Unless you're committed to gas grilling, there's no reason not to consider the Weber One-Touch Silver. Users say it's an amazing value -- great at cooking and easy to assemble, use and clean. True, you won't get bells and whistles at this price, and some users say it's not best for steaks or smoked foods. Still, with many reporting outstanding long-term performance, the model is clearly doing a lot right.
Can grill or smoke a wide range of foods. Derrick Riches of About.com enthusiastically endorses the One-Touch Silver, saying the circular shape, large cooking space, and superior venting gives owners a high level of heat control, and enables both grilling and smoking. Users overwhelmingly agree that the model produces excellent results, reporting success with chicken, chops, and pizza as well as ribs and brisket. "The most versatile grill I've ever owned," says one user, while another says it cooks "to perfection." We found very few complaints about the cooking performance of this Weber model.
Nearly foolproof. Users report it takes no more than 15 minutes to assemble the One-Touch Silver. Most owners also agree it's easy to use and clean. According to one reviewer, it's "just about foolproof." Users like that it holds a lot of food and can even accommodate a whole turkey. We read very few complaints about operation, although some say the ash-catching component isn't effective, and messy ash tends to fly around. A few also say that legs or wheels have come loose, and one says the lid doesn't fit snugly enough (a problem if you're smoking food).
Minimal safety concerns. Most reviewers regard the One-Touch Silver as a simple, basic grill, and the vast majority list no complaints--safety or otherwise. Nevertheless, we did read a handful of comments about safety worth mentioning. Specifically, two users report that the lid handle gets very hot, with one reporting that a large blister developed as a result. In addition, a second user writes that the model "caught fire" three times, although no other user reports such an event. Weber's owner manual has safety instructions that include keeping the grill clear of flammable liquids and always using barbecue mitts and barbecue utensils with long handles.
Affordable. Reviewers say the combination of high quality and low cost makes the One-Touch Silver a great value. Many say their grill works perfectly years or even decades after purchase, and several note they've had no problems with rust. Annual maintenance involves removing the grates and cleaning with mild detergent and water. The warranty runs ten years for the bowl, lid and handle; and two years for the grates and other parts.
More than 240 users post reviews for the One-Touch Silver on Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Many rave about its performance and ease of assembly, but some say the lid handles get hot and the ash catcher isn't effective, as ashes fly everywhere.
Review: Weber 741001 Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Derrick Riches ranks the Weber One-Touch Silver as one of the best charcoal grills overall, saying that it's "built to last and has superior cooking abilities." While he does not discuss testing methodology, his bio reports extensive experience evaluating grills. The introduction states the report is current for 2013.
Review: Top 10 Charcoal Grills, Derrick Riches, Not dated
Nearly 100 users post about the One-Touch Silver on Home Depot's website giving it a near-perfect average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Several say it cooks and smokes food excellently, and assembly is quick; one user says the current model doesn't feel as durable as previous versions.
Review: Weber One-Touch Silver 22-1/2 in. Charcoal Kettle Grill in Black, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013
The One-Touch Silver garners about 70 reviews on Sears.com, with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most say it grills well and handles easily; but one says it doesn't get hot enough for steaks, and another says the spaces in the grate are too wide.
Review: Weber 22 1/2-Inch One-Touch Silver Kettle Grill, Black, Contributors to Sears.com, As of July 2013
The One-Touch Silver garners an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5 from about 60 users posting on Walmart.com. Some say coals take long to heat, and that legs or wheels come loose. Most, however, rave about the grill, and say it lasts for years.
Review: Weber One-Touch 22.5 Inch Diameter Charcoal Kettle Grill, Black, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013