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Consumer Reports: Kamado grills vs. The Big Green Egg

Posted at 6:20 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 09:20:22-04

Kamado grills are a combination of a charcoal grill, smoker, and outdoor oven. Ryan Markowitz loves what it does for meats.

“It definitely makes it juicier, things don’t dry out, you can maintain the temperature and everything is just tastier," says Markowitz.

You can pay $300-2,000 for one of these grills. There are heavy ceramic models and lighter steel versions. Which ones did best in CR tests ranging from grilling pizzas to slow cooking roasts?

Topping CR’s list: The Kamado Joe Classic II features a spring-assisted lid that makes it easy to lift open. The upper and lower dampers adjust easily, and split racks let you cook at different heights. Testers give it excellent marks for cooking performance. It costs 1300-dollars.

The Vision Kamado Professional also got an excellent score for cooking. It has two lower dampers for fine-tuning temperature. The Vision is $700 and comes in five colors.

For just $400, Char-Broil introduced its first kamado: The Kamander. And it got high marks for cooking, convenience and cleaning. It’s made of double-walled stainless steel with a powder-coated finish. Airflow is controlled with upper and lower dampers. It can get to 1000 degrees, charring pizza crust to perfection.