If you're looking to invest in a gas grill that will perform reliably and last for years, consider the Weber Genesis E-310. True, it's pricier than many other gas grills, but users say it's a well-designed and easy-to-use workhorse that will go the distance and is worth every penny. Many consider it an especially good option for families that do a lot of grilling.
Consistent and reliable. Professional reviewers and home grillers agree: The Weber Genesis E-310 delivers excellent results. The grill "cooks like a dream," according to one reviewer, with others adding that it heats up quickly and evenly, and grills evenly at both high and low temperatures. Users report great-tasting foods -- including shrimp, steaks and hamburgers -- and several say it imparts pleasing grill marks. We found very few complaints about this model's performance, although a few think the grill should heat up more quickly, and a few report flare-ups or uneven cooking.
A cinch to use and to clean. Reviewers are nearly unanimous about the simplicity of the Weber Genesis E-310, saying the starter works consistently, the knobs are nicely positioned, and the grill cleans quickly. One user says the grill "lights like a charm," while another says it's "not bad to clean at all." Others note that casters operate easily, and the gas-level indicator is accurate and very readable. A very few users report igniter or cleaning difficulty, and a few say they would prefer a larger cooking surface.
Virtually no safety issues. Like other gas grills, the Weber Genesis E-310 must be used with caution and in accordance with the instruction manual. Weber recommends allowing only qualified attendants at authorized liquid propane dealers to fill the tank. It also instructs owners to inspect all connections for gas leaks and to remove built-up grease in the drip tray before operating the grill. That said, we found very few comments about the grill's safety in either professional or user reviews and only a handful of flare-up reports.
Pricey but built to last. While some say the Weber Genesis E-310 is pricey, the vast majority of owners say it is well worth the investment. Many find the construction solid and not at all "tinny" (in the words of one user), and some note that it stands up well to bad weather. Maintenance involves cleaning the insect/spider screen annually and checking that the flame pattern stays consistent. The grill's warranty runs from two years for some components up to 25 years for the aluminum castings and porcelain-enameled shroud. We read several very positive comments about Weber's customer service.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org conduct a comparative test of 167 gas grills according to preheat performance, cooking performance and convenience. High-temperature, low-temperature and indirect cooking are considered. The Weber E-310 is not specifically tested, but experts say it is similar enough to a tested model that those results apply to both.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
More than 280 users post reviews of the Genesis E-310 to Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Most say it is solidly built, heats up quickly and grills evenly. There are very few complaints, with just a couple of users reporting flare-ups.
Review: Weber Genesis E-310 637-Square-Inch Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
Nearly 200 users post reviews of the Weber E-310 to HomeDepot.com, giving it an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5, with 97 percent saying they recommend the product. Most praise its sturdy construction and say grilling results are excellent. A few report mechanical problems or damages upon delivery.
Review: Weber Genesis E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill in Black, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2014
The Weber E-310 earns an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in nearly 100 reviews. The "pros" include even heating, great design and easy cleanup; however, a few say that assembly is difficult, and some complain that food doesn't have a "charcoal" taste.
Review: Weber Genesis E-310 Gas Grill - Propane, Contributors to HayNeedle.com, As of April 2014
About 160 reviewers give the Weber Genesis E-310 an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Nearly all say it's a high-quality, durable product; there are almost no complaints, although a handful of users consider the price too high.
Review: Weber Genesis E-310 Espresso Porcelain Enamel 3-Burner (38,000-BTU) Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of April 2014
The Weber Genesis E-310 earns a rating of 92 points out of 100, based on the opinions of more than 180 users. Its performance, versatility, durability, design and ease of use all earn excellent scores; some find, however, that cleaning could be easier.
Review: Weber Genesis E-310 Propane Grill Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of April 2014