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.
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 $750) it is the best built pellet grill on the market and the 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.
Rec Tec Stampede RT-590
When the Rec Tec Pellet Grill hit the market a few years back it was an instant hit, largely due to the amazing marketing job done by its inventors. Their pellet grills appeared everywhere and had a massive online presence in a very short time. They have moved on from their original Pellet Grill to a whole line. The Stampede represents their full-sized, low priced new pellet grill. Perpetually on sale for about $800USD, this is a serious competitor in the lower end of the market space and promises to be a popular pellet grill.
Green Mountain Grills Jim Bowie
Large and well construction this pellet grill from Green Mountain Grills is a workhorse. While not very innovative (there is a wi-fi enabled version for about $170 more) it is a very good pellet grill. Temperature control can be a little weak with this unit. However, in the price range, it is comparable. I definitely recommend taking a look at this model before making a purchasing decision. Green Mountain Grills is working hard to win customers away from Traeger and their grills show it.
Traeger Pro 575
New for 2019, 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.
Smoke Daddy Pellet Pro 680
The Pellet Pro grill comes from Smoke Daddy, a real garage started company that began list making aftermarket accessories and smoke generators. Their background is in wood pellets, so it was only a matter of time before they began producing pellet grills. The proprietary controller on the Smoke Daddy Pellet Pro 680 is excellent and while this is a classic pellet grill design, it contains very good technology. I certainly recommend taking a look at this unit in the lower end price range. At around $700, it is one of the least expensive pellet grills worth buying.
Camp Chef Woodwind with Sear Station
The biggest limitation of pellet grills, particularly in the lower price range is that they simply can't get hot enough to do some serious grilling. The people at Camp Chef have chosen to throw out all ideas of trying to make the grill hotter and have fitted this unit with a gas powered sear burner on the side. Basically, this is a full sized pellet grill with a small gas grill mounted on the side. Generally, I don't like these types of configurations, but if you are serious about barbecue and grilling you are already thinking reverse sear, which is really what this grill is designed for. You can slow smoke foods on the pellet side and then finish them, hot and fast over the sear burner. There is no need to wait for the pellet cooker to reach a higher temperature (which it probably can't). As a compromise to an age-old problem, this is a clever solution.
Pit Boss 700SC
The Pit Boss pellet grills come from Danson, the second largest maker of pellet grills. This model is another of the classic, inexpensive pellet grills. It is hard to say that it is impressive, but it costs the same as the ever-popular Traeger Lil Tex (around $700USD) and does everything that grill can do. The biggest difference between the two is that you can buy the Traeger almost everywhere these days. While you might need to look online for the Pit Boss Pellet Grill.