If you bought a Weber grill, you might think the best option is to buy the grill cover they sell to fit it. But often these sell for more than a generic grill cover. What should you look for in a grill cover?
Use a Grill Cover to Extend the Life of Your Grill
The first piece of advice is that you need a grill cover. A grill cover will help keep your grill looking good for years to come. You should cover your grill once it has cooled down after every use.
While some worry that a grill cover will encourage rusting, this is a myth. Stainless steel grills must be kept covered between uses to ensure lawn chemicals and other corrosive agents won't act on the metal and tarnish it.
Caution about Felt-Lined or Flannel-Lined Grill Covers
Several readers, as well as our Sewing Expert, caution not to buy a felt-lined or flannel-lined grill cover. The reason is that mice and squirrels will use the fabric for nesting material. They will tear away at it, and the cover will soon enough be in tatters. Instead, look for unlined vinyl, polyester, oil cloth, or weather-proof nylon covers.
Weber Grill Covers
You may be tempted to buy an official Weber grill cover designed to fit your grill. Readers commented that you pay a premium for the Weber branded grill cover compared with buying a third-party cover. The advantage would be that it will fit your grill snugly as it is designed for that model.
Weber grill covers get good user rating from hundreds of buyers on Amazon.com. They are tough but lightweight, made from durable polyester fabric. Many people report using them for five or 10 years without needing to replace them.
However, some buyers report that the Summit grill cover has venting holes on the top, which allows rain in if you aren't keeping your grill in a covered area.
Moisture infiltration can be a problem with the cover freezing to the top and side of the grill in cold weather,
Third-Party Grill Covers
Buyers report buying less-expensive universal grill covers from Lowes and Home Depot and having to replace them each year. In this case, you may get off for a lower price, but if the cover is flimsy and deteriorates after only a season, you would be better off buying a more expensive, better-made grill cover.
The flip side of a flimsy grill cover is those that are so thick and heavy they are hard to wrangle onto and off of the grill. This can be a case where you need one that is just right, which may be the Weber grill cover.
Check Amazon.com and customer reviews for a grill cover before you buy one to see what others are saying about it. If you have any difficulty in lifting a heavy cover, you may want a lighter one.
If you live in a windy area, look for grill covers that have velcro straps to secure the cover to the grill.
Custom Grill Covers
You can find makers of custom grill covers online. One such is Vinyl Coverings by Mel, LLC. This may be a good option if you have a non-standard grill, especially if you've built it yourself. If you are handy at sewing, see these tips for creating a pattern for an outdoor cover.