Pit Boss vs Traeger: Which Pellet Grill Brand is Best in 2024?

pit boss and traeger pellet grill next to each other

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Traeger and Pit Boss make some of the most popular pellet grills on the market. Our team has owned and tested 8 different Pit Boss models, as well as all the popular models from Traeger so we understand what each brand does best.

In this guide, we break down the differences between Traeger and Pit Boss and compare two of the top grills from each company to help you decide which pellet grill is right for you.

If you want a detailed overview of each brand and their different models, check out our recommendations for the best pellet grills from Pit Boss and the best Traeger pellet grills.

Traeger vs Pit Boss Key Differences

It’s always hard to do a direct comparison between two brands because it depends on which models you are looking at. There’s a world of difference between the Traeger Pro and Traeger Timberline. Not to mention the $3,000 price gap.

So we’ll give you a broad overview of the key differences, and then drill down and compare two similarly priced models to give you more of a direct comparison.

To help you compare we’ve selected two of the most popular grills that Traeger and Pit Boss sell, and compared them across a range of categories.

Pit Boss Sportsman 820Traeger Pro 780
Dimensions58 x 32 x 52 in55x49x27 in
Hopper capacity21 lb18 lb
Cooking surface area (sq in)848 (592 main grate + 256 secondary)780 (570 main grate + 210 secondary)
Direct flame Slide plate flame broilerNo
Meat probes21
Temperature range180°F – 500°F165°F-500°F
WiFiNo, upgrade availableYes
ControlDial-in digital control with LED read-outD2® drivetrain
StorageFolding front shelf ad removable side shelfFolding front shelf sold separately
Pellet purge systemYesYes
Warranty5 years3 years
PriceCheck latest priceCheck latest price

With the Traeger Pro 780 you will be paying more for a smaller grill, but you get the WiFIRE system to control the grill via an App, plus a more advanced control system.

With the Pit Boss Sportsman 820 you save a bit of money, and get a larger grill that has some nice usability features like the slide plate for grilling and a removable side shelf to help with prep work.

In the next section, we go into more specific detail about the two brands.

Traeger vs Pit Boss tested and compared

It’s time to meet the contenders. For our direct comparison, we decided to compare the “entry-level” Traeger Pro series against the Pit Boss Sportsman 820.

Traeger Pro 780

The Traeger comes in two sizes, 575 and 780, which refers to the number of square inches of cooking space. The only other difference between the two sizes is the $200 price difference. Plus the larger model will chew through a few more pellets.

Pit Boss sells a few other grills in the Sportsman series including a vertical and a portable grill, but for this comparison, we’ll focus on the 820, which comes with 849 square inches of space. Go figure.

Pit Boss Sportsman 820

Build quality

The Traeger 780 is made out of 16-gauge steel. The lid handle is well positioned and feels solid, and you also get a side handle to make wheeling it around easier.

The lid is standard 16-gauge steel.

Everything about the Sportsman feels sturdy. The grill body, heat shield plate, and legs are all constructed from heavy gauge steel.

The lid is made from 1.5mm thick steel and feels nice and heavy.

Pellet hopper

The Sportsman has a 21lb hopper which is big enough to do an overnight cook. I would still recommend checking every 6 hours or so, as it does tend to ‘log jam’ where the pellets don’t fall into the hopper.

Sportsman has a larger hopper, but the pellet don’t always fall down.

You get a hopper window on the Sportsman to keep an eye on pellet levels, while the Traeger Pro has the option to add a pellet sensor so you can get alerts via the app.

The Pro only comes with an 18lb hopper, so you’re not going to be able to smoke for as long without refilling. It’s not a big difference, but it’s nice to be able to dump a full standard sized 20lb bag of pellets into the hopper at once on the Pit Boss.

The hopper on the Traeger is 3lb smaller

Both the Traeger and the Sportsman have an easy way to dump pellets, which is great if you want to change out to a different type of wood pellet.

Pellet dump feature on the Sportsman is handy when you want to change pellets


The Sportsman has a digital analog controller with a temp range of 180 – 500°F in increments of 25 or 50F°. You get two probe ports, and they send you one meat probe.

You can upgrade to the WiFi legacy connected control board for $99.99 which allows you to connect to the Pit Boss app. We haven’t tested it on the Sportsman, and on other Pit Boss grills have found the app to be less polished than the Traeger.

The Traeger Pro 780 has a WiFi-capable PID controller that works in 5° increments up to 500°F. The features on the controller are great, including the reverse feature in case you ever get a jam.

The Traeger controller has more features and is nicer to use than the Pit Boss.

The auger prime feature is also handy if you want to clear out all of your pellets. The one downside with the Traeger controller is the single probe port, but you can always get around this with a third-party thermometer like the ThermoWorks Signals.

Cooking grates and configuration

You get 849 square inches of cooking space split between 593 on the cast iron bottom rack and 256 on the steel top shelf.

The Traeger 780 comes with (you guessed it!) 780 square inches of cooking space. There are two cooking levels, one full-sized rack on the bottom and a 1/3 shelf on top.

Prep areas, cart and wheels

When it comes to prep areas the Sportsman is way ahead of the Traeger. You get the front folding shelf and a side shelf included. You can also use the hopper lid to place things.

The stainless steel side shelf is removable, and you get an extra bottom shelf for storage.

With the Traeger, the only prep area included is on the lid of the pellet hopper. We think that’s not enough room for placing your meat and or cutting boards. Adding the folding front shelf will cost you an extra $79.99

You’re going to want to upgrade to the front shelf to give yourself more prep room.

You only get two non-rotating wheels on the Pit Boss, so you have to lift one side to move it around. We wish they would add a good pair of rotating caster wheels.

The Traeger back wheels are made of composite plastic rubber, while the front ones are poly.

Legs on both pits feel rock solid and don’t rock around.

Smoking and grilling tests

We smoked a whole turkey on the Pit Boss and it turned out fantastic. We also grilled some shrimp skewers, and the 820 did a fantastic job with the flame broiler system. You can’t beat being able to hit your food with some real flame.

We also grilled up some burgers, and again took advantage of the flame broiler.

You can crank the Traeger 780 up to 500°F for grilling, but it doesn’t have any direct flame broiler system.

Traeger has recently released the Modifire Sear Grate which is going to help you get sear food at high temperatures, but again, it’s going to cost you extra.

For low and slow cooking, I think the lack of the sear plate gives the Pro the edge, as the heat gets distributed a little more evenly.

The smoke flavor on the Traeger is not overpowering by any means. Once you step up to the Ironwood or Timberline you get a smoke boost feature, but neither the Pro or the Pit Boss have this option.


The Sportsman requires an extra step which is a little annoying, as you need to disconnect the handle connected to the sear plate, and then unclip the rod above the sear plate. From there you need to remove the trays and vacuum out all the dust.

It’s worth it if you’re going to make regular use of the sear plate, but the Traeger is definitely easier to clean.

Final verdict

It’s hard to argue that the Pit Boss doesn’t give you better value for money.

For less than the Traeger, you get a larger grill, front shelf, side shelf, storage rack, larger hopper with a window and the Flame Boiler for direct searing.

The Traeger gives you a better controller, and the WiFi and app experience is really nice. You can upgrade to the WiFi Pit Boss controller, but the app isn’t as polished.

We wouldn’t say that you can’t grill on the Traeger, but you definitely can’t beat actual flame for flavor.

That said, the sear zone on the Pit Boss is quite a small part of the total grill area.

We’ve only compared two out of dozens of grills both brands offer. We have more detailed reviews if you want to learn more about a certain model.

If you want the latest and greatest from Pit Boss, they’ve recently released two retailer exclusives that come with a lot of new tech.

The Pit Boss Titan just launched as an exclusive with Academy Sports, while the Platinum will be sold at Walmart.

It’s a strange strategy to launch your latest tech through these exclusive partnerships, but it seems to be where Pit Boss are focussing their marketing.

Brand History

Traeger Brand History

Out of the two brands, Traeger has the most interesting background.

Traeger grills was formed after Joe Traeger developed the original concept after experimenting with wood burning stoves.

His first pellet grill was created in 1985 and he patented the design in 1986.

This gave Traeger a total monopoly on the pellet grill market over the next 20 years.

Throughout this period Traeger stayed a small family company based out of Oregon.

The patent expiring in 2006 brought a rush of new competitors entering the market.

Traeger have really exploded in popularity since Jeremy Andrus joined the company back in 2014 and moved the business to Salt Lake City.

Today Traeger is easily the largest manufacturer of pellet grills, selling more than $300 million worth of grills every year.

Pit Boss Brand History

Pit Boss were one of the first companies to start competing with Traeger.

As a subsidiary of Dansons, Inc the company was founded in 1999 by Dan Thiessen. The company is based our of Alberta.

Pit Boss Grills positioned themselves as a more affordable pellet grill option to compete with Traeger.

The same company produces the popular Louisiana range of Pellet Smokers. We have a review of their popular Black Label Pellet Grill Series you can check out.

In an interesting twist of fate, Joe Traeger joined Dansons in 2018 to work on both the Pit Boss and Louisiana grill brands.

Other brands to consider

If you still haven’t decided between Traeger or Pit Boss, we have some other strong contenders for you to consider.

Another budget alternative – Z Grills

If your primary reason for considering a Pit Boss is price, you might want to look at Z Grills

The company has been building pellet grills for other companies like Traeger for many years before selling direct to consumers under the Z Grills brand.

The most popular model is the Z Grills 700D4E which comes with a PID WiFi temperature controller, better screen, and easy pellet clean-up features.

Z Grills 700D4E Pellet Grill Review
Z Grills best-selling pellet grill the 700D4E

We’ve cooked a lot of food on the 700D4E (be sure to check out our full review) and think it’s a fantastic pellet grill. It’s also one of the only pellet grills that has a full cabinet with doors, which is something we wish more brands would include.

A solid mid-range alternative – Camp Chef

We’re huge fans of Camp Chef’s pellet grills, and have the popular Woodwind in our list of the best pellet grills.

While not the largest grill for the price, you get excellent build quality, easy cleanup, and very efficient pellet consumption.

We also really like Camp Chef’s approach to searing. Like the Pit Boss, you get a slide plate to open for direct sear, or you can add the Sidekick with either a grill or griddle top that runs off propane.

If your budget can stretch the Camp Chef Woodwind is one of the best grills we’ve tested in the sub $1,000 price range.

While that seems simple, it’s actually the best approach to searing we’ve seen from a pellet grill.

We also did an in-depth Camp Chef vs Traeger comparison, where you can learn what distinguishes these grills from each other.

You can also check out our full list of Traeger grill alternatives.

Pit Boss vs Traeger: which brand should you buy?

Hopefully, you now know a lot more about the differences between Traeger and Pit Boss.

  • Great size for the price
  • Includes front and side shelves
  • Flame broiler system
  • Accurate PID controller with lots of features
  • Excellent App and Wifi connectvity
  • No WiFi
  • Small searing zone
  • Front and side shelf costs extra
  • More expensive for smaller grill
  • No direct searing option
  • Great size for the price
  • Includes front and side shelves
  • Flame broiler system
  • No WiFi
  • Small searing zone
  • Accurate PID controller with lots of features
  • Excellent App and Wifi connectvity
  • Front and side shelf costs extra
  • More expensive for smaller grill
  • No direct searing option

Both brands have loads of different models, so be sure to check out our Pit Boss Reviews and Traeger Reviews for a more comprehensive breakdown of each brand’s different models.

I hope we haven’t angered any hard-core Traeger fans with our analysis. We aren’t saying they make bad grills, just that for the price Pit Boss gives you more bang for your buck.

Having said that, the latest grills from Traeger offer WiFi connectivity and the ability to control your grill from your phone which is too tempting for some people to pass up.

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  1. Tony Pinkston says:

    i love the pit boss vertical pro series, cook real good food from the moment i started using it. to be able to look through the glass to see how its cooking w/o opening the door is awesome, dont have to lose heat opening it. but the price was drew me to it, it is half the price of traeger.. the price, set up and the all around smooth smoking is what would have me go to pit boss. if you follow the directions right you should have a wonderful experience

    1. I wish I was as satisfied. I bought my Pro Series last June. It started blowing igniters in March. It was determined that it’s a faulty control panel. It has been on back order since then.I am without a working smoker since. Very disappointing.

  2. Hector Leal says:

    PitBoss Grill is not of good build quality the first use the paint burned off . The flame cover rusted out after the 3rd use. Would not recommend to anyone..

    1. Ted Novosad says:

      30 days old, used 4 times, paint peeled off on bottom really bad.
      Sent request for information, filed a warranty claim.
      They say their paint is NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY, and refuse to even respond now.
      I have purchases the upright smoker and 1000 grill. NEVER NEVER —-ANOTHER PIT BOSS

    2. From which part of the bbq did the paint burn off?

    3. Trenton Coe says:

      Mine burnt up after a year and all they wanted to give me was a $50 gift card to their shop! After I spent $500 on the grill, they didn’t warranty anything. I will be buying a traeger now!

      1. Your lucky my Austin xl after a year had bad rust on the lid and there solution to me was get a can of spray paint. I would never buy another one.

  3. Thank you for your reviews. I did, indeed, purchase and use the Pit Boss Series 5 “Copperhead” vertical smoker. As a first time smoker (of meats) I liked the features to price ratio, and saw several positive reviews on the unit. Unfortunately, I did not heed your, and others, warning. My unit’s control board face warped severely after first smoke. Then just at the end of the second smoke the temperature started going haywire, and the unit tripped off on an “ERH” code (overheat). As I had already contacted Pit Boss about the control board we decided to hold off our return until installing the new one, which they shipped out promptly. Once installed I fired up (pun intended) the unit and watched it carefully with a set temperature of 200 deg. As the unit blasted past 200 deg the temperature indication started fluctuating between 150 and 300 deg then tripped off on “ERH” code. Pit Boss said, “Return it to Walmart as the temperature probes are back-ordered until end of June.” I will not be getting another series 5 vertical smoker, and am leery of any Pit Boss smoker at this point. Sorry for the long comment, but I don’t want anyone to think I just didn’t like it. I loved it actually, but reliability issues are a deal breaker. DO NOT RECOMMEND PIT BOSS SERIES 5 VERTICAL SMOKER.

    1. Ted Novosad says:

      I’m in the same shoes…
      Didn’t listen to others………..
      I bought the upright smoker, then went back and bought the Grill.
      The smoker has a Warped digital face board and PIT BOSS won’t RESPOND……
      The Grill. it has serious paint issues, It turns out they are CHEAP BUILT for a premium price.
      PIT BOSS won’t RESPOND to either issues…….
      Should have gone ahead and gone with REAL Quality, the YODER pellet grill.

      1. Sara Parker says:

        I bought a Traeger years ago and it’s still working great! It has no rust and I do keep it on my covered porch. One hinge broke on the lid. It’s easy to clean and seems like really good quality. I bought it for my husband one Father’s Day. I used it more than him. I think he forgot it’s his.

        1. Bought my traeger BBQ 075 manufacturing date 2013 which I believe coded March of 2010. It has many hours of grilling. My favorite pork ribs. Waiting for it to die so I can buy a new traeger but just keeps on running. I moved to Michigan six years ago and starts up in freezing temperatures. Yes I grill in any weather. I will stay with traeger it’s proven worthy!

  4. Aaron T. Morgan says:

    I bought the Pit Boss Sportsman 820 model at Costco. I was going after a Traeger Silverton 620. After visually inspecting each grill, I went with the Pit Boss. Better materials and build. Also better warranty. I’ve been making brisket, chicken, shoulder, burgers and pizza on my Sportsman. It is an awesome grill at great value as compared to the Silverton. (Traeger Silverton 620 was $699, Pit Boss Sportsman 820 was $479.)

  5. Bob Dreiling says:

    I have a 2016 700D which we have used a lot and great smokes until last weekend. Overnight smoke on “smoke” and with a full hopper of pellets and 6 hours later we’re out of pellets and the meat was cooler. Realized that the smoker was off, went back out and unplugged the smoker, filled the hopper back up and pulled back in on smoke. 15 minutes later I’ve got a smoker at 500-600 degrees and flames coming out of all areas of the smoker. Call Shawn @ Pit Boss and they informed that our unit was out of warranty and piss off basically. This was a fire hazard and they don’t care. Never again will I buy a Pit Boss after this. Word of advise, don’t leave your Pit Boss anywhere around flammable items. I’ve got a video of the flame up (security camera) and they don’t even care…beware of Pit Boss

  6. Joe Blalock says:

    We have had the Pitboss Copperhead vertical smoker series 5 for one year now. We have not had the issues others have had. We are happy with it overall as our first pellet smoker. One downside is the temperatures do fluctuate a bit too much in my opinion. If you set it at 200 degrees it may bounce between 150-250. The average is still 200 but I don’t think that gives the best smoke. We bought the cover for it as it stays outside year-round. So far the paint looks good but I have also never had it above 350F.

  7. Charline Tate says:

    We have had anything bad come off our Pit Boss. In fact, in the past two months we have not seen anything come off our Pit Boss. Holiday and special occasions have come and gone all I have is a worthless piece of metal setting in my back yard.
    We purchased a Pit Boss Pellet grill; it was great for about two months. Then it started giving us issues starting. By the end of three months it would not start at all.
    We contacted the Customer Support, after approx. an hour of trying to resolve the issue the tech determined it was the control board. The part was ordered. We were told it would take 4 – 6 weeks.
    I found that odd that it would take the manufacture of the grill 4 – 6 weeks when I could get it from E Bay in 2 days if I wanted to pay $100 out of pocket.
    It is going on 8 weeks and I am told the part is still back ordered.

  8. brian stevenson says:

    I bought a Pit Boss Austin XL a few months ago. I have used it to grill and smoke many times. I would give it only fair marks compared to a charcoal grill and smoker. ALSO worse yet is their COMPLETELY TERRIBLE customer service. I placed an order on their web site, they took my money in two days. That’s been a month ago and no merch yet. And don’t bother with their online customer service, you wont get an answer. I’m ready to smash the Pit Boss with a sledge hammer and go get a Treager. NEVER again Pit Boss.

  9. I bought a Pit Boss pro series in 2019, keep having err code coming up. Contacted company and have had no response but that could be do to the covid virus I don’t know, so if no response really soon I will gladly send it back to the company for them to keep.

  10. Rich Nichols says:

    Wow…reading all these bad reviews on pit boss grills…all I can say is I love mine….i have the 440 deluxe!!! I friggin luv it! My buddy at work bought a trailer for 1200 bucks and he can’t even cook over an open flame like I can with my pit boss!! We use it all time.!!! I luv it and would recommend it to all of u considering a pellet grill!

    1. Thanks Rich, that’s good to hear. One thing to remember is that most people that have a good experience with a product never mention it, while those who have a bad experience will be much more likely to share their negative experiences.

      I’m not saying these folks’ concerns aren’t valid, sometimes you can get unlucky and you are the 1 person out of 99 that gets a dud grill. In that case I always hope the manufacturer makes it right, but I understand many companies are struggling right now with high volume and less staff.

      1. Com’ on man pun intended lol but if a company wants a good reputation then managers and “pit bosses”another pun should get on the floor and on the phones to help the customers just saying

  11. Rich, I agree. I have the Pit Boss 700s and it is bad a##. I have only had it for two months, but have used it at leases 20 times. This thing does it all! Briskets, ribs, chickens, jerky, pork loin, wood fired pizza, and pretty much anything you throw at it. The smoke flavors are excellent and Pit Boss pellets are great for the price too.

  12. tom hebert says:

    I bought a Pit boss Pro 1100 in July 2020 I really love it I does everything , I compared a few grills cost , value , warranty and features is what I looked at . The Pit Boss had a Sear box to grill steaks it also had the largest hopper capacity out of all of them 35 lbs their warranty is 5 years compared to 3 years for other grills the Cooking Area is 1100 SQ. IN. it came with 2 shelves you had to purchase the side and front shelf separately for the other grills , it was also the least expensive that’s what made me chose the pit boss better value for the money . When I Started to assemble my grill I noticed the bottom shelf was damaged I contacted their tech support and sent them a picture of the damaged shelf and they sent me a replacement part with in 3 weeks I was impressed. I have purchased a grill cover and a pizza stone I am very happy with the grill.

  13. Reginald Bond says:

    I have a Traeger, which I bought at a local Costco. I’ve had it for about 5 years. No complaints, cooks up fine every time. It’s been used a plethora of time to smoke, grill and bbq different meats

  14. Sam Mason says:

    I have been using my Pit Boss 440 over 4 years I love it. I have learned that proper cleaning and removing unused pellets after each use and the grill will work much better. Any problems I experienced were from user error. I Love my grill

  15. Dennis Duke says:

    Go Traeger! Purchased the Ironwood 650 series and use it 2x a week. Well built and with the wifi feature, love it form brisket, to turkey, to pulled pork! Still use my Masterbuilt electric for smoking sausage! 2 great units! on my 2nd electric in over 30 years. Traeger my first pellet grill —Love it!

  16. 5 stars
    I purchased the Pit Boss 820 over 6 years ago and never had an issues, only thing I’ve done with it was upgrading the drip tray to the flam broiler.

  17. Jim Trinder says:

    I bought a Traeger grill 18 years ago and never had an issue with it and it got used at least three times a week over its life I decided I wanted a smaller pallet barbeque so I bought a pit boss Copper top I’ve nothing but troubles with it ever since I bought it and that is less than six months I’ve had to take an apartment five times to repair it
    First it was the drive motor in the heat probe popped fuses it keeps flashing on a code will not start and they say I have to take it apart again unplug it wire to decipher what is blowing the fuse they will not send me any parts until I turn this thing apart again it’s ridiculous my Traeger never had an issue I gave it to a friend of mine and it still works like it did and now never buy a pit boss again I know they are cheaper Not worth it when you want to barbeque something and you have to take it apart to fix it and you cannot get the parts locally , very disappointing to say the least I may have got a bad one I’m not sure I would love to return it for a new unit and try this again and I would repost and honest reply thank you for listening Jim

  18. I just bought a pit boss 1600 pro series that has everything plus WiFi is cool it’s 23 outside right now and we are smoking a roast for 4 hours on 250 last night was the first time using and we put some pork chops and shrimps on there and it was awesome

  19. The correct answer is neither. The best pellet smoker brand considering options, price, warranty, and customer service is CAMP Chef, bar none. I’ve owned all three brands and you just can’t go wrong. They are less expensive, have features the other brands don’t, a three-year warranty, and excellent customer service. I recently had my fan motor go out after nearly three years of constant use. They shipped me out a new fan that arrived in three days. Wow!

  20. Not writing to compare products; just to say that I’ve had my Pit Boss 820 for just over two years and it’s worked wonderfully. Pick something and I’ve cooked it with this grill. I do clean it regularly, not after every use, but generally a once a week cleaning the inside of the grill, the auger feed, the pot, the shield and the fan compartment. Usually takes about a half hour to do it right. It’s a very well constructed grill and easy to use. I do like the slide cover on the shield for searing. Most of the time my grilling is done with the slide covering the slit openings. I don’t sear that often so it works for me. I did have to replace my control board; customer service had it to me in 4 days. I find that to be pretty good service. I’ll buy one again, when I need to, but right now it works just fine and I’m very happy with it.

  21. I have a
    Pitt Boss 440 deluxe,, have had it for 4 years and other than a small fluxuation in temperature,, I have had no problems at all. I have smoked steaks,roasts ,pork butt ,shoulder,ribs,and spiral hams, chickens and turkeys— great smoker grill once you learn how, I have messed up a few times, but learned more
    Bill T

  22. John Sivek says:

    I had the Pit Boss 1150. It is AWESOME!!! I have not had any issues. The paint on mind is perfect. I’ve had lots of 8-10 hour cooks and I still have over half the hopper full. My SmokeIt app works perfect. Beware of some of the negative reviews. People love to brag about what the have and bad mouth other brands to make themselves feel good about what they have. Some of the negative reviews may be from Traeger owners. Interesting Mr. Traeger now works at Pit Boss.

  23. Jayson Hill says:

    Have you had a chance to use a Grilla Grill smoker? I have a Pit Boss 850 Pro but I am not enjoying it. The food comes out okay but not as tender as I think it should be. I am not impressed with the lack of temperature control on the Pit Boss controllers. I have S (for Smoke), 200, 225, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450. I thought the new Wifi controller would allow 5 or 10-degree increments but nope. It also has random issues with the WIFI connection to the app. I open the app and it will still show the values from the last time I opened it. Even if I clear it away and re-open the app. If I walk outside near the grill itself, the app connects via Bluetooth and updates as expected. The app is very basic.

    I am considering a different brand and I feel like Traeger charges a lot just for the brand. I am considering Camp Chef and Grilla Grills.

  24. Viola Ballieu says:

    I had bought my husband, a pitboss three years ago. For fathers day. And we are now on our third pellet grill. (WHICH IT IS DOWN). Because the store where I purchased them from had done all the exchanges. Every single grill that we had, the auger keeps going out. And the hopper fills up with smoke because the flame is going back into the unused pellets. Sorry I am not happy with this product.

  25. John Horner says:

    I have had a pit boss for about 4 years. Now need another circuit board, I guess because error message and GFI outlet keeps tripping out. This would be my 4th circuit board, an engineering nightmare in my opinion. Not a fan and not going to be a repeat customer.

  26. gregory edwin maple says:

    PIT BOSS IS A PIECE OF CRAP…Right out of the box the auger did not work… they expected to spend 2 hours troubleshooting.. the when that did not work I get to wait 3 weeks for the part that might fix the problem. On a new grill..if that doesnt fix the the problem i get to wait longer… I will never buy anything pit boss again

  27. You guys are looking in the wrong place. Recteq is where it’s at all day long. The RT-700 is built like a tank(stainless still body construction), has a huge hopper, and a bumper to bumper 6 years warranty. Sure, they’re pricey, but none of these other brands stack up to the performance of the Recteq.

  28. I have the Pit Boss 850 pro series 2 with wifi. I’ve cooked no less than 50 to 60 times on it with zero issues. No paint peeling , no auger issues, nothing. I’ve smoked and grilled with it. For the price, it’s been one of the best grills I’ve ever used.

  29. Lisa Green says:

    I have a tragger and let me just say I love it when it works it’s like the pellets get clogged up and a code pops up. We have replaced the fan pulled the rod out cleaned it and it will work for about two cooks if I’m lucky than back to it again.

  30. Got a PB 850 fantastic, temp only when up by 50’s, so I called they sent a new one no question asked, traeger has great marketing, pit boss 5yr warranty got me & the quality of the 850 pro was much bigger better built then any of the treager ones they had at lowes, treager is like the iPhone of pellet smokers gotta buy all the extra stuff it should’ve come with in the first place, $149 for cover,, unreal.

  31. I would confidently stand behind either brand but for myself, I like Traeger. Their support, if needed, is quick and efficient and the WiFire system is awesome. The only thing I would point out is that with the bigger barrel on the Pit Boss in this comparison, you’ll likely go through more pellets due to the space inside. If you’re feeding an army, no choice. If a family of 4-6, the Traeger 575 has my vote.

  32. These reviews have not been helpful, it seems to be 50/50! I need to buy a smoker as a xmas gift for my husband. Someone please just tell me which one to buy -sincerely, confused wife. (my budget is $800.)

    1. They are very close! But I understand your predicament! The most basic Traeger the Pro 575 starts at $899.99 so it looks like that is outside your budget. I would go for the Pit Boss Sportsman, which will leave you some money left over so you can grab a few accessories (gloves, pellets, etc).

  33. I can’t comment on a Traeger because I’ve never owned one but I have owned 2 Pit Boss grills and both have been awesome grills. My brother owns my first Pit Boss now and he loves it. Says he plans on getting a new one some day. He owned a GMG before. I bought a Pit Boss 850 Pro Series and absolutely love it. The only problem I had with it is the temperature increments were farther apart than what I liked and the temperature fluctuated too much. I contacted Dawson’s they sent a new control panel out free of charge. I installed the new control panel and let me tell you, that thing is accurate! You put it on 200 degrees and it will stay there. Its just an all around good grill.

  34. My Pit Boss is 7 years old, I live in Wisconsin and use it about 2 times a week year round. I keep it outside with a cover and do not have any rust or peeling. It fires up every time. I would not hesitate to buy another on.

  35. I have a pit boss and love the grill you do need to care for them and cover them when not is use. I have had mine for 3 years no issues. I did have some issues with the ignitors burning out but found I was not following the instructions correctly. Light on the smoke setting with the lid opened

  36. I have had both Treager and PitBoss. The treager was my brothers, that he left at my house, because we cook there for football games and races. It worked great every time we used it. The temperature stayed within 15°, and had no flame ups. My brother built a house, and wanted to take his treager with him. Ok, so I’ll go get a Pit Boss, because it was cheaper, and had more cooking space. I noticed the sear plate, and thought, hey, that’s cool. BOY WAS I WRONG!!! The PitBoss, was nothing like the treager!! I hate the sear plate! I have a charcoal grill, so if I want to sear something, I will use that. Grease gets in the sear plate, and then leaks down in the bottom of the smoker. The temperature has a 100° range! Nothing about the temperature is consistent. I called PitBoss, and they sent me another thermometer. I still have the same problem. The grease that drips down from the sear plate, catches fire! The grease catcher on the PitBoss is rounded, where the Treager was flat. I hardly ever had any issues with the treager. I wish I had never bought the PitBoss!!! I am now considering a Green Mountian Smoker. If your choice is between Treager and PitBoss, I would steer clear of the PitBoss, and purchase a Treager. I will never buy a PitBoss ever again!!!!

  37. This site is obviously Traeger biased; the obvious comparison is the Pit Boss Pro series which was out the date of the post. PIt Boss now has WiFi plus searing and the 850 Pro is much larger than the Traeger 575 Pro and $300 less. The article should be removed as it’s completely misleading and makes me think the entire site is useless.

    1. Hey Arty, When this post was written the Pro series was old so we used the Sportsman as it was a better comparison at the time. It does look like the Pro Series has been updated, but it is a retailer exclusive at Lowes and so not a “flagship” product that we would use for comparison purposes.

      I can assure you that we are not Traeger biased, and in fact regularly recommend other products over them.

  38. I have had the Pitboss 700 from Walmart for about 5 Years now….it has done serious work…Lots of long smokes. Replaced the controller once, their customer service was good getting that resolved…Finally the paint started peeling so I just bought a Camp Chef SG30 Wifi…
    Wow..LOVE this smoker. I think I will be getting the sear box….I loved my Pit Boss, but this is a step up for sure.

  39. will foley says:

    I have had the pitboss 1100 series for about 2 years now.When it does want to work it works rather well.Here comes the BUT.It has gone thru 3 ignitors, 3 fuses and 2 control panels and is currently not running again.Their only answer as a company is to ship you parts and talk you through repairs on your own .I’m 63 with bad knees and I’ve spent at least 6-8 hours under this unit.They have NO other options.Noone in the area to work on it.no attempt at satisfying you with your money back.No offer to replace it.Nothing.Crawl under and fix it yourself or forget it.

    nice huh

    1. It’s a real shame, some people seem to get a “cursed” grill that keeps having issues, while most of us never have problems.

  40. In April 2021, I bought a Traeger Pro Series. Since then, I replaced the hot wire, thermostat, and controller. I’ve had enough. I sold it and bought a PIT BOSS PRO SERIES II 850

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