Yoder focuses on the smoking side of pellet cooking, but this unit converts to a direct grill as well. The construction isn't just good, it is downright impressive. At well over 300 pounds, this is the most solid pellet grill on this list. The cooking space is large and the heavy construction helps maintain a consistent heat. Whether you want to use this unit as a grill or a smoker, it is one of the best on the market.
MAK grills is known for their innovation and superior technology. The pellet controller on this grill is one of the best on the market. It has all the features you want from a pellet grill since it is made by people who know pellet cooking and know that there is a better way to get it done. This model may be simple looking, but it has a tremendous versatility and the best warranty in the industry. The solid construction makes this one of the longest lasting pellet grills on the market.
Fast Eddy PG500
Ed 'Fast Eddy' Maurin might be called the first pellethead. He has been an advocate of this style of cooker from the early days and has designed and built some of the best pellet smokers on the market. When given the chance to build a pellet grill he knew that it would have to stand up against gas grills, so this unit features a high-temperature direct grilling space in addition to great smoking capabilities. Made by Cookshack, the manufacturer of some of the best residential and commercial smokers on the market, this unit is all stainless steel, insulated and has a great pellet controller. The appearance might lean a little too heavy on the functional end, but it is packed with features and ready to get to work.
Also designed by Ed 'Fast Eddy' Maurin, this simplified version of the pellet grill above cuts the stainless and some of the features to bring the price in at just over $1000USD. It still retains all the functionality of the PG500 but does it with powder-coated steel instead. Either of these units is a great choice, it is just a matter of how much you are willing to spend.
Kuma Platinum SE
Kuma Stoves has been in the pellet heater business since the early days. In recent years they have introduced a pellet grill, the Kuma Platinum. The construction of this pellet grill is solid. It is simple to use and there are a number of options that can be added on, including a direct grilling space and wi-fi controls. Out of the box, it is a very good grill for a good price (this model sells for around $1700).
Sawtooth Pellet Grills is another recent entry in the market. Hailing from Idaho (and getting their name from the Sawtooth Mountains) this is an American made product with a Chinese made price. This makes this a very competitive product, particularly in this size and with this capacity and heavy construction. Though solidly built, this is still a lightweight pellet grill. At 150 pounds with a mid to large size capacity, there is a lightness in this unit which is to be expected in a pellet grill under $1,500USD.
Blazn’ Grillworks Grid Iron
Don't let the fact that this pellet grill is at the bottom of the list deter you from considering it. The construction of this grill is excellent, and though the temperature control can be a little off, it is still a well-built unit. The cooking chamber is insulated and the space more than adequate. Best of all, the price is very reasonable. At around $1500USD the Blazn' Grillworks Grid Iron is one of the best values in pellet grills.