Primo Grills Oval Jr & Oval XL Review

28 Jul

Product Description:

It looks like Atlanta, Georgia is the kamado grill capital of the USA.  Kamado Joe is based in Duluth, Big Green Egg is based in Atlanta, and we’d like to introduce you to Primo Grills and Smokers, a kamado manufacturer based a little north of Atlanta in the city of Tucker.

Primo offers three different kamado-style grills, but we will focus on two of them here: the Primo Oval Junior and the Primo Oval XL (shown above in a cypress table with other accessories).  Both of these grills are made of porcelain-coated ceramics and utilize Primo’s patented oval-shaped cooking surface.  The Oval Jr has 210 square inches of usable cooking space, while the Oval XL offers a healthy 400 square inches of cooking space (enough for a whole suckling pig according to reviewers!).

Primo offers a 20-year warranty on their ceramics, a 5-year warranty on their powder-coated parts, and a 1-year warranty on their cast iron parts.  In contrast, other kamado manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties on their ceramics.  If your household is full of hardcore grill lovers, you may want to consider this difference in warranty when deciding on a grill.

American Alternative Review:

Primo casts the ceramic shells for their grills in their Tucker, Georgia headquarters.  A customer service representative also confirmed that all ceramic elements, grates, and cypress products are made in the US.  Honestly, I am surprised that Primo makes grates and some of their wooden products in America.  Other grill manufacturers tend to use Chinese-sourced cast iron for grates (like the Big Green Egg), and after reviewing many foreign-made colored pencils, it’s great to see Primo making their cypress wood tables domestically.

Primo claims to be the “ONLY ceramic grills made in the USA”, but with Kamado Joe’s ProJoe on the market, they may have to rethink that statement.

5/5 stars

The only other kamado grill to be American Alternative Approved is Kamado Joe’s ProJoe, which is beautiful but pricey at $8,000!  If you’re looking for a high quality American-made grill at a more reasonable price, we encourage you to check out Primo’s Oval grills.  They are by no means cheap at $700 for the Oval Jr and $1,200 for the Oval XL, but the one big benefit is that they can be ordered through (we love Amazon) instead of only at authorized brick-and-mortar retailers.  Check out the Oval Jr here and the Oval XL here.

If you don’t need a kamado grill and are just looking for a basic barbecue, we recommend you check out Weber’s 5-star rated One-Touch Kettles instead.  You can also check out how the Primo kamados stacked up against all the kamados and grills that we reviewed in our Charcoal Grill Category Recap.


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