Weber, Char-Broil and Nexgrill are three of the most reputable manufacturers of quality gas grills today. It can be difficult to decide on which brand (Weber vs. Char-Broil vs. Nexgrill) to rely on many memorable barbeque sessions through the years. This review will pit each competing against the other two:
Weber Spirit E210
This stately and sophisticated propane grill comes with two stainless steel burners.
- Easy to clean. The porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and the in-built grease management system allows for a hassle-free cleaning experience.
- Easy to use. The electronic crossover ignition system allows for an easy start. The center-mounted thermometer and fuel gauge allows you to easily keep track of the heat and fuel levels.
- Power and size. Its two burners have a capacity of 26,500 BTU-per-hour. They cover a cooking area of 450 square inches. (This includes the warming rack).
- Excellent customer service. Weber’s Customer and Dealer Service associates are ready to provide you with any help or guidance you need.
- Self-assembly required. You will have to provide your own propane gas tank and assemble the grill with the provided instructions.
- Limited warranty.
- Affordability. It costs under $400 from Amazon.
- Portability. It measures at 50 x 32 x 63 inches and weighs 114 pounds.
Char-Broil Classic 280
This 2-burner model provides durability at an affordable price. It relies on a convective cooking system that excels at grilling. It works equally well with indirect cooking at lower temperature levels.
- Additional working space. The two plastic side shelves, built-in handles and tool hooks make preparatory work easy.
- Durability. The durable stainless steel burners and porcelain-coating on the steel lid and firebox will help this grill persist through many barbeque sessions. The porcelain-coated cooking grates make them rust-resistant. It also makes cleaning easy.
- Easy to start. The Piezo ignition system delivers a spark with a simple push.
- Power. The two char-broil burners deliver 26,500 BTUs of heat.
- Portability. It weighs 37 pounds and measures at 19 x 49 x 41.5 inches. The 6” wheels help you transport it across short distances without major hassle.
- Affordability. It can be purchased at under $200 on Amazon. It is the cheapest grill here.
- Size of cooking area. You only have 280 square inches to work with.
The Nexgrill Evolution comes with two stainless steel burners. If you have to work within the spatial constraints of a small patio or balcony, simple fold down the side shelves.
- Durability. It was made with corrosion-resistant materials that help it function well over a long period of use. The two porcelain cast-iron cooking grids also make cleaning easy.
- Power and size. The two burners deliver 28,000 BTU’s of heat within 385 square inches of cooking surface. (450 square inches when you include the warming rack).
- Versatility. It can run on either propane or natural gas. The Nextgrill Evolution’s infrared technology provides ideal cooking conditions for different cooking methods. You can use the upper-level warming rack to keep hamburger or hot dog buns warm as the meat cooks.
- Affordability. At under $400, it is the most expensive grill on this list.
Weber vs. Char-Broil
The Char-Broil Classic 280 is significantly cheaper than the Weber Spirit E210 (below $200 versus below $400). While the two grills have the same cooking power of 26,500 BTU-per-hour, opting for the Char-Broil will mean that you have to work with a smaller cooking surface (280 vs. 450 square inches).
The Char Broil’s smaller size and weight (37 pounds vs. 114 pounds) also make it far more portable. It is thus better-suited for use in camping, hiking, boating or beachside excursions. The Weber is better suited for quality barbeque experiences in your backyard for events with family and friends. It allows you to cook larger amounts of food with ease. This applies before, during, and after the cooking process.
Nexgrill vs. Weber
In comparing the Nexgrill vs Weber, the first one is slightly more powerful than its Weber counterpart (28,000 vs. 26,500 BTUs). Both provide the same cooking area (450 square inches). (This includes the warming rack). Both come with a similar price tag (both are below $400). They have a similar design, but Weber provides a more sophisticated and sleek design.
As far as the cooking experience is concerned, the Weber Spirit E210 comes out on top. The Nexgrill does have the benefit of its infrared cooking technology. However, Weber promises a more delicious aftermath with its innovative Flavorizer Bars. It also has a quality grease management system that makes cleaning easier. Meanwhile, its fuel gauge and temperature indicator make it easier to use.