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Weber Grill Reviews

Buying a new Weber grill can be exciting and terrifying at the same time.  You are excited about finally getting an incredible grill but terrified that you might overspend and buy the wrong one.

Trust me, I understand.

The world of Weber grills can be confusing and there are extreme price differences between the different models.  To the untrained eye many of the grills look almost identical.

Before we get too deep into the reviews let me share some links to the most frequently asked questions about these grills.

Gas Grill Reviews

Let’s start with a high level overview of Weber’s four different product lines: Summit, Genesis, Spirit and Q.

  • Summit: Top of the Line With All of the Bells and Whistles ($$$$)
  • Genesis: Everyday Workhorse ($$$)
  • Spirit: Budget Friendly Little Brother of the Genesis ($$)
  • Q: Sleek Grill With Small Footprint ($$)

All of these grills are great and which one is right for you will come down to how big of a grill you need, what features you value and how much you want to spend.

Weber Gas Grills

The only gas grill from Weber you should completely avoid is their small portable option, the GoAnywhere.

Weber Summit Gas Grills

The Summit line consists of Weber’s premium gas grills.  These grills come in four and six burner configurations and are available as stand alone grills, built in grills and as a full blown Grill Center.

The current line up of Summit grills includes the following models.

  • Summit 470
    • 4 Primary Burners
    • Side Burner
    • Stainless Steel Smoker Box with Dedicated Burner
    • Sear Station Burner
    • Built in Rotisserie with Dedicated Infrared Burner
  • Summit 460: Same features as the 470 but designed as a built in grill.
  • Summit 670
    • 6 Primary Burners
    • Side Burner
    • Stainless Steel Smoker Box with Dedicated Burner
    • Sear Station Burner
    • Built in Rotisserie with Dedicated Infrared Burner
  • Summit 660: Same features as the 670 but designed as a built in grill.
  • Summit Grill Center:  The Grill Center has all of the features of the Summit 670 and comes with additional cabinetry.

 

Weber Summit Grill Center

 

Summit grills are available in stainless steel or porcelain enameled steel.  All components carry a ten year warranty.  When you buy a Summit you do it because you want the best that Weber has to offer, not because you are looking for a bargain.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Summit 470 Review.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Summit 670 Review.

Weber Genesis Gas Grills

The Genesis product line are the gas grills that made Weber famous.  When you get a Genesis you will have a grill that cooks evenly with minimal flare ups, will look beautiful on your deck and is covered by a ten year warranty.

The Genesis is currently being offered in either a three or four burner configuration.  The two and six burner configurations were discontinued in 2018 but some inventory is still available on Amazon.

Genesis Gas Grill

The current Weber Genesis grills are as follows:

  • Genesis II 310: Base Model Three Burner Grill
  • Genesis II 315: Base Model Three Burner Grill With Enclosed Lower Cabinet
  • Genesis II 330: Three Burner Grill With Side Burner and Sear Station
  • Genesis II 335: Three Burner Grill With Side Burner, Sear Station and Enclosed Lower Cabinet
  • Genesis II 410: Base Model Four Burner Grill
  • Genesis II 435: Four Burner Grill With Side Burner, Sear Station and Enclosed Lower Cabinet

Click Here to Understand the Differences in the Weber Genesis 300 Series Grills

Click Here for the Full Weber Genesis 330 and 335 Review

Weber Genesis II SE 335 at Ace Hardware

Weber Genesis II E 315 and 325 at Ace Hardware

Click Here to Understand the Differences in the Four Burner Weber Grills

Click Here for the Full Weber Genesis II 435 Review

Click Here for the Full Weber Genesis II 410 Review.

 

Weber Spirit Gas Grills

The Spirit grills are Weber’s budget friendly grills that are essentially the “little brother” of the Genesis.  The Spirit grills are among the best values of any grill on the market.  See Weber Spirit vs Genesis for more information.

Weber Spirit

There was a time when Spirit grills were poorly constructed from cheap materials.  Weber fundamentally changed the build quality on the Spirit a few years ago and they are now equal to the Genesis.  In fact, the Spirit carries the EXACT same ten year warranty on all components that comes with the Genesis.

The only negatives about the Spirit grills is that they are slightly smaller than a Genesis and do not have side burners or Sear Stations.  This is reflected in their highly affordable pricing which makes them the best value in the Weber product line.

Weber Spirit 200 Series Review

Weber Spirit 300 Series Review

Weber Spirit 310 vs 315 (Review of E and S Models)

Weber Spirit E 215 Review {vs Spirit II E 210}

 

Weber Q Gas Grills

Weber Q grills are sleek and fun grills for people who are looking for a grill with a smaller footprint.  The Q grills are not as big or powerful as a Spirit, Genesis or Summit but they are just right for grilling pork chops or chicken breasts for a family of four.

Q 3200

  • Q 1000: Small sized single burner grill.  For use on a table top or can be cart mounted.
  • Q 1200: Small single burner grill with thermometer and side tables. For use on a table top or can be cart mounted.
  • Q 1400: Small Electric Grill.
  • Q 2000: Medium size single burner grill. For use on a table top or can be cart mounted.
  • Q 2200: Medium size single burner grill with thermometer and side tables. For use on a table top or can be cart mounted.
  • Q 2400: Large Electric Grill.
  • Q 3200: Large two burner grill with cart.

The Q grills are available in a stunning variety of colors.  The grills come with a five year warranty and are budget friendly.

The Electric Q grills are surprisingly good and get incredibly hot when they are allowed to properly pre-heat.  Please note that the electric grills should only be used outdoors as they produce a significant amount of smoke.

Click Here to Understand the Differences Between the Weber Q1000 and Q1200.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Q1200 Review.

Click Here to Understand the Differences Between the Weber Q2000 and Q2200.

Click Here to Understand the Differences Between the Weber Q1200 and Q2200.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Q 3200 Review.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Electric Grill Review.

As much as I like the Q series grills I think I like the new Weber Traveler even more!

Check out the Weber Traveler vs Weber Q Head to Head Review!

 

Charcoal Grill Reviews

My love affair with Weber grills started the first time I used one of their charcoal kettle grills.  All of the problems I had experienced with cheap and flimsy charcoal grills melted away when I fired up a kettle.  I could actually control the air flow and, as a result, the temperature of the grill.

Performer Charcoal Grill

Weber charcoal grills are amazing but there are a TON of different models of different sizes with different features.  All of the charcoal grills work fine but there are some that I will BEG you to avoid.

  • Weber Smokey Joe: 14.5 inch portable charcoal grill.  Very cute but do NOT buy.  The Jumbo Joe is 10x better.
  • Weber Jumbo Joe: 18.5 inch portable charcoal grill.  Amazing beyond description.
  • Weber 18 inch Classic Kettle: 18.5 inch “full sized” grill.  Do NOT buy this grill.  You want at least a 22 incher.
  • Weber 22 inch Classic Kettle:  22.5 inch full sized grill.  Do NOT buy this grill.  You want one with an ash removal system.
  • Weber 22 inch Premium: 22.5 inch full sized grill with an easy dump ash removal system.  Value priced perfection.
  • Weber Master Touch 22 inch Kettle: 22.5 inch full sized grill with some nice extra features.
  • Weber Performer 22 inch Kettle: 22.5 inch full sized grill with side table and premium upgrades.
  • Weber 26.75 inch Kettle: Massive kettle grill.  The absolute best value and most under appreciated charcoal grill available.
  • Weber Ranch Kettle: A 36 inch monster.  The Ranch is a beautiful and fun showpiece but is over priced and unpractical.

Click Here to read the Full Weber Jumbo Joe Review.

Click Here to read the Full Weber Master Touch Review.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Performer Review.

Click Here to Read the Weber 26.75 inch Kettle Review.

Smoker Reviews

The Weber Smokey Mountain is one of the best smokers that has ever been made.  I learned the fundamentals of barbecue on an 18.5 inch WSM.  I absolutely love the smoker but it has a few quirks.

Buying a WSM was the most important step I took in learning how to create GREAT barbecue.

22 inch WSM

There are three versions of the WSM available.

  • 14.5 inch WSM
  • 18.5 inch WSM
  • 22.5 inch WSM

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Smoker Mountain 18 vs 22 Comparison.

Is the Weber Smokey Mountain Worth It?

Weber also sells their version of a kamado grill called the Weber Summit Charcoal Grill that is available with or without a grilling center.

Click Here to Read the Full Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Review.

Weber vs Other Brands

I am an unabashed fan of Weber grills but there are a few other brands worth considering if you are interested.

Weber vs Big Green Egg

Weber Traveler vs Coleman Roadtrip

Weber vs Broil King

Weber vs PK Grills

Weber vs Bull

WSM vs PBC

Weber Q2200 vs Nexgrill Fortress