Back in the good old days, Dad would wheel the grill out of the garage, fill it with charcoal, douse the briquette with lighter fluid and start a glorious fire to cook our Fourth of July meal.
While many grill masters today still extol the virtues of charcoal, others enjoy the convenience of gas grills, while a few have become wood pellet converts. If you are not familiar with wood pellet grills, or if you are in the market for a new backyard cooking device, check out our list of the top 32 Weber grills.
1) Weber 14402001 Original Charcoal Grill | 2) Weber Summit 7371001 Liquid-Propane Gas Grill | 3) Weber 10799 Smokey Joe Grill | 4) Weber 15507001 Charcoal Grill | 5) Weber 60014001 Liquid Propane Grill | 6) Weber Genesis II E-310 Liquid Propane Grill | 7) Weber 63010001 Liquid Propane Grill | 8) Weber 121020 Charcoal Grill | 9) Weber 46110001 Spirit Propane Gas Grill | 10) Weber 62050001 Liquid Propane Grill | 11) Weber 50060001 Q1000 Propane Grill | 12) Weber 67010001 Gas Grill | 13) Weber 66004001 Genesis II LX S-340 Grill | 14) Weber 1141001 Go-Anywhere Gas Grill | 15) Weber 62010001 Genesis II E-410 Grill | 16) Weber 741001 Charcoal Grill | 17) Weber Summit 7370001 S-670 Stainless-Steel Gas Grill | 18) Weber Summit 7170001 Grill | 19) Weber 60020 Charcoal Kettle Grill | 20) Weber 67014001 Genesis II LX E-440 Grill | 21) Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill | 22) Weber 60010001 Genesis II E-210 Grill | 23) Weber 47100001 Spirit S210 Grill | 24) Weber 47510001 Spirit E310 Grill | 25) Weber 51040001 Q1200 Red Grill | 26) Weber 51060001 Q1200 Grill | 27) Weber 53060001 Q2000 Grill | 28) Weber 54060001 Q2200 Grill | 29) Weber 40020 Smokey Joe Grill | 30) Weber 66014001 Genesis II Grill | 31) Weber 46100001 Spirit S210 Grill | 32) Weber 10020 Smokey Grill |
The Weber Q series was relaunched in 2015 with the 1000-3200 grills. There are only slight cosmetic differences between these grills and their earlier 100-320 counterparts. Here is a quick comparison guide between the different models.
The Q Series are different from traditional Weber gas grills in that they utilize a curvilinear burner tube and manage flare-ups through a highly engineered cooking grate instead of Flavorizer bars. The visual design of these small barbecue pits is also a clear departure from Weber traditions.
The Weber Q grills are fine appliances but the new burner and grate design dictate that they will not perform like a full sized Genesis. The primary performance difference between the two is that indirect and low heat grilling is extremely easy on a Weber Genesis but very challenging on a Weber Q. The primary advantages of the Q grills are that they have a small footprint, are highly portable, extremely affordable and look sharp.
These grills look like nothing else on the market; sleek, aerodynamic and modern. I am a huge fan of the classic Weber kettle design but the boxy look of the Genesis has never really impressed me visually.
They are now offering the most popular Qs in eight different color options. You can still get a Q in the traditional white (actually they call it “titanium”) but I like the new colors a little better.
These grills all contain a patented cooking grate constructed of heavy duty enameled cast iron. The patented grate design is what allows the Weber Qs to operate without the Flavorizer bars found in other gas grills.
The grates on these grills are a mixed blessing.
Enameled cast iron grates have always been a premium upgrade on any Weber grill. They are excellent at holding heat and when properly used can put down serious grill marks. The downside of cast iron grates is that even though they are enameled they will rust if you don’t take care of them properly.
It is strongly recommended that you treat these grates like any other piece of cast iron and season them heavily. Do not rely upon the porcelain enameled coating to protect these grates from rust. (By the way, if your grates on your Spirit or Genesis have rusted through here is a “grate” place to find Weber replacement parts.)
I didn’t include the electric Weber Q because I hate the spiteful little demon. Let’s just say that I have a short and violent history with that Hell Spawn of a grill. It involved a Coca Cola and a midget. That’s all I am going to share.
The Weber Qs are insanely popular in all of the beach towns I have visited recently. I think the cast aluminum and plastic construction holds up much better against corrosion from the salty sea air.
The Q series is also one of Weber’s biggest sellers in Europe and Australia. The compact footprint of these grills combined with their affordability makes them much more attractive than the Genesis and Spirit grills.
It is interesting to see that Weber is selling accessories for the Q series in Australia like the rotisserie and pizza system that are not available in the US. Maybe if we start an email campaign we can get those accessories offered in the US as well!