Barbecues are a super popular pasttime around the globe, and one thing that all barbecues need is a reliable, solid grill. When looking for a grill, you’d also want it to be versatile enough to be used for different dishes, and not just for straightforward meat grilling.
One trusted name in the grill industry is Weber. This Illinois-based company offers a broad selection of barbecue grills depending on your fuel of choice, be it gas, charcoal, electric, or wood pellets. We’ll be taking a look at two of their Master-Touch charcoal-fueled models, the GBS E-5750 and the GBS E-5755. Read on to find out how the two grills differ and how they compare to each other.
Weber 5750 vs 5755 Comparison Chart
|Model||Master-Touch GBS E-5750||Master-Touch GBS E-5755|
|Price||Check Price at Weber.com||Check Price at Weber.com|
|Dimensions, Lid Closed (HWD)||46.5″ x 25.6″ x 29.9″||46.5″ x 25.6″ x 29.9″|
|Total Cooking Space||363 sq.in.||363 sq.in.|
|Stainless Steel Cooking Grate||No||Yes|
|Built-in Lid Thermometer||Yes||Yes|
|Damper Handles||Easy grip||Easy grip|
|Color/s Available||Black, Slate Blue, Smoke Grey||Black|
The two grills are essentially the same in size and appearance.
A quick examination of the comparison chart above show that these two grills are the same at first glance. They have the same height, width, and depth, and share the same total cooking area size. Both have the signature porcelain enamel-finished bowl and lid characteristic of Weber grills, so they can capture and distribute the heat inside efficiently if your cooking method requires it. The pair also share a super convenient One-Touch stainless steel cleaning system and rubber wheels designed for outdoors use.
Both Master-Touch models also work with Weber’s Gourmet Barbecue System (that’s what the GBS in the model names stand for). Being GBS compatible means that you can remove the middle section of the cooking grate and replace it with a wide variety of accessories made by Weber. If you need a pizza stone, poultry roaster, sear plate, or even a waffle and sandwich maker, all those additional accessories are available and usable for both grills. All these shared features make either grill a solid choice for your next home barbecue partner, but it also begs the question: what’s the difference between the two?
The E-5755 has a stainless steel hinged cooking grate, unlike the E-5750.
One main point of comparison is the stainless steel hinged cooking grate that the E-5755 exclusively has. Stainless steel grates are more durable, and they’re also known to be great heat conductors when used in charcoal grills. The material’s ability to conduct heat is important, especially when cooking smaller cuts of meat or other thin or small foods like shrimp kebabs, since relying solely on the trapped heat inside your grill to brown these dishes often results in them being dry and unpalatable. Conduction is the only way to get those great grill marks while still retaining your food’s juiciness. Regardless of material, however, it’s still important to heat up your empty grill before you use it for the first time. This method burns away any dirt that may have accumulated during manufacturing and storage.
Outside of that, the two grills continue to show their similarities. Both grills let you barbecue, smoke, and grill easily. Features like the char basket also make switching between using a direct or an indirect heat source a breeze, since you’ll only need to adjust the distance of the baskets you have from each other. The option to have low and slow heating makes hot-smoking meats in one barbecue less of a hassle, along with the aluminum damper that lets you control airflow more directly. Keeping track of the internal grill temperature is also quite simple and straightforward since both models have a built-in lid thermometer.
Ease of Assembly and Cleaning
Owing to their extremely similar designs, both grills are easy to assemble for use and then clean afterwards.
Since the two grills are more alike than they are different, it’s fair to say that neither have the upper hand on the other when it comes to ease of use, especially in assembly and cleaning. Assembling either for use is not a complicated task, thanks to the spring clip and push pin leg assembly system that both grills use. Figuring out how many briquettes to use is made easy with the briquette measuring cups that come with both models. If you want to keep the grill open for any reason, the Tuck-Away lid holder does an excellent job keeping the lid in place. Tool hooks are available at the sides for you to have easy access to any of the cooking utensils you use for barbecuing.
If you ever need to move or pack up your grill, the all-weather 7.9″ rubber wheels that both models have will make it easy. These wheels are durable enough to last you more or less the entire time you’ll be using whichever model you choose. Before disassembling your grill, though, you’ll have to clean up first. That chore is also made more bearable with the convenient One-Touch stainless steel cleaning system mentioned earlier in this article. At one touch, the charcoal’s ashes are deposited into the stainless steel ash catcher. Once it’s time to throw it away, you can detach the ash catcher from the rest of the grill and then empty it properly. Gone are the days of tedious cleaning that require you to haul the entirety of your grill to get rid of the ashes and dust that built up during your grilling time.
Warranty and Availability
Both grills are supported for up to 10 years.
Since both are made by Weber, both the E-5750 and the E-5755 are subject to the same warranty policy. The bowl and lid are protected by a 10-year warranty while the One-Touch cleaning system has a 5-year term, as long as there’s no rust through or burn through that happened. The plastic components are also covered for 5 years, aside from complaints about discoloration or fading. Lastly, all other remaining components of both grills are safeguarded with a 2-year warranty.
If you’re from the United States, however, it’s worth noting that either grill aren’t available on the Weber US website. That means that if you’re really interested in buying either the E-5750 or the E-5755, you’ll have to go through one of their other websites (for example, the United Kingdom-based one) to do so. Buying from there would, of course, entail all the shipping fees that come with ordering from abroad.
Either grill is a good choice functionality-wise, but the E-5750 gives more bang for your buck.
Master-Touch GBS E-5750
A solid choice for backyard barbecuers
Master-Touch GBS E-5755
Great grill marks with a stainless steel grate
Virtually, the Master-Touch GBS E-5750‘s only disadvantage in this comparison is that Weber does not specify that this model’s hinged cooking grate is made of stainless steel. The difference in price is big enough to make this relatively more budget-friendly offering a justifiable choice if that stainless steel grate isn’t of much importance to you. It has almost all the same characteristics, and is covered with the same terms of warranty as its more durable competitor. Go for this model if your grills don’t really see frequent use, but you still want a model that’ll give you all the features you need.
The Master-Touch GBS E-5755, on the other hand, is more durable. If you want a grill with a cooking grate that will last you a longer time, go for this model. Aside from that, though, there’s not much else to distinguish it from the E-5750. It’s a good choice if you have the dollars (or pounds, in this case) to spare, but if you’d rather stay within budget, you won’t be missing out on a lot of advanced features if you go for the more affordable option.