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The best tailgates are the ones that have the best gear. Durable, portable, and helpful items will add to the fun and make hanging out before the game more manageable. We’ve gathered a few of our picks that make drinking and grilling before kickoff comfortable and convenient.
Outdoor/Camping Chair: Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler
The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler is inexpensive, but still offers the best balance of comfort, functionality, and durability of any of the competitors we tested. It’s durable, portable, and made for the outdoors. The Oversized Quad Chair is stable, has a wide seat that’s fitting for people of all sizes, and it’ll hold up over time. We tested it for use while camping, but its built-in cooler bag (which holds four beers or soda cans) makes it great for tailgates as well. (If you need a large hard cooler to haul all of your food, drinks, and storage containers, we recommend the Coleman 70 Qt. Xtreme Marine Cooler.)
Portable Gas Grill: Weber Q 1200
The Weber Q 1200 is the most convenient portable grill for tailgating. It’s a gas grill with a cast aluminum firebox. During testing it proved able to handle low-and-slow grilling and heat searing better than similar models. Its dome lid helps to evenly distribute heat and has a built-in thermometer. The Q 1200 also has small side tables that fold out to keep grilling tools within reach. At 30 pounds, it’s light enough for one person to carry and it comes with a five year warranty. If you prefer the functionality of (and taste from) a charcoal grill, we recommend the Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18”. Its firebox offers better temperature control than other charcoal grill models we tested and its performance is parallel to the Weber Q 1200.