Pros: Larger grilling area, lid support system when lid is off, large ash collection bucket
I bought the Weber 26.75" grill mainly for the larger grilling area. I have owned Weber's 22.5" grills for over 50 years now, I'm on my 3rd one now, but now needed more grilling area, and the 26.75 filled the bill. I can easily grill for a party of 12 to 15 now, or smoke 2 spatchcock chickens, or spatchcock a 18# turkey. To be honest about this grill, I've used it more to smoke with than grilling. I partition off about 20% off the charcoal grate area with a row of bricks, for my fuel area. The rest of the charcoal grate area I cover with aluminum foil, to restrict air flow moving up thru the grate. With this Weber unit, I get great air control into the charcoal fuel area for a 8-10 hr low & slow smoke, while still having more than adequate surface area for the meat to smoke on.