Weber Spirit II E-310 Review: Fully Featured Propane Gas Grill
What We Like
What We Don’t Like
If you are looking for a propane gas grill that has just about every important and convenient feature that you can think of, check out the Weber Spirit II E-310.
Most gas grills offer very decent performance but the Weber Spirit II E-310 is designed to impress. From the outside, it comes in 4 color options that invite you to a high-performance cooking and grilling tool inside.
The unit has several convenient and technological features that make it very practical to use. All these are explained in detail in the review below.
Weber Spirit II E-310 Review
Performance: High Heat Output with Zoning
With a maximum heat output of 30,000 BTU/hour, Weber’s Spirit II E-310 creates a very hot flame. This is achieved by firing up all 3 burners to warm up the entire cooking surface.
That said, with 3 independently controlled burners, it is very easy to create different heat zones on the cooking surface. This makes it possible to cook steaks or burgers on one side using high heat while warming vegetables using low heat on the other side.
The gas is distributed using well laid out burner tubes, which help to distribute the heat evenly across the 424 square-inch primary cooking surface area.
This surface is reversible and has a thin side that is ideal for roasting delicate food like fish while the wide side is ideal for imprinting thick searing marks on steaks.
You also get a 105 square-inch warming rack and this raises the overall cooking surface area to 529 square inches. The manufacturer claims that this gives you enough space to cook chicken, steak, or burgers with a serving for 5-7 people.
Design: Easy to Use
This gas grill is equipped with multiple convenience features that make it easy to use. The most noticeable ones are the side tables, which allow you to place sauces, spices, and plates conveniently within close reach.
Additionally, these tables have 6 utensil hooks (3 each), which enable you to hang spoons and tongs for organized storage.
Another important feature is the infinity ignition system, which is guaranteed to produce a spark every time and is simply set off by the push of a button.
You also get a fuel gauge next to the gas tank to show you the remaining fuel level at a glance and a lid-mounted thermometer that makes it easy to monitor the temperature level inside.
Setup Process: About an Hour
A lot of components are used to set up this grill. To help simplify the assembly process, the included user manual contains all the step-by-step assembly instructions together with labeled part diagrams.
That said, this process takes about an hour but CNET claims that it is easier to assemble the grill with another person.
Cleaning: Grease Management System
Cleaning the Spirit II E-310 is one of the easiest tasks because it has a grease management system that directs all the fat and fluid drippings into a disposable drip tray below the cook box. This prevents the creation of a sticky mess on the burner tubes and inside the cook box.
Additionally, flavorizer bars are installed between the grate and burner tubes. These have an angled shape that catches drippings then smokes and sizzles them to add more flavor to the food above.
In the process, these components divert the drippings away from the burners, with the excess going into the grease management system. The bars are coated using porcelain enamel, which gives them a smooth non-stick surface that is easy to clean.
Other than that, the cast iron cooking grates are coated using porcelain enamel and this gives them a non-stick surface that is easy to clean.
Portability: Mounted on a Wheeled Cart
Though quite heavy (114 lbs.), this E-310 is easily movable because it is mounted on a cart with two durable all-weather wheels. This allows you to pull it into and out of storage with ease.
Two of the remaining legs don’t have wheels and because of this, they lock the grill in position once you identify a flat, stable spot to set up the unit.
Apart from enhancing portability, the cart’s long legs raise the grill to a comfortable working height, and it has a bottom shelf that gives you extra storage space.
Technology: iGrill 3
Apart from having impressive cooking hardware, this gas grill incorporates the use of wireless technology to monitor the cooking process.
Named iGrill 3, this is an app-connected thermometer that enables you to monitor how your meat is cooking remotely from your phone. Once it reaches the ideal temperature, this app notifies you so that you can go get it off the fire.
However, it is worth noting that the grill is only iGrill 3 ready and therefore, there is some extra hardware that you will need to buy.
Additionally, you need a compatible smart device and the manufacturer states that you need smartphones or tablets running Apple iOS 9 or higher, or Android 6 or higher, with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.
No accessories are included with this Spirit II E-310 but there are various extras that you can buy. For instance, you can get Weber 6610 tongs for grabbing and turning your meat or bamboo skewers for securing and easy turning of seafood, vegetables, fruits, and small pieces of meat.
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This propane gas grill is not exactly cheap. Its price almost borders the $500 mark and therefore, it is considered to be a solid investment for your backyard. However, since it is fully packed with tons of features, it is worth the price.
In comparison, the Spirit II E-310 (49010001) costs the same as this model 45010001 and the only difference is that the former uses natural gas as fuel and is equipped with a hose to connect to the gas line.
There is also the 46510001, which is costlier than the grill under review, but this is because it has a cabinet and 4 caster wheels. All these models are within Weber’s Spirit series and the manufacturer has much more to offer in its various lineup series.
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A fully featured propane gas grill that is the ideal investment for your backyard.
With its impressive hardware and a wide range of features, Weber’s Spirit II E-310 is the dream choice for every grilling fanatic. It can be used to prepare a wide variety of meals that range from delicate fish and seafood to searing steaks while leaving clear searing marks.
Since it is quite heavy and expensive, the unit is considered a solid investment that should be kept in the backyard.
- Product Name: Weber Spirit II E-310
- Product Brand: Weber
- Fuel Type: Propane
- Burners: 3
- Heat Output: 30,000 BTU/hour
- Primary Cooking Area: 424 square inches
- Warming Rack Cooking Area: 105 square inches
- Material: Porcelain-enameled cast iron
- Product Dimensions: 44.5 x 52 x 27 inches
- Weight: 114 lbs.
- Warranty: 10 years
- Reliable infinity ignition system.
- Open cart design with two wheels.
- 3 burner control.
- Burner tubes for consistent gas flow and even heat distribution.
- Angled flavorizer bars.
- Grease management system.
- Reversible porcelain-enameled cooking grates with thin and wide sides.
- Folding side table with 6 integrated utensil hooks.
- Easy-to-read fuel gauge.
- iGrill 3 ready.
- Handled lid with a built-in lid thermometer.
- Available in 4 color options (black, red, ivory, and sapphire).