Z Grill Pellet Grill Reviews

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Reviewed by Eddie
z grill reviewsDoing the Z-Grill review was not an easy thing to do. The information was scattered and even their own website was not very helpful.
When I clicked on the live 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 Traeger pellet grills.

If this is true then 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 as I found in my Traeger reviews that even makes me believe even more that this fact is right.

Read the rest of the Z Grill grill reviews

Table of Contents
Click ahead to the models!

450-A / 550-B / 7002 / 7002-E /700-D / My 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 thought the price was a little steep for that.

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 nothing 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 newly updated controller is doing a lot better in controlling temperature swings.

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

What I found doing this z grills pellet grill review is that it is a popular model and people specifically look for what they call the z grills pro 7002.

I found the following features for this particular 76702 model.

  • 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

What I found doing this z grills pellet grill review is that it is a popular model and people specifically look for the Z grill 7002 review.

  • 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 one 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 z grills 700d review shows that this one comes with the upgraded 2018 model controller and this should take care of the complaints about temperature swings in the older model.

  • 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 an 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 make 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.

My personal experience with their customer service is fairly good, but the person I talked to was not very knowledgable.

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 grills might get a review on a separate page and then we go into the nitty-gritty details.


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


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

My opinion after doing the Z grill 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 fewer complaints.

One thing I found that was coming back several times that these grills are not doing too well in searing. It simply does not get hot enough for that.

With temperature fluctuations of around 10 degrees, it might not come close to the Rec TEc’s but they are also in a different price range.

Overall the Z-grill pellet smokers are highly recommended and are comparable, but more affordable than other brands.

With more brands jumping on the bandwagon of pellet smokers it is important to look at a manufacturer with experience and I believe that the Z-grills are a good choice since they have produced the Traeger brand and maybe some others also,


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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 that I recommend 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 do a Z grill review for each of the models on its one page and give you a lot more details and comparison to help you find all the differences.

Overall I think it is safe to say that the Z-grills are fairly good and comparable to other brands in this price range.

Like any pellet grill, they have pros and cons and you have to weigh all of them to decide if this is the pellet smoker you would purchase.

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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