Having a top-quality gas or propane grill in the house with a good capacity entails many benefits. All of a sudden, throwing Sunday brunches, BBQ evenings, and tailgate parties seem convenient and easy to pull off. They also allow you to break out of the boring eating routine and manage some quality dining time with the family.
Whether you search online or go to a roadside store to buy a grill, Weber is one name that you will find everywhere. Weber is the leading BBQ grill manufacturer operating since 1952. From charcoal to natural gas and liquid propane, it makes all sorts of high-quality grills.
Over the years, Weber’s Spirit and Genesis product lines have become quite popular among homeowners. Now, the majority of Weber grills being sold in the market are either Spirit or Genesis makes. If you are mulling over buying a new grill and couldn’t settle on a model, read this comparison piece of Weber Spirit vs. Genesis.
That’s how this comparison article will pan out.
We will first have a quick rundown of Weber Spirit and Genesis and review some of the top grills from both product lines. Then, we will put down some of the common features that you will find in both Spirit and Genesis models. At last, we will declare a single best grill among all the Weber Spirit and Genesis grills combined.
Weber Spirit vs Genesis
The first Genesis grill was introduced in 1985. Meanwhile, the first Spirit model came into the market in the early 90s. With more than 20 years in the block, both product lines have evolved into their second generations with improved construction and features.
Although Weber doesn’t characterize Spirit and Genesis grills with any particular descriptions, customers themselves have made an opinion about them over the years. To sum it up, Spirit grills are considered best for everyday grilling and BBQs. On the other hand, Genesis grills suit more those who are serious about the grilling business and can make the most of their more sophisticated and state-of-the-art features.
Top Weber Spirit Grills Reviews
We have shortlisted three of the best Weber Spirit Grills that are available right now.
If you are looking for a natural gas grill that can serve parties and large get-togethers, this Weber Spirit model is for you. Weber Spirit E310 has a cooking surface of 529 square inches in two levels that are good enough to grill a lot of sausages, patties in one go.
The construction of the Weber Spirit E310 is built to last. It features cast-iron gratings that can retain heat for the longest time to prevent undercooking. Moreover, their porcelain enameled surface makes them abrasion and corrosion-resistant. The porcelain coating also makes sure no acid reaction takes place on the gratings, and nor do they catch flame when the burner is lit for too long at max setting.
Also, porcelain coating gives cast iron grating a smooth finish that somewhere enables even cooking from the grills. The lid also features porcelain that further helps in retaining the heat inside the cooking chamber. The lid also has a built-in thermometer that allows you to guess the doneness of the food without opening the lid.
All the grease that drips into the underneath cooking tray in Weber Spirit E310 is gradually collected in a centralized pan instead of spreading all over. This streamlined grease management makes it easy to clean the grill afterward.
If you are looking for a BBQ grill that offers great value for money with all the advanced grilling features, you can consider buying Weber Spirit II E-210. It comes with Weber’s 10-year warranty and features the new state-of-the-art GS4 grilling system. This improved grilling system is the reason why Spirit II E-210 outshines all its competitors.
Under the GS4, Weber Spirit II E-210 features an infinity ignition. This improved ignition is made of wires with heavy-duty heat-resistant coating. Also, the electrodes are better than their earlier versions. These improvements make sure the ignition doesn’t go kaput after a couple of uses.
Also, Weber Spirit II E-210 features porcelain-coated Flavorizer bars. These bars are fitted under the cooking surface to deflect the grease falling on burners to prevent flare-ups. These bars also make sure your food gets fully taste-enriched by allowing the smoke and sizzle of the drippings to get back to the food.
The base of Weber Spirit II E-210 is also worth mentioning. It features two legs with a solid base and the other two with large tires. This platform makes sure the grill remains stable and easy to maneuver at the same time. This 2nd Generation Spirit grill is available in both liquid propane and natural gas configurations.
Weber Spirit E330 is a liquid propane BBQ grill with over 500 square inches of cooking surface. Whether it is a family brunch or BBQ party of 10-15 people, this grill would suffice. The most striking bit about this Weber Spirit grill is its sear station that can form intense heat zones to impart perfect sear marks on grilled meat.
The other great bit about Weber Spirit E330 is that it comes with a built-in warming rack. You can use it to keep the cooked sausage warm before serving or to toast buns and bread. Similarly, a side burner lets you simmer sauces and sauté vegetable sides.
Like other Weber Spirit grills, it also features porcelain coating through and through. From grates to lid and cook boxes, everything is hard-wearing and can withstand harsh outdoors and excessive heat without undergoing warping, corrosion, and other deteriorative reactions.
The liquid propane configuration and swiveling tires make it easy to use Spirit E330 in portable settings. You can use a standard 20-pound propane tank with the grill. The stainless steel burners and cook box feature 10-year Weber’s warranty for no rust or burn-through.
Top Weber Genesis Grill Reviews
To make the comparison even, we have also picked three Weber Genesis grills that are currently available in the market.
Weber Genesis II E-310 is a state-of-the-art BBQ grill that you can use in both home and professional settings. Everything about this grill makes it one of the most technologically advanced models out there. For starters, it features an all-new Infinity ignition system. It features more conductive electrodes and thicker wire coating that allow you to ignite the burners in the first attempt every time you use the grill.
The high-performance burners of Weber Genesis II E-310 are also worth mentioning. They have a unique tapered shape that allows them to maintain a consistent gas flow from one side to the other. As a result, you get optimal heat generation and even heat distribution, making it easy to grill your food perfectly.
Weber has designed this Genesis grill for efficient space management. It features an open cart design where you get an additional room in the form of a rack under the grill. Also, there are side tables with integrated hooks so you can keep all the grill cooking tools and accessories within arm’s reach.
Weber Genesis II E-310 is also compatible with iGrill3 Ready— a propriety Bluetooth thermometer that displays food temperature in real-time on an app on your cell phone. With this add-on, your grilling activity becomes more convenient. Weber Genesis II E-310 is available with both fuel settings.
Weber Genesis II E-335-3 is pretty similar to Genesis II S-435 with its features. For instance, it also features the GS4 high-performance grilling system. It also has e searing knob, and two-door cabinet, and side burner. Even the front and rear tires are the same. Lastly, it is also available in both gas and propane configurations.
But Weber Genesis II E-335-3 has a compact footprint, which means lesser cooking area and space in the cabinet. Also, it features three burners instead of four. Also, the BTU input of its main burner is 39,000, which is 9,000 BTU lesser than the S-435’ main burner.
Weber has stuck to tradition in making this 2nd generation Genesis model and used cast iron with enamel coating. Many consumers are still strong believers in cast iron grills and don’t want to experiment with any other material. Also, the use of cast iron helps the manufacture to keep it at a lower, affordable price point. However, if you are okay with stainless steel gratings, you can get it in that variant as well.
Weber Genesis II E-335 in all its configurations and makes comes with the trademark 10-year Weber warranty.
Genesis II S-435 is the 2nd generation Weber grill that is not just available in cast iron and porcelain-coated gratings. Weber has also made one of its versions with top-grade stainless steel. The use of steel means there is no need for any further coating. These steel grates exhibit good heat retention and don’t undergo any deformation and chemical reaction either.
Besides regular burning knobs, Weber Genesis II S-435 also features a searing button that lets you give a quick sear to the food on the grill. Then there is a side burner to prepare add-ons (sauces, veggies) for the main course. A warming grill is also given to keep the already prepped food all toasty and fresh.
Weber Genesis II S-435 features the biggest cooking surface among all the grills we have reviewed here. You get 646 square inches in total to grill, sear, and simmer your food via four burners. Like other 2nd generation Genesis models, it also features the GS4 grilling system and is compatible with iGrill3.
The base of this Weber Genesis model is also worth discussing. It features a full-fledged two-door cabinet with two shelves. It has ample space to store all your BBQ supplies. This 2nd generation Genesis grill is also available with both liquid propane and natural gas connections. Also, you can order it with cast iron gratings as well.
Similarities between Weber Spirit and Genesis
After reading the above reviews, you may have noticed many similarities between the two Weber product lines. Let’s have a quick rundown of those commonalities.
- Nearly every Weber grill, irrespective of its product line, features a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Weber offers its grills mostly with both propane and natural gas configurations.
- Cast-iron with porcelain coating and stainless steel are the two material options across both product lines.
- Both 2nd Generation Spirit and Genesis Grills feature GS4 high-performance grilling systems.
- Every Spirit and Genesis grill features a built-in lid thermometer
The Final Verdict
These reviews of top models from both product lines indicate that it doesn’t matter which grill you bring home. However, if you get into the nitty-gritty of these grills, then you will find out that Genesis models lie at a slightly higher price point. They are usually expensive due to their large sizes and more advanced feature.
But we think these features may not make any difference to regular non-professional home-based consumers. For them, the features available in Spirit grills are enough to make delicious backyard BBQs. Therefore, they are more likely to prefer the low price of Spirit grills over the specs of Genesis grills.
If we have to pick one Weber grill among all, it would be Weber Spirit II E-210. We have picked this 2nd generation Spirit grill for several reasons.
- It features a high-performance GS4 grilling system
- Ergonomic footprint and size but also provide enough cooking space
- Easy to maneuver but with a firm standing grip— perfect for portable use
- Available in both fuel configurations: liquid propane and natural gas
- Lie at a reasonable price point
- Compatible with iGrill3 Ready Bluetooth thermometers