The Weber 14501001 is a brand new Weber Grill, that has a simple design, and is multi-functional. The design is basically a cooking bowl on wheels with grill grates inside, and though simple in design, Weber have said that the Master-Touch can cook to a high standard, a wide variety of foods. Fitted with Webers Gourmet BBQ System, it boasts a large cooking surface with a porcelain-enamel bowl and has a number of add-ons for even better performance. From what I see, it could be one of the best charcoals for your money. This Weber 14501001 Review offers buyers an incite into the pro's and con's of such a grill, and advises as to whether they might want to own one.
by Weber [Weber-Stephen Products LLC]
- Large Cooking surface
- Gourmet system with hinged cooking grates
- Great ash catcher
- Rust Resistant high-quality aluminium
- Easy to clean
- Easy to assemble
- To really get the best out of this grill, buyers should also purchase the Weber Cookware Collection of accessories.
Weber 14501001 Master-Touch Charcoal Grill Review (Official Site):
The 14501001 measures 42 inches in length, by 24 inches of width, and comes at a height of 29.5 inches. This is a pretty big unit for the price, and the weight is standard for a grill of this type. At 47.5 pounds, the 14501001 would fit into the 'very portable' category. The design looks sleek and modern, with an excellent black finish so I really can't find fault in it. It's deliberately simple; just a cooking bowl attached to a cart, for ease of transportation.
The 14501001 comes practically assembled, so there's nothing to do except screw a few parts on, and your done. The fully assembled grill gets top marks for size of cooking area, which at 363 square inches, is one of the largest currently on the market.
The grates are hinged, as part of Weber's Gourmet BBQ system, which is pre-stalled in the 14501001. The advantage of this is that, if you need to put more charcoal in the grill while food is being cooked, you simply lift up the grate and slot it in. On grills without the hinged system, food sometimes has to be taken off the grill entirely for this to happen. It's an added bonus that the grates on Weber's Gourmet Cooking System are of good quality and heat food evenly. So what buyers are getting is top performance and greater ease of operation.
The advantages of having the porcelain-enamel bowl design, along with the excellent grates is in air flow regulation. The goal of any non-infrared grill, is to have enough air flowing through the cooking unit, without producing too much, and breaking down foods natural moisture barrier. Bowls do this very well and the dampers here, provide enough room for the adjustments needed to cook a varied assortment of dishes.
The only problem the Weber 14501001 Master-Touch Charcoal Grill has is that it's just a good grill, without the Cookware Collection. The Cookware Collection of accessories are what's needed to make this grill the best around, but it's sold separately. And, despite selling the accessories separately, Weber has designed this grill to be used with them, so your not getting the most out of this grill until you buy these. In order to install the Cookware Collection you take out the middle grate and install the cookware in its place. The cookware includes Wok, Cast iron griddle, Sear grate and Korean barbecue, and with this accessory the 14501001 becomes incredible.
This is not to say that without the Cookware Collection buyers will be disappointed. Far from it; buyers will have an excellent grill with a terrific design and great tasting food, but in a world where we expect complete units, this grill has been created to accommodate something else sold separately. For me this wasn't a problem, and I bought the accessory, but others may wish to buy a grill that reaches optimum potential, without any extra's.
As far as cleaning goes, the Weber 14501001 Master-Touch has a non-stick surface, coated with porcelain-enamel, so everything comes off without any effort, making for a relaxing finish to an evening of cooking.
The price is quite fair, and your getting 363 inches of cooking space, on a grill with the ability to cook a wide variety of foods. You should buy the cookware accessory to go with it, but for most buyers, maybe this won't be a problem. The design is good, and looks expensive; the hinged grates allow buyers to cook food evenly and apply more charcoal easily. All in all, this is an excellent buying opportunity.