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Weber Spirit II vs Genesis II Compared (2018 models)

Spirit II (2018)

Perfect for single people or small families

vs

Genesis II (2018)

Perfect for serious grillers or big parties (6+)

Go to a store that has both Weber Spirit II & Weber Genesis II models on the floor. Lift the lid on a Spirit. Then go lift the lid on a Genesis. You’ll see why the Genesis costs more. It’s built like a tank and the difference in build quality is apparent. That doesn’t make the Spirit II bad – it just makes the Genesis II that much better in that aspect.

Weber is known for well-built, durable grills across all their different models. They lead the race in well rounded, genuine quality grills. Weber’s entry (Spirit II) and mid-level (Genesis II) lines are a shining example of this. Their two most popular grills – the Spirit & Genesis offer pros and cons for grill enthusiasts of all budgets, skill levels, and preferences

The problem? There’s a ton of variations for both Spirit II & Genesis II models. Comparing them? Virtually impossible. Even worse? Old models prior to 2017 are vastly different from new 2018 models. 

The good news? We break everything down here with the latest models, pricing, and spec info

Why? To help you make the best possible decision for your next grill purchase.

No compromises.

Spirit II Model Codes Explained

  • Spirit II E-210 – “E” stands for porcelain grilling grates used . “2” represents the 2 burners.
  • Spirit II E-310 – “E” stands for porcelain grilling grates used. “3” represents the 3 burners.

Genesis II Model Codes Explained

  • Genesis II E-210 – “E” stands for porcelain grates. “2” stands the 2 burners.
  • Genesis II E-310 – “E” stands for porcelain grates. “3” stands the 3 burners.
  • Genesis II E-410 – “E” stands for porcelain grates. “4” stands the 4 burners.
  • Genesis II E-610 – “E” stands for porcelain grates. “6” stands for 6 burners. 

Genesis II LX Model Codes Explained

  • Genesis II LX E-240 – “LX” stands for luxury, “E” stands for porcelain grates. “2” stands for 2 burners.
  • Genesis II LX E-340 – “LX” stands for luxury, “E” stands for porcelain grates. “3” stands for 3 burners.
  • Genesis II LX E-440 – “LX” stands for luxury, “E” stands for porcelain grates. “4” stands for 4 burners.
  • Genesis II LX E-640 – “LX” stands for luxury, “E” stands for porcelain grates. “6” stands for 2 burners.

*We’re happy to announce Spirit & Genesis models on Amazon offer completely free assembly with your order (depending on your location). Click one of the links below to see if a model is eligible for free assembly.

Weber Spirit II (2018 models)

Weber Spirit II E-210

Best for beginners, single people, or 2-3 per. families

Weber Spirit II E-310

Best for more serious grillers or 3-4+ per. families

Price updated as of 2019-03-20

The Weber Spirit comes in 2 models in 2018. They are

  1. Entry Level Beginner – Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 – from $349.00
  2. Mid-Level Beginner – Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 – from $449.00

Spirit II E-210 vs Spirit II E-310

Spirit II E-210

197 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5

  • Infinity ignition
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron bars
  • Grease management system
  • 450 sq. inches of cooking space
  • 2 burners
  • 26,500 BTUs
  • Open-cart design
  • 10-year warranty
  • 48 x 26 x 57 inches
  • 100 pounds
  • 197 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5 rating
Spirit II E-310

249 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5

  • Infinity ignition
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron bars
  • Grease management system
  • 529 sq. inches of cooking space
  • 3 burners
  • 30,000 BTUs
  • Open-cart design
  • 10-year warranty
  • 52 x 26 x 57 inches
  • 103 pounds
  • 249 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5 rating

Both the E-210 and E-310 are similar in many ways, but they share some key differences. The Spirit II E-210 is ideal for people on a budget looking for a nofrills grilling option with good build quality. The Spirit E-310 is the best for all the same reasons the E-210 is, but it has 1 extra burner and a little more BTUs, making it ideal for big families & parties.

 The Spirit II E-310 differs from the Spirit II E-210 in that with the E-310 you get 1 extra burner, more cooking space, and more BTUs – all for $100 more (at the time of this writing). 

Continue below for a full breakdown of all their main similarities & differences to get an idea of which gas grill may be best for your unique situation in 2018. 

Spirit E-210 vs E-310 Similarities

Weber Spirit E210 vs E310 similarities & differencesThe Spirit II E-210 & E-310 are similar in several key areas, including:

  • Same Infinity ignition – Weber’s infinity ignition makes a huge difference in creating a reliable electronic pushignition compared to Weber’s old pushstart alternatives.
  • Same porcelain cast-iron bars – Porcelain cast-iron bars of the Weber Spirit II do an extremely good job keeping flavors in & spreading heat across an even surface.
  • Same grease management system – All Spirit & Genesis models in 2018 have an improved grease management system that do a fairly incredibly job trapping all excess grease from cookouts.
  • Same open-cart design – Weber’s new open-cart design on all Spirit & Genesis models are a love/hate relationship with existing Weber customers. Some people love the design. Others? They hate it. While we can understand both sides, we happen to like an open-cart design because it traps less rain water over time, and ultimately this means one thing – less potential mold build up. A mold-less grill means a grill that will last much longer. We can’t complain about that!
  • Same 10-year warranty – The 10-year Weber warranty comes standard on all Spirit & Genesis II grills.
  • Same weight – Weight, size, and build quality between the E-210 vs E-310 are essentially the same.

Spirit E-210 vs E-310 Differences

The Spirit II E-210 and E-310 are different in a few worthwhile areas that may justify paying the extra money (from $349.00 vs from $449.00). These differences are:

  • More cooking surface between each model – 79 extra square inches in grilling space for the E-310 vs the E-210 doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a 17.5% increase in grilling surface. That means the E-210 can cook for 17 hamburger patties vs 20, or cooking for 2-3 people vs cooking for 4-5 comfortably. 
  • More burners between each model – 2 burners vs 3 in favor of the Spirit E-310. More grill space means more burners. 1 extra burner on the E-310 is a 50% difference. Because the prices aren’t that much different, for many people going with the peace of mind of 3-burners means you can accommodate big parties. 
  • 3,500 more BTUs in the Spirit E-310 – 3,500 extra BTUs in the Spirit E-310 is a big deal. This means you can cook faster for money people on a more evenly heated cooking surface.

Weber Genesis II (2018 models)

Genesis II E-210

Best for 2-3 people

Genesis II E-310

Best for 3-4+ people

Genesis II E-410

Best for 4-6+ people

The Weber Genesis II series of grills released in 2017 scream “high quality” with very little compromise. The grates are super heavy, the lid is durable & weather resistant, and all major components have a genuine premium build quality

The Genesis comes in 4 main models in 2018. They are:

Genesis II E-210 vs Genesis II E-310 vs Genesis II E-410

Genesis II E-210

103 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5

  • GS4 Grilling System
  • Grease Management 
  • 380 sq. inches of cooking space with 114 sq. inches of tuck-away warming rack (overhead)
  • Infinity ignition (reliable & easy-to-use)
  • 2 stainless steel work surfaces
  • 2 high performance burners
  • 26,000 BTUs
  • Open-cart design
  • 10-year warranty
  • 32 x 33 x 26 inches
  • 140 pounds
Genesis II E-310

229 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5

  • GS4 Grilling System
  • Grease Management 
  • 513 sq. inches of cooking space with 114 sq. inches of tuck-away warming rack (overhead)
  • Infinity ignition (reliable & easy-to-use)
  • 2 stainless steel work surfaces
  • 3 high performance burners
  • 37,500 BTUs
  • Open-cart design
  • 10-year warranty
  • 32 x 33 x 26 inches
  • 150 pounds
Genesis II E-410

192 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5

  • GS4 Grilling System
  • Grease Management 
  • 646 sq. inches of cooking space with 114 sq. inches of tuck-away warming rack (overhead)
  • Infinity ignition (reliable & easy-to-use)
  • 2 stainless steel work surfaces
  • 4 high performance burners
  • 48,000 BTUs
  • Open-cart design
  • 10-year warranty
  • 33 x 39 x 26 inches
  • 189 pounds

*Changes between each model are bolded

Comparing the Genesis II E-210 vs E-310 vs E-410 is pretty easy once you understand each model’s pros cons. The Genesis II E-210 is best for smaller families that want a premium quality grilling system. The E-310 is best for mid-sized families (3-5 people) that need an extra burner (3) for occasional parties. The E-410 is designed for people looking to either splurge, or get a grill for big get-togethers that can regularly accommodate 6+ people.  

Continue below for a full breakdown of all similarities & differences between the 3 main Genesis II series grills. 

Genesis II E-210 vs E-310 vs E-410 Similarities

Weber Spirit E210 vs E310 similarities & differencesAll 3 Genesis II models share many similar characteristics between them. Some of those similarities include:

  • Same GS4 grilling system
  • Same warming rack overhead
  • Same stainless steel work surfaces
  • Same high performance steel burners
  • Same warranties

Genesis II E-210 vs E-310 vs E-410 Differences

There’s really only 2 big differences between all 3 Genesis II models – BTUs and burners. Continue below for all the main differences between the Genesis II E-210 vs E-310 vs E-410.

  • More BTUs between models – More BTUS means more power, and that’s what each model adds. Each model adds 11,500 BTUs, all the way up to 48,000 BTUs in the E-410. More BTUs means additional power to handle increase burner count – makes sense.
  • More burners between models – Each successive model of Genesis II has more burners. The E-210 has 2, the E-310 has 3, and that’s right, you guessed it! The E-410 has 4 burners. The end result? More burners = ability to cook for more people. Each added burner means you can cook for 2 more people. The way we see it? The E-210 can cook for 2 people, the E-310 4 people, and the E-410 6+ people. 

Genesis II E-610

103 Reviews with a 4.3 / 5 rating

The Genesis II E-610 is Weber’s most expensive & highest end Genesis II E-line of grills. It has a ton of burners. No really, it does. 6 to be exact. 6 is an absurd number of burners. You can easily cook for 10+ people with them. This is the type of grill for serious grillers that are looking to splurge on the absolute best. We didn’t add this into our main comparison because it’s out of reach for most people, and in our opinion? Not very practical. It’s a $1300 6-burner grill. It’s fantastic, but make no mistake – this is not a value oriented pick. 

It does everything the E-210, E-310, and E-410 does, but it has a massive 770 sq. inch cooking area & a huge 228 square inches of tuck-away warming. 

Genesis II LX E-240 vs LX E-340 vs LX E-440 vs LX E-640

26 Reviews with a 3.7 / 5

125 Reviews with a 4.5 / 5

125 Reviews with a 4.5 / 5

72 Reviews with a 4.4 / 5

Aside from Genesis II’s regular E-series, Weber also has an LX series. The main difference

The LX series has:

  • Made in the US
  • Extra side burners
  • Higher build quality over regular E-series models.
  • Enclosed bottom cabinet to store your grilling supplies; something the regular E-series don’t have.
  • Stainless steel heat deflectors & 7mm stainless steel cooking grates that do an amazing job creating an even grill surface.
  • High+ heat setting that regular Genesis II E-series grills don’t have. This makes for quicker pre-heating and higher grilling temps overall. 
  • Convenient LED handle light that does a really good job showing the true color of food as you cook it. Many people love this feature for late-night cookouts. Seeing what you’re cooking is a big deal when you want to cook your food perfectly. 

Difference Between Weber Genesis II And Spirit II

Spirit II (2018)

Best for tight budgets and beginners

vs

Genesis II (2018)

Perfect for serious grillers that want the best

The difference between Weber’s Genesis II & Spirit II grills are fairly easy to understand once you cut through all the noise. 

Continue below to see how both the Spirit II & Genesis II lines resemble & contrast each other. 

*Note: We aren’t comparing Spirit II & Genesis II models that are in separate price brackets. Any Spirit & Genesis model we compare is within a similar budget range. Why? To give the most accurate pros & cons to make the best, most informed buying decision. For example, we won’t compare Weber’s Genesis II E-410 (from $1,173.09) or even more expensive Genesis II LX E-440 (from $1,499.00) with any Spirit grills. Why? The E-410 & LX S-440 are in classes of their own. These are the ultra-enthusiast grills that people are willing to fork 2-3x more for. People spending money on grills like these want the best. For our comparisons? Not applicable.

Genesis II vs Spirit II Similarities

Genesis II & Spirit II models share some important similarities that will ultimately influence your decision on which one to buy. These similarities include:

  • Same open-cart design – Both models have a new open-cart design. This might seem like an annoying costcutting feature at first, but it’s not (at least not entirely). Open-cart designs tend to be more modern, and most importantly? They’re prone to less mold build up over time. Puddles & rain can accumulate in closed-cart designs. That can’t happen with Weber’s new open-cart models. 
  • Same manufacturing location – Both new Weber Genesis & Spirit II models are made in China. While this may seem like a cause for concern, it really isn’t. Both models have been out for over 365 days now and we’ve had a good sample size of customer use. The result? Quality isn’t that much different from Genesis and Spirit’s old models. 
  • Same porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates.
  • Both have warming racks (although the Genesis II warming racks have a tuck-away feature; the Spirit II doesn’t).
  • Both have side tables with 6 hooks (3 on each side).
  • Both have infinity ignition, burner tubes, ‘flavorizedbars, and improved 2018 grease management systems.
  • Both have the same 10 year Weber warranty.

Genesis II vs Spirit II Differences

While models in each series share many similarities, they’re also quite different from another once you look under the hook. These differences include:

  • Spirit II models have more grill surface for the money. 
  • Spirit II models have more color options black, ivory, red, & sapphire
  • Genesis II models use high performance burners that get significantly hotter (50+ degrees) & faster than Spirit II models. Genesis II  high performance burners are also distributed more frequently & evenly – this means a more consistent and even heat distribution. This is a big deal & drastically influences your grilling experience.
  • Genesis II models have a fuel gauge, Spirit II models don’t.
  • Genesis II models have a temperature gauge, Spirit II models don’t.
  • Genesis II models mount the propane tank on the inside in an semi-enclosed space, Spirit II models mount the propane on the edge completely exposed.
  • Genesis II model comes with 2 big wheels & casters, Spirit II only comes with 2 big wheels & no casters.
  • Genesis II model lids are heavier and more substantial. This means better grill preheating from better insulation in winter months. 

Weber Genesis Cast Iron Grates vs. Stainless Grates

Weber Genesis Cast Iron Grates vs. Stainless Grates - E-series cast-iron grates photo
Porcelain enameled cast-iron grates

vs

Weber Genesis Cast Iron Grates vs. Stainless Grates - LX E-series stainless steel grates
Stainless steel grates

The Weber Genesis II E series & the LX E series come with 2 different cooking grates. The regular E series line (including the E-210, E-310, E-410, and E-610) all come with regular porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates. The LX E line come with stainless steel grill grates. In terms of cooking flavor & overall grill performance – there’s almost 0 difference. Both the stainless steel grill grates from the LX-E series & the porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates from the E-series do not directly influence the flavor of food in any measurable way.

However, they do differ in potential wear over time. The cast-iron grates are built to last 5 years, and they’re backed by Weber’s 5-year warranty. The LX-E series stainless steel grill grates last much longer because they’re rust resistant. The result? Weber backs them with their 10-year warranty

Weber Genesis or Spirit?

We’ve reviewed all new models, all specs, and all comparisons between the Weber Spirit II and Genesis II. 

Our conclusion? 

The Weber Spirit II has an incredible price-to-value ratio. They’re built well for beginners, don’t come with all the fancy bells & whistles, and are best for people on a budget (but still want a great grill). 

The Genesis II has an incredible price-to-performance ratio. They’re built well for experience grillers that want all the fancy bells & whistles. Genesis II model grills are best for people that are less budget-strict & want to spend more for a grill they know they’ll enjoy. 

Spirit II Models Are Ideal For People That Want:

  • Price-To-Value
  • A Beginner Grill With Well-Built, Quality Materials
  • Don’t Need Fancy Bells & Whistles 
  • Are On A Budget

Genesis II Models Are Ideal For People That Want:

  • Price-To-Performance
  • An Intermediate-Advanced Grill Lineup with Exceptionally Built, Premium Quality Materials 
  • Want Fancy Bells & Whistles
  • Are Less Budget Restricted
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