Nexgrill vs Weber Grills
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With so many grill options on the market, narrowing down the search can be a real hassle. To make the process easier, we've put together this roundup comparing two of the leading brands. Nexgrill and Weber are both reputable companies, offering up quality products. But which one would take the top spot in a head-to-head matchup? Read on to find out.
Weber vs Nexgrill Brand Comparison
If we're going to compare the two brands, first we'll need to review the features and benefits of gas grills in general. The ideal grill will stand out in each of the categories we've listed below.
Design and Construction
Gas grills are available in two basic types: cart-style, an open design that usually includes a lower shelf and at least two wheels; and cabinet-style, which comes equipped with a set of doors beneath the grilling station. Cart-style grills are usually lighter and more maneuverable, but the cabinet design offers secure storage space as well as a more streamlined appearance.
On the topic of construction, the body of the grill should be constructed of either stainless steel or cast aluminum. Stainless steel is the preferred choice, but only if it's heavy-gauge steel that's built to withstand the elements.
Similarly, the cooking grates can be made of stainless steel or cast iron (with or without a porcelain coating). Stainless steel should be food-grade (look for the numbers 304, 316 or 430 if grading information is available). These grates are typically easy to replace if they should suffer any damage and should clean up fairly easily.
Cast iron provides excellent sear marks and does a superb job when it comes to retaining heat. If the cast iron comes with a porcelain coating, they'll also be easy to clean. However, extra care needs to be taken to ensure that the porcelain doesn't flake off and contaminate the food.
Nexgrill's cabinet-style grill is an attractive option that offers a great deal of storage space and a 304-grade stainless steel construction. The grates, however, are made of a lesser-quality metal and only coated in stainless steel.
On the other hand, the Weber comes with porcelain-coated cast iron grilling grates that clean up easily and yield impressive results. It's also much heavier and sturdier than the Nexgrill, despite the fact that it offers fewer burners and a cart-style design. As far as construction goes, we would award the top spot to the Weber.
The price of a grill depends largely on its size (see Cooking Space, below), but the construction and durability also play a role. In general, high-quality grills will carry a price tag to match. That's why we usually invest in the priciest unit we can afford.
Nexgrill's models tend to be slightly less expensive than Weber's. If cost is a primary factor, then Nexgrill is the clear choice.
The output of gas burners is measured in BTUs, short for British thermal units. To put it simply, a single BTU is the amount of energy that's needed to raise one pound of water by one degree on the Fahrenheit scale. The main burners on a gas grill will typically give off at least 10,000 BTUs, with the side burners usually giving off slightly less.
As far as the products listed are concerned, Weber wins this category, with a combined BTU output of 26,500 over two burners. Although Nexgrill's model has a higher combined output (60,000 BTUs), each individual burner gives off just 12,000. This means that the Weber burners are slightly more powerful, at least in terms of scale.
Gas grills are typically used for high-heat applications, such as searing and flame-broiling. However, the "low" setting can come in handy for smoked meats such as pulled pork and barbecued spareribs. High-end grills should offer a temperature range of 200 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum performance.
Weber grills are designed to heat to around 500-550 degrees Fahrenheit when set to "high." On the low end, they should be able to maintain at around 250 degrees.
Nexgrill's temperature control is more erratic—the burners don't get as hot as Weber's, and the lightweight construction makes it difficult for the unit to hold its heat.
We like to plan on about 72 square inches per person when cooking on a gas grill. That means that 350 square inches should be sufficient for a family of two to four people. Larger families or people who like to entertain often should look for a unit that offers more grilling space.
The main cooking surface of the Weber measures 450 square inches over two burners. The Nexgrill, meanwhile, offers 462 square inches on the main cooking surface, with an additional 164.5 available on the secondary warming rack.
Most reputable grill companies will back up their products with a guarantee, included in every purchase. The length of these warranties may vary depending on the type of the grill and the covered components. We would recommend double-checking to ensure what is and isn't covered before making a purchase.
Weber comes out on top, offering a full ten-year warranty for this product. While Nexgrill has a ten-year warranty in place for the burner system, there are no similar guarantees for the parts, which are of noticeably lower quality than Weber's.
Top Weber Grill Review
Weber Spirit II E-210 Two-Burner Grill
The Spirit II comes equipped with Weber's GS4 grilling system, including a push-button "infinity" ignition, porcelain-coated "Flavorizer" bars, and an effective grease management system. The open cart-style design is outfitted with six tool hooks and two side shelves for prep space, as well as a lower storage shelf.
Two large wheels offer maneuverability, while the built-in lid thermometer allows users to keep an eye on the grill's progress. This unit is also iGrill 3 ready, which means that it can be synched to a mobile device for an even higher degree of temperature control.
Top Nexgrill Review
Nexgrill 4-Burner Stainless Steel Propane Gas Grill
Nexgrill's four-burner propane-fueled unit features a stainless-steel cabinet design, flanked by a side shelf on the left and an additional burner on the right. The electric ignition is reliable and user-friendly. A warming rack offers additional space for side dishes, hamburger buns, or allowing the cooked meat to rest while the rest of the meal is prepared. There's also a temperature gauge conveniently installed in the main lid.
Weber vs Nexgrill - The Verdict
Although it means spending a bit more money for a smaller unit, we would award the top prize to the Weber Spirit II. As we mentioned earlier, we're happy to shell out more cash for a durable and efficient grill, and the Spirit II delivers on both counts. Moreover, it's a high-tech unit that offers some of the most modern conveniences on the current market. As gas-powered units go, the Weber Spirit II has it all.
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