A great gas barbecue heats quickly and efficiently. Read our expert review of the Genesis grill from BBQ giant Weber and discover its pros and cons.
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Weber Genesis® II LX S-240 GBS gas grill
Pros: quick assembly, even cooking, quick preheating, bells-and-whistles, show-off style
Cons: very expensive, imposing footprint, awkward delivery
Burger count: approx 25
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Weber unsurprisingly don’t disappoint with this shiny, bells-and-whistles gas model that, much like its closest competitors, provides versatility and consistency when cooking fast or slow. You certainly get what you pay for with robust, well-engineered materials and tools and premium extras, such as a light above the grill.
It comes almost prebuilt, meaning you can start grilling more quickly, though the little finishing touches and an occasionally unclear diagram can make the build take longer than you'd expect. A spanner is provided for the build, but a standard Phillips head screwdriver will also be needed to finish the job. Otherwise, they've provided any extras you’ll need (including batteries and a disposable drip tray, for example).
The barbecue really is a statement piece, taking up a lot of floor space and only allowing you to fold in one of the side shelves, which reduces its practicality for some. But, it's perfect for those who want to grill all summer long and show off a little. Equally, it arrives on a pallet (thanks to the prebuild) which does restrict how, when and where it can be delivered. It's something to consider, but once it's out of the box, it can be manoeuvred with relative ease.
Preheating takes just 10-15 minutes and the grill lives up to expectations, connecting and lighting with ease and retaining consistent heat throughout cooking. Plus, the temperature gauge helps you cook accurately. The barbecue has one of the largest cooking areas we tested, with a large storable cooling shelf, so you can cook for the whole neighbourhood.
The heat distribution is impressively consistent and equally adaptable, allowing you to cook large cuts with precision, whilst also evenly charring smaller produce on the wide, heavy-duty cast-iron griddle (which is easy enough to remove and hand wash). A large, sturdy drip tray feels built for purpose and the barbecue also gives you the opportunity to add on tools (like a meat thermometer system). It's perfect for a true BBQ geek.
If you're looking to hone your BBQ credentials, cook for an audience or simply want to make a statement (and you have the space), this shiny Ferrari of gas grills is for you. However, its eye-watering cost and imposing presence will certainly not suit everyone.
Assembly 4/5 (1 hr 15 mins)
Ease of use 4/5
Cooking results 4/5
Value for money 2.5/5
Overall rating 3.5/5
Height: 122cm (160.1cm lid open)
Depth: 73.7cm (83.9cm lid open)
Materials: stainless steel and cast iron
Hose & regulator: included
Gas type: clip-on propane or butane
Dishwasher safe: no
Warranty: 10 years (limited)
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