Summary: His is the best professional review we found; on a segment from NBC's "Today" show, a professional reviewer names it the best charcoal grill but has little else to say about it. Amateurs are nearly unanimous in their praise of the Performer as evidenced by posts at Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com and in amateur video reviews posted to ExpoTV.com.
Pros: Gas-assisted ignition, Weber quality, reputation, Long warranty, Choice of colors, Built-in thermometer
Cons: Plastic worktable is flimsy, some say, Smaller cooking area than other grills
The Weber Performer is easy to use, heats up fast, but suffers from inconstant temperatures.
21 September 2011
Excerpt: The iconic Weber kettle charcoal grill gets a new twist with the Performer, which includes a small gas burner to get the charcoal heated up quickly. But this grill didn't perform that well in our testing, with widely varying temperatures and cooking times across the grate.