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.
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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 currently retails for $749.
RECTEQ RT-590 vs Grilla Grills Silverbac
As I’ve discussed above, there is a price disparity between these two pellet grills, with the RECTEQ roughly costing an additional $150. However, these are the two closest matched products from each brand on price. There are features found on the RECTEQ RT-590 not currently found on the Grilla Grills Silverbac which could justify the additional investment, and I’ll get into that more below. First, we’ll compare the cooking area & functionality of each grill, move on to materials & construction and finally discuss their control panels & connectivity.
Cooking Area & Functionality
The RECTEQ RT-590 is the more expensive of these two pellet grills and it is the larger of the two, just. 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 sq.in with an optional upper smoking rack. However, that additional cooking area is only suitable for warming/smoking meat. The Grilla Grills Silverbac provides 507 sq.in at the main cooking grate, suitable for grilling and smoking. A total cooking area of 692 sq.in is provided on the Silverbac with the included upper smoking rack.
Neither the RECTEQ or the Grilla Grill provide 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. The Grilla Grills Silverbac offers a slightly wider temperature range of 180 to 500 degrees. However, for all intents and purposes, the cooking functionality of these two pellet grills is all but the same.
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.
While the RECTEQ does feature more stainless steel in its construction than the Grilla Grill, again, it is the more expensive pellet grill. A feature of the Grilla Grills Silverbac construction that the RECTEQ doesn’t have however 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 additional $150 for the RECTEQ RT-590 can be seen in its full stainless steel cooking chamber. 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 with both achieving a maximum 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.
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, others see it as an essential feature. For instance, WiFire for Traeger has been a big success and is 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.
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 cooking area over the Grilla Grills Silverbac. The points in favour of the Silverbac, first off, its price, coming in $150 below the RECTEQ. Both the RECTEQ and Grilla Grills pellet grills come with WiFi functionality, so its a draw on that one. Though the Silverbac has more options for producing more smoke than the RECTEQ. 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. Which one would be better suit your own personal needs will obviously depend on how tight your budget is. Either of these pellet grills is an ideal choice for a mid-sized/mid-range pellet grill/smoker.
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. 🙂
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