When I bought my Recteq RT-700 “The Bull” the OEM cover was backordered. I did order it, but it took quite a while to arrive.
Since I keep the RT-700 outside I wanted to have something to protect it so I looked for a compatible non-OEM option. Doing some digging, I stumbled on Unicook’s Heavy Duty 55″ Cover.
See picture above for this cover on my RT-700
It works great. Of course it doesn’t have a tailored section for the vent, but there’s enough room in the cover to make up for that. I’ve found that it’s high quality and easy to put on.
Unicook Heavy Duty Waterproof Barbecue Gas Grill Cover, 55-inch BBQ Cover, Special Fade and UV Resistant Material, Durable and Convenient, Fits Weber Char-Broil Nexgrill Brinkmann Grills and More – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
Thoughts on Recteq RT-700 OEM Cover vs Unicook
The Unicook ripped after months of good use. So I pulled out the Recteq OEM cover that I originally ordered with the grill. Although this is new, you can see it’s… old because of the Rec Tec spelling.
recteq Wood Pellet Grill Cover for The RT-700 & RT-1250 | Full Length Heavy-Duty Premium Pellet Grill Cover for All-Weather Protection – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
A few thoughts…
- I’ve been really happy with my Recteq brand cover for my smaller RT-B380. It’s made of high quality material and is super easy. It flops on and flops off. Literally the easiest grill cover I’ve had the pleasure of using. It’s like this cover wants to be on the grill. 🙂
- I’m happy to say that the OEM RT-700 cover is made from the same or similar high quality material.
- Unlike the Unicook, this is designed specifically for the RT-700
- It fits like a glove.
- But maybe… I little too much like a glove. So far I’ve found it a little cumbersome to get on. With all the cut outs and such, it takes more time to get on.
- One of my first times putting it on, I almost poked a hole it in trying to get it installed correctly.
- I’m sure it will get easier, but, my point is that although the Unicook isn’t specifically made for the RT-700, it’s actually easier to get on each time.
Quality-wise, I would give the edge to the OEM cover. Ease of use, I would currently give to the Unicook. Again, I think this will get easier over time.
Having now used both, I can tell you that I prefer the Unicook. The difficulty of putting the OEM cover on combined with comparative price makes this an easy decision in my book.
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