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Weber Grills Buying Guide

A middle aged man cooking food for his family on a Weber Genesis gas grill

George Stephen Has an Idea

While a guy named George was making marine buoys at his job working for Weber Brothers Metal Works, he came up with the idea of a dome-shaped grill. It was 1952, and the idea of a covered grill was pretty revolutionary at the time! That first grill was called "George's Barbecue Kettle." Seven years later, George bought Weber Brothers, and a new era of barbecuing was born.

From Innovation Leader to an American Fixture

Steaks cooking on a flattop grill with a meat thermometer stuck in the side of one of the steaks

Weber grills continued to innovate, using stainless steel construction, making Flavorizer® bars, and creating porcelain-enameled cooking grates. The first Genesis® grill was unveiled in 1985, followed by the Summit® series in the mid-1990s, and the portable Q® series in 2003. Over the years, Weber grills have become not just tools for cooking food, but grills that bring people together.

Weber Grill Models - Genesis II Series

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The Evolution of Gas Grilling

The Weber Genesis II series is built to gather together family, friends, and even the whole neighborhood. These grills are the newest addition to the Weber line, and we believe they're superior to every other grill in its class. Genesis II grills feature the latest in Weber technology, including the exclusive GS4 grilling system. Ranging in size from two to six stainless steel burners, a Genesis II grill is built for however many people you entertain.

All Weber Genesis II grills feature:

  • the GS4 high-performance grilling system, which includes Infinity Ignition and high-performance burners, Flavorizer bars, and grease management system
  • iGrill 3 technology allows you to monitor food right from your phone
  • built-in lid thermometer
  • stainless steel side tables and heat deflectors

The LX S models feature closed cabinets, whereas the E models offer an open cart design.

The LX S models' lid, Flavorizer bars, and cooking grates are stainless steel, while on the E models they are porcelain-enameled.

Weber Spirit II Series - For the Spirit of Grilling

A group of four guys sitting out on a patio around a Weber Spirit Gas grilling BBQing

The Weber Spirit II series is designed to get everyone involved in gas grilling and help you taste the difference with a Weber grill. Spirit II grills come in two- and three-burner models and are the most accessible gas grills in the Weber line. The new Spirit II grills have been updated with the GS4 grilling system and iGrill capability. These grills are feature-rich and packed with top of the line options.

Weber Spirit II grills feature:

  • GS4 grilling system
  • iGrill capabilities
  • stainless steel burners, the true engine behind a Weber grill’s performance
  • porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars
  • porcelain-enameled cooking grates
  • electronic crossover ignition system
  • stainless steel side tables
  • built-in lid thermometer

Spirit SP models feature a stainless steel lid, while the Spirit E line comes with a porcelain-enameled lid.

Weber Summit Series - What Every Grill Master Strives For

A Weber stainless steel eight burner Summit gas grill sitting on a stone patio with patio furniture in the background

The large, versatile Weber Summit series grills are the pinnacle of grill performance, offering you the widest variety of grilling options. Summit grills feature four to six burners, plus a side burner and rotisserie options. If you’re looking for a large cooking area, elite grilling features, and the ability to cook almost any food you can imagine, Summit series grills are for you. The Summit line is also the only Weber line offered as a built-in or full grill center. Simply put, the Summit series offers you the absolute best grilling experience on the planet.

Weber Summit grills feature:

  • Snap-Jet individual infrared burner ignition system
  • stainless steel Flavorizer bars
  • stainless steel cooking grates 
  • stainless steel side tables and stainless/painted steel doors
  • grill cabinet
  • tuck-away rotisserie system with flip-up motor and storage

Weber Q Series - At Home or on the Go

The Weber Q Series grill and grill stand in a parking lot tailgating

Introduced in 2003, the Weber Q series grills changed the game when it came to portable grilling. They’re the perfect grills for tailgating or summer evenings at the ball diamond, yet a Weber Q can still cook an entire meal at home. 

Weber Q grills feature tons of quality components, like stainless steel burners, porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates, electronic ignition, a cast aluminum lid and body, a glass-reinforced nylon frame, and infinite control burner valves. 

Which Weber Q Grill is right for you?

Whether at home, on the go, tailgating or backyard barbecuing, do it with a Q!

The portable Weber Q Gas grills are available in four sizes. One of these, the Q 1200, also comes in myriad colors to match your favorite college team!

Weber Q Electric grills make things even easier for downtown living! Perfect for an apartment patio, the 1,560-watt Q Electric comes in two different sizes to ensure your dreams of an urban barbecue are no longer just wishful thinking!

Weber Q 3200

  • 2 stainless steel burners
  • 21,700 BTU
  • 468 sq. in. total cooking area
  • Built-in lid thermometer
  • Removable folding side tables
  • Open cart design with shelf and tank holder

Weber Q 2200

  • Single burner
  • 12,000 BTU
  • 280 sq. in. total cooking area
  • Built-in lid thermometer
  • Folding side tables

Weber Q 1200

  • Single burner
  • 8,500 BTU
  • 189 sq. in. total cooking area
  • Built-in lid thermometer
  • Built-in lid thermometer
  • Folding side tables

Weber Q 1000

  • Single burner
  • 8,500 BTU
  • 189 sq. in. total cooking area

Weber Charcoal Grills

A black Weber Original Kettle Charcoal grill sitting in the grass ouf a backyard with a blurred out image of a family laying in a hammock in the background

Original Kettle Charcoal Grills

Weber’s roots go back to George Stephen’s original, kettle-shaped design, so they’ve kept the Original Kettle series going strong as a modern version of the grill that started it all back in 1952. Coming in 18”, 22”, and 26” sizes, Original Kettle charcoal grills are affordable, durable options for the charcoal-grilling lover. Thanks to an aluminum ash catcher, rust-resistant damper, plated steel cooking grates, a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, and one-touch cleaning system, Original Kettle grills are built to both out-perform and outlast other traditional models.

Master-Touch Series

In addition to the Original Kettle Premium features, the Weber Master-Touch offers a Gourmet BBQ System™ hinged cooking grate, a Tuck-Away™ lid holder, and a warming rack.

Performer Charcoal Grills

A green Weber Performer Grill sitting on a patio with patio tables behind it

In addition to the Original Kettle series, the Weber Performer charcoal grills offer the added convenience of a heavy-duty steel-frame cart, a work table for food prep, and a bottom wire rack. They are available in basic, Premium, and Deluxe trims.

The Premium and Deluxe add a removable backlit LCD cook timer and a weather-protected CharBin storage container. Additionally, the Deluxe features an electronic Touch-N-Go gas ignition system.

Smokey Mountain Cooker Smokers

A close up image of a pair of tongs being used to add chunks of wood to a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smokers

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker series helps you connect to the true roots of classic barbecue flavor. Perfect for slow-cooking ribs or pulled pork of smoking fresh-caught fish, the Smokey Mountain Cooker series provides the essence of grilling. In 14”, 18”, and 22” sizes, these smokers offer a built-in lid thermometer, plated steel cooking grates, rust-resistant metal legs, a porcelain-enameled water pan, and a heavy-gauge charcoal grate.

While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.