Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 65
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ekaddo Excellent product and excellent support
This my 3rd Weber and I grill frequently. This model was an upgrade to a previous 22" grill that was slightly warped (lid would not seal)...The additional features this grill has, is a lid mounted thermometer, however when my son opened the box, there was no pre-drilled hole for the thermometer. I called Weber, sent them a picture and I got a new lid by FedEx! In addition, the rep mentioned that the warped grill has a 10 year warranty and I could get that piece replaced too! I was not aware of this and I was so happy with the old grill I didn't bother to check the warranty (it was over 6 years old). Will always buy Weber charcoal grills!
February 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DakotaAnn Best Grill Ever
This was my first time purchasing a Weber grill, and I have to ask why I waited so long. Everything they say about Weber being the #1 grill is true. It took about 20 minutes to put together by myself. The picture-only instructions are a little difficult to understand, but fortunately I've had many years experience in putting together a variety of household items, including 2 previous grills. I wanted to try out the grill before writing a review. I started with hamburgers, figuring nothing could go wrong, and they turned out great. Next, a beef roast, perfectly roasted to medium done. Finally, the real challenge -- smoking a whole chicken. I used the indirect grilling method and apple wood chips. I always put a can of water on the side of the grill for moisture. After about 2 hours, I had the most delicious chicken I've ever eaten! One more thing, this is the first time I've had a grill with a thermometer that actually works.
June 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Zeke The Best
I'm giving it 5 stars, even if the instructions were poor to follow. I'm going to start saying after I opened the little brochure for the instructions, I was frustrated, after 3 minutes of trying to figure it out how to do it I went to youtube and found a video on how to assemble it. Thanks to that person I was available to do it in 30 minutes. Other than that, it's an excellent item.
June 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bballmom2 Good product but disappointed in small dome of lid.
Disappointed in the small dome size of lid. Can not cook beer can chicken and can only cook small ribs.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by enginerd The most versatile grill
<DISCLAIMER> This is a machine, not an appliance. To use this grill effectively will require experience, or practice if you are new to charcoal grills. You can "set it and forget it" once you know what you are doing. </DISCLAIMER>
I didn't want a charcoal grill. I wanted a quick and easy gas grill I could flip on and in five minutes start grilling chicken. However, I was not willing to spend more money on a grill that would wear out after two or three years of regular use. The gas grills with the build quality I wanted were in the $500 and up price category and I didn't have the funds.
What brought this grill to my attention was everyone who actually enjoyed grilling either uses this grill (or version of it) or has this grill in the grill stable. I read about how just by changing the amount and arrangement of the coals you could sear a dozen steaks at the same time or slow smoke a turkey in 5 hours. This has turned out to be true. For once you can believe the hype about something.
I've done everything but smoke a turkey on this thing, and I've already started making plans for that. I recently cooked an entire dinner for 5 people on this grill. It was tight when I had four large steaks, ten potato halves, and a pound of asparagus spread out on the grates, but I made it work and everyone was impressed with the quality and flavor. Even The Wife was impressed! I baked the potatoes off to the side, then put them right over the coals to give them crispy skins. The steaks were done the same way, each served with a dark brown crusty sear I was never able to create on my old gas grill.
By going charcoal you are substituting propane tanks, lines, knobs, valves, heat shields, and double-level grates for a snug metal kettle and red hot embers. Since a charcoal grill is so simple, the parts that remain need to be high quality or their deficiencies will show up quickly and frustrate the user. This grill is solid but not too heavy. The fit and finish on my grill actually exceeded my expectations. Despite their simple installation, the wheels roll well over grass. The tripod design means the grill never wobbles on uneven terrain, which is a big deal when you are taking the lid off and on over the course of cooking. The thermometer on my grill's lid seems to be off by only 20 °F (though I've heard horror stories of some being off by as much as 50). The one-touch ash removal system is a pretty big deal, allowing me to keep the air inlet clear of ash and allowing me to precisely adjust the temperature without the need for mitts. The Gold level keeps the ashes contained in a handy pan. My experience with the Silver was that ashes could fly over everyone and everything as temperature adjustments were made since the slightest wind would liberate them from the catch tray. In my experience, it's the Gold level or keep saving up to get the Gold since the Silver level just makes an ashy mess. Also, the Gold level comes with a grate that has hinges on the ends to allow you to add more coals or smoking wood to the fire without disturbing your food. The Silver doesn't have this feature and the cost of this upgrade halves the price distance between the two.
- Highly wind-resistance ash collection and cleaning
- Hinge grates make smoking and adding coals very simple
- Light enough to move, heavy enough to resists windy gusts
- Can fit enough food for five adults on the grates
- Compact, most most grilling surface for the space on your deck
- Chimney lighter, use as a measuring cup for the coals so you can hit the same temperature each time and reduce start up time significantly
- Welding glove, more dexterity than an oven mitt and needed to handle the chimney once the coals are all lit
- Long metal tongs, to manipulate coals under the grate
October 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bbqNewb Great grill!
This is a great grill. Just make sure you hold onto the lid when moving it because mine fell off and the lid was chipped a bit. Get the chimney to start your fires. Love having a thermometer. I love having the ash pan because it makes clean up easier. This has the perfect amount of grill space. If you only grill for yourself and one other person, the smaller one may be fine, but if you grill for 4 or more, you'll need to get this one. I bought this one because it was the cheapest weber with a thermometer. The key to grilling is getting good hardwood charcoal. Avoid small chips because they get hot fast but burn out quickly. Amazon has some good ones.
April 9, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by maine95 Very Bad Assembly Instructions
I have heard that Weber Grills are the best.
I just purchased the 22.5 in. One Touch Gold. I was looking forward to many good meals, however the instructions that came with the grill left alot to be desired. If you want one of these grills I would recommemd that you have Home Depot put it together for you. The documentation that came with this unit is not very clear as to how to assemble it. I contacted Weber customer support and was told to do the best that I can on assembly. Actually, one support tech "hung-up" on me.
Good luck if you purchase one of these grills and have to assemble it yourself !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 28, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Michael The kettle's ash catcher is made of sub-standard material.
The kettle's ash catcher is of poor quality and will most likley bend out of shape after a few cleanings. I know this because I have an older kettle grill with where the catcher is very substantial, does not bend, and always fits back in. The ash catcher is a part that must be removed for cleaning and put back in many times, and the flimsly construction of the one I just bought will, most likley, bend and not fit back in. I would take this unit back except that I live in Minneapolis and bought it from a Daley City Home Depot and had it shipped to my brother in San Francisco, where I put it together for him.
February 14, 2013