Weber vs Napoleon Grills - Battle of Big Brands -

Weber vs Napoleon Grills – Battle of Big Brands

Weber is the gold standard of charcoal grills but their gas grills aren’t anything to scoff at. Of course, since it is such a reputable brand, most Weber models come with a high price tag. Which is probably why the Napoleon brand has slowly becoming quite popular among outdoor chefs. This company is Canada’s answer to Weber. Their grills are comparable to the Weber ones in terms of performance and quality of construction. Even better, they usually cost a lot lower. Because these brands offer a lot of similar products, we decided to do a showdown. We’ve picked three types of gas grills to compare – portable, mid-sized, and built-in models. Using testing and research, we compare two models from Napoleon and Weber in each category to find out which ones are going to cool best in your backyard.

1. Weber Q2200 vs Napoleon TravelQ Pro 285 

Weber Q2200 Gas Grill
Price: $269.00
  • Sales Rank is 4702
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 4250 Hundredths Pounds

Our Summary Score: 9.5 points

Main Features

  • Total cooking area = 280 Square Inches
  • Stainless steel burner puts out 12,000 BTU-per-hour
  • Porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates
  • Electronic ignition with built in thermometer
  • Two folding work tables
29.5" TravelQ Pro 285 Propane Grill
Price: $324.00
  • Sales Rank is 197112
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 3500 Hundredths Pounds

Our Summary Score: 8.5 points

Main Features

  • 285-square-inch area and 2 burners
  • Cast aluminum body with black lid
  • Select from propane or natural gas
  • Up to 12,000 BTUs
  • Dimensions: 18.5L x 29.5W x 14.75H in.

Our Verdict: the Napoleon TravelQ Pro 285 is the perfect choice for a portable electric grill.

  • Cooking Area: 280 sq in against 285 sq in
  • Number of burners 1 vs 2
  • BTU per hour: 12000 BTU vs 12000 BTU

These two portable grills both perform exceptionally well. The cast aluminum lid along with the porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates ensure excellent heat retention and distribution. Both grills have split grates that enable you to switch out one for a compatible griddle which increases the versatility of the units. However, the Napoleon model edges out the Weber Q2200 for several reasons. The TravelQ Pro 285 has a slightly bigger cooking capacity and two independently controlled burners. These enable you to cook more food as well as do some indirect cooking. Plus, this grill is much lighter at only 28.5 lbs despite being much larger. It is much easier to transport from the car to the beach and back.

2.Weber Spirit S210 vs Napoleon Rogue 485

Weber 46100001 Spirit S210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Price: --
  • Sales Rank is 137465
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 130 Pounds

Our Summary Score: 9.3 points

Main Features

  • Two stainless steel burners put out 26,500 BTU-per-hour
  • 360 -square inch of cooking area and 90 -square inch for warming
  • Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates and porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars
  • Electronic Crossover ignition system starts with the push of a button; Stainless steel lid, Door
  • Assembled dimensions with the lid open 63-inch by 50-inch by 32-inch
Napoleon Grills Rogue 425 Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Price: $902.49
You save: $0.25 ( %)
  • Sales Rank is 205082
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 14800 Hundredths Pounds

Our Summary Score: 9.2 points

Main Features

  • Stainless Steel wave cooking grids
  • Infrared sizzle Zone side burner
  • Space saving folding shelves
  • Jetfire ignition system
  • 45, 000 BTU's

Our Verdict: It depends. It all boils down on what your grilling needs are.

  • Cooking Area: 450 sq in against 625 sq in
  • User Satisfaction score: 4.0 against 3.8
  • Number of burners: 2 vs 4
  • BTU per hour: 26500 BTU vs 45000 BTU

Obviously, the Napoleon Rogue 425 is a much bigger grill with more power. It has 425 square inches of primary cooking space and a total cooking area of 625 square inches. It features 4 stainless steel burners including an efficient Infrared Sizzle Zone side burner which have a total output of 45000 BTU. The porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates are excellent at transferring heat while the stainless steel construction provides durability. Foldable side shelves provide extra work space but still keeps the grill compact. Of course, the same could be said for the Spirit S210 from Weber. Stainless steel construction, porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates, and foldable side shelves. This unit is much smaller with only 2 burners and 360 square inches of primary cooking space which makes this an ideal option if you don’t have much space to spare in your backyard. That being said, each burner in the Weber is much more powerful compared to the ones in the Napoleon. Both grills generally perform the same so your choice will be dependent on how big a grill you need. The Napoleon Rogue 425 is best if you like cooking for big groups while the Weber Spirit S210 is the perfect choice if space is a premium and you only cook for small groups.

3.Weber Genesis II S-435 vs Napoleon Prestige 500

Weber Stephen Company 67006001 Genesis II S-435 NG Grill, Stainless Steel
Price: $1,249.00
  • Sales Rank is 7494
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 17700 Hundredths Pounds

Our Summary Score: 8.7 points

Main Features

  • 10 Year Warranty, 100% Weber guarantee. The dimensions (open) are 62 x 65 x 31 inches and the main burners (BTU) per hour input is 48,000
  • Equipped with the powerful Gs4 high performance grilling system
  • Use the side burner to simmer BBQ sauce or Sauté veggies
  • Sear station creates an intense heat zone to quickly add sear marks on meat
  • Solid 7mm Stainless Steel rod cooking grates provide superior heat retention
Napoleon Grills Prestige 500 Natural Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Price: --
  • Sales Rank is 219615
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 19000 Hundredths Pounds

Our Summary Score: 9.3 points

Main Features

  • Stainless Steel WAVE Cooking Grids
  • Heavy Duty Rotisserie Kit included
  • Soft Touch Control Knobs
  • JETFIRE Ignition System
  • Prestige All Season Cookbook and ACCU-PROBE Temperature Gage included

Our Verdict: If you’re going to go big, then it better be the Weber Genesis II 435.

  • Cooking area: 844 square inches vs 760 square inches
  • User Satisfaction score 4.8 against 4.4
  • Number of burners: 6 vs 6
  • BTU per hour: 48000 BTU vs 48000 BTU

The Napoleon Prestige 500 is undoubtedly a badass grill. It has the capacity to cook 30 burgers at a time using the 4 main burners alone. It also comes with an infrared rear burner and an infrared side burner. And have we mentioned the included rotisserie kit? Talk about versatiltity. This model features stainless steel construction, a total cooking area of 760 square inches, and a maximum output of 48,000 BTU from the main burners alone. So, why go with Weber? Well, any griller worth his salt (like we are) will tell you that the Genesis II 435 offers much more than that. It has grates with 7mm stainless steel rods for excellent heat retention and transfer. It comes with a sear station burner, a side burner, and 4 stainless steel burners in the main compartment. And while it as stainless steel construction as well, this model comes with a 10-year warranty. When it comes to bang for your buck, you can’t go wrong with the Genesis II 435.

4.Weber Summit S-460 vs Napoleon LEX 605

Weber Summit S-460 Built-In Natural Gas in Stainless Steel Grill
Price: $2,299.00
  • Sales Rank is 140585
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 280 Pounds

Our Summary Score: 9.4 points

Main Features

  • 4 Stainless steel burners
  • 48,800 BTU-per-hour input
  • 10,600 BTU-per-hour input sear burner
  • 6,800 BTU-per-hour input smoker burner and stainless steel smoker box
  • 10,600 BTU-per-hour input infrared rear-mounted rotisserie burner
Napoleon LEX 605 Built-In Grill with Infrared Rotisserie (BILEX605RBINSS), Natural Gas
Price: --
  • Sales Rank is 195650
  • Department: Lawn & Patio
  • Weight: 120 Pounds

Our Summary Score: 9.3 points

Main Features

  • Natural gas grill with stainless steel construction and chrome accentsHeavy duty stainless steel "Wave" grill grates with sear plates
  • 16,000 BTU stainless steel burners
  • 16,000 BTU infrared grill burner
  • 15,500 BTU Rear Infrared BurnerRotisserie kit not included

Our Verdict: Weber

  • Cooking area: 580 square inches vs 850 square inches
  • User Satisfaction score 3.8 against 4.1
  • Number of burners: 6 (4 12200 BTU, 1 10600 BTU, 1 6,800 BTU) vs 5 (3 16000 BTU, 1 12500 BTU, 1 13,500 BTU)
  • BTU per hour: 66200 BTU vs 48000 BTU

The Napoleon LEX 605 is incredibly huge for a built-in gas grill. With its powerful burners and large cooking capacity, you can easily feed a football team with this baby. The stainless steel build with its chrome accents look very classy. And the heavy duty stainless steel “Wave” grates are great for transferring and retaining heat. Plus, this model is a lot more affordable, especially when compared to the Weber S-460. This one is smaller. Its burners are less powerful. And it’s more expensive. So, why did we end up with the Weber anyway? When it comes to grills, you’ll want something incredibly durable, especially at this price point. And the Weber wins that hands down.