Stainless Steel Weber S-310
Size, Performance and Appearance…
Both models in the Weber E310 vs S310 grill comparison measure 30 inches x 60 inches x 64.5 inches. However they aren’t the same weight. The S-310 weighs 165 pounds versus 179 for the E-310.
Both grills put out 38,000 btu’s per hour to a 637 square inch cooking surface. Of that, 507 square inches is primary cooking surface while the remaining 130 square inches is warming space. A general rule of thumb is 100 square inches person. So either model would work for a family of four or five.
I usually prefer the look of stainless steel. But not when it comes to grills. For what it’s worth, they are both good looking grills.
The mostly black exterior of the weber genesis e310 is going to be much easier for you to clean than the stainless steel s310. We have stainless steel appliances and they are pretty easy to clean. But I could imagine that a stainless steel grill would be a little challenging for obvious reasons. Little burnt bits of meat, fat, and barbecue sauce are going to get stuck on the exterior all the time. The black color of the e310 will hide the stains and you won’t have to clean as often. So, if you’re buying the s310 for looks you’re going to have some work cut out for yourself.
The built-in thermometers included on all grills; gas or charcoal, Weber or Charbroil, are crap. The problem is that most of them, mounted to the top of the grill hood, are too far away from the grill grates to get an accurate temperature.
If you are already a seasoned grill master, then you probably own several types of grill thermometers. If you’re a novice however, make this your top priority. Get a quality thermometer.
Click here to get more details on the Weber E310
Click here to get more details on the Weber S310
This technology is a Weber brand original. The flavorizer bars, which are angled just right, catch grill drippings, evaporate the juices back in to the meat. Then, any drippings that are not evaporated dimply drip down to the grease management system. Both grills are equipped with flavorizer bars, however, the Weber e-310 has porcelain enameled flavorizer bars whereas the s-310 has stainless steel bars. Both should last a very long time.
Grilling Grates: Cast Iron vs Stainless Steel
One of the biggest differences between these two grills is the grill grates. The e-310 grill grates are made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron while the grates on the s-310 are made of stainless steel. But which is better? Based on what I discovered while researching, both have their pros and cons.
Stainless steel is corrosion resistant and will hold up for a long time, but it can be chipped and lose much of its nonstick abilities. Cast iron (with a porcelain coating) will hold heat better than stainless steel and have better performance longer than stainless steel. However you need to be careful not to chip the porcelain coating or the cast iron will rust.
Although I’d personally prefer porcelain coated cast iron both are good choices.
Both grills come with a 10 year limited warranty. The warranty covers different parts for different durations. For example, the weber Genesis series warranty covers the cookbox for 10 years while cooking grates are covered for 5 years. You can get a more details on the warranty by clicking here (Weber website).
Click here to see price for the Weber E310
Click here to see price for the Weber S310