Best Pellet Grills of 2021
Could these multitasking newcomers be the only grill you’ll ever need?
Pellet grills have largely become the cool kids at home centers and hardware stores. And with good reason.
They promise to blend the flexibility of a charcoal grill and smoker with the convenience of a gas grill. Long employed by barbecue enthusiasts, pellet grills have now gone mainstream.
These grills have a large metal bin, or “hopper,” to which you add pellets made from compressed sawdust of flavorful woods, like oak, hickory, and mesquite. An electronic igniter draws out these pellets and ignites them, creating heat and smoke, which imparts a distinct flavor to your food. An especially convenient feature: A thermostat allows you to adjust the heat to a precise temperature, something you can’t do with gas or charcoal grills.
But you pay a premium. “The nature of pellet grills makes them more expensive than many comparably sized gas or charcoal models,” says Mark Allwood, CR’s market analyst for all grills.