May 15, 2015
Weber Original Kettle reviews are almost exclusively laudatory. On the Home Depot website, nearly all reviewers give the Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" (starting at $149, Amazon) and others in the series a 5-star rating.
Reviews posted on Amazon are similarly glowing; consumers rave about the high-quality construction of this charcoal grill, especially compared with other low-cost models. One longtime fan of Weber grills considers this latest version an improvement on the older Weber One-Touch Gold, which already had very few flaws. The nylon handle on this model doesn't get hot and isn't prone to rust where it's attached to the lid.
The Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" features 363 square inches of cooking surface, a hinged grate to make it easy to add more charcoal, and a durable porcelain-enameled steel lid with a built-in thermometer. Weber's One-Touch cleaning system makes cleanup quick and easy, users say: Flip a switch and the ash from the bottom of the grill empties into the removable ash catcher.
Weber produces two cheaper versions of this already low-priced charcoal barbecue. The basic Weber Original Kettle 22" (starting at $99, Amazon) lacks two notable features that reviewers appreciate on the premium version: the hinged cooking grate and removable ash catcher. This model also dispenses with unnecessary frills such as a built-in thermometer. The Weber Original Kettle 18" (starting at $79) provides about two-thirds the cooking surface, with 240 square inches. Otherwise it sports the same features as the regular 22-inch model, including the One-Touch cleaning system and stationary ash catcher.
Virtually every buying guide on grills includes a recommended Weber model; the brand is all but synonymous with barbecue grills. Unfortunately most Weber grills are out of our price range, so this line is a welcome exception. Weber grills come with a 10-year limited warranty for the bowl, lid, and nylon handles and a two-year limited warranty for the grates and other parts, an indication that these grills are built to last.
The overwhelmingly positive reviews convince us that if you want a long-lasting, inexpensive charcoal grill, any of the Weber Original Kettle grills are top of the line. Although the premium model is our pick for best cheap charcoal grill, consumers willing to make do with a stationary ash catcher and no hinge on the cooking grate can save $50 by choosing the regular 22-inch model.
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