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Weber Spirit vs Genesis BBQs: Which to Choose?

Both models offer a premium at-home grilling experience with three high-quality stainless steel burners and enamelled cast iron grills.

Featured Image: Weber Spirit II / Source: Amazon

Weber’s Genesis and Spirit are two of the most popular models of gas grills on the market in Australia. But which one is right for you?

In this article, we’ll take a look at the key similarities and differences between these two BBQs and help you make your selection.

Models used in comparison

The Weber Spirit and Genesis ranges of BBQs comprise a number of different models.

In this comparison, we’ve used the base model in each range to help you best understand the important similarities and differences.

Here are the two models we’ve compared:

  • Weber Spirit II E-310
  • Weber Genesis E-325s (successor to the Weber Genesis II)

Weber Spirit II E-310

Spirit II E 310 Gas Barbecue LPG | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Weber Genesis E-325s

Weber GENESIS E 325s Gas Barbecue LPG | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Key takeaways

Here are the key differences to keep in mind when choosing between these two Weber grills:

  • Burner power – the new Genesis features a 41.1 MJ main burner which delivers an impressive 39,000 BTU of heat output, in contrast to the 31.6 MJ (30,000 BTU) on the Spirit II.
  • Top grill – the Spirit II has a traditional warming rack while the Genesis features an expandable top cooking grill.
  • Primary cooking area – in addition to the extra grilling capacity, the primary cooking area on the Weber Genesis is 23% bigger than that on the Spirit II.
  • Price – there’s a significant price difference between these two models. At the time of writing, the Genesis has an RRP of $1,799 while the Spirit II is $1,099.

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Key similarities

Number of burners

Both the Weber Spirit and Genesis base models have 3 stainless steel burners (in contrast with the 2 burners found on the Weber Family Q models).

There are also larger models in the Genesis range that feature 4 burners.

The burner tube is constructed from stainless steel which is strong, durable, and prevents rust.

Enamelled cast iron grills

Both of these BBQs come with enamelled cast iron grills. This makes it possible for them to provide an even heat distribution and makes them easier to clean.

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Fuel type

The entry-level model in both the Spirit and Genesis range are LPG powered.

However, they are also both available in models that are powered by natural gas.

This may suit users who have gas mains plumbed into their house and want to avoid the hassle of refilling gas bottles.

Side tables

Both of these BBQs feature 2 side tables that are perfect for meal prep and storing your plates, food and drinks.

One of the tables folds down which may suit smaller spaces, and also assists with transportation and storage.

Tool hooks

Every barbeque enthusiast knows the importance of good tools.

The Spirit and Genesis ensure you can keep these on hand at all times with 6 handy tool hooks.

Ignition system

Both of these grills feature an electronic ignition system, also known as a spark generator.

Electronic ignitions are activated by the application of electricity from a battery, and they’re found on most high-end grills.

Both BBQs come with 1 x AA battery which powers the ignition.

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Key differences

Burner power

The new Genesis features a 41.1 MJ main burner which delivers an impressive 39,000 BTU of heat output.

This is in contrast to the 31.6 MJ (30,000 BTU) on the Spirit II.

In addition, the Genesis features a “Sear Zone burner” which delivers 13.7 MJ (13,000 BTU).

Warming rack / Top grill

While the Spirit II has a traditional warming rack (measuring 660 cm²), the Genesis features what Weber calls an “expandable top cooking grill”.

Measuring 1768 cm², they say that this feature adds another level of grilling capacity.

Primary cooking area

In addition to the extra grilling capacity, the primary cooking area on the Weber Genesis is also the larger of the two.

It measures 3310 cm², which is around 23% more than the 2700 cm² on the Spirit II.

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Cart and wheels

The Weber Spirit II features an open cart design which provides storage space for tools and accessories. It also features 2 durable all-weather wheels which allow you to easily move the grill around your yard.

The Genesis, on the other hand, features a closed cart design with closing doors. This design keeps the gas bottle out of sight and allows access to the grease drip tray, while also providing plenty of storage for other items.

The Genesis cart has 4 x swivel caster wheels. While these can be locked to keep the BBQ in place while in use, they are much less heavy-duty than the wheels on the Spirit II so are less suited to wheeling across grass or uneven surfaces.

Price

There’s a significant price difference between these two models. At the time of writing, the Genesis has an RRP of $1,799 while the Spirit II is $1,099.

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Comparison table

NameWeber Genesis 2022Weber Spirit II
ModelE-325sE-310
Main burners:41.1 MJ (39,000 BTU)31.6 MJ (30,000 BTU)
Sear Zone burner13.7 MJ (13,000 BTU)n/a
Size (open)160.02cm H x 157.48cm W x 78.74cm D144.78cm H x 132.08cm W x 66.04cm D
Size (closed)123.19cm H x 157.48cm W x 68.58cm D113.03cm H x 132.08cm W x 68.58cm D
Warming rack sizen/a660 cm²
Top grill1768 cm²n/a
Primary cooking area3310 cm²2700 cm²
Total cooking area5077 cm²3360 cm²
Number of burners33
Side tables22
Wheels4 x Swivel locking casters2 x Durable all-weather wheels
Tool hooks66
Electronic ignitionYesYes

Making your selection

Both models offer a premium at-home grilling experience with three high-quality stainless steel burners and enamelled cast iron grills.

These are two of the best BBQs on the market in terms of features and quality components.

The main difference between the two is that the Genesis has more power and more grilling space, making it a better choice if you’re looking to cook larger amounts of food at once.

Weber Spirit II E-310

Spirit II E 310 Gas Barbecue LPG | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Weber Genesis E-325s

Weber GENESIS E 325s Gas Barbecue LPG | BBQs and Outdoor Dining
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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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