Cuisinart's outdoor cooking division has been busy lately. With a full range of in-store pellet cookers alongside their gas grills and grills, they have a complete product line. They have been innovative too. The Cuisinart Woodcreek tries to do it all. There is a ceramic briquette insert for roasting, a frying griddle, and a carbon insert that makes it a hybrid grill. Best of all, they figured out where to store all those parts. Even temperature probes can be stored under the lid of the pellet hopper.
However, price is probably the most innovative feature. This large capacity multi-function pellet grill is available for as low as $ 500 USD (find it at Walmart). That is amazing. Of course, a great price comes at its own cost. This is not an easy grill to assemble, largely because it fits in a relatively small box. In addition, it is the best quality pellet grill. There certainly is a tradeoff.
Obviously, the design team had fun with this grill. There is a window in the lid that allows you to see the food being cooked and one in the pellet hopper so you can see the pellets. The hopper window is redundant for the low pellet sensor that tells you to refuel. These are not necessary characteristics and since smoke easily clouds the gas, not even all tools. However, it looks impressive on the showroom floor, which is what this grill is designed to do.
As a pellet grill, this is an acceptable unit. The main cooking space is large, but the secondary rack is practically useless. I consider the true cooking capacity to be around 650 square inches and not 862 as advertised. You're not going to have a pig's butt on that top rack. Apart from this, the configuration is typical. There is a large plate that divides the cooking space from the pot, as in most pellet grills. You don't have to worry about outbreaks, but you keep the maximum temperature at 500 degrees F. These days, that seems low.
As for all the extras? Having an iron is good. I doubt that many people opt for the charcoal insert and those who use the search panel will probably keep it in place for regular cooking. While all of this seems like there's a lot of versatility, my experience is that most people won't use it.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, it's the construction limitations that bring this grill down. It is not made to last. However, at this price, it is difficult to discuss the value here. Here you have a lot of pellet grill. And it's not a bad pellet grill, either. There are better ones, but for the price it is certainly competitive.