May 26, 2014

2014 Weber Genesis EP 330 Review: This Grill Kicks Ass

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Weber Genesis Review

The Genesis is the Grill that ignited my passion for Grilling!

The Weber Genesis – The Grill That Started My Love Affair with Grilling

I have a confession to make. I’m cheating on my first Weber Genesis with a brand new, Crimson Red, Weber Genesis. As many of you may know, the Weber Genesis is what I call my “gateway grill” –ie, that was my introductory drug into grilling. From there I went on to get a Weber Performer, a BGE, a Weber Smoky Mountain… you get the picture!

When people ask me what grill they should buy, my first question is- are you looking for Gas or Charcoal? If they say Gas, I recommend the Weber Genesis (and if for charcoal- the Performer is my recommendation). What I love about this grill (and all Webers) is that they are built to last, and you can replace the parts over time. They are a long term investment versus the cheaper, crappy $199 grills you can buy at Home Depot that are made in China. I refer to these types as “throwaway grills” because you will have to throw them away after 2 years of use.

The bottom line is that a Weber is a quality grill that will go the distance with you for years to come.

Weber Genesis 330 Review, WEber Genesis Review

The new Genesis in Crimson Red, and my first Weber Genesis purchased back in 2008. Still a beauty! My first Genesis has produced a ton of great meals!

My new Weber Genesis has some features I’m really loving over my 5 year old Weber Genesis.  Back in 2011 Weber changed the burner configuration on the Genesis. My Genesis 1.0 (which I got back in 2008) had the burners in a horizontal configuration, ie, left to right. This meant when you did direct/vs indirect cooking your zones would be front/back. The new Genesis has burners are in a vertical configuration- this means when doing direct/indirect you can create a left/right zone for which, in my opinion, makes more sense.

The Genesis comes in 2 options- the 310 and the 330. The 330 offers what is called the “Sear Station” while the 310 keeps the standard 3 knob burner configuration.

weber genesis sear station

The “Sear Station” helps this zone of the grill to achieve temps of 800-900 degrees to get those awesome, restaurant quality char marks.

The “Sear Station” is a dedicated area with an extra burner that, when turned on high in combination with the other burners will reach temps of 800-900 degrees and produces restaurant quality sear marks.

The knobs on this Weber are in a smarter location- on the front, which gives more room on the side table as a work space. The 1.0 version had the knobs on the side table which took workable space away. (As an FYI, Weber changed this burner configuration back in 2011 which was a smart move).

This grill offers serious BTUs!

This grill offers serious BTUs!

The Genesis has 2 grate options depending on which version you buy:  The E-330 Model (colors available for this one include Black, Copper and Green) comes with porcelain enameled grates. The EP 330 Model (available in black, cooper, green and the new Crimson Red and Smoke colors) comes with stainless steel cooking grates.

I love that the Genesis offers a fuel gauge- this way you will never be left without gas during a cook!

I love that the Genesis offers a fuel gauge- this way you will never be left without gas during a cook!

The color- as you can see from my choices- my first Weber came in a beautiful hunter green that I bought at a specialty retailer, not just off the shelf at Home Depot. This new EP 330 is Crimson Red, is an option that is available only at a specialty retailer. Their other special color for this season is the “smoke” color. I like supporting my local guys when I can versus going to Home Depot.

The price point for the Genesis EP 330 is $999, while this is not inexpensive, but if you are looking for a grill that will go the distance with you and offer years of grilling enjoyment, this is the one! You can easily cook for 4+ people on this grill without having to grill in batches as this grill offers plenty of BTUS and grill space. If you are looking to get your first ever gas grill and have a smaller budget, the Weber Spirit is an excellent choice at $499.

Specs:

  • Weber Genesis EP 330
  • Stainless Steel Cooking Grates
  • 3 Stainless Steel buners (“flavorizer Bars”)
  • Sear Station
  • BTUs: 38,000 per hour input
  • Total Cooking Area: 637 square inches
  • Grill Dimensions with Lid Open:

If you are in the market for a grill with ample cooking space and plenty of horsepower, this is the grill for you. Weber makes high quality grills that will endure the test of time-  the awesome meals and memories you make on this grill will make this grill feel like your trusty best friend, waiting for your next cooking adventure in the back yard. This is a great grill, which is why I have 2. 🙂

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    Robyn

    My focus is on healthy, simple and creative recipes on the grill. I encourage women to learn to grill as it is a great way to create healthy, flavorful dishes without all the fuss and clean up in the kitchen.

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    Matt Buckner - September 30, 2014 Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I bought the Genesis 2013 EP-330 in Crimson Red in May of 2014. I have previously owned several Chinese “throw aways” that heated inconsistantly and rusted out in no time as if by design. My Genesis cooks evenly and the front slide out grease tray makes cleaning this grill a breeze! My wife and I grill on it at least 3 days a week without a hickup. Weber currently provides a warranty of 25 years on the lid and tub, 10 years on the SS burners, and 2-5 years on everything else. Couple that with plenty of E-retail sites offering affordable parts and you can readily see that you have made a sound, long term investment.

    Robyn - October 5, 2014 Reply

    Couldn’t agree more Matt! Mine has a side burner and I’ve been so grateful for that, along with my grill, since we have been doing a house renovation and currently have no kitchen. Luckily i’ve been able to stage an outdoor cooking area and since I grill everything anyway we are getting by. I’ve been using the side burner to make eggs in the mornings… This is my 3rd (full size) Weber, they are a great investment.

    Matt Buckner - October 6, 2014 Reply

    Robyn, you mention that you make breakfast on your grill’s side burner. As an accessory you should consider the LittleGriddle stainless steel griddle. I bought the full size GQ230 from Amazon.com. It fits the Genesis 300 series perfectly! I use it for cheese steaks, pancakes and eggs, and burgers to die for. They also offer a half size model that keeps one side of your grill free for grilling (of course).

    Robyn - October 22, 2014 Reply

    Matt, I will definitely have to check this out, thanks so much for the recommendation!

    Martin - May 27, 2016 Reply

    I like the Crimson red model. It’s a shame that Weber don’t seem to make the current models in that color otherwise I would have got one. Currently you can get them in Black, Copper or Green. I have reviewed the latest Genesis grills on my blog comparing the different features in the different models…

    http://livingonyourpatio.com/weber-genesis-s-310-review/

    Robyn - June 3, 2016 Reply

    Hi Martin, the only time I’ve seen the other colors is when you get them at a Weber Dealer…or perhaps they stopped making it in the brick red color… I’ll check out your site!

    Dean - March 2, 2017 Reply

    Great info on these grills. How well does “sear station” work? I like the concept and want to make sure its worth the extra money.

    Dean

    Robyn - March 16, 2017 Reply

    Hi Dean, I like the sear station. I think it’s worth the difference in cost. Especially if you want to cook steaks.

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