They had quietly been manufacturing more expensive grills for companies like Trailer before deciding to sell their own brand direct to the public. In this review, we’ll take a detailed look at their most popular pellet grills, and see how they compare with other brands like Trailer.
If you are familiar with how pellet grills work, feel free to skip ahead. In our video review of the Grills 700E we show how this popular design works, and what we think of it after grill and smoking on it.
While they are often called “pellet grills ”, I really think of them as smokers or ovens since they specialize in maintaining steady temperatures over long hours. Pellet Grills are great for people who don’t want the hassle or mess of cooking with charcoal but want more smoke flavor and convenience than gas or electric smokers can provide.
Grills currently sell four main models of pellet grill in a few different configurations. Starting with the 450A which comes with (you guessed it) 450 square inches of cooking space, and going all the way up to the new ZPG-1000 you have plenty of choice with different color configurations and storage options.
The 7002E is the base version of the most popular model, with a total cooking area of 700 square inches and a 20-pound hopper. The difference between these two models is a bit confusing, the main thing we could find is the 700E has a top temp of 475° while the 700D maxes out at 450°.
In terms of price, you’re looking at roughly half the cost of the Trailer for a similar set of features. Everything ships in two carefully wrapped packages and assembly is fairly straight forward with detailed instructions provided.
These pellets are stored in a hopper and this is located at the side of the grill. There is a mechanical auger that feeds the pellets in the firebox where they are ignited by a rod.
The Pros of this are that you can fill the hopper, set your temperature, and go on with your day. The word pellet grill is in my opinion, not an accurate description.
The reason is that they can maintain the temperature over a long period of time. However, most pellet grills are not good at getting hot enough to sear meat.
Temperature, once the desires temp is reached, varies by about plus or minus five degrees: very acceptable. The metal slide to guide grease to the bucket should really be angled a bit more to be more effective.
End of season cleaning requires some scrubbing as a result. Will do anything you ask of it: my only real wish is that the pellet hopper were large enough to handle a really long cook without refill.
This is a Z -grill that received a little higher rating and is available in 5 different colors. It looks like this is one of the most sold model grills since I could find a lot more information about it. What I noticed was the low number of bad ratings compared to many other pellet grill reviews I did.
Digital controller Type of used metal Hopper size between 10 and 20 Lbs Grill grates (Back to Top) Assembly takes about an hour for the more complicated models.
No pellet removal option Temperature not stable Few complaints about arriving damaged (Back to Top) After doing the Z -Grill reviews and comparing it to the Trailer (and some other brands like Grille grills), because the claim was that they are a Trailer clone I can only say that many pros and cons are the same and even the average customer star ratings of comparable models are almost the same.
The complaints in the lower ratings about temperature fluctuations are not much different from any other pellet smoker I reviewed. There are many who call the design excellent and phase the solid construction.
One thing I found that was coming back several times that these grills are not doing too well in searing. With temperature fluctuations of around 10 degrees, it might not come close to the Rec TEC’s, but they are also in a different price range.
The reason is that the auger is designed for pellets that are uniform. If you have any experience with these pellet grills band like to add something to this Z -Grill review, please share it in the comments.
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The mixture of Porcelain grates and stainless-steel frame in PB440D2 makes it an extremely tough and sturdy unit. It has a removable serving tray and two large wheels to improve comfort ability and add some mobility to it.
Fast shutdown Cheap Versatile and portable use Roomy with large grill surface Efficient and precise temperature controls It’s not the most portable grilling option, considering it weighs over a hundred pounds, but is otherwise exceptional.
It has a relatively innovative design with hollow legs to reduce weight and a meat probe for better temperature monitoring. The legs include wheels for easier transportation and can also fold up to reduce its profile.
Versatile and portable Affordable Comes with some free wood pellets Auto-ignition Generous three-year warranty Solid stainless-steel frame Pro 780 from Trailer remains a superb grill option for those with a higher than average budget.