The Weber Genesis gas grill has been one of the best selling backyard cooking appliances for decades. The design is clean and straightforward and it provides the reliability and durability that many competing products can’t or won’t. Simply put, this is always a safe bet when it comes to buying a new grill.
There are many models of the Genesis gas grill but the variations are limited to these factors:
- Three or four burners
- Enclosed or open cart
- Painted or stainless steel hood
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates or stainless steel grates
- With or without side burner
- With or without internal sear burner
Therefore, deciding on which model can be broken down to size, appearance, and features. When it comes to the cooking grates, either works perfectly well. Weber knows that people believe in stainless steel, so they put it on some of their more expensive models. It is not an improvement to the grills performance. In fact, I like the cast iron grates better. They have good weight and can be turned to provide a better contact surface than the stainless steel rod grates.
All Genesis gas grills use what Weber calls the G4 burner system. Simply put, this means top ported, reenforced burners and a very good ignition system. All Genesis grills come with a full 10-year warranty and they can do this because the burners and igniters are capable of lasting that long with regular cleaning. No other gas grill in this price range has this level of warranty.
The internal sear burner available on some models is a nice boast of power, but it is simply a standard burner that fits between two of the main burners. In increases the heat in this part of the grill, which is nice. As I said, the Weber Genesis gas grills are a little under powered and this sear burner helps. It is not infrared and it does not increase the heat capabilities of the entire grill.
The side burner available on Genesis grills is 12,000 BTUs and is powerful enough to be useful. If you actually use a side burner, pay for it. Of course the side burner is standard on all versions that also have the sear burner so it is a package deal.
As one would expect, the Genesis is a well-built grill. It is also a basic grill. The cooking system is a little underpowered, but it works reliably. This is the biggest benefit of owning a Weber Genesis. It will work predictably and reliably for years and years. I would recommend, however, getting a cover for your grill. It will add years to its lifespan and appearance.
Below I have listed all the models currently available and the difference between them. Prices range from $800USD to $1,250.