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

Chris Tavares  |  April 18, 2019  |  10 Min. Read

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Weber has once again changed its Spirit and Genesis grills. In 2019, they relabeled existing grills rather than radically redesigning their grills like last year.

It is actually easier to buy a Weber grill this year versus 2018 because there is less overlap between grill series.

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In this article, you will learn about the functional differences between all three series. Then you will see our comparison of the three to choose the right grill for you and your family.

I will also break down how to read a Weber grill code without consulting 6 different guides.

First, you should understand last year’s improvements and reliability compared to other grills. By the way, we cover their charcoal grills in other posts. This article covers gas grills only.

 

GS4

Last year the Spirit and Genesis models were completely redesigned with 4 core improvements - Weber calls it the GS4.

The 4 core improvements below are:  

  • Ignition system
  • Burners
  • Flavorizer Bars
  • Grease management system

Let's look briefly at all four.

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

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Weber Ignition System

Burners - The shape of the burners were changed for a more consistent and even heat throughout every part of the grill.  Most competitive grills are not even. 

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Weber Burners

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).

Flavorizer Bars - The flavorizer bars were reconfigured to reduce flare-ups. You can also see the flame when you grill and grease is vaporized better as well.
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Weber Flavorizer Bars

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

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Grease Management System

The GS4 is also protected by a 10-year warranty...Let's see if you will need this warranty in the first year.

Weber’s Warranty and Reliability

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Lynx Professional Grills 15 85 17.65 %
Hestan 3 20 15.00 %
Kalamazoo 1 19 5.26 %
Weber 11 697 1.58%
Traeger Wood Fire Grills 0 21 0.00 %
Uuni 0 14 0.00 %
Grand Total 32 883 6.70 %

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

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

Buy one Weber versus multiple other brands over the same time period. It’s cheaper and you enjoy a better grill.

They are also excellent at after sales service. Most of their functional parts are covered for 10 years.

However, you have to call them and they 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.

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

Weber Spirit II

Perfect for the small family or novice griller

The Weber Spirit II Series is considered the entry-level model. The series is equipped with either a 2-burner or 3-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.

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Sapphire Blue Ivory Red

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 is solid and will last far longer than the cheaper competitive grills.

  • 2 burner, 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 - $399

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 - $499

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

Weber Spirit Grills

 

Weber Genesis II

Perfect for everyday grilling but big enough to conquer the big party

The Genesis II is their most popular grill series covering the most popular sizes.

It has changed to only 3 and 4-burner sizes. You cannot buy a 2 or 6 burner Genesis like last year.

They also removed the “LX” designation as well. It's just Genesis II now and you can buy it a number of ways.

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

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Side Burner

They also reintroduced the Sear Zone or an additional burner for added heat and better searing.

Genesis II has some decent options at different prices.

E-310 - $799

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

E-315 - $849

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Features:

  • Genesis II E-310 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

E-330 - $899 (Colors Available)

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Features:

  • Genesis II E-330 Series
  • 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

E-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

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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

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

 

Weber Summit

 

Weber did not radically change their best grill like Genesis or Spirit. It is still the only Weber grill made in the US.

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

In addition, this series offers a built-in line up in either a 4 or 6-burner configurations, designed to be built into stone or brick.

6 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 4 burner is available with porcelain color, grates, and bars at $1,799.

S-470 (pictured below) - $2,099

E-470 (Black) - $2,099

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  • 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

S-670 (pictured below) - $2,749

E-670 (Black) - $2,749

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  • 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
Weber Summit Grill Features
 
 
 
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What’s the Difference Between the Weber Spirit, Genesis, and Summit BBQ Grills?

Weber Spirit vs. Genesis

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Weber Spirit Weber Genesis


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 and is designed for the occasional griller.

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

Genesis II vs. Summit

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Weber Genesis Weber Summit

The Genesis II has the GS4, so it is a technically better grill.  The Summit will add size at 6 burner and features unavailable to the Genesis, like a rotisserie and smoker.

Both are great grills, but different in almost every way.

Summit vs. Pro Grills

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Weber Summit Hestan Professional Grill

The Summit is a great grill for the money. You won’t be cheated buying an almost $3,000 grill. It does have 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 will be able to cook faster in a pro grill. You will also have a better rotisserie at 50 pounds with a hotter infrared burner located in the back.

The sear on a Pro is infrared as well. We cover infrared vs gas in other articles. It is a more intense direct heat whereas a gas burner spreads the heat further.

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

Should You Buy a Spirit II, Genesis II or Summit Grill?

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

If you grill infrequently or basically, then the Spirit is a great grill. It is very good quality and will be 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.

The Genesis II will be their most popular grill again in the best sizes with some upgraded features at a decent price.

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

How To Read Weber Grill Codes

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

I have reviewed the most popular grill from each category, but there are 3 Spirit models, 4 Genesis II models, and 2 Summit models.

Weber's codes:

  • E-210 - E stands for porcelain grates and 2 stands for 2 burners  
  • S-210 - S stands for stainless and the 2 for 2 burners
  • E-310 -  3 burners, stainless grates, and porcelain Flavorizer Bars
  • S-310 - 3 burners, stainless grates, and Flavorizer Bars instead of porcelain Stainless steel finish
  • E-315 - 3 Stainless steel burners, Porcelain-enameled cooking grates
  • E-330 - 3 burners, Porcelain grates, sear station, and side burners
  • E-335 - 3 Burners Porcelain grates, and along with a side burner, the sear station closed cart
  • S-335 - 3 Burners stainless grates, and bars along with a side burner, the sear station closed cart Stainless steel finish
  • E-410 - 4 burners, stainless grates, and Flavorizer Bars instead of porcelain Stainless steel
  • E-435 - 4 Burners stainless grates, and bars along with a side burner, the sear station closed cart
  • S-435 - 4 Burners stainless grates, and bars along with a side burner, the sear station closed cart Stainless steel finish
  • E-470 - 4 Burners, Rotisserie, stainless flavorizer bars, side burner
  • S-470 - 4 Burners, Rotisserie, stainless flavorizer bars, side burner Stainless steel finish
  • E-670 - 6 Burners, Rotisserie, stainless flavorizer bars, side burner
  • S-670 - 6 Burners, Rotisserie, stainless flavorizer bars, side burner Stainless steel finish

Natural gas is offered in every series at an additional cost.

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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 + Lighting 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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