I was contemplating the same issue as the original poster. I plan on ordering the Woo2 as I love the feature of it having handles that I can pick up the entire unit, including my plate setter, and have full access to the coals/wood. I know they are also working on a Woo2 grid extender that will add another level of cooking space. I don't cook for a lot of people so the Woo2 is much cheaper than the AR and fits my needs. I look at the swing grate but you can't cook at the felt line on the full grate, just the smaller upper grate and I didn't want to spend $150 on it and still have to elevate it with bricks...seems silly.