Pros & Cons – Z Grills Cruiser 200A

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I remember the days when pretty much the only tabletop pellet grill on the market was the Traeger Ranger. Well, our database now includes 16 different models, one of which is the Z Grills Cruiser 200A. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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As you can see from our database, even among other tabletop pellet grills/smokers, the Z Grills Cruiser 200A is one of the cheapest options on the market, with a typical price point under $300.

With a typical price point under $300, the Z Grills Cruiser 200A is one of the cheapest pellet grills/smokers on the market.
If you have a very limited budget to spend, then the Z Grill Cruiser 200A might be worth considering

There are cheaper options (we’ll get to that), but in general, for under $300, this Z Grill pellet grill/smoker can serve as an excellent introduction to the world of pellet grills/smokers.

With the Cruiser being a tabletop pellet grill, cooking area is obviously going to be limited. Its the Con that goes along with the Pro of portability. However, its important to appreciate how small the cooking area actually is.

The cooking area on the Z Grills Cruiser 200A is very limited.
The cooking area on the Cruiser 200A is just over 200 square inches

With such a small cooking area, you can cook up to around eight burgers at a push. However, the heat is concentrated very much at the center of the grate, so they will frequently need to be moved around.

With a weight of just 40 lbs, the Z Grills Cruiser 200A is one of the lowest-weight portable pellet grills on the market, which means it is easy for just one person to move it/carry it around.

The Z Grills Cruiser 200A is a very lightweight pellet grill/smoker.
The Z Grills Cruiser is currently the lowest weight tabletop pellet grill on the market

With any pellet grill/smoker where its main purpose is to be as portable as possible, its weight is just as important as its small size. Some other portable models are a bit too heavy for one person to comfortably carry.

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One of the weakest features of the Z Grills Cruiser is high-temperature grilling and searing, as the controller only has a maximum temperature setting of 450 degrees.

The controller on the Z Grills Cruiser is pretty basic by modern standards.
With a maximum temperature of 450 degrees, grilling and searing performance will not be ideal

For really good grilling/searing results, you ideally want a cooking surface over 500 degrees to get a nice crusty seared finish. Therefore, the Z Grills Cruiser falls short in this regard.

Now, I’m not suggesting that an 8 lb pellet hopper is ‘large’ by general pellet grill/smoker standards. However, it is relatively large when restricted to discussing purely tabletop models.

An 8lb pellet hopper is one of the largest you can find on a tabletop pellet grill/smoker.
An 8lb pellet hopper on a tabletop pellet grill/smoker is not that common

With a hopper of this size, it should be able to cover a whole day of cooking on the Z Grill Cruiser 200A, from doing some low and slow smoking to highish-temperature grilling/searing.

While the Z Grill Cruiser is indeed a low-cost tabletop pellet grill/smoker, it’s not the cheapest such model. There are several other examples, such as the Pit Boss Pit Stop Onyx Edition, which is cheaper.

Are there better alternatives to the Z Grill Cruiser 200A?
The Pit Boss Pit Stop is typically around $70 less than the Z Grills Cruiser 200A

Is the Pit Boss Pit Stop superior? Well, in some aspects, yes. It gets a higher maximum temperature setting and a flame broiler. Then again, its hopper is not as big as the Z Grill.

My Final Thoughts On The Z Grill Cruiser 200A

Over recent years, the number of tabletop pellet grill options on the market has grown and grown. While the Z Grill Cruiser 200A excels in some areas (hopper capacity), it struggles to compete in others (grilling/searing).

I would encourage you to use the link below to check out our database to come to your own conclusions on the best tabletop pellet grill currently available.

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