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New Weber Genesis II and II LX Series Grills 2018 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 06, 2018  |  8 Min. Read

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Weber was the first grill brand to perform without falling apart, even at their entry level grills. Before Weber, you bought a new grill every few years.

The Genesis has been Weber's most popular grill series. The Genesis II was introduced in 2017. I like their new features as of now, but we will be demoing these grills every weekend in April and May. We will video the results and update the article accordingly.

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Weber has also added a few more models to their Genesis II line with the upgraded II LX models. There are also some new features with all their grills; better ignition, performance burners, Flavorizer Bars, and a better grease trap.

The new Genesis is also Bluetooth compatible, so it can advise you on temperature and other functions through alerts on your phone.

We will look at all the grills, compare them, and then look at their new features. First, let's look at Weber.

Weber Genesis II vs Genesis II LX

 
 
 
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Weber 

Weber has become a household name over the years, but interestingly enough they started as a metal works company in 1893 by the Weber Bros. It was not until 1951 that a minority owner of the company, George Stephen Sr, used an old metal buoy, cut it in half, and made the first “kettle grill” which is now a staple of the Weber Family.  

In the late 50’s, the grill became such a hit that George Stephen Sr bought out the Weber Brothers factory and become the full owner, changing the name to the Weber-Stephen company.   

The Weber-Stephen company was family owned all the way up to 2010 until the majority stake changed hands to BDT Capital Partners (Editors' Note: that could be very good or not so).

So as you can see Weber has an extensive line of Genesis grills. Although they change in size, there are still standard features versus last year.

Signature Features

Weber's igniters allow your grill to start on the first strike. The electrode is protected from the elements with a ceramic coating so it can capture the gas and ignite consistently without worry of spills or weather.

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Their high-performance burners have large exit ports for a better flame. The burners are made of high-grade 304 stainless steel that possess a high content of chromium and nickel to help prevent them from rusting. (This is great for when you’re cooking at a summer house by the ocean). 

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Weber also has also introduced patented Flavorizer Bars, which vaporize drippings for BBQ, at the same time it protects the burners from grease and flare-ups.

Speaking of grease, their new management system allows for easy removal and a taller tray to trap more grease making your clean up faster, so you can start eating sooner.

Genesis II and LX II Grills for 2018

Now that we have learned of Weber’s lineage, here is the new Genesis line. We will be comparing the Genesis II to the Genesis II LX. When you upgrade to either series, the grilling square footage increases as does the output. The LX II has doors on the front whereas the LX does not.

Genesis II E-210 - $499Weber-Grill-Genesis-II E-210.jpg

 

Features:

  • Comes in Black 
  • Open Cart Design 
  • 2 Burners 
  • 26,000 BTU per hour 
  • 494 square inches cooking area 
  • iGrill 3 ready (so you can hook up your Bluetooth thermometer.) 
  • Tuck-Away Warming Rack 

Genesis II LX S-240 (Stainless) - $999 

Genesis II LX E-240 (Black) - $899

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Features:

  • Black or Stainless (E or S) Model 
  • Closed Grill Cabinet 
  • Stainless Steel Grates 
  • 2 Burners 
  • 29,000 BTU per hour 
  • 494 square inches cooking area 
  • Side Burner Station, 12,000 BTU 
  • 1 Handle Light 
  • Backlit Knob Controls
  • Add $100 for Stainless Steel

From afar, these two grills may look similar. You're probably wondering what the difference is. If you upgrade to the Genesis II LX 240, then you have the luxury of having stainless steel grates (what you cook on) rather than the porcelain enamel grates. The benefit of having stainless steel is the grates will not rust. The porcelain grates can rust over time, unfortunately. 

Another additional feature to be excited about is the side burner on the LX-240. Having this side burner station is similar to having a stove top. It is perfect for boiling a pot of lobster or corn.  

Genesis II E-310 - $699 

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Features:

  • Comes in Black 
  • Open Cart Design 
  • 3 Burners 
  • 37,500 BTU per hour 
  • 669 square inches cooking area 
  • iGrill 3 Ready 
  • Tuck-Away Warming Rack 

Genesis II LX S-340 (Stainless) - $1,299 

Genesis II LX E-340 (Black) - $1,199

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Features:

  • Comes in Black or Stainless 
  • Closed Grill Cabinet 
  • Stainless Steel Grates 
  • 3 Burners 
  • 43,500 BTU per hour  
  • 669 square inches cooking area 
  • Side Burner Station, 12,000 BTU 
  • 1 Handle Light 
  • Backlit Knob Controls 
  • Add $100 for Stainless Steel

Moving up the Genesis line, the 310 and LX-340 are similar except the LX-340 has the option of stainless and has a LED sensor on the outside versus having a fuel gauge with emitting light from underneath. The LX-340 also has front doors creating cabinet space for extra storage, while the 310 only has an open space with shelves.  

Genesis II E-410 - $949

Weber-Genesis-II-E-410-Grill.jpgFeatures:

  • Comes in Black
  • Open Cart Design 
  • 4 Burners 
  • 48,000 BTU per hour 
  • 844 square inches of cooking area 
  • iGrill 3 Ready 
  • Tuck-Away Warming Rack 

Genesis II LX S-440 (Stainless) - $1, 599 

Genesis II LX E-440 (Black) - $1,499

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Features:

  • Comes in Black or Stainless 
  • Closed Grill Cabinet 
  • Stainless Steel Grates 
  • 4 Burners 
  • 52,000 BTU per hour 
  • 844 square inches cooking area 
  • Side Burner Station, 12,000 BTU 
  • 1 Handle Light 
  • Backlit Knob Controls 
  • Add $100 for Stainless Steel

The two above differ because only the LX models have stainless steel grates, which don't rust and are easier to clean. Furthermore, each of them has four burners giving you more cooking space. The LX-440 has a side burner and closed cabinets (by adding front doors instead of an open compartment), as well.  

Genesis II E-610- $1,299 

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Features:

  • Comes in Black 
  • Open Cart Design 
  • 998 square inches cooking area 
  • 6 Burners 
  • 60,000 BTU per hour 
  • iGrill 3 Ready 
  • Tuck-Away Warming Rack 

Genesis II LX E-640 (Black) - $1,899 

Genesis II LX S-640 (Stainless) - $1,999

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Features:

  • Comes in Black or Stainless 
  • Closed Grill Cabinet 
  • Stainless Steel Grates 
  • 6 Burners 
  • 72,000 BTU per hour 
  • 844 square inches cooking area 
  • Side Burner Station, 12,000 BTU 
  • 1 Handle Light 
  • Backlit Knob Controls 
  • Add $100 for Stainless Steel

The basic and luxury models for the 600 series have 6 burners worth of grilling space, compared to having 3 or 4 burners. The LX-640 also has the option of stainless steel grates, a side burner, and front doors for a closed storage area.  

Now, what we didn't mention earlier is that all the Genesis models can come with an iGrill 3 app for an additional accessory charge.

What is the iGrill 3 app and why is it useful? 

It's a connectivity accessory that mounts to the side of your grill. The way to "connect" the accessory piece is by downloading the iGrill app on your phone. The app is Bluetooth connected and will send alerts to your phone such as temperature readings for four different types of meat.  

This includes alarming you when it reaches a minimum or maximum temperature. This allows you to know when your food is done cooking without having to cut into the meat, check the color, or stand by the grill.

Additionally, it has a fuel detection sensor, which gives you an estimate of when you need to buy more propane.

New Features for 2018

As for Genesis II, changes to the 18 lineups include the new SE-310 for $749. Instead of enamel, you can upgrade to stainless steel grates and Flavorizer Bars, or you can upgrade to the new S-310 fo

Wr $799 (same as the SE-310 but with a stainless steel lid on top of the upgraded grates and Flavorizer Bars). 

Weber S-310Weber Genesis II S-310

Weber also upgraded their parts warranty to 10 years. (This excludes normal wear and tear. Subject to additional terms and conditions in the warranty). 

Check back with us for availability as these have yet to officially launch. 

Conclusion 

The Weber Genesis line has a grill for almost everyone from $499-1,999. The new features improve the product, and the connectivity simplifies your grilling experience.

We will be test driving these grills every weekend at Yale. See these demos on our events page.

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