Weber Spirit gas grills are made in China using less expensive materials than Weber's Genesis and Summit grills are made of. The Spirit E-210 gets great reviews from experts, and owners are almost as enthusiastic. This small grill has two 13,000-BTU burners and a fairly small total cooking area (358 square inches primary, 100 square inches warming), but if your grilling needs are modest, reviewers say it's a high-quality grill for a reasonable price. "Don't be frugal, spend the $$ on this one," writes one user reviewer. Reviewers say that the version sold at Home Depot has porcelain-coated, cast-iron cooking grates, while other versions have lesser-quality coated-steel grates (the specs given on HomeDepot.com bear this out). A larger version of the same grill, the Weber Spirit E-310 (*Est. $500), may be more suitable if you want to cook for a large group.
The Weber Spirit E-210 is among more than 100 gas grills included in ConsumerReports.org's latest ratings, which are based on rigorous testing. Another of our top sources, About.com's Derrick Riches, picks the Spirit E-210 as one of the 10 best grills in the $250 to $500 price range. User opinions posted at HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com round out the picture of how this grill actually performs over time.
The editors at ConsumerReports.org compare the Weber Spirit E-210 against more than two dozen other small or portable grills in the latest ratings chart. Grills are rated on factors such as convenience and several measures of cooking ability, and many of the models are subject to ongoing testing.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012
BBQs and grilling guide Derrick Riches picks the Weber Spirit E-210 as one of the top 10 grills in the $250 to $500 price range for 2012. There is a short review here, with a link to the full review of this grill.
Review: Top 10 Gas Grills between $250 and $500 for 2012, Derrick Riches
Derrick Riches gives the Spirit E-210 a 4.5-star rating, citing the quality and durability of a Weber grill. Although with only two burners you won't have a lot of versatility, he writes, "If you want a smaller, dependable grill then this is a good one."
Review: Weber Spirit E-210 Black, Derrick Riches
More than 160 user reviewers give the Weber Spirit E-210 a score of 4.8 stars, and 98 percent of them would recommend this grill to a friend. We found exactly one report (out of more than 160) that this grill rusted quickly, and one more that it was hard to assemble. Most reviewers make comments like the following: "If you want a grill that always works, always cooks evenly and is very durable, get this one."
Review: Weber Spirit E-210 2-Burner Gas Grill, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
More than 70 owners post their opinions about the Weber Spirit E-210 on Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 4 stars (out of 5). "It's great on fuel and cooks very evenly and consistently," writes one reviewer, although noting that if you have a crowd to cook for, this isn't the right barbeque for you. However, several buyers complain that the Amazon.com version of this grill comes with porcelain-covered steel grates, and report that they could have gotten the same grill, with porcelain-covered cast-iron grates instead, from Home Depot.
Review: Weber 4411001 Spirit E-210 Propane Grill, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com