From a well-known grill manufacturer, the Spirit line of gas grills from Weber are the company’s entry-level models. If you are looking for a no-nonsense grill designed to serve 5 to 7 people and are willing to pay a premium for better build quality relative to its peers, the Weber Spirit II E-310 might be the right grill for you.
Weber released the new model of the E-310 for 2018, the Weber Spirit II E-310. We provide a summary of the features the new model has below.
The first feature that jumps out about the new Weber Spirit II E-310 is that it comes in multiple lid colors. Where previously it only came in black, the Spirit II E-310 is now offered in black, ivory, red, and blue.
The next thing that immediately catches the eye is that the storage cabinet from the previous model has been removed. Weber did this in order to provide additional room and easier accessibility to your tools.
Also "new" is the GS4 Grilling System. This system is comprised of 4 components; (1) the Infinity Ignition, (2) burners, (3) Flavorizer Bars and (4) Grease Management System. While not previously marketed as a complete grilling system, these features were found in the older model of the Spirit E-210.
The new 2018 model is compatible with iGrill 3, an app-connected thermometer with meat probes for precise temperatures of your meat. Lastly, a natural gas version of the grill is offered in addition to the propane model.
Features that remain unchanged in the 2018 model include:
3 stainless steel burners with 30,000 BTU output
424 square inches of primary cooking area, enough space to grill for 5 to 7 people
Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates make for superior heat retention and gives your meat those nice looking grill marks
Porcelain enameled flavorizer bars and lid
Warranty is part specific and ranges from 2 to 10 years
Fuel gauge for liquid propane models means you'll never run out of gas halfway through a cook
Check out America's Test Kitchen's review of the older Weber Spirit E-310 as well as Tool Review Zone's review of the new Weber Spirit II E-310 below:
Weber Spirit II E-310 Detailed Review
Weber's Spirit line of grills range from smaller 2 burner models to a 3 burner + side burner variants. The E-310 sits in the middle of the family as a simple 3 burner model.
The E-310 is well built; the cookbox and shroud are made from cast aluminum which is more durable than sheet metal commonly found in other grills. Additionally, the shroud is porcelain enameled which helps prevent fading, peeling and rusting and is easier to clean.
The lid includes a center-mounted thermometer although we always recommend having a good digital thermometer on hand.
The side shelves and burner tubes are stainless steel and the cooking grates are porcelain-enameled cast iron which provides superior heat retention and searing compared to thinner wire grill grates. Also, the cooking grates don't require seasoning and are good to go right out of the box.
Propane models are powered by a 20-lb tank (sold separately) and have a built-in fuel gauge (which determines remaining fuel by the weight of the tank) so you always know how much propane you have. The natural gas powered models of the E-310 come with an included 10-foot flexible hose allowing easy hook-up to a gas line.
The storage cabinet has plenty of room for the propane tank and also has additional space for tools and other accessories.
The stainless steel side shelves provide room for food platters and prep work. Additionally, each shelf has 3 tool hooks on the ends which provide a convenient place to hang grill brushes, tongs, etc.
The E-310 can be used for tailgating, although at 110 pounds, you may need 2 people to lift it into a vehicle. The grill sits on 2 wheels, making it easy to maneuver.
Assembling the E-310 is relatively easy and straightforward. The firebox and gas line come pre-assembled, you just have to assemble the cart and attach the components. Most people can do this in approximately 2 hours.
The electronic Crossover ignition is system is very reliable. A single AA battery powered igniter lights the first burner which then allows the other burners to be lit off of it.
Swapping out the propane tank is relatively straight-forward and the porcelain on the grates and flavorizer bars make them easy to clean.
The E-310 provides even heat in both direct and indirect cooking and comes up to temperature relatively quickly. The cast iron cooking grates provide excellent heat retention and distribute heat consistently across the surface.
The porcelain coated flavorizer bars catch drippings and vaporize them into smoke, thus returning more flavor to the food. Additionally, they also channel any droppings not vaporized away from the burner tubes and into the grease management system which helps prevent flare-ups and clogged burner tubes. The flavorizer bars also distribute heat very evenly throughout the grill, making the E-310 one of the best grills for indirect cooking and smoking.
Additionally, the solid cast aluminum construction of the shroud and single vent also contribute the superior indirect cooking performance of the E-310.
While the E-310 produces good heat, some feel that the heat output might be slightly lacking for those looking for very high heat for searing.
The E-310 has a grease management system which makes cleanup straight forward. Any juices and meat bits not vaporized by the flavorizer bars are caught by the grease tray which angles them into the catch pan. Both the grease tray and catch pan are easily removable for cleaning. The catch pan can be discarded for another, or you can line it with aluminum foil for multiple uses.
The burner tubes can also be easily cleaned with a simple stainless steel grill brush.
For the basic included features, the E-310 is on the more pricey end of the spectrum. However, as with most things, you get what you pay for and the E-310's cast aluminum cookbox and shroud well last much longer than grills which are built of sheet metal. Weber's build quality, as well as its customer support and warranty, make the E-310 worth the extra money.
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