Aldi Grills and Smokers (2018)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated throughout spring 2018.

Sometime in the late spring, Aldi rotates out a series of grilling-related items in the Special Buy section, from grill accessories to grills themselves. Here is a brief rundown on some of the larger offerings.

Have any experience with them? Let us know in the comments.

Range Master 2-Burner Stainless Steel Gas Grill With Folding Shelves

Range Master 2-Burner Stainless Steel Gas Grill With Folding Shelves

Cost: $169.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: This grill is manufactured by GHP Group, which also manufactures the Dyna-Glo line of grills. The 24,000 BTU 2-burner grill boasts a 365″ stainless-steel-grated cooking area, a 97″ chrome-plated warming rack, stainless steel grates, a built-in thermometer, built-in tool hooks, 4 castors that allow for moving the grill around, and a Piezo igniter. The grill has a 2-year warranty and the burners have a 5-year warranty.

Range Master Portable Gas Grill

Cost: $99.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: This portable grill makes its way into the Aldi lineup sometime in the fall, right around the start of football season. Running on a collapsible stand with wheels, the featureset includes a cast iron cooking grate, stainless steel burners, a Piezo lighter, and a 325 square-inch cooking area capable of up to 20,000 BTUs. It says it fits a 1-pound disposable propane bottle, so we’re guessing you’ll need an adapter if you want to use, say, a 20-pound propane tank. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Range Master 4-Burner Gas Grill

Cost:$139.99

Manual: Part 1 (2017), Part 2 (2017)

Thoughts: This four-burner grill, with side burner, is manufactured by GHP Group, which also manufactures the Dyna-Glo line of grills … and in fact, this Range Master appears to be a re-branding of this model. Dyna-Glo grills tend to be okay but not great, so know that you’re not getting anything elite with this. The grill is warrantied for 1 year and the stainless steel burners are warrantied for 5 years. As best as we can tell, the 2018 model appears to be identical to the 2017 model.

Range Master 5-Burner Stainless Steel Gas Grill

Cost: $199.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: This 5-burner model (GAS7560AS) is manufactured by the Boltz Group, maker of Embers Grills. (Never heard of them? Neither had we.) We weren’t able to find a relabeled counterpart anywhere online, and only a handful of outlets seem to carry the company’s “3 Embers” and “Even Embers” models. The feature set includes stainless steel cooking grates, a warming rack, and four swivel casters. It’s backed by a 2-year warranty.

Range Master Electric Smoker

Range Master Electric Smoker

The 2018 model.

Cost: $99.99

Manual2017

Thoughts: The 2018 smoker is made by Landmann, a German-based maker of grills and smokers. (The 2017 electric smoker was made by Masterbuilt.) The 2018 model has almost the same smoking area as this Landmann model, with 438 square inches (to 441 for the branded Landmann counterpart). Features include double-wall construction, a viewing window, a thermostat, 3 removable chrome plated smoking racks, porcelain coated water pan and wood chip box, and adjustable door latch. One nice development: the 2018 model has a 1 year warranty, up from the anemic 90 days of the 2017 model.

Range Master 69″ Gas Grill Cover

Cost: $12.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: The Range Master grill cover is manufactured by Blue Rhino — as in, the same Blue Rhino some people use to swap out propane tanks. It turns out the company also makes a few grill covers, and they’re decent, if not spectacular. Measuring 69″ x 25″ x 37″, it is designed to fit most 4- and 5-burner grills, including those up to 69″ wide. It is made of vinyl but has a soft flannel lining, and includes a velcro closure for a secure fit.

The Range Master cover comes with a 2-year warranty.

Thermos 2-Burner Gas Grill

Cost: $79.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: Although most people associate Thermos with keeping beverages cold, this little gas grill is actually made by Char-Broil. Our only exposure to Char-Broil personally was in the form of a portable gas grill a few years ago, and while it cooked evenly enough, keeping the little thing lit was a challenge. Still, reviews online of Char-Broil grills are generally good, so this inexpensive model might be worth a look. It does come with a 2-year warranty.

Range Master 22.5″ Charcoal Kettle Grill

Cost: $39.99

Manual: 2017

Thoughts: We know almost nothing about this charcoal kettle grill; we’re not even sure who makes it. (The warranty is serviced by an obscure company out of Minnesota that may be an American subsidiary of a Chinese or Hong Kong-based company.) Whoever it is, it does not appear to be a known player like many other Range Master grills. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Range Master 30″ Barrel Grill With Offset Smoker

Cost: $99.99

Manual: 2017

Thoughts: This barrel grill with smoker is made — we think — by the same people who make the charcoal kettle grill … which means we don’t know anything outside of what the manual says. Like the kettle grill, it has a 2-year warranty.

The Verdict:

When it comes to grills and grill accessories, we have found that you generally get what you pay for. Weber these are not, and Aldi seems to draw from a variety of different vendors, even among different Range Master grills. We’re not sure we’re ready to take the plunge on any of them, but we’d love to hear what experiences other people have had. Feel free to sound off in the comments.


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4 Comments

  1. The charcoal kettle grill sold at Aldi is likely a factory second lot. I bought one for $40 and found that the kettle top had some paint flaws and a bent edge. Went back to the store to find similar damages on the other 2 grills they had in boxes so they took them off the store floor. I could bend back the edge enough so it fits with the bottom of the kettle, but don’t know how durable it will be over time. Probably worth $40 and seems to be made with average quality, but if you are looking for a Weber, then you will need to spend double this price somewhere else.

  2. The Range Master 30″ Barrel Grill With Offset Smoker, is almost identical to the Char Griller I had for 8 years. The only differences I noticed was the grates are stateless steel, not cast iron, there is an extra vent on the left side of the main barrel and a locking mechanism on the pull out tray for the side box. I used it for the first time yesterday. I have to say, it was like saying hi to an old friend. I paid $80 at Aldi’s.

  3. I bought this offset smoker last year I have used it for grilling and smoking and for 100$ you can’t beat it the fire box slides out for easy cleaning the grill area also has a lot out charcoal tray. I also like the fire box has grates for cooking on or you can set a water tray and wood chip box if you burn charcoal instead of wood. You can keep the temp around 225- 250 for ever. Of course the temp varies from one side to the other. You just have to use it. And fire up a chimney of charcoal about every 3-4 hours. To keep your temps on point. And it does leak around all opening. If you want to mod it you can. But it turns out some great smoked bbq. As is. For 100$ I give it 5 stars.

  4. I bought the 30″ barrel grill with offset smoker. Just got it all put together but missing 1 part. The air vent on the smoker. Who can I talk to so I can get that part. We are pretty excited to use it. I’d like this part before using.

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