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Why John Lewis' 'excellent value' gas BBQ is worth upgrading to

Get ready for summer with the one and only cooking essential – a BBQ. (Getty Images)

While the sun may be sporadically shining at the moment, before we know it we'll be digging out the BBQ, pouring the Pimms and dining al fresco.

If your 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 £24.99 Charcoal Kettle BBQ to John Lewis' affordable own branded range.

There are seven BBQs in the John Lewis & Partners collection in total, ranging from hybrid gas and charcoal designs under £1,000, to three very affordable charcoal BBQs all under £500, the most highly rated of which is the mid-range £319 BBQ – bound to be a sell-out success.

The 3-Burner Gas BBQ can cook food for up to six people, which is ideal for families and small summer gatherings.

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.

The budget-friendly BBQ is perfect for smoking meat and fish, and charring vegetables.
The budget-friendly BBQ is perfect for smoking meat and fish, and charring vegetables.

£319 at John Lewis Browse John Lewis's BBQ range

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. You can even light each burner individually with no batteries needed.

John Lewis recommends 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 costs £39.

While it's new, the reviews left so far are full five-star ratings. One shopper said "Having researched what is available in BBQs this John Lewis 3-burner gas BBQ is excellent value, very solid and really well made. So pleased with it."

It's sure to be a hit among summer shoppers and BBQ lovers, so if you're in the market for a new one, snap it up now before it sells out.

Shop now: John Lewis & Partners 3 Burner Gas BBQ | £319 from John Lewis & Partners

£319 at John Lewis

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