Our Top Picks
"It has an automatic hot rod ignition for easy start ups in under 5 minutes."
"It's smartphone compatible, meaning that you can monitor and control the appliance remotely."
Best Vertical: Pit Boss Vertical Wood Pellet Smoker at Lowe’s
"This space-saving option is equipped with four wheels and a 45-pound hopper for easy non-stop smoking."
Best Electric: Pit Boss Digital Electric Vertical Smoker at Walmart
"Thanks to its wood chip box, this electric smoker will still give you that wood-fired flavor."
Best for Tailgates: Country Smokers Traveler Pellet Grill and Smoker at Amazon
"With 256 square inches of cooking space, this grill is the perfect size to bring camping or to your next tailgate."
Best Budget: Masterbuilt 35B Electric Smoker at Amazon
"This model is perfect for users who are new to pellet smoker technology."
"Equipped with multi-chamber smoking cabinets and cast-iron cooking grids, making it perfect for serious grillers."
Most Versatile: Z GRILLS Wood Fired Pellet Grill and Smoker at Amazon
"This 8-in-1 grill can be used to grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbeque and char-grill your favorite foods."
01 of 08
Best Overall: Traeger Eastwood 22 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker
One of the biggest brands of pellet smokers and grills is Traeger, and their Eastwood 22 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker is arguably the best model you’ll find on the market today. This smoker is fueled exclusively by hardwood pellets, and it has a spacious 418 square inch grilling area that lets you cook all sorts of food.
The Traeger Eastwood 22 boasts a steel construction and powder-coat finish, and it’s capable of grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, BBQing, and more. It has a digital controller that maintains its temperature, feeding more pellets into the burn cup as needed. The smoker has an 18-pound hopper, and Traeger offers a variety of wood pellets to use with this cooker, including hickory, applewood, and their signature blend.
The most compelling aspect of this wood pellet smoker has to be the glowing reviews. Buyers say it’s beginner-friendly and the perfect size to cook meals for a family. Plus, many note it gives food an unbeatable flavor and cooks quickly and evenly.
02 of 08
Best Smart: Green Mountain Davy Crockett Wifi Pellet Electric Grill
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could monitor and even control your pellet smoker from inside the house, instead of running out to check on it? Well, with the Green Mountain Davy Crockett Wi-Fi Control Portable Wood Pellet Grill, you can! Believe it or not, this smoker is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to monitor and control the appliance right from your smartphone.
This pellet grill and smoker has 210 square inches of cooking area, and its legs open and close to make it portable enough to bring camping or to the big game. It has a meat probe to help you monitor the temperature of your food, as well as a peaked lid for rib racks, a side tray with utensil hooks, and a thermal sensor. While it is on the smaller side, you can’t beat the convenience of this “smart” pellet smoker.
03 of 08
Best Vertical: Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Wood Pellet Smoker
Vertical pellet smokers have a small footprint while providing more cooking area, thanks to their tall, thin design. One of our favorite vertical pellet smokers is the Pit Boss Pro Series 4, which features an impressive 1,322 square inches of cooking space on its five porcelain-coated cooking racks.
This pellet smoker can hold up to 45 pounds of pellets in its hopper, and the 5-in-1 cooking system can be used for smoking, roasting, baking, and more. The Pit Boss Pro includes a meat probe to help you measure the temperature of your food—without opening the door—and the dial-in digital control is easy to set. Thanks to its large hopper, this smoker can run for up to 25 hours, and reviewers say you shouldn’t hesitate to get one, as it’s easy to use and delivers mouth-watering results.
04 of 08
Best Electric: Pit Boss Silver Star 3-Series Digital Electric Vertical Smoker
Electric smokers are different than traditional pellet smokers in a few ways—the major difference is that the heat comes from an electric rod, as opposed to the combustion of wood pellets. However, electric smokers like the Pit Boss Silver Star 3-Series Digital Smoker still give you that wood-fired flavor thanks to a wood chip box.
This digital electric smoker has four porcelain-coated cooking racks and a total cooking area of 748 square inches. The door has a large viewing window so you can watch your food cook, and the 1,650-watt electric heating element can deliver temperatures from 100 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The wood chip box is accessible from the exterior so you can add more chips as needed, and the unit’s rolling caster wheels make it easy to move around your deck.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Best for Tailgates: Country Smokers Frontier Series Traveler Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker
Once you start smoking meat, you’ll never want to go back to the “old way” of cooking, and luckily for you, the Traveler Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker is compact and portable, so you never have to go without it. This portable grill measures 24.4 x 17.5 x 13.6 inches, making it the perfect size to bring camping or to your next tailgate.
This grill provides 256 square inches of cooking space and can achieve temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It can hold up to five pounds of hardwood pellets, and you can use it to bake, sear, roast, braise, grill, and smoke all sorts of food. Reviewers say this smoker is the perfect size for tailgating, RVs, or smaller homes and will deliver deliciously smoked food every time.
06 of 08
Best Budget: Masterbuilt 35B Electric Smoker
Pellet smokers can get really expensive—we’re talking thousands of dollars—so if you’re new to the technology, you might want to start out with a budget-friendly product like the Masterbuilt 35B Electric Smoker. While this electric model technically uses wood chips instead of pellets, it will give you similar results at a lower price point.
This vertical smoker includes three chrome-coated smoking racks that can hold up to three whole chickens at once. A 1,500-watt heating element delivers consistent smoke, and the unit has a built-in temperature gauge and variable temperature control. There’s a removable water bowl in case you need to add moisture to your food, and the wood chip tray slides out so you can add more wood while cooking. This electric smoker is easy to use and delivers a taste the same as traditional pellet smokers.
07 of 08
Best Splurge: Louisiana Grills Champion Pro Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker
On the other hand, if you’re known around town for your delicious smoked dinners, you need a product like the Louisiana Grills Champion Pro Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker. This high-end pellet grill and smoker will be the pride of your patio thanks to its sleek exterior and multi-chamber smoking cabinets, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile outdoor appliance.
This pellet smoker has a total cooking area of 3,432 square inches, with the main chamber designed for direct or indirect flame grilling. You can then do hot smoking in the lower cabinet and cold smoking in the upper cabinet. All of the areas of this grill feature heavy-duty, porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grids, and the unit also includes a digital control board with a programmable meat probe, a storage cabinet, locking caster wheels, and more. With this smoker in your backyard, no one will be able to dispute your title as BBQ King—or Queen!
08 of 08
Most Versatile: Z GRILLS Wood Fired Pellet Grill and Smoker
Sure, this pellet grill from Z Grills can grill and smoke—but it can do so much more than that! This 8-in-1 grill can be used to grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbeque and char-grill your favorite foods, making it the only appliance you’ll ever need in your yard.
This pellet grill and smoker has a 432 square inch main cooking area, as well as two warming areas. It has an electric pellet feeding system that keeps the temperature precise, and it can be set anywhere from 180 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, it comes with a free cover! Reviewers say this pellet smoker performs just as well as high-end brands thanks to its heavy-duty construction and spacious hopper, which can hold up to 20 pounds of wood pellets.
Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular high-end pellet grills on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different grills overall, screened options from 15 different brands and manufacturers and read over 70 user reviews (both positive and negative).
We then bought two popular options and our reviewers spent more than 55 hours testing them. To get the most thorough feedback, our testers analyzed these grills' key features—from their temperature ranges to their special add-ons— to see what their strengths and flaws really were. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look For in a Pellet Smoker
While the actual temperatures that a grill can achieve depends partly on ambient temperature and weather, if you want to cook at extremely high or low temperatures, it’s good to check out the grill’s rated temperatures to make sure you can get close to your desired cooking temperatures.
Pellets go into a hopper which then feeds the fire. The larger the hopper, the less often you need to fill it. If you plan on doing a lot of low-and-slow cooking, a bigger hopper is a good idea. If you cook a lot of steaks, burgers, and seafood, a big hopper is much less important.
While any of these grills will cook your food well, they all have their own unique features, and their own look and feel. The sizes and shapes are different, as are the controls. When you’re spending a lot of money on a grill, it’s important to pick the one that has everything you want as well as what you need.
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Test Results: Green Mountain Davy Crockett Wifi Pellet Electric Grill (Best Smart)
Small and portable
Hard to navigate temperature
Named the "ultimate tailgating grill" by one of our testers, this grill's lightweight portability, smoking capabilities, and easy battery setup make it perfect for tailgate parties. Reviewers also loved the grill's Wi-Fi capabilities and said the app makes for a seamless setup. "The portability features are unique to this product and make it one of the few truly portable smoker grills," one tester raved.