Napoleon TravelQ TQ285 Portable Gas Grill Review

The Pros and Cons

Napoleon TravelQ TQ285
Napoleon TravelQ TQ285. Napoleon Grills

The Bottom Line

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Lightweight and very compact this 20-pound TravelQ can be carried with one hand yet have plenty of grilling space on heavy cast iron cooking grates. In most ways, this is comparable with similar portables including heat output and capacity. One advantage this little grill has over many similar sized grills is the twin burner design allowing for greater versatility in cooking.

While not inexpensive, this is a well-built portable that will work well at the park or on the beach.

Pros

  • Lightweight portable gas grill that can be carried with one hand
  • Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates good for transferring heat
  • Compact design
  • Two independent burners

Cons

  • Stamped steel body
  • More expensive than many comparable sized portables

Description

  • Two 6,000 BTU stainless steel burners
  • 285 square inch porcelain coated cast iron cooking area
  • 12,000 BTU maximum output
  • 20-pound total weight
  • Enameled stamped steel construction with plastic handles
  • Hood-mounted temperature gauge
  • On knob piezoelectric ignition
  • Folding legs and locking lid for easy carry
  • Used standard 1-pound disposable propane bottles
  • Made in North America 

 

Expert Review - Napoleon TravelQ TQ285

The TravelQ is Napoleon's answer to Weber's Q line of portable grills. The biggest feature that this little gas grill offers over Weber's is that it is lighter in weight and easier to transport.

The TravelQ weighs in at 20 pounds and with the folding legs and locking lid, it can be easily carried away with one hand.

The other notable feature is the two-burner design. This allows food to be kept warm on one side while still grilling hot on the other. Of course, this grill doesn't have the heat or performance of a full-sized grill, but that is generally the cost of going portable.

Most portables of this size have a single burner, reducing the cooking versatility.

Aside from these features, there are some sacrifices that come with this grill. The body is stamped steel so it quickly gets hot on the outside surface and there is limited heat retention. This body is somewhat fragile and prone to being dented. The handles and knobs are lightweight plastic which cheapens the look and feel of the unit. All in all, this is a good portable, and if taken care of, should last for several years.

There is an optional folding stand for this grill which is a very nice design. Not only does it have wheels for easy transport, but a kickstand that lets it stand upright. There are also side tables with this stand for some extra workspace.