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Cheap doesn't have to mean cheap construction

Weber's iconic kettle grills have been around for more than 50 years and this brand appears at or near the top of almost every reviewer's list. Among this company's most popular charcoal grills is the Weber One-Touch Silver (Est. $100), which draws praise for its reliable performance, good price and solid construction. We review the 22.5-inch model here, but it's also available in 18.5 inches for about $20 less.

The One-Touch Silver has a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, plated-steel cooking grate, "one touch" cleaning system that funnels ash toward the bin, and a glass-reinforced nylon handle. Owner reviewers love it, giving it high ratings and raving about its ease of assembly and maintenance; cooking and smoking performance and durability. In addition, About.com's Derrick Riches includes it on his list of top-10 charcoal grills, saying it is built to last and has superior cooking capability.

Owners love having such a versatile grill, saying it excels in cooking every kind of meat imaginable. Quite a few note that the domed lid makes the grill roomy enough even to grill a Beer Can Chicken (a recipe wherein a chicken is cooked standing upright on an open can of beer). They say it imparts great flavor to food and that it's very easy to use and clean. Some complain that the handles get hot, but others point out that the Weber manual says to wear protective gloves when lifting a hot lid. Some also say the cover hook results in an awkward placement on the kettle; a few reviewers found that purchasing the Weber Slide-Aside Lid Holder (Est. $25) solves that problem.

If you like the basic, affordable kettle design of the One-Touch Silver but want a few extra conveniences, a good option is the Weber One-Touch Gold (Est. $150). For $50 more, you'll get a built-in thermometer, a hinged cooking grate (which is helpful for adding charcoal) and a closed ash catcher that's considered more effective than the Silver's version. The Gold has a 22.5-inch cooking area, but it also comes in a 26.75-inch size (Est. $300), with a stainless steel (not plated steel) cooking grate.

The Weber Gold is highly recommended in one professional, comparative test of charcoal grills, and it earns great ratings from consumer reviewers who say it's worth the extra money for the additional convenience features that make it even easier to use. Like the Silver, it heats up quickly, holds heat effectively, cooks well and is easy to assemble and clean. However, some find that the handle gets hot and one reviewer says the hinged portion of the grate should be larger. There were also a couple of reports of rusting or mold.

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Weber 741001 Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black
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Weber 1351001 One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, 22.5-Inch, Black
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