KitchenAid vs Weber Grills – A Head 2 Head Comparison


I’ve been looking to upgrade from my good ol’ Char-Broil Classic 2-burner gas grill to one that offers a much larger cooking area.

After checking out my options, I’ve narrowed down my list to the KitchenAid 740-0781 Built Propane Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II E-335 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill.

So, without further ado, let’s see how the two stack up against each other in this detailed head-to-head comparison.

KitchenAid Grill vs Weber


KitchenAid 740-0781 Built Propane Gas Grill vs. Weber Genesis II E-335

1 Comparing the Brands

KitchenAid

Founded in 1919 by the Hobart Manufacturing Company, KitchenAid is a leading home appliance brand that is the pioneer of the stand mixer.

KitchenAid is billed as a highly reliable brand, and the company’s products don’t disappoint in terms of performance and durability.

Weber

Another esteemed American appliance brand, Weber was founded way back in 1893, and apart from manufacturing charcoal, gas, electric outdoor grills and accessories also owns restaurants and publishes cookbooks.

Weber produced the first round charcoal kettle grill in 1951, and owing to its success began selling it in 1952.

2. Main Grilling Features and Functionality

KitchenAid 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill

One of the noteworthy grilling features of the KitchenAid 740-0781 grill is its Even-Heat System that prevents hot and cold spots on the grill’s cooking surface.

Adding to this, it comes with state-of-the-art flame tamers that effectively vaporize the grease and other dripping, while simultaneously imparting some additional smoky flavor.

The KitchenAid 740-0781 grill is fitted with a battery-operated electronic continuous ignition system that offers quick and easy startups, and

Weber Genesis II E-335

The Weber Genesis II E-335 is powered by a world-class grilling engine, and is a standalone model that rings in with a long list of features.

It is compatible with the iGrill 3 app, which allows you to monitor the temperatures inside the grill wirelessly, and in real-time.

Adding to this, the Genesis II E-335 grill by weber comes with a separate searing station that offers an exclusive intense heat zone to quickly add sear marks to your meat.

3. Burner Count & Quality

KitchenAid 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill

The KitchenAid 740-0781 propane grill is fitted with four premium-grade 10,000 BTU stainless steel main burners.

KitchenAid 740-0781 Burners

Given that they are made from premium grade stainless steel, these burners offer long service life, so you won’t have to replace them anytime soon.

Weber Genesis II E-335

The Weber Genesis II E-335 also comes with three stainless steel burners, and is also equipped with a sear station burner, and a side burner.

Weber 61016001 Burners

4. Cooking Temperature Ranges

KitchenAid 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill

The KitchenAid 740-0781 grill offers a robust 71,000 BTUs of grilling power across its four main stainless steel burners, one ceramic infrared searing burner, and one ceramic rotisserie burner.

Weber Genesis II E-335

The Weber Genesis II E-335 offers a lower 39,000 BTUs across its three main burners, but does provide a separate 9000 BTUs in its searing station burner, and an impressive 12,000 BTUs with its side burner.

5. Quality of Construction & Build

KitchenAid 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill

The KitchenAid 740-0781 grill is crafted from high-grade stainless steel, and is corrosion-resistant for long-term durability.

Just as the name would suggest, the 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill is a drop-in grill, so it can be easily installed in your preferred location.

Weber Genesis II E-335

The Weber Genesis II E-335 is made from stainless steel that protects it from the elements, and comes with a porcelain-enameled lid that is designed to retain heat.

6. Ease of Usage

Both the KitchenAid 740-0781 and Weber Genesis II E-335 are a joy to use with their large control knobs located upfront.

With regards to ease of use, the Weber Genesis II E-335 steps it up a few notches with iGrill 3 compatibility—an app-connected thermometer that allows you to monitor the doneness of up to four cuts of meat.

7. Grilling Space Available

KitchenAid 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill

The KitchenAid 740-0781 grill offers a massive 931 square inches of total cooking space, which is perfect for big party-size cookouts.

The cooking space of the KitchenAid 740-0781 is divided between its four main stainless steel burners, and ceramic rotisserie burner.

Weber Genesis II E-335

The Weber Genesis II E-335 comes with a smaller 513 square inch cooking area, which is great for small to medium size cookouts.

And apart from the main cooking area, you also get a separate side burner, and sear station burner.

8. Fuel Efficiency

Both the KitchenAid and Weber grills use propane tanks are their main power source, so the question is how long do propane tanks last?

Also referred to as DOT tanks, small propane tanks are used for water heaters, grills, and fireplaces, and can weigh anywhere between 20 lbs to 100 lbs.

The amount of time a propane tank lasts depends on the size of your grill, and how often you use it.

The Weber grill is smaller than the KitchenAid, therefore you can expect the propane tank to last anywhere between 18 hours to 20 hours, and the KitchenAid roughly 10 hours.

There are several ways to tell how much propane you have left in your tank including doing a little math and estimating your cook time, with a gauge, weigh the tank, or pour water on it.

9. Grate Quality

KitchenAid 740-0781 Built-In Propane Gas Grill

The KitchenAid grill is fitted with stainless-steel wrapped cooking grates, which work well to prevent hotspots.

Stainless steel cooking grates are also easy to maintain, clean, and long-lasting.

Weber Genesis II E-335

The Weber propane gas grill comes with porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates that provide superior heat retention, and even heat distribution.

Porcelain cooking grates are easy to clean, and provide a rust-free cooking surface.

10. Storage Capacity

Both the Weber and KitchenAid propane grills come with a large storage compartment located at the bottom of the appliances.

Since the Weber is a standalone grill, it also comes with storage hooks on both sides of the appliance to hang your essential grilling tools.

11. Weight & Portability

The KitchenAid 740-0781 is a drop-in grill, so it’s not portable after it’s installed on your countertop.

The Weber Genesis II E-335 grill weighs roughly 153 lbs, and comes with two swivel locking casters to easily move it around across spaces.

12. Ease of Cleaning & Maintenance

The KitchenAid and Weber are made from stainless steel and come with easy-to-clean cooking grates. Adding to this, the components of both grills can be cleaned with little or no effort.

13. Price & Warranty

The KitchenAid and Weber grills are both priced around $1000, but the latter is $100 cheaper. Similarly, they both come with a 10-year warranty against any manufacturer defects.

14. After-Sale Service Quality

KitchenAid and Weber are two of the biggest brands in the grilling segment, hence you can expect nothing less than unsurpassed customer service.

Customer support is provided via several different channels including phone, email, and social media platforms.

15. Resell Value

The resell value of any grill depends on its overall condition, and its age. To get more bang for your buck, follow your manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and maintaining the grill.

16. Value for Money

The KitchenAid and Weber grills come with a rich set of features, some only found in much higher-priced models.

With regards to value for money, it truly depends on your needs. With the KitchenAid grill, you will need a dedicated countertop to accommodate it, which can cost you hundreds of dollars to build if you don’t already have one.

The Weber is a standalone model that doesn’t require a countertop, but on the flip side does offer a smaller cooking area.


So Which Grill is Better – Weber or KitchenAid?

Determining which one—the KitchenAid or Weber grill is better depends on your needs.

If you don’t have a countertop to house the KitchenAid just like me, the Weber is a great choice.

But if have a countertop that you can dedicate for a grill, the KitchenAid will save you some precious real estate.

Even though the Weber comes with wireless temperature control, you can buy a wireless meat thermometer separately, and use it with the KitchenAid grill.

All in all, my personal choice between the two grills is the Weber, as I don’t have a countertop, cook for a family of four, and don’t need the rotisserie functionality of the KitchenAid grill.


Pros & Cons of KitchenAid 740-0781 Built Propane Gas Grill

Pros

Cons

Stainless steel sleek appearance

Rotisserie not included

71,000 BTUs of heat

Small grease cup

Even Heating System

Rear ceramic rotisserie burner

Flame tamers


Pros & Cons of Weber Genesis II Grill

Pros

Cons

High-quality build and premium feel

No fold-down shelves

Easy to move thanks to the two wheels

Upper warming rack is a bit too shallow

Grease management system works perfectly

Flavorized bars enhance the taste of everything you cook

Heats evenly

 

Brendan

I have been a hardcore meat lover throughout my life and have been cooking my own meat since my mom shared with me her secret brisket recipe. I have used all sorts of meat and meat processing equipment you can imagine.

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