If you’re looking for an easy way to barbecue and smoke, look no further than these pellet grills. These grills are easy to use and easier to maintain. They have a thermostat that allows you to set the temperature, and the grill will maintain it for you. This type of grilling is known as “set it and forget it” and allows you the freedom to do other things while you smoke meat. The pellets (made from compressed wood shavings and sawdust) are easy to source and easier to use. Once you pour them into the hopper, you’re ready to smoke. No messy cleanup, no need to wait while you light coals or briquettes, and no fuss.

Pellet smokers may have started with the well-known Traeger grill, but there are many options available on the market today. We looked at four of the top rated pellet grills and put them to the test. We assessed each grill based on Style & Design, Temperature Control, Hopper Capacity, Grates & Cooking Area, and Durability. Once we had rated each grill, we ranked them based on Overall Score and determined which one was our Pitmaster's top choice.

The table below shows our rating of each grill. These represents the best pellet smokers available on the market today. The table is followed by a summary of our thoughts on each grill. If you’re interested in learning more about each pellet smoker, all you need to do is click “Read Our Full Review” to get additional information.

Overall Pellet Grills Review Scores

Brand

Style & Design

Temperature Control

Hopper Capacity

Grates & Cooking Area

Durability

Overall Score

REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill

Rec Tec

5

5

5

5

5

5

Brinkmann Grilling Tool Set

Treager

4

5

4

4

3

4

Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill

Pit Boss

4

4

5

5

5

4.5

Camp Chef Pellet Grill and Smoker

Camp Chef

4

5

5

5

5

4.5

Rec Tec Pellet Grill

This particular model of Rec Tec wood grill is something of a beast, 250lbs shipped weight, to be exact. Expect some assembly, of course, which takes about an hour, depending on how eager you are to get cookin’! Getting the thing working is really simple. Just fill the hoppers with wood pellets, set the temperature and press the on switch. And that’s it. The grill takes care of maintaining the right temperature, so there’s no need to check it.

There are a couple of points that go against this wood pellet BBQ. First is the fan, which is noisy enough to be annoying if you’re close to it for any length of time. And second is the eye-watering shipping cost. But it is a big unit, with a high price tag to start with. Shipping a pallet across country isn’t cheap. What you can do to offset this somewhat is to buy a bundle from Rec Tec, which increases the price but actually gives much better value.

This Product Is Ranked as the #1 Pitmaster’s Choice In The Pellet Grills Category

Treager Pellet Grill Junior Elite

Traeger wood pellet grills use a motor powered augur, like a drill bit, to push wood pellets from the hopper and onto a glowing element. There they begin to smoke, and it’s this that cooks the food. This model is the smallest of the range, but still has enough space for a large family or small gathering. The smoke temperature is controlled by a dial, so you can be very precise in what temperature you want. The idea then is you close the lid and sit back for the required time, and when you open the lid you’ll have a feast all ready and waiting. The motor will continue feeding in the pellets at a measured rate during that time, so nothing to worry about really.

For a normal charcoal BBQ, which is basically a fire in a metal pot, it’s less of an issue, but with something which has a motor-driven mechanism and electronic control, quality is important. For this price, and given the above limitations, I recommend this pellet smoker grill but with reservations.

Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill

Some assembly is required for this pellet smoker grill, but it doesn’t take too long to put together. You can tell straight away this is made from a relatively high grade of steel, it feels heavy, and not thin like some grills. It seems to be a bit of a lottery over which wheels you get. The one’s mine came with are laughable, barely wheels at all. Although cutting corners on the things that keep the grill upright is no laughing matter, given the weight of it. It does have a handle on the control box at least, so moving it around, even when it’s on, is simple.

Overall, I’d say it was an adequate pellet smoking grill, the quality reflected in the slightly higher price. I’d recommend you go to the store and see it for yourself, maybe compare it with a few others, before committing to buy it.

Camp Chef Pellet Grill and Smoker 

Now, this Camp Chef wood grill isn’t the best looking grill on the market. It’s blocky and dark and not attractive at all. Looks shouldn’t really matter of course, as long as the function is right. The first thing I noticed was the relatively elaborate control panel, there’s more buttons and settings than on you average grill. Once you get used to it it’s easy enough to understand, the only button most won’t have seen is the startup bypass. Basically, when the Camp Chef pellet smoker grill is first switched on it needs to go through certain procedures before you can start cooking. If the power goes out for a while and comes back on midway through cooking, those procedures don’t need to be done. So you press the button and off you go from where you left off.

Overall, this is a feature rich product, doing everything very well, but, if you care about such things, not exactly elegant in design.

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