Recteq Stampede RT-590 Pellet Grill Review

Recteq Grills Stampede RT-590 Pellet Grill

$900
8.8

Construction Quality

8.5/10

Temperature Control

8.5/10

Smoke Production

9.0/10

Usability

9.0/10

Capacity

9.0/10

Pros

  • Large Hopper
  • Large Capacity
  • Good Smoke Production
  • Attractive Styling
  • Wi-Fi Compatable

Cons

  • Lightweight Construction

Specifications - Recteq Stampede RT-590 Pellet Grill

  • 592 square inches of total cooking area
  • 180 to 500 F/82 to 260 C temperature range
  • 30-pound capacity rear mounted pellet hopper
  • Stainless steel rod cooking grates
  • Five degree increment control setting
  • Steel powder coated construction
  • Wi-Fi Compatable
  • Made in China for recteq Grills

Full Review - Recteq Stampede RT-590 Pellet Grill

Several years ago the Recteq Pellet grill was introduced. Since it was the only model they made, it was commonly known as just the Recteq (or Rec-Tec Grills as they used to be known). That original model has been retired and now they are producing a line of products, including this small and inexpensive pellet grill. Recteq has always made a good grill, but their real strength has been in marketing. They managed to go from nothing to one of the widest selling pellet grills on the market without getting into very many stores or doing lots of mainstream marketing.

I am just going to say that there is something that has always bothered me about Recteq. Many manufacturers and retailers do it, and I don’t like it. This model, the RT-590, has an MSRP of $1,399USD. It sells for $899, even directly from the manufacturer. Its real price isn’t the MSRP, it is this perpetual sales price. This is done to produce the illusion of value, but it is just an illusion. Personally, I hate it.

On the other hand, Recteq has proven to be a stable, ambitious and customer oriented company. They have good service and produce a good pellet grill for the price. Their customers generally love them. They are not dishonest, I just wish they would suggest that this grill is selling for $500 less than its actual price.

The Recteq Stampede RT-590 is in every way comparable to the competition in this price range. In fact, they are among the better pellet grills. They have a design that works and is reliable. It isn’t loaded with gimmicks but can do what it is supposed to. This grill has a good, Wi-Fi enabled controller that can be monitored and adjusted from anywhere. Temperature regulation is good and in general, the temperature shown is the actual cooking temperature (some pellet grills don’t seem to understand this notion). The construction quality is also good for the price.

In the range of pellet grills under $1,000 (which this grill most definitely is), this is an excellent choice. It isn’t huge, but it has the capacity that most people are looking for. It works and is well supported. There should be no concern about buying a Recteq.

If you are looking for something a bit bigger, I recommend taking a look at the recteq RT-700 Pellet Grill.

Final Note

There is always some confusion as to whether a pellet grill is a smoker or a grill. Tradition has always referred to them as grills, when in truth they are, at the very least, as good a smoker as they are a grill. This REC TEC Smoker is a smoker more than it is a grill. It holds low and slow with smoke very well. It does not, however, hit the very high temperatures of some grills. I always say that most pellet grills are very good smokers, and pretty good grills.