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Best Kamado Grills for 2022

Egg-shaped Grills are Versatile & Efficient

Want one charcoal grill for everything? Consider the kamado, a modern spin on a centuries-old Asian cooking style. Kamados grill, smoke, and bake — effectively, they’re three outdoor kitchen appliances in one. Their insulating properties and ovoid shape rewrite the book on heat retention while encouraging delicious smoky flavors… but not all kamados are created equal! Over two decades of in-house testing by our experts support these hand-picked superstars based on their quality, performance, and features.

Quality - When judging kamado grills, our experts look for thick ceramic insulation, or some equivalent material. Kamados need mastery of heat absorption, retention, and radiation for that excellent indirect heating. Kamados are built to last — we don’t accept weak cart construction or short warranties. Every component should be of utmost quality.

Performance - A kamado grill should produce, and hold, a very wide range of chamber temperatures — and provide relative ease in adjusting them. Performance is where lesser kamados are weeded out, as there’s no clean-cut secret to ceramic grilling success. This is why we eagerly examine each new improvement.

Features - Nothing breaks up a neck-and-neck competition like quality-of-life changes. Kamado lids are heavy, so an easy-lift hinge should be standard. Rainproof airflow control towers are major plusses. But, from our personal wish list, we want easy fire access for adding fuel or subtracting ash on every single kamado grill.

Best Overall Kamado Grills

  • One of the biggest ceramic cookers on the market
  • Evenly distributes heat across 400 sq. inch cooking surface
  • Oval design allows 2-zone cooking at different temperatures
  • Primo offers the highest sitting lid available
  • Cast-iron firebox divider makes it easy to use indirect heat
  • One inch thick solid cast aluminum provides unmatched durability
  • Cooking grid is hinged on either side for adding additional charcoal
  • Cast aluminum body looks great paired with stainless appliances
  • Removable stainless steel ash pan with handles makes cleanup easy
  • Convenient lift-assist hinge for easy opening and closing
  • SloRoller insert turns kamado into hyperbolic smoking chamber
  • Air lift hinge allows you to lift the kamado lid with ease
  • 2-tiered rack provides 2 levels of cooking surface area
  • Divide & Conquer Flexible Cooking System allows you to cook food at multiple levels & at different temperatures simultaneously
  • Includes two split heat deflectors for direct or indirect cooking

Best Built In Kamado Grills

These kamados can be built-in to your outdoor kitchen. Their seamless integration will drastically increase the versatility of cooking in your outdoor kitchen space. Matching outdoor kitchen components are available for most models.

  • Proudly made in the USA since 1996
  • Highest sitting lid on the market allows cooking turkeys vertically
  • Primo SuperCeramic offers superior heat & moisture retention
  • Ceramic body is backed by a phenomenal 20-year guarantee
  • Easy lift-and-lock hinge system keeps the lid raised in place
  • One inch thick solid cast aluminum provides unmatched durability
  • Cooking grid is hinged on either side for adding additional charcoal
  • Cast aluminum body looks great paired with stainless appliances
  • Removable stainless steel ash pan with handles makes cleanup easy
  • Convenient lift-assist hinge for easy opening and closing
  • Pull out ash drawer makes Kamado Joe the easiest kamado to clean
  • One of the only ceramic grills with an available rotisserie accessory
  • Air-lift hinge creates the lightest lifting lid in the kamado industry
  • Kontrol Tower design keeps top vents firmly in place when lid is lifted
  • Fiberglass mesh gasket will last years without needing replacement

Best Oversized Kamado Grills

  • One of the biggest ceramic cookers on the market
  • Evenly distributes heat across 400 sq. inch cooking surface
  • Oval design allows 2-zone cooking at different temperatures
  • Primo offers the highest sitting lid available
  • Cast-iron firebox divider makes it easy to use indirect heat
  • One inch thick solid cast aluminum provides unmatched durability
  • Cooking grid is hinged on either side for adding additional charcoal
  • Cast aluminum body looks great paired with stainless appliances
  • Removable stainless steel ash pan with handles makes cleanup easy
  • Convenient lift-assist hinge for easy opening and closing
  • 24-Inch diameter makes the Big Joe Grill a kamado heavyweight
  • 2-tiered cooking rack gives 904 sq. inch cooking area when full
  • Stainless steel lid latch self activates when lid closes
  • Air lift hinge reduces the dome weight by 96 percent
  • Top vent is made from cast aluminum for superior rust resistance

Best Entry Level Kamado Grills

  • Dual-wall design traps heat, efficiently burning coals for all-day smoking
  • 2-position charcoal grate adjusts for smoking or direct-flame grilling
  • Stainless steel diffuser plate creates conditions for low-and-slow cooking
  • Made-to-fit Weber Gourmet BBQ System cookware greatly improves versatility
  • 3 bottom vents let you fine-tune the kamado’s airflow and temperature
  • Marked top and bottom vents make it easy to precisely adjust temperatures
  • Thick ceramic and 304-grade stainless steel components bring premium quality
  • Lid features a spring-assisted hinge to lighten the load when opening the grill
  • Latch-secured lid provides a superior seal, creating perfect smoking conditions
  • Bamboo side shelves offer a durable, stylish workspace right by the grill
  • 6-in-1 grill brings the versatility to bake, roast, BBQ smoke, and more
  • Durable, black-glazed ceramic body retains heat to reduce charcoal use
  • Includes stainless steel, 2-tiered grates and a heat deflector for versatility
  • Wheeled, powder-coated steel cart is durable yet light to ease mobility
  • Comes with grilling tool set to jumpstart your cooking experience

Best Small Kamado Grills

  • Made of premium grade SuperCeramic that offers superior heat
  • All-in-one grill includes cradle, grid & ash tools, & side shelves
  • Smoke meat at temperatures from 180F up to 500F
  • Easy lift-and-lock hinge system keeps the lid raised in place
  • Primo Grills are proudly manufactured in the United States
  • Total weight of kamado is a mere 68 pounds, making it portable
  • Cast Aluminum Kontrol Tower prevents rain from entering grill
  • 1 1/4-inch thick ceramics allow it to maintain proper heat
  • Stainless steel draft door allows you to control the airflow
  • Comes with a free grate gripper, ash tool and heat deflector

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