Although some people like to pretend that autumn is the best season, deep down everybody knows that the long, lazy, sunny days of summer are miles better.
One of the main reasons for that is that summer is the perfect time for barbecuing. But when you've got hungry mouths to feed, you need a barbie that will do justice to all those sausages and burgers, so we've taken a look at the best barbecues currently available, whatever your budget.
So grab your tongs, text your friends and let's get cooking.
This traditional charcoal barbecue may not have all the bells and whistles of some more modern versions but, by keeping things simple, it still ticks all the boxes.
Featuring anti-scalding handles, this generously-sized BBQ is foldable, portable and ideal for those who like to take their barbie with them when they go camping. Easy to store without taking up valuable space in the shed and made from stainless steel so it will last for years, at less than £40, this is a steal at twice the price. Order one here.
If it's a reasonably priced, lightweight, family-sized gas barbecue you're after, look no further.
Packed with handy features including a side burner for preparing side dishes and sauces, a side shelf with six utensil hooks which also folds away when not in use, two wheels for portability, flame tamers to prevent flare-ups and some of the most satisfyingly chunky controls around, this barbecue is one of the most popular on the market and it's easy to see why. Pick one up here.
Boasting a cooking area in excess of 1,500 cm², a built-in lid thermometer, rust-resistant ash catcher, two durable all-weather wheels and integrated tool hooks to ensure your barbecue tools are always within reach, there's a reason this charcoal BBQ is commonly referred to as the 'original barbecue icon'.
With its sturdy and eye-catching design, the Weber is perfect for feeding a garden full of hungry pals or a quiet al fresco family meal. Purchase one here.
With an eye-catching dark green finish and unique shape, the Large Big Green Egg looks exactly like you'd hope and is a guaranteed conversation-starter even before you start cooking on it.
More than just a barbecue, the waterproof Egg is large enough to cook six chickens or eight steaks at once. Equally as comfortable baking bread or cooking pizza as it is barbecuing brisket or ribs, it reaches heats of 300℃ in just 20 minutes and gets 80+ hours of cooking from one bag of charcoal.
The most expensive BBQ on our list, if you decide to invest, you can rest assured that it's money well spent. Check it out here.
With the food sorted, now all you need are a few places to sit and something to eat off. How about...
This set of four all-weather reclining chairs and glass-topped table is the perfect combination of style and practicality that will enhance any garden. Taylor-made for barbecue season.
Featuring a headrest and water-proof cushion for those who enjoy a siesta in the sun, this sleek and classy sunlounger is easily maneuverable and dangerously comfortable.
If it's a table without chairs you're after, this sturdy wooden offering from Ikea could be just what you need. As well as looking fantastic, its two folding drop-leaves allow it to be adjusted to three different sizes, making it ideal for unexpected visitors.
Sales of hot tubs went through the roof during the first lockdown and it's a trend that shows no sign of stopping. There are plenty to choose from but we like this one best - it's big enough for six adults, comes with filters, a pump and an insulating ground sheet and, best of all, has a whopping 130 jets that ensure bubbles aplenty. Whether or not you should eat in it is another matter...
At Leeds Credit Union, one of our tailored loans can help you get summer-ready whatever your plans. With loans available from £250 to £20,000 and rates starting at just 3.9% APR, you can find out more or make an application here.
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