I’ve lately been checking out several leading brands in the grill segment, and have compared several grill models alongside such as the Weber vs. Monument Grills showdown.
Since Weber is my favorite brand so far and I’ve owned myriad different models over the years, today I’m doing a head-to-head comparison between Weber vs Broil King another reputed brand in this space.
Apart from the overall comparison of the brands, I will compare the Weber Spirit II E-310, which had have owned for some time against the Broil King SIGNET 320, which my fellow colleague Sidney owns. Both of them as gas grills.
Table of Contents
- 1 Weber vs Broil King – Head to Head Comparison
- 1.1 Quick Overview
- 1.2 Comparing the Brands
- 1.3 Main Grilling Features and Functionality
- 1.4 Burner Count and Quality
- 1.5 Ignition Systems
- 1.6 Cooking Temperature Ranges
- 1.7 Quality of Construction and Build
- 1.8 Ease of Usage
- 1.9 Grilling Space Available
- 1.10 Fuel Efficiency
- 1.11 Grate Quality
- 1.12 Flavorizer Bars
- 1.13 Storage Capacity
- 1.14 Weight and Portability
- 1.15 Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance
- 1.16 Price and Warranty
- 1.17 After-Sales Service Quality
- 1.18 Resell Value
- 1.19 Value for Money
- 1.20 Problems Users are Talking About
- 2 Pros & Cons of Weber Spirit II 310
- 3 Pros & Cons of Broil King Signet 320
- 4 Other Broil King Grills to Consider
- 5 Other Weber Grills to Consider
Weber vs Broil King – Head to Head Comparison
Comparing the Brands
Weber is an all-American manufacturer of charcoal, gas, and electric outdoor grills and accessories. The company was founded in 1893, and is noted for the inception of the original Kettle grill in 1951.
Onward Manufacturing Company is an umbrella brand for Broil King and several other renowned brands like Broil-Mate and Sterling, and designs and builds high-performing, long-lasting products.
All the grills and accessories by Broil King are proudly built in North America and passionately enjoyed by people all over the world.
Main Grilling Features and Functionality
The Weber Spirit II E-310 is truly in a league of its own for several reasons starting with its spacious cooking area, 3 stainless-steel burners, and innovative features.
It comes with an easy-to-read fuel gauge that allows you to see how much fuel is left in the tank and features a primary cooking surface, and a warming rack.
The Broil King Signet 320 is not far behind the Weber, and also features a large grilling area, and arrives loaded with key grilling features like the stainless steel Flav-R-Wave cooking system and 3 stainless-steel Dual-Tube burners.
Burner Count and Quality
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill is equipped with three stainless steel burners, which allow you to cook more in less time.
The Signet 320 is fitted with patented three stainless steel Dual-Tube burners, which provide unmatched even heat cooking.
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill features the powerful GS4 grilling system, which on its own offers an array of benefits.
The GS4 grilling system consists of four technologies, which include the Infinity Ignition system.
The Infinity Ignition system is designed to light each time, and this is made possible via several key components.
First is the ignition module, which is neatly tucked away from the heat and protected by the elements.
Adding to this, the battery component of the ignition module has also been relocated for easier access.
Since the wires of the ignition module are close to the heat, they’ve been beefed up with a heavy-duty coating for more heat resistance.
But that’s not all, each burner now has its own individual electrode, which helps ensure a consistent spark.
The Broil King Signet 320 also comes with the company’s signature ignition system—Sure-lite billed as an electronic dual-electrode ignition system.
Cooking Temperature Ranges
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill offers an impressive 30,000 BTUs of firepower via its three main burners.
The Broil King Signet 320 produces a little more flame power—40,000 BTUs, making it easy to sear steaks.
Quality of Construction and Build
One look at both the Weber Spirit II E-310 and Broil King Signet 320 is all it takes to realize that these are solidly built models, so you can rest assured they will serve you well for years to come.
The Broil King Signet 320 boasts a Therma-cast aluminum cookbox with a stainless-steel wrap and rests sturdily on a rust-proof resin base.
Furthermore, it is equipped with all rust-resistant zinc-coated components and is topped with a premium powder-coated black epoxy paint finish.
Ease of Usage
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill and the Broil King Signet 320 are easy-to-use models. The Weber Spirit II E-310 grill features a folding side table, which can be folded down easily when you need extra space.
It also comes with three hooks on the side, which allow you to hang your essential grilling tools. Additionally, the Weber Spirit II E-310 comes with an easy-to-read fuel gauge, three large knobs at the front, and a lid-mounted temperature gauge to keep tabs on the temperature without opening the lid of the grill.
The Broil King Signet 320 is fitted with two robust stainless-steel drop-down shelves, two all-weather wheels, and linear flow valves complete with a 180° sensi-touch control.
It comes with a deluxe Accu-Temp lid-mounted thermometer, and two wheels to move the grill around easily.
Grilling Space Available
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill allows you to cook on a total of 529 square inches of cooking area including a 105 square inch warming rack, which fits approximately 15 burgers.
The Broil King Signet 320 provides you with a little larger 635 square inch total cooking space, which includes a porcelain-coated warming rack.
With regards to the fuel efficiency of the Weber Spirit II E-310 and Broil King Signet 320 gas grills, the short answer is it depends.
Both are medium size grills, so the fuel efficiency depends on how long you use the grill and how many burners you light at a time.
But to give you an idea, a 20 lbs propane tank should allow you to cook for roughly 15 to 20 hours.
The Spirit II E-310 by Weber comes with porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates, which retain even heat for tantalizing results.
The Broil King Signet 320 features heavy-duty cast iron cooking grids, and the stainless-steel Flav-R-Wave cooking system, which not provides even heat distribution, but instantly vaporizes the drippings and infuses them back into your food for that unmistakable barbeque flavor.
The Weber Spirit II E-310 doesn’t come factory-fitted with flavorizer bars, but you can always buy them separately.
The Broil King Signet 320 comes with flavorizer bars, which the company likes to call Flav-R-Zone™ heat partitions.
The Weber Spirit II E-310 and the Broil King Signet 320 both come with foldable side tables. In terms of storage space, the Weber Spirit II E-310 features an open storage cabinet at the bottom, and the Broil King Signet features a rigid steel cabinet with stainless steel doors.
Weight and Portability
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill tips the scales at 114 lbs and measures 57″H x 52″W x 26″D with the lid open and 44.5″H x 52″W x 27″D with the lid closed.
The Broil King Signet 320 weighs 134 lbs and measures 48.4″H x 56.5″W x 23.2″D when fully assembled.
Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance
The Weber Spirit II E-310 and the Broil King Signet 320 gas grills are easy to clean models that come with a removable drip pan to catch and clean up grease and drippings without a fuss.
Price and Warranty
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill retails for $639 and is backed by a manufacturer’s 10-year warranty excluding normal wear and tear.
The Broil King Signet 320 comes with a $699 price tag and comes with a lifetime warranty on the cookbox and 10 years on the burners.
After-Sales Service Quality
The Weber Spirit II E-310 grill and Broil King Signet 320 offer stellar customer after-sales support via several different channels including phone, email, and certain social media platforms.
Both brands and models offer great resale, but the amount you will fetch depends on a few factors such as the age of the grill and its overall condition.
When it’s time to sell your grill, check marketplaces such as eBay to get an idea of what you should price your grill for.
Value for Money
The Weber Spirit II E-310 and Broil King Signet 320 are feature-rich grills that provide great bang for your buck. Some of the features of these two grills are only available in much higher-priced models, so you’re definitely getting more than you pay for.
Problems Users are Talking About
The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill has received raving reviews since it was first introduced, but users say that the only thing that could be improved is the quality of the wheels, which they say wear off quickly.
The Broil King Signet 320 has also received great reviews, but users say the burners damage easily, but on a brighter note all three burners do come with a 10-year warranty.
Pros & Cons of Weber Spirit II 310
- 30,000 BTUs of Grilling power
- Primary cooking surface + warming rack
- Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates
- Folding side table with hooks
- Customers complained of rusting and paint chipping off
Pros & Cons of Broil King Signet 320
- 40,000 BTUs of Grilling Power
- 3 stainless steel Dual-Tube burners
- Flav-R-Wave cooking system
- 635 sq. in. total cooking space
- Assembly instructions are not very clear
Other Broil King Grills to Consider
It has 3 stainless-steel dual-tube burners and reversible cast iron cooking grids for even heat distribution. The Broil King Monarch 340 gas grill starts up quickly, thanks to its class-leading ignition system, and features the company’s patented stainless steel Flav-R-Wave cooking system.
Further, it offers a rather massive 500 square inches of cooking space including 330 square inches of primary cooking space and is appointed with a deluxe Accu-Temp monitor.
The Monarch 340 is topped by a Therma-cast aluminum cookbox with stainless steel lid insert, and a cool-to-the-touch thermonylon handle.
REGAL S 420 PRO
It pumps out an astounding 50,000 BTUs spread across 4 stainless-steel dual-tube burners and offers an expansive 625 square inches of total cooking space.
The Regal S420 is equipped with solid 9mm stainless steel cooking grids, and one of its standout features is illuminated control knobs and an enclosed cabinet base.
The Regal S420 gas grill starts up quickly with its integrated Sure-lite ignition system and is backed by Broil King’s Flav-R-Wave cooking system.
Adding to this, it comes with a deluxe Accu-temp thermometer, stainless steel handles, rust-resistant zinc-coated components, large 3” locking wheels, and a pull-out tank drawer for easy gas changes.
Other Weber Grills to Consider
Weber Q 3200 Gas Grill
Even though it boasts a compact footprint, the Weber Q32300 is small enough to fit in your shed and big enough to cook a delicious roast and comes with a warming rack to keep your food warm.
The Q3200 gas grill by Weber features two burners and comes with a handle light that illuminates the cooking area of your grill.
It features a grill cart with hooks, and a push and start electronic ignition. The Weber Q3200 gas grill by Weber emits 21,700 BTU and allows you to cook on 393 square inches of primary cooking space.
GENESIS E-325s Gas Grill
It can also be ordered in an even bigger 994 square inch variant with four burners, which can cook 28 burners at one time.
The GENESIS E-325s gas grill can be had in two different variants—liquid propane and natural gas and features the company’s largest and hottest sear zone.
This grill model from the Weber hangar is fitted with an extra-large prep and serve table, and high-performance PureBlu burners.
The Weber Genesis E325s gas grill can be mated with several optional accessories including a side burner and grill locker, Weber Connect smart technology, grill lighting, and several different colors including black, copper, and deep ocean blue.
The package includes Weber-crafted cooking grates, and a pull and clean grease management system, so you can cook more and clean less.