BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling 104

Weber Grills -- Has Quality Declined?

valerie | Jul 16, 200708:18 AM

So as I mentioned before, we recently moved into a house and we're ready to buy a gas grill. All excited, we went out this past Saturday with every intention of buying the Weber Genesis E310. We went to a smallish local store that was highly recommended on this board, as opposed to Home Depot.

Well, we were dissapointed to find out that the store has stopped carrying Webers. They feel that since Webers are now apparently manufactured in China rather than in the U.S. (Indiana, maybe?), the quality is no longer something that they (the store) can stand by. They will special order the Weber for us, but the guy was adamant that they are not the Webers of the past. They feel that they now use cheap parts and they're not really all stainless steel when they claim to be.

In lieu of the Weber, he recommended the Napoleon (which I've rarely, if ever, seen mentioned on CH). The store also carries brands like Viking and Jenn-Air. I can't say that he was just trying to upsell us. In fact, he suggested that we even call Home Depot to see if they still have the Weber Genesis this late in the season, and if we still want it, buy it there. I also mentioned Vermont Castings and according to this guy, that's worse than the China-produced Webers.

Of course, this is only one guys opinion, but now I'm not sure what to do. We were planning to spend $600-$700 on the Weber and we'll go up to $1,000 if necessary.

Obviously everyone here loves their Webers, and I certainly trust Chowhounds. But does anyone have any experience with a newly-manufactured one? Are they still good? Should we get something else?


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