Weber Summit E-470 Reviews

by | May 26, 2015

The Summit E-470 is a gas grill presented by the Weber Company, known for making quality and durable outdoor grills. Regarding the purchase of any outdoor grill, Consumer Reports recommends that you match up features you need in a grill to what is offered on the various models commonly available.

The Summit 470 Grill Series features the following:

  • Available in an enamel exterior (E-470) or stainless steel (S-470).
  • Side burner
  • 4 Stainless steel burners
  • 48,800 BTU-per-hour input
  • 10,600 BTU-per-hour input sear burner
  • 12,000 BTU-per-hour input flush-mounted side burner
  • 6,800 BTU-per-hour input smoker burner and stainless steel smoker box
  • 10,600 BTU-per-hour input infrared rear-mounted rotisserie burner
  • 1 Grill Out® handle light
  • 6 Tool hooks
  • Limited warranty
  • Tuck-Away™ rotisserie system with flip-up motor and separate spit and fork storage in the enclosed cart
  • Snap-Jet™ individual burner ignition system
  • 3/8 inch or 9mm diameter stainless steel rod cooking grates
  • Stainless steel Flavorizer® bars
  • Total cooking area = 580 sq in
  • Primary cooking area = 468 sq in
  • Warming rack area = 112 sq in
Weber Summit E-470 Sear Station

Weber Summit E-470 Sear Station

The Summit E-470 has primary cooking grids that are made of stainless-steel. In general, stainless- steel grates will prove to be sturdier than any made of coated steel. Stainless-steel also resists against rusting and is not likely to corrode. Weber offers limited warranties on certain E-470 grill parts, but unlike the competition, they offer at least a ten-year warranty on their stainless-steel burners.

Similar to the smaller E-420 and S-420 Summit gas grills, the E-470 has a side burner that functions like a gas stove burner. The side burner has its own heat control, making it convenient to cook a sauce or vegetable, while preparing the main course on the grill.

An additional feature not found on the Summit 420 series, the E-470 comes with a “Tuck-Away” rotisserie burner. Most often, the motor and spit are purchased separately; however, Weber included this feature on the E-470 that allows you the option to roast meat using inferred heat, if that method of cooking is preferred over grilling. The E-470 gas grill from Weber also has stainless-steel side shelves, in comparison with competitors’ plastic, wood, or cast aluminum side shelves. Stainless is obviously more durable.

Summit E-470 rotissere infrared

Summit E-470 rotissere infrared

The Summit E-470 gas grill is also offered to consumers with a liquid propane version or a natural gas option. This is a personal preference choice, and whichever you choose you get the same quality, features, and specifications from Weber. The E-470 model has a fuel gauge located on the propane tank, or on the grill (LP version) that lets you know the level of propane gas available in the tank. As explained concerning all grills in the Summit family, the “E” on the E-470 indicates that this model is available in black porcelain enamel.

Reviews of the Summit E-470 outdoor grill reveal that consumer find this unit to provide an outstanding grilling experience and a “terrific grill”. Many users claim to have used a variety of other grills in the past and found Weber’s Summit E-470 to be the “best ever”.

Weber Summit E-470 smoker box

Weber Summit E-470 smoker box

Quality and features including the Tuck-away rotisserie and side burner have produced outstanding, even perfect meals. Easy assembly and easy clean-up make this grill popular with year-round users. Consumers expect this grill to last longer than their grills of the past, making the price a great value.

Amazon publishes six reviews of this grill, indicating a few different points of view from Summit E-470 consumers. One of these assessments rated the E-470 with only a two-star review. The complaint – when left in the rain the drip-pan (grease collector) overflows, making a slimy mess. The solution (coming from happy E-470 consumers), buy a cover or do not leave the grill out in the rain.

The other three of four Amazon reviews claim this grill does everything they want including the smoker/burner feature, searing burner and pop-up rotisserie motor. The four powerful burners that cook clean, the stainless-steel cooking grates, and the lighted dials make outdoor grilling a pleasure any time.