The Weber One-Touch Gold (*Est. $160 for 22.5-inch size) is essentially the Weber One-Touch Silver (*Est. $80 to $90) charcoal grill with an extra handle, upgraded ash catcher and roll-back lid. Some components of the One-Touch Gold are also upgraded, such as the stainless steel cooking grate (instead of the Silver's plated steel). The One-Touch Gold comes in three sizes -- 18.5 inches (*Est. $130), 22.5 inches and 26.75 inches (*Est. $300) in diameter. Experts tend to focus on the 26.75-inch diameter because it's the largest of Weber's basic family-style grills.
The One-Touch cleaning system on the Gold is like that of the Weber Performer with a stainless-steel container just below the bottom of the grill to catch the ashes (as opposed to the open pan on the One-Touch Silver). Experts and users alike agree that this grill cooks well and is durable; they also say that the 26.75-inch model is large enough to cook for groups. If you'd rather spend less and don't need a larger grill, experts say the Weber One-Touch Silver (*Est. $80 to $90) is a great grill.
We found expert reviews of the One-Touch Gold in Men's Journal and About.com; a major grilling enthusiast also chimes in at AmazingRibs.com. An older comparative review in Cook's Illustrated features the One-Touch Gold, and user reviews are available at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Walmart.com and ExpoTV.com.
1. Men's Journal
Adam Perry Lang is the author of the cookbook "Serious Barbeque." For this review he tests six charcoal grills and rates each one on a score of 1 to 10. He says the One-Touch Gold's 26.75-inch size is the best value of the grills he tests and writes, "If you're into active cooking, this one really is a soldier."
Review: The Charcoal Experiment, Steve Mazzucchi, July 29, 2009
Derrick Riches is About.com's guide to barbequing and grilling. He gives the Weber One-Touch Gold a rating of 5 out of 5 stars overall. He writes that "fantastic cooking abilities like any Weber kettle, with great construction of durable parts and the space to cook for the largest parties make this a great grill." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Weber 26 3/4" One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, Derrick Riches
More than 200 users review the 22.5-inch One-Touch Gold charcoal grill, giving it an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 possible. Some complain that the handle on the lid gets too hot, but most are thrilled with this grill and say the ash catcher is worth paying a little extra for.
Review: Weber 751001 22.5-Inch One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com
Users have left reviews for the One-Touch Gold on multiple listings at HomeDepot.com. The 22.5-inch kettle (in blue) gets the most reviews -- about 70, with an average rating of 4.7 stars. The very few complaints we saw concern parts arriving damaged.
Review: Weber One-Touch Gold 22-1/2 In. Charcoal Kettle Grill in Blue, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
More than 30 owners review the 22.5-inch version of the Weber One-Touch Gold on Walmart.com; it averages a rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. "Ash catcher is a must have, would not own this grill without it," writes one.
Review: Weber 363 Sq. Inch One Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, 22.5", Choice of Color, Contributors to Walmart.com
Craig Goldwyn, a barbeque enthusiast, maintains an extensive collection of grilling articles, reviews and recipes. He awards several Weber kettles his highest honor (a gold medal) and says the Weber 26.75-inch One-Touch Gold is his favorite of the entire bunch.
Review: Reviews of Charcoal Grills, Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn
Three owners have posted video reviews of their Weber One-Touch Gold grills, the most recent one in 2008. All three rate it 5 out of 5 stars. The videos are useful because they show the grill in action.
Review: Weber 22 1/2-Inch One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill Reviews, Contributors to ExpoTV.com
8. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
In this older report, editors rate six charcoal grills on their cooking space, adjustability and charcoal access, and cook a 12-pound turkey. The Weber One-Touch Gold is recommended for grillers who need a smaller, more portable grill.
Review: Charcoal Grills, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, June 2006