Z Grill Pellet Grill Reviews

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Reviewed by: Eddie. Updated for 2020

Z-Grill Reviews

Doing 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 about 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.

Where To Buy Z Grills

There are several places where you can buy Z-grills. However, I recommend two places that give in my opinion the best prices.

Not all models are available and shipping might take some time

All models are available of course, sometimes I see a model being sold out here.

I had several good looks at both over a period of time and the Z-grills website usually has more deals and discounts.

Read the rest of the Z Grill grill reviews

There are a few models available and it took me a while to find out the differences.
Basically, they have the 450, 550, 600, 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 personally thought the price was a little steep for that.

How Z Grills Work

The way Z Grills are designed and work is not much different than most other brands. It works by burning wood pellets and in that way creates heat and a wood smoke flavor to your meat.

These pellets are stored in a hopper and this is located at the side of the grill. There is a mechanical auger that feeds the pellets in the firebox where they are ignited by a rod.

The Pros of this are that you can fill the hopper, set your temperature, and go on with your day.

A picture might explain it better than I do probably.

z grils interior and how it works

The word pellet grill is in my opinion, not an accurate description. I look at them as a smoker. The reason is that they can maintain the temperature over a long period of time and most pellet grills are not good at getting hot enough to sear meat.

Z-Grills Models and features

It is time to have a look at all the different Z-Grills models and how to compare to each other and the models of other brands. I will also give a link here to their website where to find them at an affordable price.

Z-grills 450A

Z grills 450A wood pellet grill

  • 450 Square inches grill area
  • 15 lbs 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 grills 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 grills 550b wood pellet grill

  • 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 grills 7002 wood pellet grill

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 7002 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 7002E 8 in 1 pellet grill

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 ZPG 7002E 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 the 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 model z grills 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 8 in 1 pellet grill

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 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

Z Grills 1000 Series

There is a whole new 1000 series Z Grills and to introduce them the Z-Grills company made some nice deals.

The models are:

  • 1000c
  • 10002E
  • 1000E
  • 10002b
  • 1000D

You can have a look at all these new Z pellet grills at this link. New 1000 series Z-Grills

I probably will do a review of these series in the near future since the Z-Grills, in general, are becoming very popular.

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. All parts are fairly easy to figure out and where to put them. If you ever get lost, the manual is well-written and will help you out with the pictures and descriptions.

I like the nice heavy-duty wheels make it very easy to move around.
The temperature settings are easy to use and as soon as reached, 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 I found that most people are very happy with their Z- Grill.

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.

green-pro's-buttonPros:

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

red-con's-buttonCons:

  • 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.

Overall I think that these Z grills perform pretty good. There are many who call the design excellent and prase the solid construction.

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,

Recommended

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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:

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.

FAQ about Z-grills

I have found several questions people have about the Z-grills and have done a lot of reading in my attempt to answer them.

Where are Z- grills made?

Although I answered this already in the beginning of this article here is the answer. Z-grills are made in China. They are almost an exact clone of the Traeger or Grill grills. This also answers the question if Z-grill are made in the USA.

How accurate is the thermostat in Z-Gills?

Since the Z-grill basically have the same electronic parts you can expect the same accuracy as the Traeger. Z- grills, just like most pellet grills can have temperature problems. There are upgrades available to a higher class thermostat. You can read more in my post about Traeger controller replacement here.

How do Z- grill compare to Traeger.

This one is hard to answer. Traeger and Z-grills were made by the same company. However, Traeger is now manufactured in a different plant.

This means, in my opinion, that they should be better compared to the Grilla grill. What I have read is that they both do pretty well. Traeger just have more brand awareness.

Can you use wood instead of pellet with Z-grills

No, you can not use wood instead of pellets with you Z-grill pellet smoker. The reason is that the auger is designed for pellet that are uniform in size. Wood chunks are not all the same size.

Z-grill replacement parts availability.

Z-grill spare or replacement parts can be ordered on several websites, including the Z-grill website.. Especially not they are becoming popular because of the affordable price.

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 van Aken

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