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A Review Of Napoleon vs. Weber Gas Grills

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 17, 2012  |  7 Min. Read

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When I started at Yale in 1986, there wasn't much choice for BBQ grills. You bought a $300 grill to replace after a few years.

Then the professional grill with companies like Viking, Lynx and Wolf were marketed with solid stainless construction and high BTU output. So 10 years ago, you had your $300 grill or a better grill at about $4,000 (give or take).

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Then Weber popularized a quality, well constructed grill between $420 to $2,500 and really dominated the whole category. It was cheaper to buy a Weber once rather than a cheaper grill every few years. At the same time, it is a good, less expensive substitute to the expensive pro options.

Weber for the last few years has had very little competition. Until Now.

Napoleon is a large Canadian version of Weber with really interesting features at a decent price. Let's see how they compare.

Napoleon vs. Weber Gas Grills

We updated this article in March of 2013. Click here to view

Napoleon PRO500RBPSS - $1,459.99napoleon bbq grill PRO500RBPSS

  • 48,000 BTU’s plus side burner and rotisserie
  • 6 burners
  • Cooking Area: 900 in²
  • Engaging iGLOW™ backlit control knobs for late night entertaining
  • Stainless steel tube burners with crossover lighting
  • Heavy duty rotisserie kit with counter balance and two forks for delicious restaurant style cooking using the rear infrared burner
  • Infrared SIZZLE ZONE™ grill and side burner
  • Deluxe high top, space saving LIFT EASE™ roll top lid with polished chrome trim accents and handle
  • Premium stainless steel side shelves with polished chrome towel bars and tool hooks
  • Pedestal base with hidden casters
  • Add the fun and flavour of charcoal on your gas grill with Napoleon’s® optional charcoal tray
  • Available as a natural gas or propane unit
  • Overall Dimensions: 65" W x 49 1/4" H x 28" D

Weber S-420 aka 7120001 - $1,499.99

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  • 4 Stainless steel burners
  • 48,800 BTU-per-hour input
  • 12,000 BTU-per-hour input flush-mounted side burner
  • Snap-Jet™ individual burner ignition system
  • 3/8 inch or 9mm diameter stainless steel rod cooking grates
  • Stainless steel Flavorizer® bars
  • Primary cooking area = 538 sq in
  • Warming rack area = 112 sq in
  • Total cooking area = 650 sq in
  • Tank not included with LP models
  • Natural gas grill includes a 10-foot flexible hose
  • 1 Grill Out® handle light
  • 6 Tool hooks
  • Limited warranty

Conclusion

It's almost a dead heat...almost.

Weber is a known commodity and made in the USA. The Napoleon, however, has a better side burner, which doubles as a sear zone. You can boil or cook on this burner, whereas you can only boil on the Weber.

Napoleon also has the better warranty at 3-10 years versus 2 for the Weber. It is a significant difference, as it will be tested in New England.

2013 Update

2012 was our first year selling Napoleon. It's a great grill, but the Weber cooks a bit more evenly. Napoleon's repair rate is an excellent 10.3% in the first year, which is good enough to be in our top 5. However, Weber is number one at an unbelievable 1.3%.

You can read the 2013 article here

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Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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