For years, grilling has demanded a choice between the deep smoky flavor that charcoal imparts and the ease and convenience of gas. The Weber Performer Platinum, with its electronic Touch-N-Go gas ignition system, gives the aspiring grillmeister the best of both worlds. By firing up charcoal briquettes with gas, this grill removes barriers to the full expression of the manly art of cooking meat over an open flame -- and allows Gear Patrol readers to fully experience all the joys of the Month of Beef.
Weber’s iconic round-shaped kettle grill has been a fixture of American backyards since George Stephen took inspiration from the marine buoys he made at Weber Metal Works in 1952. The Performer Platinum retains the simplicity of the original grill while adding features like a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid available in three colors, a plated steel cooking grate with 363 square inches of cooking area (that’s 15 hamburgers of real estate), and a Thermoset work table that sits atop the heavy-duty steel cart frame. Add the One-Touch cleaning system and a removable, high-capacity ash catcher, and finishing up is as easy as starting.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
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