Best Pellet grills & Smokers of 2021

Choose the Best Z Grill for Your Needs

When shopping for a grill, you have a few different options for your fuel source. Propane and charcoal are easily the two most popular possibilities, but there is another appealing type of grill worthy of your attention – the pellet grill.

These grills are powered by small hardwood pellets to create heat, which can be applied either directly or indirectly to your food. If you are interested in adding a pellet grill to your patio, the collection of Z Grills below is a great place to start your search. With a range of price points covered, and many different features available, there is a product in this lineup to serve almost every cook. Let’s get started!

1) Z Grills New Model Pellet Grills ZPG-7002C

Maintaining a consistent temperature in your grill is one of the key elements to successful cooking. While that can be a challenge with some pellet grills, that’s not the case with this Z Grills model. Here, you’ll have an auger system to feed the pellets into the fire, and the feed rate will be automatically adjusted based on the temperature you have set. With a hopper capacity of 24 pounds, you won’t run out of pellets anytime soon. In the end, you get a steady level of heat that you can use to cook everything to perfection.

Another common complaint regarding pellet grills – especially when compared with gas – is how hard they are to clean. Yet again, we see an area where Z Grills has stepped up a level and provided an improved experience. All of the used pellets can be removed from the hopper with one simple action on the back of the unit. That means less downtime spent cleaning and more time spent grilling!

Cooking Surface: 697 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 24 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Variety of cooking methods. You can use this pellet grill to smoke, grill, sear, barbeque, and much more.
  • Large cooking surface. A total of 697 square inches of cooking area are available on this model.
  • LCD screen. Control the temperature of your grill with an easy-to-use digital display.
  • 3-year warranty. Z Grills stands behind the quality of this product with a 3-year warranty plan.

Cons

  • Footprint. Since this grill offers so much cooking space, the unit as a whole is significant in size and may not fit in the space you have in mind. Be sure to take careful measurements before placing your order.

2) Z Grills Wood Pellet Grills ZPG-L6002E

While some cooking methods require high heat, such as searing, other forms of cooking require you to slowly heat the food at a low temperature for a long period of time. With this L6002E model from Z Grills, you can do both. The temperature range on this grill runs from just 180F all the way up to 450F. That’s a big enough range to do everything from smoking and baking to searing and braising.

The L6002E is also an affordable way to get into pellet grilling if this will be your first experience with this kind of unit. Despite the modest price point, you still get plenty of great features, including steel construction, an 8-pound hopper, and a grease bucket to keep your cooking area clean.

Cooking Surface: 600 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 8 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Pellet feed system. Take advantage of the automated feed system on this grill to keep your heat level steady throughout the cooking process.
  • Upper warming rack. This area inside the grill can keep items warm without subjecting them to too much direct heat.
  • Good looks. You’ll be proud to display this grill on your deck or patio.

Cons

  • Smaller size. The main cooking area on this grill is 330 square inches, which is smaller than some of the other options on our list.
  • No digital display. You will be able to automatically control the temperature of this grill, but that control is through a dial and not a digital display.

3) Z Grills Quality Pellet Grills ZPG-700D4E

For the griller who wants to leave no features behind, the 700D4E model is one worth careful consideration. Whatever it is that you are looking for in a pellet grill, this model is likely to deliver. One of the notable features is convection cooking, which moves hot air around the inside of the grill through the use of a fan. Putting the air in motion helps to even out the cooking process and it also means you don’t need to set up a rotisserie to complete certain dishes.

If you are concerned about durability when making the choice to invest in a quality pellet grill, the stainless iron lid construction featured on this model should give you some peace of mind. In fact, the unit as a whole weighs over 140 pounds, which provides a good indication of how sturdy and solid this grill will be on your patio.

Cooking Surface: 694 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 20 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Big cooking area. You will get to work with 694 square inches when using this grill, 504 of which are in the main cooking area.
  • Load up your pellets. 20-pounds of pellets can be added to the hopper at one time.
  • Simplicity. With a digital display and an automatic pellet feeding system, there is little that can go wrong in the cooking process once you get the hang of how this unit works.

Cons

  • Cost. All of these impressive features come at a cost, so this is one of the pricier grills included in the list.

4) Z Grills Wood Pellet Grills 2021 ZPG-5502H

If you plan to use your new pellet grill for smoking, you are going to need a long cooking time to make it work. Smoking food can lead to delicious results, but it is a method that requires patience. Fortunately, the 5502H makes smoking a relatively hands-off experience, since the 15-pound pellet hopper can keep your grill running for nearly an entire day. You’ll need to simply load up the hopper, set the grill for the right temperature, and then just monitor it while the grill does the rest.

Where some of the products in the Z Grills lineup are rather significant in size – and great for big families and parties – the 5502H is designed for those who have limited space and only a few people to serve. At just 45’’ long, you should be able to fit this grill onto most decks and patios, yet it still delivers a total of 452 square inches of cooking space.

Cooking Surface: 452 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 15 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • High pellet capacity for grill size. Loading up 15-pounds of pellets will keep your grill running for many hours.
  • Sturdy construction. As is true throughout the Z Grills lineup, you’ll be impressed with the look and feel of this product.
  • Easy to set. It will take only a moment to set the temperature of the grill to meet your precise needs.

Cons

  • No storage cabinet. As a smaller grill, this unit does not have an enclosed cabinet below the body of the grill for storage.

5) Z Grills Wood Pellet Grills ZPG-550A

Shopping for a new grill often means making compromises. It’s hard to find everything you want all in one model, so you usually need to sacrifice in one area to gain in another. With the 550A model, however, you can get pretty close to getting it all in a single package. This might not be the perfect pellet grill for all buyers, but it certainly will work nicely for a large portion of the market.

What makes this grill so attractive to so many? It’s the wonderful balance of features that the grill presents. At 585 square inches, there is plenty of cooking space available, without being so much that the grill takes up extra space. The hopper can hold 16-pounds of pellets, allowing you to stock it up and grill throughout the day. There is even an interesting half-circle leg design to give this model some unusual style.

Cooking Surface: 585 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 16 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Roller wheels. If you don’t always grill in the same location, the roller wheels on one end of this unit will make it easy to move.
  • Steady temperature. As is the case with other Z Grills models, the automated wood pellet feeding system keeps your grill at a steady temperature throughout the cooking process.
  • Auto ignition. No more worrying about trying to get your grill going – the auto ignition feature will take care of it for you.

Cons

  • Too small for some users. This is going to be enough grill for the majority of buyers, but some will want even more cooking space to be able to serve large groups effectively.

6) Z Grills Quality Pellet Grills ZPG-450A

One of the least expensive grills on our list, this model still delivers the quality and convenience associated with Z Grills pellet grills, only without some of the expense. And while you will sacrifice on some of the features you receive compared to others in the lineup, you’ll still get great tasting food and an enjoyable cooking experience.

The cooking area offered by this grill is 452 square inches, of which 324 square inches are in the main cooking area. That’s not as much space as some of the other products we’ve highlighted, but it will easily serve a typical family without any trouble. For a smaller grill, this model still includes a hopper that can take 15-pounds of pellets, so long cooking sessions are no problem.

Cooking Surface: 452 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 15 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Attractive design. The contrasting shades of the black metal body and the gold lids make for a beautiful grill that will only add to the quality of your décor.
  • Even cooking. Since this unit automatically maintains a steady temperature, you can count on your food being cooked evenly time after time.
  • Grease bucket. It might seem like a small thing but having a grease bucket included means you won’t have to worry about much messy clean up when the meal is over.

Cons

  • No storage. There is no cabinet or shelf below the main body of the grill, so you will not have a built-in place to store your tools and other items.

7) Z Grills New Model Pellet Grills ZPG-700D3

Grilling isn’t traditionally thought of as a high-tech endeavor, but the 700D3 does bring a lot of impressive technology to the table. Specifically, the LCD temperature display is a big upgrade over other models and allows you to keep a close eye on what’s going on inside the grill. There’s no more guessing about whether or not your grill is hot enough (or too hot) – just check the display and cook with confidence.

It’s not only the temperature inside the grill that can be tracked thanks to technology. Also, you can use the two included meat probes to track the progress of your food and slow down or speed up the cooking process, as necessary. Don’t waste an expensive cut of meat by overcooking it on accident. Lean on the technology delivered by the 700D3 to get amazing results.

Cooking Surface: 697 Square Inches

Pellet Capacity: 20 Pounds

Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Tons of space to cook. 697 square inches of cooking area are available, divided up between the main cooking area and an upper rack.
  • Smoke all day. You are able to load 20-pounds of pellets into the hopper of this grill, which is ideal for long smoking sessions.
  • Included meat probes. As mentioned above, you’ll get two meat probes included with the unit. These will help you get ideal results and food that is tailored to your tastes.

Cons

  • Larger price tag. With so many bells and whistles, and so much cooking space, the 700D3 comes in at the higher end of the price range for the options we’ve reviewed.

Conclusion

Picking the right new pellet grill from this list isn’t about figuring out which one is the “best”. These are all good grills, and each could work beautifully in the right situation. As you shop, think about your own needs and how you plan to use the grill. Also, budget always plays a factor in these purchases, so keep that in mind as you browse the options. With the right Z Grills pellet grill on your patio, delicious meals will be at your fingertips all summer long!