What is the Difference Between the Weber Spirit, Genesis II, Genesis II LX and Summit BBQ Grills?

Weber has completely evolved in 2017 to exceed the expectations of their most popular Genesis grill. Recent improvements to their design and capabilities have been made. Their burners and flavorizer bars now provide a more even heat, and their ignition system is now designed for one strike activation, even in cold weather. 

Furthermore, Weber improved their grease management system and created an app accessory to monitor your food remotely, so you do not have to be tethered to your grill during a party or a get-together.

For 2017, the Genesis series are the only grills with these improvements. Weber has also increased the Genesis lineup from 4 grills to 8 with a new series called the Weber Genesis II LX.

With all the new innovations we felt it was important to look at Weber’s Spirit, the Genesis II, Genesis II LX, and the Summit grills. The options may seem daunting but hopefully this article will help you choose the right grill for you.

First, we will look at Weber as a company and why they should be considered for your grill. 

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Weber is the lowest repaired appliance brand sold at Yale, and reliability is the main selling point of Weber. It works and is a better investment than buying a cheap grill every 2-3 years. On the premium side, Weber offers features of the pro grills for way less money.

Weber BBQ Grills

Weber is probably the most recognized brand in the grilling world. The original concept was born in 1952, when George Stephen, a welder for Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, was about to weld 2 buoy halves together when an idea came to him for the first charcoal kettle grill.

Piece by piece, he put together the original prototype, and with dedication and many demonstrations, the rest was history.

More than 30 years later, the Weber Genesis gas grill was born. This model incorporated gas tubing, with angled metal bars that prevented flare ups, unlike its predecessor that used messy lava rocks. These bars, now called flavorizer bars, disperse the heat evenly, and prevent the drippings from interacting with the flames.

How To Read Weber Grill Codes 

Weber codes can be baffling at first, but they notate color, burners, and whether the grates are stainless or porcelain.

I have reviewed the most popular grill from each category, but there are 3 Spirit models, 4 Genesis II models, 4 Genesis II LX models and 2 Summit models.

Weber’s codes:

  • E-210 – E stands for porcelain grates and 2 stands for 2 burners  
  • S-210 – S stands for stainless and the 2 for 2 burners
  • E-310 – The 3 stands for 3 burners instead of two for more consistent heat
  • E-330 – 3 burners, sear, and side burners
  • SP-310 – 3 burners, stainless grates, and flavorizer bars instead of porcelain
  • SP-330 – 3 Burners stainless grates, and bars along with a side burner and sear station
  • S-340 – New Genesis LX II code for stainless 3 burner with stainless grates
  • EP– “Enamel Prestige” Colors with stainless grates and bars

Their best grill would be the SP or EP, and then you can choose the options you like.

Natural gas is offered in every series at an additional cost.

The number of burners dictates heat and size, so a Genesis II LX S-640 would be stainless 6 burner like this:

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  • Genesis II LX S-640 Series
  • 72,000 BTU
  • 770 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 6 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 72″ W x 33″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 48″ H x 72″ W x 29″ D

And a Genesis II Weber would look like this:

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  • Genesis II E-610 Series
  • 60,000 BTU
  • 770 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 6 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 61″ H x 68″ W x 31″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45″ H x 68″ W x 29″ D

Let’s compare each series on the more popular selling models.

Weber Spirit

Perfect for the small family or novice griller


Spirit is considered the entry level model. The series is equipped with either a 2-burner or 3-burner configuration, available in black or a new Stainless Steel S-210 model.

Weber has moved the controls to the front panel, as well as folding side shelves for storage of the grill. The cooking grates have also changed to porcelain enamel cast iron.

Spirit is a good value. It is solid and will last far longer than the cheaper grills.

  • 2 burner, 360 sq inch cooking surface, 26,500 BTU’s, porcelain enamel cast iron grates
  • $399.99 & $449.99 (stainless). Their top end is $649 with side burners and sear station.

Weber Spirit Models:

E-210 – $399

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  • Spirit E-210 Series
  • 26,500 BTU
  • 360 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 2 Burners
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 50″ W x 32″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45.5″ H x 50″ W x 24″ D

S-210 – $449

  • Spirit S-210 Series
  • 26,500 BTU
  • 360 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 2 Burners
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 50″ W x 32″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45.5″ H x 50″ W x 24″ D

E-310 – $499

  • Spirit E-310 Series
  • 32,000 BTU
  • 424 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 52″ W x 32″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45.5″ H x 52″ W x 24″ D

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Weber Genesis II

Perfect for everyday grilling but big enough to conquer the big party

The Genesis has completely changed as we said from the beginning. Last year it was only available in the three burner sizes. This year it is available in 2, 3, 4 and 6-burner configurations. The larger Genesis models have similar power to their best Summit grills.

The Genesis II and the II LX have better burners, flavorizer bars, ignition, and grease management system. You will have more consistent heat front to back on this years Genesis.

The Genesis II does not have cabinet doors. So you should clean the grease trays often as they will be exposed to animals.

It should perform more consistently in terms of heat and ignition than the Spirit and the Summit.

Weber Genesis II Models:

E-210 – $499

  • Genesis II E-210 Series
  • 26,000 BTU
  • 380 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 2 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 61″ H x 47″ W x 31″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45″ H x 47″ W x 29″ D

E-310 – $699

  • Genesis II E-310 Series
  • 37,500 BTU
  • 513 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 61″ H x 54″ W x 31″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45″ H x 54″ W x 29″ D

SE-410 – $949 (colors available)

  • Genesis II E-410 Series
  • 48,000 BTU
  • 646 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 4 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 61″ H x 61″ W x 31″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45″ H x 61″ W x 29″ D
  • Special Edition: Stainless Steel Grates and Flavorizer Bars 
  • Available in: Copper, Crimson, Smoke and Black 

E-610 – $1,299

  • Genesis II E-610 Series
  • 60,000 BTU
  • 770 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 6 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 61″ H x 68″ W x 31″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 45″ H x 68″ W x 29″ D

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Genesis II LX

The LX is more of a complete outdoor kitchen than the Genesis II with a 12,000 BTU side burner and storage below

The II LX is very similar to the Genesis. The II LX has stainless grates instead of porcelain, so it can never chip and corrode.

The II LX also has a 12,000 BTU side burner, so you can boil corn without going inside as well as light up knobs for night time grilling.

Although the grilling system is better, you do not get a sear station or a smoker box and the rotisserie is an extra. So for all that, you should consider the Summit.

S-240 (pictured below) – $999

E-240 (Black) – $899

  • Genesis II LX E-240 Series
  • 29,000 BTU
  • 380 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 2 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 52″ W x 33″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 48″ H x 52″ W x 29″ D

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S-340 (pictured below) – $1,299

E-340 (Black) – $1,199

  • Genesis II LX E-340 Series
  • 43,500 BTU
  • 513 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 3 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 59″ W x 33″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 48″ H x 59″ W x 29″ D

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S-440 (pictured below) – $1,599

E-440 (Black) – $1,499

  • Genesis II LX E-440 Series
  • 52,000 BTU
  • 646 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 4 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 65″ W x 33″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 48″ H x 65″ W x 29″ D

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S-640 (pictured below) – $1,999

E-640 (Black) – $1,899

  • Genesis II LX E-640 Series
  • 72,000 BTU
  • 770 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 6 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 63″ H x 72″ W x 33″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 48″ H x 72″ W x 29″ D

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Weber Summit

The Ultimate Weber Experience

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(We compare Weber to other professional grill products in our free BBQ Buying Guide)

Summit is available in a 4 or 6-burner configuration, has a side burner (which is typically used for boiling or frying), and in 2 models, the 70 series, they add a smoker burner box for adding wood chips for flavoring, a tuck-away rotisserie motor, and lighted control knobs.

In addition, this series offers a built-in line up in either a 4 or 6-burner configuration, meant to be designed into a brick or stone display.

The Summit has great features like a professional style grill at less than half the price.  We compare it versus Lynx, Wolf and Alfresco in our BBQ Guide. I like the smoker, which can infuse meats with smokey flavors.

  • 6 burners, sear zone, 769 sq inch cooking surface, 60,000 btu’s, 10,600 btu sear, smoker box, grill handle lights, Tuck-Away rotisserie motor, lighted control knobs $2,499.99 as shown.
  • The 4 burner is available with porcelain color, grates and bars at $1,799.

S-470 (pictured below) – $1,899

E-470 (Black) – $1,899

  • Summit E-470 Series
  • 48,800 BTU
  • 468 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 4 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 57.1″ H x 66″ W x 30″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 50.5″ H x 66″ W x 26.5″ D

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S-670 (pictured below) – $2,499

E-670 (Black) – $2,499

  • Summit E-670 Series
  • 60,000 BTU
  • 624 sq. in. cooking area 
  • 6 Burners
  • Free Delivery
  • Dimensions – Lid Open: 57.1″ H x 74.1″ W x 30″ D
  • Dimensions – Lid Closed: 50.5″ H x 74.1″ W x 26.5″ D

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Which do you buy?

It really depends on how you grill to answer what is right for you.

If you grill infrequently or basically, then the Spirit is a great grill. It is very good quality and will be less expensive than buying 2 or 3 less expensive grills. The best Spirit has a side burner and the sear station at a lower price

If you are a grilling pro, then the Summit excels with the quick sear. You can also infuse meats with the smoker box.

The new Genesis is also worth considering with a better system especially the new burners and flavorizer bars for more consistent grilling