Weber introduced the Genesis II E 410 in 2017 and it was a game changer. The 410 was a massive four burner grill that demanded attention. When the 410 came out it was great but had a few flaws. In 2019 Weber came out with an upgraded version, the Genesis II 435, that just might be perfect.
This review will walk you through the features of the 410 and 435 models, talk about some pros and cons and do a head to head comparison with another four burner grill offered by Weber.
Genesis II E 410 and E/S 435 Specifications and Dimensions
The 410 and 435 grills are the same size and share many details in common. Here are the features that these grills share.
- Grilling Area: 646 squares inches with an additional 198 square inches available on the warming rack
- Grates: 34 x 19 inches
- Burners: Four burners each rated for 12,000 BTU/hr (48,000 BTU/hr total)
- Heating Power: (48,000 BTU/hr) / (646 square inches) = 74 BTU per hour per square inch of grilling space.
- Dimensions: 31x61x61 inches
- Warranty: 10 years on all components
- Fuel: Propane or Natural Gas
Differences Between the Grills
The biggest complaint people had with the E-410 is that even though it cost almost $1,000 it did not come with a side burner or Sear Station burner. I can see their point, heck, you can spend hundreds of dollars less and buy the Weber Spirit 335 and get those cool features.
The upgraded E-435 and S-435 do come with a Side Burner and Sear Station making them some of the nicest products Weber offers. The 435 series grills also come with an enclosed lower cabinet which is nice for keeping dogs and other small animals away from the grease tray.
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Stainless Steel Rods
There are two versions of the 435, an E and an S model. The most obvious difference between the two is that the lid on the E 435 is black porcelain enameled steel while the S 435 is stainless steel.
The MAJOR difference between the S and E 435 models is actually the cooking grates.
The cooking grates on the S 435 are made from 7mm diameter rods of stainless steel compared to porcelain enameled cast iron on the E 435.
I LOVE the stainless steel rod cooking grate on the S 435.
The stainless steel rod grates:
- Make better grill marks than the cast iron grates.
- Are super easy to clean.
- Will last longer than the cast iron grate.
The 7mm rods are only slightly less thick than the 9mm rods on the ultra high end Weber Summit grills. They are a serious upgrade.
Genesis II 410 and 435 User Reviews
I compiled all of the real world user reviews posted on the websites for Weber, Home Depot and Lowes. The complete data set included over 5,000 reviews and was consistent between the different sites. Here is what teh reviews look like.
When you combine the 5 and 4 Star ratings all three of these grills have a customer satisfaction rating of over 90%. The 5 Star reviews for the S-435 are slightly greater than for the other two grills. I am not sure if the difference is statistically significant or not but I can support the concept that the S-435 is the nicest grill out of all.
Many of the negative reviews dealt with grills that arrived damaged or with missing parts. There were also plenty of negative reviews who had been promised free assembly from Home Depot or Lowes and got poor customer service
Versus the Summit S 470
With the introduction of the Genesis II S 435 Weber has created a marketing problem. The Summit series is Weber’s ultra premium grills and the Summit S 470 costs about $1,000 more than the Genesis S 435.
The Summit S 470 is a smaller grill than the S 435 but comes with the following upgrades:
- Stainless steel smoker box
- Dedicated smoker box burner
- Tuck Away integrated rotisserie
- Dedicated infrared rotisserie burner
- Stainless steel body
- Larger stainless steel grate rods (9 mm vs 7 mm)
- Handle mounted grill lights
- LED fuel gauge
- Lighted burner knobs
The upgrades on the Summit are nice but I would not pay an extra $1,000 for them!