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Weber 1431001 Performer Gold Charcoal Grill, Black for $249 Amazon prime day

quitosky 456 209 July 12, 2016 at 12:20 PM in Grills (7) More Amazon Deals
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Last Edited by wuzzy July 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM
Hey guys, I thought this one is a decent deal. Weber 1431001 Performer Gold Charcoal Grill, Black for $249 on Amazon prime day
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isnt this normal msrp?
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Quote from alan234 View Post :
isnt this normal msrp?
No. Goes for around $300-$320.
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picked a brand new one for $99 a week ago. TD, not a SD
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picked a brand new one for $99 a week ago. TD, not a SD
99???? where????
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I was going to pull the trigger until I noticed it was a discontinued model that has recently sold at B&M stores in the $199 range, so I passed.
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picked a brand new one for $99 a week ago. TD, not a SD
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I was going to pull the trigger until I noticed it was a discontinued model that has recently sold at B&M stores in the $199 range, so I passed.
Here's a review on Amazon that gives a comparison on this old model and the new

ByCharon December 2, 2014

Color: Copper
Style Name: Grill
Verified Purchase
I purchased this grill to replace my existing Performer, which I bought about a year ago - my dad's inheriting that one - so I've got a great basis for comparison with the existing Performer. Both my old and new Performers are the fantastically pretty, surprisingly subtle Copper color introduced for last year, which has a metallic pearl effect to it and is quite stunning in the sun. See my previous review here:

The Premium model replaces what was last year called the Performer Gold, and it's basically the same grill. Unlike the Performer Deluxe (which replaces the corresponding Platinum) it does not have the Touch-n-Go gas ignition assist, which I feel is not a convincing upgrade from my chimney starter. This year, the following parts were upgraded:

- Lid and handle
- Lid bail
- ash catcher
- worktable

Otherwise, the '15s use the same cart, panel, tool hooks, clock, charcoal bin, and other parts as the '14s, so I will focus on the above-listed changes.


Many purists will miss the old, welded handles. The new handle attaches through holes in the lid, using some rather interesting combo bolt-washer pieces that are torqued down with a provided soft plastic socket wrench. The bolts that hold the lid on flare to a sort of washer and have a rounded, soft shape, and the wrench is soft, making it basically impossible to overtorque the lid attachment. It feels solidly attached when mounted. The handle is now considerably taller than the old one and a curved metal "taco holder" heat shield now protects the plastic from getting too hot. In practice, it does so quite well, keeping it comfortable to grip even with a raging fire underneath. I'm not sure it was necessary, but the redesigned handle is not objectionable.

The thermometer and vent are both relocated. I'm happy with neither location, honestly. The vent and thermometer now lie on opposite sides of the handle, and one will be facing you at all times. I prefer the vent to sit to my right, with the thermometer in front of me, as with the '14 models. I just kept the old lid, since my colors match, so it's a moot point for this guy...but many will not be pleased with where the vent has been relocated to. This wasn't a change that needed to be made, but at least it's still offset from the top of the lid a bit.


The redesigned lid bail is great. The lid is now held at a nearly vertical angle, maybe 85 degrees or so, and the entire cooking surface is exposed and easy to reach even for tall guys. I'm about 6'0 tall, and I'm an active griller - I'm in there flipping kebabs and checking temps often, and the Pac-Man lid angle on the older performers definitely got in the way often. It makes the whole grill a lot more usable and ergonomic. Couldn't be happier to see that change, and it's what convinced me to pony up for the new one. But why doesn't it hold the lid at 90 degrees?


The new ash catcher is, as advertised, easier to get on and off. One just squeezes the handle and it swings down and out. To replace, one just slots two metal pegs on the side of the ash bucket into slots on the metal collar, squeezes the handle, and levers it up. However, the effort required to squeeze the handle is high. I'm 32 and I'm a rock climber - my hands are very strong. I have no trouble, but those with arthritis and other issues may struggle to disengage the new ash catcher.


The table is just so purty. It's the same size as Performer tables have been for years, and sized right to hold a cutting board, tongs, beer, sauce pot - all the necessities. The change is the construction: thick, heavy-gauge steel finished with a very handsome hammertone gray-black finish, and it looks like a million bucks. It's obviously very durable, heatproof, and easy to clean - all demerits to the old gray plastic table top. It's also compatible with magnetic hooks, grill lights, paper towel holders, and other such gimcracks. Anybody who's ever had an oil stain, crack, or scratch on the old plastic table will appreciate this upgrade.


The wheels and timer are also slightly redesigned for '15, in inconsequential ways. The face of the timer is smaller. I use my phone for that anyway.

So, should I buy it or what?

If you've got $400 or so that's burning a hole in your pocket, by all means. In most respects, this is a huge upgrade from last year's performer, in ways that improve the durability, ergonomics, and usability of the grill. As someone who grills easily 3-5 times a week, that's not inconsequential for my enjoyment. However, the new lid was changed in ways that weren't really crying out for change, and the lid is now less functional than before. That's not a huge demerit, but it's not one that deserves to be ignored.


The world's best charcoal grill just got a major upgrade at no additional cost. If you're looking to replace an older Performer or One-Touch, I recommend it, but do evaluate the lid and handle to see if they meet your needs.
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