The 8 Best Weber Grills, Tested by Our Experts

The winner for Weber's best gas grill is the Weber Spirit II E-310

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Best Weber Grills

The Spruce Eats / Chloe Jeong

There's a reason Weber is nearly synonymous with classic, quality grills. The brand has been around since the '50s when the founder first invented the kettle grill. Since then, the company has kept the iconic bowl-shaped charcoal grill but also introduced gas grills, electric grills, wood pellet grills, and more—not to mention a range of grilling accessories, from grill thermometers to briquettes.

To help find the right Weber grill for you, we sent popular models to the homes of our expert testers and rated each one on setup, heat retention, heat control, size, versatility, and overall value. Many steaks, burgers, veggies, and more were grilled to make sure these Weber grills are truly the best.

Whether you're in the market for a spacious stationary grill to cook for a crowd or a lightweight, portable, option for camping or tailgating, here are the best Weber grills.

Best Overall, Gas

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill


What We Like
  • Even heating surface and few flare-ups

  • Compatible with Weber’s iGrill 3

  • Easy-to-read fuel scale

  • Grease management system makes it easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Price tag is steep for three burners

  • No side burner

  • Hood isn’t as deep as other models

If you’re looking for a well-built gas grill to sizzle your steaks and serve up perfectly charred hamburgers, the Weber Spirit II E-310 is our top pick for a gas grill.

The Weber Spirit II E-310 offers three burners with an output of 30,000 BTUs per hour, and it features the brand's GS4 grilling system, which includes porcelain-enameled "Flavorizer" bars and an efficient grease management system. There's also an improved ignition that we thoroughly enjoyed. The grill has 529 square inches of cooking space across its enameled cast iron cooking grates, providing plenty of room for all your burgers, steaks, and veggies—we found it ample enough for a family of five. Plus, there are two side tables, one of which can be folded down.

This grill's open cart design provides additional storage space for your favorite tools, and it has integrated hooks on the side tables, as well. The grill is available in several colors, and it has an easy-to-read fuel gauge next to the propane tank to let you know how much fuel you have remaining. Our tester said its performance, advanced design features, and warranty make this "worth the splurge."

Price at time of publish: $639

Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill

The Spruce Eats / Angelica Leicht

Dimensions: 45.5 x 52 x 24 inches | Total Cooking Area: 529 square inches | Type: Gas | Power: 30,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 10 years

Testing Takeaway

"This grill lit right up for us with no hassle and got extremely hot extremely quickly. We’re talking just a few minutes to get up to 500 degrees." — Angelica Leicht, Product Tester

Best Overall, Charcoal

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-Inch Charcoal Grill


What We Like
  • Classic, compact design

  • Tried-and-true cooker makes amazing food

  • A cost-conscious option

  • Ash catcher makes cleanup a breeze

What We Don't Like
  • Charcoal fuel takes more effort than gas or pellets

  • Small to medium cooking space

  • Wheels are small 

The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is a classic option for anyone who loves grilling with charcoal, and you can't beat the reasonable price for such a well-made product.

This kettle grill has a 22-inch diameter, and can hold up to 13 burgers at a time on its 363 square inches of cooking space. The lid and bowl of the grill are porcelain-enameled for superior heat retention, and the lid has a built-in thermometer and aluminum dampers. When cooking, the grate has a hinged design that makes it quick and easy to add more charcoal, and the angled lid hook allows you to conveniently hang the lid on the side of the grill, saving you from having to place it on the ground.

Another feature that makes the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill great is its one-touch cleaning system, which sweeps ash into a removable high-capacity container for easy disposal. The grill also has integrated hooks on its outer handles, as well as durable wheels for better mobility.

After a short-and-sweet 15-minute setup, it took our tester 10 minutes to light the grill and another 10 for it to get warm. From there, it turned out pork, burgers, steaks, chicken, veggies, and even grilled pineapple with fabulous results. While some foods call for direct heat right over the coals, you can also position the fuel to the side to cook indirectly. You can even use the Weber to slowly smoke more traditional barbecue by adding a little wood to the fire. 

Price at time of publish: $233

Weber Original Kettle 22-inch Grill with burgers and hot dogs cooking on the grate

The Spruce Eats / Nicholas McClelland

Dimensions: 39.5 x 22.5 x 27 inches | Total Cooking Area: 363 square inches | Type: Charcoal | Warranty: 10 years (bowl and lid); 5 years (cleaning system and plastic components); 2 years (everything else)

Testing Takeaway

"Maintaining a consistent temperature is crucial, and the Weber does this better than any other in its price range." — Nicholas McClelland, Product Tester

Best Overall, Electric

Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill

Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill


What We Like
  • Durable and easy to transport

  • Quick assembly

  • Cast-iron cooking grates help retain heat

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't display temperature

  • Long preheat time

For an electric grill that performs great wherever there is a power outlet, choose the Q 1400 from Weber. This compact but mighty electric grill delivers great flavor and doesn’t require propane or charcoal. Instead, plug the unit into an electrical outlet, adjust the temperature setting, and then get ready to grill.

The key to using the Q 1400 successfully is to wait a sufficient amount of time for the grill to come to temperature. Once you do, the 189 square inches of cooking space can handle the grilling needs of anywhere from one person to four or more—depending on what you’re cooking up. Our home tester was really impressed with the meal she created using this grill and raved about the quality sear marks it left on veggie shish kebabs, hanger steak, and marinated chicken breast, though she did miss the true smoky flavor that can only come from a charcoal grill. In our Lab, we observed fantastic sear marks after grilling up steak and zucchini slices.

With porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates, you’ll get excellent heat retention and easy cleanup, as we've seen during tests. The Weber Q 1400 is a great choice if you live in a condo or other small space where the use of gas and charcoal grills may be restricted or if you want an easy-to-use unit that only needs to be plugged in. This is the smaller of Weber’s two electric grill models. If you need a little more space, look to the larger Q 2400.

Price at time of publish: $329

Zucchini strips grilling on the Weber Q 1400 during lab testing

The Spruce Eats / Morgan Hunt Glaze

Dimensions: 14.5 x 27 x 16.5 inches | Total Cooking Area: 189 square inches | Type: Electric | Warranty: 5 years (cookbox, lid assembly, burner tubes, cooking grates, and plastic components); 2 years (everything else)

Testing Takeaway

"We were super pleased with these grates, as they gave us drool-worthy sear marks during different grill sessions."Michelle Piccolo, Product Tester

Best Pellet Grill

Weber Smokefire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Weber SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill


What We Like
  • Simple operation with lots of automation

  • Excellent at maintaining temperature during cooking

  • Reaches 500 degrees within 10 minutes

  • App is easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • App doesn't always allow customization

  • Only two probes included

Weber finally released its very first pellet grill—the SmokeFire EX4—and while the first generation of the wood pellet grill had a few problems that needed to be addressed, the second iteration of the product is a worthwhile splurge. This grill boasts 672 square inches of grilling space across two levels of grates, and it offers an impressive temperature range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing it to be used for both grilling and smoking.

The SmokeFire EX4 has a 20-pound pellet hopper, as well as a DC-powered engine designed to prevent auger jams. The grill is also equipped with a number of smart features like two meat probes that let you keep an eye on the doneness of your food and allows you to control and monitor the grill from your smartphone via Wi-Fi. It can even walk you through the grilling process, letting you know when it's time to flip food—a handy option for novice grillers.

Our home tester thought the grill was really easy to use, as it's easy to light, has immaculate temperature regulation, and practically operates itself. She successfully cooked a smoky half chicken using the bone-in chicken program as well as perfectly melty cheeseburgers using the cheeseburger program (just note that this only allows you to cook them well-done, so if you like yours less cooked, you can grill them without selecting the program).

At our Lab, we found the SmokeFire EX4 was the fastest to reach 500 degrees, achieving it in just under 10 minutes, and eventually maintained an internal temperature of 600+ degrees during testing. It performed exceptionally well with our grilling and baking tests, and was one of the better pellet grills when it came to searing steaks.

Price at time of publish: $1,199

Weber Smokefire EX4 during pizza testing Spruce Eats

The Spruce Eats / Russell Kilgore

Dimensions: 47 x 43 x 33 inches | Total Cooking Area: 672 square inches | Type: Wood pellet | Warranty: 3 years (cooking grates, pellet slide, burn pot, heat baffle, pellet grate, controller bezel and electrical components); 5 years (everything else)

Testing Takeaway

"Thanks to Wi-Fi, it’s possible to monitor the grill temperature, recipe progress, and temperature probes from a distance, so there’s no need to hover over the grill to see what’s going on." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Budget

Weber 18-Inch Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill

Weber 18-Inch Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill


What We Like
  • Compact and lightweight

  • Convenient lid lock

  • Surprisingly spacious cooking area

What We Don't Like
  • Not enough room for large items, such as a whole chicken

  • Handle can get hot

At about 20 inches x 20 inches and a little more than 22 pounds, Weber's 18-inch Jumbo Joe is compact enough to make it the smart choice for small spaces and travel. The charcoal grill features a metal bracket that keeps the lid locked in place during transit—and holds it in place during cooking, as well. And the 240-square-inch surface area can grill 6-8 burgers on its plated steel grates.

Grillers love the quality construction and ventilation available on the Jumbo Joe—though it's small, it still has a top and bottom damper to adjust airflow. Though you have ample room to host a moveable feast, keep in mind is that there is not as much clearance under the lid to cook bone-in turkey breast or whole chickens. Chances are pretty good, though, that this portable grill is capable of handling anything you have in mind for a summertime park adventure or game day cookout.

Price at time of publish: $98

Dimensions: 19.7 x 19.7 x 20.5 inches | Total Cooking Area: 240 square inches | Type: Charcoal | Warranty: 10 years (bowl and lid); 5 years (cleaning system and plastic components); 2 years (everything else)

Best for a Party

Weber Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Weber Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill


What We Like
  • 844 square inches of cooking area

  • Four burners, as well as a side burner and searing station

  • Unbeatable heat output

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Propane tank is on the exterior

If cooking for a crowd is the name of your grill game, then you need a supersized gas grill like the Genesis II S-435 model from Weber. Available in both propane and natural gas configurations, this has the ability to produce 48,000 BTUs on the main burner, 9,000 BTUs on the sear station burner, and 12,000 BTUs on the side burner. There's 844 square inches of cooking area under the hood, so more than enough room on this 4-burner gas grill to feed a crowd. The primary cooking area measures 646 square inches, while the warming rack adds an additional 198 square inches and can be easily flipped down and out of your way.

It's easy to control the flames underneath the stainless-steel cooking grates, and if you like to have your accessories on hand, there's room to store them. This grill is a real crowd-pleaser, and you can cook up to 28 burger patties at once. Will you need to cook that quantity every weekend? Probably not. But as one grill master pointed out, the ability to have such a large work area makes it easier to cook up a variety of tasty dishes.

Price at time of publish: $1,749

Dimensions: 65 x 29 x 47 inches | Total Cooking Area: 844 square inches | Type: Gas | Power: 48,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 12 years (cookbox and lid assembly); 10 years (burner tubes, cooking grates, and Flavorizer bars); 3 years (Weber Connect components); 5 years (everything else)

Best Portable

Weber Q 2200 Gas Grill

Weber Q 2200 Gas Grill


What We Like
  • Extremely easy to set up and operate

  • Spacious cooking area

  • Heavy-duty porcelain-enameled cast iron grates

  • Large folding side tables

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat heavy for a portable grill

  • Catch pan didn’t fit properly

The Weber Q 2200 Propane Gas Grill is one of our top picks for portable grills by any brand. Though a bit of an investment, the gas grill pays off with its convenience. It's easy to start, easy to use, and heats up quickly and powerfully, delivering 12,000 BTUs of heat per hour. The 280-square-inch cooking area consists of porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, which should be enough to serve three to four people (pretty good for a portable model).

There are two side tables so you can prep on the go, and they fold up easily when it's time to pack up. Our expert found it easy to assemble and attach to a 1-pound gas canister. The grill was able to achieve high temperatures as well as larger models, and when her boyfriend brought it to work for lunchtime cookout, it was incredibly easy to transport in the back of a truck. Our tester called it "pricey, but worth it" for anyone who regularly grills on the go.

Price at time of publish: $329

weber-q2200-propane-grill with steak and veggies grilling

The Spruce Eats / Camryn Rabideau

Dimensions: 15.5 x 51.4 x 19.5 inches | Total Cooking Area: 280 square inches | Type: Gas | Power: 12,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 5 years (cookbox, lid assembly, burner tubes, cooking grates, and plastic components); 2 years (everything else)

Testing Takeaway

"The meat was cooked to perfection in around 10 minutes, and I was really impressed at the heat put out by the grill’s 12,000 BTU burner." — Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester

Best for Grill Kings

Weber Summit S-470 4-Burner Natural Gas Grill

Weber Summit S-470 4-Burner Natural Gas Grill


What We Like
  • Attractive stainless steel design

  • Available in propane and natural gas models

  • Includes side burner, sear station, rotisserie burner, and smoker burner

  • LED tank scale for propane

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Grates are hard to clean

If you’re a self-proclaimed grill king, you need the crown jewel of gas grills—like the Summit S-470 from Weber. This stunner of a gas grill gleams in stainless steel or looks elegant in black porcelain. It’s available in both propane and natural gas configurations, and each burner features individual Snap-Jet ignition.

The S-470 model is perfect for the needs of most grill gurus. It has 4 burners that produce 48,800 BTUs per hour, and a primary cooking area of 468 square inches with an additional 112 square inch warming rack. The cooking grates are made of heavy-duty stainless steel and the grill has a dedicated sear station that will turn out beautiful steaks finished to perfection.

The Summit also includes the versatile components that true grilling enthusiasts will enjoy experimenting with, including a tuck-away rotisserie and an integrated smoker box. Smart features like LED-illuminated burner knobs and a handle with built-in light make it easy to grill at night, according to users. This grill is a splurge, but it receives praise and rave reviews thanks to its functionality, high-quality construction, and superior grilling abilities. If you’re serious about grilling, you seriously need to purchase the Summit S-470 4-Burner Gas Grill.

Price at time of publish: $2,749

Dimensions: 51 x 66 x 27 inches | Total Cooking Area: 580 square inches | Type: Gas | Power: 48,800 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 10 years

Final Verdict

For a gas-powered grill, the Weber Spirit II E-310 is our top choice thanks to its three burners, compact design, and useful features. If you're looking for the classic Weber black charcoal grill, you can't go wrong with the Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-Inch Charcoal Grill.

Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill

The Spruce Eats / Angelica Leicht

How We Tested

We tested popular models of pellet grills at our Lab where we grilled, seared, baked, and smoked using each grill to thoroughly analyze every feature and the grill's overall performance. The grills were then rated on heat control and retention, size, features, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. We also sent popular Weber grills to our expert grillers and home product testers, who tried each out with meats, including steak and burgers, vegetables, and more, to determine which grills are truly the best. Each grill was rated on setup, heat retention, heat control, size, versatility, and overall value. Our testers then offered additional insights on each grill's strengths and weaknesses.

When We're Testing Next

To get you ready for peak grilling season, we're doing a new round of testing on both gas and charcoal grills in early 2023. We'll be testing both tried-and-true models as well as a few of the newer grills on the market.

What to Look for in a Weber Grill


Whether you regularly cook for a crowd or simply cook for one, you need the right size grill. Too big and you'll be wasting fuel, too small and you'll be eating dinner last. For grilling, the two important rules to follow are that you'll need about a pound of meat per person and that you'll need 72 square inches for each of those servings. For a family of four, 400 to 500 square inches is sufficient—that allows enough room for sides, extras, or the occasionally dinner guest without being too big a grill for everyday use.

If you know that you'll be cooking multiple different types of food or meats, you might also need to consider multiple burners on a larger grill. This'll give you more temperature zones, and make getting everything to the table so much easier. Lastly, you need to make sure your grill fits your allotted space, and/or is able to move, should you need to store it or bring it on a roadtrip.


Charcoal, gas, and wood pellets all have their pros and cons. Charcoal is easy to pick up at just about every grocery store, home improvement store, or gas station, so you won’t need to make a special trip. But you'll need to have a charcoal starter on hand, will have to wait for everything to cool down before you can dispose of it, and need to deal with the messy ash afterward.

On the other hand, gas is more convenient once you have it—you simply turn a knob to start the fire, and there’s no need to wait for coals to burn down before you begin cooking. But you'll need a special hook-up for natural gas, or to run to the store for liquid propane. Gas-cooked foods also can lack a certain charred grilling taste preferred by some.

If you want to use a wood pellet grill, you'll definitely get great-tasting food, though you'll have to plan in advance to have pellets on hand. Since wood pellet grills work by indirect heat, you'll be able to smoke food as well, without any accessories. You will need to make sure there's an electric outlet nearby since most need to be plugged-in for the ignition and the auger.

Grill Material

Sun, rain, snow, hail, and wind are bound to take a toll on the outer surface of your grill, so it's important to pick a material that's very durable. While stainless steel can discolor from high heat, it won’t rust or corrode with rain and snow. Enameled or powder-coated steel is durable, but eventually, it can crack or chip, leading to rust underneath.

Inside the grill, your grate material is also very important. Stainless-steel grates are inexpensive and lightweight, but you'll need to clean them with a great grill brush after every session. Porcelain-coated grates can last a long time if taken care of properly. Don't use metal tools or brushes on them to avoid the coating chipping off. Uncoated cast-iron grates will need to be maintain like cast-iron cookware. In return, they will stay heat up enough to help cook your food and give you picturesque grill marks.

Shish kebabs grilling on the Weber Q1400 Electric Grill

The Spruce Eats / Michelle Piccolo


How do you clean a Weber grill?

Clean the grates of your grill with a stainless steel grill brush, being sure to remove all pieces of debris that have gotten stuck. If you want to clean your grill grates before you start grilling to remove any burned-on particles, turn the grill on to high heat, allow it to heat up, and then use the grill brush to scrub away burned food bits before you begin grilling. To clean the outside of your grill, wipe it down with a paper towel and the appropriate type of cleaner for the material of your grill: stainless steel cleaner for steel grills, glass cleaner for porcelain grills.

How do you light a Weber grill?

Start by opening the lid to the grill. This prevents gas from building up inside of it. Then, completely open the propane tank’s valve slowly and pause to allow time for the gas to travel through the gas line. If your model has a “start”  knob, turn it to high. Finally, click the ignition for each burner individually. You should hear and see each burner ignite after you’ve done that.

How do you oil Weber grill grates?

Weber grill grates do not require any oiling or seasoning. You can just brush the grates down with a grill brush if they have any debris on them. Additionally, oiling the grates can result in them becoming sticky once the oil has heated beyond its smoking point, which will inevitably happen. If you’re experiencing issues with your food sticking to your Weber grill, oil the food, not the grill grates.

Do you need to season a Weber grill?

You don’t need to season a Weber grill. The grates are made of cast iron, but they are coated in porcelain. The porcelain coating prevents food from sticking, so the grates don’t need seasoning. Only very old models of Weber grills would require seasoning, and because they are very old, that surely happened a long time ago. If you purchase a new Weber grill, you don’t need to worry about seasoning it.

Can a Weber grill get wet?

Weber grills are not waterproof. Therefore, they are able to get wet. You should avoid this if you’re using it, because water entering the cook box will make the fire go out. Weber grills are weatherproof, meaning they can be left out on your patio year-round when not turned on. However, they will last longer and hold up better if you put a cover on them. A cover will protect your grill from getting stained by rain and rusting.

Can you smoke meat on a Weber grill?

Yes, you can smoke meat on a Weber charcoal grill, also known as a kettle grill. The simplest way to use your kettle grill as a smoker is to place all of your charcoal briquettes on one side of the grill and your meat on the other. Adding a few small chips of wood to the charcoal will give your meat a more traditionally smoked flavor. Be sure to soak the wood in water for several hours first. Placing a pan of water underneath the grates where you will be putting your meat will help to catch drippings, keep the meat more moist, and enable the smoke to adhere better to the meat. 

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Erica Puisis is a writer and interior design expert who has been writing about all things home and lifestyle for The Spruce since 2017.

This article was updated by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. She's written close to a dozen pieces on all styles of grills and done firsthand testing of smokers and grills featured in her articles.

Ariane Resnick, who also updated this article, is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. She has more than 20 years experience in the food and writing spaces and believes in a joy-filled approach to health and wellness.

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