Summary: I recently convinced my wife that I needed a charcoal grill to go along with our gas grill. The last Weber Grill I owned was a Smokey Joe and I loved how it cooked so purchasing a Weber was a no brainer. I looked at their 22.5 One Touch Gold and was tempted with all of the attachements you can buy (rotisserie, sear grates, etc.) but I opted to get the 26.75 diameter grill mainly because it is about 1.5 more times larger than the 22.5.
Summary: Got the unit on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Huge! I've had the 22" model for years but it's difficult to do a 24 pound bird on it so I decided to go big. Ordered it on Monday and paid $36 to get 2 day delivery which I thought was very reasonable compared to what Amazon wanted. Lid was a little out of round and had a couple of dings. Called Weber and the rep was very nice. They are sending me a new lid.
Summary: Weber has outdone themselves. While only about four inches wider than their best-selling kettle, the new 26.75" kettle has 40% more grill space. Charcoal baskets make indirect cooking a cinch, there is an excellent thermometer, they have added a heat baffle so you can open the lid safely bare handed, and there is a well designed holder to place the lid in effortlessly. I've had it a week and cooked on it five nights.
Summary: The Weber Grill arrived so out of round that the cover would not fit on the the grill. Using a large woodworkers clamp I was able to straighten it out. If you are using natural charcoal instead of briquets I recommend getting some steel 1/4 inch opening hardware cloth to keep the smaller pieces from falling through the grate to the bottom of the grill. This grill cooks great and gets hotter than my old gas grill.
Summary: this is by far the best charcole grill out. huge cooking surface. cooks evenly and the food taste great. i love the ash catcher. no mess what soo ever. if you got a couple extra bucks i reccomend you do invest in this grill.
Pros: Adds Flavor To Meal, Cooks Efficiently, Large Grilling Surface