As the weather warms up and the days lengthen, our thoughts turn to outside cooking. Smoky barbecued pulled pork in a soft roll, hot grilled halloumi glazed with membrillo over crunchy salad leaves or meltingly soft aubergine flavoured with lemon and herbs.

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Knowing where to start with barbecuing can be tricky — with so many options out there, which one is right for you?

Electric barbecues are a good option if you’re new to the world of barbecuing, as all you need to do is plug into an electrical socket and get cooking. They also work really well in a small space, where you might not be allowed or it might not be safe to use a charcoal or gas barbecue.

Weber has launched its new Lumin electric range, which is its most energy-efficient barbecue**. Using as little as 43p for an hour of use (15 minutes of pre-heating, plus 45 minutes of grilling)*, the Lumin range is a great way to make the most of the summer and eat delicious food without too many extra costs.

Read on for all the details about Weber’s Lumin range, plus all you need to know about which electric barbecue is right for you.

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The Lumin range comprises a full-sized barbecue, and a smaller compact sibling. Both have the same features available, including the capability to smoke, steam, sear and grill food. The compact version is, as you might guess, a smaller version of this electric barbecue and well suited if you’re limited on outdoor space.

Full-sized Weber Lumin electric barbecue

Weber Lumin electric barbecue

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Central to the range is the classic full-sized Lumin electric barbecue. This model has a footprint of 1,562 cm², so will fit in most small gardens. The barbecue is designed with versatility in mind, so you can cook with a wide range of techniques. Whether you’re cooking meat or vegetables, barbecuing is often all about the sear. The full-sized Lumin reaches temperatures of more than 315C, perfect for achieving a sizzling sear. There are also settings for steaming and smoking, plus a handy ‘keep food warm’ function.

Buy the Lumin electric barbecue for £579 at Weber

Weber Lumin electric barbecue with stand

Weber Lumin electric barbecue
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This foldable stand works really well if you want your barbecue to be free-standing or have its own dedicated space. Standing at 94cm with the barbecue on top, the stand has a shelf plus built-in hooks. It’s also collapsible, making it super easy to store if you’re not using the barbecue for a longer period, like over the winter months.

Buy the Lumin electric barbecue with stand for £679 at Weber

Weber Lumin electric barbecue griddle

Weber Lumin electric barbecue
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The Lumin barbecue can be made even more versatile with different accessories. With this griddle surface, the barbecue becomes the perfect surface for cooking pancakes and frying eggs, ready for a great breakfast. The griddle is made from porcelain-enamel cast iron so doesn’t require any seasoning, which means you can get cooking straight away.

The griddle will be available to buy from June 2023, just in time for the summer sun. Sign up online to get notifications on when the griddle comes into stock.

Buy the Lumin griddle for £102.99 at Weber

Weber Lumin electric barbecue versatility expansion kit

Weber Lumin electric barbecue
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Another way to increase your Lumin’s versatility is with the expansion kit. It comes with four pieces: two warming dishes (left), a steaming and smoking reservoir (top right), and a reversible steaming pan (bottom right). This gives you lots of options, including turning the Lumin barbecue into a full-sized electric smoker by adding wood chips.

Buy the Lumin versatility expansion kit for £92.99 at Weber

Weber Lumin compact electric barbecue

Weber Lumin compact electric barbecue

Weber Lumin electric barbecue range
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This compact model of the Weber Lumin electric barbecue is small but performs just as well as the full size. With a footprint of 1,166cm², it would work really well if you have limited outdoor space, like a balcony or courtyard garden. It has all the same features as the classic Lumin so can still be used for grilling, plus steaming and smoking meat, fish or vegetables.

Buy the Lumin compact electric barbecue for £399 at Weber

Weber Lumin compact electric barbecue with stand

Weber Lumin electric barbecue range
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This stand has a fold-out side table as well as hooks and a shelf, all of which prove particularly useful when you’re cooking. This stand gives the barbecue a dedicated space, and is also easily foldable so you can store it away when not in use.

Buy the Lumin compact electric barbecue with stand for £490 at Weber

Weber Lumin compact versatility expansion kit

Weber Lumin electric barbecue range
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Even with the compact version of the Lumin electric barbecue you can utilise lots of different cooking methods, something made easier by the versatility expansion kit. The kit not only allows you to cook with different features, but makes it super easy to serve a crowd buffet style with two dishes designed to help keep the food warm without it drying out.

Buy the Lumin compact versatility expansion kit for £83.99 at Weber

Weber Lumin premium barbecue cover

Weber Lumin electric barbecue range
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Protect your barbecue from the elements with the Weber Lumin premium barbecue cover. This lets you leave your Lumin electric barbecue outdoors without having to worry. It features two drawstrings so it can be fastened around the barbecue, and keeps it clean and ready to use. The cover folds up so it's easy to store while you’re cooking.

Buy the Lumin premium barbecue cover for £41.99 at Weber

*One session on Lumin = 15 minutes of pre-heating on high heat and 45 minutes of barbecuing on medium heat. Based on an electricity price of 34p/kWh.

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**Lumin uses at least 15 per cent less energy than our other electric grills of comparable size over one hour at the medium heat setting.

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