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, but with so many owners reporting outstanding long-term performance, the model is clearly doing a lot right. It comes in two sizes, 22.5 inches, which is the size we review, and 18.5 inches (Est. $80).
Can grill or smoke a wide range of foods. Derrick Riches of About.com enthusiastically endorses the Weber One-Touch Silver, saying the circular shape, large cooking space and superior venting give owners a high level of heat control, enabling both grilling and smoking. Users overwhelmingly agree this grill 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 Weber 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. Several note the domed lid is tall enough to accommodate a Beer Can Chicken (a recipe wherein a chicken is cooked standing upright on an open can of beer). A few note they dislike the lid position when you use the clip on the lid to hang it from the kettle. They recommend purchasing a Weber Slide-Aside Lid Holder (Est. $25), which is a more user-friendly option.
Minimal safety concerns. Most reviewers regard the Weber One-Touch Silver as a simple, basic grill, and the vast majority list no complaints -- safety or otherwise. The dampers make shutting down the fires easy and safe and there are very few reports of flare-ups -- users say the design of the grill makes the occasional grease flare-up very easy to handle. A few reviewers complain that the handles get hot, but others remind them that this happens on many grills and they should use a glove when lifting a hot lid. Weber's owner manual has safety instructions that include keeping the grill clear of flammable liquids and always using barbeque mitts and barbeque utensils with long handles.
Affordable. Reviewers say the combination of high quality and low cost makes the Weber 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 10 years for the bowl, lid and handle; and two years for the grates and other parts. It also comes in an 18.5-inch size (Est. $80).
More than 310 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 April 2014
Derrick Riches ranks the Weber One-Touch Silver as one of the best charcoal grills overall, saying it's "built to last and has superior cooking abilities." There is also a link to a thorough review of the One-Touch Silver. The introduction states the report is updated for 2014.
Review: Top 10 Charcoal Grills, Derrick Riches, Not Dated
About 125 owner reviewers 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. Most say it cooks and smokes food excellently and assembly is quick. There are a few scattered complaints about the handles.
Review: Weber One-Touch Silver 22-1/2 in. Charcoal Kettle Grill in Black, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2014
The Weber One-Touch Silver garners an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5 from about 75 users posting on Walmart.com. Most agree: Nothing beats a Weber grill. It gets raves across the board for performance, ease of use, durability and customer service.
Review: Weber One-Touch 22.5 Inch Diameter Charcoal Kettle Grill, Black, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014
5. Ace Hardware.com
In about 15 reviews, the Weber One-Touch Silver earns an average overall rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Owners rave about the Weber's quality, large grilling surface and ease of use. They also say the results of cooking food on this charcoal grill is far superior to gas.
Review: Weber One-Touch 22.5in Silver Kettle, Contributors to AceHardware.com, As of April 2014