If you are at Home Depot looking at the Weber Spirit E 215 and wondering if it is worth the money then this review gives you the answer you need!
I have been cooking on Weber grills for about 20 years now and currently own the Q3200, Traveler, Genesis 335 and a Weber Smokey Mountain. I suspect the only people who have “kicked the tires” on the different models of Weber grills more than me are the engineers that actually design these things.
It turns out that Weber offers three different two burner Spirit grills and, while the Spirit E 215 is great, it is not the best of the three options.
Let me walk you through the features, pros/cons and customer reviews of the E 215 and show you why the grill you want to buy is the Spirit II E 210.
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Weber Spirit E 215 Specifications and Features
The Spirit E 215 is made exclusively for sale at Home Depot. There is not much information published on this grill and it is not even listed on Weber’s website.
Here are some of the key features:
- Primary Gilling Area = 360 sq in
- Cooking Grate = Porcelain enameled cast iron
- Heat Output = 26,500 BTU/hr
- Cookbox – 10 years
- Lid assembly – 10 years
- Stainless steel burner tubes – 10 years
- Stainless steel Flavorizer bars – 5 years
- Porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates – 5 years
- All remaining parts – 2 years
Many people who are shopping for a two burner grill are doing so because they want a grill with a small footprint. The E215 helps in that department by allowing you to fold both side tables down if desired.
Is the E215 Worth the Money?
If you are standing at Home Depot looking at this grill then they probably have it parked beside a Dyna-Glo, Nexgrill or Kitchen Aid grill. These other grills typically cost around half as much as a Weber and can tempt you into making a “budget based” bad decision.
I have written an entire article on this topic (Are Weber Grills Worth the Money?) but the quick answer this Weber grill is a good deal.
The Spirit grills have excellent performance (high heat, even heating, minimal flare ups), are extremely reliable and will last about a decade.
If you buy one of those other grills then you will be frustrated while you use it and will toss it in the trash after two years.
Weber Spirit E 215 vs Spirit E 210
The differences between the Spirit E 210 and Spirit E 215 are almost entirely cosmetic. The E 215 is a model developed exclusively for sale at Home Depot so Weber made cosmetic changes to make it “different” than the E 210.
By the way…both of these grills have the same “black” color. Something happened when I was making the graphic below that makes the E215 look more grey and washed out.
Some of the more obvious differences are:
- Burner Knobs: The E210 has red Weber logos on the knobs while the E215 has silver Weber logos on the knobs.
- Tool Holders: The tool holders are mounted on the outside of the side tables on the E210 and on the front of the side table for the E215.
The one difference that makes any difference at all between these grills is that the Flavorizer bars on the E215 are stainless steel while the ones on the E210 are porcelain enameled steel. The stainless steel parts will outlast the porcelain enameled parts by about two years.
Weber Spirit E 215 vs Spirit II E 210
Here is where things get interesting!
In my opinion the Spirit II E 210 is a better grill than the E215 and it currently costs less than the E 215. If I was shopping for a two burner Weber grill then the Spirit II E 210 is what I would buy.
The Spirit II line of grills came out a few years ago and, based on current pricing, I believe they will soon be discontinued. Weber’s problem with the Spirit II grills is that they are too similar to the higher priced Genesis grills and sales of the Genesis series have suffered.
Why the Spirit II E 210 is Better
The Spirit II Series grills come with Weber’s GS4 Advanced grilling system. While a lot of the GS4 system is just marketing hype one real advantage is that the ignition system has been upgraded for durability.
Weber has so much faith in the new ignition system that they cover it, and every other part of the Spirit II grills, with a ten year warranty.
A not so obvious advantage of the Spirit II grill is the placement of the propane tank on the right side of the grill. On the Spirit E 215 grill the propane tank is located in the storage cabinet underneath the grill by the side mounted grease drain.
The propane tank placement in the cabinet of the E 215 is awkward. The tank fits fine but if you have bad knees then you will hate changing out tanks.
You might be thinking that this doesn’t matter to you because your knees are fine. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this grill is going to last at least a decade so think about what kind of shape you are going to be in a few years from now!
One Item To Be Aware Of
The Spirit II E 210 comes equipped with a slot on the right side table to accept an iGrill3 remote temperature monitoring system.
The iGrill3 does not come with the grill so if you want it you have to buy it separately.
Because of how the grill is set up for the iGrill3 the right side table DOES NOT have the ability to fold down.
The left side table on the Spirit II E 210 can be folded down but not the right. That might be important to you if you are looking for the grill with the smallest footprint.
Weber Spirit E 215 and Spirit II E 210 Customer Reviews
I downloaded all of the customer reviews for these grills from Home Depot’s website and plotted them side by side.
Here is the numerical breakdown:
|Spirit E 215||Spirit II E 210|
The reviews between the two grills are nearly identical but the Spirit II E 210 does have a slight advantage in 5 and 4 star reviews.
If it was my money then I would buy the grill with:
- Better Warranty
- Better Reviews
- Easier to Use
- Lower Price
But hey, that’s just me.
Like I mentioned earlier, I believe that the Spirit II grills will be discontinued soon so if you can find one then buy it while you can.
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