Weber Original Kettle Premium One-Touch Cleaning BBQ Grill

Last updated: September 11, 2023

Built with a one-touch cleaning system, this BBQ allows you to spend more time socializing and less time cleaning up. Since the stainless steel cooking grate is hinged, you'll be able to lift it and add charcoal as needed during the cooking process. Additionally, the lid slides into the tuck-away lid holder, so you never have to set it down on the ground.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: The large surface of this BBQ grill is able to cook as many as 19 hamburgers at once.

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the Weber Original Kettle Premium One-Touch Cleaning BBQ Grill placed 12th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The 26-inch Original Kettle Premium is the charcoal grill you want at your next party. It’s large enough to grill an entire dinner during the week, or a bunch of burgers at your next barbecue. With premium features, such as a hinged cooking grate for easily adding charcoal while grilling, and the One-Touch cleaning system with high-capacity ash catcher, your grilling experience will be completely carefree from beginning to end.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The Weber’s design makes controlling the heat simple. You open and close the lower vents with a long handle mounted above the ash box.
Cooks great, looks great, and it lasts forever. Stands out for its sturdy construction and its easy assembly. This grill is noted for its superior heat distribution control.
The grill is also portable and with the compact design, you can always use it at the camping site, beach, party, traveling, and at home among others.
It won't rust.
Premium also comes with a useful hinged cooking grate that allows you to easily replenish coal without removing food.
The Weber 16401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill was designed with a thermometer built into the lid to allow you to monitor in the grill’s internal temperature.
A removable ash catch is great for those of us who would like to avoid ash-covered finger nails.
Reviewers looking for a logical upgrade from Weber’s 22-inch Kettle gravitated toward the 26-inch for its ability to feed large families — in some cases, for crowds of more than 25 people. One reviewer fit 18 “good-sized burgers,” while another was able to cook a “full 17-pound brisket.”
This grill comes standard with the enclosed ash removal system and side lid holder which are the two most essential upgrades for any kettle.
Tight seal so good for smoking as well as grilling

What reviewers didn't like

The Weber model doesn’t come with a grill cover. We think every grill should, even though most don’t.
Lacks an ash collector under the kettle. Can get a bit tippy when loaded up with charcoal.
The lid is not attached.
The base isn’t as secure as a cart
The two downsides to the 26 inch kettle is that it does not have a side table and the heavy lid can be awkward to handle.
The lid is heavy and can be hard to handle
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