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Best Pellet Grills and Smokers for 2019

  • If you love the smoky taste and aroma of low and slow BBQ, then consider the value and performance of a pellet smoker or grill. Pellet smokers and grills are easy to control as they maintain close to exact heat throughout the 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.

    There are quite a few great options on the market, so be sure to select one that has the features you will need! Here at BBQGuys, we have been operating and testing smokers and grills of all kinds for over 20 years. To make your decision easier, our experts have hand-picked the ones we consider the cream of the crop. While it was a difficult choice, these smokers and grills won out because of their outstanding performance, durability, and value.

    We have listed out multiple options, because smokers and grills are not a one-size-fits-all item. If you and your family love the taste of low and slow cooked BBQ, then you’ll want to consider a pellet smoker. Vertical pellet smokers are especially great for maintaining moisture in food, creating incredible smoky flavor, and take up very little space. If you need dual functionality, so you can slow smoke meats but also flash sear a steak, then a pellet grill is right up your alley. Whether you are looking for a pellet grill that is budget friendly, Wi-Fi enabled, built-in, freestanding or vertical, at BBQGuys we’ve got 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 Wi-Fi 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 650 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constructed of heavy duty 304 Stainless Steel
    • 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
    • Double-walled construction and dual 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
    • Sear steaks using the included Direct Flame Insert
    • Included Genie Multi-Tool makes removing the Direct Flame Insert and clean up a snap
    • 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 165 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Built-in WiFire controller and smart app makes controlling your grill from anywhere easy
    • Downdraft exhaust system keeps smoke in the grill and maintains even temperature
    • Double side-walled interior keeps heat in
    • Downdraft exhaust system keeps smoke in the grill and maintains even temperature
    • Lower the bottom rack for a great sear on steak
    • Customize cook cycles with digital control panel and dedicated buttons
    • Access recipes, set timers and change temperature with WiFire and the Traeger App
    • 1 Included meat probe for precise internal food temperature monitoring
    • Stainless steel side shelf for food prep and hanging your BBQ tools

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 170 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constructed of durable 430 grade stainless steel
    • Eliminate large heat fluctuations with the electronic temperature gage and automatic controller
    • Optional 4 cooking zones with warming drawer for cold smoking
    • Hopper holds 22 pounds of pellets
    • Clean up is easy with front access ash drawer
    • 504 Square inches of main stainless steel cooking surface
    • Includes 1 side shelf great for food prep
    • Made with pride in the USA
    • Temperature ranges from 160 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Sear box propane side grill for searing steak
    • Slide and Grill technology for cooking with direct or indirect heat
    • Smart Smoke technology keeps temperature within 15 degrees Fahrenheit of your selected temperature
    • Hopper can hold 22 pounds of pellets at once
    • Toggle between cooking temperature and internal food temperature
    • 429 square inches of main grilling surface
    • Lid and Fire box is constructed of stainless steel
    • 1 Meat probe is included to monitor internal food temperatures
    • Temperature ranges from 180 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Digital thermostat makes it easy to set the temperature and walk away
    • E-Z drain grease management system makes clean up easy
    • 2 Included meat probes allow you to grill at different temperatures
    • Hopper holds 18 pounds of pellets
    • Natural airflow allows for convection cooking
    • 646 Square inches of main grilling surface
    • 2 Included meat probes make monitoring temperatures easy
    • Choose a specific temperature with the digital thermostat

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