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The inclusion of the Kamado Joe Classic 2 to our Best Grills category was an easy choice, with the addition of an air lift hinge system, a divide and conquer flexible cooking system, and the option to cook rotisserie style, the Kamado Joe Classic 2 shows its versatility. Even with issues such as both a high price and weight, this ceramic grill is more than worthy of a spot in our Best Kamado Grill list.

Why We Like It – Kamado Joe Classic 2

The Kamado Joe Classic 2 is a heavy duty charcoal grill with good cooking space. A divide conquer flexible cooking method gives you consistent results.

  • Air lift hinge makes lifting the grill dome easy
  • Half moon cooking system enables cooking several items at once
  • Included motor for rotisserie style cooking
  • Heavy weight makes it cumbersome to move
  • High price point.


Easily the best feature of the Kamado Joe Classic 2 is the half moon system implemented within. Unlike most kamado grills like the Weber Summit Charcoal, there is an option to essentially split the cooking surface in half. Adjusting the height of these half moons, there is an option to cook several items at one, even in different temperatures. This is a feature that not even the Weber Summit Charcoal can lay claim to.


With features such as the kontrol tower top vent, you won’t have to worry about changes in temperature when you open the Kamado Joe Classic 2. Additionally, there is an included motor that you can use to cook rotisserie style. Altogether there are several ways to cook whatever you need however you need.


With a ceramic interior, the Kamado Joe Classic 2 is protected by both cast iron and stainless steel. A combination not seen with most grills like the Blaze Kamado. Adding on top of that, with a purchase customers get a five year warranty.

Ease of Use

Included features such as the Air lift hinge system make it easier to cook, able to open the top half of the grill with two fingers easily. With the Kamado Joe Classic 2 weighing more than the Primo Grill, customers want to make sure that such a weighty grill can’t run away. With the cast iron cart locking mechanism, you’ll feel safe knowing that the grill is safe and secure.


There is no denying that $1200 is a lot of money for a grill. However this is one of those instances where you get what you pay for. A durable construction with versatility to how you cook will quickly make the Kamado Joe Classic 2 a worthwhile investment.

Kamado Joe Classic 2 Wrap Up

If you’re in the market for a kamado type grill and aren’t shy of spending a pretty penny, the Kamado Joe Classic 2 should definitely be at the top of your list for consideration. Coming in with features such as the half moon cooking system, air lift hinge, and included motor for rotisserie style cooking, this is a versatile grill for those who want to do it all. Just keep in mind the high price point and the weight should you be considering purchasing one for yourself.

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Hector Torres

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