The 9 Best Kamado Grills and Smokers to Buy in 2018

These old-school grills cook meat to perfection

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Kamado Grills claim a legacy going back thousands of years. Typically these grills/smokers are made of ceramic shells, but at least one is all metal and others use a variety of stone like materials. This gives these charcoal grills excellent insulation, high efficiency, and the ability to hold very high and very low temperatures making them perfect for grilling and smoking. A good Kamado Grill is durable, has good support and quality components. These Kamado Grills range in price so find one that is tailored to your budget with these top picks. 

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  • 01 of 09

    Big Green Egg - Large

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    Big Green Egg - Large. Big Green Egg

    The big green egg has been producing these Kamado Style grills for decades. This one is the most popular of their models and is big enough to cook one 20-pound turkey. What makes this unit great is that while it can produce high temperatures due to the focused heat of its ceramic shell, it can also hold low temperatures making it a great smoker. It's the versatility of the egg that makes it stand out as one of the great charcoal grills of our time. With many accessories available there really isn't much this charcoal grill can't do. At around $800 this large grill is for the person who plans to do a lot of cooking. You'll need to see where there is a local authorized dealer by you to purchase. 

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    Komodo Kamado OTB 23-inch Charcoal Grill

    Komodo Kamado Charcoal Grill - Blue Tile
    Komodo Kamado Charcoal Grill - Blue Tile. Komodo Kamado

    The history of the Kamado Charcoal Grill is too long and confusing to recount. Suffice to say that when Dennis Linkletter stumbled across these ceramic charcoal wonders, he knew he could make them better. From a reinvention of airflow, spring assisted lid, and laser cut stainless steel parts this is one loaded grill. It includes the EZQ Rotisserie system and the BBQ Guru temperature control blower. Anyone who knows eggs about Kamado grills knows that they grill at incredible temperatures and smoke at a perfect low and slow pace. This unit takes it to the next level and does it inside a shell of pure beauty.

  • 03 of 09

    Kamado Joe Classic

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    Kamado Joe Classic 18. Kamado Joe Ceramic Grills

    The cynic will tell you that this is a red (or black) version of the Big Green Egg. To be honest, the similarities are so great that the average person could probably not tell the difference between the two. The truth is that they cook the same, work the same, and the only real difference is how they are equipped. Lately, Kamado Joe has begun to look beyond just making extras into standard features and has started innovating, making them a more viable kamado solution.

  • 04 of 09

    Char-Broil Kamander

    Char-Broil Kamander Kamado Grill
    Char-Broil Kamander Kamado Grill. Char-Broil LLC

    Coming in around $350USD, this metal version of the Kamado from Char-Broil is a complete package including a wheeled 'cart', fold down side table, diffuser/water pan, and swing away warming rack. This model is one of the least expensive Kamado grills to ever hit the market and while it might not have the quality of its ceramic cousins, it is really hard to argue with the price. Functional and able to do everything that the others can, this might just be the most accessible Kamado grill ever made. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Char-Griller Akorn Jr. Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill

    This smaller kamado grill has 153 square inches of cooking space and a 14-inch diameter cast iron grate that retains heat and produces excellent grill marks. Made from 22-gauge steel rather than ceramic, the grill is lighter in weight, affordable, and won’t crack or break. The powder coated finish and porcelain-coated interior help prevent rust, and the triple wall construction with insulation retains heat very well from 200 to 700 degrees. The handles make this easy to move to the proper grilling location.

    Top and bottom air dampers make it easy to adjust the cooking temperature and a hinged locking lid makes it easy to check the food during cooking. The integrated heat gauge lets you see at a glance that the cooking temperature is correct without opening the lid. There’s an easy-dump ash pan that makes cleanup easy when grilling is done.

  • 06 of 09

    Louisiana Grills 22" Ceramic Kamado

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    Designed for grilling for four to six people, this kamado grill has a 299 square inch cooking grid made from 304 stainless steel that will never rust or corrode. The included removable top-tier rack increases the cooking surface to 575 square inches.

    This grill includes bamboo side shelves and an ash tool that makes cleanout easier. The beveled thermometer looks good and makes it simple to check the interior temperature without lifting the lid.
    The fire bowl can reach temperatures up to 700 degrees, and you can use either direct cooking or indirect, with the addition of a heat deflector (sold separately).

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    Pit Boss with Cover and Heat Deflector

    This kamado style cooker will look at home in your backyard, where it can handle food for a crowd on the 570 square inch cooking space on two-tier stainless steel cooking grids. Two bamboo side shelves give you plenty of room for plates, sauces, and cooking tools, then the shelves fold down to get out of the way when cooking is done.

    The top damper and slide vent give you precise control of the air flow and cooking temperature, so you’ll always get the results you look for, while the heat deflector makes indirect cooking a breeze as it provides a barrier between the flames and the food.
    The heavy lid has a spring-loaded hinge and dampers, so it will open and close easily, every time. The wheels lock to keep the grill from moving if accidentally bumped, then they unlock when you need to find a better location for cooking or you want to move the grill out of the way when cooking is done.

  • 08 of 09

    Cal Flame 21 in. Kamado Smoker Grill

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    Courtesy of Home Depot

    You might know the Cal Flame brand from their high-end gas grills, but they also make quality kamado-style grills. The heavy ceramic and interior fireproof fabric seal in this grill help maintain even heat that’s perfect for just about every type of outdoor cooking including grilling, baking and slow and cool smoking.

    The top and bottom vents give ultimate control of the interior heat while the 304 stainless steel grill grates are easy to clean and won’t rust, corrode, or stain. The large wooden handle stays cool and offers a wide grip for lifting the hinged lid and the side shelves give you plenty of space for plates, barbecue tools, and spices, then they fold down when cooking is done to save space on the patio or in storage.

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  • 09 of 09

    Hanover 19 in. Ceramic Kamado Grill in Desert with Stainless Steel Cart

    The unique desert color and the stainless steel cart will make this kamado-style grill stand out from the rest. But it’s not just about the looks. That sturdy four-wheeled cart makes it simple to roll the grill across the patio to the perfect cooking spot, then you can roll it out of the way when cooking is done. The casters have a dual-locking system, so you can keep them from pivoting or rolling, for better control. When fully locked, the grill won’t travel if it’s accidentally bumped during the party.

    The two integrated side shelves have plenty of room for condiments, grilling tools, and hot dog buns, then they fold down neatly against the sides of the grill when cooking is done.

    Adjustable draft doors let you control the airflow for the perfect cooking temperature from 200 to 700 degrees while the multi-level cooking surfaces with a total of 285 square inches let you cook closer or further from the heat. At the highest temperature — up to 1100 degrees — the grill cleans itself as it burns off food debris, drips, and grease, so there’s less cleanup to worry about when the party is over.