The luxury end of the pellet grill/smoker market is ‘hotting up’ with more new models and brands becoming available. Twin Eagles today produce the best (and most expensive) pellet grills/smokers available. Though as the Twin Eagles range is very pricey as you will see below, other brands are starting to enter the market that are offering similar features at a lower price point. How much lower in price I hear you say? Well, Coyote are coming in strong with their value luxury wood pellet grills/smokers for thousands of dollars less. So let’s look at how the luxury wood pellet grill offerings from these two brands compare.
As you will see below, there is a significant difference in the price of the Coyote and Twin Eagles pellet grill ranges. Now part of the reason for the significant price difference is the following. Twin Eagles grills are made in the USA, whereas the Coyote grills are manufactured abroad. How you perceive that information is a personal preference. However, you surely can appreciate that manufacturing a product in the US does incur higher costs, though it obviously also helps to support US manufacturing jobs.
Coyote vs Twin Eagles Pellet Grills
Now Twin Eagles currently only produce one size of pellet grill/smoker, their 36″ wide grills. Coyote on the other hand are offering 28″ and 36″ models as you can see in my full Coyote pellet grills article. As Twin Eagles only come in a 36″ model this comparison will focus on the 36″ Coyote grills, their ‘typical’ prices are as follows:
- Coyote 36″ Freestanding – Typically $3,799
- Coyote 36″ Built-In – Typically $2,999
- Twin Eagles 36″ Freestanding – Typically $7,818
- Twin Eagles 36″ Built-In – Typically $6,269
First off, built-in refers to grills without a lower cart/wheels to be placed in an outdoor kitchen, hence the cheaper prices. I’ve referenced the prices above from BBQGuys.com who are one of the few retailers currently carrying both brands of products. I’ve stated ‘Typically’ because prices can obviously change, but they have been pretty constant on these particular pellet grills for a while now.
In my previous Memphis vs Twin Eagles article we looked at a pretty significant price difference. However, between Coyote and Twin Eagles products, the price difference is even more significant. You could literally purchase two Coyote 36″ grills for the price of one Twin Eagles 36″ grill! Are the Twin Eagles pellet grills twice as good!? Well, that’s what we are going to look at.
Cooking Area & Functionality
As both of these brands of grills are 36″ in width, the size of their cooking areas are pretty comparable. The Coyote 36″ pellet grills provide 594 square inches at the main cooking/grilling grate with an additional 214 sq.in on an upper smoking rack for a total cooking area of 808 sq.in. The Twin Eagles 36″ grills 520 square inches on their main grate with a total cooking area of 720 sq.in when factoring in its upper cooking rack. Therefore, even though both the Coyote and Twin Eagles grills are 36″ in width, the Coyote does offer the slightly larger cooking area at the main grate and overall.
In terms of cooking functionality, lets first discuss temperature ranges. The Coyote pellet grills can go as low as 175 degrees and as high as 700 degrees. The Twin Eagles grills on the other hand can go quite a bit lower down to 140 degrees and a little bit higher up to 725 degrees. There is no other pellet grill on the market today which has a temperature range as wide as the Twin Eagles grills. Then again they are by far the most expensive pellet grills on the market too, so…
Both Coyote and Twin Eagles pellet grills also offer the option of direct-flame access. A solid centre section of the grease tray can be removed and replaced with inserts that let the flames of the pellet fire below reach the cooking grate. This can provide higher surface temperatures at the meat, improving grilling/searing results. However, the Twin Eagles also comes with the charcoal tray insert. Using natural lump charcoal in the tray the pellet fire below will ignite the charcoal, eventually producing surface temperatures at the grate as high as 1,500 degrees!
Materials and Construction
As you can tell from the images below, these pellet grills from Coyote and Twin Eagles are full stainless steel pellet grills, there is no painted mild steel on these top of the range grills. As you are likely aware, stainless steel has excellent corrosion resistant properties. Therefore, ideally, all grills especially those that are going to be stored outside would be made from stainless steel. The reason that’s not the case on all grills, especially those at a lower price bracket is cost. Stainless steel is a more expensive material than carbon steel. Furthermore, not all grades of stainless steel are made equally.
Some pellet grills are made from 201-grade stainless steel (Cookshack). You previously would also find some pellet grills made from 430-grade stainless steel (Memphis). However, the best stainless steel found on backyard grills is 304-grade stainless steel. Now, as we have established above, there is a significant price difference between Coyote and Twin Eagles pellet grills, so are they made from a different grade of stainless steel? Actually no, both Coyote and Twin Eagles pellet grills are made from 304-grade stainless steel. So how are Coyote able to offer 304-grade stainless steel for a much lower price point?
Well, Coyote and Twin Eagle pellets are not identical on features, more on that below in the details on their control panels and connectivity. However, the biggest reason for the price difference between these grills despite them both being made from 304-grade stainless steel is where they are made. For Twin Eagles to manufacture in the US that undoubtedly pushes up the manufacturing costs significantly. The benefit being more direct control over the fabrication process/quality control.
Control Panels & Connectivity
So here is the biggest difference between these two brands of pellet grills. As you will see from the images of their respective control panels below, its clear that Coyote was ‘inspired’ but the design/layout of the Twin Eagles control panel. Both feature large centrally mounted touch screen control panels. However, the Twin Eagles control panel is still superior in a number of regards. As I’ve discussed above, the Twin Eagle has a slightly wider temperature range than the Coyote. However, both control panels are taking advantage of PID algorithms for precise 5-degree temperature control.
I definitely prefer the larger multi-colour control panel found on the Coyote grills as opposed to the smaller monochrome panels found on the competition from Memphis grills. However, there is something that Coyote has not included which both Memphis and Twin Eagles offer, and that’s WiFi/App support. I do really find it odd, as before Coyote designed this line of pellet grills they clearly have been studying the competition, but decided not to include WiFi!? When doing long ‘low and slow’ cooks is where WiFi/App functionality can definitely be useful. Hence, for the relatively small cost increase to provide the feature, its strange that Coyote chose not to include WiFi to match the feature with their competition from Memphis and Twin Eagles.
The Twin Eagles control panel is not only WiFi/App compatible, but its also a full-colour screen. What that has enabled Twin Eagles to offer is an identical user experience when using the grill to when using the Twin Eagles App. Hence, once you are familiar with how to control the grill through the touch screen you automatically know how to use the App. This is essentially the best user experience found on any pellet grill today. In the future, once the costs of installing full-colour screens drop, I expect more pellet grills to go down this route.
Conclusions On Coyote vs Twin Eagles
So where does the above comparison leave us? Well, on the cooking area grills from Coyote and Twin Eagles are very closely matched. On cooking functionality, both brands products can also flame sear. Likewise, in terms of materials, both brands are using quality 304-grade stainless steel. When it comes to the control panels and connectivity the Twin Eagles products are definitely the superior products in this regard. The full-colour screens with WiFi functionality and accompanying smartphone app found on the Twin Eagles are the most impressive on the market today.
While not including WiFi functionality is a bit a miss for Coyote, really when it comes down to it, the most significant difference is the price here. Would most people put up with no WiFi/App integration to purchase a Coyote for half the cost of a Twin Eagles? Well, yes, I think most people would. Then again, if you can afford it, and you put a high value on supporting US manufacturing jobs, then choosing the Twin Eagles is definitely not a bad option to take.
That’s it! Thank’s for reading, I hope you found this Coyote vs Twin Eagles comparison interesting/useful. You may also want to check out my Memphis vs Coyote comparison, or if made in the US grills are for you, maybe look into MAK GRILLS. To review all your options, please check out my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide. 🙂
Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.
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