Which Traeger grill is the best?
As a trusted name in the world of grilling and smoking, Traeger grills turn grilling into an art form. They have earned their reputation by building grills that last. But more importantly, they produce results that rival any barbecue restaurant. They come in all sizes, from portable hatchback-sized models to backyard behemoths to entertain a crowd. Our favorite is the Traeger Pro Series 34 for its combination of grill size and ease of use. But Traeger has other great grills in store. Keep reading our buying guide, and you’re sure to find the one that’s right for you.
What to know before buying a Traeger grill
Traeger makes grills meant for cooking for two or three people and large models meant for feeding your whole family. Luckily, Traeger provides each grill’s measurement in square inches as well as how many burgers, rib racks, and whole chickens will fit at once. All you have to do is decide how many friends you want to invite to the party and choose a grill that handles that many – plus a little extra.
- Table top: These smaller models cook enough for two or three with the same capabilities and results as larger grills.
- Traditional: These grills have a hopper and cook like a regular pellet grill, except they look like a traditional barbecue. They have extra space on each side to hold food and provide storage space underneath.
- Pellet grill: It’s the barrel-shaped grill you probably associate with Traeger. They have a hopper. Most models also have a chimney, but some do not.
What to Look for in a Quality Traeger Grill
If you dream of using a Traeger grill at tailgate parties or camping, you’ll need a tabletop model or a full-size model with foldable legs and wheels.
Hopper capacity and cleaning
The hopper holds the pellets and their capacity ranges from 5 to 24 pounds. Although you have to buy more pellets for a large capacity hopper, you don’t have to refill them as often while cooking.
Some Traeger grills have a hopper cleanout feature that allows you to empty the hopper while the grill is running. This feature allows you to change pellet types for different flavors as you go.
- Digital Elite: This basic controller has an easy-to-read digital display, but it doesn’t include meat probes to monitor internal temperatures.
- Digital professional: The Digital Pro Controller has the same easy-to-read display as the Digital Elite, except it includes one or two probes (depending on grill size). The internal meat temperature is then displayed on the digital display, allowing you to proactively adjust cooking temperatures.
- WiFi: The Traeger-branded digital wireless controller connects to your phone via an app from which you can view and control temperatures anywhere within Wi-Fi range.
How much you can expect to spend on a Traeger grill
Trager grills range in price from $300 to over $1,600. The price generally reflects the capacity, number of cooking grids and type of grill controller.
Traeger Grill FAQs
Q. Do Traeger grills have storage trays or shelves?
A. Traditional barbecue-style models have shelves and storage doors underneath. Barrel-shaped models do not have storage trays or shelves, but Traeger makes a lower shelf which is sold and attached separately.
Q. How often should I clean a Traeger grill?
A. This partly depends on how often you use the grill. As a general rule, the drip pan will need to be scraped (with a non-metallic scraper) every three to six months. The Traegers also have a grease bucket that needs to be emptied whenever it’s full, which varies depending on what you’re using it for.
What are the best Traeger grills to buy?
Top Traeger Grill
Traeger Pro Series 34
Our opinion : This grill is perfect for families with its combination of large grill space and ease of use.
What we like: There’s plenty of room for smoking, braising, roasting, barbecuing and grilling. It has excellent temperature consistency across the entire grill.
What we don’t like: Setup is simple, but you will need muscle strength to erect it.
Or buy: Sold by Amazon
Top Traeger grill for the money
Traeger Hatchback 20
Our opinion : If your back space is limited or you want to take your grill with you on the road, this might be the model for you.
What we like: The wheels and foldable legs give this model great portability. It includes a choice of hood colors.
What we don’t like: There were some issues with the auger and hopper.
Or buy: Sold by Home Depot
Worth checking out
Ranger Pellet Grill and Smoker in Black
Our opinion : It may not have the cooking space or fancy features of other models, but it cooks well and comes at a relatively affordable price.
What we like: We love its portability, perfect for any camping or fishing trip. Also very easy to clean.
What we don’t like: It’s shorter than other models and takes a while to grill with the consistency most people want.
Or buy: Sold by Home Depot
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