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A brilliant gas barbecue with an exceptional side burner, the Napoleon Freestyle 365 SIB offers fantastic results. Read on for our full review.
An incredible three-burner gas barbecue, the Napoleon Freestyle 365 SIB lets you cook a wide array of delicious food. It has the iconic Napoleon wavy grill, a fantastic side burner, a side table for prep and gas storage underneath. We love the finishing touches such as the handy bottle opener.
This is a hefty barbecue. It comes in a large box, so you need a fair bit of room for assembly. However, you can feel quality in the heavy lid, grate and burners. The width and depth of the lid indicate that this barbecue has a generous cooking area. However, it looks like a bit of a beast to build, with lots of different parts.
Assembly is this barbecue’s biggest weakness. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver, as well as a set of spanners. The instructions say you need a ratchet, too, but we managed without.
The instructions are poor. The diagrams are all over the place and demonstrate the assembly from odd angles, so it takes a little figuring out. All told it takes at least two hours to get everything together, so if you’re planning a big bank holiday barbecue you don’t want to be building this on the day. That said, we like the inclusion of spare parts, so there’s no panic if you lose a screw between paving slabs or in the grass.
This barbecue uses the standard click-connect gas regulator, so it’s easy to connect to your propane. There’s also handy storage for the gas underneath the main body of the barbecue.
It’s a little fiddly to add the wire for the side burner, but once that’s set up we found that both the side burner and main barbecue are easy to ignite and quick to heat. Both offer remarkable evenness across the whole grill. The 51cm x 45cm grilling area is a good size, offering lots of space for cooking. The side table is great for prepping, and neatly folds down when it’s not in use. Once we were finished, it was easy to lift out the parts and scrub everything clean.
It has two large plastic wheels, which make it simple to reposition on a patio, but you might have to take off the side table and burner to make it a little easier. Though the wheels don’t lock, the feet on the other two legs stop it from moving and keep it secure.
We love that the side table folds down, but the side burner doesn’t, so it has a large patio footprint at 124cm x 64cm. It would definitely benefit from a cover if stored outside, as it might be a little big for storing in a shed or greenhouse.
Because the temperature is so responsive, it was easy to control the barbecue and gently cook vegetables, achieving a delicious char while keeping the food moist. The warming rack is well positioned to keep side dishes piping hot, and there was fantastic heat coverage across the grill, with no noticeable cool spots.
The side burner was a particular hit, turning out a fantastic steak, and Napoleon’s iconic wavy grill gave chicken beautifully defined grill lines. However, the grates are wide, so smaller items such as prawn skewers might struggle to cook evenly or achieve even charring.
The packaging is a mixture of cardboard and plastic wrap, which could be better. The heavy steel could be recycled as scrap, which is good, and the 10-year warranty means it has a long lifetime and can be used for years, unlike cheaper barbecues that need quick replacing. However, you could quickly burn through the gas if you have all three burners and side burner running, which isn’t very eco-friendly.
Costing the best part of £600, this is quite expensive for a three-burner barbecue, so unless you take your barbecuing seriously it might be overkill. It is undoubtedly very high quality – all its parts are sturdy, robust steel neatly stamped with Napoleon’s logo. We love the 10-year warranty, which means this barbecue should be a once-in-a-decade purchase. However, it’s still a lot of money for an appliance that only sees use for about six months a year, even if the food on our test was fantastic.
Model: Freestyle 365
Dimensions (cm): H: 116 x W: 124 x D: 64
Materials: stainless steel, aluminium
Warranty: 10 years
Gas needed: propane
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