After many years, many different pellet grills and a whole lot of stress related to them malfunctioning or simply choosing a new model, I have learned one thing – carefully analyze what pellet smoker & grill you want to buy.
Throughout my life, I have owned many different models and plenty of times have been disappointed or very positively surprised. All of that has taught me what exactly to pay attention to when buying a new wood pellet grill.
Today, thanks to living in the Internet era, I can share this knowledge with you, I’m making this guide to make it easier for you to choose the best pellet grill. You probably know that it is not an easy task due to a large number of competitive models as well as a large dose of misinformation.
That’s why I decided to compose a table for you that would include the best pellet smokers and their key features. Below the table, on the other hand, you will find short reviews for each model recommended by me with an explanation why I chose it and whom it will be the best for.
If you’re a beginner then I recommend reading my tips for those who have never come across this type of grill ( you will find them at the end of this description ).
Not wanting to waste any more time, I’ll just go ahead and invite you to check out all of my suggestions. They were divided into different price ranges so that everyone can choose something right for themselves depending on their budget.
The Best Pellet Grill Smoker for 2019: Contender Breakdown
Reviews of The Best Pellet Grills & Smokers for 2019
1. Camp Chef PG24DLX
Without any doubt, Camp Chef PG24 DLX takes the first place on my list. It is a pellet smoker that surprised me the most within the last few years in every regard. I’m really glad that the Traeger patent has expired because truly a lot of companies have decided to start manufacturing pellet grills since then, always introducing something new.
The competition forces the manufacturers to keep developing their products, if someone fails to develop their projects, sooner or later they’ll have to make room for new, better ideas.
Camp Chef made a professional approach to their product and it gave us a great pellet grill that never fails. I believe that it is currently one of the most popular pellet grills, not only due to its price, but also due to what you get for that kind of money.
PG24 DLX is great at maintaining precise temperature, and for someone who smokes a lot of meat it is the key aspect.
In my view, for a long time now there hasn’t been an equally good pellet grill on the market for this kind of money. Speaking from experience, I can say that there are only few interesting models, but none of them can compare with Camp Chef PG24.
High quality of workmanship, solid and durable structure, large pellet compartment, advanced digital controller, ash and grease removal system, large cooking area, very low tendency to malfunction and much more, simply the best wood pellet grill for this kind of money.
You need a solid smoker that will allow you to smoke any type of meat with no limitations or surprises? Camp Chef PG24 DLX will definitely live up to most people’s expectations and is worth its price which is why it’s the first on my list.
2. Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill
Did I mention before about the models competitive to PG24 DLX? This is one of them, the price is quite similar, yet Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill offers a much larger cooking area.
When it comes to the quality of workmanship and durability, it is also on a similar level. To me, on the other hand, it’s a model that loses to Camp Chef PG24 DLX – mostly due to lacking an ash removal system, but also due to the overall impression that interacting with this device has left in me. Many might considered it an advantage to have a structure with opening door in the front with a place behind them to keep accessories.
The unusual structure is well known in gas grills and that’s what it reminds me of when I look at this model. One definite advantage is the 3 year warranty, and you have to remember that manufacturers of pellet grills don’t tend to offer very long warranties. A pellet smoker is a device full of electronic elements without which the grill won’t function properly, which is why a longer warranty is always welcome.
If for any reasons you don’t like Camp Chef PG24 DLX then this is a good alternative for you, although personally I prefer PG24 because to me it already is a tested pellet grill. Compared to most of other competitive models, Z Grills is a very good choice.
It comes with all the basic features necessary for smoking meat, unfortunately, as I already mentioned, the downside is not having an ash removal system which might be crucial to some people.
To sum it up, for this kind of money you get a device equipped with an advanced digital controller that makes it possible to control temperature within the 180-450 degrees F range. A very large cooking area ( total of about 700 square inches ) plus all kinds of basic features that a pellet grill should have ( big thumbs down for not having an ash removal system ).
3. Rec Tec RT-700 Bull
An upper price range device, I recommend it to those with more experience who came to love pellet smokers and expect something more from their grill. Rec Tec RT-700 Bull is a new modified version that proudly upholds the good reviews of the previous version loved by so many customers.
Rec Tec is one of the few manufacturers who carefully analyze critical reviews and praises from the customers and improve their product based on that. That way, over the course of few years a device was created that was expected by more demanding customers. Of course this kind of invention has to be expensive, but a high tier product requires bigger financial resources and more time which makes the end price higher.
RT-700 Bull is covered by whole 6 years of warranty, it’s an investment for years to come which the manufacturer is perfectly aware of. When comparing this warranty period to competitive models, it’s easy to notice that not many manufacturers offer this many years of warranty.
Big thumbs up for the Rec Tec support, I have to admit that the customer support before the purchase as well as after it is equally high level. It’s a manufacturer that cares about their customers and quickly solves all the problems related to your grill.
Let’s move on to the most important thing, the heart of the RT-700 is an advanced digital controller that makes it possible to set the temperature within the 200 to 500 degrees F range at 5 degree F intervals. I have to admit that in practice the temperature control is brilliant, I am very pleased with this device.
Despite a large cooking area, RT really did impress me when it comes to warming up ( 702 square inches with an option to expand the area, there’s a second shelf sold separately ). If you don’t believe me,, check out videos on YouTube where you can see how fast it can reach the desired temperature.
Therefore, RT-700 Bull is a model for those with a thick wallet, but also for those who value very high quality of workmanship, functionality and manufacturer’s care about the customer in the event of any problems.
4. GMG Davy Crockett
This time it’s a model that I also like very much due to its mobility. GMG Davy Crockett is a definitely a choice for those who are planning to often change the location of their pellet smoker or simply want to bring it along when going camping.
A typical full-sized pellet smoker is usually heavy and it’s not possible to bring it along further than the backyard. GMG Davy Crockett was meant to change that and I’d say it more than lived up to the task.
I don’t spend a lot of time camping, but I have to admit that I don’t regret buying this model just for the ability to bring it along if nothing else. It may not be an ultra light device that you can carry around in one hand, but after folding up the legs you can certainly place it conveniently in your car.
It is also a good choice for those with a small backyard who don’t smoke meat too often. GMG Davy Crockett takes much less place than a full-sized smoker which makes it easy to store in places like the garage.
What are things like when it comes to efficiency and functionality? Surprisingly good actually, sure it doesn’t get the kind of results like Rec Tec RT-700 Bull for instance or even Camp Chef PG24 DLX but you have to remember that this model is a completely different price range and a different target group.
It was meant to be an efficient, compact pellet smoker and that’s exactly what it is. In terms of price, it is the lowest price range out of all my suggestions so it could also be treated as an option for beginners who are on a budget. One has to remember, though, that this model was mostly meant to be compatible, so the efficiency will be slightly poorer than in a full-sized pellet grill.
Let me just briefly remind the key characteristics, functionality, WiFi Enabled option, lightweight and mobile, comes with foldable legs, 219 square inches of the cooking area, digital controller with a 150-550 degree F temperature range, sizable pellet container ( 17 lb ), and all of that covered with a two year warranty.