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May 3, 2007 01:24 PM

Kids want to buy Dad a gas grill. Is there anything good for $500. or less?

I've been trying to find the Weber Genesis Silver B liquid propane grill but haven't had any luck. Actually, I found it at Amazin for 500. and ordered it only to learn the next day that the order was cancelled because the seller didn't actually have it anymore. After reading comments about the recent quality decline with Webers, I'm not sure what else to look at. I hate to spend a few hundred on a cheapie that will rust out or just not work well.

Is there anything decent out there for 500. or less? This is not something I had budgeted for but the kids want to give Dad a new grill for his birthday. There's no way they'll come close to having enough money for a good one so guess who's making up the difference?

Thank you for any advice.

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  1. The Weber Silver Genesis series was discontinued end of 2006. The line has been redesigned and the Silver Genesis B is roughly comparable with the E-310. It seems to be around $500 - $600 so if your kids find a good sale, you might get it for under $500. The E-310 and E-320 (replacement for the Silver Genesis C, with side burner) were the top-rated gas grills in Consumer Reports which was just delivered to my home yesterday.

    We got a Silver Genesis B over the winter, based on its excellent reputation for durability and performance. And because it was discontinued we got a great bargain. DH who does all the grilling at our house, is very impressed with the grill so far. Others on this board also recommended it highly.

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    1. re: cheryl_h

      I have a Weber Genesis SIlver and have used it regularly for several years. I am very happy with it and have no complaints.

    2. Among medium-size grills, Consumer Reports rated Vermont Castings (the $400 model) as best.

      They also liked the Char-Broil $270 model, and that's what I got. It's worked fine.

      They noted that among the impressive-looking stainess steel models, not all the steel was, in fact, stainless.

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      1. re: mpalmer6c

        Your Consumer Reports issue is from last year. The June 2007 issue ranks Weber E-320 as the best of the midsized grills, followed by Vermont Castings Signature Series. Char-Broil Commercial Series (listed at $300) is ranked 5th.

          1. re: The Oracle

            #3 is the Blue Ember by Fiesta (Home Depot), $450 and a CR best buy. #4 is the Broilmaster P3 at $1000.

      2. I got my Weber Genesis 1000 grill for my 30th birthday (I am 41 now) and still swear by it for my everyday, just got home from work and want to grill something grill. I have replaced the cook tops and flavorizer bars just once. Original brass burners (cleaned often). Cost new was $500 and I have probably spent $100 in replacement parts over the years.

        As long as the new Webers are rebuildable like my Genesis, I would recommend the Weber. Good heat control for slow cooking and gets hot enough to sear steaks.

        I own 4 different types of grills / smokers (Weber Genesis, 2 original Weber 22 in kettles, Original 1960s Kamado Cooker and a Traeger grill) but find myself using the Genesis 8 out of 10 times that I cook something outdoors.

        1. I was at Costco recently they had a couple nice looking grills one was over 500 but there were a couple under i didn't really examine them but I had a friend recently purchase one and loves it.

          1. I bought a Charm-Glow from Home Depot. Stainless steel exterior, three burners, side pot burner, warming rack, enclosed tank storage below. Works great, has cast iron grates (important to me, I don't like the porcelain-coated ones), more than 3 years of hard use with no problems. Cost $300.