Summary: Many say their grill works perfectly years or even decades after purchase, and several note they've had no problems with rust. Annual maintenance involves removing the grates and cleaning with mild detergent and water. The warranty runs ten years for the bowl, lid and handle; and two years for the grates and other parts.
Pros: Lasts for years or even decades, Can grill or smoke foods, Easy to assemble, use and clean
Cons: Some say the current model is not as solidly built as previous versions, The lid doesn't seal completely for some, Ash catcher doesn't catch all ashes
Conclusion: Weber got it right back in the '50s with this affordable, simple, and versatile grill, making it a great choice for anyone who wants that charcoal taste (accept no substitutions, some maintain). Though the One-Touch Silver has a few usability quirks (only one handle, annoying ashtray, no tool hooks), we don't think most people will really mind, though the One-Touch Gold will iron out those wrinkles for $50 more.
Summary: Both Smokey Joes are basically scaled-down versions of the Weber One-Touch Silver (*Est. $80 to $90) , which reviewers say is the best budget charcoal grill. We found the best review of the Weber Smokey Joe Silver charcoal grill at About.com, where barbeque expert Derrick Riches mentions the difference between ventilation for the Silver and Gold models. We also found helpful user reviews at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and ExpoTV.com.
Pros: Inexpensive, Portable, Reputation for quality, 24/7 customer support
Cons: Small, Bottom vent can get clogged, Complaints about grill legs
Summary: The 22.5-inch Weber One-Touch Silver is roomy enough to handle a 12-pound turkey -- "anything from steaks to turkeys comes out delicious," writes one happy owner -- but if you need something larger, the Char-Griller Outlaw (*Est. $240) earns the most recommendations among barrel-style grills. We found the best expert review of the Weber One-Touch Silver at About.com.
Pros: Versatile, Easy to clean, Excellent brand reputation, Long warranty, Good customer service
Cons: Durability issues with legs, wheels, Painted, not powder-coated finish, No side tables or thermometer