The Bottom Line
This model has been discontinued. It has been replaced by the Weber Summit S-420
This is possibly the best of the "mass market" grills on the market. To get more quality and appearance in a grill you'll end up spending a lot more money. However, at $1,100 for a basic model you can find grills that cook just as well for less. Of course, they wouldn't be a Weber. Weber provides an excellent warranty and support, so you'll get a good 10 years out of this grill one way or the other.
I would like a few more BTUs but Weber design makes the most out of the heat this unit puts out.
- Even, high heat from 4 stainless steel burners
- Quality construction with double layer stainless steel for insulation
- Strong Warranty and support from Weber
- Even heating and good heat output
- Basic unit for around $1,100
- Low BTUs for the size
- Four 11,000 BTU burners
- 504 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 700 square inches
- 44,000 BTU output from the main burners
- Double layer stainless steel hood with built in thermometer
- Electronic igniters
- Stainless steel cooking grates and "flavorizer" bars
- Welded steel enclosed cart with stainless steel doors
- Two swing up work tables for large working space
- Strong warranty and 24/7 support from Weber
- Made in the United States by the Weber-Stephen Products Company
Guide Review - Weber Summit Gold A4 Gas Grill
For well over a $1,000USD you can get a grill with a large side burner, full rotisserie system including infrared burner, total stainless steel construction, very large cooking space and an attractive fully enclosed cabinet, or you can get a Weber. This is probably the number one grill on the opposite end of the spectrum.
This Weber is a basic unit with no extra features and it costs more than $1,000. However, it has great construction, an excellent warranty, 24/7 support from the manufacturer, and great cooking characteristics. It is a quality versus feature argument. If you want a great grill (that will certainly last you the next 10 years) this is the unit for you. If you want tons of features go somewhere else.
The Weber Summit Gold A4 represents the bottom of the Summit line of grills from Weber. With this grill you get 44,000 BTUs under a primary cooking area of 504 square inches. While this is a little low on the BTUs, Weber's excellent design puts that heat where you need it. In fact this grill will hit temperatures over 600 degrees F., if you give it a good warm up time and the wind isn't too strong. There is plenty of heat to sear practically anything.
What you don't get with this unit is a lot of features. No side burner or rotisserie burner. However, if you want a high quality grill that will last for many years and do a great job, this is an excellent unit.