The 8 Best Kamado Grills and Smokers to Buy in 2018

These old-school grills cook meat to perfection

kamado-grill-meat
Eugene Mymrin/Getty Images

Kamado Grills claim a legacy going back thousands of years. Typically these grills/smokers are made of ceramic shells, but at least one is all metal and others use a variety of stone like materials. This gives these charcoal grills excellent insulation, high efficiency, and the ability to hold very high and very low temperatures making them perfect for grilling and smoking. A good Kamado Grill is durable, has good support and quality components. These 10 Kamado Grills range in price from over...MORE $500USD to nearly $4,000USD and come in a variety of sizes and colors.

  • Big Green Egg - Large

    Big Green Egg - Large

    The big green egg has been producing these Kamado Style grills for decades. This one is the most popular of their models and is big enough to cook one 20-pound turkey. What makes this unit great is that while it can produce high temperatures due to the focused heat of its ceramic shell, it can also hold low temperatures making it a great smoker. It's the versatility of the egg that makes it stand out as one of the great charcoal grills of our time. With many accessories available there...MORE really isn't much this charcoal grill can't do. At around $800 this large grill is for the person who plans to do a lot of cooking.

  • Primo Oval XL Charcoal Grill

    Primo Oval XL Charcoal Grill

    In recent years, there has been a flood of Kamado style grills on the market. Primo Grill is not one of these companies. Years of experience and hard work have taught them how to make a superior ceramic grill and to offer versatility that no one else has. The Oval XL, the largest of their charcoal grills, is oval in shape and comes with a dividable firebox making indirect grilling quick and easy. There is no other Kamado style grill on the market that offers this. Add to this a thick ceramic...MORE shell, quality construction, and you have one of the best ceramic grills on the market.

  • Komodo Kamado Charcoal Grill - Blue Tile

    Komodo Kamado OTB 23-inch Charcoal Grill

    The history of the Kamado Charcoal Grill is too long and confusing to recount. Suffice to say that when Dennis Linkletter stumbled across these ceramic charcoal wonders, he knew he could make them better. From a reinvention of airflow, spring assisted lid, and laser cut stainless steel parts this is one loaded grill. It includes the EZQ Rotisserie system and the BBQ Guru temperature control blower. Anyone who knows eggs about Kamado grills knows that they grill at incredible temperatures and...MORE smoke at a perfect low and slow pace. This unit takes it to the next level and does it inside a shell of pure beauty.

  • Big Steel Keg Charcoal Grill

    Broil King Keg Charcoal Grill

    The Big Steel Keg is so closely modeled on the size and shape of the Big Green Egg that grates and accessories are interchangeable, yet this metal version has some truly impressive innovative features and design. Capable of hitting very high temperatures while staying cool on the outside with great temperature control, this grill really is an amazing unit. You can even mount it onto your trailer hitch and take it tailgating, something you would have trouble doing with similar ceramic kamado...MORE cookers. While a great grilling grill, there are some small problems with the design that might give you issues.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • Kamado Joe Classic 18

    (unavailable) Kamado Joe Classic

    The cynic will tell you that this is a red (or black) version of the Big Green Egg. To be honest, the similarities are so great that the average person could probably not tell the difference between the two. The truth is that they cook the same, work the same, and the only real difference is how they are equipped. Lately, Kamado Joe has begun to look beyond just making extras into standard features and has started innovating, making them a more viable kamado solution.

  • Grill Dome Infinity Series Large

    Grill Dome Infinity Series - Large

    Once, one of the three kamado grill makers, Grill Dome has been in business since 1989. Over the years, their dedication to excellent engineering and advanced ceramics has made these among the best on the market. Grill Dome boasts the thickest ceramic shells of any kamado grill. Add to this largely 304 stainless steel components and you do have a great product. However, in a very competitive market with one dominating the space, Grill Dome has struggled to differentiate themselves from the...MORE others.

  • Char-Broil Kamander Kamado Grill

    Char-Broil Kamander

    Coming in around $350USD, this metal version of the Kamado from Char-Broil is a complete package including a wheeled 'cart', fold down side table, diffuser/water pan, and swing away warming rack. This model is one of the least expensive Kamado grills to ever hit the market and while it might not have the quality of its ceramic cousins, it is really hard to argue with the price. Functional and able to do everything that the others can, this might just be the most accessible Kamado grill...MORE ever made. 

  • Vision Grills Kamado Grill

    Vision Grills Kamado Grill

    A Kamado style grill is a very simple thing. Heavy yes, but not complicated. This can make it difficult for anyone wishing to manufacture a Kamado grill and wants to be able to differentiate their product. For Vision Grills, this is accomplished by loading their grill with features. This Kamado grill features an electric charcoal starter system (a standard electric starter coil that fits into a door above the bottom vent). It comes standard with a wheeled cart, fold-down side tables, dial style...MORE vents, and a removable ash catcher. A super loaded Kamado for around $700USD and available in many locations. What this is, is a mass market Kamado grill that loses the simplicity and quality for gadgets.

Sign up for our daily deals newsletter


Disclosure: At The Spruce, our expert writers are committed to researching and writing thoughtful and editorially independent reviews of the best products for your life and your family. If you like what we do, you can support us through our chosen links, which earn us a commission. Learn more about our review process.