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Weber Genesis II Series Grills for 2020 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 15, 2020  |  8 Min. Read

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Weber Genesis is Weber's most popular grill series. It has decent size, good output, and is built to last longer than other competitive grills.

For the first time in 2 years, the Genesis hasn't changed. In 2018, the whole grill was changed with its "GS4" package for better ignition, heat output, and grease management.

Last year, they eliminated the smaller two burners and larger six burner models as well as some of their better "LX" designations.

In this article, you will learn the most popular Genesis grills. Then we will compare the features of Weber's Genesis series to their Spirit and Summit grills.

weber-grill-display-yale-appliance-framinghamPremium BBQ Grill Display at Yale Appliance in Framingham 

 

Then I will compare Genesis to a professional (pro), charcoal, and pellet grills, so you have complete information on how to decide what Weber grill may be right for you.

Weber GS4 Signature Features

A few years ago, Weber redesigned their grills to light faster, have fewer flare-ups, and more consistent flame. Grease management was also engineered into the grill as well.

It was dubbed their "GS4". Let's briefly look at the improvements.

Igniters

Weber-Genesis-IgnitionWeber Genesis II Grill GS4 Ignition 

 

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 the worry of spills or weather.

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Burners

Weber-Grills-BurnersWeber Genesis II Grill Burners

 

Their high-performance burners have large exit ports for a better flame.

The burners are made of high-grade 304 stainless steel possessing a high content of chromium and nickel to help prevent them from rusting.

Flavorizer Bars

Weber-Flavorizer-(1)Weber Genesis II Grills Flavorizer Bars 

 

Weber also has also introduced patented Flavorizer Bars, vaporizing drippings for easier cleaning. At the same time, it protects the burners from grease and flare-ups.

Grease Management

Their new management system allows for easy removal and a taller tray to trap more grease making your clean up faster.

You shop online or in a store and see a row of similar Weber Genesis grills with dissimilar model numbers.

You almost need a Rosetta Stone or decoder ring to understand the Weber model numbers, so following is an easy table to crack the code.

How Do I Interpret A Weber Grill Model Number?

Weber-Grills-2Weber Genesis II Grills With Three and Six Burners at Yale Appliance in Boston

 

Not very easy.

If a model begins with E - you have porcelain enamel (colored) hood, cast iron grates.

The # indicates the burners on the grill.

The exception to the ruling is the EP model. It is a special edition to certain dealers, and it comes with stainless grates with colored hoods.

Weber Grill Codes

Look at this model number: S-435

  • S - stands for stainless grates and cover
  • SE- stands for a color (there are five) and stainless grates
  • E- Enamel color hoods and porcelain grates
  • 4 - Stands for four burners. The Genesis is now only available with 3 or 4 burners.
  • 3 - side burners, Sear Zone (1 has no side burner or sear
  • 5 - Full cabinet doors (0 is an open cart)

So if you want a three burner with side burners, stainless cover, Sear Zone, and stainless grates, what would the model number be? It would be an S-335.

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Let me show you the progressions of their most popular grills.

Weber Genesis II Series Grills for 2020

Weber Genesis II Grill E-310 61011001 - $749

E-310 61011001

Features:

  • Main Burners: Btu-per-hour Input: 39,000
  • Dimensions - Lid Open (Inches): 62"H X 59"W X 31"D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed (Inches): 47"H X 59"W X 29"D
  • Primary Cooking Area (Square Inches): 513
  • Tuck-away Warming Rack Area (Square Inches): 156
  • Total Cooking Area (Square Inches): 669
  • Stainless Steel Burners: 3
  • Fuel Type: Liquid Propane (20 Lb. Tank Sold Separately)

Weber Genesis II Grill S-310 61001001 - $899

S-310 61001001

Features:

  • Main Burners: Btu-per-hour Input 39,000
  • Dimensions - Lid Open (Inches): 62"H X 59"W X 31"D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed (Inches): 47"H X 59"W X 29"D
  • Primary Cooking Area (Square Inches): 513
  • Tuck-away Warming Rack Area (Square Inches): 156
  • Total Cooking Area (Square Inches): 669
  • Stainless Steel Burners: 3
  • Fuel Type: Liquid Propane (20 Lb. Tank Sold Separately)

Difference between the two: Stainless steel grates and cover

Weber Genesis II Grill SE-330 61032201 - $949

SE-330 61032201

Features:

  • Main Burners: Btu-per-hour Input: 39,000
  • Sear Station Burner: Btu-per-hour Input: 9,000
  • Side Burner: Btu-per-hour: 12,000
  • Dimensions - Lid Open (Inches): 62"H X 59"W X 31"D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed (Inches): 47"H X 59"W X 29"D
  • Primary Cooking Area (Square Inches): 513
  • Tuck-away Warming Rack Area (Square Inches): 156
  • Total Cooking Area (Square Inches): 669
  • Stainless Steel Burners: 3
  • Fuel Type: Liquid Propane (20 Lb. Tank Sold Separately)
  • Side Tables: 2

Weber Genesis II Grill E-330 61052201 - $949

E-330 61052201

  • Main Burners: Btu-per-hour Input: 39,000
  • Sear Station Burner: Btu-per-hour Input: 9,000
  • Side Burner: Btu-per-hour: 12,000
  • Dimensions - Lid Open (Inches): 62"H X 59"W X 31"D
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed (Inches): 47"H X 59"W X 29"D
  • Primary Cooking Area (Square Inches): 513
  • Tuck-away Warming Rack Area (Square Inches): 156
  • Total Cooking Area (Square Inches): 669
  • Stainless Steel Burners: 3
  • Fuel Type: Liquid Propane (20 Lb. Tank Sold Separately)
  • Side Tables: 2

The difference between these two Genesis is stainless steel grates. You also have the Sear Station and side burners.

A Sear Station is another row of burners of 9,000 BTU to increase heat in that area. You also have a side burner to be able to cook outside.

Weber Genesis II Grill E-335 61016201 - $999

E-335 61016201

Features:

  • High-Performance Burners
  • Grease Management System
  • Porcelain-enameled, Cast-iron Cooking Grates
  • Porcelain-enameled Lid
  • IGrill 3 Compatible (Accessory Sold Separately, Not Included)
  • Built-in Lid Thermometer
  • Stainless Steel Heat Deflectors
  • Infinity Ignition
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars

Weber Genesis II Grill E-410 62011001 - $999

E-410 62011001

Features:

  • High-performance Burners
  • Grease Management System
  • Porcelain-enameled, Cast-iron Cooking Grates
  • Porcelain-enameled Lid
  • IGrill 3 Compatible (Accessory Sold Separately, Not Included)
  • Built-in Lid Thermometer
  • Stainless Steel Heat Deflectors
  • Infinity Ignition
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars

E410 is larger with four burners versus 3. E335 has a side burner, the Sear Station, and side burners with an enclosed cart.

You are comparing a larger grill versus a smaller grill with more features.

Weber Genesis II Grill S-335 61006001 - $1,049

61006001

Features:

  • High-performance Burners
  • Grease Management System
  • 7mm Diameter Solid Stainless Steel Rod Cooking Grates
  • IGrill 3 Compatible (Accessory Sold Separately, Not Included)
  • Built-in Lid Thermometer
  • Stainless Steel Heat Deflectors
  • Grill Cabinet
  • Infinity Ignition
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars

Weber Genesis II Grill S-435 62006001 - $1,249

62006001

Features:

  • GS4 High-Performance Grilling System
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars
  • Grease Management System
  • 7mm Diameter Solid Stainless Steel Rod Cooking Grates
  • Stainless Steel Lid
  • IGrill 3 Compatible (Accessory Sold Separately, Not Included)
  • Side Mounted Gas Tank
  • Built-in Lid Thermometer
  • Grill Cabinet
  • Stainless Steel Doors
  • Stainless Steel Heat Deflectors
  • Infinity Ignition

You are comparing the same grill in a 3 or 4 burner size.

Weber Genesis II Series Differences:

The first significant difference is its size, either 3 or 4 burners.

After size, you have a choice of side burners, cabinet fronts, Sear Station, and stainless vs. porcelain grates.

Stainless steel is better for grates because it doesn't chip or rust like porcelain.

Although the Weber grills change in size, they still have the standard Weber GS4 features.

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How Does Weber Genesis II Series Grills Compare To Other Popular BBQ Grills?

Weber Genesis II Series Vs. Weber Spirit Series Grills

Weber Genesis II Series  Vs. Weber Spirit

Spirit is the least expensive Weber grill. It is less powerful at 2-3 burners versus 3-4 for Genesis. Only 3 Spirit grills have the GS4. It is an older line.

This Spirit is the most competitive to the Genesis for features, yet doesn't have the GS4.

It has the same side burner output, but the grill and sear station are a bit underpowered compared to the Genesis at 32 versus 39,000 BTU and 7500 Versus 9,000 BTU for the sear station.

The Genesis is the larger version of the Spirit with better BTU output. The grates and burners are a bit better as well.

Spirit has a less high $699 price.

Weber Genesis II Series Vs. Weber Summit Series Grills

Weber Genesis II Series  Vs. Weber Summit

Summit is the largest Weber grill available in 4 and the largest size of 6 burners.

With the six burners, you have 6 10,000 BTU burner, 10,000 BTU sear, 10,600 BTU infrared rotisserie burner, and 6,000 BTU smoker box.

You can do more with the Summit. It is larger, plus you can effectively rotiss because there is an infrared burner behind the rotisserie.

It's an important distinction. You can buy the rotisserie accessory with the Genesis, but there is no burner behind it for even cooking.

Summit also has the smoker basket so you can infuse your meat with wood or other flavors.

That said, Genesis is the better grill for grilling only.

It has the GS4. Curiously enough, Summit is the older style.

So if you want a larger grill with a better rotisserie and smoking capability, then Summit is a better grill for you.

However, if you just want a better grill at a smaller size, Weber 4 series Genesis is the better choice.

Weber Genesis II Series Vs. Hestan Aspire Grill

Weber Genesis II Series  Vs. Hestan Aspire

 

So how much better is a pro grill?

Professional grills have higher BTU output at 23-25,000 BTUs per burner, so you cook much faster.

There is a much better sear as well. Pro grills use infrared technology, a hotter, more direct heat for much faster searing.

Hestan's rotisserie can fit up to 50 pounds with a much hotter 14,000 BTU infrared burner as well. Even the Weber Summit can only hold 20 pounds with a 10,600 BTU rotisserie burner.

Sounds good? It should.

However, a good pro grill will cost about $4600 to start.

Weber Genesis II Series Vs. Pellet Grills

Weber Genesis II Series  Vs. SmokeFire

I do not know why they call pellet types, grills. They cannot reach the temperature of gas. It's a convection fan in a smoker.

It's a totally different type of cooking based on even, indirect heat. You can cook a brisket for a few hours with customized flavor pellets.

However, you cannot cook that burger quickly.

It's flavor compared to speed.

Weber Genesis II Vs. Charcoal BBQ Grills 

Weber Genesis II Series  Vs. Weber Charcoal Summit

Charcoal has the heat and adds texture that gas cannot.

Gas grills are more precise, consistent, and easy to clean than charcoal.

You also do not have to add charcoal every time using the grill.

Should You Buy a Weber Genesis II Series Grill?

Weber-Genesis-II-Series-GrillWeber Genesis II Series Grill With Four Burners

 

It depends. If you want a larger, more high-powered grill, then the Summit may be a better choice.

For professionals or more seasoned chefs or grill aficionados, Lynx, DCS, and Hestan offer a much better grill with higher BTU, infrared sears, and overall better construction.

You will have to pay a lot more for those features as well, usually over $4,500-10,000.

You should also look at the Spirit grill as well. If you are grilling a couple of items, you still have decent features.

Genesis, however, is the most popular grill for a reason. It is far more durable than a competitive brand. You also have the right size, options, output, and features for the price.

It will light quickly, maintain temperature, and will be easier to clean than the Spirit, Summit, and other competitive brands.

Weber also is built better than its competitors (and we have carried most of them). It will last longer with better reliability.

Frequently Asked Questions About Weber Grills

1. Are Weber Genesis II Grills made in the US?

No, not all Weber grills are made in the USA. Genesis II models with x10 and x30 are made in China. An easy way to know is the unit with an open shelf cart.

2. What is Weber's Smart Grill Hub, and why is it useful?

Weber's Smart Grilling Hub is a connectivity accessory that mounts to the side of your grill. The way to "connect" the accessory piece is by downloading the Smart Grilling Hub 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.

Weber-Smart-Grilling-Hub-Is-Compatible-With-Your-Smart-Phone

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.

3. Can you buy a Weber Genesis II Series grill in natural gas?

Yes, a few Weber grill models are available in natural gas.

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