Weber Genesis II EX-315 Smart Gas Grill Review

Weber Genesis II EX-315 Smart Gas Grill

$1030
8.6

Construction Quality

9.0/10

Temperature Control

8.5/10

Flare-ups

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Durability

8.5/10

Pros

  • Very Good Burner Design
  • Solid Construction
  • Excellent Warranty

Cons

  • 'Smart' feature is overpriced
  • Comparatively Basic Grill
  • Low Heat Output

Specifications

  • Three 13,000 BTU top ported stainless steel burners
  • 513 square inches of primary cooking space with a total of 669 square inches
  • 39,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates
  • Built in Weber Connect temperature monitoring system with WiFi connectivity
  • Electronic Ignition (one AA-battery)
  • Weber Connect requires 6 D-Batteries
  • Cast aluminum and porcelain coated steel construction
  • Cover and propane tank sold separately
  • Sold as Propane or Natural Gas - not convertible
  • Made in China by Weber-Stephen Products Company

Full Review - Weber Genesis II EX-315 Smart Gas Grill

Genesis is practically legendary. One of the best-selling lines of gas grills in history and around the world. Over the years, Weber has modified, expanded, contracted, and redesigned this line of gas grills many times. Yes, they have gotten lighter and weaker, but Genesis remains popular and a pretty good grill. In fact, even Weber's critics will say that a Genesis is not a bad investment. Now, we have something that Weber is calling new.

The Weber Genesis II EX-315 Smart Gas Grill is actually a pretty simple grill. It does cost over a thousand dollars (US), but all you get is three burners, some cast iron cooking grates, and a body to hold it all together. You could get Weber grill for $200USD cheaper. What makes this model stand out is a small temperature monitoring device built into the left side table. This is why it is called smart.

But is it really? While the Weber Connect app is powerful and filled with recipes, you cannot remotely control this grill. All the temperature device does is monitor temperatures and send that information to your phone or display it on the small screen on the grill. There are only two temperature probes, so you cannot monitor a lot of items. While the app is good, this grill isn't smart and fails to compete with many third-party devices.

What you are promised is the ease of grilling. You won't even need to think. All the rigors and trials of grilling are swept away by technology that tells you how to set the burners, when to flip and when to remove the food. Aside from walking out to the grill periodically, you can sit on the couch and let your phone control your grilling. Better living through technology and none of that pesky hanging out by the grill. After all, why would you want to have to be outside just to grill?

Okay, enough ranting about the joy of grilling. The truth is that this is a $1,000 grill with a two-port temperature monitor fitted into a side table. The kicker is that for a little over a hundred bucks you can get Weber's four-port Grill Hub and set it on the side table. Yes, Weber is price gouging and they know it, but they also know that the person who buys this grill trusts the name. They think they are getting the best money can buy. Most won't bother to read this Weber grill review. While there isn't anything wrong with this grill, I don't recommend it.

Consider Instead:

Weber Genesis II E-315

Try this version. It is an identical grill but without the technology. You get everything you need and save $200USD. If you want temperature monitoring that accesses the Weber Connect App add in the Weber Grill Hub for around $130USD. You save $70 and get four ports instead of two.

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