Full Review – Cuisinart Clermont Pellet Grill and Smoker
There is so much to like about this grill. It really has some great features that should seem obvious. While not all of them are unique to the Cuisinart Clermont Pellet Grill and Smoker or Cuisinart pellet grills in general, it is great to see everything this grill has to offer.
Take the meat temperature probes for instance. In most pellet grills, you plug the probe into the controller and then run the wire into the grill. Bad pellet grills have you run it under the lid where the wire can be damaged. Most pellet grills offer a small hole in the side of the cooking chamber to feed the probe and wire through. With the Clermont here, the probes plug into ports inside the cooking chamber. The wires stay inside. Simple and yet so convenient. I love this idea.
Also included with this grill are an ash cleanout, pellet dump, direct grilling baffle, pellet hopper window, pellet hopper level sensor, a pellet hopper light, and two lights inside the grill. You can get many of these on other grills, but few have all of them at this kind of price. At $700USD the Cuisinart Clermont seems like a steal. It is also a pretty attractive pellet grill.
How the Cuisinart Clermont Works
Functionally, this is still a pellet grill. It has all the usual pellet grill parts. The cooking chamber is large. With 1,400 square inches of cooking area, this is a big grill. There are two levels of cooking with the top one being removable or adjustable. This grill can handle almost everything you want to throw at it. The cooking chamber is accessed by two large ‘french’ doors with built-in windows. You can monitor cooking and meat temperatures, watch the process, and never open the cooking chamber.
So why don’t I think more of this grill? Despite the great features, this is a large, big-box pellet grill that sells for $700USD. Despite the 233 pounds that this grill weighs, the quality is limited. Obviously, great attention was paid to the designing of this grill. Unfortunately, the same attention isn’t being applied to the manufacture. This is too much grill for the price and quality suffers. I really want to like this grill, I just don’t believe it will last very long.
- 1,400 square inches of primary cooking space for a total of 862 square inches
- 200 to 500 degree F. temperature range
- 40-pound pellet hopper
- Stainless steel cooking grates
- Powered coated steel and stainless steel construction
- Large double glass door access
- Two internal halogen lights
- Lit hopper with pellet level sensor
- Wifi Connectivity with a proprietary app
- Two internal temperature probe ports
- Firepot ash cleanout
- Pellet dump
- Grease drains into bottom-mounted tray
- Total weight of 233 pounds
- Made in China by The Fulham Group under the Cuisinart brand name
- Large Capacity
- WiFi Connectivity
- Extra Large Hopper
- Ash Cleanout
- Direct Searing Capability
- Poor Construction Quality
- High Rate of Pellet Consumption
- Long assembly time
- Metal Body Discolors Quickly
Cuisinart Clermont Pellet Grill Review
The Cuisinart Clermont Pellet Grill is designed to look innovative and offers a huge smoking space. While I will agree that this pellet smoker has some innovation, I can’t say that I like it. First of all, Cuisinart talks about it being an 8 in 1 cooker. They say it can bake, roast, smoke, chargrill, etc. The truth is, that this is a basic pellet smoker.
Now I do like the double door design. The Clermont is set up for smoking. It would be better with more vertical height since you have to remove cooking grates to smoke large items. However, where this grill falls down is in the quality. At $600USD, this is an inexpensive pellet grill, but one that will frustrate you down the line.