Choosing the Right Pellet Grill: Info from a Grill Store in New Jersey

At our grill store in New Jersey, we provide a wide variety of grill options, many of which are made by Traeger, the premier pellet grill manufacturer. If you are new to pellet grillers, you might be wondering how to choose the best option for your home grilling purposes.

Fortunately, our grilling experts have compiled a list of tips to help you get the right pellet grill for your needs. Here’s some information from our team for you to consider as you’re getting started:

  • Price: You likely have a budget you’re working with for your grill, and that’s perfectly fine—just as long as you don’t confuse “affordable” and “cheap.” There are plenty of options for reasonably affordable pellet grills that will get the job done, but there are also reasonably affordable pellet grills that are made cheaply. If you have a lower budget, make sure you also pay attention to the other factors on this list to ensure you don’t end up having to buy a new grill just a couple years from now.
  • Quality construction: No matter what price point you’re looking at for your grill, you should aim to get one that has been built well and is made with high-quality materials. Pellet grills do not need to be heavy-duty pieces of equipment, but they also shouldn’t feel delicate or like you’ll break them easily. There should be a good seal when the lid is closed, the hardware and joints should feel solid and you should be able to find plenty of reviews online that testify to the grill’s quality.
  • Temperature: The temperature range you need in a grill largely depends on the kind of cooking you plan to do. Pellet grills typically have no problem hitting up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, but might not be able to get the temperatures you need to sear foods. However, there are also performance pellet grills that can have upper ranges of up to 700 degrees, which is also enough to fire-bake a pizza. So keep your kind of cooking and temperature needs in mind when selecting a pellet grill from Traeger.
  • Size: How much cooking space do you need? If you have a large family or like to host backyard barbecues, you’ll need a larger grill than if you tend to just cook for yourself. You should also consider the space you have in your yard or outdoor kitchen and how your grill will fit into it.
  • Other features: There is a wide variety of add-on features that are common with pellet grills. Some have control boards and meat probes with inputs. Others have secondary cooking racks or WiFi capability. Again, the need for these add-on features depends on how serious you are about your grilling and the kind of cooking you plan to do. If you don’t need these extra features, then don’t waste your money on them.

For more tips about buying the right Traeger grill, contact our grill store in New Jersey.