When it comes to entry-level freestanding cart grills Napoleon, Weber, and Broil King are clearly the leaders around the $1,200 to $1,500 price point. We go through the main offerings of these brands and review the Napoleon Prestige 500 grill, Weber Genesis 2 e610 grill, and the Broil King Regal s590 grill.
Napoleon Prestige Grills
Napoleon Prestige 500 Grill
Napoleon is a well known grill brand at a great price. All Napoleon grills have a consistent ignition system, along with a great suite of accessories to complement the grills. The Napoleon Prestige model grills are manufactured in Canada.
The Prestige grill is available with a rear infrared burner for the rotisserie and on the Prestige 500 you have the option of adding the “sizzle zone” infrared burner which is great for searing steaks. One of our favorite features of the grill is that when the side burner and ice bucket are not in use, the lid is flush with the grill giving you easy access to the side shelf area. A charcoal tray and smoker tube accessories let you add a smoky to the foods your grilling. We also love Napoleon’s double walled hood which lifts effortlessly and traps the heat in for convection like cooking. The hood is hinged in the middle so when opened, it adds very little depth to the back of the grill making it easy to place anywhere on your patio. The Prestige has a very sleek look and is available with a stainless steel finish, black porcelain, or blue porcelain coated hood.
Napoleon Prestige grills have stainless steel tube burners that are ignited by their signature “Jet-fire” electronic ignition. The P500 comes with heavy duty stainless steel cooking grids that are patented with Napoleon’s “wave” design that creates distinct sear marks. To help distribute the heat evenly and minimize flare ups, Napoleon implements stainless steel sear plates that also preserve the burners.
The grill’s “sizzle-zone” or infrared sear burner as it’s formally known as, is a special feature on this model. The grate is easily adjustable which allows you to lower the grate closer to the burner for conventional style cooking with pots and pans. It also gives you the versatility to raise the grates higher for better surface to food contact to get those great restaurant style sear marks.
The warranty on the Prestige series is what sets Napoleon a step above the competition. They really believe in this grill and back it with a lifetime warranty on the stainless steel exterior, cooking grids, and porcelain coated hood. Napoleon also offers a 10 year + 5 year warranty on their burners and flame taming grids which means replacement parts are half off of list price for 5 more years after the 10 year warranty expires.
While this grill is well constructed and has a great warranty, Napoleon Prestige grills are not completely made of stainless steel, which is what we recommend when investing in a gas grill. Aside from the stainless steel parts, this grill is also constructed with cast aluminum and porcelain coated steel components as well, including cart legs, back panels, etc.
This grill is perfect for you if you want a solid grill at an affordable price, that isn’t made over seas and offers a great warranty from an outstanding grill company.
Weber Genesis II Grills
Weber Genesis II E-610 Grill
Weber is a historical grill brand with exceptional quality at a fair price. The Genesis II model is available in stainless steel, black, smoke, crimson, and copper.
Weber Genesis gas grills are some of the most popular grills in the entire world. The Genesis II series grills are well constructed at a good price. We love the different color options Weber offers and that they are available in the 2, 3, 4, or 6 burner models. The open cart design with the bottom shelf feature makes for convenient storage access. The Genesis II also provides you with extra storage space with the propane tank storage that is under the side shelf. The tank kit comes standard with a fuel level gauge so you know when you are getting low on propane.
The proven Weber Cooking System is excellent at distributing heat evenly and reducing flare ups. The porcelain coated cast iron cooking grids on the Genesis II have notches cut in the front so you can easily see if each burner is ignited. A nice feature on this grill is the warming rack which easily stores away to offer an extra 198” of grilling space when need be. Under the cooking grates, we have the triangular-shaped “Flavorizer Bars” that are positioned directly above the burners. These protect the burners by turning the drippings from the food into smoke allow great flavor to seep back into your food. Weber created the “Flavorizer Bar” in 1984, and have continued to prove that these are ideal for minimizing flare-ups on all Weber gas grills still to this day!
The stainless steel burners featured in the Genesis II are narrower closer to the back of the grill. The majority of grills are typically hotter towards the back of the grill. That being said, the Weber burners are very efficient at reducing this heat and distributing the heat very evenly across the grilling surface. The burners are ignited by a consistent electronic push button and each burner produces an impressive 12,000 BTU’s.
Weber Grills have been in business very over 50 years and the customer service is next to none. They offer a 10 year warranty on the the grill exterior and on the burners. They have outstanding service and will handle any service or replacement part situations in a timely manner.
In our opinion, one of the biggest improvements Weber could make on their Genesis II model is the low BTU output. Other grills at this price point get much hotter and have the ability to sear. In addition, the porcelain finished cooking grids and “Flavorizer Bars” are not as heavy-duty in comparison to the stainless steel components on other brands.
The Genesis II is a great choice if you love the Weber Grill brand, sleek look, and cost effective
Broil King Regal Grills
Broil King Regal S590 Grill
Broil King is made right here in the USA and has an outstanding value. These grills have very powerful burners along with some nice features at an affordable price.
Broil King’s Regal & Imperial Series Gas Grills are the cream of the crop for Broil King. They are very high quality for the entry level price tag on them. Two of our favorite features are the light up knobs and the interior lights which are great for night time grilling. Some other great features are the storage shelves inside the left door on the cart, tool hooks with the side shelf storage, and pull on tank kit for propane models. The Regal Series comes in 4, 5, and 6 burner models.
Another unique feature on the Regal Series are Broil King’s stainless steel “Flav-R-Wave” flame tamers. These are great for minimizing flare ups and distributing the heat evenly. The heavy duty 9mm thick stainless steel cooking grids are extremely durable. These grills come standard with a side burner and rotisserie. The side burner is ideal for cooking side dishes, soups, and simmering tasty sauces. The impressive 15,000 BTU stainless steel rotisserie burner comes equipped with a spit rod and motor for consistent, even heat distribution which is ideal cooking results.
We love the stainless steel cook box with cast aluminum end caps from a durability standpoint and that it’s covered by a lifetime warranty. The Regal XLS features two separate stainless steel cook boxes which allows you to sear in one oven, while cooking more delicate foods at a lower temperature in the other oven.
Something to keep in mind is that while we love that the cook box is backed by a lifetime warranty, the rest of the grill components have a lower warranty than some of the other competition. Also, Broil king does not offer a ceramic infrared sear burner at this time.
This grill is an ideal choice if you want a grill made here in the USA with premium features at an
In our opinion, the Napoleon takes the slight edge over the Weber and Broil King grills. It comes with better features and warranties on all parts. We also love the design of the Napoleon grills compared to the aesthetics of the Weber and Broil King. That being said, you really can’t go wrong with any of these grills. At the end of the day it’s going to come down to reach brand you feel comfortable with and what features matter most to you.