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What is the Difference Between the Weber Spirit, Genesis, and Summit Series BBQ Grills?

Chris Tavares  |  March 27, 2020  |  10 Min. Read

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In a short time, Weber has become the household name for grills. However, buying one isn’t easy. You have three different series and several different codes for each series.

In this article, you will learn the most popular Weber grills, the three different series, Spirit, Genesis, and Summit, as well as their differences.

In the end, you will also see a comparison between the Summit and high BTU grill options. Is a professional (pro) grill worth $3,000 more?

You will find out (short answer: maybe).

First, let’s learn Weber’s grill codes for each series, so you will understand before walking into a store or buying online.

 

 

How To Read Weber Grill Codes

Weber codes can be baffling at first, but they notate color, burners, and whether the grates and Flavorizer Bars are stainless or porcelain.

Stainless is better than porcelain because it lasts longer and weatherizes better over time.

I have reviewed the most popular grill from each category, but there are three Spirit models, four Genesis II models, and two Summit models with tons of variations.

Each variation is its own code.

For example, let's look at the Weber Spirit E-210. "E" stands for having an enameled porcelain lid and grates, the "2" is for two burners, and the "0" is for an open cart design. 

We broke down all of Weber's grill codes for each series below: 

Weber Spirit Series

  • E-210 - Enameled lid and grates, 2 burners, closed cart
  • E-310 - Enameled lid and grates, 3 burners, closed cart
  • S-315- Enameled lid, stainless grates, 3 burners, closed cart
  • E-330 - Enameled lid and grates, 3 burners, sear station and side burner, closed cart
  • SP-335 - Stainless lid and grates, 3 burners, sear station and side burner, closed cart

Weber Spirit II Series - These add the GS4 grilling system

  • E-210- Enameled lid and grates, two burners, open cart
  • E-310 - Enameled lid and grates, three burners, open cart

Weber Genesis II Series - also have GS4 grilling system

  • E-310 - Enameled lid and grates, three burners, open cart
  • E-315 - Enameled lid and grates, three burners, closed cart
  • SE- 310 - Enameled lid, 3 burners, stainless grates, open cart
  • E-330 - Enameled lid and grates, three burners, side burner and sear station, open cart
  • S-310 - Stainless lid and grates, three burners, open cart
  • E-335 - Enameled lid and grates, three burners, side burner and sear station, closed cart
  • SE-330 - Enameled lid, stainless grates, three burners, side burner and sear station, open cart
  • E-410 - Enameled lid and grates, four burners, open cart
  • SE-335- Enameled lid, stainless grates, three burners, side burner and sear station, closed cart
  • S-335 - Stainless lid and grates, three burners, side burner and sear station, closed cart
  • E-435 - Enameled lid and grates, four burners, side burner and sear station, closed cart
  • S-435 - Stainless lid and grates, four burners, side burner and sear station, closed cart

Weber Summit Series

  • E-470 - Enamled lid and grates, 4 Burners, side burner, sear station, rotisserie, open cart
  • S-470 - Stainless lid and grates, 4 Burners, side burner, sear station, rotisserie, open cart
  • E-670 - Enameled lid and grates, 6 Burners, side burner, sear station, rotisserie, open cart
  • S-670 - Stainless lid and grates, 6 Burners, side burner, sear station, rotisserie, open cart

Weber GS4 Upgrades

Weber-GrillsWeber Grills at Yale Appliance in Boston

 

A few years ago, Weber redesigned the Spirit and Genesis models with four core improvements - Weber calls them the GS4.

The 5 core improvements below are:

  1. Ignition system
  2. Burners
  3. Flavorizer Bars
  4. Grease management system
  5. iGrill App

Let's look briefly at all four.

Ignition System - The ignition system is now electronic and lights on the first strike. In other words, you don't have to play with the knob until you have ignition.

GenII_Igniter_ButtonWeber Ignition System

 

Burners - Weber changed the shape of its burners for a more consistent and even heat.

In one case, years ago, our chef placed her hand on a hot grill from another competitor without being burnt (our insurance company was happy).

Weber-Grills-FlamesWeber Burners

 

Flavorizer Bars - The Flavorizer Bars were reconfigured to reduce flare-ups and vaporize grease. You can also see the flame when you grill.

Weber-Flavorizer-BarsWeber Flavorizer Bars

 

Grease Management System - Grease management is now more effective with easy to remove drip pans.

E330_Grease_Management_Open_CartGrease Management System

 

iGrill App - Weber also introduced the iGrill app as an additional accessory. The app allows you to monitor the temperature of the meat you are cooking with a temperature probe from their app.

Weber’s Warranty and Reliability

Weber is extraordinarily reliable. At a 1.52% service rate within the first year, it’s way under the average appliance service rate of 13.4%. It’s the second most reliable product sold after disposers.

Then again, their competitive advantage has been reliability and length of life versus lesser expensive grills.

They are also excellent at after-sales service. Most of Weber’s functional parts are covered for 10 years.

However, you have to call them. Then they’ll ship the part free. You can either install the part or then call us (in Metro Boston) or another service company to replace it.

It’s a bit different than a normal fix, at least for us.

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Why Weber?

We like different, better functioning products. Appliances and grills are our business. We have tried almost every grill, ceramic, pellet and charcoal manufacturer in the industry.

Weber works. It would be great to offer you tons of options, but none of them seem to perform or last like a Weber.

Before you try an unknown name heavily pushed by your appliance dealer, ask for a demonstration.

Let’s compare each series on the more popular selling models.

 
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Weber Spirit II Grill Series

Weber-Spirit-Series-GrillThe Weber Spirit II Grill Is Perfect for the small family or novice griller

 

The Weber Spirit II Series is considered the entry-level model equipped with either a two-burner or three-burner configuration, available in black for natural gas.

You also have a choice of Sapphire Blue, Ivory, or Red, in the E-210 and E-310 models for liquid propane only.

In 2018, Weber moved the controls to the front panel, as well as folding side shelves for storage of the grill. The cooking grates have also changed to porcelain-enamel cast iron.

Spirit is a good value. It’s solid and will last far longer than the cheaper competitive grills.

Their SP-335 includes every Weber option including the Sear Station, side burners, and a storage cabinet.

Two-burner Grill, 360 sq inch cooking surface, 26,500 BTU’s, porcelain enamel cast iron grates

$399.99 & $449.99 (stainless). Their top end is $649 with side burners and sear station.

E-210 - $379

Weber Spirit II Series E 210

 

Features:

  • Spirit II E-210 Series
  • 26,500 BTU
  • 360 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 2 Burners
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 63" H x 50" W x 32" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 45.5" H x 50" W x 24" D

E-310 - $479

Weber Spirit II 310Features:

  • Spirit II E-310 Series
  • 30,000 BTU
  • 424 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 63" H x 52" W x 32" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 45.5" H x 52" W x 24" D

SP-335 - $699

Weber-Spirit-Grill-SP-335

Features:

  • Sear station creates an intense heat zone for the perfect sear
  • 7mm stainless steel rod cooking grates
  • Sleek, stainless steel lid
  • 424 square inches of main grilling space

Weber Spirit Grills

 

 
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Weber Genesis II Grill Series

Weber-Genesis-II-Series-GrillThe Weber Genesis II Grill Is Perfect for everyday grilling but big enough to conquer the big party

 

Genesis II is their most popular grill series with three and four-burner sizes only.

The differences between models are more durable steel grates instead of porcelain, cabinet fronts, side burners, and the Sear Station.

Genesis II has some decent options at different prices.

E335_Side_Burner_OpenWeber Side Burner

 

E-310 - $799

Weber-Genesis-II-E-310

 

Features:

  • Genesis II E-310 Series
  • 37,500 BTU
  • 513 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 61" H x 54" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 45" H x 54" W x 29" D

S-310 - $899

Weber-Genesis-II-S-310

Features:

  • Genesis II S-310 Series
  • Stainless Steel Exterior
  • Stainless Steel Grates
  • 37,500 BTU
  • 513 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 61" H x 54" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 45" H x 54" W x 29" D

E-315 - $849

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Features:

  • Genesis II E-315 Series
  • 39,000 BTU
  • 513 sq. in. cooking area
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 62" H x 59" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 47" H x 59" W x 29" D
  • Available in: Black, Copper

SE-330 - $899 (Colors Available)

Weber-Genesis-II-SE-330

Features:

  • Genesis II E-330 Series
  • Stainless Steel Grates
  • 39,000 BTU
  • 669 sq. in. cooking area
  • 3 Burners
  • Sear Station
  • Side burner
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 62" H x 59" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 47" H x 59" W x 29" D
  • Available in: Black, Smoke, Copper, Crimson Red

SE-335 - $949

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Features:

  • Genesis II E-335 Series
  • 39,000 BTU
  • 669 sq. in. cooking area
  • 3 Burners
  • Sear Station
  • Side burner
  • Cart Doors
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 62" H x 59" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 47" H x 59" W x 29" D
  • Available in: Black, Stainless Steel

E-410 - $999

Weber-Genesis-II-Grill-E-410

Features:

  • 48,000 BTU
  • 646 sq. in. cooking area
  • 4 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 62" H x 65" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 47" H x 65" W x 29" D
  • Special Edition: Cast Iron Grates and Stainless Flavorizer Bars
  • Available in: Stainless steel and Black

S-435 - $1,249

Weber-Genesis-II-Grill-S-435

Features:

  • 48,000 BTU
  • 646 sq. in. cooking area
  • 4 Burners
  • Cart Doors
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 62" H x 65" W x 31" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 47" H x 65" W x 29" D

 

Weber Genesis II

 

 
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Weber Summit Grill Series

Weber-Summit-GrillWeber Summit Grill 

 

A few years back, when Weber radically changed their Genesis and Spirit grills, they didn’t change the Summit.

It is still the only Weber grill made in the US but does not incorporate their GS4 improvements.

The Summit is Weber’s largest and most featured grill at 4 and 6 burners, with a smoker, side burners, and a rotisserie.

(We compare Weber to other professional grill products in our free BBQ Buying Guide)

It’s designed to compete with professional grills with similar features at less than half the price.

We compare it versus Lynx, Hestan, and DCS in our BBQ Guide. I also include a small section later in this article.

Also, this series offers a built-in lineup in either four or 6-burner configurations, designed to be built into stone or brick.

Six burners, sear zone, 769 sq inch cooking surface, 60,000 BTU’s, 10,600 BTU sear, smoker box, grill handle lights, Tuck-Away rotisserie motor, lighted control knobs $2,499.99 as shown.

The four-burner grill is available with porcelain color, grates, and bars at $1,799.

E-470  - $2,099

Weber-Summit-Grill-E-470-In-Black

Features:

  • Summit E-470 Series 
  • 48,800 BTU
  • 468 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 4 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 57.1" H x 66" W x 30" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 50.5" H x 66" W x 26.5" D

E-670 - $2,749

Weber-Summit-Grill-E-670

Features:

  • Summit E-670 Series
  • 60,000 BTU
  • 624 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 6 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions - Lid Open: 57.1" H x 74.1" W x 30" D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 50.5" H x 74.1" W x 26.5" D

What is the Difference Between the Weber Spirit, Genesis, and Summit Series BBQ Grills?

This is a much easier comparison than last year because it was the same grill in many instances.

They do share the same 3-burner size. However, the features are different.

The Spirit is a less expensive Weber grill without any features designed for the occasional griller.

Genesis has better features like side burners and more durable, stainless grates. You can also buy it with a cabinet front for storage and a Sear Zone for extra heat.

The exception is the new Spirit SP-335. It has all the features of the Genesis in a smaller size.

Weber Genesis II Vs Weber Summit Grills

Weber Genesis II Vs Weber Summit Grills

Genesis II has the GS4, so it is a technically better grill. The Summit adds size at six burners and features unavailable to the Genesis, like a rotisserie and smoker.

Both are great grills, but different in almost every way. It depends on how you grill.

Genesis is a great basic grill, but it lacks some of the more advanced features and size of the Summit.

Weber Summit Vs Other Professional Grills

Weber Summit Grills vs Hestan Professional Grill - 3

The Summit is a great grill for the money. You won’t be cheated buying an almost $3,000 grill. Technically, it has all the features of a Lynx, DCS, or Hestan professional grill.

However, a professional grill will have higher BTU burners at 23-29,000 BTU versus more 10,000 BTU burners for the Summit.

You can cook faster in a pro grill due to the higher heat burners. You also have a better rotisserie at 50 pounds with a hotter infrared burner located in the back.

The sear on a professional grill is infrared as well. We cover infrared vs. gas in other articles.

yaleappliance_Lynx_1Lynx Professional BBQ Grills at Yale Appliance in Framingham

 

It's more intense direct heat, whereas a gas burner spreads the heat further. If you want lines on your meat or quickly sear the outside of your meat, then the Pro will be better than the Summit.

You will pay over $6,000 for a Pro vs. under $3,000 for a Summit.

Should You Buy A Weber Spirit II, Genesis II, or Summit Grill?

It depends on how you grill to answer what is right for you.

If you grill infrequently or basically, the Spirit is a great grill. It is very good quality and less expensive than buying 2 or 3 cheaply made grills.

If you are an advanced griller, then the Summit excels with the quick sear. You can also infuse meats with the smoker box and roast meats on your rotisserie, unlike the other Weber grills.

Genesis II is their most popular grill again in the best sizes with some upgraded features at a reasonable price.

There are tons of great choices from the best, most reliable company for outdoor grills.

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In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

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Chris Tavares

Chris Tavares is an Appliance Sales Associate at Yale Appliance and has been with Yale for over 10 years. When not helping clients, Chris is a huge Patriots fan and enjoys cooking.

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