The Bottom Line
Simply put the Weber Genesis line of grills are the best you can buy in this price range and beyond. The E-310 is the most basic version of this series. The list price is $849USD but you can typically find it for around $800USD. What you get with this model is a three burner grill (available in three colors) and that's about it. Other models in this series give you a side burner or a sear burner, but if you don't need that then this is the model to buy.
You won't be sorry.
- Efficient heat design
- Solid construction of durable parts
- Weber Support
- Low grades of stainless steel throughout
- Not remarkably better than the E-Series Genesis grills
- Slower preheat times
- Three 12,666 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 507 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 637 square inches
- 38,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Push button electric (AA-battery) ignition
- Stainless steel rod cooking grates
- Constructed of cast aluminum and stainless steel (400 series stainless)
- Enclosed cabinet with internal propane tank storage and propane fuel gauge
- Dual layer hood with double vaporization system for heat retention
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Made in the USA by the Weber-Stephen Products Company
Guide Review - Weber Genesis S-310 Gas Grill
For 2011 Weber has redesigned their popular line of Genesis grills.
The burners, which used to run parallel to the front of the grill, with controls on the right side table, are now run perpendicular to the front of the grill with the controls in the front. Now, after 25 years, the Weber Genesis grill is much more like all the other grills on the market, at least as far as the burner design goes.
Being Weber, this wasn't a rash decision and after three years of development, the new Genesis grill is a more efficient grill. I won't go into all the details here, but what I can say is that this grill really hasn't changed the way the grill cooks.
Of course, if you are reading this you are not interested in what the Genesis used to be, but what it is now. Put simply this grill is one of the most efficient standard gas grills on the market as well as one of the best built. For the price, there really isn't a better grill on the market, and while this is a basic, no frills gas grill it does what you want, it grills hot and fast, while giving you the ability to do low, indirect grilling.
To really understand the Genesis grill you need to look inside the firebox. The three burners put out only 38,000 BTUs under 507 square inches of cooking space or about 75 BTUs per square inch. While this is low when compared to other gas grills, the efficient design holds in heat, but there is a difference between holding in heat, and creating it, kind of like a car that can go 180 miles and hour, but takes 10 minutes to get there. The S-310 will get hot, it just takes too long to get there, and that means that all that efficiency is lost while you let the grill get up to temperature.
What really makes the Weber Genesis S-310 stand out is its quality. The attention to detail that takes 3 years to change the burner design can be seen in every part of this grill. This means that everything on this grill works (they actually fire up every grill before it is packaged), and since there is a 10-year warranty on virtually everything in this grill you can rely on it to last for at least a decade and I would believe longer.
This grill is basically the same as the Genesis E-310 which sells for $150USD less. What you get with this model is stainless steel body panels and lid, stainless steel rod cooking grates, and stainless steel vaporization bars. Obviously, the stainless steel version isn't going to cook any better than its more colorful cousin, and in my experience, this one won't last any longer than that one.
If you really like the stainless steel look then you can't really lose by buying this grill. However, for the same price you can buy the premium edition Genesis EP-330 in five colors and get the side and sear burners.