Summit vs. Genesis used to be an easy comparison. Genesis was very good with the Summit being a better, yet more expensive grill.
However, the comparison is way more complicated this year. Genesis II has changed dramatically while the Summit has stayed the same.
This year, more expensive does not mean necessarily better for you. It depends on how you grill.
So we will look at the new Genesis II and how it competes with the Summit.Short on time? Get our free BBQ Buying Guide
Weber Genesis II Review
The Genesis II has changed from 3 grills last year to 8 this year with two different series, the Genesis II and the Genesis II LX.
New GS4 Grilling System
The grill has been improved with a better ignition system making it easier to strike the first time more often.
But the real improvements have been in the performance. The flavorizer bars and elements have changed, so there is more consistent heat than last year. Not to mention, when drippings hit the flavorizer bars, there is a more smokey flavor to your food.
You also have an optional app, so you can monitor your food remotely. These improvements are only on the Genesis II and Genesis II LX.
The Genesis II is now available from a smaller 2 burner to a larger 6 burner. The BTU output ranges from 26,000 to 72,000 depending on the number of burners and series.
Genesis II Models
Genesis II LX Models
The Genesis II LX is very similar in terms of models and sizes to the Genesis II except the LX has more weather resistant stainless grates.
The LX has a side burner so you can boil without having to run back to your kitchen, and it has light up knobs for night time grilling. More significantly, the LX has about 10% more BTU output than the Genesis II.
Weber Summit Review
Summit is made on last year's platform and is still produced in the US. The Genesis II grills are made in China (the Genesis II LX is still made in the US). There are only 2 Summit models this year, a 4 and 6 burner.
Let's have a look.
Weber Summit Models
Summit vs Genesis II LX
Let's look at both grills in the largest sizes. Keep in mind, you can compare the 4 burners but the outcome would be similar.
That being said, the Genesis II would be similar also, except with some of the differences described.
Genesis II LX - $1,999
- BTU Output - 72,000
- Size 48H x 72W x 29D
- 998 square inches
- 6 burner
Summit - $2,499
- BTU output - 60,000
- 769 Square inches
- Size 50.5H x 74 W x 26 Deep
- 10,200 rotisserie burner
- 6,800 BTU smoker box
- 10,600 BTU Sear Station
First, they look similar in many ways in terms of BTU and overall size, yet they are designed for two different types of grillers.
The LX has the new system so you have more consistent heat. If you want to grill for a whole party, the LX is the biggest and will be the most consistent front to back.
The Summit is more for the specialty, gourmet griller. For example, they both have a rotisserie (Genesis is an accessory), but the Summit will be better because it has a dedicated rotisserie burner on the top for more even cooking.
The Summit offers the smoker box if you like to infuse your meats with wood. Equally, you have a sear station to add char marks to your meat. As for the Genesis II models, you do not have the ability of a dedicated sear.
So it depends on how you use the grill; are you more of a power griller or more of a gourmet griller?
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 12, 2015 and has been updated for accuracy, freshness, and comprehensiveness.
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