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The Complete Buying Guide to Weber Grills: Every Model Explained

From the Smokey Joe to the brand-new Genesis range, here’s everything you need to know about Weber, America’s favorite grill makers.

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It was the early 1950s, the brazier grill was king and George Stephen was not impressed. Braziers lacked lids, leaving food exposed to rain and flooding the coalbed with oxygen, creating uncontrollably hot fires. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Stephen, a salesman for Weber Brothers Metal Works, was filling out orders for buoys from the Coast Guard and Chicago Yacht Club when it hit him — he needed a lid. He cut a buoy into two half-spheres, added legs and punched holes in the top and bottom for airflow. The Weber Kettle was born.

Weber’s original kettle remains its most popular grill today, but in the 60-plus years since its invention, the company has expanded. The Weber name is stamped on propane gas grills, smokers, electric grills and portable grills. There are sub-products under each category, each at different price points, and all with different features. Here’s everything you need to know about the most famous name in grilling.

For more grill content, check out our guides to the best charcoal grills, pellet grills and gas grills.

Where Are Weber Grills Made?

Since 1952, all Weber grills have been made in the U.S. The brand started in Illinois, and Weber continues to make its grills in Huntley, Illinois, while they're designed and engineered in the Chicago quarters.

What Makes Weber Grills Worth It?

Weber grills aren't the cheapest grills, but they're also not super expensive. (It also helps that the brand runs the gamut of prices so it's approachable for people with all budgets.) All of the brand's grills are made in the U.S., using only the best parts and materials, which are either sourced from the U.S. or outside the country. Before any grill goes out, the brand tests everything to ensure it matches the brand's high standards. In terms of longevity, Weber grills will last you practically forever (as long as you take care of them). And if for some reason something goes wrong with your grill, Weber has an excellent customer support team, who can help you find replacement parts and services.

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Charcoal Grills

Original Kettle

Weber Original Kettle 18-Inch
amazon.com
$119.00

The OG Weber’s shape has been more or less the same since 1956, and beyond small component updates, it is effectively the exact grill Stephen set out to make — sturdy and weather-proof with manageable airflow and a reasonable price. It comes with Weber’s standard One-Touch cleaning system, an aluminum ash catch and a pair of solid wheels to move around with.

  • Models Available: 18-inch, 22-inch, 26-inch

    Original Kettle Premium

    Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-Inch
    amazon.com
    $219.00

    The middle-tier kettle is exactly the same as the Original, but adds three useful features: a built-in lid thermometer, hinged grates and a removable ash catch. The lid thermometer is useful for longer cooks when the lid will remain on the kettle for longer stretches (high-heat cooks rarely use the lid or keep it on for more than a minute or two). The hinged grate allows you to lift part of the grate up to add more fuel without having to pull the entire thing out. A removable ash catch is great for those of us who would like to avoid ash-covered finger nails. Plus, it’s the only kettle that comes in different colors.

    • Models Available: 22-inch, 26-inch

      Master-Touch Kettle

      Weber Master-Touch Kettle 22-Inch
      amazon.com
      $275.00

      The most-premium of the kettles adds Gourmet BBQ System grates (the middle is hinged, so you can pull it out to refuel the center of the fire), a warming rack and char-baskets. It has all the features from the Original and Premium kettles. Sadly, it only comes in black.

      Smokey Mountain Smoker

      Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 14-Inch
      amazon.com
      $279.00

      The pill-shaped Smokey Mountain drops the coalbed down a foot or two, adds a door to throw new coals on and comes with a porcelain-enameled water rack to keep things nice and humid. If you want food closer to the fire, there’s a grate beneath the top grate for charring.

      • Models Available: 14-inch, 18-inch, 22-inch

        Performer

        Weber Performer Grill 22-Inch
        amazon.com
        $349.00

        The Performer adds a prep table, cooking timer and gas-fired charcoal starter to the standard kettle grill. It comes in a standard, premium and deluxe set up, the difference being a slightly larger prep table, the addition of a charcoal storage chamber and, at the highest level, an electric charcoal starter.

        • Models Available: 22-inch, 22-Inch Premium, 22-Inch Deluxe

          Ranch

          Weber The Ranch Charcoal Kettle Grill
          amazon.com
          $1,849.00

          The Ranch kettle comes in one size and it’s absolutely enormous. Easily the largest of Weber’s kettle-shaped grills, the Ranch is overkill for all but Weber brand loyalists that need to make more than 40 burgers at a time.

          Summit Kamado

          Weber Summit Kamado 24-Inch
          homedepot.com
          $1,249.00

          The aptly named Summit series is Weber charcoal grilling taken to its peak. It has every premium feature available on a Weber grill in its toolkit, including, but not limited to: gas-fired charcoal ignition, one-touch cleaning, double-walled lid and bowl, hinged grill grates, temperature gauges, timers and more. Weber grilling nirvana, basically.

          • Models Available: Summit Kamado E6, Summit Kamado S6 Grilling Center

            Gas Grills

            Spirit

            Weber Spirit E-210
            weber.com
            $569.00

            All Weber gas grills use a version of the brand’s GS4 grilling system, which includes an ignition system with a 10-year warranty, upgrades fuel tubes for improved heat distribution and “flavorizer” bars that catch grease before it causes flare-ups. The Spirit is the most affordable of Weber’s gas grills. It comes with prep tables, side hooks and all-terrain wheels. Plus, you can get it in a few different color and size combinations.

            • Models Available: E-210, E-310, S-315, E-330, SX-315

              Genesis

              Home Depot
              Weber Genesis E-325s
              homedepot.com
              $999.00

              The Genesis series takes the basics from the Spirit grills and throws a few more features in. Namely, a side table burner, heating rack and porcelain-enameled steel body. Upgrading from the Spirit to the Genesis can be boiled down to one question: do you plan on grilling individual dishes or full meals? If the answer is the latter, go with the Genesis.

              • Models Available: Various color, size, storage and fuel source options

                Summit

                Weber Summit E-470
                homedepot.com
                $2,649.00

                Like the charcoal version of the Summit, the gas model is as feature-rich as it gets. It carries everything from the Genesis and adds burners, BTUs and some very handy automatic lights on the hood for nighttime grilling.

                • Models Available: Various color, size, storage and fuel source options

                  Portable Grills

                  Smokey Joe

                  Weber Smokey Joe 14-Inch
                  amazon.com
                  $45.99

                  Miniaturized classics. While still not small enough to fit in a day pack, it makes for the perfect city-living, can-only-grill-in-the-park grill. It’s got Weber’s charcoal-standard ash catch at the base and airflow dampers on the lid (there aren’t any on the base, sadly). The main difference between the standard and more premium models is a home for the lid; the premium model (about $10 more expensive) has a hinge that holds the lid when not in use. Its 14-inch grill space is enough to fit about five burgers.

                  • Models Available: 14-Inch Standard, 14-Inch Premium

                    Jumbo Joe

                    Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18-Inch
                    amazon.com
                    $89.00

                    The Jumbo Joe is just a larger Smokey Joe. It adds another four inches of grill space, which means eight burgers instead of five.

                    Go-Anywhere

                    Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
                    amazon.com
                    $71.00

                    Weber takes a stab at making a portable, charcoal grill outside its spherical comfort zone. The legs cleverly fold onto the lid and make it a bit more towable, it’s still Weber, which means it’s still heavy (14 pounds) and awkward to carry far. It’s big enough for six burgers (or about three steaks). Use it for car camping.

                    Traveler

                    Weber
                    Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill
                    amazon.com
                    $399.00

                    With the ability to fold flat, the Traveler is the ideal gas grill for folks who are always on the go. Despite its small size, its grilling surface can hold up to 15 burger patties at once, perfect for quick solo meals or family gatherings. Its convenience factors — like one-handed setup and automatic lid lock — make this the ultimate on-the-go grill.

                    Q-Series

                    Weber Q1000
                    amazon.com
                    $229.00

                    The Q-Series comes in propane, electric and natural gas options at a variety of BTU levels. Its body is rust-proof cast aluminum and its grates are enameled cast iron. There are a few models under the Q line, but prices generally only climb with higher power levels and for options that come with fold-out side tables. It also comes in way more colors than most Weber grills.

                    • Models Available: Q1000, Q1200, 2000, Q2200, Q1400 (Electric), Q2400 (Electric), Q3200 (Natural Gas, non-portable)

                      Electric Grills

                      Pulse

                      Weber
                      Weber Pulse 2000
                      amazon.com
                      $849.00

                      Maybe an electric grill isn't exactly what you're looking for, but since Weber is behind the Pulse, it's a worthwhile grill to consider. The Pulse reaches up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, with the ability to control it through an app. The grill features a dual grilling zone, which can hold up to 12 burgers.

                      Pellet Grills

                      SmokeFire

                      Weber
                      Weber SmokeFire EX6
                      amazon.com
                      $1,299.00

                      Pellet grill lovers will love the SmokeFire, which has a temperature range between 200 and 600 degrees. Its porcelain-enamel finish helps with heat retention, while also preventing future rust and cracks. The SmokeFire has flavorizer bars like the Spirit grills, and there's a SmokeBoost option to infuse an extra dose of smokey flavor at the beginning of a cook.

                      • Models Available: SmokeFire EPX6, SmokeFire EX6

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