Weber Genesis vs Spirit - need a new gas grill

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Hi all, since I know there are many Weber gas grill owners in this forum, looking for some advice...

Planning to buy a Weber grill to use alongside my Smokefire. I plan on using my smokefire for most longer cooks, and lately only use my existing (dying/rusty) grill to sear at the end of cooking, or for quick cooks.

I don't need anything large, so looking at the smallest models. Here in Canada the Spirit 315 is $750 and the Genesis 310 is $1050. Leaning towards the Spirit based on my planned limited usage, but will I regret not spending the extra $300 a few years from now?
 

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Hi all, since I know there are many Weber gas grill owners in this forum, looking for some advice...

Planning to buy a Weber grill to use alongside my Smokefire. I plan on using my smokefire for most longer cooks, and lately only use my existing (dying/rusty) grill to sear at the end of cooking, or for quick cooks.

I don't need anything large, so looking at the smallest models. Here in Canada the Spirit 315 is $750 and the Genesis 310 is $1050. Leaning towards the Spirit based on my planned limited usage, but will I regret not spending the extra $300 a few years from now?
never had the spirit but the genesis has been bulletproof. you may even be able to pick up an incredible deal on craigslist too. i see people doing "moving" sales all the time
 

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just looked on my local craigslist. a few spirits on there for about $150!
 

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New has ten year bumper to bumper warranty. I would not hesitate to buy a genesis. Better grill and worth the extra cash.
 

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Can the grates for both units be used on the SmokeFire as well (I know some can)?
That may be something to consider?
 

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I’ve never had a Spirit, but I’ve had a Genesis for 10 years and it has been most rock solid consistent grill I’ve owned. I’d buy another in a heartbeat. I’ve never had to do anything but occasional cleaning and replaced the grates.
 

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I’ve had a Genesis for 10 years and it has been most rock solid consistent grill I’ve owned. I’d buy another in a heartbeat. I’ve never had to do anything but occasional cleaning and replaced the grates.
Except for those damn spiders that get in the jets.
 

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Also agree on the Genesis. I've had my Silver B SE for over 10 years. Picked it up off craigslist for $25 and other than putting in new burners two years ago it's been a champ.
 

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I have a spirit that picked up end of season at target. I used to have an old genesis. If I had to do over I’d get mother genesis, worth the extra $$
 

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I have a spirit that picked up end of season at target. I used to have an old genesis. If I had to do over I’d get mother genesis, worth the extra $$
It’s like driving a nice car. If you never get in the drivers seat, you’ll never know what you’re missing. Once you’ve been there, it’s difficult to go back to a ten year old car without the new creature comforts and advanced engineering. Same with Spirit vs Genesis.
 
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Thanks for all the responses so far. I think you convinced me to spend the extra $ to get the Genesis.

I assume the 3 burners model gets plenty hot enough to easily sear steaks? That is important for me.
 

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Thanks for all the responses so far. I think you convinced me to spend the extra $ to get the Genesis.

I assume the 3 burners model gets plenty hot enough to easily sear steaks? That is important for me.
You can sear quite well. If you pony up for the sear station extra burner model I can attest the searing is outstanding. Enjoy!
 

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Yes, Sears great. I use Grill Grates and they help with sear. I have a third of mine with flat side up if want to sear whole side.
 
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Yes, Sears great. I use Grill Grates and they help with sear. I have a third of mine with flat side up if want to sear whole side.
Thanks for feedback. Sounds like I can save some money and skip the version with the 'Sear Station' which is a $250 premium here in Canada. It also adds the side burner, but I don't need that. Worst case, I can get a small section of Grill Grates for searing.
 

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I bought my Spirit a few years back used and it still runs like a champ. I would recommend buying used if you want to save money and just clean it out and get new grates and/or flavorizer bars. Also, my Spirit cast irons work on my Smokefire. A pleasant surprise :)
 

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Worst case, I can get a small section of Grill Grates for searing.
Before you get too exciting and start clicking buttons to buy, you might consider all of your devices that the GrillGrates might fit on. The kettle, the SmokeFire, the gasser. In some cases, if you buy an inch shorter, you can get dual use from them. My gasser GG are an inch too long to fit the SF front to back. So they go on side to side. Get a plan and then click, click. Or if your wallet is flush with stimulus, go for it.
 
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