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Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg

Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg

As the two most popular brands of kamado grills, Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg draw a lot of comparisons. The first and best-known ceramic grill on the market, Big Green Egg is almost single-handedly responsible for the booming popularity of kamado grills. However, Kamado Joe has gained a large following with its continued innovation and all-inclusive accessory packages that offer everything you need at one price.

How KJ Challenged BGE

For years, people became accustomed to kamado accessories being an additional purchase. This `a la carte model was established by Big Green Egg and, to a certain extent, it made sense—accessories have traditionally been an add-on with any grill, whether it's a gas grill, kettle grill, or kamado. However, it also made little sense that certain accessories weren't included. For instance, every kamado brand touts the ability to smoke BBQ. Yet nobody included a deflector plate, the very thing you need to turn your kamado into a smoker. And what other grill requires you to buy the cart separately? In an attempt to differentiate itself from Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe began including many of the accessories people want and adding innovative user-friendly features not found on most kamados.

Kamado Joe's everything-included package and new innovations have positioned it as a great alternative to Big Green Egg, drawing a lot of comparison and sparring tons of debate about which is the better buy. So, how do the two stack up?

Both Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg make high-quality grills in similar sizes. However, what’s included with those grills is quite different. Below, we’ve created a side-by-side comparison to illustrate what you get with a Kamado Joe Classic™ and Big Joe™ versus a Big Green Egg Large and Extra Large, as well as the final cost to buy a comparable package from each brand. Without question, Kamado Joe represents the better value, giving you more for your money.

Kamado Joe Classic Joe vs Big Green Egg Large
  KJ® Classic Joe™ w/Cart BGE® L
Base Price $1199.95 $899.99
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Shelves
Diffuser Plate for Smoking
Stainless Steel Grate
Ash Tool
Grill Gripper
Slide-Out Ash Drawer
Air Lift Hinge
Kontrol Tower Top Vent
Wire Mesh Fiberglass Gasket
SS Locking Latch
Available Online
Shipping FREE N/A
Total Price $1199.95 $1419.96
Kamado Joe Classic Joe vs Big Green Egg Large
  KJ® Big Joe™ w/Cart BGE® XL
Base Price $1599.95 $1199.99
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Shelves
Diffuser Plate for Smoking
Stainless Steel Grate
Ash Tool
Grill Gripper
Slide-Out Ash Drawer
Air Lift Hinge
Kontrol Tower Top Vent
Wire Mesh Fiberglass Gasket
SS Locking Latch
Available Online
Shipping FREE N/A
Total Price $1599.95 $1813.96

Kamado Joe vs Big Green Egg: Stainless Steel Upgrades

Because many people like to incorporate their kamado grill into an outdoor kitchen, Kamado Joe offers an upgraded Stand-Alone model with attractive stainless steel features. You still get many of the same great accessories, such as the deflector plate, slide-out ash drawer, ash tool, and grate gripper, but the Kamado Joe Classic Stand-Alone and Big Joe Stand-Alone also include:

  • Stainless steel bands
  • Stainless steel hinge
  • Stainless steel upper vent
  • Stainless steel handle
  • Stainless steel cooking grate

If you want to upgrade a Big Green Egg with stainless steel features, you’re out of luck. Other than the cooking grate, Big Green Egg doesn’t offer stainless steel options.

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Kamado Joe Innovations

While Kamado Joe has built its reputation on its everything-included packages and stainless steel upgrades, they've also taken steps to add innovative features not available on Big Green Egg or any other ceramic kamado grill on the market. Their patented pull-out stainless steel ash drawer made for easy mess-free cleanup, while the versatile Divide and Conquer Grilling system made it simple to setup multi-level and multi-zone cooking to better take advantage of cooking space.

In 2017, Kamado Joe unveiled several more innovations, including a groundbreaking Air Lift Hinge, an all-aluminum Kontrol Tower Top Vent, a durable wire mesh fiberglass gasket, and a multi-panel firebox that's supposed to be more durable than the traditional one-piece ceramic firebox. Of all these upgrades, the Air Lift Hinge is the most noteworthy. Not only does it reduce the weight of the lid by 90%, but it allows you to open the lid partway and let go without fear of it slamming shut. It'll simply remain partially-open.

Purchasing and Shipping: Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg

free shipping on Kamado Joe

Work, family, friends—your schedule is tight and your time is valuable. Your on-the-go life doesn’t allow for a lot of free time. Yet, if you want a Big Green Egg, you have to go to one of a select few stores in your area to buy it. You cannot order online. Once you purchase your Big Green Egg, you have 2 choices: lift a 200 pound ceramic grill in and out of your vehicle or cross your fingers and hope your store is one of the few that offer delivery (for a fee or otherwise).

Kamado Joe is available online at FireCraft.com, 7 days a week, anytime of day. There’s no need to rush to the store after work or sacrifice valuable hours on the weekend. You can shop from the comfort of your living room at night or while sipping coffee on Sunday morning. And because FireCraft offers free delivery, you don’t have to worry about loading or unloading your Kamado Joe or paying more to get it to your house.

Big Green Egg® is a registered trademark of The Big Green Egg Company.