The Weber Genesis II 335 is a beautiful three burner gas grill with a Sear Station and side burner.
While I think the 335 grills are amazing you should know that there are two other Weber gas grills, the Genesis II 330 and the Spirit 330 that deliver almost the exact same functionality at lower price points.
The core feature of the 335 is the fire power supplied by three primary burners, side burner and, most importantly, the Sear Station burner. The Sear Station is a “Must Have” on a full sized gas grill and makes it a dream to grill steaks.
While the 335 grill is spectacular you will end up paying for a lot of cosmetic styling that, if you are cost conscience, can be avoided.
Weber makes three grills that have three primary burners, a Sear Station and a side burner and the difference in prices between the grills is staggering. All three grills are wonderful.
Let’s look at these grills in more detail.
Differences Between the Genesis II 335 E, S and SE Models
There are three different versions of the Genesis II 335; the E, S and SE. While the functionality is identical between the grills there are some design differences.
|Genesis II E 335||Genesis II S 335||
Genesis II SE 335
|Lid||Porcelain enameled steel||Stainless Steel||
Porcelain enameled steel
|Cabinetry||Porcelain enameled steel||Stainless Steel||
Porcelain enameled steel
|Grate||Cast Iron||7 mm Stainless Rods||
9 mm Stainless Rods
The “E” model gets its name from the fact that the lid and cabinet body. are constructed of porcelain “E”nameled steel. This grill has cooking grates made from cast iron.
The “S” model gets its name from the fact that the lid and cabinet body are constructed from “S“tainless steel. This grill has cooking grates made from 7mm stainless steel rods.
The “SE” model gets its name from the fact that it is a “S”pecial “E”dition. The SE model has a porcelain enameled lid and cabinet with a stainless grate made from 9mm stainless steel rods. It also comes with a grill light attached to the handle.
The Weber Genesis II SE 335 usually is not available online and is only sold through a Weber Alliance dealer such as Ace Hardware.
The cooking grate on the “S” model is made from 7mm stainless steel rods and is spectacular. The rods will not rust, give great grill marks and are ridiculously easy to clean. These grates are just slightly less thick than you get on the premium Weber Summit 670 but are every bit as nice.
The cooking grate on the “SE” model is made from the same 9 mm stainless steel rods that were previously only available on the Summit grills.
E 335 vs E 330
The Genesis II E 330 grills have the same cast iron grate as the E 335 grills and come with all of the fire power.
- Three primary burners
- Side burner
- Sear Station burner
However, the 330 grill cost less because they do not have an enclosed lower cabinet. Heck, I don’t mind if my grill is showing a little extra leg…I think it is kind of sexy 🙂
In addition to being less expensive, the 330 grills are available in some stunning colors (Copper, Crimson, Smoke) while the E 335 is available in black and Deep Ocean Blue.
Want to Save a Lot of Money?
There are a lot of items to love about the Genesis II S 335 but the price tag is not one of them.
It turns out that Weber makes a grill with almost identical features to the Genesis II S 335 that costs a fraction of the price. This grill is the Weber Spirit E 330.
The Spirit E 330 is a three burner grill with a Sear Station burner and a side burner and has just about the same functionality as the Genesis models.
The Spirit E 330 is the absolute BEST VALUE in the entire Weber product line.
So, what is the catch? Why is this grill, which has almost the same features, so inexpensive?
The three burner Spirit has about 25% less grilling area than the Genesis and the warranty for the cooking grates and Flavorizer bars is shorter.
Don’t be put off by the smaller size of the Spirit E 330 as it is absolutely large enough to cook for 5-7 people.
In reality the only meaningful difference is that one grill sports a badge that says “Genesis” while the badge on the other says “Spirit”.
Customer Reviews of the 335 vs 330 Grills
I put this chart together to show you how much people like the less expensive Genesis and Spirit 330 grills in comparison to the 335 models. The compiled reviews were obtained from the Home Depot website.
Customers LOVE all three of these grills regardless of the price tag. All three grills are high performance barbecues.
Should You Buy the Genesis II S 335?
If you want a beautiful, stainless steel powerhouse of a grill then the Genesis II S 335 is going to make you happy.
The grill heats evenly, has minimal flareups and sears like a champ. The build quality is outstanding and, with some routine maintenance, the grill will easily last for more than 10 years.
The only downside with the S 335 is that you are paying a premium for the styling and looks. I will readily admit that the grill looks stunning and would not fault you if you decide to pay a premium price to have such a beautiful grill on sitting on your deck.
- This product is a Liquid Propane unit
- Equipped with the powerful Gs4 high performance grilling system
- Use the side burner to Simmer BBQ sauce or sauté veggies; Infinite control burner valves
- Sear station creates an intense heat zone to quickly add sear marks on meat
- Dimensions: Lid Open 62"H x 59"W x 31"D || Lid Closed 47"H x 59"W x 29"D || Primary cooking area 513 square inches || Tuck-Away warming rack area 156 square inches || Total cooking area 669 square inches
If you are not completely sold on looks and are more interested in performance then either the Genesis 330 or Spirit 330 can save you significant money.
Overall the Genesis II 335 is just a flat out spectacular grilling machine. If you like the looks of the 335 and have a little extra money in your budget then you owe it to yourself to check out the slightly larger Weber Genesis II S 435.