Best Pellet Grill Under $1000

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If you are going shopping for a pellet grill, you could conceivably spend thousands of dollars on a Traeger Timberline XL. You could also go to your local big box store and get a rickety pellet grill for a couple of hundred dollars. But what about a quality pellet grill for under $1000 dollars? If…

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If you are going shopping for a pellet grill, you could conceivably spend thousands of dollars on a Traeger Timberline XL. You could also go to your local big box store and get a rickety pellet grill for a couple of hundred dollars. But what about a quality pellet grill for under $1000 dollars? If you’re looking for quality without breaking the bank,  we here at Angry BBQ recommend the Camp Chef Woodwind 24 pellet grill.

It should come as no surprise that we are big fans of Camp Chef. We’ve reviewed a number of their offerings including the SG-24 pellet grill, the Apex hybrid gas/pellet grill, and even the Flat Top 600 griddle. So why do we love the Woodwind? It’s got Wi-Fi capability out of the box, a great ash cleanout system, a large cooking space, and a pellet hopper big enough to handle even a long brisket smoking session.

That’s not the only pellet grill under $1000 we like, though. There are a number of options that don’t sacrifice quality in the pursuit of value. Even in 2024’s world of inflation, you can still find great pellet grills that won’t ruin your bank account. We’ve seen a number of pellet grills that used to be under the $1000 threshold that no longer are due to rising manufacturing costs.

Yet companies like Camp Chef, Louisiana Grills, Pit Boss, recteq, Z Grills, and even Traeger are still finding ways to make affordable pellet grills. So let’s dive into the lineup and see our favorite pellet grills under $1000!

Best Pellet Grills Under $1000

At A Glance

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byb2-table__imageAngry BBQ's Top Pick!Angry BBQ's Top Pick!Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi 24"
  • WIFI
  • 800 sq. inches total cooking space
  • Temp. range 160 - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
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byb2-table__imageRunner UpRunner UpLouisianna Grills Black Label 800
  • WIFI
  • 809 sq. inches total cooking area
  • Temp. range 180 - 600 degrees Fahrenheit
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byb2-table__imageTraeger Pro 780
  • WIFI
  • 780 sq. inches of total cooking space
  • Temp. range 165 - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
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byb2-table__imageRecteq Deck Boss RT-590
  • WIFI
  • 590 sq inches of cooking space
  • Temp range 180-700 degrees Fahrenheit
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byb2-table__imagePit Boss Navigator 850
  • WIFI
  • 849 sq. inches of total cooking space
  • 1000F Searing Temps
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byb2-table__imageWorth A MentionWorth A MentionZ Grills Multitasker 7052B
  • WIFI
  • 709 sq. inches of total cooking space
  • 28 lbs. Hopper
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1. Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi 24 – Best Pellet Grill Under $1000

Camp Chef has been consistently manufacturing top-of-the-line grills for quite some time and the Woodwind 24 is undoubtedly one of their very best under $1,000 pellet grill options. This wood pellet smoker grill comes with highly impressive specs and a bevy of attachments (Sear Station and Side Kick) for optimum convenience. The total rack surface area on offer in this grill is 800 sq. inches divided between an upper and a lower rack. The hopper can accommodate up to 22 lbs of wood pellets making the grill ideal for long cooking sessions, low-and-slow style.

The Woodwind 24 has a heat range of 160 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit which can be adjusted in five-degree increments facilitating accurate temperature control. Additionally, you can also choose a smoke setting ranging from 1 to 8 to optimize the intensity of the smoke. The unit also comes with Camp Chef’s brilliant Slide ‘n’ Grill system as well as the Ash Kickin’ Cleanout system that takes convenience to the next level. There is, of course, support for WiFi connectivity and a WiFi controller with a full-color display that allows you to control and monitor your cooking without having to hover around the grill. You can do this through the Camp Chef Connect app that can be downloaded on your phone.

Camp Chef Ash Cleanout
Easy Ash Cleanout
Camp Chef Slide n Grill
Slide n Grill Gate

Optional Sidekick Propane Accessory

Optional Sear Box Propane Accessory

This pellet grill comes with four meat probes, optional sidekick, and best of all, an optional set of propane attachments. This includes a removable flat-top griddle and a propane gas grill burner, perfect for whipping up some bacon and eggs. The Woodwind 24 also includes Camp Chef’s signature cord management and grease management system. Overall, this grill boasts expert design and terrific build quality.

What We Like…

  • Sturdy stainless steel build quality
  • Effective ash-removal system
  • Optional propane attachments
  • Full-color WiFi controller
  • Versatile smoke and heat settings

What Makes Us Angry…

  • Only 3-Year Warranty
Camp Chef Woodwind 24 Pellet Smoker
Camp Chef Woodwind 24 Pellet Smoker


2. Louisiana Grills Black Label 800 – Runner Up

Louisiana Grills is one of the chief contenders in this shootout as they have long been challenging Traeger with their premium quality pellet grills. Louisiana Grills is owned by Dansons which recently brought on the original Traeger Family to assist the company. We put the Black Label 800 from their pellet smoker grill line to the test and were met with some very impressive results. Right off the bat, the LG Black Label 800 has the appearance and feel of a premium quality pellet grill. Built with heavy-duty powder-coated 14-gauge steel, the grill comes in a classy matte black color with solid metal black handles. The legs are sturdy and have locking caster wheels.

The clean design line of the Black Label 800 is a testament to Louisiana Grills incredible attention to detail. It offers a total cooking area of 809 sq. inches which is phenomenal for this price range and a significant jack-up from the cooking area on offer in the >$500 range. The primary cooking space is 500 sq. inches. The total area on offer can easily accommodate a couple of pork shoulders in one go.

This pellet smoker grill is one of the few at this price point that offers a temperature range of 180 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. We are talking real searing temperatures here, which works well for steak or pizza. The hopper capacity is 18 pounds, which is lower than its competitors. There is a pellet window through which you can see inside the hopper along with a pellet sensor to notify you when a refill is required. The Black Label 800 comes with robust porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates that can stand up to high temperatures. It permits both direct and indirect cooking facilitated by a sliding sear plate in the cooking area for maximum versatility.

Louisiana Grills Front Folding Shelf
Front Folding Shelf
Louisiana Grills Hopper Cleanout
Hopper Cleanout

The temperature control system is entirely electronic leading to precise temperature control that can be adjusted in 5-degree increments. The large and easy-to-read display screen makes it possible to monitor the temperature from a distance. With support for WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated app, you can monitor your cooking remotely. The push-button ignition makes the start-up process quick, safe, and simple. Excess grease whilst cooking automatically drains into a bucket mounted at the bottom which is a nice touch. This grill comes with two meat probes and is, in our opinion, one of the best wood pellet grills for under $1,000.

What We Like…

  • Inexpensive for its feature set
  • Bluetooth and WiFi compatibility
  • Pellet window and pellet dump are useful touches
  • Support for direct and indirect cooking
  • 5-year warranty

What Makes Us Angry…

  • Hopper capacity is lowest in class

3. Traeger Pro 780

Traeger is the brand people usually associate with pellet grills and their products still present wonderful value to BBQ enthusiasts. The Traeger Pro 780 is no exception, providing 780 sq. inches of versatile cooking area with a maximum temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit and an 18 lbs. pellet hopper which is tied for the smallest with Louisiana Grills. In truth, this grill contains a host of modern and innovative technology that makes it an excellent choice in this price bracket.

The brain of the operation is the D2 controller, a PID-based controller that can precisely control the temperature using granular control of a variable speed fan. This makes it easy to set the desired temperature and smoke level and to leave the grill to work its magic. This also makes use of a brushless DC motor, a unique feature in this price range. Brushless motors typically have fewer moving parts and are therefore able to operate with high efficiency and accuracy while keeping the chance of failure low.

With this combination, the grill can achieve set temperatures very quickly and maintain them very precisely. Arguably the best feature of this grill is the WiFire Wi-Fi control, which allows you to set and monitor the grill using the companion app on your phone. While competitors also include similar functionality in their products, Traeger’s version of this is full of extra features and nuances. 

Traeger Wifire
Traeger Wifire App

Traeger includes GrillGuide, a guided cooking program that assists you with a recipe from start to finish. There is also a community section that allows you to communicate with other Traeger users.

The icing on the cake is the fact that you can control the grill with popular voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

What We Like…

  • Stable, reliable temperature control
  • Comes up to temp fast
  • Excellent remote control and monitoring 
  • Feature-rich app
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant

What Makes Us Angry…

  • On the expensive side
  • The app can sometimes be slow to connect
  • Some usual add-ons in the price bracket come as paid extras

4. Recteq Deck Boss 590 Pellet Grill

Late in 2023, recteq debuted five new grills at their annual recteq Fest. Among those new releases was the Deck Boss 590. You may have heard of the original RT-590, and the Deck Boss upgrades on the original in a couple of areas.

The most notable area is the temperature range. The original could run from 180°-500°F while the Deck Boss expanded that range up to 700°F. That higher temperature gives you a better sear than any other pellet grill that doesn’t have direct flame access or a side burner.

The other major upgrade is to the exterior. The original RT-590 had a squared lid and straight legs. It had two locking swivel casters and two larger straight wheels. Recteq redesigned the exterior from top to bottom. The lid is rounded and features the recteq logo above the iconic stainless steel bullhorn handles. The legs are thicker and slightly angled for more stability, and recteq swapped the straight wheels for two more swivel casters for added mobility.

One area that the Deck Boss downsized was the removal of the warming rack. The original RT-590 had a secondary rack that added 180 sq inches of cooking space for a total of 772 sq inches. The Deck Boss does not come with that secondary rack so you get 590 sq inches of cooking space in total.

This is not a bad thing. Quite often when it comes to warming racks, they can get in the way if you’re smoking taller cuts of meat like a whole turkey. Those racks can also make it harder to reach the rear of the cooking chamber, effectively limiting the primary cooking surface. So recteq just did away with it. However, the company boasts that you can still cook a 24-pound turkey in the cooking chamber or six whole chickens. If you’re a fan of pork over poultry, you can smoke up to five pork butts at once. If you’re hosting the Fourth of July and want to have plenty of pulled pork for everyone, the Deck Boss will do just fine.

The Deck Boss still has the PID controller and Wi-Fi of the original RT-590 so you can be sure your temperatures will stay even and you can keep an eye on everything from your phone. You’ve also got that big best-in-class 30-pound pellet hopper to ensure you’re going to be smoking for a long time before you need to worry about refilling pellets. It’s also backed by a four-year warranty so you can rest assured that you’ll be taken care of if anything goes wrong.

What We Like…

  • Quality Materials Throughout
  • 30lbs Pellet Hopper
  • WIFI Connectivity

What Makes Us Angry…

  • Some people might complain about the lack of a warming rack leading to the least amount of total cooking space (but all 590 sq inches of cooking space are usable!)
Recteq RT-590 Pellet Smoker
Recteq RT-590 Pellet Smoker

5. Pit Boss Navigator 850 WIFI – Review

Pit Boss has managed to put out a pellet grill with the Navigator 850 WiFi that can offer both a smartphone-connected experience for smoking and direct-flame access for improved grilling performance. 

Whether you’re smoking a brisket or multiple pork butts, the Navigator 850 can handle it with 879 sq in of cooking space across two porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates. With a 27-pound pellet hopper, you can plan on a long low-and-slow smoking session without worrying about the pellet supply running out. You can even keep an eye on the pellet level through the window built into the front of the hopper.

If you’re more concerned about grilling, the 850 can reach temperatures up to 500°F (260°C) simply running as normal. That will allow you to grill up to 45 burgers at the same time. If you’re looking for some flame-broiled searing, Pit Boss has a lever pull to reveal the firepot for direct flame access. That can reach temperatures of close to 1,000°F (537.8°C) for that perfect crust on a steak without worrying about overcooking the center.

If you like having a lot of workspace at your disposal, the 850 has a permanent side shelf and a folding front shelf. You’ll be able to prepare food right at the grill and you won’t have to worry about juggling plates or platters when it’s time to pull food off.

When assembled, the 850 weighs around 164 pounds, but you’ll be able to move it on two large rubber wheels and two locking casters. The grill also comes with a five-year warranty so you can have peace of mind that if anything goes wrong, you’ll have help.

What We Like…

  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity without having to break the bank
  • One side shelf and a folding front shelf give you plenty of prep and workspace
  • Large 27lb pellet hopper for even the longest brisket smokes
  • Direct-flame access for searing right over the pot with temperatures approaching 1,000°F (537.8°C)

What Makes Us Angry…

  • Lacks some of the clean-up improvements that some other grills on this list feature
  • Only one probe included and the controller can only accommodate two

6. Z Grills Multitasker 7052B WIFI Review – Worth a Mention

Here at Angry BBQ, we’ve gotten some hands-on time with a number of Z Grills’ products and have enjoyed our time with them, whether it’s the portable 200A Cruiser, the entry-level 450B Pioneer, or the larger 700D3. Z Grills has long filled an important niche in the pellet grill industry of quality yet affordable products that might not be packed to the gills with features but will perform their job time and time again.

However, that was not enough for Z Grills. Enter the Multitasker series and more specifically for this article, the 7052B.

Z Grills made a number of changes to their standard pellet grills for this one. Gone is the normal smokestack with rear vents in its place to help improve smoke and heat circulation. The 7052B also comes with a large 28-pound pellet hopper for plenty of cooking time for its 709 sq inches of cooking space.

The biggest news for people who have used Z Grills grills before is that the Multitasker comes with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity through the Z Grills App. So you can monitor temperatures and even control your grill from your phone without having to stand in front of this grill. The grill comes with two probes so you can track temperatures as well, but that is a smaller amount than some other grills.

However, the Z Grills App is nowhere near as feature-rich as other competitors’ apps like Traeger and Camp Chef. You can monitor temperatures and it gives you basic controls over the grill but that is about it.

As for work space, the 7052B comes with a front shelf that runs the entire length of the grill, including in front of the pellet hopper. Plus, the grill comes with a bamboo cutting board so you can slice up veggies or meat as you need.

What We Like…

  • 28-pound pellet hopper can handle even the longest brisket or pork butt smokes
  • Connects to your phone and the Z Grills App via WiFi or Bluetooth
  • Slide-out grease drawer to help with easier cleanup

What Makes Us Angry…

  • The Z Grills App is very minimalistic, especially in comparison to other grill companies’ apps
  • The controller has room for only two probes, so if you’re smoking more than two pieces of meat you need to monitor, you’ll need some other means like the ThermoWorks Signals or Smoke X4

How to Choose the Best Pellet Grill Under $1000?

When shopping with a specific price point in mind, it is always best to compare and contrast what different brands have to offer at that price point. For this, it is advisable to take into account each aspect of the pellet grill and compare it between brands. 

Here are a few things that you should take into account when shopping for a wood pellet grill for under $1000.

  1. Build quality – The build quality of the pellet smoker grill that you purchase will determine how long it lasts. Pellet grills in the $500-$1000 range generally have standard build quality, with some fluctuations depending on the manufacturer. Ensure that you choose a pellet grill with a sturdy build and solid components.
  2. Cooking area – Although most brands in this range have similar cooking areas on offer, there are often minor differences. Depending on your use case scenario and how many people you wish to cook for, get a pellet grill that can accommodate sufficient food.
  3. Feature set – Once again, wood pellet grills at this price point offer more or less similar features. However, you must look for a fairly high-tech product that has support for WiFi connectivity. This is an extremely useful feature that will enable you to monitor your cooking remotely without having to be constantly lurking around the grill.
  4. Temperature ranges – An extensive temperature range is of great significance in a pellet grill if you want to experience the versatility that pellet grills are inherently known to bring to the table. A short temperature range would restrict the grill from reaching its full potential, thereby limiting the number of cooking styles you can use it for. 600F is a high temp in the world of pellet grills. You can actually sear a steak well at that temp.
  5. Warranty – Since $500-$1000 is still a significant amount of money, you would want to look into a pellet grill with a good warranty period. A minimum of 3 years of warranty would give you the most value out of your purchase. 5-year warranty is becoming standard in this class.
  6. Attachments – Keeping an eye out for extra attachments can be immensely useful when buying a pellet grill under $1000. Look for brands that offer sturdy attachments such as an extra rack, one or two meat probes, hooks, detachable side shelves, and so on. These accessories may not seem like much, but they surely can make your BBQ session that much simpler.
  7. Customer Service – Look at reviews from customers to make sure that the manufacturer provides quality customer service. Ideally, the manufacturer should have a reputation for prompt responses and quick resolution of issues. This will ensure that any issue that you may face after purchasing your pellet grill will be addressed and resolved immediately. We believe these companies have a great customer service track record.

Can You Get a Quality Pellet Grill Under $1000?

Many BBQ enthusiasts may be hesitant to buy a pellet grill that costs less than $1000 as it is common knowledge that top-of-the-line grills often cost much more. As a result, it is normal to be apprehensive about the quality of a wood pellet grill that does not carry the usual hefty price tag. 

We can, however, say with conviction that you can find a smoker grill within $1000 without having to compromise on quality.

Some of the biggest names in the pellet grill industry, including Traeger, Pit Boss, and Camp Chef, offer fantastic products in the $500-$1,000 range. Along with the features that you would get from a >$500 grill, as mentioned in our article on pellet grills under $500, you receive significantly more value from a grill that costs between $500 and $1,000. Wood pellet grills in this range will have a larger cooking space and greater BTUs on offer. Most of them will also support direct as well as indirect grilling, giving you more versatility in terms of cooking styles.

Many grills at this price point will also feature Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity through which you can remotely monitor the cooking process. Typically, you will also get a few more attachments in this range that would make cooking with your pellet grill a lot more convenient. Build quality of pellet grills under $1,000 is also fairly good, with many manufacturers offering a robust stainless steel build for maximum durability.

These grills are meant to be stationary. There are many portable pellet grill options today, that we recently reviewed.

Disadvantages to a <$1,000 Pellet Grill

Specifications and features are, quite naturally, much lesser at the <$1,000 price point in comparison to wood pellet smoker grills that cost more. One primary disadvantage to a pellet grill in this price range is the fact that its maximum temperature would most likely cap at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, most pellet grills over the $1,000 price point can reach up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit during searing which makes them more desirable.

A common complaint with units at this price is also that they take much longer to come up to temperature compared to their more expensive counterparts. This can be frustrating for those looking to get a quick sear on their food.

Some of the Best Brands in this Price Range

Camp Chef

Built from the ground up to make the outdoor cooking experience more convenient and enjoyable, Camp Chef was established in 1990. Located in Cache Valley, Utah, amid the Bear River Mountain Range, the company has been one of the most renowned names in the BBQ industry for over 20 years.

Louisiana Grills

After the expiry of Traeger’s patented pellet grill in 2006, Louisiana Grills was one of the earliest competitors to sweep in and make major modifications to the design. Boasting more than 20 years of premium quality service, one of the company’s major changes was placing the firepot in closer proximity to the hopper. They also improved heat retention, which had been a persistent issue in pellet grills until that point.

Weber

Weber is easily amongst the top BBQ brands currently in the market and has been so for quite some time. Established in 1952, the company was the very first to fashion the kettle grill out of a plain marine buoy. Their innovations have since taken over the grilling industry, as they continue to manufacture premium quality grills and grilling accessories that numerous pitmasters and BBQ enthusiasts across the country swear by. Weber’s line of wood pellet smoker grills, by the name of the SmokeFire series, boasts their characteristic robust build quality, durability, and versatility.

Traeger

When we think of wood pellet grills, the name Traeger almost immediately comes to mind. Traeger’s founder, Joe Traeger, founded the company in 1987 and was the first to design a fully functional wood pellet grill. It is this very design that gradually took the industry by storm, with a host of manufacturers waiting on the edge of their seats for the expiry of the patent. Traeger has since made myriad modifications to the original design to enhance functionality as well as appearance. Their pellet smoker grills promise delectable results every time you fire them up and they come with the sterling quality that Trager grills are known for.

Pit Boss

A subsidiary of Dansons Inc. which is a widely popular family-owned pellet fuel appliances and pellet fuel manufacturer, Pit Boss Grills is best known for its Tailgater line of grills. Their wood pellet grills are some of the most popular in the market, offering fantastic value per square inch and taking the outdoor cooking experience to the next level with unique features and accessories.

Is Traeger Still King?

It is no news that Traeger had a monopoly on the wood pellet grill industry for quite some time. However, once their patent expired in 2006, several leading manufacturers seized the long-awaited opportunity to start producing their very own pellet grills. Significantly improving on Traeger’s design and offering exciting feature sets and great value for money, these companies soon began to compete against Traeger to secure their position as the country’s number-one pellet grill manufacturer.

While Traeger, with its one-of-a-kind product, used to be the leader in the market of pellet grills, it has since taken the backseat as its rivals have come up with a far greater number of innovative features and superior build quality. Chief competitors of the company currently include brands such as Green Mountain Grills, Camp Chef, and Pit Boss.

Best Pellet Grill Under $1000 Review

You could choose any of the products listed in this shootout and wind up with excellent results. However, after reviewing each product, we feel the Camp Chef Woodwind series is a leader in this price range. It has every option/feature that you would want in a pellet grill but also the innovative Sidekick system. This is the game changer and it makes your pellet grill a real versatile grill/smoke station. They also have the Slide n Grill gate to allow for direct flame in the main cook box, which is another option most do not have. Price points are also fair with Camp Chef. The Louisiana Grills Black Label was a very close second but the Camp Chef Sidekick sets it apart.

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