Weber is a well-known company, and the company is among the leading producers of grills. On the market today, there are a lot of different grills from different companies, such that it choosing a grill to buy can be overwhelming.
In this review, we will compare two important series of products from Weber; the Weber Spirit and the Spirit II grills. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the essential features of a right grill before you go ahead to buy any grill, this review will also cover the essential features that these grills should have.
The two grills have decent performance, and they are both durable. This review will highlight their respective strengths and weaknesses. First of all, let us talk about how well they perform in respect to essential features that any right grill should have.
This feature is essential for mobility. Sometimes, you may want to grill on your outdoor trips; this usually means taking the grill along with you.
Both the Weber Spirit and Spirit II grills come with wheels that make them mobile. All you have to do is push them around, on grass or sand. The only difference between them is that the Spirit II has two wheels while the Spirit has four wheels.
Although it doesn’t come with all grills, it is still a handy feature that should be included in grills. For some people, the absence of side shelves is a deal breaker. As you cook your food on the grill, side shelves provide you the space to keep your ingredients and cooking utensils.
You don’t have to move away from the grill to get these things while you cook. The Weber Spirit and the Spirit II both have two side shelves. Better still, these come with hooks on which you can hang your utensils. On the Spirit II, the left side table is actually foldable.
While functionality is the basic thing in any appliance, aesthetics should not be left out. Weber grills are generally known for their functionality and at the same time their attractive designs.
After comparing the Weber Spirit grills to the Spirit II grills, we found out that the Spirit II comes out on top. The Spirit II comes in several colors other than the usual black color.
Also, the Weber Spirit comes with a design that keeps the propane gas out of sight while the Spirit II has an open cart design that provides easy access to the propane tank.
As small a feature as this is, it brings much comfort when you use the grill. Running out of fuel while grilling is a widespread occurrence. It usually happens when you are using grills that don’t have a feature that relays the level of fuel to you.
People even waste fuel by refilling when there is still sufficient fuel in the tank. The Spirit II comes with a propane scale that helps you know the propane level at any point in time. This helps to avoid your grill running out of fuel.
Both grills have this essential feature that catches the drippings for easy removal. However, the drip pan in the Spirit II has been repositioned. On the Spirit, the drip pan is situated within the storage area while it is located in a more convenient position on the Spirit II, where it easily slides out.
This app connected thermometer is a cool innovation that makes it possible to monitor the temperature of your food remotely on your smartphone.
The Spirit II grills are designed to be compatible with igrill 3; all you have to do is insert the probes into your meat and check the temperature on your smartphone. This smart feature reduces the risk of your food burning or being undercooked.
There is a huge difference between the warranties for these two different grills. While the Weber Spirit has just 2-year warranty, the Spirit II has a more than the generous warranty that spans 10 years.
A Comparison of Two Models
Weber Spirit E-330
Weber is a top-rated grill maker, and this is grill one of the Spirit series from Weber. The Weber Spirit E-330 comes with three stainless-steel burners in the main cooking area, another one is located on the side, while the grill also has a searing burner at the rear of the grill.
These different burners ensure that your cooking is not concentrated on the main cooking area alone. For mobility and stability, it has four wheels, unlike the Weber Spirit II series grills that have only two wheels.
The design is very functional and aesthetically pleasing, so much that its beauty cannot be questioned even though it doesn’t come in various color options. It is very user-friendly, you don’t need any expertise to operate the control panel, which has clear listings that will help you know what each control does.
Furthermore, the Weber Spirit E-330 has a cabinet design, and the cabinet part offers excellent storage space where you can store your cooking utensils and ingredients.
The cooking area is 424 square inches, it is not so big, but it is sufficient enough to cook for about five or six people at once. Also, the three stainless-steel burners in the main cooking area combine to produce 32,000 BTUs of heat power. The side burner produces 12,000 BTUs, while the rear searing burner produces 7,500 BTUs.
The grates on this grill are porcelain-coated; this gives them a non-stick quality and makes them very easy to clean. In addition to the 424 square inches cooking area, the grill has a warming rack with an area of 105 square inches. Going by the small size of the grill, these cooking and warming surfaces are generous enough.
The grill is made from stainless steel, and with proper maintenance, it should last you for a long time. To maintain the juice and flavor of your food, the grill has flavorizer bars that keep the juice of your food intact.
This grill is a little too expensive for what it is worth. It is the most costly grill in the Weber Spirit Grills lineup, and although it is functional, it could have come at a lower price.
Webber is known for generous warranty offers; the Weber Spirit E-330 has 10-years warranty on the cook box and burners, 5-years warranty on the cooking grates and flavorizer bars, and 2-years warranty on all the remaining parts.
Sleek and beautiful design
It comes with side burners and searing rear burners
It is too expensive for what it is worth
The low grade of stainless steel
Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill
This is one of the grills from the Weber Spirit II series. It has all the things that will give you a great grilling experience. We have taken a close look at the different features of this grill and discussed them in detail.
This grill comes with the GS4 grilling system unlike grills from the Weber Spirit series. The GS4 grilling system includes “infinity ignition” that will always ignite.
It also includes “high-performance burners,” “grease management system, and “porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars.”
The grill has three burners and heating power of 30,000 BTUs. The grill is quite compact, so the cooking surface is not so big, it has a cooking area of 424 square inches and an additional warming rack of 105 square inches. Also, it is compatible with igrill 3, but it has to be purchased separately.
Unlike the on the Spirit series, the Spirit II E-310 has a heat diffuser that will reduce the disruption of airflow in the grill in windy conditions. The heat diffuser fits under the middle burner. Additionally, the Spirit II E-310 comes in four different colors (Black, Ivory, Red, and Sapphire).
The grill uses propane gas as fuel, and the tank has to be bought separately. As sleek and beautiful as the grill is, connecting a propane tank spoils the beauty of the whole set. The grill also lacks an additional side burner. Thus, you cannot cook different dishes at the same time.
It comes with cast iron grates that are porcelain-coated to make them non-sticky and easy to clean. The grease management system ensures that drippings are directed into a removable tray for easy removal and cleaning.
For the features that come with a grill, it is a little expensive. Still, it is a functional and durable grill that will serve you well. The grill has 10-years warranty excluding normal wear and tear. It is a new grill that was only introduced in 2018, so this warranty hasn’t been put to test.
Compatible with igrill 3
Propane fuel scale
It is quite expensive
No side burner
Even within the Spirit and Spirit II series, there are different models of grills that can give you that grilling experience you want. If you go buy some of the features discussed, then it will come down to choice. Weber grills are quite expensive, but they will serve you well.