Napoleon Rogue 425 vs Weber Genesis II E-315 Grill | A In-Depth Comparison & Review


My sister was over a few weeks ago and was really impressed with my grilling skills, so she’s asked me to help her choose between two top grill models under $1000—the Napoleon Rogue 425 vs Weber Genesis II E-315 grills.

Napoleon Rogue 425 vs Weber Genesis

Comparing the Napoleon Rogue 425 vs. Weber Genesis II E-315 Grill

Comparing the Brands

Weber Logo

Founded in 1893, Weber is a leading brand in the grilling space and is the pioneer of the world-famous kettle grill. The company boasts a massive portfolio of products that includes charcoal, gas and electric outdoor grills, and related accessories.

Incepted in 1976, Napoleon bills itself as the largest privately-owned manufacturer of grills, fireplaces, and furnaces in North America. The company started with manufacturing steel railings in a garage and invented the 30,000 BTU gas furnace, which was regarded as the smallest BTU size of any gas furnace sold in the world.

Main Grilling Features and Functionality

The Weber Genesis II E-315 is powered by a best-in-class grilling engine and features the company’s exclusive iGrill 3 smart technology.

It comes with several premium features that set it apart from other grills in this segment, starting with a tuck-away warming rack, easy to clean and premium quality grill grates, easy-to-read fuel gauge, and side tables with integrated hooks.

In terms of grilling features, the Napoleon Rogue 425 also scores high with its high heat searing capability, cast iron cooking grids, and stainless steel sear plates for even heating and cooking.

It comes with a rust-proof firebox, which the company claims to be virtually indestructible, and robust ergonomic control knobs.

Burner Quality

The Weber Genesis II E-315 grill is fitted with three powerful burners, which light up and stay lit without a fuss.

The Napoleon Rogue 425 also comes with three superior quality burners that light up each time using the battery-free ignition system.

Winner – Tie

Cooking Temperature Ranges

The Weber Genesis II E-315 grill offers 39,000 BTU of firepower, and the Napoleon Rogue 425 provides a higher intense 42,000 BTU power.

Winner – Napoleon Rogue 425 – Higher BTUs

Quality of Construction & Build

The Weber Genesis II E-315 can be ordered in a choice of two colors and is crafted from robust grade stainless steel. The Napoleon Rogue 425 is also made of high-grade stainless steel and arrives in an eye-catching jet black finish.

Winner – Tie

Ease of Usage

Both the Weber Genesis II E-315 and Napoleon Rogue 425 are easy to use with their large grill control knobs located at the front. Further, these two models come with instant start ignition systems, so you can fire them up without any hiccups.

Winner – Tie

Grilling Space Available

The Weber Genesis II E-315 offers 513 square inches of primary cooking area, which is enough to cook 20 burgers at one time.

The Napoleon Rogue 425 provides a 427 square inches cooking area and can accommodate 26 burgers.

Winner – Tie

Fuel Efficiency

The Weber Genesis II E-315 and Napoleon Rogue 425 are gas grills, therefore the fuel efficiency of their propane tanks depends on how often you use the grills, and at what temperatures.

Since both are medium size grills, one tank of propane should last between 18 hours to 20 hours.

Grate Quality

The Weber Genesis II E-315 comes with porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, which are designed to provide even heat distribution across the grilling surface, and unmatched heat retention.

The Napoleon Rogue 425 comes with cast iron cooking grates, which are also porcelain-coated to resist rust, and feature an iconic wave shape for even heat transfer and a great sear.

Winner – Napoleon – iconic wave-shaped cooking grids

Storage Capacity

The Weber Genesis II E-315 features a large two-door enclosed storage box at the bottom and the Napoleon with a large one-door storage area.

Winner – Tie

Weight & Portability

The Weber Genesis II E-315 measures 47″H x 59″W x 29″D with the lid closed, and tips the scales at roughly 150 lbs. The weight of the Napoleon Rogue 425 isn’t mentioned on the official website but is approximately the same weight as the Weber model.

Winner – Tie

Ease of Cleaning & Maintenance

The Weber and Napoleon grills are easy to clean compared to charcoal and pellet grills. You can wipe them down with a damp soft cloth, and clean the grates using a grill brush.

Winner – Tie

Price & Warranty

The Weber Genesis II E-315 is priced little over $800 and is backed by a 10-yar manufacturer warranty. The Napoleon Rogue costs just under $900 but comes with a 15-year manufacturer warranty.

Winner – Napoleon – 15-year warranty

After-Sale Service Quality

Weber and Napoleon offer unsurpassed after-sales support via several different channels including phone, email, and social media.

Resell Value

The resell value of both the Weber and Napoleon grills depends on several factors like the age of the grill and its condition at the time of sale. You can check eBay or other similar websites to get an idea of how much to price your grill.

Value for Money

The Weber and Napoleon grill models come with innovative features, but one this I found missing was a rotisserie burner in both models. You can however buy a rotisserie burner separately and attach it to the grills.


List of Top Features of Napoleon Rogue 425

  • Three burners and battery-free ignition
  • Cast iron cooking grids and stainless steel sear plates
  • Stylish black exterior
  • 42,000 BTUs and 18 x 23.75 inches cooking area
  • 15-year warranty

List of Top Features of Weber Genesis II E-315

  • Two color options—copper and black
  • Three powerful burners and Grill 3 smart technology
  • Tuck-away warming rack
  • Easy to read fuel gauge
  • 39,000 BTUs cooking power and 669 square inches total cooking area

Pros & Cons of Napoleon Rogue 425

Pros Cons
42,000 BTUs intense heat power Grill knobs not illuminated
Grates with iconic wave-shaped cooking grates A little heavy but does come with wheels
Superior rust resistance
Foldable prep area
Ergonomic control knobs

Pros & Cons of Weber Genesis II E-315

Pros Cons
Large cooking area Side table not foldable
Porcelain-enameled cooking grates Lacks rotisserie burner
Side table with integrated tool hooks
iGrill 3 compatible
Easy to read fuel gauge

So Which Grill is Better— the Napoleon Rogue 425 or Weber Genesis II E-315?

Choosing between the Napoleon Rogue 425 and Weber Genesis II E-315 isn’t easy, given that both models come with practical and innovative features.

If you want more firepower, the Napoleon Rogue is a good choice, as it provides 42,000 BTUs, and automatically relights in the event a burner fails to light.

The Weber Genesis II E-315 provides a little less 39,000 BTU and can be had in a choice of two great colors.

It is a bit more convenient to use than the Napoleon model owing to its iGrill 3 compatibility, which allows you to monitor the doneness of four different types of meat remotely via an app.

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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