Grilla Grills vs. RecTeq | Know the Differences and Similarities


In a bid to add some pizzazz to my grilling, I’m now exploring new cooking methods, more specifically pellet grills.

A pellet grill offers great versatility, in that you can cook up an array of lip-smacking food in a matter of minutes.

One of the other reasons I’d like to switch to pellet grilling is due to lack of time, where this range of grills pre-heats quickly and saves a lot of time.

That said, after checking out several options, I’ve narrowed down the list to two top-rated pellet grills— Grilla Grill Silverbac and RecTeq 590.

So, here’s my detailed Grilla Grill Silverbac vs. RecTeq 590 comparison, and my take on which model is my winning choice.

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Grilla Grills Silverbac vs. RecTeq 590

1. Comparing the Brands

Brief History of Grills Grills

Grilla Grills Logo

Grilla Grills was founded by two men while on a fishing trip roughly seven years ago. Their idea was to design a pellet grill that was easy to use, cost-efficient, and without compromising on the robust flavor of pellet grilling.

Brief History of RecTeq

Recteq Logo

Just like Grilla Grills, RecTeq is a leading name in the pellet grilling space, and manufactures a massive range of grills, accessories, rubs, and spices, and much more.

Both companies offer grills loaded with innovative features, and their top models are the Grilla Grills Silverbac RecTeq 590.

2. Main Grilling Features and Functionality

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac wood pellet grill has recently received a big upgrade, which adds a slew of new features to the already long list.

Grill grills Silverbac

First is its industry-changing Alpha Connect WiFi Control, which as the name suggests allows you to perform several functions wirelessly such as starting or stopping the grill, monitoring temperatures, and much more.

Furthermore, the Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill comes with a large capacity 20 lbs hopper, so you can grill without having to frequently replenish the pellets.

It features the all-new TempTamer technology that allows you to maintain steady temperatures when you open the grill.

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill is also very easy to use, and is crafted from heavy-duty stainless steel, so it will last you for years to come with proper care.

It is equipped with an auto-ignition system, and a temperature control system that allows you to adjust the temperature from 180°F to 500°F in 5-degree increments.

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill can be used for both indirect cooking and convection-style cooking, and doesn’t produce flare-ups, greatly reducing the chances of burnt food.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 pellet grill is designed for your family and your pockets, and offers a large grilling space, so you can cook more in less time.

RecTeq 590

It boasts superior build quality with its high-grade stainless steel build and comes with the patented Smart Grill Technology—billed as the most precise controller on the market.

With this temperature control system, you can adjust the temperature of the RecTeq 590 pellet grill between 200ºF to 500ºF in 5º increments, allowing you to smoke, broil, sear, grill, bake, roast, and even dehydrate, all with a single appliance.

The RecTeq 590 is equipped with dual meat probes, allowing you to monitor two cooks simultaneously.

It features a Lo and Full setting, where the former generates extreme smoke under 200ºF for maximum smoke output, and the latter allows you to achieve temperatures above 500ºF.

The RecTeq 590 uses 100 percent natural wood pellets that burn cleanly, produce little ash, and provide great flavor, regardless of the type of food you’re grilling.

3. Cooking Temperature Ranges

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Silverbac pellet grill features a “Set’ n Forget” digital control system that allows you to adjust the temperature from 180°F to 500°F in 5-degree increments.

With this adjustable temperature, you can perform indirect, as well as convection-style cooking.

Further, the Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill features the industry-exclusive TempTamer—a feature that reduces the effect on the grill temperature when opening the lid.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 allows you to adjust the temperature from 200ºF to 500ºF in 5º increments, so you can do much more than just smoking such as searing, grilling, broiling, and even dehydrating.

Adding to this, it features the Smart Grill processor that is designed to control the cycle rate of the auger to deliver the right number of pellets to the firepot. Owing to this, you can set a precise temperature.

4. Quality of Construction & Build

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill comes factory-fitted with a stainless steel firepot, and features double-wall insulation.

The exterior of the grill is high-temperature powder coated for long service life with proper care. It contains all stainless steel internal components, and has welded seams that are caulked for triple redundant weather protection.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 pellet grill features a high-temperature powder coated lid with an embossed RecTeq logo for an enhanced appearance, two stainless steel handles, stainless steel fail-proof lid, stainless steel hopper lid piano hinge and hopper lid, and stainless steel cooking chamber.

5. Ease of Usage

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac grill is equipped with the Alpha Connect WiFi controller that allows you to control several functions of the grill remotely such as turning it on and off.

It is equipped with an auto-ignition system, and can also be paired with an exclusive app for full wireless control including troubleshooting. Additionally, it comes with automatic fire tending, thanks to its onsite advanced control board.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 also features WiFi technology that allows you to control and monitor your grill remotely from your wireless device.

It also comes with an automatic lighting feature, so there’s no messy charcoal or unsafe fire starters to deal with, and an automatic shutdown feature that triggers the cool down mode with the push of a button.

6. Grilling Space Available

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill offers a total cooking surface area of 692″ square inches. The main cooking area measures 26×19.5=507″ square inches, and the upper cooking area measures 7×26.5=185″ square inches.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 pellet grill offers 592 square inches of cooking space, which is enough to cook several turkeys, or fit five large racks of ribs.

You can get an additional 772 square inches of cooking area with an optional second shelf.

7. Fuel Efficiency

The fuel efficiency of both the Grilla Grills Silverbac and RecTeq 590 grills depends on the pellets you use.

You can use any type of pellets with both grills, but 100 percent natural hardwood pellets burn cleanly, produce less ash, and provide great flavor. Each bag of pellets generally lasts for 10 to 20 hours of cooking time.

Some great options for smoker grill pellets include CookinPellets, RecTec Grills Ultimate Blend Pellets, and Traeger PEL331 Signature Blend Grill pellets.

8. Grate Quality

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac grill comes with grills grates that are made from ¼-inch robust stainless steel. The top cooking grate can be removed to give you more room to work with inside the grill.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 comes with two 304 grade stainless steel cooking grates that are easy to remove and clean, and are built to last the lifetime of the grill.

9. Storage Capacity

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill features a large capacity solid bottom enclosed storage to accommodate all your grilling tools and essentials.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 does not offer enclosed storage, but does come with a bottom shelf to keep your tools, and for increased stability.

10. Weight & Portability

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac tips the scales at 170 lbs, and comes with handles, and four pivot casters for ease of movement, and with two locking brakes.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 pellet grill weighs approximately 160 lbs, and is fitted with iconic micro polished stainless steel handles, and rollerblade style wheels, and locking casters to easily move the appliance across spaces.

11. Ease of Cleaning & Maintenance

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill comes with a removable drip pan that’s easy to clean, and designed to prevent flare-ups by catching food drippings.

It is easy to assemble by referring to the included detailed user guide, and should be seasoned before first use by running it for 45 minutes at 450°.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 pellet grill comes with a 304-grade stainless steel drip pan that funnels the grease directly into the bucket for easy cleanup.

12. Price & Warranty

Grilla Grills Silverbac

The Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill rings in with an $899 price tag, and is backed by a four-year warranty against any manufacturer defects.

RecTeq 590

The RecTeq 590 costs $899, and comes with one of the best warranties in its segment— a 4-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.

13. After-Sale Service Quality

Grilla Grills Silverbac

Grilla Grills offers support through several channels including phone, email, and even social media platforms.

RecTeq 590

RecTeq offers unsurpassed customer service, and provides buyers with both the company’s co-founders’ cell phone numbers with their purchase.

14. Resell Value

Both Grilla Grills and RecTeq are big pellet grill brands, so you will get a good resale price. However, there are other factors that dictate the resale value such as the condition of the grill, age of grill, and the warranty if still valid.

15. Value for Money

The Grilla Grills Silverbac and RecTeq 590 pellet grills ring in with the same price tag, and are loaded with a rich set of features that aren’t available in much higher priced models, so they both provide great value for money.


Grilla Grills vs. RecTeq – Which one should you buy?

Both the Grilla Grills Silverbac and RecTeq 590 offer WiFi connectivity and the ability to pair the appliances with an app, and manage it remotely, which is a big plus point for me.

However, the RecTeq 590 pellet grill comes with a larger 30 lbs hopper compared to the 20 lbs capacity hopper of the Silverbac pellet grill. But given that I won’t be cooking for more than 15 hours at a time, The Silverbac’s 20 lbs hopper capacity works well for me.

In terms of safety, the Grilla Grills Silverbac pellet grill wins the gold with its high temperature and low-temperature safety shutdown.

It also offers a larger 692 square inches cooking area, making it a better choice for me since I usually have large cookouts.

On a brighter note, the RecTeq 590 pellet grill comes with two meat probes to monitor two meats separately.

However, the Grilla Grills Silverback comes with one meat probe, but given that I already have the Tenergy Solis meat probe, I won’t be using the one that came in the box.

All in all, I have deep roots in wood-burning cooking, and I absolutely love cooking on the Silverbac from burgers to wings to steaks and even veggies.

It offers the set it and forget it freedom, and comes with a few extra perks compared to the competition at the same price point. As a bonus, I also get an impressive manufacturer warranty, so I am confident in my investment, and the fact that I’m covered for four years against any manufacturer defects.


Pros & Cons of Grilla Grills Silverbac

Pros

Cons

Easy auto ignition

At the low point of 180°F, the appliance struggles to dip below 260°F

Drip tray to evenly disperse the heat from the pellets

Additional grease management is optional and not included with the purchase

Packaging is super-solid with heavy, protective cardboard walls

20 lbs capacity hopper may be small for some users

Shuts down automatically if the cooking temp drops below 110° or above 610°F

Well-built, heavy-duty construction


Pros & Cons of RecTeq 590

Pros

Cons

Larger 30 lbs pellet hopper capacity

Stamped logo in the lid is a letdown

Two meat probes

Exposed vents can let in moisture

Advanced PID controller

Industry-leading customer service

Superior construction & materials quality

Brendan

I have been a hardcore meat lover throughout my life and have been cooking my own meat since my mom shared with me her secret brisket recipe. I have used all sorts of meat and meat processing equipment you can imagine.

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