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Weber Genesis vs. KitchenAid Grills (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 07, 2015  |  5 Min. Read

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The weather in Boston is getting warmer. If you are in the market for a new grill this summer chances are you are going to do some online research before making a purchase.

Weber is a very popular brand name in grills. They have been around for a long time and make a solid affordable-luxury product. KitchenAid is also a well-known appliance brand.

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Recently you may have noticed the KitchenAid name recently pop up on grills. We will look at features, prices and compare both grills.  

Weber

Weber grills have been around since 1952. They originated in Chicago, IL where George Stephen Sr. created a grill out of a marine buoy. In 1971 Weber introduced the first gas grill. Gas grills gained popularity because they were able to heat up more quickly than charcoal.

Over the years Weber gained a reputation as being a solid, reliable brand at a reasonable price. Today Weber manufactures three levels of gas grills: Spirit, Genesis, and Summit.

The Genesis series is a very popular choice among grill buyers. Genesis grills are 60’’ wide (with both side-shelves raised) and are available in a variety of colors (stainless, black, red, green, copper, grey etc). 

Genesis S-330 - $949

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Weber Genesis BBQ Grills

 
 
 
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Features:

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  • Order fuel-specific: natural gas or liquid propane
  • 3 grill burners with 507 square inches of cooking area
  • Warming rack with 130 square inches
  • Sear station on 330 models – allow you to quickly sear your meat to lock in the juices for optimal flavor
  • Stainless grates (on higher-end Genesis models) are easier to keep clean and will last longer
  • Stainless flavorizer bars (on higher-end Genesis models) will last longer and help your meats have better flavor. When your meat is grilling it will drip down onto the stainless flavorizer bars and the smoke that is created will add flavor
  • Side burner on 330 models keeps your cooking in one place, giving you the opportunity to boil water (for corn/lobster etc) while you are cooking on your grill.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid is a popular appliance brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. KitchenAid produces their own major appliances, however they do not make their own grills.

KitchenAid grills are manufactured by Nexgrill, a company who produces grills for Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Costco Wholesale, Sears, BJ’s Wholesale, Wal-Mart, and Pricemart.

KitchenAid 720-0745B - $699

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Features:

  • 4 grill burners with 775 square inches of cooking area
  • Stainless (wrapped) cooking grates
  • Stainless flavorizer bars will last longer and help your meats have better flavor. When your meat is grilling it will drip down onto the stainless flavorizer bars and the smoke that is created will add flavor
  • Side burner keeps your cooking in one place, giving you the opportunity to boil water (for corn/lobster etc) while you are cooking on your grill.

Key Differences

Looking at specs alone, both grills appear to be similar. They have the exact same specs for BTU's at 60,000 and the same limited warranty at 10 years. However, they are totally different grills.

KitchenAid is manufactured in China whereas Weber is produced in the US. I am not China bashing here or saying buy American that is at a much higher price.

However, they do both have the same gauge of metal, but there is more of it on a Weber. The weight of a KitchenAid is 100 pounds. Weber weighs 165 pounds as most of the components are also stainless steel.

Which Should You Buy?

Weber is the least repaired product sold at Yale (even less than Miele) at less than 2% service within the first year. After the winter of 2014/2015, I do think quality matters.

KitchenAid is the better price, but Weber is the better grill.

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(Editors Note: Weber Genesis and Summit grills are made in the US. Their Spirit series is produced in China).

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However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

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.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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