Reviewers say the Weber Genesis E-310 is the best gas grill in its size and price range. Even though you can find cheaper grills, Weber grills are built to last and backed by a long warranty and attentive customer service. The Weber Genesis E-310 has porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates that heat consistently. It's also stable and easy to assemble, with ample shelf space. Experts say this grill will last for years; Weber backs up the E-310 with a 10-year limited warranty on the burner tubes (other parts are covered for two, five or 25 years), along with round-the-clock customer service. The Weber E-310 is available in black, blue or green. This model has a side table instead of a side burner; if you want a side burner, consider upgrading to the Weber E-320 (*Est. $750).
Other than the E-320's side burner, the Weber E-310 and E-320 are the same grill. For this reason, reviews for both gas grills are applicable. We found the best comparison of grills -- including the Weber E-series grills -- at ConsumerReports.org, which thoroughly tests and compares 43 grills. Derrick Riches, About.com's guide to grilling, rates grills based on experience rather than formal testing. Finally, dozens of Weber E-310 and E-320 owners have posted their opinions on Amazon.com.
Consumer Reports puts 43 gas grills through rigorous testing and offers ratings and brief write-ups. The Weber Genesis E-320 is tested here (the E-320 and E-310 are identical except for the inclusion of a side burner on the E-320).
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2008
Derrick Riches, the guide to grilling for About.com, ranks gas grills based on an evaluation of parts and construction, along with manufacturer reputation. Riches puts the Weber E-320 at the top of the list. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Gas Grills Between $500 and $1,500, Derrick Riches
ConsumerGuide.com reviews 27 grills and bestows Best Buy or Budget Buy awards on 11 of them. The Weber Genesis E-320 wins a Best Buy rating, but it's unclear how this website evaluates grills.
Review: Expert Review: Weber Genesis E-320 Gas Grill, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, July 18, 2007
We found dozens of glowing evaluations here for the Weber E-310 and E-320 gas grills. There are no consistent complaints, but a small number of owners weren't happy with Weber customer service.
Review: Weber 3741001 Genesis E-310 Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
5. The Today Show
Professional chef and PBS cooking-show host Kathleen Daelemans gives no indication of how she selected the grills recommended here. The Weber Genesis E-310 wins the "Felix Unger" category, with a list of features but not much in the way of performance evaluation.
Review: What's Your BBQ Personality?, Kathleen Daelemans, May 25, 2007