Pros & Cons – Nexgrill Oakford 580 WiFi Pellet Grill

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Nexgrill is a relatively new player in the world of pellet grills and smokers, though they do also produce other types of BBQ as well. Their smallest/cheapest pellet grill model is the Oakford 580. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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There are several cheaper pellet grills/smokers in our database than the Nexgrill Oakford 580. However, most of them are tabletop/portable units. The Oakford 580 is a ‘full-sized’ backyard pellet grill.

With a price point under 400 dollars the Nexgrill Oakford 580 is one of the cheapest full sized backyard pellet grills on the market.
There are few cheaper full-sized pellet grills on the market than the Nexgrill Oakford 580

With a price point under $400, the Nexgrill Oakford 580 is cheap enough to attract more people to consider a pellet grill/smoker that may have discounted them as an expensive option.

While it’s good to see new brands entering the pellet grill/smoker marketplace, as a consumer, it can be a bit tricky as there is little information about the quality/durability of their products. What is their customer service like? Etc.

As Nexgrill has not been making pellet grills/smokers for that long, there is little information out their on their reliability of their products.
We don’t have that much data on how well Nexgrill pellet grills/smokers are holding up

I’ve read many very positive customer reviews on the Oakford 580. I’ve also read some very negative reviews, which you’ll come across for every product. My point is that there is not enough data as yet to form a general consensus.

On most pellet grills, in general, the maximum temperature setting will be 500 degrees. However, you do have some Z Grills/Traeger models that will max out at 450 degrees. However, this Nexgrill Oakford 580 can be set to 550 degrees.

The controller on the Nexgrill Oakford 580 can be set at up to 550 degrees.
A maximum temperature setting of 550 degrees is much higher than most of the competition

The controller on the Oakford 580 is also running a modern PID temperature control algorithm with 10-degree temperature adjustment, which again, is not common for a pellet grill at this price point.

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As someone who spends a lot of time reviewing the specs and features of pellet grills/smokers, I can tell there is some connection between the manufacturer of these Nexgrill products and Pit Boss products.

As such, I do find it a bit odd that the Nexgrill has not given the Oakford 580 a flame broiler, which is a common feature of Pit Boss branded products.

The Nexgrill Oakford 580 does not feature direct flame access.
I do find it a bit odd that Nexgrill chose not to include direct-flame access

Now, direct flame access does carry with it the increased risk of grease fires. However, that risk can be mitigated with proper frequent cleaning.

As of this moment, if you use our database to search for a horizontal pellet grill with WiFi connectivity, the cheapest result will be the Nexgrill Oakford 580.

The Nexgrill Oakford 580 comes with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity along with an App.
You cannot currently get a cheaper full-sized horizontal pellet grill with WiFi connectivity and App support

While WiFi connectivity/App support is pretty much pointless when purely grilling, when it comes to smoking expensive meats over a long period of time, that’s when it becomes useful.

Reading the owner’s reviews, the negative comments often had a trend of describing the poor condition that their Nexgrill Oakford 580 arrived in.

Delivery damage does appear to be recurring trend.
Unfortunately, delivery damage does not appear to be that uncommon

Now, it’s not clear if the delivery damage is occurring at the manufacturer’s side of things, or if it’s because of poor handling by the retailers. Either way, its not great.

My Final Thoughts On The Nexgrill Oakford 580 WiFi Pellet Grill

In terms of its features and price point, the Nexgrill Oakford would appear to beat its direct competition on several fronts, better controller technology being a key feature.

Whether the build quality, durability, and customer service are going to meet everyone’s expectations is yet to be seen, and only time will tell.

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