In this post you can view our honest reviews of the following Vision Kamado Grills:
Vision Diamond Cut
Vision Diamond Cut B-Series Ceramic Kamado
The Vision Diamond Cut B-Series Ceramic Kamado is one hot commodity that’s rolling out at Sam’s Club stores across the country. While Vision offers a multitude of Egg style grills, the 24” B-Series is the one that you’ll see at your local Sams this grilling season.
Like the Louisiana Grills LGK24 and Pit Boss PB24 ceramic kamados available at competitor warehouse store Costco, the Vision ceramic grill is designed to compete with Big Green Egg and Kamado Joe.
When deciding on which ceramic egg type grill is right for you, two primary considerations come to mind.
- Size of the grill’s cooking area.
- Number of accessories that are included with the grill purchase vs. sold separately
We’ll directly compare this grill to the competition, but first here’s an overview of the Vision Diamond Cut B-Series Kamado.
Vision Grill Diamond Cut B-Series Kamado Specifications
This grill features a 19.5 inch bottom steel cooking grate and an 18.75 inch top cooking grate for a total cooking surface area of 604 square inches.
The fact that this grill has a secondary cooking surface that comes standard that connects above the main cooking grate is a huge plus. In the world of ceramic kamado grills, space is very limited in comparison to traditional charcoal grills. Stacked cooking grids are ideal to make outdoor grilling and entertaining possible.
Stainless steel grates come standard with each Vision Diamond Cut Kamado, and you’ll be grateful that they do. Stainless steel cooking grates are essential for easy cleaning and avoiding food sticking to the rack after a long cook.
If you’ve ever tried cooking with heavy duty cast iron grates, you’ll love the stainless steel two level grates that come standard with this unit.
The interior of the grill is lined with a thick ceramic insert that provides the heat retention qualities that kamados are known for. While other grills may rely on steel or metal inserts, the ceramic insert is far superior in its ability to retain heat over a long cook.
Great insulation is what helps kamado grills like the Vision Diamond Cut B-Series use so little fuel in comparison to other types of charcoal grills.
For easy temperature control, the Classic Diamond Cut Bseries Kamado comes with a temperature gauge and calibrated control for the top vent and bottom vent.
The exterior of the Vision Kamado that you’ll find at your local Sams Club is different than almost any other grill manufactured by Vision. This grill is called the “Diamond Cut B-Series” because it’s basically a B-Series kamado that Vision sells on their website, but wrapped in a more angular ceramic construction exterior shell.
The outside of this grill has a very distinct look when compared to any other kamado on the market. The surface is quite smooth, and easily wipes off with a damp cloth and a mild detergent.
Like all kamado grills, lump charcoal is the preferred fuel of choice. While this grill can be fueled by charcoal briquettes, lump charcoal is preferred for a couple of reasons.
With kamado grills, when you’re finished with a cook, it’s possible to save what charcoal is left for the next cook. By closing down the dampers on the top and bottom of the grill, all oxygen is cut off and combustion becomes impossible.
As fire needs oxygen to burn, the fire goes out and any remaining lump charcoal cools down to be used for the next cook. Charcoal briquettes on the other hand will disintegrate after the cook and not be usable for the next round of cooking.
Another reason why lump charcoal is the go to for kamado grills is because of the amount of ash produced when compared to briquettes. Charcoal briquettes leave large amounts of ash when they deteriorate, and lump leaves very little ash as it’s consumed during the cooking process.
Kamado grills have a rather small ash collection below the charcoal grate, and a grill full of briquettes would stifle the air input to the fire over time during a cook. The diamond classic also has a removable ash drawer for easy cleaning.
Using lump charcoal in a kamado like the b-series diamond cut is the way to go.
The top damper in most kamado style grills is made out of cast iron. The Vision diamond cut b-series has a cast iron damper as well.
Since cast iron will get quite hot as the grill comes to temperature, Vision has built in a stay cool handle for controlling the cast iron top damper.
The bottom vent on this kamado grill is made of stainless steel. There are two levels of damper built in to the bottom of the unit, giving precise control of air intake during a cook.
The back damper is a slotted steel plate which allows in much less air compared to leaving the door completely open. The front damper is a solid steel plate which allows the user to snuff out the fire by closing the door.
There is a plastic handle on the front damper that allows the user to open and close the door during a cook without needing to worry about the heat of the steel plate.
Grill Stand or Nest
The Vision Grills diamond cut kamado comes with a classic kamado stand included. Unlike a few of Vision’s competitors, Vision includes the stand with each grill purchase. Other grill manufacturers have a kamado stand available for an additional cost, some asking for as much as $150 – $200 for a stand.
There is a grill cover included with each Vision Grills diamond cut b-series cooker, which is a plus. With many other grill manufacturers, a cover will be an extra $40-$60, and Vision includes one with each purchase.
If you’ve ever stored a grill outside, you know what a benefit a grill cover can be. If you live in an area that has any amount of wind, you’ll appreciate the velcro straps that are sewn onto the bottom of the cover. Vision Grills Classic Diamond Cut provides additional protection with two locking casters on the wheels.
We’ve owned grills where our neighbors will call saying they found our grill cover in the yard 5 houses away, and they’re always the covers without any kind of velcro or tie down. (Or when we forgot to fasten the straps.) Vision does it right by including a cover that’s actually useful with this grill.
Vision Grills Diamond Cut Vs. The Competition
The primary competitors of the diamond cut b-series are the Louisiana Grills K24, the large Big Green Egg and the Kamado Joe Classic ii.
In the chart below, we will directly compare the stats of each grill so you can see how similar in form and function these grills are.
Big Green Egg Large
Kamado Joe Classic ii
Pit Boss K24 Ceramic
Vision B-Series Diamond Cut
262 sq. in.
254 sq. in.
331 sq. in.
2 Level Cooking
When you take a few minutes and look at the grills all competing for the same slice of the market, a couple of things are clear.
To purchase a comparable Big Green Egg size Large and get all of the accessories that are already included with the Vision B-Series Diamond Cut Kamado, it would cost right at double the price. Purchasing the nest (stand) alone is almost $200 additional, not including if you want to invest in 2tier stainless cooking to double the available cooking size.
The Kamado Joe Classic ii kamado has a starting price of more than double the price of the Vision B-Series Diamond Cut. Kamado Joe is known for including many of the accessories that a user would want when purchasing a kamado grill, and the price reflects it.
You’re going to find a similar grill in the Louisiana Grills or “Pit Boss” challenger to the Vision kamado, as the Vision is exclusive to Sams Club and the Louisiana Grills and Pit Boss are exclusive to Costco. If you have one of these warehouse stores in your area, they have a display unit that you can get your hands on and see all that it offers March through October in the central U.S.
Vision Classic B-Series Kamado
The Vision Grills B Series Kamado is a grill that can do it all. In our Classic Vision Grill review, we're going to walk through our experience with the vision kamado b series, and show you what worked and what didn't with this particular grill.
Vision Grills is a competitor to Big Green Egg and Kamado Joe to name a few, and the kamado grill market has become much more crowded as of late. The Vision kamado, like most egg style grills can pretty much do it all.
From smoking meat low and slow to high heat grilling and everything in between, this vision kamado grill has got it where it counts.
This Vision B-Series Kamado Grill Review covers our experience over a 12 month period with this particular grill.
Which Kamado Is Best?
The “best” kamado really comes down to your unique outdoor cooking needs. If you need a kamado that can cook over 30 hamburgers at once, you’ll want two tier cooking with easy access to both levels. If you’re looking to smoke meat low and slow, you’ll need a lava stone that allows for indirect cooking. The stone comes standard on the Pit Boss and the Vision Grills units, but is extra on the Kamado Joe and the Big Green Egg.
No matter what your cooking needs, there’s a kamado to fit what you’re looking for.
Now it’s your turn. Which kamado do you use and what’s your favorite thing to cook on it? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you do with your kamado grill.