Weber is incorporating smart grill technology into its gas grill models, expanding the Weber Connect system, which allows cooks to remotely monitor and control the progress of their meal. The new models – which see connectivity added to Weber’s popular Genesis and Spirit lines – take advantage of June’s smart oven technology that companies first collaborated with, which Weber later introduced internally this year when it acquired June.
Initially, it will be the Genesis EX-315, Genesis EX-335, Genesis SX-335 and Spirit SX-315 grills that will have the new functionality. All four will support WiFi connectivity, allowing them to go online through their home network.
From there, you can use Weber’s smartphone app to remotely track how the cook is doing. Weber Connect will show the progress of the grill – avoiding having to open the lid and let the heat escape – and will also suggest when to turn things like steaks to get the best results. It will also let you know when to serve.
You won’t need the app, see. The four models also have displays that show the same information on the grids themselves, in addition to audible temperature notifications. This screen will also show the current fuel levels in the gas tank, although you can also check this remotely.
In addition, the app serves as a revenue and learning center. There are step-by-step guides on the best ways to enjoy the benefits of cooking with a gas grill, says Weber, along with recipe suggestions.
The most affordable of the four is the Weber Spirit SX-315, for $ 849. It has a heating grid, in addition to porcelain enameled cast iron grids and an enameled porcelain lid. Weber says it offers 529 square inches of space for grilling, but it can still fit on a large balcony if that’s all the area you have to dedicate to the outdoor kitchen.
For those who want more, the 2021 Genesis grills start with the Genesis EX-315 for $ 1,029, then the EX-335 for $ 1,239 and finally the SX-335 for $ 1,349. All three have three high-temperature burners, a Sear Zone and a total of 669 square inches of space for grilling. The Genesis EX-335 and SX-335 also include a side burner, while the flagship SX-335 has a stainless steel lid and kitchen grills. The other two have porcelain enamelled cast iron grids and a porcelain enameled lid; all three have a foldable heating rack and LED lighting for use in low light.
Weber says the new smart grills will go on sale in spring, in black or stainless steel.