Long summer evenings aren’t complete without dinner cooked on a BBQ. And if Kiwi consumers are to be believed, that BBQ should be a Masport, the winner of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers | BBQs Award 2022.
Once summer rolls around, most of us seem to forget that our homes have kitchens. Who needs an oven or a stove when you have the Swiss Army Knife of cooking appliances right there on the deck?
For while in the past BBQ cuisine was limited to steak and sausages, thanks to increasingly feature-rich modern models, it’s easier than ever to get creative and grill, sizzle and sauté a smorgasbord of haute BBQ cuisine!
So if you intend on being grill master this summer, which BBQ is going to give you the best chance to impress? To find out, we asked everyday Kiwis who had purchased a BBQ in the last three years, to find out how they feel about their purchases.
Masport: New Zealand’s Favourite BBQs
To find out which BBQ is the favourite choice of Kiwi grillers, we surveyed 428 individuals and asked them to evaluate their BBQs across the following categories:
Value for Money
Ease of Cleaning
And they make it clear, Masport is the way to go, as the winner of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers | Barbecues Award.
From its humble beginnings right here in New Zealand, Masport has grown into a titan of outdoor equipment, renowned for quality products that produce the best results. It’s a reputation reflected in the brand’s consumer ratings in this year’s award. For, incredibly, Masport scores 5 Stars in every category measured!
That means Kiwis feel Masport ticks all the boxes, from the performance of its wide range of BBQs, to their value for money.
What’s on offer from Masport?
Masport’s BBQs come in a range of options to meet the needs of every home and budget. From basic models perfect for sizzling sausages and steak, to feature-rich ones that deliver a true outdoor kitchen experience, Masport has you covered.
This is a budget-friendly option that’s great for those tight on space. The Weekender 2 offers a compact form with two stainless steel burners and a roasting rack, while the Weekender 4 offers four stainless steel burners and is sat on a two-door cabinet for added storage.
Twin grill Classic (from $749*)
This is an excellent portable grill that includes a high dome cooking hood that can fit a whole roast, two burners with integrated flame tamer to prevent flare-ups, dishwasher-safe grills, and a rear-facing vent for safety, comfort and less cleaning. It also comes with a 7-year warranty and because it’s constructed of die-cast aluminium – not just stamped-out steel – the firebox and hood are built to last and will never rust.
You can even add a stand/cart for added comfort/versatility.
Maestro (from $1049*)
A premium offering, the Maestro comes in a range of unique colours, including mint and blue, or you can stick to the more traditional stainless steel and black.
Features include four stainless steel burners, a temperature gauge for controlled cooking, a side burner and infrared rear burner and even an integrated bottle opener!
Super Grande (from $1999*)
A premium offering built with solid stainless steel, the Super Grande can cook everything and anything. Just some of the perks include six premium 304 stainless steel burners with stainless steel flame tamers, an integrated smoker, a wok burner and infrared rear burner, kebab racks and a rotisserie kit, and a glass viewing window with under-hood lighting for clear viewing without the need to lift the hood.
Ambassador Kitchen (from $8599*)
This baby has everything, including the kitchen sink! The Ambassador Kitchen not only includes a premium BBQ with plenty of burners, a rotisserie kit, wok burner and more, but a sink, fridge, draws, and a heap of bench space, too. You can also add extra draws and accessories if needed.
New Zealand’s favourite BBQs
Here are New Zealand’s favourite BBQ brands, based on our survey results:
While Masport stands out on top, both Weber and Gasmate earn excellent 4-Star ratings for Overall Satisfaction, including further 4-Star ratings in nearly all other categories measured. The budget-friendly Bunnings-exclusive brand Jumbuck scores excellently for Value for Money (5 Stars) but only 2 Stars for Extra Features and 3 Stars in all other categories.
Masport began its story in 1910, here in New Zealand. As a family business dedicated to quality and superior performance, it has grown into a household name both here and across the ditch. Today Masport specialises in a range of outdoor equipment, such as lawnmowers, log splitters, patio heaters and, of course, BBQs. It exports to over 40 countries worldwide.
In this year’s survey, it stands above the rest, earning a clean sweep of 5-Star results, taking home our Most Satisfied Customers | BBQs award.
Iconic US brand Weber introduced the modern BBQ to the market, with its barbecue kettle in 1952. It’s since gone on to become a leader in the market and now operates all over the world.
Weber offers a huge range of BBQs and accessories. Some of its most popular models are its Weber Q Range and its charcoal kettle BBQs. Weber also offers a range of premium gas, electric and wood pellet models.
In this year’s survey, it scores a single 3-Star result for Value for Money and 4 Stars in all other categories.
Gasmate is an Aussie business specialising in outdoor leisure products. It covers BBQs, outdoor kitchen set-ups, smokers, outdoor heating and bar fridges, as well as camping gear such as cookers, portable BBQs, lighting, and cookware.
In this year’s survey, Gasmate earns excellent 4-Star marks for Overall Satisfaction, Value for Money and Cooking Performance and 3 Stars in all other categories measured.
Jumbuck is a range of BBQs exclusive to Bunnings, both here and in Australia. Alongside BBQs, Jumbuck produces smokers, braziers, fire pits and other outdoor leisure products.
Jumbuck offers low-cost BBQs starting from $100-$200 and, as a result, it earns a standout 5-Star result for Value for Money. It does, however, earn 2 Stars for Extra Features, and 3 Stars in all other categories.
This report was written by Canstar Content Producer, Andrew Broadley. Andrew is an experienced writer with a wide range of industry experience. Starting out, he cut his teeth working as a writer for print and online magazines, and he has worked in both journalism and editorial roles. His content has covered lifestyle and culture, marketing and, more recently, finance for Canstar.
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