The Summit E-670 and S-670 are large, upgraded models in Weber’s top of the line gas grill series, aptly named Summit. 670 has six stainless steel main burners and a lot of extras. They are a step up from Weber Genesis in construction, performance and price. Summits look good, cook beautifully and have great features that are clever, effective and easy to use.
E has black porcelain double cart doors and hood. S has 430 grade stainless steel doors and hood. Carts are painted metal with cast aluminum end caps. Shelves and control panel are stainless steel. Otherwise both have the same features and the same price.
The 670 has six main burners at 10,000 BTUs each, a 10,600 BTUs sear burner in the center and a 12,000 BTU side burner. The primary cooking area is 624 square inches, and the removable warming rack is 145 square inches. Use of the sear burner in conjunction with the six main burners increases the Heat Flux rating, (BTUs/square inches of primary cook surface), from 96.15 to 113.14. The 670 has a built-in, AC powered rotisserie with a motor that drops down into the side shelf to be hidden away when not in use. There is a 10,600 BTU rear-mounted, infrared burner for the rotisserie. A smoker box with dedicated 6,800 BTU burner occupies the right side of the cook area. Main burner knobs are illuminated with the flick of a control panel switch.
670 is available in LP and NG models, as are all Summits. LPs have a handy LED fuel level indicator right on the control panel that shows your propane level at the push of a button. They have stainless steel flavorizer bars, serious 3/8 inch (9 mm) diameter stainless steel rod cooking grates and a double layer of steel under the hood for extra insulation. Piezo-electric “Snap-Jet” ignition is activated by each individual control knob. Two battery powered Grill Out Handle Lights screw onto the lid handle to illuminate the cook surface. Handle lights are nice accessories, but internal hood lights would be more appropriate for this premium priced cooker.
All gas grills have air vents that often invite rainwater in. Summits have an extra set of water friendly vents right above the control panel. Although Summit cook boxes are waterproof, the carts are not. If you are constitutionally unable to use a grill cover and your grill is regularly exposed to rain, be aware that Summits are notorious for taking in water which gets funneled to the grease pan inside the cart and can cause quite a mess.
Addressing an increased interest in outdoor kitchens, Weber introduced add on “Island Cabinetry” and “Social Centers” to integrate with the Genesis and Summit lines. These range from matching side tables with enclosed storage to cart mounted side burners, enclosed trash cans and large “Social Areas” that serve as a bar with double door storage underneath. There is also a faux stone island with matching countertops for Summit 460 and 660 built-in models.
We had the opportunity to test the 2012 four-burner S-470, which is a smaller version of the six-burner 670. Our high expectations were met with a few minor exceptions. Small complaints perhaps, but one could reasonably expect only the best from Weber’s premier grill line. Read our review of the S-470 to learn more.
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