Traeger Grill Reviews: Worth Your Money?

Last Updated on September 6, 2022

Grilling is probably my favorite way to cook food: and I cook a lot. While there are unique flavors inherent to any kind of cooking (boiling, baking, sautéing, frying, etc.), there’s something about that special charred taste that can make even the simplest food delicious.

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But to get that taste, you need good equipment. You can’t properly bake in a subpar oven, and likewise, you can’t properly grill in a subpar grill, so today we’re going to talk about what makes a good grill, and some of the best options available from Traeger that fit those criteria.

By the end of this, we’ll have a great suite of options that should serve your purpose and fall within your budget. Without any further delay, let’s begin:

Jim Bob
A long-time contributor to GrillBabyGrill. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.

Our Top Choice

Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled
  • Cooking with pellet just tastes better. The ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste 
  • Offers 6-in-1 versatility to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and bbq food to juicy perfection
  • Incredibly easy from start to cleanup!
  • Perfect Size for the At-Home Cook

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Traeger Ironwood 885

Traeger Ironwood 885

BEST CHOICE

  • Can cook anything, so easy to use set it and forget it.
  • Solid construction and can use for years
  • Consistent temperature for both high and low heat settings.
  • Great for huge parties as it can hold a lot of food.
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Traeger Timberline 850

Traeger Timberline 850

RUNNER UP

  • No hot spots or flare ups, just even cooking.
  • Can maintain temp because it is well insulated
  • Very convenient with the use Wi/Fire technology.
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Traeger Pro 575

Traeger Pro 575

VALUE CHOICE

  • Compatible with most devices, including Alexa.
  • Decent interior capacity with excellent temperature range.
  • Beautiful bronze and black exterior looks nice in most back yards and patios.
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What Should I Look For?

Materials

Generally speaking, you want to look for stainless steel. While there are other good materials you can make a grill out of (like cast aluminum), stainless steel is one of the most common (and most preferred by professionals) materials you can find. It has the best mix of quality of surface and durability, and in my opinion that justifies the increase in price.

Traeger brand

Watch out for cut corners when buying your grill: sometimes even if the grill itself is made of stainless steel, the frame will be made of cheaper (and less sturdy materials) that can rust and deteriorate.

Size

Grills come in all shapes and sizes. While the shape is largely cosmetic (though I prefer surfaces that aren’t perfectly round myself), the size is an important feature to consider.

Think about how many people you usually cook for or are likely to need to cook for. Do you often host barbecues, or do you just cook for your family? Or maybe even just cook for yourself?

There’s no reason to buy anything bigger than your needs: it’s just a waste of money because a larger surface area is not going to help you do anything but cook larger batches of food.

Heat

Raw heat output of a grill for our purposes will be measured in degrees Fahrenheit; some measure in BTUs but BTU information is spotty for these grills (only one clearly lists its BTU output). It’s also worth noting that all of the grills we’re talking about today will be using an electrical igniter and burn wood pellets.

Be careful of high heat as a selling point: higher heat output is not necessarily better. When you’re cooking, one of the most important things is an even dispersal of the heat: a high heat with an uneven distribution of heat can leave your food charred on the outside and raw on the inside, or partially cooked in other ways.

Disgusting – and potentially dangerous, if we’re talking about cooking pork or chicken.

The size, shape, and layout of your grill are always going to be more important than a high heat by itself, in other words. Even a relatively low heat output can result in easy, even grilling on a small grill.

Features

There are a bunch of nifty features to look for in a grill, though it’s important to note that features are where a lot of the cost comes from, so stay away from any grill that has added features you don’t need or aren’t likely to use.

The most common extra features you’re likely to see are:

  • smoker attachment (something I quite like, but may not be for everyone)
  • Side burners or multiple level cooking surfaces (both good for cooking different kinds of food at the same time at different heats)
  • A rotisserie attachment (something which sounds nice, but in my experience seldom gets used)
  • Or built-in lights (the one thing here I wholeheartedly recommend everyone see as a universal bonus; better, more even lighting makes cooking easier especially during winter season and is hard to find outdoors).

This leads us neatly to our final main criteria:

Price

Everything we’ve talked about up to now is going to add to this last factor.

Larger surfaces, higher heat, better construction and durability, and more features are all going to add to your price.

Determine your price range up front and try to stick to it, because things can add up quickly.

I’d say the order of priority for determining your price (in order of most to least important) comes something like this:

  • 1. Size – A grill too small for your use isw simply not going to be useful to you, making this a factor it’s hard to skimp on.
  • 2. Construction – Higher durability and better materials mean your grill is going to cook better and last longer if well taken care of. This is just about tied with size; buying cheap materials may save you in the short term but is likely to bite you over the long haul.
  • 3. Heat – While somewhat important, as mentioned before heat isn’t the be all, end all of whether a grill is going to properly and evenly cook your food. A low BTU value isn’t necessarily a bad thing (especially on smaller grills), so this can be easily sacrificed to an extent.
  • 4. Features – Everything here is just extras; many are very nice extras that increase your cooking options, but you can sacrifice here without mentally kicking yourself down the road like on size/shape, construction, or to a lesser extent heat.

In my opinion, cookware should be bought with the intent to use it for at least the next five years (and a decade or more if you can manage it). This applies to silverware, pots and pans, kitchen accessories like blenders or mixers, and of course grills.

Since you’re most likely storing a grill outdoors (or at best in an outdoor storage shed or garage), it’s especially important you buy quality grill that can stand up to that abuse. Getting a grill cover is recommended too.

Traeger grills will always be on top of their game. So in this ultimate guide, we’ve brought together the latest of our best Traeger grill reviews. Continue to read and see how they compare against the competition. Now, let’s get some grills!

Best Traeger Grills Reviews & Comparisons 2022

1. Best Overall Traeger Grill – Traeger Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled Wood Pellet Grill

Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled

Why you’ll love this:

This is all of the Traeger quality you expect, all tucked into a classy black package with a surprising amount of space inside. This can cook enough food to feed an army, whether you’re cold smoking cheeses, smoking a brisket, or just searing up a couple of nice steaks.

This grill is both easy to use, with a lot of quality of life features, and extremely feature complete so you’re never left out in the cold.

What We Liked

  • Versatile cooking. This grill has one of the best temperature ranges on the market. Being able to go under 200 degrees Fahrenheit is key for cold smoking things like cheeses or sausages, and the 500 degree maximum temperature is perfect for searing. Everything in between can be cooked as well, using the WiFire temperature controller that ensures even, steady temperatures are maintained throughout cooking.
  • Sturdy construction. This grill is made entirely of stainless steel, and is built to last even with some exposure to the elements; though you should still take care to protect the electrical components. The sawhorse chassis also lends it extra stability alongside the smaller, nimbler wheels.
  • Digital ease. The WiFire controller comes with a number of presets, including warming mode and several commonly used smoking temperatures. It can be hooked up to pretty much any device you’d like, including your phone, or even virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Home to enable voice commands. Rounding things out is the hopper capacity sensor which can be monitored digitally as well.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low capacity cart. Both the lack of undercart storage and small side table are pretty underwhelming for a grill of otherwise impeccable quality. The space that would normally be reserved for a second small side table is taken up by the hopper, so the one that remains should be bigger to compensate.
  • Expensive. Like all Traeger grills, this option is not cheap, and is on the upper end of prices for these grills.

This is a powerful grill with all stainless steel construction and a huge 885 square inches of cooking space; more than enough to hold whatever foods you want.

The large space is backed up by the large 20 lbs. hopper capacity that you can gauge freely using the built-in supply sensor without having to crack open the hopper itself. This lets you achieve temperatures as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit for perfect searing, or as low as 160 degrees Fahrenheit for advanced cold smoking techniques.

Rounding things out is the WiFire controller, which acts as your command center for the grill. It takes the guesswork out of grilling and lets you kick back and relax while your meat smokes instead of having to babysit it the whole time.

2. Runner up – Traeger Timberline 850 Wi-Fi Controlled Wood Pellet Grill

Traeger Timberline 850

Why you’ll love this:

This Traeger pays a little bit more attention to its appearance than others, with a very nice wood accent on the top of the hopper. It doesn’t skimp on anything else, with a huge 850 square inches of grilling space spread across three tiered layers that can keep everything separated. The hopper is equally large, coming in a fair bit bigger than the usual Traeger’s grill hopper.

What We Liked

  • Spacious interior. This grill is huge, clocking in at 850 square inches. The most interesting thing is how the space is used, with the grilling space being divided between three tiers of grating, so you can keep foods separated and in different temperature zones so things can cook all at once.
  • Quality of life. The WiFire controller system makes things easier, with a good number of presets (including warming mode), and compatibility with Alexa and Google Home voice commands alongside the other digital control options.
  • Great construction. The stainless steel exterior is triple insulated, ensuring the grill stays piping hot inside and perfectly temperature controlled to whatever your temperature settings are. The bamboo cutting board that stores in the top of the hopper is a nice touch as well, giving you a bit more usable work space for prep.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive. This is one of the most expensive Traeger grills on the market, and it doesn’t have much reason to be so expensive. It has some nice features but nothing so out of the ordinary that it really justifies a price point near-double what some models with similar performance cost.
  • Lackluster cart. No under cart storage and a single small side table are weird choices for a grill like this that is otherwise very feature complete. The wheels are also cheap-looking and tacky compared to the rest of the grill. They look out of place, almost like they’re recycled from a different grill.
  • Lack of quality control. While the grill has excellent features on paper, there are numerous complaints about the quality control being shoddy or lackluster on this grill. The drivetrain system for the auger is intrinsically linked to the temperature controls, and both of these electronic features seem to be faulty with a level of frequency that is shameful for such an otherwise trustworthy brand.

Size is the main thing this option has going for it over other Traeger models is its size, being a lot bigger than the average Traeger which clocks in at around 500 square inches. Sitting comfortably at 850 square inches, it provides a lot of space, and even compared to other large Traeger models (like the Ironwood 885) it uses that space significantly better.

In addition to the size, it has all the other features you’d expect: a large capacity hopper (clocking in at 24 lbs. of pellets), WiFire controls, solid stainless steel construction, and numerous quality of life features to make grilling, smoking, and cold smoking easier.

3. Best Value – Traeger Pro 575 Wood Pellet Grill

Traeger Pro 575

Why you’ll love this:

This Traeger grill is the perfect starter pellet grill. It’s smaller and has a more compact frame than other Traeger grills but still packs all of the same performance into that package.

The sturdy black frame looks striking next to the bronzed lid, making it as much of a fashion statement in your backyard as it is a tool to be used. Best of all, it has a bunch of convenience features like its WiFI technology to make sure you can spend more time socializing and less time standing next to the fire!

What We Liked

  • Wifi Enabled And Alexa Compatible.
  • Good Performance.
  • Electronic temperature controls.
  • Great size.
  • Sturdy and well constructed of stainless steel.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Slightly more expensive than grills of similar size and quality; price increase is entirely based on the wifi and Alexa control compatibility.

Here’s an interesting model. Slightly larger than the Century 22, but also a bit more expensive.

Most of the features are fairly standard. It has a good sized 575 square inches of cooking area to work with, along with the solid construction you expect from Traeger, and the electronic temperature control that keeps things within a good 15 degrees range of your target temperature.

The main draw here is the wifi control addition, and moreover the ability to pair it with your Alexa, so you can use voice controls to set and adjust the temperature.

It’s a nice feature, and helps spruce up this otherwise very standard Traeger grill. It’s not bad, by any means, but lacks any of the other additional nice features that the other grills bring to the table in terms of raw grill quality; this one lives or dies on whether you value the wifi control feature.

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4. Budget Choice – Traeger Grills Pro Series 22 Electric Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker

Pro Series 22

Why you’ll love this:

This Traeger grill is significantly cheaper than a lot of its peers, without losing a ton of performance! You can enjoy the same powerful steel construction, stylish bronze and black coloring, powerful wheels, large hopper, and large interior grilling space of 572 square inches without paying an extra premium for some features you might not value as much.

The grill remains easy to clean, easy to load, and easy to use compared to other pellet grills, with the same Traeger quality you’d expect in every area of its design. It’s hard to beat this as a budget friendly pellet grill.

What We Liked

  • Well Made And Sturdy.
  • Electronic Temperature Control.
  • Good sized grilling space.
  • Good steady sawhorse design.
  • Great price for the size.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Nothing particularly unique about it compared to other Traeger grills.

Here’s a smaller Pro Series. It’s as good as all of the other Pro Series options, just a bit smaller. You get about 3 square inches less space than the one with the Echo Dot functionality, which isn’t a bad trade given it costs about 2/3 what that one costs overall.

If you like this size, but don’t need the wifi capability, this is an excellent deal. It comes with all the other great features that Traeger grills are known for; electronic temperature control capability that makes smoking easy and efficient.

The construction is good, and it has that nice sawhorse design that makes it much steadier than the straighter legged design several of these grills share.

The only real issue with this grill is that there’s not much to write home about here. It’s just well made and great for what it is, but so are all of these other grills.

5. Best Large Capacity – Traeger Grills Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill and Smoker

Pro Series 34

Why you’ll love this:

The main draw of this grill is apparent from its appearance: it’s large. This titan of a grill is more than capable of handling anything you throw at it, whether it be a weekend meal for the family or enough food to feed a regiment. 

The absolutely massive 884 square inch interior can cook a veritable mountain of food at once. And, of course, that size comes with zero reduction in performance, with all of the same features as other full sized Traeger pellet grills…all at a surprisingly low price for a grill of this size!

What We Liked

  • Enormous Cooking Area.
  • Digital Temperature Controls.
  • Well built and sturdy.
  • Great design on the legs, combining mobility with steadiness.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive.
  • Awkwardly sized; too small for many professionals, too big for most home cooks.

If you want size over anything else, this grill has you covered.

Similar to the Pro Series models above, this one comes with most of the Traeger Grills trimmings. While it lacks the shelving of the Select Elite, it has a nice sawhorse design that makes it very sturdy, while maintaining 4 wheels instead of the usual design that sports a pair of large wheels and a couple of posts. This makes this huge grill a bit more mobile than it otherwise might be.

It still has digital temperature control built in, as well as a spacious and easy to load hopper, and a great chimney for smoking.

My issue largely lies in the price.  884 square inches of grilling space is an immense amount of space, and it commands an equally immense price. It’s also, quite frankly, overkill for most people.

Unless you’re cooking meals for a crowd of people every day (and even then, you’d probably want a LARGER model than this) the size of this is likely to be well beyond your means, where something in the roughly 500 to 600 square inches range will probably do you better.

Basically, it’s in both an awkward sizing and awkward price bracket; a little too large for most people while not large enough for others. You’d need a very specific usage requirement for this to be worth it, in my opinion.

Another large model is the Traeger Timberline 1300

6. Best Portable Traeger Grill – Traeger Ranger Portable Grill and Smoker

Ranger Portable Grill and Smoker

Why you’ll love this:

All the power and quality of a Traeger grill…on the go! This is excellent for RVing and other long term travel and camping trips. While a bit on the heavy side for carrying around, it’s small enough to fit in a car trunk with no issue; the bag of pellets take up more space than the grill!


This is a nearly unique product, as portable pellet grills are beyond uncommon. If you want delicious pellet grilled and smoked food on the go, this is pretty much the only option out there…and it makes for an extremely hard product to beat.

What We Liked

  • Good Size.
  • Solid hopper capacity.
  • Sturdy stainless steel construction.
  • Top notch performance.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Fairly pricey.
  • On the bulky size for a portable grill or smoker.

Traeger doesn’t make a ton of portable grills, and it may just be because they got this one so right to begin with.

This is an excellently made portable smoker, with all the features I look for in something like that.

It’s compact, lightweight, and travels well. The latching lid makes it safe to store all your tools inside and then travel however you need to.

You get about the average amount of grilling space for a portable grill, which is a good 184 square inches; enough for a good sized meal for a decent group of people.

Despite the portable nature, it keeps all the nice features Traeger grills are known for, including the advanced grilling logic and other accuracy increasing tools, like the internal meat probe and keep warm function. This means that even on the go, you don’t have to sacrifice quality and ease of use.

While a bit (truthfully, a LOT) pricier than other portable grilling and smoking options, the quality speaks for itself. It’s the full Traeger grills experience, just in a smaller package. The only real gripe I have is the size and weight. This is definitely more of a tailgating or campground grill; it’s too bulky and heavy to take on a hike or deep camping trip.

See our full review of Traeger Ranger.

Other Traeger Grills To Consider

7. Traeger PTG+ 15” Portable Electric Grill

PTG+ 15”

Why you’ll love it:

Unlike the Ranger, this portable grillexcels at, well, grilling! Rather than being a combination smoker and grill, this puts all of that Traeger quality into a standard portable grill. Excellent quality materials, lots of overhead space so your food doesn’t get cramped, good interior space and an overall pretty lightweight design make this a great travel grill for RVing and campground camping.

What we liked

  • Compact and easy to store or travel with.
  • Relatively lightweight for something of this size.
  • Good performance.
  • Electronic temperature controller built in.
  • Sturdy and well made.

What we didn’t like

  • Not recommended for use as a smoker.

While the Ranger is more geared toward portable smoking, with some grilling ability, this one flips it; it’s a great grill, with very limited smoking capability.

The size is compact and it latches for even easier storage and travel. It’s electric (plugs into any standard 110 v outlet), so it’s perfect for RVing and campground camping. The interior give you enough grilling space to work with (173 square inches) so you don’t need to worry about needing to cook multiple batches just to feed your group.

Besides its smaller size, it has most of the other big Traeger features, including the digital temperature controls that keep everything within about 20 degrees of your set temperature, making for a very consistent grilling experience even on the go.

The only real issue is the smoking ability; while it says it’s capable, I wouldn’t recommend it. Many users report issues trying to slow smoke with this thing, up to and including burning out the machine. If you want a portable smoker, stick to the Ranger; they’re about the same price anyway.

8. Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill

TFB38TOD Renegade Pro

Why you’ll love it:

This grill is a rebel: The Renegade starts our trend of more variety in specs.

Compared to the other entries on our list, it’s bigger (380 square inches vs 300), but still has the basic suite of a smoker, porcelain grates, and so on.

What it has over those (besides the extra size, enough to throw a few more burgers on the grill or an extra half a chicken) are features.

Unlike many extra features, I consider these more “quality of life” upgrades rather than luxuries. They’re certainly EXTRAS, but they’re things anybody would be glad to have rather than niche add-ons. The front grate makes it far easier to load the grill up (giving you somewhere to set your tray and tools), getting rid of the need for a separate side table.

Speaking of tools, the added tool basket makes everything easy to store in one place. Just slap your tongs, scraper, fork, and other grill accessories in there so you don’t need to rummage through a drawer every time like I inevitably have to.

Unlike the previous three entries here, it has an easy to exchange and clean hopper. You just open a back hatch, the wood pellets will come tumbling out, and you can replace them with new ones. Saves you a lot of time and effort if you need to clean or like to change to different woods for smoking (I personally suggest cherry wood for most things, but variety is always nice).

My favorite feature though is probably the side grease drain. Perhaps not the sexiest addition, but grease is a fact of life when you’re grilling, and cleaning grease traps and splatter for grills that just let it drain out of the bottom is time-consuming and dirty work. This takes enough of the hassle out of it to almost make it worth buying just for that, in my opinion.

We have another similar model reviewed here: Traeger Grills Renegade Elite

What we liked

  • Relatively compact.
  • Great price.
  • Excellent construction.
  • Automatic temperature controller makes cooking easier.
  • Attached tool rack for a little more ease of use.
  • Easy to load pellets.

What we didn’t like

  • A bit smaller than other grills.

9. Traeger Grills Century 22 Pellet Grill and Smoker

Century 22

Why you’ll love it:

Here’s another quite large grill, only 17 square inches smaller than our winner. It has a darker, black design with much more of a bent towards smoking than grilling this time around. It certainly functions (and quite well) as a grill, but the telltale factors here are the lack of any trays and the side mounted grease bucket; all signs that this grill expects you to spend more time sitting back while it goes low and slow than messing around with the meat.

As a smoker this thing is excellent, with the same temperature control technology and smart auger system most Traeger grills has, with a very adjustable chimney and a squat, firm design.

It’s sturdily made with good wheels and perfect for setting in place, while being easy to load and use.

Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than our winner, so if you don’t value the storage space and shelving very much, this is a great money saving purchase.

What we liked

  • Well built and sturdy.
  • Perfect for smoking meat
  • Good temperature control.
  • Easy to load and fire wood pellets.

What we didn’t like

  • A bit on the heavy side.
  • Complete lack of prep shelves or storage space.

10. Traeger Grills Lil Tex Elite 22 Wood Pellet Grill

Lil Tex Elite 22

Why you’ll love it:

For those of you who find the extra features of the Renegade pointless, and just want a big ol’ honking huge grill: The Lil Tex has you covered.

Don’t let the “Lil” moniker fool you: This is a large grill. Coming in at 418 square inches, it gives you enough capacity to grill four entire chickens, 16 hamburgers, or five racks of ribs. It also has an 18 lb hopper capacity (about double any of the others we’ve looked at yet) to match, letting you grill or smoke for hours on end before having to worry about refilling it.

That makes this bad boy the go-to for people that need to feed a lot of hungry mouths.

Do you host the neighborhood barbecue? Or maybe your annual family reunion event? What about the big Superbowl party? Whatever big event you need it for, this grill has you covered. Plus it still retains my favorite feature (the side grease drain), even if it loses out on the tool storage and front rack.

The Lil Tex will also run you about less a thousand, so it’s hard to recommend either this or the Renegade over the other; it basically comes down to what you need it for. Unless you are the host or grillmaster for a huge event like I mentioned, the extra size is kind of overkill: but if you need it, you definitely need it.

Basically, I’d recommend this over any other grill on this list if you just need a huge grilling surface, but for about the same price you could get the Renegade and all its extra fancy features if you happen to not need that much space inside your grill.

What we liked

  • Great performance.
  • Excellent cooking size.
  • Good overall design and construction.
  • Excellent quality of life additions (shelf and storage space).

What we didn’t like

  • Fairly high price.
  • Wheels can be finicky.

11. Traeger Grills Select Elite Wood Pellet Grill

Select Elite

Why you’ll love it:

This is the Big Kahuna of Traeger Grills. It combines everything that made any other grill on this list a good choice, save two: It’s not easily portable (far from it; we’ll talk about that in a sec), and it doesn’t have the side grease drain.

What it does have is an even better front (and both sides) shelf around the grill, giving you plenty of space to rest your utensils, tools, trays, plates, and whatever else you need, without even the annoyance of it is a grate (like the Renegade), and even MORE storage space underneath, giving you a whole cabinet to work with.

I’m a real sucker for this kind of thing because I NEVER have enough shelf or storage space anywhere I live, so being able to combine multiple things into one space makes me excited every time. In this case, storage space is storage space. While you can store your grill related stuff here, it also gives you extra space for, say, a toolbox or something to get it out from under your feet whenever you walk on your back porch…but I digress.

The smoker box remains and is slightly larger than the others. In fact, everything is a bit larger than others on this list. It boasts an enormous 589 square inches of grilling space (close to double the Junior Elite, and still about 40% larger than the Lil Tex) with an 18 lb hopper capacity. This is basically your nuclear option for grill space: if everybody’s not fed with this bad boy you must be trying to feed an army or something.

Now, the downsides: it’s an enormous grill, and that means it’s big. And heavy. 170 lbs, to be exact. Thankfully it comes with multidirectional wheels that can lock in place so it’s easy to move around once you have it put together, but the weight makes that fairly difficult and this is not going to be your tailgating grill of choice.

And as you might expect, big size comes with a big price tag: It will run you near to a thousand bucks on average.

That aside, this is an excellent grill if it’s in your price range, and my pick for the best grill on this list in terms of overall quality.

What we liked

  • Great performance.
  • Excellent cooking size.
  • Good overall design and construction.
  • Excellent quality of life additions (shelf and storage space).

What we didn’t like

  • Fairly high price.
  • Wheels can be finicky.

FINAL VERDICT

Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled

Our pick is definitely the Traeger Ironwood 885 Wi-Fi Controlled Wood Pellet Grill. Overall though, these are ALL high-quality options and I don’t feel there’d be any buyer’s remorse for picking up any of these. I’d say just pick whichever one comes in at your comfortable price range and enjoy the grilling!

Additional Tips on Using a Traeger Grill

Why Aren’t You Getting Enough Smoke with your Pellet Grill?

Although pellet grills have many significant advantages over other grill models, you might find that they don’t produce as much smoke as you’d like. That’s because these units produce indirect rather than direct heat.

You might think that setting your temperature preference higher than normal will produce more smoke, but that won’t work with a pellet grill. These models are designed so that the more indirect heat you apply to your spare ribs or chicken wings, the less smoke the grill produces.

A complete guide on how to get smoke from your Traeger.

How To Troubleshoot your Traeger Grill?

I’m lumping a lot of things together here, because this is where things start to break down for a lot of people from the instant they start using their Traeger pellet grill.

The first thing you should always do when you’re having some kind of nondescript problem with your grill is to check the pellets. Make sure the pellets are in good condition and haven’t taken on moisture.

Your pellets should snap or crunch when squeezed; if they crumble, then they’ve likely gone bad. Likewise, if they appear a dull or light color, they may have gone bad in the packaging.

More on Traeger Grill Troubleshooting here.If you want to see how amazing this brand check out these comparisons…

For more pellet smoker choices check out our best pellet smoker and grill reviews