Char-Broil and Weber are two perfectly known brands in the world of BBQ.
They manufacture different grills but to a large degree they are associated with gas grills. The offer of both brands features a very diverse selection suited to different types of customers.
In this article, however, we focused on a solid starter gas grill. In most cases it is a medium-sized grill available at the lowest possible price while maintaining high enough quality and performance.
We decided to compare both brands so that you know which of them is better.
For our fair comparison, we chose two grills from both brands with similar sizes and equipment, these are Weber Spirit E-210 and Char-Broil Performance 300.
One of the longest running brands on the market, manufacturing devices for outdoor cooking (grills). Currently the Char-Broil offer features almost all types of grills, and even a few smokers.
The most known, however, is their offer of gas grills, and that’s what we will focus on in this article.
The Char-Broil offer covers a large selection of different types of gas grills available at affordable prices. Most grills are targeted at customers with a lower budget, but there are also more expensive models with better equipment.
Overall it is a brand for those looking for a good, reliable grill at a low price.
The brand’s history dates back to when the Weber kettle was designed and built, which after all those years still is the best charcoal grill in the world (of course it has been perfected over the years).
At a later stage, the Weber offer was expanded with smokers and gradually with other types of grills, such as the gas grill for example.
Weber is a brand that is known for very good quality for reasonable money. The prices are obviously higher than with most competitive manufacturers but the grills are worth it.
The great quality of workmanship is confirmed not only by the 10 year warranty for many models, but above all, a large number of positive customer reviews.
Their offer of gas grills is very extensive and divided into several series, each of which differs from the rest. If you care about quality and functionality and you have much higher expectations then without a doubt the best choice will be Weber.
Char-Broil vs Weber – Head to Head Analysis
It is not possible to clearly tell which brand is better, as this depends on many factors. Each of them has their upsides and downsides, we chose Weber Spirit II E-210 and Char-Broil Performance 300 to show you what you can expect from both brands.
Both models are simple two burner grills with similar size and without extra features – we wanted to have the fairest comparison possible between two similar grills.
Weber is a brand that features grills for every budget in their offer. Of course these are pretty expensive grills, but the Spirit II series for example is a high quality grill made for the lowest possible price.
Remember that when going for the lowest price bracket, you have to be prepared for poor quality and durability, which is why it is sometimes better to pay a little extra for quality.
Char-Broil offers grills at way lower prices, but with slightly poorer quality and warranty. Sadly, it’s not possible to build an indestructible gas grill for pennies. If your budget is very limited then a good solution will be choosing Char-Broil.
Weber Spirit II E-210 is slightly bigger than Char-Broil Performance 300.
Looking at the numbers, it is 450 square inches of total cooking area versus 400 square inches. As you can see, the difference is minor compared to the price.
In this case, these are small-sized grills for those who don’t cook that much. Perfect for 1-2 people or a small family that doesn’t throw bigger parties.
Quality of workmanship
The higher price of Weber makes better quality expected and that is actually the case here. The manufacturer treats all their grills the same when it comes to the quality of workmanship. The only difference is the materials used to build the grills and finishings of minor elements. The result is durable grills covered with whole 10 years of warranty.
Char-Broil offers a bigger number of different configurations that differ in terms of execution. Speaking from experience, we can say that their offer features phenomenal grills as well as those to be avoided. A perfect example of a great grill is Char-Broil Performance 300, where the quality of workmanship is close to Weber but for much lower price.
For our comparison, we selected two simple grills without extra features.
In case of Spirit II, however, it is possible to buy some interesting accessories separately, like the iGrill 3 wireless thermometer for example. Char-Broil, sadly, doesn’t offer such sophisticated features, the difference is very clear if you look at more expensive series from Weber.
Generally speaking, besides the quality Weber also stands out in terms of functionality and interesting gadgets, but these are only available at the higher price tier (like the Genesis series).
When it comes to the functionality of the construction itself, on the other hand, in both cases there is no shortage of basic elements such as side shelves, hooks or storage room.
Spirit II E-210 has two burners with a total power of 26,500 BTU – it is really a lot for such a basic grill. Performance 300 also has two burners, but with a slightly lower power (total of 24,000 BTU).
The difference isn’t big and it mainly arises from the size differences between both grills.
Overall we recommend three burner grills but if you don’t cook a lot then two should be enough as well. A bigger number of burners makes it possible to create more heat zones that allow to cook diverse food at the same time at different conditions.
Weber and Char-Broil are brands that have been around for a very long time, which is a proof of huge experience and industry knowledge. This has an impact on their offer, which is why in terms of accessories you can expect many interesting tools in both cases.
If, however, you expect something extra then you will likely be more into the offer of high quality gas grills from Weber together with their equipment (the Genesis and Summit series).
Without interacting with a particular brand, you will never be sure whether the manufacturer’s claims are true, whether the grill will really be durable.
A solution to this problem is the warranty, that’s the only way for you to be sure that for a specific period of time your investment will be secure.
During the warranty period, all problems are solved at the manufacturer’s expense as long as these are not problems arising from normal use of the grill.
Weber offers whole 10 years of warranty for the Spirit series.
Char-Broil offers only one year of warranty for the Performance 300 model.
Of course this isn’t a deciding argument because speaking from experience we know that the Performance 300 model is a great, durable grill. If you want your investment to be protected on paper, however, you should check out Weber.
Char-Broil and Weber are two great brands but they differ in quality of workmanship, which is a result of large price differences.
Weber has plenty of high quality gas grills but it is a suggestion for those with a bigger waller. If you have a bigger budget and care about quality then there is no better brand than Weber.
Char-Broil is a great alternative available at much lower prices. The company has plenty of good grills in their offer, but you need to take into account the fact that it isn’t the top-tier quality. It is more like a suggestion for those less demanding who want to buy a solid grill for a lowest possible price.