The best pellet grill is the one that meets your needs. Choosing the right size pellet grill all depends on what you need it for. Do you cook just for family, or do you regularly use your grill to entertain a large crowd? No matter what size your family or friend group is, Z Grills has the perfect high-performance grill for you.
In this article, we will take a comprehensive look at the factors to consider when choosing a pellet grill size and the different sizes available in the market.
Z Grills is a grill manufacturer with over 30 years of experience within the industry. With over 650,000 pellet grills sold and 85 million cooks made.
Table of Contents
Importance of Choosing the Right Size Pellet Grill
Choosing the right size pellet grill is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures that you have enough space to cook the desired amount of food without overcrowding the grill. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and affect the quality of the food. Secondly, it ensures that you can comfortably store the grill when not in use. Lastly, it ensures that you get the best value for your money by purchasing a grill that meets your cooking needs.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Pellet Grill Size
One of the critical factors to consider when choosing a pellet grill size is the available space. You need enough space to set up and use the grill comfortably. You must also consider the storage area when the grill is unused.
Another factor to consider is the outdoor area where you plan to use the grill. A smaller grill may be more suitable if you have a small balcony. However, if you have a large patio or backyard, you may want to opt for a larger grill.
The amount of food you plan to cook is another critical factor to consider. You need to consider the number of people you will be cooking for and how frequently you plan to use the grill. You also need to consider the types of food you plan to cook, as some dishes may require more space than others.
Pellet Grill Sizes
Small Pellet Grills
Small pellet grills typically have a cooking surface area of 200-400 square inches and a hopper capacity of 8-10 pounds of pellets.
Pros and Cons
The small size of these grills makes them ideal for small families, apartment balconies, and tailgating. They are also more affordable than larger grills and require less storage space. However, the small cooking surface area may not be sufficient for larger gatherings or cooking larger cuts of meat.
Small families, apartment balconies, and tailgating.
Medium Pellet Grills
Medium pellet grills typically have a cooking surface area of 400-800 square inches and a hopper capacity of 12-20 pounds of pellets.
Pros and Cons
Medium-sized grills are suitable for small to medium families and can comfortably cook larger cuts of meat. They are also ideal for use in patios or backyards. However, they may be more expensive than smaller grills and require more storage space.
Small to medium families and patios or backyards.
Large Pellet Grills
Large pellet grills typically have a cooking surface area of 800-1200 square inches and a hopper capacity of 20-40 pounds of pellets.
Pros and Cons
Large pellet grills are suitable for large families or gatherings and professional catering. They are also ideal for use in outdoor kitchens or patios. However, they are more expensive than smaller grills and require more storage space.
Large families or gatherings and professional catering.
What Size Pellet Grill Do I Need?
Z Grills Basic Series and 600 Series
The Z Grills Basic Series and 600 Series pellet grills are great for cooking a perfect meal for yourself, your family, or a small gathering.
These two series have a compact size with cooking areas ranging from 450 to 600 square inches. They are small enough to fit on just about any patio or balcony but with enough room to grill up bigger cuts of meats like whole briskets, pork shoulder, or up to 5 full racks of baby back ribs. They also can accommodate up to 24 burgers.
Z Grills 700 Series
With a cooking area of 697 sq. inches, the Z Grills 700 series pellet grill is perfect for cooking for a family or friend group of 4 to 6.
Whether it’s easy weeknight dinners, weekend feasts, or even breakfast, the Z Grills 700 series lets you effortlessly handle meals for different occasions. This workhorse fits 6 large racks of ribs or a small whole hog. With this grill, you’ll also be able to whip up a full meal for the entire family in no time. Our Z Grills 700D3 models are mentioned in the top 7 best pellet grills and smokers.
Z Grills 1000 Series
If you’re going to grill for a large crowd or host summer parties, our 1000 series is the best pellet grill you can buy. Big as it is, you can also use the 1000 series for cooking weeknight meals.
The 1000 series features a total cooking area of 1056 square inches, giving you plenty of room to cook a few different large cuts of meat at the same time. You can grill up to 43 burgers, 7 whole chickens, or 9 racks of ribs!
More space equals more options for your BBQ feast. And with Z Grills’ 8-in-1 versatility, enjoy exploring limitless possibilities with your 1000 series wood pellet grill.
Z Grills Wi-Fi Series
Experience the ultimate in outdoor grilling with the Z Grills Wi-Fi Pellet Grill & Smoker, boasting a smart, bold design that delivers unrivaled wood-fired flavor to tantalize your taste buds. With its advanced PID Controller and smart grilling techniques, this grill takes the guesswork out of cooking, ensuring perfect results every time. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or just starting out, the Wi-Fi Pellet Grill & Smoker is the perfect tool for creating delicious, smoky meals that will have everyone returning for more.
Z Grills Portable Series
Enjoy wood-fired meals hot off the grill wherever adventure takes you.
The Cruiser is the perfect grill for small families, campers, tailgaters, RVers, or the single griller. This portable pellet grill provides rich wood-fired flavor in a transportable package. With digital temperature control, you can simply set it and let it do all the work for you. Whether your next adventure calls for grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, searing, braising, barbequing, or char-grilling — from the backyard, to the backcountry — the Cruiser has you covered. It’s never been this easy to create superior tasting food while adventuring.
The above are all our 4 series for now. More pellet grill options are coming soon, including portable models for tailgating and larger models with Wi-Fi features. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest on product releases, grill giveaways, specials, bundles, recipes, and so much more!