Starting with the first Weber charcoal grill in 1952, the Weber name has consistently set the standard for outdoor cooking. If you previously owned a Weber grill, you are already familiar with first-rate outdoor cooking. If you are in the market for your first Weber product, you are in for a real pleasure.
In 2007, Weber introduced the top of the line Genesis gas grill. Reviews of this innovative new cooking system claim the Weber Genesis E-310 to be the perfect size for most families.
Compare the 2010 3741001 with the New 2011 6511001 version
The latest comments available online are reviews on the 2010 version of the Weber Genesis E-310. The Genesis E-310 model was the best selling gas grill with a cart in 2010. The 2011 E-310 model recently arrived on the market with some modifications, but there is very little information or reviews available at this time. While similar in design to the 2010 version, the 2011 is available in black, blue, and copper. The price range is about the same, but the 2011 version has front mount controls, that allows for extra prep space.
Both 2010 and 2011 models are well-liked for the three separately controlled burners, and an enclosed cart to store the propane tank. Grilling is easier with this latest versions, that comes with a built-in commercial-grade thermometer and a warming rack. Unlike gas grills that used messy lava rock that is likely to flare up, the Genesis E-310 uses an arrangement of metal bars angled to distribute heat and channel drippings away from the food. This design makes for easier clean-up, and fewer flare-ups. Consumers have called the Genesis design “pure perfection” and a “griller's dream”.
Features of the E-310
- Other features on the E-310 include:
- Six tool holders
- An accurate fuel gauge
- A grilling cookbook is included
- Porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates that heat consistently
- Grill is stable and easy to assemble
- Plenty of shelf space
You Get What You Pay For
Maybe you are considering a cheaper grill. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. In lower priced grills, the gas may come out too quickly, and with the automatic lighter, you can easily blow your head off. Oops! Lower price is lower quality and these grills tend to break down after a few seasons. Other issues are that the cooking grates may not heat consistently, and they are hard to clean.
Weber grills may cost a little more up front, but are well-worth the money for easy-cleaning, no-stress, quality grilling that won't wear out after a few seasons. The average price for the E-310 model runs about $750, but this is more of an investment than a cost because Weber grills are built to last. It is recommended that you buy the custom Weber Premium Cover to prolong the life of your grill.
Warranties and Customer Service
Even without the cover, Weber stands behind all of its products. The company backs up the Genesis E-310 with a 10-year limited warranty on the burner tubes. Other parts are covered under warranty from two to twenty-five years. Weber also offers 24-hour customer service.
Weber Genesis Models and Variations
The 2010 Weber Genesis E-310 comes in three colors: black, green and blue and in both propane (LP) and natural gas models. This model has a side table instead of a side burner. If you need a side burner, consider upgrading to the E-320 model. Many people don't use a side burner, and this is the only feature that distinguishes the E-320 from the E-310. For this reason, the same reviews apply for both grills when considering purchase.
Recent studies show that 60% of barbecue grill owners own gas grills that they enjoy. A great majority of Genesis E-310 owners are happy with all aspects of the Weber grill. An estimated sixty-eight of ninety reviews give the E-310 model a five star rating. An additional twelve reviews give it four stars. Most of the criticism is due to the necessary additional purchase of the propane gas.
Many charcoal-style grill users avoid buying gas grills, thinking charcoal cooking taste better. In reality, taste tests have revealed that there is no significant flavor difference between food cooked with gas and that cooked with charcoal. On the other hand, a gas grill is ready when you turn it on, easy to clean, and no ashes to dump.
Summary of Reviews
Only ten of the ninety reviews we used for this article (from a major online retailer) gave the Genesis E-310 grill three stars or less. These few reviews claimed that the product came from the factory with missing or damaged parts, rust build up after a few uses, and poor warranty service. In most cases Weber fixed the problem and once the issues were dealt with, these users said they were more satisfied. Other negative reviews claimed that they didn't feel the grill had enough work space on the side tables. (Weber addressed this issue in the 2011 version.)
The majority of user reviews especially liked the straightforward assembly, easy to clean stainless steel work surfaces, trim and handles. The Crossover ignition system that electronically lights the grill is reliable and considered a very positive feature. Another popular aspect of the E-310 grill is the large cooking area.
Users claim the Weber Genesis E310 to be the best gas grill on the market for the price. With proper care, this grill can last more than ten years. The Genesis E-310 is a basic three-burner grill that has as much power as anyone would ever need. Quality has always been a strength of Weber grills. In comparison to other gas grills, this model is considered the best you can get for less than $1,000.