For more than two decades, the Weber Genesis gas grills, in all their incarnations have been at the top of sales lists and best product reviews. The one thing that has remained the same is that the Genesis has always had three burners. This one size fits all strategy is now over. For 2017, the Weber Genesis comes in two, three, four, and six burner configurations. This one, the basic version of the four burner grill, is the cornerstone of the new line. But more than just an added a burner, Weber has redesigned the burners, ignitors and added compatibility for their iGrill 3 Bluetooth temperature monitoring system.
Solid construction of durable parts
Complete 10-year warranty
Very even heat
Relatively low heat output for the size
- Four 12,000 BTU top ported stainless steel burners
- 646 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 844 square inches
- 48,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Push button electric (AA-battery) ignition
- Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates
- Constructed of cast aluminum, enameled steel and stainless steel
- Dual layer hood
- Open cart design
- Available in Black, Copper, Crimson, and Smoke colors
- Sold as Propane or Natural Gas - Not convertible
- Complete 10-year warranty
- Propane tank, cover, and rotisserie kit sold separately
- Made in China
In the past, if you wanted a Weber Genesis Gas Grill, your choices included colors, whether or not to have a side burner, and a few minor cosmetic elements, like stainless steel hood and doors. Now, this ever popular grill can be had in a number of sizes, ranging from a small two-burner unit to the monster six-burner. Weber is banking that this model, the only one available in multiple colors, will be the most popular and the widest distributed. In fact, you should be able to find this exact grill practically anywhere in the world.
But is isn't just the addition of the extra burner in this grill that makes it both new and an excellent choice. The entire cooking system has been redesigned, most notably, the burners with what they call the GS4 cooking system. In the past, burners on a Weber gas grill were the typical stainless steel tubular burners. The new burners are rectangular, top ported and tapered. What this means is that the fire shots directly up into the "flavorizer" bars and are tapered to provide an even heat front to back. Simply put, the pressure inside the burner is the same all the way through, so the flames have the exact same pressure through every port. This gives the Genesis, one of the most even heats of any gas grill on the market.
The other innovation with the model is the new ignition system. It is still a AA-battery powered, push-button ignition, but each of the igniters now sit under a protective cuff that Weber is confident will allow them to last for ten years. They even warranty the ignition system for that long, giving this grill the longest and most complete warranty in the industry. Weber's legendary support remains unchanged and with this warranty, the rest of the business is going to have to catch up on reliability.
The Genesis grills are very efficient in design and hold on to heat very well, but with about 75 BTUs per square inch of primary cooking surface, there are more powerful grills out there. Efficiency will only go so far and we have found that this model, like the previous 3-burner model, is a little slower to heat up and tends to not get as hot as some competing products. We have not, however, found this to be a serious issue with the performance. The heavy, porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates hold and transfer heat very well, and the heavy firebox holds it in place. This grill will get hot.
The Genesis II E-410 is a basic gas grill. It has four burners and little else. Yes, there are all the standard extras that Weber provides, like a tank scale to see how much propane you have left, and a load of accessories available, but this model doesn't have a side burner or even an option for one. To get a Genesis 4-burner with a side burner means upgrading to the LX edition for about $650 USD more (of course that model has much more than just a side burner added to it). For a list price of $1,049 USD (typically selling for $899 USD) this is a large, but simple gas grill. Well built, but simple.
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