RECTEQ vs Grilla Grills 2022 – Pellet Grill Comparisons

Hi, I’m Chris I started back in 2007.

RECTEQ (formally REC TEC) and Grilla Grills are very similar companies in many ways. Both are focused on direct-to-customer sales through their own websites/stores. They are not selling their products through the big box stores (Walmart/Lowes etc) as they feel they can therefore offer better quality products at a lower price point. Both brands also like to use quite a bit of stainless steel in their products which helps with grill durability. With this comparison, we are going to see how a specific pellet grill/smoker from each brand at the same price point compares on cooking area, materials and control panels etc.

RECTEQ vs Grilla Grills
How does the RECTEQ RT-590 pellet grill (left) compare against the Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill (right)?: Images – &

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Introduction To RECTEQ vs Grilla Grills

While RECTEQ and Grilla Grills share various similarities in their business models, their product ranges are not entirely directly comparable.

For instance, as I discuss in my RECTEQ product range article, the pellet grill RECTEQ is most known for is the RT-700 which retails for around $1,200. However, Grilla Grills doesn’t produce pellet grills in that price bracket.

Therefore, for a fairer comparison, I’ve chosen the RECTEQ RT-590, which currently retails for $899, to be compared against the Grilla Grills Silverbac, which also currently retails for $899.

RECTEQ RT-590 vs Grilla Grills Silverbac

Below I’ll compare the cooking area & functionality of each grill, move on to materials & construction and finally discuss their control panels & connectivity.

First, here is a quick rundown of the specs of each pellet grill/smoker.


RECTEQ RT-590 Pellet Grill/Smoker
  • Total Cooking Area = 590
  • Pellet Hopper Capacity = 30 lbs
  • Temperature Range = 180 to 700 degrees
  • Direct-Flame Access? = No
  • PID Temperature Control? = Yes
  • WiFi/App Control? = Yes
  • Typical Price = $899
  • Availability =

Grilla Grills Silverbac

Grilla Grills Silverbac Pellet Grill/Smoker

  • Total Cooking Area = 692 (507 Main Grate)
  • Pellet Hopper Capacity = 20 lbs
  • Temperature Range = 180 to 500 degrees
  • Direct-Flame Access? = No
  • PID Temperature Control? = Yes
  • WiFi/App Control? = Yes
  • Typical Price = $899
  • Availability =

Cooking Area & Functionality

The RT-590 provides 592 square inches at the main cooking grate. The total cooking area provided on the RT-590 can be increased to 772 with an optional upper smoking rack.

However, that additional cooking area is only suitable for warming/smoking meat.

The Grilla Grills Silverbac provides 507 at the main cooking grate, suitable for grilling and smoking. A total cooking area of 692 is provided on the Silverbac with the included upper smoking rack.

RECTEQ RT-590 Cooking Area
While being the more expensive of the two, the RECTEQ RT-590 does provide a slightly larger grilling/cooking area: Image –

Neither the RECTEQ nor the Grilla Grill provides direct-flame access.

Therefore, to get the best performance when grilling/searing, a set of GrillGrates would be recommended. In terms of temperature range, the RT-590 offers a range from 200 to 500 degrees.

However, the RT-590 has the potential to get up to 700 degrees in RIOT mode. In a mild to cold climate though, I suspect achieving that internal temperature will be difficult.

The Grilla Grills Silverbac offers a narrower temperature range of 180 to 500 degrees. Therefore, the RECTEQ potentially has the edge on grilling/searing performance.

Materials and Construction

As stated above, both of these brands are well known for using stainless steel in the construction of their pellet grills.

The RECTEQ features a stainless steel cooking chamber as well as stainless steel internals such as the cooking racks, drip tray and burn pot, though the grill lid is made from painted mild steel.

While the Grilla Grills Silverbac does not feature a stainless steel cooking chamber, it does feature a heavy-duty stainless steel lid for the grill and hopper.

Furthermore, the cooking racks, drip tray and pellet burn pot are also stainless steel inside the Silverbac.

Grilla Grills Silverbac Stainless Steel Components
While the Silverbac does not feature a stainless steel cooking chamber, many of its components (lid, grates, drip pan, burn pot) are stainless steel: Image –

A feature of the Grilla Grills Silverbac construction that the RECTEQ doesn’t have is a twin-wall insulated cooking chamber.

What this means is the Silverbac will do a better job of keeping the heat in and the cold weather out.

Twin-wall construction can result in a more consistent/predictable cook during the colder months of the year. What twin-wall insulated construction also provides is below-average pellet consumption.

The twin-wall insulated construction of the Grilla Grills Silverbac: Image –

If you only ever wanted to use a pellet grill in the summer months, the benefits of the twin-wall construction on the Silverbac may not be significant.

However, many people I know with pellet grills want to use them as much as possible, hence outside of the warm summer months. So that’s just something to think about.

Control Panels & Connectivity

As discussed above, the temperature range of these pellet grills is closely matched, and both can achieve a temperature of 500 degrees. Well, both of these pellet grills can also control their temperature within 5-degree increments.

Now, if you take, for example, the most popular pellet grill range from just a few years back, the Gen 1 Traeger Pro Series, the control panel fitted to that grill could only manage a 25-degree temperature accuracy.

The reason modern pellet grills such as the RECTEQ RT-590 and the Grilla Grills Silverbac can maintain a 5-degree temperature accuracy is they are fitted with PID (Proportional, Integral, Derivative) control panels.

The Alpha Connect control panel fitted to the Grilla Grills Silverbac: Video –

While both of these pellet grills are fitted with advanced PID control panels, they also both come with WiFi/App functionality.

Now, I hear various opinions on WiFi/App functionality, some think its an expensive gimmick, while others see it as an essential feature. I discuss this in my article is WiFi worth it?

For instance, WiFire for Traeger has been a big success and its now a core feature of their brand. My own thoughts on WiFi/App functionality is it can be a really good feature to have if you want to do a lot of long/low and slow smoking.

However, if you mainly want to do relatively short smoking sessions and focus more on grilling, then WiFi/App functionality may not really be that useful.

RECTEQ PID/WiFi Control Panel
The RECTEQ control panel also features WiFi/App integration: Image –

Conclusions On RECTEQ vs Grilla Grills

So the points in favour of the RECTEQ RT-590 are the stainless steel cooking chamber and also the slightly larger main cooking grate over the Grilla Grills Silverbac.

Furthermore, the RECTEQ can potentially high higher temperatures for grilling/searing.

Both the RECTEQ and Grilla Grills pellet grills come with PID temperature control and WiFi functionality, so its a draw on that one.

The Silverbac has more options for producing more smoke than the RECTEQ due to its control panel software. The Silverbac also features twin-wall insulated construction, which is missing on the RECTEQ.

Really, when it comes down to it, these are both excellent pellet grills for their price. I’d say as a pellet grill, due to the higher temps, the RECTEQ RT-590 is the better option.

However, when it comes to low and slow due to the twin-wall construction and more flexible control panel software along with the larger overall cooking area, then the Grilla Grills Silverbac is the better option.

That’s it! Thanks for reading, I hope you found this RECTEQ vs Grilla Grills comparison useful.

I have produced and continue to produce many other comparison articles, such as Traeger vs RECTEQ and Traeger vs Grilla Grills, so please check those out. You can also read more of my articles through my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide. 🙂

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

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.

Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.

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In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.

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Hi, I’m Chris. I started back in 2007. This website is intended to be an educational resource on BBQ pellets, pellet grills & smokers. I hope you find the information useful.

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