Best Natural Gas Grills Reviews and Top Picks for 2017

There is a strong case to be made that the best natural gas grills are made by Weber.  However, Weber has over twenty different natural gas grills available and figuring out the differences between them can be challenging.

You already knew that Weber was the right choice.  The question has always been, “Which one?”

All of these grills are great but different people value different features.  Some folks want the best grill for the money, others want the most features and some will only buy a stainless steel version.

Here is the complete breakdown of all Weber natural gas grills currently being sold.  With prices ranging from $400 to $3,000 there are plenty of options to choose from.

The goal of this page is to make it easy for you to find the right grill for your needs.

Background Information on the redesigned 2017 line of Genesis grills

In 2017 Weber redesigned the Genesis line of grills.  There are two technology features in the 2017 Weber Genesis grills that are worth explaining.

GS4 High Performance Grilling System

All 2017 Genesis grills come standard with Weber’s advanced GS4 High Performance Grilling System.  This technology package is NOT available on the Weber Q, Spirit or Summit grills.

Here is a short video (90 seconds) showing the highlights of the GS4 system.

To be clear, parts of the GS4 system are unwarranted hype.  Specifically, with the exception of the Weber Q series, all Weber gas grills have always had Flavorizer bars.

The “new” addition in 2017 is that the GS4 Flavorizer bars now have slots that let you see the burner flames.

The new grease management system isn’t really anything to write home about either.  They have relocated a drip tray.

The new Infinity Ignition System does look like a serious upgrade over past ignitions.  If it lives up to the promise of “It lights the first time every time” then it is a real improvement.

What I LOVE on the GS4 system is the new high performance burner.  The tapered rectangular burner is designed to provide a completely even flame distribution across the entire grilling surface.  The older tubular burners had a tendency to produce sputtering flames at the end of the burner tube where the gas pressure was lowest.

If one of your selection criteria is that you want the most even heat distribution possible then you will probably want to go with a grill from the Genesis series.

IGrill3 Ready

Weber advertises the Genesis grills as being “iGrill3 Ready”.

The iGrill3 is a nice Bluetooth enabled thermometer that lets you monitor your grill on your phone.

Unfortunately this grill does not actually come with the iGrill3.  What Weber means by “Ready” is they have cut a little hole in the front of the grill where you can place your iGrill3 after you purchase it separately for $100.

Equally annoying is that while the iGrill3 is nice technology today it will be outdated and replaced by something even better within five years.  What is the point of customizing a grill that will last for 20 years around a small piece of technology that will be outdated in 5 years??

Okay…that’s enough background on the Genesis updates.  Let’s take a look at our grilling options!

Two Burner Natural Gas Grills

Weber has four different two burner natural gas grills which cost between $400 and $1000.

  • Weber Q 3200
  • Weber Spirit S 210
  • Weber Genesis II E 210
  • Weber Genesis II LX S 240

All of the grills have about the same grilling area (360-380 square inches).

The differences between the grills involve materials of construction, grease management and burner tube technology.

All four grills are nice and would make a fine addition to your patio.

I think the grill that strikes the best balance between performance and price is the Spirit S 210.

Weber Q 3200: Model Number 57067001

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MSRP: $519

Typical Online Cost: $419

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 5 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 5 Years
  • Lid assembly: 5 Years

Primary Cooking Area: 393 square inches

Benefits

The Q 3200 is a sleek, attractive grill.  It never hurts to have something pretty sitting on your deck and this might be the most attractive grill Weber offers.

This grill has a relatively small footprint but a surprisingly large grilling area.  If you are short on space but still want to grill for a crowd then the Q 3200 will not disappoint.

The grill comes with a split cast iron grate.  You can remove one side of the grate and replace it with a cast iron griddle (not included) and have some serious grilling fun.

The Q 3200 is the top of the line in the Q series.  It has a built in grilling light, lid thermometer and folding side tables that can actually support a plate of steaks.

This is, quite simply, a very nice grill.

Drawbacks

The dual burner configuration makes grilling with indirect heat problematic.  This grill has a primary burner that encircles the primary grilling area and a secondary burner that heats the middle of the grate. This configuration is GREAT for high heat searing of steaks and medium heat grilling of burgers etc.  This configuration does NOT allow you to establish a “Hot Zone/Cool Zone” setup.

The heart of the grease management are the grooves on the cast iron grate that direct grease away from the burners into a drip pan.  While the system is very functional it pales in comparison to the Flavorizer bar system used on all other Weber grills.

You will get more flare ups with Q 3200 than you will with a Spirit, Genesis or Summit and a little less flavor as the dipping grease does not get vaporized.

Summary of the Weber Q 3200 Natural Gas Grill

This is a pretty, functional grill that works great in small spaces.

Before you buy the Q 3200 take a VERY CLOSE LOOK at the Weber Spirit 210.  The Spirit 210 is not as pretty as the Q 3200 but is a better grill and costs about the same.

Weber Spirit S 210: Model Number 47100001

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MSRP: $569

Typical Online Cost: $419

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Flavorizer Bars: 5 Years

Primary Cooking Area: 360 square inches

Benefits

The Spirit S 210 is a beautiful stainless steel grill with a small footprint.

The burners, cook box and lid assembly come with a 10 year warranty.  This warranty is twice as long as what you get with the Q 3200 grill which should tell you that this grill is built to last.

The grill has two parallel burners that are great for both High Heat grilling and establishing a Hot Zone and Cool Zone for indirect grilling.

The grease management system (Flavorizer bars and sloped grease pan) is far superior to what is found on the Q 3200.

Side tables can fold down for smaller footprint and easier storage.

Drawbacks

The cooking area is slightly smaller than what you get with the Weber Q 3200 (360 vs 393 square inches).

Summary of the Weber Spirit S 210 Natural Gas Grill

If you are in the market for a small, dependable and highly functional natural gas grill then the Spirit S 210 is what you want.

You do not get any fancy upgrades with this grill but who cares? In my opinion the Spirit S 210 is the best value for a small natural gas grill.

Weber Genesis II E 210: Model Number 65010001

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MSRP: $599

Typical Online Cost: $550

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Flavorizer Bars: 5 Years

Primary Cooking Area: 380 square inches

Benefits

At first glance the Genesis 210 looks like the same grill as the Spirit 210.

There fundamental differences between the grills is that the Genesis is equipped with the upgraded “GS4” grilling system.

Drawbacks

The Genesis 210 is over $100 more expensive than the Spirit 210.  If you want to save some money then get the Spirit.  If money isn’t really an object and you want a two burner grill then get the much nicer Genesis II LX 240.

Summary of the Genesis II E 210

The Genesis II E 210 is an upgraded version of the Spirit S 210.  The Genesis has a better ignition system and burner tubes.

Here is a useful visual comparison of the two grills.   Please ignore the gibberish at the 3:00 mark about the porcelain enameled lid…the gentleman has nice intentions but doesn’t understand what he is talking about.

Weber Genesis II LX S 240

Model Number 65004001

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MSRP: $1,148

Typical Online Cost: $999

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Primary Cooking Area: 380 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II LX S 240

This grill has the same GS4 advanced grilling package as the Genesis 210 and comes with a side burner.

The Flavorizer bars in this grill are heavy duty stainless steel that come with a 10 year warranty.

The cooking grate has been upgraded from cast iron to 7 mm thick stainless steel rods.  You will get better grill marks and the grate should last a lifetime (although the warranty is for 10 years).

Here is a quick video giving you a close up look at the S 240.  The video is looking at the propane version of the grill but the features and design are identical to the natural gas model.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II LX S 240

$1000 is a lot of money to spend on a two burner grill.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II LX S 240

If you are short on space but long on cash then the Genesis II LX S 240 might be the grill for you.

Three Burner Natural Gas Grills

Weber has three different three burner natural gas grills that range in price between $475 and $1,300:

  • Weber Spirit E 310
  • Weber Genesis II E 310
  • Weber Genesis II LX S 340

The cooking area on the grills varies between 424 and 513 square inches.

Differences between the grills involve material of construction, burner tube design, grease management and side burner availability.

The least expensive of the three burner grills, the Spirit E 310, is the best selling natural gas grill on Amazon.

Weber Spirit E 310

Model Number 47510001

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MSRP: $619

Typical Online Cost: $469

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Flavorizer Bars: 5 Years

Cooking Area: 424 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Spirit E 310

This is the top selling natural gas grill on Amazon.

The Spirit 310 gives you one extra burner and an additional 64 square inches of grilling space compared to the Spirit 210.  The extra space and flexibility only cost you $50 more.

The Spirit E 310 has an enclosed lower cabinet for storage.

Drawbacks of the Weber Spirit E 310

This body of this natural gas grill is not available in stainless steel.

The side tables (which are stainless steel) do not fold down.

The larger footprint of this grill may make it too big for people with small decks and patios.

Summary of the Weber Spirit E 310

The Spirit E 310 is the best natural gas grill for the money.

For under $500 you will get an incredible three burner grill that comes with Weber’s legendary customer support and a killer warranty.

This grill is a little smaller than a Genesis and does not not have a side burner or any other fancy gadgets.  However if you are looking for a high performance budget friendly grill then this is what you want.

Weber Genesis II E 310

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MSRP: $849

Typical Online Cost: $700

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Flavorizer Bars: 5 Years

Cooking Area: 513 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II E 310

The E 310 comes with the upgraded GS4 grilling system (better ignitor and burner tubes) and has almost 100 square inches more grilling space than the Spirit E 310.

I love the looks of the chrome straps on the grill lid.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II E 310

This grill is more than $200 more expensive than the Spirit E 310 and the differences between them are not overly significant.

The Genesis E 310 does not have an enclosed lower cabinet like the Spirit.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II E 310

A beautiful workhorse of a grill that will last for decades.

The biggest problem with this grill is that the Spirit E 310 is 90% as good and costs about 40% less.

Weber Genesis II LX S 340

Model Number 66004001

 

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MSRP: $1,300

Typical Online Cost: $999

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 513 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II LX S 340

The S 340 has the GS4 technology package and comes with a side burner.

The Flavorizer bars in the S 340 are heavy duty stainless steel with a 10 year warranty.

The stainless steel cooking grate is made from 7 mm thick rods and has a 10 year warranty.  I love this grate and think it is a massive upgrade over the cast iron grates.

You get an enclosed lower cabinet for storage.

The grill is freaking beautiful.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II LX S 340

Marketed as “iGrill3 Ready” but doesn’t actually come with the iGrill3.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II LX S 340

Sexy.

Perfect.

Expensive.

You will feel a little pain when you fork over a grand for this grill but the pain will quickly diminish once you get this beauty up and running.

With the upgraded burner tubes, grates, ignition and Flavorizer bars you really should be able to use this grill for a DECADE and not have to replace any parts.  Oh yeah….it grills like a world class beast as well.

If you are in the market for a thousand dollar grill then the ONE other model I suggest you look at it the Weber Genesis LX E 410.  The E 410 does not have a side burner but it does have a fourth primary burner and provides a larger grilling surface than the S 340.

The E 410 costs about $100 less than the S 340.

Four Burner Natural Gas Grills

Weber offers four different four burner natural gas grills that range in price from $900 to $2,000.

The four burner grills are overlapped between the Genesis and Summit series.

The Genesis series provide a lot of grilling space while the Summit series are completely tricked out with every type of gadget and burner you could ever want.

  • Weber Genesis II e 410
  • Weber Genesis II LX 440 (E/S)
  • Weber Summit 460
  • Weber Summit 470 (E/S)

Weber Genesis II E 410

Model Number 67010001

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MSRP: $1,049

Typical Online Cost: $900

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Flavorizer Bars: 5 Years

Cooking Area: 646 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II E 410

The E 410 has the GS4 grilling system and a fourth primary burner.

The fourth burner adds greater flexibility and control to your grilling experience and supports a cooking area that is 133 square inches larger than you get with the three burner grills.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II E 410

At a $900 price point I really would prefer to have an enclosed cabinet and a stainless steel grate.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II E 410

If you routinely need to cook for a crowd and are not worried about gadgets and do-dads then the E 410 is a great option for you.

At $900 you are getting a LOT of grill for the money.  The extra space and control that comes with having a fourth primary burner is a really nice feature.

Weber Genesis II LX 440 (E/S)

Model Numbers 67014001 (Black) and 67004001 (Stainless)

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MSRP: $1,699 (Black Enameled), $1,849 (Stainless Steel)

Typical Online Cost: $1,500 (Black Enameled), $1,600 (Stainless Steel)

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 646 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II LX 440

The LX 440 is available in black enameled steel or stainless steel.  The features are the exact same for the enameled and stainless versions.

The LX 440 has the same grilling area and primary burner arrangement as the E 410 but also comes with a side burner.

The LX 440 has the upgraded stainless steel grate made for 7 mm rods and heavy duty stainless steel Flavorizer bars.

The LX 440 comes with an enclosed bottom cabinet.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II LX 440

The LX 440 costs at least $600 more than the E 410 and I am not convinced the price difference is warranted.

You could buy the Weber Genesis E 410 (which is an AMAZING grill) for $900 AND the Weber Spirit E 310 (which is a GREAT grill) for $500 and it would still be cheaper than buying the LX E 440 for $1,500.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II LX 440

The Weber Genesis II LX 440 is a nice four burner grill but the upgrades are not enough to warrant the price tag

Weber Summit 470 (E/S)

Model Numbers 7271001 (Black) and 7270001 (Stainless)

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MSRP: $2,149 (Black Enameled and Stainless Steel)

Typical Online Cost: $1,900 (Black Enameled and Stainless Steel)

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 468 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Summit 470

The Summit 470 is simply amazing.

You get all of the benefits of having a four burner grill plus…

The stainless steel grate has been upgraded from 7 mm rods to 9 mm rods.

A Sear Station burner for perfect grill marks on steaks.

A Smoker Station burner for wood chips.

An infrared burner for use with the integrated rotisserie system.

WOW….just wow!

Drawbacks of the Weber Summit 470

The Summit 470 is that part of the grilling surface is lost because of the Smoker Burner assembly.  The Summit 470 has 468 square inches of grilling space compared to 646 square inches on the Genesis 400 series and 513 square inches on the Genesis 300 series.

The Summit 470 does not have the GS4 technology package found on the Genesis.

Summary of the Weber Summit 470

The Summit 470 delivers the goods when it comes to adding on all of the bells and whistles.

The only knock on this grill is the reduced primary grilling resulting from the Smoker Burner.  This isn’t that big of a deal since you gain grilling capacity with the built in rotisserie.

Let me plant a quick thought in your head before you pull the trigger on this grill.  For most people spending $2,000 on a grill in a once in a lifetime celebration.  If you are willing to spend $2,000 why not spend an extra $500 and get the greatest grill of all time, the Weber Summit 670?

Weber Summit 460

Model Number 7260001

MSRP: $2,399 (Black Enameled and Stainless Steel)

Typical Online Cost: $2,100

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 468 square inches

Summary of the Weber Summit 460

The Summit 460 is identical in features to the Summit 470.

The 460 is designed for use as a built in grill for outdoor kitchens.

Six Burner Natural Gas Grills

Weber has four different six burner natural gas grills that range in price from $1,300 to $2,700.

  • Weber Genesis II E 610
  • Weber Genesis II LX 640 (E/S)
  • Weber Summit  670
  • Weber Summit 660

Weber Genesis II E 610

Model Number 68010001

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MSRP: $1,500

Typical Online Cost: $1,300

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Cast Iron Grates: 5 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Flavorizer Bars: 5 Years

Cooking Area: 770 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II E 610

The primary grilling area of 770 inches is HUGE and surpasses what is available on the Summit 670.

Comes with the GS4 Advanced Grilling System.

All you are paying for is massive grilling.  You are not forking over cash for a lot of bells and whistles that you probably wouldn’t use anyway.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II E 610

At $1,300 I want stainless steel grates and an enclosed cabinet.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II E 610

This is the perfect grill for someone who wants massive grilling capacity and is paying attention to their wallet.

If you do not care about fancy gadgets then this grill will save you $1000 compared to a the same sized Summit.

Weber Genesis II LX 640 (E/S)

Model Numbers 68014001 (Black) and 68004001 (Stainless)

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MSRP: $2.149 (Black Enameled), $2,249 (Stainless Steel)

Typical Online Cost: $1,900 (Black Enameled), $2,000 (Stainless Steel)

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 770 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Genesis II LX 640

You get all of the space of the Genesis 610 plus….

Stainless steel grates. stainless steel Flavorizer bars, and enclosed cabinet and a side burner.

The GS4 package is standard with this grill.

Drawbacks of the Weber Genesis II LX 640

I have the same reservation about the Genesis II LX 640 grills that I do about the Summit 470.  if you are already willing to spend $2,000 on a grill then spend a little more and get the absolutely incredible Summit 670.

Summary of the Weber Genesis II LX 640

A massive grill with the basic features that I want (stainless steel grates and an enclosed cabinet) at this price point.

Weber Summit 670

Model Numbers 7471001 (Black) and 7470001 (Stainless)

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MSRP: $2,800 (Black Enameled and Stainless Steel)

Typical Online Cost: $2,500 (Black Enameled and Stainless Steel)

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 624 square inches

Benefits of the Weber Summit 670

The Summit 670 gives you massive grilling area and incredible versatility.

  • Six primary burners
  • Side burner
  • Sear Station
  • Smoker Box Burner
  • Built in rotisserie with dedicated Infrared Burner
  • 9 mm thick stainless steel grates

The Weber Summit also gives you Pride.

Lots of people dream about owning the most incredible grill ever produced by the best grill company in America.

Far fewer people are ever able to actually make the purchase.

When you purchase a Summit 670 you join an elite club.

The grill is beautiful and if there is a more perfect natural gas grill out there then I have no idea what it is.

Weber Summit 660

Model Number 7460001

MSRP: $3,000

Typical Online Cost: $2,700

Warranty for Primary Components:

  • Burners: 10 years
  • Stainless Steel Grates: 10 years
  • Cook Box: 10 Years
  • Lid assembly: 10 Years
  • Stainless Steel Flavorizer Bars: 10 Years

Cooking Area: 624 square inches

Summary of the Weber Summit 660

The Summit 660 is identical in features to the Summit 670.

The Summit 660 is designed to be a built in grill for outdoor kitchens.

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