Z Grill Pellet Grill Reviews

z grill pellet grill reviewsDoing the Z-Grill pellet grill reviews was not any easy thing to do. The information was scattered and even their own website was not very helpful.
When I clicked on the life chat button the person was very helpful but not able to help me a lot.

While trying to find out more information about the Z-grills I stumbled upon an article on bbqdryrubs.com that found that these pellet grills are a straight clone of the Treager pellet grills.

If this is true than it explains the low prices. They take out the middle man and start selling the same pellet smokers under their own name on the American market.

Many of the Z-grill reviews I read describe the same pros and cons like I found in the Traegers.

With all their experience in building grills and smokers for other companies this explains the nice reviews I found on line.

Read the rest of the Z Grill Reviews

Table of Contents
Click ahead to the models!

450-A / 550-B / 7002 / 7002-E /700-D / Our Opinion / Pros and Cons /Recommendations

There are a few models available and it took me a while to find out the differences.
Basically they have the 450. 550 and 700 Square inches models, but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

There is an option to get the Z-grills assembled for an additional fee. I though the price was a little steep.

Z-grills 450A

Z-Grills ZPG-450A

  • 450 Square inches grill area
  • 15 lbls hopper
  • Fold-able shelf
  • Bronze colored

Better Grills Rating: 4.4

I was not able to find a lot of people who talked about there experience with the Z grill ZPG 450A model but the ones I found gave it an average of 4.3 stars.
My little higher rating is based on the fact that there were a few complaints about packaging and that has noting to do with the quality of this pellet smoker.

I found some complaints about temperature swings like with any other review I did, but it seems that the new updated controller is doing a lot better.

Z-grills 550B

Z-Grill ZPG-50B

  • 538 sq inches
  • 10 lb hopper
  • Fold-able shelf
  • Black color

Better Grills Rating: 4.4

For as far I could find the 550B-Z grill is a little larger version of the 450A model and it is not bronze but black.






Z-grills 7002

Z-Grils ZPG-700 7002

total 19.2×26 inch

  • total rack 700 inch
  • 20 lb hopper
  • stainless steel
  • upgraded controller
  • no storage
  • Better Grills Rating: 4.7






    Z-grills 7002E

    Z-Grills ZPG-700E

    • Available in Black, Silver, Silver/Black, Bronze/Black
    • Total 19.2×26 inch
    • Total rack 700 inch
    • 20 lb hopper
    • storage with doors under grill

    Better Grills Rating: 4.3

    This is a Z-grill that received a little higher ratings and is available in 5 different colors.
    It looks like this is on of the most sold models since I could find a lot more information about it.

    What I noticed was the low number of bad ratings compared to many other pellet grill reviews I did.

    The assembly seems to be very easy and all you have to attach are the legs and the chimney and I read that it takes about 20 minutes to do that.

    Z-grills 700D

    Z-Grills ZPG-700D

    This one comes with the upgraded 2018 model controller

    • Available in Black, Silver, Silver/Black, Bronze/Black
    • Total 19.2×26 inch
    • Total rack 700 inch
    • 20 lb hopper
    • stainless steel

    Better Grills Rating: 4.5






    Material of the Z-grill grates

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    The grates are made of stainless steel with a enamel coating. If that is the same as the ceramic coating I like so much I still have to find out.

    Features of the Z-grills

    Depending on the model there are some differences but here are some of the main features.

    • Digital controller
    • Type of used metal
    • Hopper size between 10 and 20 Lbs
    • Grill grates

    Customer Reviews of the Z Grills

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    Assembly takes about an hour for the more complicated models.
    Nice heavy duty wheels makes it very easy to move around
    temperature settings are easy to use and ones reach it stays pretty steady although there are complaints about that also like in most pellet grill reviews I did.
    There are people who replaced their controller with a PID controller that works a lot better they mentioned.

    Overall most people are very happy with this smoker.

    The customer service got some mixed ratings. From great and helpful to terrible and not helpful at all. I read that someone thinks it is in China and that is why it is not good.

    Pros & Cons

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    The pros and cons we found are not just for one model, but an average of all the models we looked at.
    These grill might get a review on a separate page and than we go into the nity grity details.


    • Very affordable
    • Nice Quality
    • Easy to move with large wheels
    • Steady temperature
    • 3 year warranty


    • No pellet removal option
    • Temperature not stable
    • Few complaint about arriving damaged

    Our opinion after doing the Z-grills reviews

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    After doing the Z-Grill review and comparing it to the Traeger (and some other brands), because the claim was that they are a Traeger clone I can only say that many pros and cons are the same and even the average customer star ratings of comparable models are almost the same.

    The complaints in the lower ratings about temperature fluctuations are not much different from any other pellet smoker I reviewed. I think that with the new upgraded controller (Just like Traeger?) there will be a lot less complaints.

    Overall the Z-grills are highly recommended and are comparable, but more affordable than other brands

    With more brands jumping on the band wagon of pellet smokers it is important to look at a manufacturer with experience and I believe that the Z-grills are a good choice.


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    I suggest to buy a high quality grill cover and I recommend to move it into your shed or garage after use.
    This is something I recommend that for every pellet grill.

    Use a quality extension cord is also my tip.

    You can find all Z-grill models here on Amazon:

    I will probably review each model on its one page and give you a lot more details and comparison to help you find all the differences.

    If you have any experience with these pellet grills band like to add something to this Z-Grill review, please share it in the comments.

    Eddie Vandam

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