Best Pellet Grills For Under $1,000
How to choose the best pellet grill within your budget.
When it comes to searching for a pellet grill that not only fits your budget but also your desires for what you want in a grill, it can be challenging to decide the best components to focus on. For many people, buying a grill comes with a hard line on how much they’re willing to spend. If you want a quality pellet grill for under $500, that’s going to be a tough one. For many of the people we talk to, the budget for a pellet grill stops at around $1,000. At this price point there are many options, but how do you make an educated decision on the best grill for you?
In today’s world of ever-changing technology, you can find grills that have features such as WiFi-enabled temperature control along with apps you can download to your phone that sync with your grill. However, the real question is: Will you actually use all of these technology features and are they worth sometimes the extra $300-$400 on top of your grill? That’s a big portion of what you’re paying for when you’re trying to find the best pellet grill under $1,000. Let us break down the basics of pellet grills and the main components you should be looking for in your next grill purchase.
What is the Best Pellet Grill for the Money?
Deciding what’s the best pellet grill for the money means you need to think about how much bang for your buck when it comes to construction and features. As far as features, there’s been a long-running debate about what kind of controller is best on a pellet grill. A PID controller offers precise temperature control, while a standard temperature control allows for a bit more temperature fluctuation which creates more smoke, and thus more flavor. For years users had to buy a grill that gave you one or the other, but with the Alpha series Silverbac and Grilla from Grilla Grills, you can have the best of both worlds at a great price.
While Grilla has added these features, you may ask, “What about the cool features like a WiFi PID controller?” Even though the world is in a state of non-stop technology overload, we conducted research to find out just how much consumers utilize the WiFi feature on their grills. We found that 90% of people who paid the extra $300-$400 for the feature, had only used it an average of two times over the life of the grill. Right now, we want our grill to remain affordable to the average consumer so we leave this feature off, but if in the future it ends up being something our consumers want, we would begin taking a look at adding it on our grills. Saving money on these gadgets allows us to put more money into vital components of the grill, like the grill grates. Cheap grill grates need to be replaced often and will continue costing you money, even if the rest of the grill holds up. Our grates are made of ¼ inch stainless steel rod while many competitor pellet grills under $1,000 offer cheaper, low quality powdered coated .170 powder coated steel.
Every component you get on a Silverbac is quality. From the digital control to the pellet hopper to the heavy gauge steel construction, this grill is designed to maximize the bang for your buck.
For now, our research tells us that we should put that money into the other components of the grill, and we’ve got legions of customers who have switched from other grills who agree with our approach.
More Grill, Less Money
Here at Grilla Grills, we focus on giving our customers the best grill possible by investing into the components that physically make up the grill rather than all of the technology add-ons. We truly think our Grilla and Silverbac models are the best pellet smokers for under $1,000 because we focus on quality where we think it matters most. In the end, this leaves us with a grill that is built to last and provide more consistent results with a lower price tag. To us, it’s all about putting the money where it matters the most to our customers.
Bigger/Thicker Grills Are Not Always Better Quality or Value
This is a common misconception that we hear every single day – “I found a grill that is massive and has such a large build that it must be the best of the best.” We’re here to tell you that this is not always the case. When looking for a grill, it is important to look at how thick or thin the steel is because there is a very fine line between the two. Grills that are built with thicker steel usually are quite a challenge to carry around due to the heavy weight and take a much longer time to heat up.
On the other hand, grills that are built with thin steel can easily break and are not necessarily built for longevity. Therefore, it can prove to be difficult finding the happy medium between the two which is ideally what you want. This happy medium between thick and thin steel will help you maintain grill temperature very well and also doesn’t take forever to heat up. We’ve found that the Grilla and Silverbac models cook up to 30% more efficiently than many of our competitors with flimsier steel, which means you get more cooking per pound of pellets so you can save a lot of money on fuel over the lifetime of your grill.
Check out how Grilla’s double wall design compares to competitors like Camp Chef, Traeger, Rec-Tec, and Green Mountain Grills.
How Do Pellet Grills Work?
To understand how a grill like the Silverbac pellet grill works, it’s best to first understand the fuel. The pellets used in these grills are simply small, compressed pieces of wood. These are then fed into the fire pot of a grill that will receive air flow to get the grill going. Once the pellets are ignited, both smoke and heat are created to cook whatever food you have on the grill. There is also a control panel that allows you to set the desired temperature for your cook. From there, a good quality pellet grill really does the work for you, as you can sit back and relax until your food is perfectly cooked. We sometimes refer to these grills as “easy bake ovens” because they really are just as easy. You get the heat started, you set your temperature, and then “set it and forget it” as you can let the grill to do the rest of the cooking for you. Here are some other common questions we get about pellet grills:
Are Pellet Grills Better than Gas?
Pellet grills have a lot of advantages over gas grills, but “better” can be a subjective term depending on what you want in a grill. Pellet grills can provide more precise temperature, act as both a smoker and a grill, and offer “set it and forget it” cooking that makes amateur food taste like it was made by a pro. That said, if cost is an issue, gas grills can usually be found a lot cheaper. Another benefit gas has is it can achieve higher temperatures more quickly. Learn more about pellet grills vs. gas grills.
Do Pellet Grills Give Smoke Flavor?
One of the best things about pellet grills is the smoke flavor it imparts in food, which is one of the reasons so many people choose a pellet grill over a gas grill or a charcoal grill. With precise temperature control, a pellet grill can act as both a grill and a smoker, essentially giving you two tools for the price of one.
4 Main Components of a Pellet Grill
- Auger motor: This is the part that helps deliver the fuel into the burn pot
- Combustion blower: This is the part that actually delivers the air into the burn pot
- Ignition system: Just as it sounds, this is the part that actually starts the fire in the grill
- Control board: This is the part that controls the temperature and other features that some grills may have
Fuel, air, and heat ultimately all work together to create the fire and smoke that is needed for the grill to cook food to smoky perfection. Each one of these components is necessary for a pellet grill to produce the heat and smoke to cook food.
A Family-Owned Company with Transparent Pricing
Grilla Grills is a family-owned business that has been in operation for over 40 years stamping parts to now building grills. We have had experience in many different industries including automotive and construction, but we decided to diversify our business ventures and began building grills – it was a no-brainer for us. We strive to make the best grills according to what our consumers want while also treating our customers like family. Our price point is one that can’t be beaten. We only sell our grills direct, so your price doesn’t include margins for distributors and retailers. What you see on our website is what you get. There are no additional fees when it comes to shipping, we will ship your grill directly to your door. We focus on being transparent as a company and we think this shines through in our pricing strategy.
Other Grilla Resources to Check Out
There are many different resources that you can take a look at to further help you in your decision to purchase a grill under $1,000. Our YouTube channel features comparison videos between models of our grills and top competitor models to really give an insight into the similarities and differences. Additional information can also be found on our Facebook page and also our specific Facebook group called “My Grilla Grill Smoker”. Hopefully, you’ve learned valuable information that you will take with you when shopping for your next grill. We hope that you will decide to go with one of our grills, whether it be the Silverbac, Grilla, or Kong!