This Weber 46510001 Review will focus on the 2014 remodelling of the Weber Spirit E310, to inform buyers about what the new features are, and how they impact the performance. I'll be answering questions like: Is the Spirit E310 new design worth a purchase? or, was the previous model the best it was going to get? And, what if any flaws are present in the new model?
by Weber [Weber]
Price: Too low to display
- Lots of room with 424 square inches of cooking surface
- Excellent grates
- Easy to assemble
- Collapsible side-tables
- Rises to cooking temperature very quickly
- Controls are easy to read
- Could have been better with a side-burner
Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Propane Gas Grill Review (Official Site):
The Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, measures 81.3cm in length, by 132cm of width and has a height of 160cm. The weight is 59kg, and to keep the weight down, Weber have designed this model with a cheaper grade of stainless steel, which some buyers will see as a good trade. While the stainless steel is cheaper grade, it still shouldn't rust, and should be just as durable, so what's lost is not that important, compared to the gain, of a lightweight portable device buyers can easily transport. The design is pretty good too, and while not as photogenic as other Weber models, is still well-finished and looks expensive.
The assembly of the 46510001 is very easy with carefully laid out instructions for buyers in the manual. Once assembled, buyers will have one of the largest cooking surfaces currently available on the market. The Weber E310 has 424 square inches of cooking surface and a giant warming rack of 105 square inches. There are 3 burners, producing 32000 BTU an hour, so power won't be an issue. Despite all this room, I felt like Weber should have gone all the way and included a side-burner for sauces; but maybe I'm being harsh.
More features include the fast ignition, cast iron grates, and flavorizer bars that current Weber product owners will be familiar with. Flavorizer bars stop drips from food getting into the fire, so food doesn't taste like charcoal, and these bars do the job well. The grates are thick, and I timed them for 4 and a half hours at a consistent heat retention, which is quite outstanding. This means that while the grill is on, they are guaranteed to cook food evenly for an extended period of time. One piece of advice is to be careful connecting the propane tank to the gas level indicator. I had a problem doing this, and I can see how others may have problems as well, so follow the instructions carefully.
The Weber 46510001 will rise to ideal cooking temperature in 9 minutes, which is quicker than most grills and the temperature gauge is placed in a better position than on the earlier E310, so smoke no longer gets in the way, while you're trying to read it. Another big improvement, which goes hand in hand with the weight reduction for greater portability, are the wheels. The wheels are better designed and so the E310 is easy to move around, and they can be locked into place, for cooking to start.
Porcelain-enamel coating of the cooking surface makes the Spirit E310 easy to clean, and this has become standard on all Weber models, so buyers will not have to scrape dirt off when they should be relaxing.
The Weber 46510001 comes at a pretty reasonable price for 424 square inches of cooking space, and a 105 square inch rack. It comes with Webers typically well-made grates and has flavorizer bars that prevent drips producing smoke that get into food. It heats up quickly and has a lightweight design that will not rust. Furthermore it cooks great food, serves large numbers, and is easy to assemble. While I thought that some of the large cooking surface could have been sacrificed for the inclusion of a side-burner, this really is a small issue and I'd strongly recommend a purchase.