You have been doing your research and have undoubtedly heard about Webers design change on the Genesis line of grills. Is it good, bad or just another sales feature. First off the design change was necessary because of flaws in the previous design that were overlooked. I know that I heard it from my customers again and again that there was a lack of prep space on the previous generation and virtually no shelf space if you had the side burner.
With the new Weber Genesis Grill design you now have at least one side shelf and the side burner is flush mount so as long as you don’t put anything too heavy on it then you can also use that shelf assuming that your not using the side burner.
Weber states that you get more room for indirect cooking on the new models, I don’t really think that was an issue on the older versions, at least not that I heard from my customers and I certainly didn’t notice that on my own Genesis Grill, but I will believe what they say.
To me the greatest advantage of the new Weber Genesis design is the addition of the optional sear burner, this option was very popular on the Summit series and now you can get the sear burner without the extra size and expense of the Summit.
The sear burner is designed the same as the Weber Summit, they added an extra burner to be used with the middle burner to create a area on the grill that will get hot enough to sear your steaks to perfection. Now there is a tradeoff, this sear station does not get as hot as an infrared burner but it also doesn’t take up any extra grill space when not in use.