Lifesmart Pellet Grills (Worth Considering?)

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As the pellet grill/smoker market continues to grow, we are seeing a constant stream of new brands coming onto the market. One such brand which has appeared in recent years is Lifesmart, which has also previously branded its products under the ‘Lonestar Chef’ branding. What I wanted to look at with this article is what are these pellet grills offering compared to their established competition. Hence, are they worth considering? You’ll find Lifesmart pellet grills at the big box stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes, so if you haven’t come across them already, you will see them at some point.

Lifesmart Pellet Grills/Smokers
Are Lifesmart pellet grills bringing anything new to the table, or are they at least good value for money? Images – &

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Introduction To Lifesmart Pellet Grills/Smokers

So these Lifesmart/Lonestar Chef pellet grills started to first appear around 2019. As stated above, they are a brand using the big box stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes for their sales and distribution.

Their current range differs in design from their first models which bore more than a striking resemblance to a specific RecTeq pellet grill, which was previously known as the Stampede which is now just branded as the RT-590.

There are reasons for the similarity to that RecTeq pellet grill, and there is a positive feature of these current Lifesmart pellet grills have which comes from that connection.

However, make no mistake, these Lifesmart pellet grills are not comparable to a RecTeq pellet grill in terms of their overall features and building quality, and I’ll go into that more below.

The Deen Brothers, who are TV chefs, produced a promotional video for the Lifesmart pellet grills in 2019. However, the Lifesmart grills now have a different, more rounded cooking chamber.

Lifesmart has changed the design of their pellet grill to go from an angular cooking chamber design (just like the RecTeq Stampede/RT-590) to more of a rounded design as seen in the image above.

There are currently four Lifesmart models in total.

The smallest model offers 510 of cooking area, the next size up is slightly larger at 600 due to a propane griddle side attachment. There are then two larger models at 1,500 and 2,000

The Good Bit – PID Temperature Control

I talk a lot on this site about how PID temperature control is a feature you generally want to focus on getting with a new pellet grill today.

You get much tighter temperature accuracy during the cook, and you also have much more precise control when setting the temperature.

Lifesmart Pellet Grill PID Control Panel
The PID control panel found on Lifesmart pellet grills is hands down, in my opinion, their best feature: Image –

RecTeq were one of the first brands to introduce PID temperature control into pellet grills, and much of that same technology is found within each of the control panels of the Lifesmart range.

Basically, it appears the same factory in China that is manufacturing RecTeq products is producing pellet grills for Lifesmart. Though again, as I’ll discuss below, they are not directly comparable.

Now, unlike the RecTeq pellet grills, which all now come with WiFi/App support, that’s not the case with the current range of Lifesmart pellet grills.

I’d personally want PID temperature control over WiFi/App support in any case (Pit Boss Control Panel Upgrade cough cough), and these Lifesmart pellet grills are significantly cheaper than the premium grills that RecTeq are producing.

Lifesmart Pellet Grill Range Pricing

Right, before we can determine the value-for-money aspect of these Lifesmart grills, we need to discuss their price point.

As I’ve stated above, these grills are available at Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes, and you can check those links to see up-to-date pricing.

Below, I’ll just summarise the price range that I’m seeing for each of the Lifesmart pellet grills.

  • Lifesmart 500 Pellet Grill – Priced at $498
  • Lifesmart 600 Pellet Grill with Propane Griddle – Priced at $479 to $899
  • Lifesmart 1500 Pellet Grill – $699 to $912
  • Lifesmart 2000 Pellet Grill – $893 to $1,299

So when I checked, only Home Depot and Lowes were selling the smallest Lifesmart 500 pellet grills and at the same price point of just under $500.

However, for the 600 to 2000 grills Walmart had the best prices, with Home Depot the second most expensive and Lowes selling these Lifesmart pellet grills at frankly ridiculous prices.

The likely reason for those extremely high prices at Lowes is so at some point they can drop the price to where it should really be to at least be reasonable and they can legally claim ‘massive price cuts!’, the typical big box store marketing model.

Lowes has an exclusive deal on the Pit Boss Pro Series, which is priced much more reasonably.

Why These Lifesmart Pellet Grills Are Not Comparable To RecTeq

As discussed above, it appears the same manufacturer in China is producing these Lifesmart pellet grills and the RecTeq range.

While the Lifesmart control panels may share some of the same PID temperature control technology, that’s really where the similarities end.

First of all, the most obvious difference is materials/building quality. The Lifesmart range is painted steel, whereas much of the cooking chamber and internal components on RecTeq products are stainless steel.

Recteq RT-590 Stampede pellet grill
This is the RecTeq RT-590/Stampede, which shares some of the basic shape of the earlier Lifesmart/Lonestar Chef pellet grills, but its manufactured to a much higher standard: Image –

Stainless steel construction is not only going to last considerably longer than painted steel but its easier to clean and its going to keep the grill looking a lot smarter during its life as well as standing up the elements much better.

I would not recommend to anyone who picks up a Lifesmart pellet grill that it would be a good idea to leave it outside and not in storage.

The RecTeq RT-590 retails for just under $900. Now looking at the pricing of the Lifesmart pellet grills at Lowes, you could say they are in direct competition.

However, as I’ve discussed above, those Lowes prices are significantly above where they should be, and in reality, the prices from Walmart/Home Depot for the 500-600 Lifesmart pellet smokers of around $500 to $600 is their real price point.

The Real Competition For Lifesmart Pellet Grills

So as budget pellet grills, the Lifesmart range has some tough competition. For instance, in the budget end of the market, you have the Expert Grill range from Walmart.

Which I discuss in my linked article are very affordable while still providing PID temperature control.

Expert Grill Pellet Grills
The Expert Grill pellet grill range gives the Lifesmart products tough competition in the budget grill segment: Images –

You then also have Z Grills which have been stepping up their game of late with Z Grill PID pellet grills which compete at the same price point as the Lifesmart pellet grill range.

Then there are more established options such as the Pit Boss Pro Series at Lowes which not only offers PID temperature control with WiFi but also additional features such as porcelain coated grates and direct-flame access, which are not currently found on the Lifesmart smokers.

Put simply, the Pit Boss Gen 2 Pro Series is offering more for less: Images –

Lifesmart Pellet Grills Review

Being a relatively small brand in the pellet grill market, there are not that many Lifesmart pellet grill reviews.

However, one of the best I’ve come across, as the reviewer clearly understands the association to ReqTeq is the video review below.

He explains how the Lifesmart pellet smokers have a lower standard of build quality/materials compared to a RecTeq pellet grill but that is reflected in the price point.

A quick review/overview of a Lifesmart/Lone Star Chef pellet grill

My Conclusions On Lifesmart Pellet Grills/Smokers

I’m all for new pellet grill brands coming onto the market, but with so many new brands appearing, the first question I’m always thinking is, what is this specific brand bringing to the table?

Are they bringing new features/abilities, or are their products offering more than the existing competition for their chosen price point?

As it currently stands, I think the Lifesmart/Lonestar Chef grills/smokers are in a tough spot.

As a budget grill, they have lots of competition that is either priced below them for similar features (Expert Grill/Z Grills) or are at the same price point but are offering more, the Pit Boss Pro Series being an example.

That’s it! I hope you found this quick summary article on my thoughts about Lifesmart pellet grills/smokers interesting.

If you have more questions, you should be able to find some useful information in my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide 🙂

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