As a general rule, Weber makes incredible grills. However, there is a lot of overlap in the product lines that make some of their products irrelevant and makes others look ridiculously over priced.
Here are the five Weber grills that I would avoid at all costs.
- Go Anywhere Gas Grill
- Genesis II LX 240
- Summit S 420
- Smokey Joe Silver
- 14.5 Inch Weber Smokey Mountain
Let’s look at what is wrong with each of these models in a little more detail.
GoAnywhere Gas Grill
This grill is unique in the Weber product line in that it is actually a horrible grill. Every other grill on this list is here because there is a better or more affordable option. Not so with this grill…it simply SUCKS. The fact that this grill is so awful is unforgivable given its importance in Weber’s history.
Before 2014 the GoAnywhere was a great little grill. You could fold up the legs, lock the lid and take this little guy anywhere. Despite being small the grill performed great due to the metal shield that protected the burner. The metal shield, also known as a Flavorizer bar, helped distribute heat evenly, minimized flare ups and added flavor to the food when dripping grease vaporized and turned to smoke on the hot surface.
The concept of the Flavorizer bar was initially developed and patented for use on the GoAnywhere. The Flavorizer bar was so successful that Weber used it at the heart of their Genesis grills when they were launched in the 1980s.
For 2014 Weber redesigned the GoAnywhere and eliminated the Flavorizer bar.
They threw away the one thing that made the grill awesome and replaced it with a stupid looking grill grate that is supposed to direct grease away from the burner. It doesn’t work.
The new GoAnywhere cooks unevenly, will burn your food in a heartbeat and is a pain to clean.
This grill is so bad that 30% of all of the reviews on Amazon are 1 star. Everybody hates this damn thing.
Genesis II LX S 240
This is a grill for people who really like shiny things.
The Genesis II LX S 240 is a two burner grill with 380 square inches of grilling area and an MSRP of $1,049.
The Spirit II E 210 is a two burner grill with 360 square inches of grilling area and an MSRP of $499.
So why does the LX S 240 cost more than TWICE as much as the Spirit?
The upgrades you get on the LX S 240 include:
- Stainless steel lid
- Side burner
- Enclosed lower cabinet
- Higher BTU rated burners
- LED fuel gauge
- Stainless steel grates
- Stainless steel Flavorizer bars
These are all nice upgrades but the reality is that they are almost all cosmetic and have little impact on the actual performance of the grill. Sure, it is nice to have a side burner but honestly the things hardly ever get used.
I’m sorry, but there is no way that the LX S 240 is worth twice as much as the Spirit E 210.
But hey, maybe you are ready to drop some serious cash and would rather have a Genesis than a Spirit. That’s okay, I get that. If that sounds like you then consider this….for the exact same price as the two burner LX S 240 you could get the absolutely magnificent four burner Genesis II E 410.
If you want a solid two burner grill then get the Spirit II E 210. If you want to spend a bunch of cash on a Genesis then get the Genesis II E 410.
Summit S 420
The Summit S 420 is a great grill but it no longer has a reason to exist.
The Summit was born many years ago and was built for people who wanted a basic four burner grill without a bunch of bells and whistles. The S 420 served the purpose dutifully.
However, in 2017 Weber introduced the first four burner Genesis grills and they were beautiful. The Genesis II E 410 and Genesis II LX S 440 are both bigger grills than the Summit S 420, look just as sharp and cost a whole lot less.
I can pretty much promise you that Weber is going to discontinue manufacturing the Summit 420 in the very near future.
Smokey Joe Silver
The Smokey Joe Silver is a beloved little patio charcoal grill. Many people started their love affairs with Weber’s on this grill.
Unfortunately, just like the Genesis 410 killed the Summit 420, the Smokey Joe Silver has been slaughtered by the Weber Jumbo Joe.
The Jumbo Joe was re-launched about five years ago and is quite simply the best portable charcoal grill ever. No debate, no question.
The ONLY reason to ever buy a Smokey Joe is to use the tamale pot modification and turn it into a sweet little mini-WSM.
14.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain
Speaking of making your own mini-WSM, Weber saw that so many people were making their own they decided to offer one for sale.
The whole point of the mini-WSM is that they are fun and inexpensive to build. Buying one directly from the company defeats the purpose of the build.
There are cute and functional smokers but they are inherently undersized and a bit of a gimmick.
It is cool as hell to make your own mini-WSM and lame as hell to buy one.