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Weber Kettle Comparison – Original Kettle, Original Kettle Premium & Master Touch – BBQGuys.com


Hi, I’m Chef Tony Matassa. Today we’re checking
out these three weber kettles, and although they look fairly similar, they have some different
features. So we’ll take a closer look at that because we get a lot of questions on that
and hopefully we can answer those. To my far right we have Weber’s original kettle, this
is the original premium, and of course to my left we have weber’s master touch kettle.
We’ll begin with the original…. Which is available in 18 inches as well as
22 inch models. The exterior of the kettle is Porcelain enameled
steel, allowing the grill to resist corrosion, and the two exterior handles are glass reinforced
nylon, wich is also perfect for resisting the elements. For temperature control, the
lid features a no rust aluminum vent, allowing you to create the perfect environment from
searing to smoking. Let’s take a look at the inside, the cooking
grids are plated steel, and each side features a handle for easy removal. Below the cooking
grids, you will find the charcoal grate which separates the coal from the ashes at the bottom
of the grill. The bottom of the grill features Weber’s Patented One-Touch cleaning system.
In addition to precise airflow control, these blades actually sweep the bottom of the grill,
making cleanup hassle free. The ash falls into the collection pan at the bottom of the
grill, which is easily removable. For easy portability, the Weber original kettle has
all weather crack proof wheels. Next, we will take a look at the Weber Original
Kettle Premium, which is available in both 22 and 26 inch models. This 22 inch grill
is also available in a range of color options, which is nice. The lid features a built in
thermometer, for ease of temperature monitoring. In addition, The lid handle of the Kettle
Premium features a heat shield, which protects your hand from the heat rising from the grill.
Of course the lid also features the vent wheel as we saw on the original kettle. Let’s have
a look at the inside.. The cooking grates of the Weber Original Premium are hinged on
2 sides, allowing you to easily add charcoal and smoking woods without having to remove
your food from the grill. The sides of the cooking grids feature handles for easy removal,
and below the cooking grids you will find the Charcoal Grate and One Touch cleaning
system as we saw on the Original Kettle. Below the grill, the premium kettle is set apart
by the high capacity ash catching system. Simply sweep your ashes from the grill with
this lever, and easily empty this container as needed. The Weber Original Premium comes
with crack proof wheels, and the added feature of BBQ tool hooks on the side handles.
Now let’s take a look at the Weber Master Touch kettle… This is a 22 inch kettle,
and it comes in black. The lid features a built in thermometer for precise cooking temperatures,
and the lid handle also features the heat shield. The vent wheel comes with the addition
of an easy grip heat guard, making adjustments of the vent a breeze. The side of the Weber
Master Touch features this lid cradle, allowing for a convenient place to put the lid when
removed, and could also function as a windbreak. The interior of the master touch comes with
a removable warming rack, for expanded grill real estate, and the grids feature the hinged
sections for easily adding charcoal and smoking woods to the included char basket fuel holders.
In the center of the cooking grids, you will find what really brings the cooking versatility
of this grill to the next level. Simply remove this piece of the grate, and you are ready
to pop in any of the Weber Gourmet BBQ System accessories. For example, here is the Cast
Iron Wok that is part of the Gourmet BBQ System. In addition to the Wok, Weber also offers
a wide variety of other accessories in the Gourmet system ranging from a Poultry roaster
to searing grate. Under the cooking grates, the included char
basket fuel holders come in handy when you want to easily move and concentrate your charcoal
heat source for searing, or bank them on either side of the grill for indirect cooking. Of
course, below the baskets you will find the charcoal grate and the One Touch Cleaning
system at the bottom of the grill. The Weber Master Touch also features the large capacity
ash catcher at the bottom. For smooth Portability, it also features 8 inch rubber molded wheels.
Finally, the side handle of the grill features Weber’s convenient BBQ tool hooks. I hope that today’s overview has helped
to clear up any questions you have between the kettles, if you have any other questions,
please give us a call or check us out online.. I’m Chef Tony Matassa, and remember.. at
BBQGuys.com, we SMOKE the competition!

Randall Smitham

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81 COMMENTS

  1. Cris Workizer Posted on March 4, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Tony that was a real nice review on the weber kettle grill.this is an inexpensive grill that has so much versatility.you sear,you can smoke, you can cook indirect.its an awesome grill for the money and they last. my dad has had his weber seriously like 35 years no rust .he did finally burn out the ash cleaner,but thats replaceable.I bbqed on his very same Weber when I was 16 years old. I personally own 2 and I love them both.I reccomend this inexpensive grill for anyone getting started or a seasoned bbqer as these grills have there place…NO I dont work for Weber,they just got a free shameless plug..Ha    for those thinking about grilling this is a good one I would get the 22.5 inch. NOW GET OUT AND GRILL.

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  2. Kenneth Smith II Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hey Tony are they finally offering the additional colors in the US?

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  3. Patrick Cox Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Very Helpful Video. I am looking into getting a weber and this was very informative.

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  4. Mai Nguyen Posted on April 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks, for the in-depth comparison. Really helped in my decision to go with the Master Touch.

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  5. 88sCYTHe Posted on May 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Brief but complete. Thanks for this video, very informative.

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  6. Drew Palermo Posted on May 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    The Weber 22" Original Kettle is number one on this list- http://outdoorgardenliving.net/best-charcoal-grills-of-2015-weber-14401001-vs-the-competition/ of the charcoal grills in 2015 considered to be some of the best choices (it's actually the updated version from the One-Touch Gold 22.5")

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  7. LowScoville Posted on June 6, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I was watching this with my mom and a home depot employee at the store LOL came in for the Premium and left with the Master touch. The lid holder, warming rack, charcoal holders, and the gripped heat guard on the vent wheel seem like they're worth the $50 upgrade, especially since we plan on having this grill for a long time.

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  8. Louis Cracchiolo Posted on June 29, 2015 at 3:11 am

    That's weird they don't make the original kettle without the heat shield anymore

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  9. Dirk Van Winckel Posted on July 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for the review.  Have you any idea what the difference is between the Master Touch model 2014 and 2015.

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  10. BBQGuys Posted on July 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    @dirk Van Winckel, Glad you enjoy the review!  I don't think the Master Touch has changed from 2014, to 2015, but here is a cool article on the comparison of the current Master Touch to the oldschool one: http://weberkettleclub.com/blog/2014/12/08/the-return-of-the-master-touch-full-review-and-head-to-head-showdown/

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  11. gunnuts82 Posted on July 16, 2015 at 1:53 am

    What is the cheapest webber to come with the hinged grate?

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  12. MrCoffeekelly Posted on July 26, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I don't understand why weber decided to move the location of the thermometer and vent! Why would the put the thermometer on the opposite side of the vent?! If you are cooking indirect you will have the vent over your food so that places the thermometer over the coals.

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  13. T Trinh Posted on August 17, 2015 at 3:08 am

    What a great review. Thanks.

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  14. Louisiana Cajun Recipes Posted on September 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Great comparison vid, I was wondering about this myself. What about cast iron cooking grates for Webers grills?

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  15. flexathillcrest1 Posted on November 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    great video. thanks. I guess I have the original kettle premium in dark green 2007. recent craigslist find

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  16. 890mikes Posted on December 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I would have like to hear the prices.

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  17. redgrapeskins Posted on January 19, 2016 at 1:58 am

    The original Weber kettle had 3 round vent covers on the bottom , ( 9 small holes for air to flow ).. Those were the best ..and the best made!!! The original ones were dipped in paint ….Later they were sprayed,,, but still great!!! The early ones were built with metal handles and looked thicker…The last production run of them employed wood handles … The kettles in this video are all newer

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  18. Smokey Canuck Posted on February 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Good review man. This year's MT are available in Canada in some funky colours. Nice grill but myself I'm hard pressed to find the extras in the MT over the OTG worth the added bread – just my 2 cents.

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  19. crimsontide1980 Posted on February 22, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I swear by Weber's; I grew up watching my dad grill on the old school 18 inch Weber with the old wood handle, he later gave that grill to me and I still have(and use) it to this day,along with my One Touch 22.5 and my small portable Smokey Joe if I'm camping out(or just want to grill up a steak for myself). Just purchased a 22 inch Weber Smokey Mountain and I can't wait to start cooking low and slow here soon

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  20. venetiancat Posted on March 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Really well done and informative review, thank you!

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  21. Pedro Delgado Posted on March 31, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    great video. thanks

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  22. Todd Nansel Posted on April 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    question I have is with the thermometer placement, on my Jumbo Joe I use a brick to indirect cook and put my thermometer in front just below my upper vent where the meat is, that said why do people put the temp gauge where the heat is, in the back away from the vent!?

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  23. matthew adams Posted on April 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I'll stick with my 25 year old Hasty Bake Gourmet.

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  24. Sharkie1717 Posted on May 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Unfortunately it seems the local variant of the MasterTouch kettle I picked up, does not come standard with the warming rack, or the char-baskets, but instead includes the cheaper charcoal rails. Be sure to double check before purchase.

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  25. Kimo Clyde Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Can someone confirm that new Webers are made in China now? That would be a deal breaker for me for sure.

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  26. Louis Perrotta Posted on May 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Bravo. Very helpful!

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  27. Desert Logic Posted on May 25, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I got rid of my Weber a few years ago when I downgraded to a Charcoal/Smoker/Gas grill. I really wish I hadn't. There's something about the design of the kettle that keeps the air flow circling and a consistent temperature. It looks like I may have to upgrade in the near future.

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  28. ozwasp Posted on June 17, 2016 at 6:46 am

    The base model is fine

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  29. Len Gerstel Posted on July 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Is the lid any taller on the Master Touch vs the Premium? ie: the distance from the cooking grate to the top part of the lid. I've maxed out on turkey size on my original from 1985 and it is time to replace it. I can live with the same size, but an inch or 2 more inside would allow for a bigger turkey for Thanksgiving.

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  30. steve s. Posted on July 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    The master touch…..me likey!!! My father has the very, very original Weber Kettle, came with wood handels that were replaced with plastic handles off of one of my damaged Weber kettles. His grill is probably well over 30 years old. The gage of metal back then was a huge difference from the (poorly constructed) ones now. However any Weber Kettle is priceless . Even my Weber Jumbo Joe kicks some serious a$$!

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  31. steve s. Posted on July 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Has anyone here used the Smokinator or Grilling Grates?

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  32. WoOk1982 Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks! Just the video i was searching for!

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  33. Hunting For The Pot Posted on September 11, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I went with the original premium, I couldn't see myself using all the gourmet accessories. Why do weber now pet the thermometer on the opposite side to the vent? surely it should be on the same side as the vent as that's where the food is?

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  34. LEKKER BRAAI RSA Posted on January 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

    please do a full comparison on the 57 compact vs the original kettle vs the premium kettle vs the master touch vs the summit charcoal

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  35. Brian T Posted on January 26, 2017 at 2:33 am

    what is the height difference with the Master Touch compared to the premium? Thanks

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  36. Glfjunke 2 Posted on March 1, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Id like to know why Weber doesn't put a hard plastic cover on the vent control so the consumer doesn't burn their finger while using the vent control. If they offered one for sale I'd be willing to bet that they couldn't stock enough for their current customers.

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  37. dotnotfeather Posted on March 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This was an EXCELLENT comparison video, thank you for putting it together!

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  38. SAM FISHER Posted on March 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    who says bbq lol

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  39. deans6571 Posted on May 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I've just bought the Master Touch myself – one awesome looking grill!! One thing I don't understand though is why they only include one handle at the front of the grill – would it not have been better to have 2 handles on either side of the grill instead? Additionally, I think Weber alter the contents of their BBQ grills depending on countries as the MasterTouch (£239 for the 57cm one), in the United Kingdom does not come with the warming rack as standard – it is an additional accessory you can buy.

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  40. Eric Prochnow Posted on May 19, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I often wondered why Weber puts the thermometer on the other side of the vent. It suddenly occurred to me through the science of convection…

    If the vent is over the coals and the coals are radiating a 250 degree temperature, then one would assume through convected heat that the whole kettle is heated uniformly.(as long as you don't lift the "friggen" top of the kettle. Hence the openings in the top and the bottom of the kettle that allow you to control the temperature inside the kettle.

    If you set your coals up correctly and maintain the air circulation, it doesn't matter what the temperature on top of the Weber kettle is…the prong from the Weber gauge is not anywhere close to the coals. This is usually an accurate indicator of the true temperature throughout the low and slow process.

    If you don't trust this method, at least try it out by inserting another thermometer through the top openings just for grins.

    I have done this. The readings are remarkably similar.

    Weber Master touch owner, with a "Smoke Eze" addition. Is there anything else?

    We are eating meat!

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  41. Glfjunke 2 Posted on June 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    They'd all be better if Weber could make the lids fit better so that they wouldn't leak so bad.

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  42. SteenSmokeHouse Posted on June 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Love my Weber Master Touch! My 5th Weber!

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  43. gerodim Posted on July 4, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I don't know if something changed over time but I got the original premium last year and the vent wheel came with the easy grip heat guard.

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  44. Adam Crossley Posted on July 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Incredibly informative!

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  45. Phil N Florence Posted on July 16, 2017 at 4:08 am

    This really helped trying to decide

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  46. codetwohigh Posted on December 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Does anyone know if the Premium and Master Touch have solid stainless steel grills? I know the original has a “plated steel” grill. Just wondering if we get the upgraded steel grates on the higher end models.

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  47. Allen Scantland Posted on February 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you for that comparison, Too many vendors don't really get into the detail that allows you to know the difference and value you are looking for.

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  48. R S Posted on February 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Mastertouch seems amazing.

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  49. Richard Major Posted on May 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

    BeeBee-Cue!?

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  50. Sting Posted on May 6, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I bought the original and added a nice thermometer to the lid on the vent side and a hinged grate. Very nice basic setup.

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  51. LumpyMusic Posted on May 22, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Fun to listen to this vid just to hear someone correctly say "Ash Cacher" – Thanks, Lumpy

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  52. MegaGuitarpicker Posted on May 27, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I have had my Weber for 20+ years. Had to replace a couple parts over the years but it still cooks like a champ.

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  53. Cheesy roast beef curtains Posted on May 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    My Weber is about 20 year old and different to all these

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  54. Ronny C Posted on May 31, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    The original Weber Kettle grill and Kingsford charcoal, is an american standard. You can still buy that perfectly designed grill (that hasn't changed much since it's inception), for under a hundred dollars. For big parties it's too small, but for a family of four it's perfect.

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  55. Better At-it Posted on June 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Best grill ever

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  56. George Karellas Posted on June 11, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Can the premium be as tall as the master touch with the legs it comes with? Thanks in advance

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  57. Iman Axbert Posted on June 18, 2018 at 1:34 am

    I have a late model 18” kettle & it came with a heat shield for the top handle.

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  58. Joel Englehart Posted on June 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Great Video. This really explains features and benefits!

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  59. James Posted on July 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Potential Weber Buyers:  Weber makes a great grill,  Unfortunately, some are now being made in China and they are NOT as good as those made in the USA.  Double-check that you are buying an American grill and not cheap Chinese crap.

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  60. Nigel Posted on August 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Very informative. UK specs are slightly different.

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  61. labyrinthodont 6 Posted on August 21, 2018 at 1:50 am

    What are the prices of these kettles?

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  62. iva bigen Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    where can i buy a red webber in the usa

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  63. gigos001 Posted on August 31, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I have Premium, question is if I purchase the accessories that come with the master(bbq set and charcoal holders) wouldn't tha make them very similar?

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  64. RoastBeefSandwich Posted on October 3, 2018 at 12:13 am

    I have an original and love it. Tough to beat a Made in America Weber grill! I've used mine every week or two for years and is still perfect. Thinking of getting a propane Weber as a companion for when we want to cook on gas. Tough to justify though, the Weber kettle is perfection.

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  65. Rawkem Sawkem Posted on October 29, 2018 at 10:25 am

    The master touch has the hood holder.

    other than that I don't see the point

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  66. THE NEON TETRA PRO GAMER Posted on November 11, 2018 at 3:21 am

    I would recommend the master touch. The thing to hold the top is incredibly useful and probably one of the best upgrades. Also the plastic handle for the lid vent is real nice too.

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  67. Cody White Posted on November 24, 2018 at 2:50 am

    I got the middle one in copper. Thanks for explaining!

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  68. Ken Tyler Posted on December 14, 2018 at 11:50 am

    In 2018 Weber moved much of its production to China. I purchased one of the gas grill early spring of 2018.
    Well built but they no longer put doors on the bottom cabinet and changed the wheel configuration. This grill was $800. No doors are a problem because you can’t store grill supplies underneath so you just stack your stuff on the open leg cart which is inconvenient and messy. The new wheel layout does not allow tight turns in confined situations. And the kicker is this comparable unit costs Weber 30% less to make and there are less features on the Chinese model! Plus on the charcoal Weber they need to redesign the flimsy wheels. They have been a problem forever.

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  69. SeikiBrian Posted on January 22, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I just picked up a Master-Touch GBS yesterday. The store had the wrong price tag displayed over two boxes (it had their price for the Original Kettle Premium), and the correct — higher — price over three boxes. I pointed out the discrepancy to a manager, who quickly tore off the wrong tag…but he went to the cashier with me and told them to ring up the lower price. I was very happy. I'm actually assembling it right now as I'm watching tis video. I didn't even know what the GBS (Gourmet BBQ System) was; I just got this one because I'm unusually tall, and the display sample at the store was taller than any of the others!

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  70. fcukugimmeausername Posted on January 30, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Bee Bee Que.

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  71. Mike Andreyka Posted on February 20, 2019 at 12:29 am

    The Weber 26 is the grill to get

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  72. Raul Yerena Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I noticed that the cooking gauge varies from the model the original Weber has a thinner gauge from the master touch.

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  73. Nick Vlemincx Posted on April 10, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Very good video and review! Just what I was looking for. Thanks!

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  74. adointerr Posted on April 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    What's a difference between Compact and Bar B Kettle ?

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  75. Blasian89 Posted on May 17, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    So what you're telling me is: Get the Masterclass lol

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  76. Jesse Moreno Posted on June 17, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Is the master touch a little taller or you have the grill in some sort of stand?

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  77. AJ H Posted on June 23, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Just sold me on the master touch. Those extra features are worth the premium for me. Thank you

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  78. Satvir Kambo Posted on July 12, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Best comparison video. Thank you.

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  79. raulperezjunior1 Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Is the master touch taller than the rest?

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  80. shbsuri Posted on September 21, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for helping me make a decision!

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