The 7 Best Weber Grills Money Can Buy [2018 Edition]

Product Name & Award

Our Score

Price

Material

Power Source

Item Weight

88

$$$$

Steel

Gas

114 lbs

85

$$$$

Steel

Charcoal

91 lbs

77

$$

Steel

Charcoal

3.31 lbs

75

$$

Steel

Charcoal

18 lbs

68

$$$

Steel

Liquid Propane

35.3 lbs

Our comparison table only shows our top 5 picks. You can find the other recommendations later in this article.

The Weber brand has been creating stylish, durable grills since 1952.

The name has become synonymous with quality, style and practicality. They produce grills to suit all pockets and locations.

Let’s first look at what Weber offers in their grilling systems.

The Best Weber Grills For 2018

We have highlighted some of the many features a Weber grill offers, now we will detail our best picks. We've selected the best gas, charcoal, and basic grill models. You can find them below

BEST BASIC: WEBER 441001 ORIGINAL KETTLE 18-INCH CHARCOAL GRILL

This original grill is an affordable, basic, no-frills BBQ, suitable for cooking for up to four people.

It has 240 square inches of cooking area on a steel-plated grate. The grate is both easy to clean and long-lasting.

The bowl and lid are made from enameled porcelain and there is a heat shield to protect the handle from getting too hot.

There is also a conveniently placed lid hook which allows you to hang the lid on the side of the grill. 

It has weather resistance wheels to allow ease of movement around your deck or yard.

This original grill is an affordable, basic, no-frills BBQ, suitable for cooking for up to four people. It has 240 square inches of cooking area on a steel-plated grate. The grate is both easy to clean and long-lasting.

The bowl and lid are made from enameled porcelain and there is a heat shield to protect the handle from getting too hot.

There is also a conveniently placed lid hook which allows you to hang the lid on the side of the grill. It has weather resistance wheels to allow ease of movement around your deck or yard.

The cooking temperature can be controlled by adjusting the dampers, negating the necessity to keep lifting the lid.

Once you have finished cooking, the dampers can be closed completely to help the coals extinguish. The debris and ash can be cleaned easily into the aluminum ash catcher with Weber’s one-touch system.

Weber 1211001 Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill

When you want to take your charcoal grill on the road, whether to the beach, to a tailgate or camping at the lake, this is the perfect choice.

It measures just 19.75 x 19.75 x 20.5 inches and has a metal bracket which holds the lid securely while in transit.

The bowl and lid are enamel-coated porcelain and the lid has a nylon handle, which is reinforced with glass.

The 18.5-inch cooking grate provides 240 square inches of cooking space.

It has an ash catcher and dampers for temperature control; both are made from aluminum and are rust-resistant.

Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

Staying with portable BBQs, if you prefer gas to charcoal, this could be the grill for you.

Compact and stylish, it comes in eight different fun colors: fuchsia, purple, green, blue, black, titanium, red and orange.

It has one stainless steel burner which has an 8500 BTU per output and 189 square inches of cooking capacity.

The body and lid are manufactured from cast aluminum and the cooking grates are enamel coated porcelain. There is a handy thermometer built into the lid, allowing the temperature inside the grill to be monitored.

This small but mighty grill has a tall lid. It will accommodate small chickens or roasts, as well as your usual burgers, chops, hot dogs and steaks. The infinite control burner valve lets you set the correct heat setting. Even better, the electric ignition of the burners is automatic.

With the lid closed, it measures 15.5 x16.5 x 40.9 inches, so it’s easily transportable. There is a side table at both ends. These conveniently fold out for plates, sides, sauces and preparation. The large easy to grip handle and control knobs make using this BBQ a breeze.

Additional accessories, such as a griddle plate or portable cart, can be purchased separately.

BEST CHARCOAL: Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill 22-Inch

This charcoal grill is packed with handy features.

The 22-inch porcelain lid and bowl both have an enamel coating. The grill provides a 363 square-inch cooking capacity.

The appliance has a work table, built-in storage for charcoal, and a lid holder.

Made from plated steel, the cooking grate is conveniently hinged.

The BBQ has a touch-n-go, electronic, gas-assisted ignition. 

This ignites the charcoal at the push of a button, eliminating the need for lighter fuel or newspaper to get the grill going. The coals will also heat through a lot quicker than lighting them by traditional methods.

The dampers built into the lid allow you to control the temperature, which is displayed on a thermometer set in the lid.

Another nifty feature is the LCD timer mounted on the BBQ work table, which can be removed, if preferred. This has a backlight and lets you set the time needed for cooking your food.

The cleaning system is one touch and allows ash to be collected in an large aluminum catcher. Just remove it when full and dispose of the ash.

BEST GAS: Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill

This model from the Spirit range is a gas BBQ which has two burners powered by a 20-pound liquid propane tank (not included).

The appliance housing, burners and handy fold-out side tables are manufactured from durable stainless steel.

The cooking grates, which provide 450 square inches of cooking space, are cast iron, coated in porcelain enamel.

They don’t need seasoning and are easy to clean.

Offering 26,500 BTU-per-hour, this grill has a main cooking space of 360 square inches and a warming rack of 90 square inches.

There are also porcelain coated enamel flavorizer bars to enhance the taste of your food. It has a thermometer mounted centrally in the lid and the push button electronic ignition lights the appliance with ease.

Other features include tool hooks for six utensils, four durable casters—the front two of which lock—and a fuel gauge. The grill is available in stainless steel or black porcelain.

Weber Summit 7470001 S-670 Stainless-Steel Natural-Gas Grill

If you are looking for the Rolls Royce of grills, the summit series could be just what you want.

Available in models which use liquid propane or natural gas, they can cover all your grilling needs.

The S-670 is made from durable stainless steel and has a total cooking capability of 838 square inches, 693 from the main cooking area and 145 from a warming rack.

It also features a sear burner, side burner and smoker burner, complete with a stainless steel smoking box. 

The rotisserie is supplied by a rear infrared burner. The burner outputs are 60,000 BTU for the six main burners and 12,000 BTU for the side burner. The smoker burner has 8,000 BTU, and 10,600 BTU each for the rotisserie and sear burners.

The ignition system is Weber's “snap-jet” system which lights each burner individually. There is a thermometer built into the shroud, and the control knobs are all lighted, perfect for night-time grilling.

Other features are two work areas—both stainless steel—six utensil hooks and four durable casters, of which the front ones are lockable.

Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill

For those with limited space living in the city, Weber has a compact electric grill that is perfect for a small balcony, or even the front porch.

It has a cast aluminum body and lid, with enamel coated porcelain cast iron cooking grates. 

The infinite heat control gives you freedom to set the temperature you require, and aluminum heat liners retain the heat.

This small but stylish BBQ has a removable grease catch pan, nylon frame reinforced with glass and six feet of grounded cable.

Features of Weber Grills

Fuel Type

Whether your preference is charcoal, gas or electric, Weber produces grills for all three.

Charcoal grills use briquettes, which might take longer to get to temperature, but add flavor to any meal you're grilling.

What’s worth remembering is the need to purchase charcoal, and the additional cleaning time of the grill.

Gas grills are convenient and come with many added features. They are either fueled by liquid propane or natural gas from your home supply. They allow you to cook your food evenly and quickly, and are easy to clean.

Electric grills could be the solution when you are limited on space.

They are usually more compact and cook your food on heated grill plates. They don’t produce fire so are ideal for apartments with small balconies.

Size and Portability

Weber grills come in a variety of sizes.

Some are ideal for using when on the road, at the beach, out camping or at a tailgate. There are gas and charcoal models perfect for traveling.

When it comes to size, consider how many people you intend to cook for. The Weber range has models which cover from 145 square inches of total cooking area, up to over 1000 square inches.

As a rule of thumb, a grill with about 200 square inches cooking area will suit one or two people, around 500 square inches for four people. If you’re planning to cook for five or more, look for at least 550 total square inches.

Cook Box and Shroud

Weber Grill Cook Box

The cook box and shroud are made from cast aluminum and are designed to withstand the high temperatures produced by the grill.

Their shape allows the heat to circulate around the food for perfect cooking.

Cooking Grates

Weber grills have one of three types of cooking grates: porcelain-enameled steel, porcelain-enameled cast iron or stainless steel.

All three are durable and extremely easy to clean.

Each of the three types of cooking grate evenly retains heat and will sear your food.

Burner Tubes

The burner tubes on Weber gas grills are manufactured from high grade stainless steel.

They are rust-resistant and strong. Some grills have up to six main burners as well as side burners and rotisseries.

Individually controlled, the burners allow for direct or indirect cooking. Cleaning, should it be needed, can be carried out using a Weber stainless steel brush.

Flavorizer Bars and Grease Management

These bars feature in some models in the range of gas BBQs and have two functions.

The last thing you want is a buildup of grease on the grill from your food. Weber have got this covered.

Flavorizer bars are angled and strategically placed to catch drippings and grease from the food being cooked. These vaporize and add flavor to your food.

Any residue is channeled away from the burners into a grease tray. Disposable drip pans placed in the tray make removal and cleaning easy.

They also help prevent flame flare-ups and protect the burners from clogging. The bars can be easily cleaned every so often with a stainless steel brush for optimum function.

Fuel Gauges and Thermometers

The fuel gauge indicates exactly how much gas you have left in the cylinder, making sure you don’t run out half way through grilling.

Temperature gauges let you control how your food is cooked, from slow cooked ribs to a flash grilled steak.

Lights

If having a BBQ at night is something you do often, some models have built-in lights that illuminate the control knobs or handle.

This means you can easily see what you’re doing and frees up both hands for cooking control. No need to hold a flashlight over the grill.

Warming Trays, Work Tables and Storage

Grill Storage Area

A warming tray to keep sauces and vegetables at the required temperature can be found on some models.

The addition of fold-down or fixed work trays is also handy.

Some models have a built-in storage area for either charcoal or a gas bottle. They have handles which you can place a removable lid in and hooks for all your BBQ tools.

Conclusion

The choice of grills from Weber will cover most people's pockets and feature requirements.

Whether you are someone who grills occasionally or one who takes advantage of today's popular outside-inside living style, there will be a grill just right for you.

BBQs are no longer used just in summer when the weather is hot, but often all year round.

They can deal with the smallest burgers and hot hot dogs right up to full size roasts. You could even use a Weber to cook the Thanksgiving turkey.

With its myriad of useful features, quality materials and easy cleaning, the Weber range has your grilling needs covered. We have detailed our best choices, from the small and mighty to the all-singing, all-dancing.

The choice is now up to you but we’re sure that, whichever you choose, your Weber BBQ will give you years of tasty grilling.

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This post was last updated on August 18th, 2018 at 02:21 pm

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