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Weber One Touch Gold 22.5 4 Star Rating: Cheapism Good Pick
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Weber One-Touch Gold reviews are generally excellent. At Walmart, most reviewers give this charcoal grill a 5-star rating, in part because it's easy to use and easy to clean. Users praise Weber's indirect cooking method, which keeps foods such as chicken and turkey from drying out. Reviews posted on Amazon are similarly glowing; consumers rave about the high quality of the construction, especially compared with other low-cost models. One user calls the Weber the epitome of simplicity and declares the ash catcher a marked improvement over older models. The review site Bobby's Best notes that Weber grills come with a 10-year warranty and wagers that this grill will last for 25 years.

The Weber One-Touch Gold 22.5 (starting at $149, Amazon) features 398 square inches of cooking surface, plated steel grates, and a durable porcelain-enameled steel lid. 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 ash catcher.

Weber produces several cheaper versions of this already low-priced charcoal barbecue. The Weber One-Touch Silver 18.5 (starting at $79) provides about two-thirds the cooking surface, with 270 square inches. It sports the same features as the Weber One-Touch Gold 22.5, including the One-Touch cleaning system. The only other difference -- aside from size and cost -- is that the Silver model has an ash plate, and reviewers note that it doesn't contain the ashes as well as the ash catcher in the Gold model.

Virtually every buying guide on grills includes a Weber model; the brand is all but synonymous with barbecue grills. Unfortunately most Weber grills are out of our price range, so this 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, the Weber One-Touch Gold and Silver are solid choices.

by Raechel Conover (Google+ Profile) – April 22, 2013
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