The Weber Genesis E-330 is one of the few gas grills that's very popular with consumers and experts alike. It earns a recommendation (plus excellent marks for convenience) from a respected testing organization, and it is rated highly for cooking performance. "Its three burners heated perfectly evenly," says another expert source. Yet another expert points out the Genesis E-330's solid construction and durable parts -- in short, its quality -- as the biggest plus, saying that "for the price there really isn't a better grill on the market."
The Genesis E-330 doesn't heat up as quickly as some other grills, but experts describe it as one of the most efficient models. This grill has three stainless-steel burners for a total of 38,000 BTU and 507 square inches of primary cooking area, paired with a 130-square-inch warming rack. You can purchase a natural gas version of the E-330 for about $20 more than the propane model. If you'd like to spend a little less on a full-size grill, the Weber Spirit E-310 (*Est. $500) earns reviewer kudos for its balance of quality, durability, and value.
The best reviews of the Weber Genesis come from ConsumerReports.org and About.com. We also found a useful (if brief) review at Good Housekeeping, and the entire Weber Genesis line is covered in an older edition of The Toronto Star. User reviews at Amazon.com and GrillsDirect.com round out the picture of this grill's performance.
Derrick Riches ranks the Weber Genesis E-330 as the best grill in its price range. He writes that "the Weber Genesis line of grills are the best you can buy in this price range and beyond." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Gas Grills Between $500 and $1,000 for 2012, Derrick Riches
The author singles out solid construction, durable parts, and a capable sear burner as high points for this grill. He describes the Weber Genesis E-330 as "one of the most efficient standard gas grills on the market, as well as one of the best built." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Weber Genesis E-330 Gas Grill, Derrick Riches
The editors of ConsumerReports.org include the Weber Genesis E-330 in their latest report on gas grills. More than 100 models were evaluated for factors such as cooking performance and convenience; full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012
4. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests a total of 14 grills, and picks the Weber Genesis E-330 as their favorite splurge buy. "Its three burners heated perfectly evenly," they say, and note that it also resists flare-ups.
Review: Best Outdoor Grills, Editors of Good Housekeeping
More than 80 customers -- a relatively small sample compared to other grills -- weigh in about the Weber Genesis E-330 on Amazon.com. They give it a 4.5-star rating, saying that it's heavy, solid, and durable; one compares the Genesis E-330 favorably against a $2,000 grill.
Review: Weber 5632001 Genesis E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Copper, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 30 users give the Genesis E-330 gas grill an average rating of 4.8 stars. Their only complaint is that it can be difficult to assemble, although a great number say that it's easy to put together. Otherwise, reviewers say that the Weber Genesis E-330 is easy to use and heats evenly.
Review: Weber Genesis E-330 Gas Grill, Contributors to GrillsDirect.com
7. The Toronto Star
The author recommends several grills of various types and sizes, including the entire Weber Genesis line. She does recap some of the grills' best features, but it's not clear whether any actual testing was conducted.
Review: Barbeque Season is Heating Up, Vicky Sanderson, May 16, 2009