Experts and owners agree that the Weber Genesis S-330 is a top choice in gas grills. Reviewers say you'll get the same ease of use and excellent cooking performance as less-expensive grills in the Genesis series, but this model includes high-end features such as a stainless-steel shroud and grates (regarded as longer-lasting than porcelain-coated components), a side burner and a sear burner that draw high praise.
Top grilling performance. Professional reviewers say the Weber Genesis S-330 preheats quickly and grills evenly; Derrick Riches of About.com notes that the sear burner provides "fantastic searing heat." Similarly, consumers say this Weber performs superbly with dishes including steak, chicken, burgers, salmon or shrimp. One user, a former restaurant manager, says, "This grill is as good or better than what I used in a professional kitchen." Nevertheless, one reviewer calls the grill "so-so" when it comes to indirect cooking (cooking food that is not placed directly on a flame).
"Super easy" to operate. Both professionals and consumers say the Weber Genesis S-330 is extremely easy to use. One consumer says it offers "super easy operation with large knobs," while another says, "This is without a doubt the easiest grill to use that I have ever owned." One user notes that temperature control is equally intuitive, and several praise the gas-level indicator as a handy feature. However, some users find the instruction manual is subpar, making assembly more difficult than it otherwise would be. In addition, About.com's Derrick Riches finds preheating relatively slow.
No safety concerns. We found very few reviewer comments about the safety of the Weber Genesis S-330. One user says the retail salesperson discussed what to do if the safety mechanism in the regulator were to trip. This user, who gives the grill a perfect rating, adds, "So far with just normal use and turning the tank on and off we haven't tripped anything. Guess the safety mechanism only trips when you forget to do the normal routine."
A good investment. Many Weber Genesis S-330 owners acknowledge that this grill is expensive, but the vast majority report their money has been well spent. "Go ahead and spend the extra money," urges one user, while another says the model's "looks and quality" are worth the higher price. Maintenance involves annually cleaning the insect/spider screen and checking the burner flame pattern. The S-330 includes a warranty of 25 years on the shroud, 10 years on the burner tubes, five years on the grates and Flavorizer bars, and two years on other components.
In a test of 167 gas grills, editors of ConsumerReports.org evaluate models according to preheating and cooking performance as well as convenience. High-temperature and low-temperature cooking abilities are also considered, as is indirect cooking. The Weber Genesis S-330 is one of the tested models.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
About 170 users review the Weber Genesis S-330 on Amazon.com, awarding it an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Users say it is durable, sears well and is worth the price, although some report rusting and difficult assembly, and one tells of a firebox housing that melted.
Review: Weber Genesis S-330 Stainless-Steel 637-Square-Inch Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About.com's Derrick Riches offers a brief overview of the Weber Genesis S-330 in the context of Weber's Genesis line of grills. It's No. 1 on his list of the top 10 grills of 2014. He doesn't mention testing methodology, but his bio indicates he judges barbeque competitions and has cooked on "hundreds" of grills.
Review: Top 10 Gas Grills Between $500 and $1,000 for 2014, Derrick Riches, Not dated
Nearly 50 users post about the Genesis S-330 at HayNeedle.com giving it an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. Most report it is easy to use and heats evenly, and 98 percent would recommend it to a friend. A few say it is difficult to assemble.
Review: Weber Genesis S-330 Stainless Steel Gas Grill - Propane, Contributors to HayNeedle.com, As of April 2014
The Genesis S-330 receives more than 75 reviews from users on the Home Depot website, garnering an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Users say it is easy to use and cooks a variety of foods very well; some say the assembly directions could be better.
Review: Weber Genesis S-330 3-Burner Stainless Steel Propane Gas Grill, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2014
More than 110 users post about the Genesis S-330 on Lowes.com, giving this model a near-perfect average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. Many praise its quality construction, performance, durability and ease of cleaning. The handful of complaints includes reports of rusting and corrosion.
Review: Weber Genesis S-330 3-Burner (38,000-BTU) Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of April 2014