For those who love outdoor cooking but lack the space or money for a full-sized gas grill, the Weber Spirit E-210 may be the perfect solution. You'll have to make do with just two burners, and there are no fancy extras; still, you'll reap the benefit of a well-built, high-performing product, and you'll have money left over to stock up on grill-ready steaks and chops.
High-quality, but no frills. The Spirit-E-210 is small -- with only two burners -- and basic, but reviewers say there's no skimping when it comes to cooking performance. Raters give it high marks for cooking at all temperatures, as well as for indirect cooking (where food is not placed directly on a flame). About.com grilling guide Derrick Riches says the grates give a lot of heat, although he adds that preheat times can be long because the model is not very powerful. Still, users praise its even cooking, with one home griller commenting that, "food is quickly seared and very juicy."
A breeze to use. While the Spirit E-210 may lack fancy extras, reviewers say that its ease of use is unbeatable. One user calls it a "breath of fresh air," noting that it is easy to move and easy to assemble. Another says that the easy cleanup "is appreciated," and several praise the fold-down side tables, which can help save space when necessary. Many say the grill is easy to assemble, and they also like that the unit is lightweight. We found few complaints about the Spirit E-210's convenience, although one user finds the side tables flimsy.
No gas-related concerns. We found virtually no comments about gas- or fire-related problems in reviews for the Spirit E-210. In fact, the few comments that involved safety had to with construction. On the one hand, some owners say they like how solid and secure the unit is; on the other, an owner complains of cracks in the lid and broken grates upon delivery, and another notes that the side tables feel flimsy. The Spirit E-210's user manual instructs owners to check for gas leaks and ensure the drip tray does not have built-up grease before operating the unit.
Well priced, well worth it. At $400, the Spirit E-210 is priced "very reasonably," according to one user; another calls the grill "a great value." We found no comments regarding the annual maintenance, which involves checking the insect screen each year and cleaning it if necessary; checking the burner tube ports annually and cleaning or replacing them if necessary; and checking the burner flame pattern regularly (an incorrect pattern may mean the screen or tubes are dirty). The warranty lasts 25 years for the shroud and five years for the grates.
ConsumerReports.org rates 165 gas grills on factors including convenience and cooking performance at various temperatures. The Weber Spirit E-210 is among those included in the most current ratings chart.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2013
About.com's Derrick Riches includes the Spirit E-210 among his recommended grills priced between $250 and $500. He praises its "full grill experience" but complains about "lower grades" of stainless steel. Although Riches does not mention testing methodology, his bio notes that he is an expert who has sampled "hundreds" of grills.
Review: Top 10 Gas Grills between $250 and $500 for 2013, Derrick Riches, Not dated
The Spirit E-210 earns an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from 60 reviewers posting to HomeDepot.com. Users say it is a simple, well-constructed and easy-to-use grill that is lightweight and perfect for a patio. We found just one complaint, which described damage upon arrival.
Review: Weber Spirit E-210 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013