Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our big pellet grill test 2021. Here we present all the pellet grills we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best product for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a pellet grill




Summary

  • With your pellet grill, you can gently prepare meat, fish and vegetables. You can also smoke with your pellet grill. There are also pellet grills with very high maximum temperatures, so you can even bake.
  • By using wood pellets, you can provide additional flavour and a special aroma. The different types of wood bring different flavours with them.
  • The handling of a pellet grill is very easy, because after presetting the temperature, the pellet grill automatically adds pellets to the fire. Therefore, pellet grills are also suitable for lazy barbecue fans!

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a pellet grill

What is a pellet grill suitable for?

A pellet barbecue is suitable for preparing all kinds of food. First of all, meat can be grilled gently without burning fat in the embers and without producing harmful substances.

The grilled food can also be given a natural smoky flavour through the choice of wood pellets.

If you like to serve your meat or fish a little smoky, you are doing everything right with the pellet grill. For example, cherry wood pellets can give the grilled food a gentle sweet flavour, while beech wood gives it a milder smoky flavour.

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A wood pellet barbecue is heated with pellets like the ones in this picture. The pellets are made from wood waste from the timber industry.
(Image source: pelletstock.be)

With a pellet grill, you can often grill your meat directly as well as indirectly. This way you can shorten the cooking time and the grilled meat becomes crispier. However, fat can drip into the embers, which can cause harmful substances. The pellet grill is therefore designed for indirect and gentle grilling.

Who is a pellet barbecue suitable for?

In principle, a pellet barbecue is suitable for everyone. The many advantages and different preparation options make the pellet barbecue an increasingly popular barbecue among barbecue fans. The popular smoke ring (under the surface of the meat) can be achieved to perfection with the pellet grill. The evenly and constantly burnt pellets ensure that your smoke rings are an eye-catcher and the meat gets a subtle smoky aroma. Due to the easily controllable, high heat that can be generated with a pellet grill, you can prepare a wide variety of meals. For example, the preparation of pizza or tarte flambée is possible due to the high heat development. In addition, there are already pellet grills that can be operated via an app, so that you can conveniently heat up your pellet grill on your way home. So if you don't want to wait long until your barbecue is preheated, the pellet barbecue with app control is the perfect solution.

What does a pellet barbecue cost?

Ordering on the web is usually a little cheaper than buying in a specialist shop. Pellet grills are generally among the more expensive grills. The prices vary greatly and are between 500 euros and several thousand euros. More expensive products usually offer more functions and better quality. In some cases, an expensive pellet barbecue is already a multifunctional outdoor kitchen. Due to the high prices, many suppliers also offer payment by instalments. Various criteria that are reflected in the price are:

  • Maximum temperature
  • Size of the grilling surface
  • Possible cooking processes
  • App control

What is the advantage of the pellet barbecue compared to other barbecues?

In addition to its multifunctionality, the pellet grill is also sustainable in use because waste wood is recycled in the production of pellets.

The pellet grill makes it possible to control the cooking temperature precisely so that you can grill meat, fish and vegetables gently. Depending on the grill, the temperature can even be monitored via an app on the smartphone. The pellet grill also scores points by being ready for use after a short time. In addition, it embodies the characteristics of a gas grill on the one hand, and those of a smoker on the other. Due to the burning of pellets, hardly any ash is produced. The combustion is very clean and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, waste wood is used for the production of the pellets. The fact that you can use it again and give the food a special flavour with the pellets is another reason to buy a pellet barbecue.

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This sketch describes the function of a pellet barbecue in detail.
(Image source: wikipedia.org)

What are the alternatives to a pellet barbecue?

The pellet grill is the alternative!

Among the commercially available grills, the pellet grill is already the alternative. By using pellets for heating, the method of preparation is sustainable. In addition, a pellet barbecue offers the functionalities of a gas barbecue and a smoker. The fact that you can often even control the pellet barbecue via an app on your smartphone makes it hard to beat in terms of convenience. While driving home from work, the pellet barbecue can already be heated up so that it only needs to be loaded with barbecue food.

Buying criteria: You can compare and test a pellet grill based on these factors

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible pellet grills. The criteria you can use to compare the different pellet grills include:

In the following paragraphs we will explain what each criterion is about.

Maximum heat level

For the usual preparation of meat, fish or vegetables, the maximum heat level of any pellet grill is sufficient. For the preparation of pulled pork, only a temperature of about 110 °C needs to be reached in the smoker, and for the preparation of poultry, a temperature of about 180 °C. However, if you also like to bake with your pellet grill, you should choose your pellet grill carefully.

A high-quality pellet grill can also be used as a pizza oven!

The best pellet grills can reach temperatures of over 300 °C. This means you can also use it as a pizza oven. This means you can also use the appliance as a pizza oven! In addition, baking of any kind is possible if you choose a high-quality pellet grill. Even the preparation of tarte flambée or normal cakes is no problem.

Size of the grilling surface

The majority of pellet grills offer a grilling surface of between 2,000 and 3,000 square centimetres. This grill surface is roughly the size of four sheets of A4 paper. In most cases, this is enough space for you to provide your garden party with culinary delights without having to deal with space problems on the grill. If you would like to use a more compact pellet barbecue, this is of course also possible. However, the price difference to a slightly larger pellet barbecue is insignificant. Often there is a second grate in the pellet grill. The slightly smaller grate offers additional space so that you can make your barbecue party a little bigger.

Grill monitoring via app

Monitor your barbecue with an app so that burning is a thing of the past!

If you also want to keep an eye on your smoker when you're talking to guests, an app is the solution. Many manufacturers offer an app on which you can monitor your grill at any time. That way you'll never burn anything again!

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The temperature of the pellet grill can be set and optimally monitored using a free app.
(Image source: pxhere.com)

The different apps offer different functionalities. Mostly, the temperature of the grill and the time can be monitored. If you have a core temperature thermometer connected, you can even keep an eye on the temperature of the meat.

Temperature control

If you want perfect grilling results, you need to have the temperature under control. Therefore, no barbecue professional can do without a detailed temperature control. Many pellet grills are equipped with a temperature sensor so that the internal temperature of the grill can be read. There are also pellet grills with core temperature gauges, which can be used to monitor the internal temperature of a piece of meat, for example.

Capacity of the pellet container and pellet consumption

Pellet containers are an integral part of a pellet grill and come in different capacities. The different capacities start at less than 5 kilograms and go far beyond 10 kilograms. Especially for long-term operation, the capacity is crucial. Nobody is interested in tedious refilling of barbecue pellets during barbecuing. Optimally, a full pellet container is enough for several barbecues. The average pellet consumption of a pellet barbecue can often be found in the description. Usually, the pellet consumption ranges from 600 to 1,200 grams/hour. If you now also know the capacity of your pellet container, you can calculate how long you can get by with one filling of wood pellets.

Temperature distribution

If you want to achieve a perfect grilling result, you also have to consider the temperature distribution in the grill. Temperature distribution is an important criterion for an optimal cooking process. Different manufacturers and brands present their own technologies in this area. In addition to optimal grilling conditions, optimal temperature distribution also leads to almost perfect combustion of the grill pellets, so that hardly any residue is left behind during combustion.

Self-cleaning function

Many pellet grills offer a self-cleaning function. This is carried out by pyrolytic decomposition. Pyrolysis is a thermo-chemical decomposition of organic compounds. In layman's terms, this means that high heating can force a bond break within large molecules. Residues inside the oven are burnt out by the self-cleaning function, so that the dirt carbonises. This then falls off by itself or can be removed with a cloth after cooling. The self-cleaning function can often be controlled via an app. The high cleaning temperature is usually reached after 10 - 15 minutes, so that you can grill cleanly and tastefully again.

Trivia: Interesting facts about pellet barbecues

What is the difference between BBQ wood pellets and heating pellets?

You should not use heating pellets for barbecuing. They are made from by-products of the wood industry, so they can have a negative effect on the taste of the meat. Barbecue pellets are made from different types of wood so that you can give your barbecue food a special flavour.

Where can I buy my BBQ wood pellets and how expensive are they?

Pellets can be bought everywhere where pellet barbecues can be purchased. Generally, barbecue pellets are often ordered online for delivery to your home, so there is no need for tedious transport. The price of pellets has increased slightly. In the following table, you can follow the price development in 2018 and 2019:

Month 2018 (€ per tonne) 2019 (€ per tonne)
January 251.34 265.25
February 253.03 269.81
March 255.28 267.73
April 252.25 252.65
May 239.05 242.27
June 237.82 240.99
July 236.36 236.82
August 237.49 238.70
September 240.92 242.10
October 249.94
November 254.36
December 260.81

Are there space-saving pellet grill models?

Most pellet grills are similar in size: About 1.20 m wide and about 60 cm deep. This is an impressive size for a barbecue, for which one is usually reluctant to allocate so much space. An alternative to the otherwise large pellet barbecues can be found in barrel-shaped models that stand upright. With these pellet barbecues, there is much more space around the outside and you can barbecue even in a small front garden.

What useful accessories are available for my pellet barbecue?

Wood pellets are essential for the operation of a pellet barbecue. In addition, electricity from a can is not included in the accessories, because the pellet barbecue will not work without it. However, there are also useful accessories that make your barbecue even more fun. Especially the use of protective clothing or suitable cutlery is recommended by pellet grill manufacturers. Barbecue tongs, barbecue utensils and barbecue gloves are the most popular accessories available for a pellet barbecue.

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