If you're looking to invest in a gas grill that's highly versatile, will perform reliably, and last for years, consider the Weber Genesis E-330. Owners say it's a well-designed and easy-to-use workhorse that will go the distance. It's not the least expensive grill you can buy, but reviewers say that it is worth every penny. Many consider it an especially good option for large families or those who grill frequently or for a crowd. The only complaint we noted was a sometimes challenging assembly.
Reliable and versatile. Professional reviewers and home grillers agree: The Weber Genesis E-330 delivers excellent results. Owners say it heats up quickly and grills evenly at both high and low temperatures, and it earns a rating of "Excellent" or "Very Good" in all heating and cooking categories in one professional test. The E-330 has a total cooking area of 637 square inches; 507 inches primary and 130 inches secondary. This particular model includes both a sear burner and a side burner, making it a versatile choice for a variety of grilling tasks. Experts note that, unlike some sear burners, the one on this Weber grill can also be used as a primary cooking surface. We saw several comments from owners who said the side burner was a life saver during power outages.
A cinch to use and to clean. Reviewers are nearly unanimous about the simplicity of the Weber Genesis E-330, saying the starter works consistently, the knobs are nicely positioned, and cleanup is simple and quick. It's also very easy to light, say owners, just adjust the knobs and push a button. Others note that the casters operate smoothly, and the gas-level indicator is accurate and very readable. This particular model uses a propane gas tank, which has to be refilled when empty, but there are models available that can be hooked to a natural gas line, eliminating the expense and effort of replacing the tank long term, but adding to the initial cost, especially if you need to hire a licensed plumber to make the connection.
A lifetime purchase. Like other gas grills, the Weber Genesis E-330 must be used with caution and in accordance with the instruction manual, but there are no particular safety issues worth noting beyond those that you would follow with any gas grill. The E-330 is built to last, with solid construction and a sturdy feel. 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 steel shroud. We read several very positive comments about Weber's customer service.
Weber Genesis E-330 Reviews
Editors at ConsumerReports.org conduct a comparative test of more than 165 gas grills according to preheat performance, cooking performance and convenience. High-temperature, low-temperature and indirect cooking are considered. The Weber Genesis E-330 is one of the tested models. There are also quite a few user reviews for this grill.
Review: Weber Genesis E-330 Gas grill, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Derrick Riches, the About.com Barbecues & Grilling Expert, gives the Weber Genesis E-330 a perfect score of 5 stars out of 5, saying it's the best you can buy in the $500 to $1,000 price range. He notes the E-330's solid construction and customer support; he also likes the sear burner. Cons include slower preheat times than other gas grills.
Review: Weber Genesis E-330 Gas Grill, Derrick Riches, Not Dated
The Weber Genesis series is one of the top grills chosen in this "Best Grill" roundup based on a poll of LifeHacker.com readers. The review also gives an overview of why this particular grill series made the cut, including factors such as its massive cooking surface and high-end features.
Review: Five Best Grills, Alan Henry, June 16, 2013
Professional Chef Tony Matassa reviews the Weber Genesis E-330 for BBQGuys.com and is not as impressed with it as most other reviewers, giving it a "Good" rating of 3.4 stars out of 5. He notes that it's an affordable, entry-level grill, but says its materials are of lower quality to keep the price down, and that it's not particularly innovative.
Review: Weber Genesis E-330 Propane Gas Grill On Cart With Sear Burner & Side Burner - Black, Tony Matassa, Not Dated
About 525 owners post reviews of the Weber Genesis E-330 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 saying they struggled with the assembly.
Review: Weber Genesis 6532001 E-330 637-Square-Inch 38,000-BTU Liquid-Propane Gas Grill, Copper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2015
More than 150 users post reviews of the black version of the Weber Genesis E-330 to HomeDepot.com, giving it an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, with 95 percent saying they recommend the product. Most praise its sturdy construction and say grilling results are excellent. The E-330 in other colors get equally good -- if not better -- reviews.
Review: Genesis E-330 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill in Black, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of March 2015
More than 65 reviewers give the Weber Genesis E-330 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 owners consider the price too high.
Review: Weber Genesis E-330 Black Porcelain Enamel 3-Burner (38,000-BTU) Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of March 2015