Weber Spirit S-315$650
- Three 10,667 BTU top ported stainless steel burners
- 424 square inches of primary cooking space with a total of 529 square inches
- 32,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates
- Fold-down side tables
- Electronic Ignition (one AA-battery)
- Cast aluminum and stainless 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 Spirit S-315 Gas Grill
Spirit is the 'budget' line of gas grills from Weber. This model, which runs around $600USD doesn't sound budget, but then you pay for the Weber name and reputation. The truth is, that this grill gives you three burners and nothing else. It is a basic model without any extras. The standard configuration has three burners, producing up to 32,000 BTUs under 424 square inches of cooking surface. Not an impressive number. The porcelain coated cooking grates are heavy enough to put grill marks on a steak, but this isn't a high performance unit.
Now, this isn't a bad grill. For a three burner grill it has a small footprint and with the fold down side tables, is perfect for small spaces. It has good potential for indirect grilling and can do most grilling tasks well. The stainless steel design isn't going to win any awards, but it is still relatively attractive. This is a nice gauge for checking how much propane you still have and a nice space to hide such a tank.
The real reason not to buy this model, is that it lacks qualities that other Weber grills have. Weber has innovated their gas grills over the past few years, but this model lacks those innovations. With the Spirit II or Genesis II, you get improved burners and ignition and a better warranty. Those models have a ten year warranty on virtually everything. This grill has a warranty that covers components for anywhere from ten to two years. Additionally, for 2021, Weber has introduced their 'smart' grill version that adds a WiFi enabled temperature monitoring system directly into the grill.
One last thing, while this grill looks shiny, the stainless steel it is made of isn't the best of quality. It takes more effort to keep this grill looking good than it does a basic black grill.
No, it isn't as attractive, however, you get a better warranty and Weber's latest cooking system. This is still a simple grill and not heavy duty. On the other hand, it has the same number of burners, cooking area, cooking grates and costs more than $100USD less. This model is compatible with Weber's iGrill technology, so if you want connected temperature monitoring, you can get it for around $100USD. Not a bad deal.