The Bottom Line
This Walmart exclusive Weber Charcoal Grill has one big advantage: it's inexpensive. This model is a very simple grill and lacks the bowl depth of the standard Weber Kettle. Of course, at this size (22.5-inch diameter cooking grate for 363 square inches of cooking space) and the low price, this is practically a steal for the person who wants a Weber but doesn't want to spend a lot.
- Excellent temperature control
- An inexpensive Weber grill
- Three-leg design is a little unstable
- Oval shape limits heat distribution
- 363 square inches of primary grilling space
- Steel plates cooking grate with hinged doors for fire access
- Aluminum vents
- Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
- Glass-reinforced nylon handles that are heat resistant and long lasting
- 10 year limited warranty
- Made in the USA by Weber
Guide Review - Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22
For 2014 Weber introduced the Jumbo Joe portable charcoal grill. Built like their popular portable line of charcoal grills, this enlarged version had an 18.5-inch diameter cooking grate. In 2015, an even larger Jumbo became available. This 22.5-inch diameter charcoal grill comes in a full height model with the thinner body, but all the features of their ever popular Original Kettle 22. The important difference is that the bottom half of this grill does not have the depth of their other grills.
This reduces the space between the coals and the cooking grate somewhat limiting the airflow capabilities. While there is no real difference when it comes to direct grilling, indirect grilling and smoke are more limited.
Weber is known for their charcoal grills. The most expensive version of the Weber Kettle has the same cooking space that this one does.
What you get by spending more isn't as much quality as it is more features. The one feature that this lacks is the same level of indirect cooking and smoking performance that the deeper body models have. If that is an important issue then you need to spend the extra money and get a larger grill. If you are only interested in basic grilling, then this model will work fine.