When looking for a new grill, you are bound to run into the Weber brand, it’s a brand that has several unique lines of gas grills in their offer.
In this article I’ll try to compare Weber Spirit vs Genesis, which are the two most popular lines in their offer.
Of course both series are really well thought-out and made of very good quality materials, but each of them was marketed to a slightly different type of client.
Among the key differences are, in the following order, the price, then the size, the functionality and the finishing of the entire construction.
In order to properly understand all the differences between Spirit II and Genesis II, I invite you to read my in-depth comparison below.
Weber Spirit vs Genesis overview
As I have already mentioned above, each of the series was created for a different type of client, it is mainly about the budget a potential buyer has available.
There is no doubt that both grills are phenomenal and work great at their tasks, making it possible to grill amazing food.
You need to know, though, that the Spirit II series was made for those who value quality, durability and efficiency at the lowest possible price – it is simply a series that maintains the best price to quality ratio.
The Genesis II series on the other hand is a suggestion for those who value not only quality and durability, but also a better attention to details, more room and most importantly, functionality provided by interesting solutions/gadgets.
Characteristics shared by both grill series:
- Both series are compatible with iGrill 3 and come with the latest GS4 grilling system
- They are covered by the same (10 year long) warranty
Of course the most important shared characteristic is the warranty, which is the best among all the manufacturers offering gas grills. It covers all the problems with the grill and defects that might appear withing that time frame.
Keep in mind, though, that warranties of this type don’t cover changes to the grill that occurred due to normal use.
Key differences between Genesis and Spirit:
- First and foremost, the Genesis II series offers many more configurations to choose from. You can choose out of several sizes, closed or open construction, or even the color.
- A huge advantage is the ability to buy a grill from the Genesis series equipped with additional burners (sear and side burner).
- The Spirit II series is obviously much cheaper, but on the other hand it is simpler and better for those who don’t need all those “fancy” features and attention to the tiniest visual details.
As you can see, both series have a lot in common as well as their differences, which confirms what I said at the beginning. These are phenomenal grills that will work great when it comes to cooking, but they were made for two different types of customers.
Weber Spirit II Overview
When comparing this series to the others in the Weber offer, one could go ahead and say that it is a version for beginners. If you compare the same grill, however, with other brands on the market, it turns out that it is something more than just a regular grill – of course that’s a result of Weber’s constant development compared to the rest of competitors.
The Spirit II series consists of two models to choose from, the first has two burners (Spirit II E-210), while the other has three (Spirit II E-310).
As you probably guess, they only differ in size and efficiency, other than that these are 100% the same constructions equipped with the same features.
When it comes to the configuration when placing an order, you can choose the power version (propane or natural gas) and change of the lid color.
The best choice in my view is the Spirit II E-310 model
It has three burners and a cooking surface that in my opinion will meet the expectations of most average families of a few people.
Of course it’s smaller than the competitive models from the Genesis II series, but it needs to be justified by the much lower price.
The open construction is simple, but it contains all the essential elements such as folding side shelves, storage space under the grill, wheels for improved mobility or tool hooks.
You won’t find any interesting gadgets here but there is an option to separately buy things like iGrill 3, which is a digital wireless thermometer.
- Simple yet comfortable construction equipped with all the essential solutions.
- A lot of space to cook and to work
- Three strong burners
- High quality grates
Weber Genesis II Overview
The Genesis II series can boast much more sophisticated offer and more advanced configuration compared to the two models in the Spirit II series.
First and foremost, you have many more sizes to choose from, including versions with a closed and open construction. The greatest upside is the ability to buy two extra burners separately (sear burner and side burner).
Currently (July 2020) the Genesis offer includes two burner configurations, the smallest three burner version and for those who need even more space there’s a 4-burner version.
The construction itself is bigger than in Spirit II, for example the three burner Genesis II offers much more space than the three burner Spirit II model (about 20% more).
The best choice out of this series to me is Weber Genesis II E-435
That’s the strongest, biggest and most versatile option in this series (also available in a stainless steel version).
A suggestion for experienced and much more demanding people.
Right from the first encounter, one can see a much better attention to details and finishings. The lid handle was made of steel, and the lid itself is slightly thicker and more massive than in Spirit II.
Waiting for you under the lid is a lot of room for cooking among the four main burners and the additional sear burner, which can achieve a very high temperature within a few seconds (a great tool for searing steaks or hamburgers).
When it comes to the shared characteristics, both series utilize the same cooking technology (GS4 grilling system) and compatibility with the wireless thermometer (iGrill 3).
There is also no shortage of solutions that improve the comfort of using the grill, such as tool hooks, wheels, spacious side shelves or a lot of storage space hidden behind the front doors.
- Very large cooking area
- Functional and spacious construction with a lot of working space
- Very strong burners with a versatile sear and side burner
- Style and attention to minor details
Weber Genesis vs Spirit – Head to Head Comparison
There is no point comparing individual models, instead I’ll try to take a general look on both series in terms of what they have to offer.
Available configurations and grill sizes
In this regard the Genesis series without a doubt has an advantage thanks to offering a whole lot of configurations. Starting from the choice of size, the number of main burners, to the additional burners, type of construction (closed or open), lid color and all the way to (or starting from) the choice of type of power.
On the other hand, the Spirit II series offers only two yet simple models in different sizes (2 and 3 burners) with a choice of the lid color and type of gas.
Number of main burners
The Spirit II series only offers 2 or 3 main burners, whereas Genesis II offers models equipped with three, four or even 6 main burners.
One could also add the two additional burners in case of Genesis if you go for a more expensive version.
Of course two burners isn’t a whole lot but I know that this is enough for a couple or for someone who doesn’t cook often. Personally I prefer at least three burners because I know that such configuration provides a lot of room for direct and indirect cooking.
Construction and quality of workmanship
In both cases you can expect high quality of workmanship, which translates to durability. In terms of finishings of elements, there is no difference here – when it comes to the production values, Weber has the same approach to all of its grills.
A significant difference, however, are the materials and this is where one can see an advantage of Genesis II, where some of the minor elements were made of better materials.
In both cases the durability will be similar (very good) but the difference lies in the appearance.
All you have to do is look at the plastic handle in the Spirit II series and the steel one in Genesis II.
Plastic doesn’t look better than steel, but is it inferior in terms of durability?
Features (additional burners etc)
Spirit is a very simple series where focus was put on quality and efficiency and not on gadgets which is what makes its price so attractive relative to what it has to offer.
Luckily it is possible to buy several interesting accessories separately in the future once you have a chance to spend a little more money on grilling equipment.
When it comes to the Genesis II series, there is an option to configure a model equipped with additional burners that will improve versatility and are worth their price.
On top of that, when buying a bigger model, you have more room for other interesting gadgets such as a smoker box, grill basket or griddle.
Remember, though, that things of this type cost a lot, and when you put all of the expenses together, it might amount to quite a fortune.
GS4 Grilling System and iGrill 3
In both cases the GS4 Grilling system was implemented and the grills were adapted to be compatible with a wireless thermometer. Remember that iGrill 3 (thermometer) is sold separately and it’s not cheap.
It’s a good thermometer, but in my view for this kind of money it is better to check out Smoke™ 2-Channel Alarm from Thermoworks.
There was no way it could be different here, as Spirit II was designed for those with a lower budget, so it obviously costs much less.
Genesis II is a suggestion for those more demanding and experienced who often cook on a grill and know well what they need. In such situation, the customer expects a much better offer, which obviously costs much more.
In an overall view, both series are 100% worth their price and I have no regrets buying them (I have both series).
For those who doubt the quality of workmanship or the difference in durability, I have good news. Weber has covered both models with the same 10 year long warranty.
Of course it covers malfunctions and not marks of wear caused by cooking a lot, but whole 10 years of warranty for technical problems and manufacturing defects is great news.
This shows the manufacturer’s awareness of the grills being great, as confirmed by numerous customers.
What is iGrill 3
It’s a thermometer connected to an app that makes it possible to wirelessly monitor the temperature on the screen of your device (phone/tablet).
The app makes it possible to program the temperature and informs you when the meat is done.
On top of that, the app features different tips, standard temperatures for meat or even recipes.
Neat stuff, but is it worth that much money? See for yourself.
When knowing the exact meat temperature, you can be sure that the meat you serve will be 100% perfect. Think about how many times you have had a situation where the meat was left on the grill for too long or for not long enough due to you being distracted or not having a thermometer.
What is GS4 Grilling System
This term defines a technology responsible for functioning of a grill that includes four elements such as:
- Infinity™ Ignition
- Stainless Steel Burners
- Flavorizer® Bars
- Grease Management System
Detailed information on the topic can be found on the manufacturer’s website where it is explained the best and you can learn what exactly all of this is about.
There is nothing left for me to do but admit that both series are great and I can recommend them to everyone.
Which particular model to choose is up to you.
I believe that the information included in this guide will help you make an informed choice as that’s the only guarantee of being satisfied with your investment.
Each series has something else to offer, and everything still boils down to the key question in the end, “how much is it?”.
Analyze your budget, then your needs and choose a grill that best suits your cooking style and your expectations.
I just want to remind you that Spirit II is a series for those with a lower budget, but with high quality of workmanship and efficiency maintained.
The Genesis II series, on the other hand, is an option for those who expect more space and interesting features as well as additional burners that will significantly enhance the opportunities and fun when cooking.