Stainless steel grill, is it worth it?
I've decided on buying the Weber Spirit 310 grill. From what I've heard, it's the best bang for the buck and it will last for a long time. There are 2 models of the grill, one of which has porcelain flavorizers and cooking grates and one that has stainless steel. Are the stainless steel grates and flavorizers worth spending an extra $100 for? Is stainless that much more durable and easier to clean?
If I'm not too late, Cook's Illustrated recommends investing 49 dollars in Weber's cast iron cooking grates. You will need to season them, but they retain heat like nobody's business. You can only buy them at Home Depot or over the phone from Weber directly, and the box still says they're for the Genesis Silver model, but they should fit your grill.
Short answer - it's not worth the $100! Use your $100 to buy some great steaks or a high quality grill light to mount on the Weber's handle (try the Brookstone Grill Light & see my review on amazon).
I've owned a Weber Genisis grill for 10+yrs. It's held up very well and is used about 3-4 times per week. I've had the StnStl flavorizor bars and they end up rusting just as other metals break down over time. Cleaning porcelain or stainless steel takes the same amount of work.
In general, Stainless Steel is a big profit maker for all grill & appliance manufacturers.
Hope you enjoy your Weber grill!!