Z Grills Smokers Review

Z Grills is a brand known for making smokers very similar to those of Pit Boss and Traeger. Most of their products are pellet grills that work by burning wood pellets to create heat and smoke. Pellets are stored in a hopper placed on the side of the grill and are automatically fed into the firebox by a mechanical auger.

Pellet smokers are perfect for people who want a model that is very simple to use. And, with pellet grills, it can’t be easier. All you have to do is load the hopper, set the temperature, and let the grill do all the work. In addition, pellet grills are a great choice for those who want to infuse their food with that tasty, smoky flavor, but don’t want to deal with the mess of cooking with charcoal.

Z Grills currently sell three of their top models of pellet grill in a few different configurations, but there are also a few other options available. The 450A is one of their smallest products which offers 450 square inches of cooking space, whereas, the 7002E offers 700 inches of cooking space. Their largest model is 1002B which offers a total of 1060 square inches for cooking food.

A few years ago, people would frequently company about issues related to the temperature controller. However, all the grills were updated in 2019 and feature a new digital control board.

Z Grills 7002E Review

The 7002E is an excellent and one of the most popular models by Z Grills and it comes with 700 square inches of cooking space and a 20-pound hopper. The cooking area is split into a 504 square inches for the grilling area and a 190 square inch warming rack. Owning a grill with a 20-pound hopper means that you can just load the hopper and let the grill run for 20 hours without having to refill it.

What you’re looking at here is a model that was updated in 2019 and now is known as one of the best pellet smokers you can get without breaking the bank. The 2019 update provided a new pellet feed control system and more reliable temperature control.

Even though the official product name is pellet grill, this model can also be used as a smoker. But, the manufacturer wanted this grill to be as versatile as possible and besides smoking, you can sear and braise foods or use the grill to bake, roast, barbecue, and char-grill your meat. The 7002E can be used to cook your food low and slow at 180 °F or you can heat it to 450°F to sear and barbecue your meat.

Features

Automated Feed and Temperature System

One of the biggest problems of many affordable grills and smokers is inconsistent temperature. The 7002E features a digital control and an adjustable temperature regulator ranging from 180ºF to 450ºF with an internal sensor (auto temperature control) to help you stay in control of the heat. The grill does a great job of maintaining consistent heat and cooking your food evenly. This automated grilling system ensures less supervision and makes every BBQ a truly enjoyable experience.

Plenty of Cooking Space

As already mentioned, this grill comes with 700 square inches of total cooking space; 504 square inches of main grilling area, and a 190 square inch warming rack. This much space is enough to fit about 30 burgers or six rib racks simultaneously. The long and narrow cooking area is highly conducive to multiple grilling experiences due to the total rack surface area being so large.

Flexible Convection Cooking

The greatest thing about 7002E is that it is not just a grill; it is an 8-in-1 product that will allow you to grill, bake, roast, grill, char grill, sear, braise and even smoke your favorite meats. Whether you want to grill some hot dogs or slow smoke a rib roast, pellet grills can do it all with ease.

In addition, the grill does an excellent job of maintaining consistent temperatures and will stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature.

Excellent Design and Durability

This Z Grill model was made of powder-coated stainless steel and features a flawless design and layout. Due to the use of quality materials, the grill is resistant to extreme heat as well as corrosion. The manufacturer wanted to make sure that your investment in this grill pays off for a long time.

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Z GRILLS ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Controls, inch Cooking Area, 700 sq, Silver
  • ★ULTIMATE 8-IN-1--Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, barbeque.
  • ★PELLET GRILL TECHNOLOGY--★ FLAVOR--There just isn’t an easier way to get the flavor of wood smoked food than with a pellet grill. Try it and you’ll taste the difference from a GAS or CARBON grill; ★ ACCURACY--Most stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if its 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside; ★EFFICIENCY--You can cook for about 20 hours per 20 lbs. of pellets. When you do the math, you will find that pellet cooking typically costs less than a comparably sized GAS or CARBON gr
  • ★EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT--One button starts up and temperature control eliminates starter fluid. No need to run to the local station to trade in your propane.★EASY TO USE--Electronic AUTO-Start Ignition, Digital Auto Temperature Control, LED temperature readout. Super easy cooking even for beginners. ★EASY TO CLEAN--Special Designed Waste Oil Collector to assist you with safe and easy cleanup. ★EASY TO MOVE--Upgraded cart with locking caster wheels.
  • ★2020 UPGRADE--Known Issues Fixed and More Precise Temperature Control and Pellet Feed Control System. The new upgrade digital control board auto ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180°f to 450°f.
  • ★AUTOMATED ELECTRIC FEED SYSTEM--Maintains the heat within 10 degrees of the set temperature for you from 180ºf to 450ºf and produce the optimal amount of smoke. Just set it and let it work: No more babysitting. Enjoy the cooking!★FAN-FORCED CONVECTION COOKING--Eliminates the need for a rotisserie and creates a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising and baking.Whether you want to grill some hot dogs or slow smoke a rib roast, pellet grills can do it all with ease.★HUGE G

PROs:

  • Excellent value for the money;
  • Made of powder-coated stainless steel that protects the grill from weather condition;
  • The grill does a great job at maintaining consistent temperatures and cooking food evenly;
  • An 8-in-1 product – you can use it for grilling, baking, searing, smoking, braising, and much more;
  • The grill is very easy to clean thanks to the grease bucket;

CONs:

  • With a maximum temperature of 450°F, searing food is a bit difficult.

Z Grills 450A Review

Z Grills 450A is the little brother of the 7002E. It comes with almost all the same features. The only difference is that you get less cooking space. As you can conclude from the name of the model, the 450A offers you 450 square inches of cooking space split between the main grilling area and the warming rack. Also, the hopper capacity is slightly lower – 15 pounds. The temperature range is almost the same; the minimum temperature is 160°F whereas the maximum is 450°F.

The grill is made of high-grade stainless steel that has high corrosion resistance and is made to last. The overall design is modern and sleek with a polished finish.

The 450A also uses advanced wood fire technology to infuse your food with that unique wood fire flavor. The wide temperature range is perfect for grilling, smoking, roasting, baking, braising, or just barbecuing.

If you have never used a pellet grill before and you worry that it might be complicated, the truth is, using a pellet grill is incredibly easy. This model features an electronic automatic-start ignition for easy operation and monitor settings in real-time through the temperature control and LED display. All you have to do is load the hopper, start the grill, put your food in and the grill will do all the rest for you.

Features

Very Powerful Burner

Having a powerful burner is very important for the ultimate BBQ experience. If you don’t have one, then your food won’t cook evenly and you won’t be able to taste that juicy flavor. The Z Grills 450A comes with a 25,000 BTU burner that distributes heat evenly and ensures that all your food is cooked to perfection.

Experiment with Different Flavors

The reason why people love barbeques so much is because of that smoky, charcoal flavor. Even though it doesn’t use charcoal as a fuel, the 450A features an advanced wood fire technology that allows you to get that flavor you’ve been craving for. And, thanks to a variety of wood pellets, you can experiment with different flavors. The best part is that your grill can run for about 15 hours once you fill the hopper with the wood chips.

Very Easy to Use

Many people worry about using a pellet smoker because they think it can be complicated. The good news is, using such a smoker is incredibly easy. All you have to do is set the temperature and then you can forget about the grill.

When it comes to starting the grill, the 450A comes with an automatic and upgraded digital control board that ignites the grill all by itself. Also, the grill comes with two large wheels, making it very easy to move around.

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Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 6 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control, 450 Sq in Bronze
  • ★ ULTIMATE 8-IN-1 (Cover included): Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: bbq✓bake✓roast✓braise✓smoke✓grill✓sear✓char-grill
  • ★ Pellet Grill Technology: There isn't an easier way to get wood-smoked flavors than with a pellet grill. Try it, and you'll taste the difference from a GAS or CHARCOAL grill
  • ★ Set the Temperature, Relax, and Enjoy: Z Grills pellet grills will do all the work for you once you set the temperature. No labor-intensive start-up. No babysitting the grill. Enjoy the cooking!
  • ★ Consistent Results Every Time: The PID technology holds the tightest temperature possible throughout your cooking for consistent results.
  • ★Smoke, Grill, and Everything in Between: With its 180° to 450° F temperature range, this pellet grill has 8-in-1 versatility to grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbecue, and char-grill with incredible hardwood flavor.

PROs:

  • Excellent value for the money;
  • Decent cooking space; 450 square inches can fit about 20 hamburgers at the same time;
  • Made out of high-grade stainless steel and meant to last for years;
  • The powerful burner ensures that all your food is cooked evenly.

CONs:

  • Some users reported that the temperature varies up to 30ºF of the set temperature.

Z Grills 550B Review

The 550B is very similar to the 450A. It is also a 6-in-1 functioning grill that allows you to grill, smoke, roast, bake, braise, and barbecue your favorite foods thanks to the wide temperature range and the automatic temperature control. The biggest difference is size and hopper capacity.

The 550B with 538 square inches of cooking space divided into the main area and the warming rack. However, one downside of this grill is that it features a ten-pound hopper which is much smaller than that of the previous models. Even though ten pounds is a decent size for a hopper, it may need to be refilled more frequently.

All of Z Grills models come with fan-forced convection that ensures perfectly cooked food, and so does this one. After receiving an update in 2019, this model now features a much more precise temperature control system as well as an upgraded pellet feed control system. You can use the digital control board to the temperature between 180°F to 450°F.

This model also features a foldable shelf, durable wheels for portability, and rustproof stainless-steel cover and racks. Cleaning the grill is very easy thanks to the waste oil collector. Last but not least, almost all Z Grills models are covered by a three-year warranty.

Features

Smart Smoke Technology

Anyone who knows something about BBQs knows that maintaining a steady temperature is a must. Luckily, with this grill, you won’t have to worry about that at all. It features an automated electric feed system that regulates the temperature between 180ºF to 450ºF. The smart digital controller does all the work for you. All you have to do is choose the suitable temperature you need for your cooking type, whether it is grilling, searing, or smoking.

Excellent Cooking Space

Similarly to other Z Grills models, this one also features the main cooking area and a warming rack. In total, you get 538 square inches of cooking space, which is more than enough for cooking for your family and friends. This much space is enough to cook about 20 burgers, five racks of ribs, or four whole chickens at the same time.

Consistent & Precise Grill

What many buyers love about this grill is its consistency and precision. When you set the desired temperature, the grill will make sure to distribute it evenly across the cooking surface and maintain a steady temperature within 10 ºF of your selected temperature. The fan-forced convection cooking eliminates the need for a rotisserie and creates a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising, and baking.

Z GRILLS ZPG-550B 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control, Cooking Area, 550 sq in Black
  • ULTIMATE 8-IN-1: Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: bbq✓bake✓roast✓braise✓smoke✓grill✓sear✓char-grill
  • Pellet Grill Technology: There just isn’t an easier way to get the flavor of wood smoked food than with a pellet grill. Try it, you’ll taste the difference from a GAS or CARBON grill.
  • Set the Temperature, Relax, and Enjoy: Z Grills pellet grills will do all the work for you once you set the temperature. No labor-intensive start-up. No babysitting the grill. Enjoy the cooking!
  • 538 sq. in. Cooking Area: Two tiers of grill rack offer 538 sq. in. of total cooking area to feed 4 to 5 people. The removable upper rack gives the extra height for the main surface when removed.
  • 8-in-1 Versatility: A wide temperature range from 180 to 450 °F allows you to bake, grill, smoke, BBQ, roast, braise, barbeque, and char-grill a seemingly unlimited amount of recipes.

PROs:

  • The grill is made of high-quality stainless steel;
  • Using, cleaning, and maintaining the grill is very easy;
  • The temperature range is excellent – 180ºF to 450ºF;
  • The grill is very versatile and can be used for baking, searing, and smoking foods as well;
  • The size of cooking space is 538 square inches which is suitable for medium to large gatherings.

CONs:

  • The hopper size is only 10 pounds;
  • One user stated that the feeder caught on fire.

Z Grills 1002B Review

This is the largest pellet grill that Z Grills makes and it comes with 1060 square inches of cooking space. The main cooking area is 432 square inches large and there are also two warming racks. The first one measures 374 sq. in., whereas the second one is 255 sq. in. large. Keep in mind that, even though it is tempting to buy an affordable grill that offers this much cooking space, maybe you don’t need it. This much space is enough for about ten whole chickens, nine pork butts, or seven rib racks and is perfect for large gatherings.

Just like all the previous models we mentioned, this one also has an excellent temperature range and you get to choose between 180ºF to 450ºF. This is also an 8-in-1 model that allows you to grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbeque, or char-grill.

What buyers love about this grill, despite its size, is that it does a great job and maintaining heat within 10 degrees of the set temperature. In addition, using and cleaning the grill is very easy. All you have to do is load the hopper with pellets and choose the desired temperature. When it comes to cleaning, the grease bucket will collect all the excess drippings. All you have to do is throw it away. You can clean the cooking grids with a wet cloth.

The grill is made of high-quality stainless steel which makes it resistant to all weather conditions and meant to last for years to come. If something goes south, the grill is covered by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Z Grills ZPG-10002B 2020 New Model Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control, 1060 sq in Black
  • ★ULTIMATE 8-IN-1--Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, barbeque.
  • ★PELLET GRILL TECHNOLOGY--★ FLAVOR--There just isn’t an easier way to get the flavor of wood smoked food than with a pellet grill. Try it and you’ll taste the difference from a GAS or CARBON grill; ★ ACCURACY--Most stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if its 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside; ★EFFICIENCY--You can cook for about 20 hours per 20 lbs. of pellets. When you do the math, you will find that pellet cooking typically costs less than a comparably sized GAS or CARBON gr
  • ★EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT--One button starts up and temperature control eliminates starter fluid. No need to run to the local station to trade in your propane.★EASY TO USE--Electronic AUTO-Start Ignition, Digital Auto Temperature Control, LED temperature readout. Super easy cooking even for beginners. ★EASY TO CLEAN--Special Designed Waste Oil Collector to assist you with safe and easy cleanup. ★EASY TO MOVE--Upgraded cart with locking caster wheels.
  • ★2020 NEW MODEL--More Precise Temperature Control and Pellet Feed Control System. The new upgrade digital control board auto ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180°f to 450°f.
  • ★AUTOMATED ELECTRIC FEED SYSTEM--Maintains the heat within 10 degrees of the set temperature for you from 180ºf to 450ºf and produce the optimal amount of smoke. Just set it and let it work: No more babysitting. Enjoy the cooking!★FAN-FORCED CONVECTION COOKING--Eliminates the need for a rotisserie and creates a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising and baking.Whether you want to grill some hot dogs or slow smoke a rib roast, pellet grills can do it all with ease.★HUGE G

PROs:

  • Comes with 432 sq. in. of main cooking space and two warming racks for a total of 1060 sq. in.;
  • The grill is versatile and can also be used for baking, searing, smoking, and char-grilling;
  • Using and cleaning the grill is incredibly easy;
  • The grill is made of high-quality materials and it is covered by a three-year warranty.

CONs:

  • Some users complained that the temperature fluctuates frequently.

Z Grills 6002E Review

This Z Grills model is somewhere in between the 450A and 1002B, in terms of the cooking space. As you can guess from the model name, you get 600 square inches of cooking space, which is perfectly enough for all those who love inviting their friends and family over for tasty BBQ.

The build quality of the 6002E is superb and it is made of quality stainless steel, making the unit resistant to corrosion and all weather conditions. You’ll also love the design and the sleek and polished finish.

The grill features a 10-pound hopper which allows you to cook your food for about 10 hours without refilling it. Even though the hopper is much smaller than that of the other models, it is still good enough for the majority of buyers.

In addition, the 6002E features the advanced wood fire technology that gives you the most desired wood fire flavor to your cooked food. Similarly to the previous models, it is an 8-in-1 model that allows you to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and barbeque your food.

What makes this model truly stand out is its temperature range; it can reach up to 1000ºF which is more than enough for searing. Also, you can set the grill as low as 180 ºF, which is perfect for low and slow cooking or smoking.

Z GRILLS ZPG-6002E 2020 New Model Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, 6 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control, Stainless & Bronze
  • ★ULTIMATE 8-IN-1--Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, barbeque.
  • ★SEARING ENABLED: Temperature can goes as high as 1000℉. Just open the air door to sear and adjust the tempterature control to the Maximum, then then grill will change to searing mode.
  • ★PELLET GRILL TECHNOLOGY--★ FLAVOR--There just isn’t an easier way to get the flavor of wood smoked food than with a pellet grill. Try it and you’ll taste the difference from a GAS or CHARCOAL grill; ★ ACCURACY--Most stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if its 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside; ★EFFICIENCY--You can cook for about 20 hours per 20 lbs. of pellets. When you do the math, you will find that pellet cooking typically costs less than a comparably sized GAS or CHARCOAL grills
  • ★EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT--One button starts up and temperature control eliminates starter fluid. No need to run to the local station to trade in your propane. ★EASY TO USE--Electronic AUTO-Start Ignition, Digital Auto Temperature Control, LED temperature readout. Super easy cooking even for beginners. ★EASY TO CLEAN--Special Designed Waste Oil Collector to assist you with safe and easy cleanup. ★EASY TO MOVE--Upgraded cart with locking caster wheels.
  • ★2020 NEW MODEL--More Precise Temperature Control and Pellet Feed Control System. The new upgrade digital control board auto ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180°f to 450°f.

PROs:

  • Made out of quality stainless steel and built to last;
  • The grill can reach up to 1000ºF, which is perfect for searing;
  • An 8-in-1 model that ensures cooking versatility;
  • The grill is covered by a three-year warranty.

CONs:

  • The hopper capacity is only ten pounds.

Z Grills Elite 900 Review

Z Grills Elite 900 is out of production, so you can’t get a brand new one. But, if you don’t mind buying used products, then this might be the perfect one for you. First of all, it was affordable when it came out, and now the price is even lower. Also, you can use the grill to smoke, bake, roast, grill, braise, sear, or barbecue.

The Elite 900 features a compact design, but still packs 456 square inches of main cooking space and a warming rack area of 129 square inches. The hopper can hold up to 15 pounds of wood pellets, allowing users to step away without running out of fuel.

The temperature ranges from 180 ºF to 450 ºF, meaning that you can use this grill for low and slow smoking but also quick grilling at high temperatures. The Elite 900 features a design that maximizes utility and minimizes footprint. The grill is built of durable, weather-resistant metals and features a somewhat retro design with a stack-style chimney on the side. The only downside of the grill is that it puts out a fair amount of smoke, especially at startup.

PROs:

  • Plenty of cooking space; 456 sq. in. of the cooking area plus 129 sq. in. of warming rack area;
  • A 6-in-1 grill that can be used for versatile cooking;
  • Built out of durable, weather-resistant materials;
  • Easy to use, clean, and maintain;

CONs:

  • The grill is out of production;
  • It puts out a lot of smoke at startup.

Frequently Asked Questions about Z Grills

Are Z Grills pellet smokers good?

Z Grills products offer outstanding value for money. You get quite large grills made out of quality materials that also feature digital controls and maintain a steady temperature. In addition, cleaning the grills is very easy thanks to the grease bucket. All in all, Z Grills makes the best value for money pellet grills on the market.

Where are Z Grills pellet smokers made?

Z Grills is a U.S. company based out of Burlingame, California, headed by founder Jasper Yu. The company has been around for 30 years, anonymously building pellet grills for several reputable companies. Now, Z Grills has its own warehouse in Los Angeles and manufactures its pellet grills.

Which Z Grills pellet smoker is the best?

Z Grills offers plenty of quality products and all of their models have similar features. For those who are looking for plenty of cooking space and cooking versatility, the 7002E is the best choice. Those who are satisfied with a mid-sized grill that offers the same features as 7002E should go for the 450A.

What are the common problems with Z Grills pellet smokers?

The majority of buyers complained about temperature control for Z Grills pellet smokers. However, all of their models received an update in 2019 that should have resolved this issue.
If you’re looking for a quality pellet smoker that is built out of sturdy materials, delivers excellent cooking results, can withstand the test of time, and is also affordable, then any Z Grills model is an excellent choice for you. The only thing that these grills lack is some advanced features of high-end models such as Wi-Fi connectivity and built-in meat probes. If these features seem like something you would like to have, make sure to check out our list of best propane smokers and see if there is a model you like.