for on-the-go grillers.

The review underscores the grill’s efficient spatial design and its proficiency in cooking food uniformly, citing successful tests with wings and skirt steak that highlight its consistent and intense heat capability.

Notable attributes contributing to the favorable review include its porcelain-enameled steel body, a single stainless steel burner for uniform heat, and two porcelain-enameled cast iron grates that boost cooking efficiency. And the choice to omit a heat tent or diffuser in favor of solid cast iron grates is recognized as a strategic design decision, safeguarding the burner from grease while ensuring even cooking.

Overall, the Weber Traveler is endorsed for anyone needing a large portable grill for camping, tailgating, or weekend barbecues, with its quality and features warranting its price.

Weber Company Overview, Support, And Warranty

Starting as a small company making kettle grills in Chicago since 1952, Weber has grown into a multinational company, becoming perhaps the most recognizable name in home barbecue. Their current line-up includes gas, charcoal, wood pellet, and electric grills in various sizes, from tiny portables to massive outdoor ranges.

You can engage an AI chatbot at the Weber site or fill in a form describing the problem if you need support. You will have the option to include files or photos to supplement your form.

Weber provides a solid warranty on the Traveler: 5 years on the cookbox and lid, 3 years on the burner tube and cooking grates, 2 years on any plastic pieces, and 2 years on everything else. Over the years, Weber has proven to be reliable for good customer service and responding to issues.

They also maintain an extensive FAQ section and a library of how-to videos to help you along. Plus, there are many unofficial Weber Facebook groups you could join, where there’s always someone (or many someone’s) with words of wisdom to share.

Summarizing What We Learned

Weber Traveler with lid open, on a grass lawn, in front of a wooden fe.

So all in all, how do I feel about the Weber Traveler? What do I like, what do I not like, and am I happy to recommend it?

What We Like

The folding stand is a marvel of engineering. The weight of the grill becomes virtually irrelevant (it weighs over 60 pounds) because it’s so easy to set up and tear down, and you never have to worry about finding a table or other spot to set your grill. It also automatically locks the lid as the stand folds, and unlocks it as it opens.

I can’t say enough good things about having a workspace beside the grill and the tool hooks. Little touches like that make grilling on the go much more pleasurable.

There’s plenty of searing power, and the grates are high quality. That means you can cook food you actually want to eat, not just what’s doable on a portable grill. So pack those extra-thick steaks and lemon slices and herbs for when you reel in the big one. This grill does them justice.

What Could Be Improved

Having a single burner is a bit limiting since you can’t set up an indirect cooking zone. There’s enough space here, so it would have been nice to get dual burners for more flexibility.

There’s no way to remove the grill from the stand. I’m sure 99% of the time, that’s not a problem. But, it would be cool to have the option to detach it for true tailgating, motorcycle trips, or to plonk down on a picnic table without bringing the cart along.

On cold days, the Weber’s own brand 1 lb. tanks of mixed butane and propane result in an impeded flow of gas that seriously affects the maximum temperature you can achieve and has even stopped the grill from working. So on cold days, you need to splash out on pure propane canisters that cost more than double Weber’s own brand gas canisters. This makes the adaptor kit to hook up to larger propane tanks a necessity if you live in or use the grill in a cold region.

Do I Recommend the Weber Traveler?

I sure do! Weber has given us another fantastic portable grill in the Traveler, one that addresses many of the issues that plague other travel grills.

It’s ideally suited to making small meals and cooking, well, flat things. What it won’t do is let you roast anything or handle large cuts because the single burner doesn’t allow for indirect heat grilling.

The stand is awesome, and yeah, it folds down flat to fit in your trunk or trailer. But, it still takes up way more room than most other portable grills. Before you grab one, be sure you’ve got somewhere to pack it when you’re on the road.

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
Weber Traveler isolated on white.

A compact grill, yet with a large grilling area, that can fold to fit inside the trunk of your car and be wheeled around on its own foldable scissor stand. Easy to set up and fold, with a heavy-duty frame and wheels and premium materials, this grill is also easy to use and built to last.

Alternatives Products to Consider

The most prominent feature of the Weber Traveler is the scissor stand. And there are a couple of similar options from alternative brands you should consider before dropping your money.

Napoleon TravelQ PRO285

napoleon pro 285 from the front, sitting on a stainless steel table.

First of all, the Napoleon does not come with a wheeled stand as standard, but there is one available as an accessory.

The build quality and durability of the Napoleon TravelQ PRO285 are enhanced by its aluminum construction, which is more scratch- and wear-resistant than the Weber.

In terms of grilling performance, the Napoleon TravelQ PRO285 excels with its ability to grill up to 20 hamburgers at once on its 285 square inches of cooking area. This capacity is slightly less than the Weber’s, but the Napoleon compensates with its high-topped lid, allowing for the grilling of whole chickens, turkeys, and even prime rib, expanding its versatility beyond that of the Weber Traveler.

Additional features of the Napoleon, such as the iconic WAVE™ cooking grids for distinctive sear marks and the ability to perform indirect heat cooking, further distinguish it from the Weber Traveler.

The Napoleon TravelQ PRO285 is typically less expensive than the Weber Traveler, offering a more affordable option without compromising on quality or performance. However, they are more on par if you consider buying a table or cart for the Napoleon, whereas the Weber already has one.

I have the version without a scissor stand, and can tell you that I absolutely love this grill. Check out my full review of the Napoleon TravelQ PRO285 for more details.

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill, Gas Grill with 3 Adjustable Burners & Instastart Push-Button Ignition; Great for Camping, Tailgating, BBQ, Parties, Backyard, Patio & More

In terms of grilling performance, the RoadTrip 285 boasts three adjustable burners, allowing for dual heat zones and more precise temperature control. The roadtrip also has a higher lid, meaning you can fit larger foods under it, so can slow roast or smoke larger cuts.

This is a significant advantage over the Weber Traveler, which, despite its low-to-high temperature range, doesn’t offer the same level of adjustability with its single burner setup. This makes the Coleman grill more versatile for cooking a wider variety of foods to perfection.

Its combination of quick-fold legs, wheels, and ease of cleaning is comparable for both, with their respective designs focusing on convenience.

Price-wise, the Weber Traveler is positioned at a higher price point compared to the Coleman RoadTrip 285. This makes the Coleman grill a more cost-effective option, providing great value without compromising on quality or performance.

In summary, the Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill offers a compelling alternative to the Weber Traveler, especially for those prioritizing a more versatile grilling performance.

Final Thoughts

There’s no question that not a single portable grill on the market can compare to the “wow factor” of the Weber Traveler folding itself down and locking in place for travel. It’s more than just a gimmick, though — I think it revolutionizes portable grilling in terms of convenience, if not the actual cooking itself.

It isn’t cheap, but it’s a fantastic investment for weekend warriors on the road.

What do you think? Is the Weber Traveler for you? If you’re still not sure, check out our other reviews of gas and charcoal portable grills to make some comparisons. The perfect travel barbecue for you is out there!

Thanks, as always, for reading and choosing us to help you pick your next grill.

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Written By: Mark Jenner

I'm a BBQ fanatic and have been barbecuing and grilling since 2005. I founded FoodFireFriends in 2017 and have extensively written for the site since.

I love cooking outdoors over live fire and smoke whatever the weather, and I currently own over 30 grills and smokers of all varieties that I frequently cook on to produce epic food.

My goal with this site is to help as many people as possible enjoy and be good at doing the same.

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9 Comments

  1. Avatar for Alan Gordon Alan Gordon says:

    a well put together review thanks

  2. We just purchased the Weber Travelor and used it at once. I love it! Perfect travel grill! Thank you for your review, very well done!

  3. Avatar for giuseppe cortese giuseppe cortese says:

    Hi, I am in the market for a new grill, maybe even a good used Weber but I am very frugal and just find Weber to be overpriced, especially here in Quebec Canada with the 15% sales tax. I am torn between a good size portable and small stand alone since my space is limited. I like the idea of being able to store the Traveler inside for the winter, keeping it out of the winter elements but I just don’t like that the price just doesn’t stop at the product itself. you gotta get the adapter hose for the bigger tank, it doesn’t come with the 20lb tank holder that hooks up to the scissor legs and holds the tank in place, all extras adding on to an already expensive product. Even on sale at 400cdn tax I find it too much money for a 1 burner. I did however find an add on a used marketplace for a 1 year old Weber Genesis ii E310 asking price 500.00 cdn. Having seen identical used units where the asking price is significantly higher, this looks like a good deal to me. Do you think it would be the better choice even with not having a warranty cause I am buying used ? I only do simple grilling, no smoking and all that stuff. would appreciate some advice on this.

    1. Avatar for Mark Jenner Mark Jenner says:

      Hi Giuseppe,

      In my opinion, when it comes to Weber you are (in part) paying the extra premium for the longer warranty periods than you get with cheaper grills. Weber grills are made from quality materials so they cost more, and they stand behind their products with a longer than standard warranty for most parts, which commands their higher prices. Check out heir warranty periods here: Weber warranty details for Canada.

      I cannot say if a 1 year old Weber Genesis ii E310 for 500.00 cdn is a good deal, because I’m currently in the UK where we would expect to pay way more than that! It is a good grill for basic grilling, but without research and comparison to marketplace prices in Canada, I don’t know if it represents good value I’m afraid. I own a ton of Weber equipment though, and none have failed me yet, with some of it years old. I guess it depends on the condition of the grill, what a lack of warranty should remove from that, and general market places for such second and grills in Canada.

      Sorry I can’t be much more help.

  4. Thanks for the insights. We RV and grill out a lot…and after reading your review I am heading out to pick one up.

  5. The $399 price tag is a no go for me. Ollies has the Coleman Roadtrip Xcursion for $79! I will be buying it soon if it’s not already sold out.

  6. I just bought the Weber traveler, did my 1st start and put lid down waited 25 min grill never got past 450 , waited 1 hr did it again still not 500 using 20 lb tank universal 1/4 in hose with 350 psig max . When I grilled it warmed up for 50 min. still didn’t reach 500 . I don’t know if the hose is to small (350 psig) is the problem or do I need to return the grill. The flames coming out of the burner are just barely visible 1/16 .Can you give me your thoughts about this. Thanks

  7. I recently made a comment about the traveler grill not reaching 500 degrees and asked for your advice, I got to looking into it more and found out that the temperature control is different than my silver series grill and that fixed my issue. I don’t understand why the control would not be the same but anyway the traveler works as it should. Thanks

    1. Mark Jenner says:

      Hi, Mark. Glad you got it sorted!