According to reviews of charcoal grills, the Weber One-Touch Silver kettle grill -- available in 18.5-inch (*Est. $80) or 22.5-inch (*Est. $90) models -- has a proven design, efficient heating and an easy-to-use cleaning system, making it the best value among budget charcoal grills. The large dome lid allows the Weber One-Touch Silver to double as a smoker. It comes with a 10-year warranty on the exterior (one year on the cooking grates).
Users uniformly say that the Weber One-Touch Silver is easy to use and clean; complaints typically center around relatively minor flaws, such as legs that tend to detach from the grill when you're carrying it. The 22.5-inch Weber One-Touch Silver is roomy enough to handle a 12-pound turkey -- "anything from steaks to turkeys comes out delicious," writes one happy owner -- but if you need something larger, the Char-Griller Outlaw (*Est. $240) earns the most recommendations among barrel-style grills.
We found the best expert review of the Weber One-Touch Silver at About.com. Reviews at AmazingRibs.com and from CBS's "The Early Show" are also helpful, and users praise this grill in reviews published on retail websites like Amazon.com, Walmart.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com and Sears.com.
Derrick Riches is the guide to barbequing and grilling for About.com. He ranks the Weber One-Touch Silver as one of the best charcoal grills overall, saying that it's "built to last and has superior cooking abilities." He says it can do most everything a cook would want to do, including limited smoking. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Charcoal Grills, Derrick Riches
In this full-length review, Riches gives the Weber One-Touch Silver a perfect score, noting that "the design of this grill is so good that it hasn't changed in decades." He provides a list of pros about the One-Touch Silver -- plus a single con: "The steel-plated cooking grates can rust." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Weber 22 1/2-Inch One-Touch Silver, Derrick Riches
The 180 or so owners posting here give the Weber One-Touch Silver charcoal grill a very high average rating. There are a few complaints about cheaply built legs and wheels, and one owner wishes the grill had a side table or tool hooks. Most users, however, rave about their Weber One-Touch Silver grills.
Review: Weber 741001 22.5-Inch One-Touch Silver Kettle Grill, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 50 users rate the Weber One-Touch Silver grill, giving it a near-perfect average score. At the time of this writing, there were only two complaints: one that coals take too long to heat up (others point out that this is true of all charcoal grills) and another that the bottom of the grill rusted out after one year. Others say this grill easily lasts for years, sometimes more than a decade.
Review: Weber One-Touch 22.5 Inch Diameter Charcoal Kettle Grill, Contributors to Walmart.com
About 45 users give the Weber One-Touch Silver a near-perfect average rating. "Anything from steaks to turkeys comes out delicious," writes one happy owner. Another says this is his fourth Weber grill in 30 years -- an average lifespan of more than seven years per grill.
Review: Weber One-Touch Silver 22-1/2 in. Charcoal Kettle Grill, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
More than 40 owners give the Weber One-Touch Silver charcoal grill an average score of 4.9 stars out of 5 stars -- almost perfect. Most say the grill is durable, easy to use and clean.
Review: Weber 363 Sq. In. Porcelain Charcoal Grill, Contributors to Lowes.com
Not very many charcoal grills have accumulated dozens of user reviews on Sears.com, so the Weber One-Touch Silver's 60-plus ratings, with an average score of 4.5 stars, really stand out. Most say that they love this grill, and that it cooks great-tasting food, is simple to use and easy to clean.
Review: Weber 741001 22-1/2" One-Touch Silver Kettle Charcoal Grill, Contributors to Sears.com
The author, a barbeque enthusiast who has crafted extensive buying guides and educational materials on his website, awards a gold medal to several Weber kettle grills, including the 22.5-inch One-Touch Silver. Not all of his reviews are based on actual testing, but he says all models that have received a medal have been tested.
Review: Reviews of Charcoal Grills, Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn, Not Dated
9. The Early Show
Christine Quinlan, senior editor at Food and Wine magazine, visits "The Early Show" to discuss both gas and charcoal grills. Weber 22.5-inch kettles are one of the two charcoal models to draw her praise; she doesn't mention which particular 22.5-inch model she evaluated.
Review: Grills Buying Guide, for Any Budget, Christine Quinlan, Feb. 11, 2009