This category may seem like a Weber grill love fest, but there's good reason for that: You simply can't beat Weber grills for top performance, ease of use, safety and versatility. The Weber Genesis E-310 (Est. $700) is our top choice because it's universally praised by expert and consumer reviewers as the only gas grill you may ever need -- it's a top performer that will last forever. It's also a bit less expensive than its stainless steel sibling, the S-310 (Est. $800).
The Genesis E-310 scores well in one professional test of gas grills, winning high marks for convenience and grilling at multiple temperature levels. In addition, consumer reviewers give the Genesis E-310 stellar ratings for being incredibly easy to use in all functions, from the consistent starter to the simple cleanup. Even the smooth-rolling casters get a thumbs-up in reviews. There were a few isolated reports of difficult assembly – the only "con" we found to this grill.
Users say the Genesis E-310 is nicely sized, with 637 square inches of cooking space. It's highly durable, thanks to its porcelain-enameled shroud and enameled, cast-iron cooking grates. They appreciate some of the extra features, such as the built-in thermometer and an electronic ignition system. It can be powered by propane or natural gas and users report very few flare-ups.
If you're looking for a grill that offers more in the way of versatility and build quality, reviewers recommend the Weber Genesis S-330 (Est. $950). It delivers the same heat output (38,000 Btu) and has the same-size cooking space as the Genesis E-310, but for the extra $250 or so, you'll get a side burner, a sear burner and stainless steel construction.
The Genesis S-330 earns a recommendation in one professional test of grills and high ratings on consumer review sites such as Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com. Owners love the sear burner and side burner, saying it makes a great grill even more versatile. Virtually everyone who purchased the grill says it's easy to assemble and clean, although we found a couple of reviewers who struggled with the assembly process.
The S-330 could not be easier to use, say owners. Getting it heated is as simple as turning a knob and temperature control is described as "intuitive." A few say it could be better at indirect cooking (when food is not placed directly on a flame). It's also supersafe, with a built-in safety mechanism in the regulator.
You can save money on this model by choosing the Genesis E-330 (*Est. $800), which provides the same features but has a porcelain-enameled construction instead of stainless steel.