Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill Review

Weber has been making grills since 1952, so it’s safe to say that the people at Weber know a thing or two about BBQ. Maybe that’s why Weber decided to keep the traditional design concept that they pioneered many years ago when they came out with the Weber Original Kettle.

The Weber Original Kettle looks very similar to the Weber grills of the past. Present as always is Weber’s iconic adjustable damper. The damper allows you to adjust the heat of the grill as you cook without opening the lid.

Another notable feature is Weber’s patented “One Touch” cleaning system. The cleaning system is activated when you rotate the handle. The handle turns three blades inside, located underneath the coals. Using the cleaning system when you cook allows you to keep the lower vents clear, so that air is able to get to the coals.

Let’s take a look at this grill’s other features and see what else it has to offer.


Retro design — After more than 50 years, the Weber’s classic round “egg” grill shape and jet black color still looks great.

Large cooking surface — This grill gives you 363 square inches of space to work with after you fire up the grill. That’s enough space to fit in 15 hamburger patties.

Easy assembly — All that’s required to assemble this grill is a screwdriver and a hammer. Setup takes about 20 minutes.

“One Touch” cleaning system — If the vents get clogged with charcoal dust while you cook, the fire will burn out. Stirring the coals with One Touch keeps the fire alive.

Adjustable damper — The damper allows you to adjust the heat inside without opening the cover.

Our Ratings: 4.5/5

The Good

Weber’s classic grill design has stood the test of time. All the classic features are there and they all work very well. It wasn’t broken, so Weber didn’t fix it.

The Bad

This classic grill is missing some of the features found in modern grills. For example, there is no side table for placing the meat when you are finished cooking it. Also, you have to remove the top and set it aside when you open this grill because there is no hinge.

Best Suited For

Weber fans looking for a classic, authentic “all American” grill.

Not So Good For

If you generally prefer modern grills over retro ones, this grill isn’t for you.

The Verdict

When it comes to grills, Weber grills are about as classic as you can get. The Weber Original Kettle stays true to form and it has all of the features that Weber fans love. However, it lacks some features found in other modern grills. If you enjoy the classic Weber design and don’t mind taking the lid off every time you open your grill, you’ll probably enjoy this product.

Learn more about the Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill on Amazon, or take a look at one of our other great, reviewed products like Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill. All of these Grills are competitively priced on Amazon.