i am a fan of the weber kettle grills. i have had the little one that you speak of also, great for traveling. i have the full size kettle at home and one at the deer lease. i have had the old smokey also, but have always preferred the kettle.
if you are a sams member, or have a friend who is, i would look really hard at the model they have branded with their own name. looks just like a weber. feels sturdy, looks well made, has the ash can like the upgraded weber grills also. just my opinion though. the weber is very versatile