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Weber Genesis vs. Napoleon Ultra Chef grill? How do we decide?

Posted by infohound2006 (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 3, 10 at 5:26

We've narrowed down our choices of medium-size propane gas grills to the Weber Genesis e-310/320, or the Napoleon Ultra-chef 405. How do we choose between them? We'll mostly be cooking for 4 - 10 people, including mostly chicken, steak and meat/vegetable kebobs.

We want a propane grill that will
- cost < $800
- cook evenly
- be easy to use and maintain
- have a good warranty
- last well

We've only had a Weber charcoal kettle grill (for 10+ years), so we don't even know which features would be most useful on gas grills. And, in the Napoleon line, how would you compare the Pedestal, Cabinet and Infrared models? Is the high cost of the Infrared model really worth it?

The two have different arrangement of burners, but we have no idea whether front-back or side-to-side is better, or how useful a rotisserie or infrared sections would be. It sounds like both cook evenly, and have good-quality components.

DH read the glowing CR and Amazon reviews about Weber grills and how evenly they cook, but the Napoleon's front controls and folding side shelves seem more versatile. Would the Weber's enamel be easier to keep looking good than a SS grill?

What other features should we really be looking at?


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RE: Weber Genesis vs. Napoleon Ultra Chef grill? How do we dec

Hi Infohound - I'm in the same boat - have a Weber charcoal for about 14 years...after researching I have decided on the Napoleon Ultra Chef 405 - I think the pedestal cart model as it hold the tank out of sight and I don't want to pay extra for the cabinet bottom. I don't think I would use the rotisserie and have no info on the infrared. I also like the fact that the shelves fold and make the grill more compact so that I can store it in the garage. I plan on going to a local shop to see this in person before I buy. I'll let you know how I do!


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