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The Best Pellet Grills & Smokers of 2021

The Best Pellet Grills & Smokers of 2021

When it comes to cooking outdoors, there are many options as to what kind of grill to use: charcoal, natural gas, liquid propane, electric…and that oldest but rarely used standby, wood. Wood isn't all that common nowadays outside of the occasional festive campfire, but that doesn’t mean it’s lost any of its timeless allure when it comes to cooking hearty backyard fare.

When you cook over a wood fire, the essence and aroma of the wood used is infused into the meat being cooked. And while classic wood-burning cookouts are a quaint experience in themselves, the modern equivalents are far more amenable. Those modern equivalents can be found in either a Pellet Grill or a Smoker. Both utilize wood. Both impart that inimitable flavor of smoke. But they are quite different in design and performance. Here, we’re going to take a look at these most unique outdoor cookers, explain in short how they work, and compare some of the best Pellet Grills and best Smokers in two separate ratings, with both being ranked by the following:

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So, if you want your backyard culinary exploits to stand out from the crowd, join us for a look at some of the Best Pellet Grills & Smokers of 2021…

PELLET GRILLS

In simple terms, pellet grills are wood-burning units that can be used to prepare pretty much anything from hot dogs and burgers to steaks, chops, chicken, ribs, etc. These grills utilize tiny wood pellets which burn hot enough to cook quickly, but which also add that fantastic smoky flavor to whatever is on the grill. Whether you use plain pellets or pellets that have been processed to produce any number of delectable woody flavors—you’ll taste the difference.

#3 - Pit Boss 71340

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PRICE: $429.99*

Talk about a wood pellet grill that makes a visual statement. This locomotive-looking Pellet Series Freestanding Grill from Pit Boss is a no-nonsense black beauty with a side-set pellet hopper, 340 sq. in. grilling surface and a temperature range of 180 to 500 degrees. This grill is a down-to-earth cooker to the core featuring the very basics—perfect for those who eschew fancy features and just want to light it up and get grilling. But it still has some niceties, such as the easy-clean porcelain grates and an LED digital readout for simplicity of use.

Favorite Features:

  • Set It, Forget It – ready the cooker and the clear display lets you know when it hits the right heat
  • Dome Thermometer – monitor the temperature easily
  • Air Flow Convection – spreads the heat around the interior for even and thorough results
  • Ash Catcher – side-hanging bucket catches pellet remnants
  • Easily Moved – heavy duty metal wheels and attached handle make for fast, flexible placement

Ratings:

  • Price - 5
  • Features - 3
  • Capacity - 3

TOTAL: 11

#2 - Louisiana Grills LG860C

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PRICE: $2,499.00*

This 44” Freestanding Pellet Grill from Louisiana Grills has a sizeable 860 sq. in. cooking surface and offers 48,000 BTU output on a moveable base that provides side shelving as well as storage drawers and cabinets to keep all your utensils, cookware, and other trappings close to hand. The pellet hopper is set right next to the grill for instant refueling with the flip of a lid. And when you’re up for a more standard cookout, the flame broiler offers flexibility with either direct or indirect cooking and a high temperature of 600°F.

Favorite Features:

  • Digital Control Center – simple programming and temperature control with automatic auger adjustment
  • Meat Probe – programmable for precise temperature monitoring
  • Proprietary Exhaust – Louisiana Grills' exclusive system ensures even heat and smoking throughout the compartment
  • Auto Start/Cool Down – program the unit for timed operation
  • Dome Thermometer – easily monitor the grill interior

Ratings:

  • Price - 4
  • Features - 4
  • Capacity - 4

TOTAL: 12

#1 - Coyote C1P36

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PRICE: $2,899.00 *

Coyote’s 36” Built-In Pellet Grill is for the outdoor cooking enthusiast who wants more—more space, more features, and more to explore. And it delivers with 1056 sq. in. of working surface including laser-cut grates for grilling. The convenient front-loading hopper that holds a long-lasting 15.4 lb. of pellets which are distributed steadily by a dual auger system fed by Smart Drop technology that continues to regularly feed pellets, holding the temperature where you want until the unit is powered down or the fuel runs out. And its wide 175°F – 700°F temperature range lets you cook, barbecue, or smoke as you wish.

Favorite Features:

  • Digital Touch Controls – intuitive and easy to use for precision cooking and smoking
  • Dual Fans – two fans keep the pellets well stoked with oxygen for consistent heat
  • 3-in-1 Versa Rack – upper rack comes with a choice rail configurations and additional racks for either warming or smoking
  • Temperature Probes – three separate probes included for exact internal temperature monitoring
  • Easy-Lift Hood – spring-assisted for smooth, effortless access
  • Timer – set time and temperature for whatever foods you’re preparing

Ratings:

  • Price - 4
  • Features - 5
  • Capacity - 5

TOTAL: 14

SMOKERS

Smoking is a completely different breed of cooking, requiring time, patience, skill, and more time and patience. Because smoking is a long-haul proposition using low temperatures, wood chips such as hickory, cherry, and applewood, and anywhere from hours to days to come to delicious fruition. It’s most definitely a skill blending experience, instinct, and constant attention to the object of the project, whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, brisket, or even seafood. But if you’ve ever savored the results, you know that all the effort is worth every bite.

#3 - Landmann 3895GWLA

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PRICE: $500.12 *

This Smoky Mountain 38" Two Drawer Vertical Liquid Propane Smoker from Landmann is the epitome of simplicity and sufficiency, offering five levels of adjustable grates adding up to an impressive 1,576 sq. in. cooking capacity. With its heat saving, easy access drawers you'll be able to access the wood chip box and water pan without opening the main chamber door and affecting the interior temperature. It's also equipped with an adjustable top chimney and side damper vents with plastic tab guards for optimum temperature control.

Favorite Features:

  • Temperature Control – fully adjustable heat control and a front-mounted temperature gauge
  • Meat Hanger – improves the flavor of meats by allowing the natural meat enzymes to break down for incredible tenderness
  • Magnetic Door – secure closure keeps the heat inside where it belongs
  • Carrying Handles – move the unit easily with two people
  • Porcelain Coated Steel Water Pan – durable and easy to clean

Ratings:

  • Price - 5
  • Features - 3
  • Capacity - 4

TOTAL: 12

#2 - Lynx LSMKMN

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PRICE: $6,019.00*

It’s a perfect case of high-tech convenience meeting low-and-slow cooking with Lynx’s Sonoma Series Natural Gas Smoker on a Mobile Kitchen Cart. This simply designed cooker features a 1000 sq. in. cooking capacity on dual racks and is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Smart technology that automatically maintains a steady temperature throughout, lets you know when it's properly preheated, when it's time to flip food, and when the food is done. This is the perfect unit for the serious smoker who also appreciates the latest technological innovations.

Favorite Features:

  • Integrated LCD touchscreen – program the unit with intuitive, easily navigated controls
  • Free Mobile App – compatible with Apple and Android devices
  • Casters – move the unit where you want, when you want
  • Hood Assist – the centrally balanced hood is surprisingly easy to open and close
  • Flexible Storage –side shelves, two cabinet doors, and two drawers let keep everything you need close to hand
  • Integrated Illumination – elegant blue illumination emanating from each knob with a calm blue light
  • Lid Lighting – halogen illumination covering the entire cooking surface
  • Seamless Welded Construction – a seamless steel body, free of gaps and seams where moisture could collect
  • Long Term Smoking – operates up to 6 - 8 hours without reloading wood chips
  • Temperature Range – perfect for smoking, going from 160° F –350°F

Ratings:

  • Price - 3
  • Features - 5
  • Capacity - 4

TOTAL: 12

#1 - The Good-One 09300AOH

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PRICE: $2,152.99 *

From the good folks at The Good One comes a smoker based on practicality and performance sporting a burly configuration all its own. Their 38" Gen 3 The Marshall Smoker offers a massive cooking surface of 2849 sq in. and a host of features for flawless results every time. From its four adjustable slide-out racks, to a fire box with its own grating for direct grilling, to the separate smoking chamber above the fire box for even indirect heat distribution, this smoker has everything—and can handle anything—an outdoor cuisine enthusiast could want.

Favorite Features:

  • Internal Damper – runs the entire length the grill to prevent hot spots
  • Twist-Style Air Intakes – allow for simple temperature adjustments
  • Easy Monitoring – Tel-Tru front-mounted thermometer lets you check the temperature without disturbing the smoker chamber
  • Easy Access – the drop-in ash pan and charcoal grate assembly let you remove for cleaning
  • Built to Last – high temperature powder coated finish provides additional protection and improved durability.

Ratings:

  • Price - 4
  • Features - 4
  • Capacity - 5

TOTAL: 13

*Prices may fluctuate due to discounts, promotions, or sales events. Click "VIEW LATEST PRICE" to see the up-to-date price of the item.

CONCLUSION

Pellet Grills

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Smokers

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Well, there you have it. In the Pellet Grill division, the Coyote unit came out well ahead in the overall rankings, while in the Smoker rankings things were a bit closer with different models presenting widely different qualities and The Good One ending up as the top one. Each of these units has something to appeal to a different consumer, whether you’re looking for a great price or the latest bells and whistles. And whichever type you want, Appliances Connection will be happy to help you find the perfect balance of aspects so you can finally have the Pellet Cooker or Smoker you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

RELATED QUESTIONS

Are pellet grills worth it?

Pellet grills will be worth it for those who really love the natural, deep flavor of wood smoke in their grilled food. While not as efficient as gas, electric, or charcoal, pellets do deliver a unique, flavorful experience.

How long do pellet grills last?

How long pellet grills last depends on several things. temperature, humidity, consistent addition of pellets, etc. But on average, 10 lb. of pellets will last about six hours.

What's the difference between a smoker and a grill?

The biggest difference between a smoker and a grill is simple: heat and time. Grilling is done with high heat over a short period of time, as with typical cookout fare such as hot dogs, chicken, burgers, and steaks. Smoking is achieved with much lower temperatures and taking anywhere from a few hours to more than a day, depending on the size and type of meat being cooked.