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Best Weber Grills

Updated July 2018
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    Shopping guide for best Weber grills

    Last Updated July 2018

    When summer rolls around, there’s nothing like a delicious barbecued meal. But to make top-notch burgers, hot dogs, steaks, and other barbecued food, you need a first-class grill – and when it comes to home grills, there are few brands more respected than Weber.

    If you’re in the market for a Weber grill, the shopping process can get overwhelming in a hurry. That’s because Weber offers so many models that choosing the right one for your yard can be a challenge. Not only do you have to choose the proper type of grill but you also have to determine the right size, fuel, grate, and others features to make sure that you can prepare your family’s favorite menus as quickly and conveniently as possible.

    Here at BestReviews, our goal is help you make sense of your shopping choices. We work with industry experts to identify the most important features for the products we’re evaluating, and we then test out some of the top items to see firsthand how well they work. And because we buy our own products, you can trust that our recommendations are always completely unbiased.

    When you’re ready to buy a Weber grill, check out our top five recommendations in the matrix above. For general advice on how to choose a Weber grill, our shopping guide has plenty of helpful tips.

    Weber made its first grill in 1952. The company invented a dome-shaped model designed to protect food and seal in the smoky barbecue flavor.

    Types of Weber grills

    Charcoal

    Weber charcoal grills offer a classic grilling experience. They utilize charcoal briquettes to fuel the cooking and add flavor to your meats, vegetables, and other foods. While using a charcoal grill tends to take longer, many traditionalists feel that the taste is so superior to other grill options that it’s worth the extra effort.

    The briquettes can be somewhat expensive, so operating a charcoal grill is often more expensive than running a gas grill. Weber charcoal grills also tend to have a smaller cooking capacity and fewer special features than gas models.

    Gas

    Gas grills are very common, and Weber has a variety of convenient gas models. Weber’s gas grills run on either natural gas from your home’s line or propane from a tank. Both cook food quickly and evenly. The main advantage of a Weber gas grill is that it doesn’t require as much prep or cleanup time as a charcoal model.

    However, many grilling purists don’t feel that gas grills offer the same smoky flavor that you can get from a charcoal grill. Weber gas grills tend to cost more than charcoal models, but gas is usually cheaper to operate in the long run.

    Weber charcoal grills usually weigh less than gas grills, so place yours on a flat, level surface for maximum stability.

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    Electric

    Weber offers a line of electric grills that cook the food on heated grill plates. They don’t require that you start a fire. Electric grills tend to be very compact, so they’re an ideal option if you live in an apartment and can’t use a gas or charcoal grill on your patio or balcony.

    The drawback to electric grills is that they don’t impart a smoky flavor to the food, so they may not provide the traditional barbecue taste that you seek.

    Portable

    If you’re a frequent tailgater or camper and need a grill you can easily take with you, Weber has you covered. Their portable grills come in both charcoal and gas varieties, and all boast a compact, lightweight design.

    However, because of the smaller size, Weber portable grills don’t offer much cooking capacity. They’re best for cooking for a small group. Otherwise, you’ll need to cook your food in several batches.

    EXPERT TIP

    When you’re grilling on the go with a portable Weber grill, do your prep work before you leave the house. For kebabs, for example, thread the meat and veggies on the skewers and transport them in the marinade in plastic zipper bags.


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    Weber grill features to consider

    Fuel type

    When you’re choosing among the different types of Weber grills, opting for gas, charcoal, or electric is really a matter of personal preference.  A portable grill offers the same benefits and limitations as full-size models. It’s easier to take on a road trip but less convenient to use for a large group.

    Gas

    • Easy to use

    • Easy to clean

    • Optional side burners
       

    Charcoal

    • Classic, smoky barbecue flavor

    • Takes longer to heat up (20 to 45 minutes)

    • Takes longer to clean
       

        Electric

    • Easy to use

    • Ideal for locations that don’t allow gas or charcoal

    • No smoky barbecue flavor

    Some Weber gas grills have room underneath for storing an extra propane tank.

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    Size

    When you’re trying to decide what size Weber grill you need, think about the number of people you usually feed. It’s also important to consider the types of food you prepare most often. Hot dogs and hamburgers take up less cooking space than racks of ribs.

    Weber provides the dimensions of a grill’s primary cooking area, secondary cooking area, (including side burners and warming trays), and total cooking area. The following figures correspond to total cooking area.

    • Weber portable grills range in size from 145 to 240 square inches.

    • Weber electric grills range in size from 185 to 280 square inches.

    • Weber charcoal grills range in size from 260 to 1,100 square inches.

    • Weber gas grills range in size from 500 to 1,000 square inches.
       

    For one or two people, look for a grill with approximately 200 square inches of cooking area.

    For a family of four, look for a grill with approximately 400 to 500 square inches of cooking area.

    For five or more people, look for a grill with at least 550 square inches of cooking area.

    Don’t leave a Weber charcoal grill unattended. Children or pets could knock it over.

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    Freestanding vs. built-in

    Weber gas grills come in freestanding and built-in models.

    • Freestanding grills have wheels, so you can easily move them around your yard, deck, or patio based on your needs.

    • Built-in grills have a base that’s usually made of stone or stainless steel. It’s permanently anchored in place and can’t be moved.

    Cooking grates

    Weber grill cooking grates are made of stainless steel, plated steel, or porcelain-enameled cast iron.

    • Stainless steel cooking grates are very durable and are very easy to clean.

    • Plated steel cooking grates last a long time and can be easier to clean than stainless steel grates.

    • Porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates are fairly durable and very easy to clean. However, these grates can crack if dropped.

    Weber sells a variety of accessories, including a digital thermometer that sends an alert to your smartphone when your food reaches the ideal temperature.

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    Burners and warming trays

    Many Weber gas grills feature side burners, which you can use for whipping a sauce or grilling vegetables while you prepare meat in the main cooking area. Some models have two burners while others have up to six. Once again, consider how many people you usually cook for to determine the number of burners you’ll need.

    Some Weber gas grills also have warming trays to keep cooked food warm while you finish grilling.

    Rotisserie

    Some Weber gas grills have a rotisserie stake, which slowly rotates and uses infrared heat to cook meat slowly. It’s a particularly handy feature if you routinely prepare whole chickens.

    Keep your Weber grill as clean as possible to prevent flare-ups that cause excessive smoke. If you are using an electric grill, make sure it is unplugged before cleaning.

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    Built-in thermometer

    Many Weber gas grills have a built-in thermometer in the lid, which allows you to easily keep track of the temperature of the grill. If your model doesn’t have one, it’s a good idea to buy one separately, so you can cook more effectively and efficiently.

    Lights

    If you often grill after dark, look for a Weber model with lighted control knobs or lighted handles. These amenities make it much easier to see what you’re doing, so you can be sure that your food is grilled perfectly.

    EXPERT TIP

    If you travel with a Weber portable gas grill, keep the gas canisters upright during transit for safety reasons.


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    Weber grill prices

    Weber grills range in price depending on the type and size. In most cases, you can expect to spend between $35 and $3,800.

    • Weber Portable Grills

    A small portable grill usually costs between $35 and $70.

    • Weber Charcoal Grills

    A small charcoal grill usually costs between $90 and $400; a medium costs between $400 and $1,200; a large costs between $1,200 and $2,300.

    • Weber Electric Grills

    A small to medium electric grill usually costs between $299 and $349.

    • Weber Gas Grills

    A small gas grill usually costs between $500 and $1,000; a medium costs between $1,000 and $2,400; a large costs between $2,400 and $3,800.

    You can prepare the same barbecue recipes on a Weber electric grill that you can on a gas or charcoal model.

    FAQ

    Q. What type of Weber grill is best if I’m new to grilling?

    A. Because it offers the easiest operation, a Weber gas grill is usually the best option for beginners. To start the grill, you only have to turn a few dials and press the ignition button, and your grill is ready in minutes. Cleanup is also easy, so you might be inclined to grill more often than if you had a charcoal model.

    Q. Can a Weber propane grill be converted to a natural gas grill?

    A. Weber doesn’t permit converting a propane gas grill to a natural gas model due to safety concerns. The process would require disassembling the grill and gas components, which can be very dangerous and may not result in a functional grill. For the same reason, Weber doesn’t allow conversion from natural gas to propane either.

    Q. Can I use a Weber electric grill in rain or snow?

    A. While the Weber electric grills are meant for outdoor use, they shouldn’t be used in rain or snow for safety reasons. It’s possible for an electrical malfunction to occur if the grill gets wet, which could lead to electrocution or fire.

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