Looking for the best Best Pellet Grills under $1000? Go no further. I have been testing pellet grills since Traeger was the only company making them. We have come a long way since then. As companies fight their way through all the new competition, pellet grills are getting better, cheaper, and more technologically advanced. Of course, not always successfully. There have been some spectacular failures and the market has been flooded with cheap knockoffs, imitations and simply bad grills. Don't worry. I have been cutting through the hype, figuring out what really works and picking the best grills, smokers and yes, pellet grills for more than twenty years. In putting this list of the Best Pellet Grills under $1000 together, I have balanced the technology with the performance. Fancy apps are great if they work. The Pellet Grills on this list keep it simple, but they work and can be relied on to continue working for years.
Green Mountain Grills Ledge
Comparatively small, but with great cooking chamber height, the Green Mountain Grills Ledge Pellet Grill has some great features. This grill is fully WiFi-enabled and has windows in the hopper and cooking chamber. This pellet grill is large enough for most people's needs and you can get some excellent accessory options as well. The construction of this pellet grill is solid. It is much better than the discount brands and cheap units offered by many of the big names. You certainly want to take a look at this pellet grill.
When Fahrenheit Technologies, a wood pellet furnace company, introduced the Grilla Pellet Grill it was unlike anything else on the market. Efficient, easy to use, and with a very small footprint. The problem (if you want to call it that) was that it didn't have the cooking capacity that most people were looking for. To provide for that need, Grilla introduced the Silverbac Pellet Grill. This is a much more traditional pellet grill, but still efficient and easy to use. For the price (around $900) it is one of the best built pellet grills on the market and one you should be looking at in this price range.
The Original Grilla Pellet Grill is the pellet grill to look for if you don't need the capacity and want a very small footprint.
recteq Stampede RT-590
When the recteq Pellet Grill (formerly known as REC-TEC Grills) hit the market a few years back it was an instant hit. This was partly due to a great marketing job but also the fact that they build a heavy, solid pellet grill. With their distinctive bull horn handles and a reputation for durability, recteq quickly became a fan favorite. In many ways, this pellet grill has gone in the opposite direction of industry leader Traeger. recteq has heavy steel parts instead of the lighter (flimsier) parts from Traeger. But this grill stands up to the competition in terms of features. You get WiFi connectivity and the ability to control the grill remotely. What I don't like here is the back vents that can expose the cooking chamber to direct wind and make it less efficient and reliable when it comes to temperature.
If you want to go bigger, take a look at the recteq RT-700 Pellet Grill.
Louisiana Grills Black Label LG800
The Pit Boss pellet grills come from Danson, the largest maker of pellet grills in the world. This model is an inexpensive pellet grill but loaded with features. While you do get what you pay for, at $999USD, this pellet grill comes with full WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Much of the rest of the grill is typical of this price range, but this unit is certainly worth looking at.
Traeger Pro 575
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The Traeger Pro 575 is the direct replacement for the world's most popular pellet grill, the Traeger Lil' Tex. Now equipped with a Wi-Fi enabled controller, this little pellet grill has all the technology to compete with much higher end units. While still limited to a relatively narrow temperature range (between 180 and 450 degrees F), this grill is perfect for those new to pellet grills. Also, those who want an inexpensive unit for the occasional cookout. With the exception of its Wi-Fi connectivity, this is a basic pellet grill with a comparatively low maximum temperature. Good for smoking and making barbecue, but limited in its grilling capabilities.
Weber SmokeFire Gen2 EX4
Once upon a time, you could trust the Weber name. Unfortunately, their attempt at a pellet grill hasn't gone terribly well. The SmokeFire promises a lot. Cooking temperatures up to 650 degrees F and great ease of use. However, there have been a number of design issues. While most of them have been fixed, others persist. While this isn't a terrible product, it has given many people problems. On the other hand, many owners are perfectly happy. So it might just be a bit of a gamble, but it is a Weber and their support is working around the clock to take care of you.
Z Grills 700
Z Grills is the leading maker of 'budget' pellet grills. These are among the least expensive pellet grills you can buy. Fortunately, you don't have to sacrifice a lot, especially with their 700 Series grills. I like the combination of features that can be found in the Z Grills 700D4E. Starting under $500USD, these are affordable pellet grills, but you do get what you pay for.
Camp Chef Woodwind 24-Inch
Camp Chef's Woodwind pellet grill is simple looking but loaded with everything you expect from a pellet grill these days. There is a window in the hopper so you can see how many pellets you have left. A lever shifts the grill into direct flame grilling for searing. And this unit has Wi-Fi connectivity through Camp Chef's App. This is a competent grill and it certainly has its fans. It is, however, lightweight and not exactly an exercise in great engineering.
Oklahoma Joe's Rider 600
Made entirely from solid steel, the Rider 600 is a basic pellet grill for a very reasonable price. While pellet grill prices have been steadily rising, you can still find this small unit from Oklahoma Joe's for under $600USD. There is a good-sized piece of 'you get what you pay for' with this pellet grill. The temperature control isn't great. It swings erratically at times. The construction quality is light even though this is a heavy grill. It does look impressive though.
Pit Boss Austin XL
The Pit Boss pellet grills come from Danson, the largest maker of pellet grills in the world. This model, exclusive to Walmart, is another of their classic, inexpensive pellet grills. This model is huge. You get 1,000 square inches of cooking space, direct flame grilling, and a 31-pound hopper. The impressive part is that you can get this pellet grill for under $500USD, a price too good to be true. If you choose to buy this grill, inspect the box very closely before you take it home. This pellet grill is fragile and prone to being damaged right out of the box.