The One-Touch Gold is for those who like the Weber Silver charcoal grill but want additional features. Extras you won't find on the Silver include a built-in thermometer, a hinged cooking grate that's handy for adding more charcoal, and an ash bucket that gets far better reviews than the Silver version. The Gold will cost you about $50 more than the Silver, but many say the features are well worth the upcharge. It comes in two sizes: 22.5 inches (which we review) and 26.75 inches (Est. $300)
Grills, smokes and slow-cooks with excellent results. Reviewers say that thanks to its large cooking space, round shape and well-designed venting, the Weber One-Touch Gold holds heat extremely well --which, they note, leads to consistently good performance. One user says the air circulates so well, it's like having a convection grill, while another says the coals stay hot "for a long time." Owners report successfully serving up a range of foods, including steaks, burgers, ribs, stuffed jalapenos, pork loin and chicken, as well as a whole turkey. We found no complaints about cooking performance in any user or professional review.
Quick assembly, convenient extras. Owners say it takes no more than 20 minutes to set up the Weber One-Touch Gold, and they note that this Weber is easy to use too. They love the hinged cooking grate, which makes it much easier to add charcoal than on a solid grate. The ash catcher is another popular feature, not only for controlling the ash, but also for making it easier to dispose of. Many reviewers say it's worth the additional $50 to purchase the Gold over the Silver just for that feature. The thermometer gets mixed reviews; many love the idea, but dedicated grillers note that they prefer to rely on a probe to test for meat doneness, rather than treating a grill like an oven.
Almost no safety concerns. We found very few safety-related comments about the Weber One-Touch Gold. Some find that the construction seems flimsy -- particularly the legs, which could be a stability concern. A few say the handles get too hot; however, standard safety tips from the Weber owner manual include keeping the grill away from flammable liquids and using barbeque mitts and long-handled utensils.
"Worth every penny." Reviewers say the Weber One-Touch Gold is a great value. One user calls the construction "solid," and another expects the grill to "last a long time." A third says it is "worth every penny." However, a significant number of owners say it's not as high quality as older Weber models, a complaint we have seen across the Weber product line in 2014. As for maintenance, the user manual advises an annual thorough cleaning with mild detergent and water. The warranty runs 10 years for the bowl, lid and handle; and two years for the grates and other parts. In addition to the 22.5-inch size, reviewed here, it comes in 26.75 (Est. $300) as well, and three colors -- black, green and copper.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated evaluate seven charcoal grills judging them on factors including grilling, heat retention, cleanup and quality of construction. Each grill is assessed as either highly recommended, recommended or not recommended.
Review: Charcoal Grills, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2013
The Weber One-Touch Gold gets a thorough review from Max Good, director of reviews for AmazingRibs.com. It also receives the site's award for Top Ten Best Value. He notes that Webers tend to be pricier than comparable grills, but are worth it for performance and durability.
Review: Weber One-Touch Gold 22.5" Charcoal Grill, Max Good, Not dated
More than 135 users review the One-Touch Gold on Amazon.com, awarding it an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Users say it sets up quickly and is good at slow-cooking. A handful, however, report the model arrived damaged, with dents or chipped porcelain that could only have occurred prior to being packaged for shipment.
Review: Weber 1351001 One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, 22-Inch, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
The Weber One-Touch Gold earns 92 points (out of 100) on Viewpoints.com, based on about 130 reviews. Users say the grill assembles easily and holds heat well. It also gets high marks for performance and durability.
Review: Weber One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of April 2014