Recently, Weber redesigned their entry level gas grills, the Spirit Line. These 2 and 3-burner gas grills range in price from $499USD to $699USD MSRP. The biggest change for these grills is the orientation of the burners. As the last holdout of the side table mounted control knobs and parallel burners, now Spirit grills will be like every other grill on the market. There are in the current line-up, priced at $50USD increments, depending on feature and finish. The spirit grills are the smallest... of Weber's gas grills, so they might just be perfect for the person looking for a small grill for a small space. Weber Spirit gas grills are made by Weber in China.
01 of 08
Typically Home Depot sells a special or deluxe version of some of the line of Weber gas grills. In 2014, the Spirit grills have Weber's Gourmet BBQ Accessory System added for no extra price. Similar to the standard Spirit E-210, this model has a special porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate with a removable center piece that can be swapped out for a large number of accessory cooking equipment including a pizza stone, chicken roaster, and the griddle that is included in... this package. Home Depot sells this version for $400USD, which makes it an excellent buy.
02 of 08
In 2013 Weber has followed the trend towards smaller grills with a footprint as little as possible. The E-210 is a 2-burner gas grill with fold down side tables that provides 360 square inches of cooking space and little more. Devoid of bells and whistles, this is as simple a grill as possible. The advantage is that it takes up very little space while offering full height grilling. I recommend this model for people with small spaces like balconies where gas grills are... allowed. The E-210 has an MSRP of $499USD. For $100USD more the E-310 has three burners, 424 square inches of primary grilling space, and more versatility.
03 of 08
Typically Home Depot sells a special or deluxe version of some of the line of Weber gas grills. Since 2014, the Spirit grills have Weber's Gourmet BBQ Accessory System added for no extra price. Similar to the standard Spirit E-310, this model has a special porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate with a removable center piece that can be swapped out for a large number of accessory cooking equipment including a pizza stone, chicken roaster, and the griddle that is included... in this package.
04 of 08
The S-210 is identical to the E-210 in every way except the stainless steel hood and door section. Of course, this is a lower grade of stainless, but still with Weber's better than most quality. Considering that stainless steel can discolor I recommend saving $50USD and buying the E-210 since the only enhancement is the appearance, but then I prefer the black enamel to stainless anyway. The enamel surface is easier to clean and will retain its appearance longer. The S-210... has an MSRP of $549USD.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
The E-220 sells for the same price as the S-210 (MSRP $550USD) and replaces the stainless steel hood and door piece with a 12,000 BTU flush mounted side burner. For those few who use a side burner, this is a nice feature, but for those who don't (the majority of gas grill owners), it is of little use, though I recommend it for those people who might need an emergency burner.
One of the selling points of the 2-burner spirit grills is their small footprint. The E-210 and... S-210 have fold down side tables so that the grill doesn't need to take up much space. By adding the side burner, Weber has made the side tables on this model rigid, so this grill looses that feature. If space is a problem and a side burner isn't necessary, then I recommend the E-210 for $50USD less.
06 of 08
For $100USD more than the E-210, the E-310 offers an extra burner and a primary grilling space of 424 square inches. Aside from this, the E-310 has no other features. The deciding factor should be the amount of space needed for grilling. The 360 square inches of the 200 series grills above is plenty for two to four people. Two burners don't offer a lot of versatility so anyone needing more space and better indirect grilling capacity should consider this version over the... E-310. In fact I would recommend this over the smaller versions for anyone who doesn't have a cramped space. The MSRP of this grill is $599USD.
07 of 08
Available at select outlets (try Ace or True Value Hardware Stores), is the "premium" edition of the Spirit 310. Selling for around the same price as the E-320 model takes the E-310 and adds stainless steel cooking grates as well as the hood and door sections. The stainless steel rod cooking grates are the only real change in the performance of this model of gas grill, and one I don't find to be much of an improvement. The porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates... on the standard version are equally good at transferring heat as the stainless steel grates on this version. I am inclined to recommend the the E-310 over the SP-310.
08 of 08
Identical to the E-310, this gas grill has the addition of a 12,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover. With an MSRP of $649USD, the question about this one is whether or not to get the side burner. While I do find them useful, it isn't worth the $50USD price difference for the person that is never going to use it.