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Best Pellet Grills and Smokers for 2020

BBQGuys Reviews the Top Pellet Grills & Smokers

  • If you love the smoky taste and aroma of low-and-slow BBQ, then a pellet smoker or grill just might be for you. Pellet smokers and grills are easy to control, maintain close to exact heat throughout the entire smoking process, and leave almost no ash. Using a pellet smoker or grill guarantees great wood flavor, and you can manipulate that flavor by choosing different types of wood depending on what you’re cooking.

    There are quite a few great options on the market, so be sure to select one that has all the features you require. We’ve been operating and testing smokers and grills of all kinds for more than 20 years, and to make your decision easier, our experts have hand-picked the ones we consider to be the best in the industry. While finding the absolute best models was a difficult process, these smokers and grills won out because of their outstanding performance, durability, and value.

    We’ve listed multiple configurations below because smokers and grills are not one-size-fits-all items. If you and your family love the taste of smoked BBQ, then you’ll want to consider a pellet smoker. Vertical pellet smokers, meanwhile, are especially great at maintaining moisture in food, creating incredible smoky flavor, and saving space on your patio. If you need dual functionality to slow-smoke meats but also flash-sear a steak, then a pellet grill is right up your alley. Whether you’re looking for a model that’s budget-friendly, WiFi-enabled, built-in, freestanding, or vertical, BBQGuys® has the perfect pellet grill or smoker for you.

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Best Built-In Pellet Grills

Looking for a built-in pellet grill for your outdoor kitchen or BBQ island? We have some really great options for you to choose from. All are made of heavy duty 304 stainless steel and are top-of-the-line pellet grills with unique functions.

    • Temperature ranges from 140 to 725 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constructed of heavy duty 304 Stainless Steel
    • Touchscreen controls and Wi-Fi to control your grill from anywhere
    • Includes radiant heat briquette tray and charcoal tray
    • Optimal insulation with the double lined hood and braided 304 stainless steel gasket
    • Front load pellet hopper makes loading pellets a breeze
    • Includes 3 temperature probes to control the temp on multiple items
    • Choose from several programmable food presets
    • 2 Drip tray drawers with disposable pans makes clean up easy
    • 3 Hanger hooks are included
    • Heavy duty rotisserie system can handle 100 pounds of food
    • Made with pride in the USA
    • Temperature ranges from 180 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constructed of heavy duty 304 Stainless Steel
    • Wi-Fi and Intelligent Temperature Controls allow you to control your grill anywhere
    • Get emails and text alerts when your food is cooked to perfection
    • Double-walled construction and dual convection fan allows for even heating and efficient pellet burn
    • Automatically reduces to warm setting when it reaches desired temperature
    • 1 Food probe included (but can read up the 3 probes) that connect to the Intelligent Temperature Control
    • Sear steaks using the included Direct Flame Insert
    • Made with pride in the USA
    • Temperature ranges from 180 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constructed of heavy duty 304 Stainless Steel
    • Digital Control Center allows you to monitor and set precise food temperatures
    • Temperature can be controlled in 5-degree increments
    • Can feed large groups with 860 square inches of total grilling area
    • Ensures even temperatures with fan forced convection cooking
    • Hopper can hold up to 28 pounds of pellets
    • 1 Included meat probe to set internal food temperature
    • Automatically goes into smoke mode when grill has reached desired temperature
    • Removable grease tray catches grease and makes clean up easy
    • Sear steaks using the adjustable flame broiler

Best WiFi Pellet Grills

If you love cool technology, these Wi-Fi pellet grills are for you. Wi-Fi connectivity lets you set temperatures and monitor your grill when you are away from home. You can use smartphone apps for smoking, recipes and changing temperatures on your grill from just about anywhere.

    • Temperature ranges from 180 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constructed of heavy duty 430 Stainless Steel
    • Cloud-based Wi-fi and Intelligent Temperature Controls allow you to control your grill anywhere
    • Set up email and text alerts when your food is cooked to perfection
    • Convection fan allows for even heating and efficient pellet burn
    • Grill will automatically reduce to warm setting when it reaches the desired temperature
    • 1 Food probe included (but can read up the 3 probes) that connects to the Intelligent Temperature Control
    • 12-pound capacity pellet hopper allows you to cook for 18 uninterrupted hours
    • Automatic auger self-feeds pellets into firebox
    • Cart and side shelves offer more storage for BBQ tools
    • Made with pride in the USA
    • Temperature ranges from 165 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Built-in WiFire controller and smart app to control your grill from anywhere
    • Downdraft exhaust system maintains even temperature
    • 3 Adjustable tiers of stainless steel cooking grates
    • Induction fan and TRU Convection system for even heat and smoke distribution
    • Double walled 304 stainless steel interior and airtight lid gasket provides superior insulation and temperature control
    • Lower bottom cooking grid to grill steaks to perfection
    • Digital display and dedicated buttons allow for easy temperature control and custom cook cycles
    • Access recipes, set timers and change temperature with WiFire and Traeger App
    • 1 Included meat probe for precise temperature monitoring
    • Includes stainless steel side, front shelf and magnetic cutting board
    • Temperature ranges from 160 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
    • WiFi-enabled Camp Chef Connect app lets you can control your grill from your smartphone
    • Durable body constructed of powder-coated steel with a stainless steel firebox and lid
    • Automatic auger dispenses pellets from the 22-pound capacity hopper
    • Smart Smoke technology maintains your selected temperature within 15 degrees
    • Includes 4 stainless steel meat probes so you can keep an eye on the temperature of your food
    • Built-in PID controller gives you control your cook by simply pressing a button or turning a knob
    • Display screen comes with built-in cover for protection
    • Receive notifications when your food is ready
    • 10 smoke intensity levels let you set your desired smoke level

Best Pellet Grills for the Money

Get the best pellet grill value for your hard-earned money. You don’t need to spend a ton of cash to get a reliable pellet grill that gets the job done.

    • Temperature ranges from 160 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Built with durable, powder-coated steel and a stainless steel lid and firebox
    • Control your grill from anywhere using the Camp Chef Connect App on your smartphone
    • Receive notifications when your food is ready
    • Includes 4 food probes to monitor food temperatures
    • Continuous fan keeps your grill evenly heated so food is cooked to perfection
    • Slide and Grill technology lets you switch between direct and indirect cooking with a simple pull of a knob
    • Smoke intensity can be adjusted to 10 different levels so you get the perfect smoky flavor you crave
    • Temperature ranges from 165 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Bottom grill grate can be lowered for excellent searing
    • Monitor your progress wirelessly with the Traeger WiFire controller and Traeger app for your mobile device
    • D2 Direct drivetrain features increase durability
    • User-friendly control panel with digital display lets you create custom results with the push of a button
    • Double-walled insulation improves temperature control
    • 650 square inches of main grilling surface
    • Smoke remains in chamber longer thanks to TRU Convection and Traeger Downdraft Exhaust systems
    • Turn up the flavor with the Super Smoke Mode, available at the push of a button
    • You can gauge and monitor the amount of pellets in the hopper with the built-in pellet sensor
    • Temperature ranges from 180 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Convection cooking is made possible with internal natural airflow, letting you cook a pizza on the grill grates
    • Wood pellets burn at 2 pounds per hour on high heat for cost-effective cooking
    • Keep an eye on your settings with the Digital Pro controller that shows the internal grill temperature
    • Access to the Traeger Grill Guide app, which puts recipes and more right at your fingertips
    • Keep Warm mode holds your food at the perfect temperature so you can serve it at your own convenience
    • Auto-start system immediately feeds pellets into the grill upon start-up so you can get cooking faster
    • A standard 110-volt outlet is the only power required, giving you increased energy efficiency
    • Equipped with a single meat probe to provide accurate temperature readings

Best Vertical Pellet Smokers

These high capacity smoking machines have multi-level racks for cooking for large groups. Since they are vertical in configuration, they are also great if you need a space saving pellet smoker.

    • Temperature ranges from 130 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
    • 8 Programmable preset settings and USB data port
    • 4 Nickel-plated steel 23 x 17-inch shelves
    • Variety of cooking options with the IQ5 electronic control system: 3-stage, 2-stage or meat probe mode
    • Superior heat retention with double-walled stainless steel
    • Electronically controlled thermostat keeps heat fluctuations to a minimum and allows for precise temperature control
    • Includes 40 pounds of wood pellets and cookbook
    • Includes a spice kit containing: 1 gallon of spicy and mild barbecue sauce, 5 pounds of brisket, rib and spicy chicken rub, 10 oz chili and spicy barbecue sauce mix
    • Made with pride in the USA
    • Temperature ranges from 150 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit
    • 10 Temperature presets
    • 6 Porcelain-coated height adjustable cooking racks
    • 1 Meat probe included and you can program temperatures for up to two wired meat probes
    • Double-walled steel cabinet with high-heat coating for premium heat retention
    • Using the LED digital readout, you can monitor and program the cabin temperatures with ease
    • Large viewing window with external heat indicator to monitor cook without opening the door
    • Great water smoker, removable water pan keeps food moist
    • 24 Hours of smoking time provided by 60-pound hopper
    • Temperature ranges from 150 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
    • 4 Standard smoking racks, 3 jerky racks, 1 hanging rack and 12 sausage hooks
    • Can hold up to 8 racks at one time and racks can be rearrange to meet your needs
    • Includes 2 temperature probes for easy monitoring of meat temperatures
    • Smart smoke technology and digital temperature control system with display will maintain steady cooking temperatures
    • Features hopper window to easily check pellet levels
    • Built-in ash clean-out and grease management system makes clean up a breeze
    • Swivel castor wheels make portability a snap