I was strolling through Home Depot yesterday and finally saw the new line of grills from Weber, the 2018 Weber Spirit II series. I loved them.
The new Spirit grills are exciting because for the first time there is absolutely no reason at all to call a Spirit a cheap knock off of a Genesis. From a performance standpoint the Spirit II grills come with the GS4 high performance grilling system, are iGrill compatible and have the exact same cast iron grate material as a Genesis.
You can get more information on the GS4 High Performance Grilling system in this article on Weber Spirit vs Genesis grills. One difference on the GS4 system for the Spirit II is the burner tubes. The new Spirit has the same cylindrical burner tubes as on past models and NOT the tapered rectangular tubes found on the Genesis II.
From a reliability standpoint the warranty on the Spirit has been upgraded from five to ten years, again, the exact same as a Genesis.
Information on all of the different versions of these grills is still hard to come by. I saw both the E series (porcelain enameled steel) and S series (stainless steel) at Home Depot but do not see any reference of stainless steel versions on Weber’s website.
It does appear that the Spirit II will be available in some beautiful colors including black, red, sapphire and ivory.
I would be surprised if they stocked any of the premium colors in the Big Box stores so if you want one in Sapphire you will probably need to order direct from Weber or off of Amazon.
The Spirit II grills are available in a two burner and three burner configuration.
Weber Spirit II E 210 Specifications
- Burners: Two Primary Burners with no Side Burner
- Primary Grilling Area: 360 square inches
- Warming Rack Area: 90 square inches
- Heating Capacity: 26,500 BTU/hr
- MSRP: $499 (but spotted for $399 at Home Depot)
Weber Spirit II E 310 Specifications
- Burners: Three Primary Burners with no Side Burner
- Primary Grilling Area: 424 square inches
- Warming Rack Area: 105 square inches
- Heating Capacity: 30,000 BTU/hr
- MSRP: $599 (but spotted for $499 at Home Depot)
Both the two and three burner Spirit II grills will be available as natural gas models in black only.
In addition to the obvious upgrades, what I love about the new Spirit grills is the styling. The Spirit used to be a “boxy” looking grill that was highly functional but not much to look at. The Spirit II is sleek and beautiful.
Here is the promotion video from Weber for these grills. It only takes two minutes to watch and gives you a close up look at all of the features.
Whether you are talking about performance, reliability or looks there is now absolutely nothing inferior about the new line of Spirit grills. I think Weber has hit a home run with these things but it does leave open an obvious question.
Now that the Spirit II grills have ticked off all of the important boxes, why would anyone buy a Genesis?