The Traeger is a brand that has been around for a long time. They are the first company that was mass producing pellet grills. They have been in the market but their reputation has taken a hit in the recent years because of the multiple competitors in the market. The Camp Chef is the company that has posed a lot of competition for Traeger. So which one is the better pellet grill? This debate has been going on for some years. We are here to contribute an outlook to the debate.
If you look at the two brands then they are going to look quite competitive. Now you are going to look closer and see the differences that they have.
All Traeger grills other than the portable options all have Wifi connectivity. They also have a very good app designed by the team for a pellet grill. Camp Chef offers this connectivity to the more expensive models that are present in the market. They are not available in the cheaper models.
There are no direct searing options on the Traeger grills but you can get this got the Camp Chef grills. This gives you the option to add on the grill. The smoke control option for Traeger is only available with some of the more expensive models. However, you get this smoke control on all the models of the Camp Chef grills. Camp Chef is highly regarded while the Traeger grill is a miss at times.
Here are a few things that you need to look after when you are thinking about the difference between the two grills. It is essential that you know about the brand and the history that it bears.
The first Traeger grill was developed in 1985 by Joe Traeger. It was patented in the year after that. This patent gave the company a monopoly on making and selling pellet grills in the market. The company did not expand much. They were run by the family and they only had a few stores across the country. It was not easy to find the pellet grills. Only a limited number of stores operated with the brand.
The patent of the grill expired in 2006 and this was the chance for other companies to join in on the competition. They started to pick up on the construction process of pellet grills and this forced the Traeger company to wake up and expand their business since they no longer had monopoly in the market. They outsourced their production to China in 2010 and there was the resulted dip in the quality of the grills they made. This was the first hit that they took to the reputation of the brand.
Now Traeger works hard and they have made a lot of grills in the recent years. They have rallied up a lot and picked up a lot of good features for their grill. This is made with the dedication and years of knowledge.
Camp Chef Grills
Camp Chef started making utilitarian and straightforward outdoor cooking equipment in 1990. The first product that they created was the Pro 60 stove. All of them are designed in the United States but they are manufactured in China. Now they have added to the list of making even more goods. Camp Chef grills have made stoves, fire pits, smokers, quality cast iron cookware, and now, pellet grills. They do not have a lot of options and variety like the Traeger brand but they have made a lot of good quality grills to satisfy the customers.
Woodwind 24 VS Pro 575
Now that we have looked at the brand history, we are going to compare the top of the range product from each of the brands. We are sure that you are going to find this useful for your research.
Camp Chef Woodwind 24
The Camp Chef Woodwind 24 comes in two sizes. First is the smaller 24 model which has the lower rack. There is also a large upper rack and the total cooking area you get in the grill is 811 Square inches. One of the best features of the system is that it comes with an Ash Cleanout system. You can empty all the ash in the firebox by pulling a lever. Yes, you read that right. It can be done with just the flick of a lever. We did not think that the cleaning system in a grill could be so easy.
The Camp Chef Woodwind 24 also supports the very famous Sidekick attachment that comes with the Camp Chef line. This offers the user an option to add an 16,000 BTU propane burner to the side of your grill. The grill is very versatile so you can add grill, griddle, or pizza oven attachments to the grill too. If you want to sear a steak then you can do it on the grill. The temperature can rise up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. This is important to have such a high range.
You can add to the slide and sear options in the middle of the grill. The searing zones are good for cooking and searing food on high heat. The grill also has the famous Camp Chefs Smart Smoke Technology which helps you control the smoke you want in your food. You can turn it up or down according to your preference. There is a dial that can help you control the grill and the LED temperature screen can tell you both the internal cooking temperature and internal food temperature.
You can go on this temperature range in this grill. The temperature can go as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit and it can go as low as 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good unit that you have in the market.
Traeger Pro 575
The Traeger Pro 575 is set apart from the other grills of the brand. They have the WiFIRE Technology that allows you to connect your phone to your grill. You can monitor and adjust the temperature of the grill from the app on your phone. Traeger has one of the best apps in the market when it comes to managing grills. It is reliable and you can depend on it to accurately change the temperature of the grill.
The grill uses the Traeger’s new Pro D2 Direct Drive. This helps control the flow of pellets in the grill. There is also thr new Turbotemp system that can allow you to increase the temperature of the grill very quickly. High temperatures can be attained in a few minutes. This is a good achievement in a pellet grill. It has a 575 square inches of cooking space. The pellet capacity is 18 pounds. The temperature range of the grill is 165 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Head To Head
Now we have a good look at the different grills. When we put them against each other then you have to look at the comparison of both the grills side to side. We have compared them on several factors like warranty, temperature control, customer service, appearance,pellet hopper capacity, clean out, and WiFi/app experience.
The grills come with a warranty of 3 years and they are mostly the same so there is nothing to be compared here. The components of the warranty is also the same starting at the repair or replacement of any defects in the materials of the workmanship of the grill. This excludes the paint and finish of the grill. It is only meant for the normal use and is not valid if problem is caused by neglect, misuse, abuse, overheating or alteration.
Traeger Pro 575 has got a reputation among the public that it's WiFire Controller can not hold a consistent temperature. The customers have reported that there was a lot of swinging temperatures and it was difficult to maintain the temperature at a particular pace. This is a major problem of the grill that can not be ignored. The Camp Chef is more consistent that the Traeger. They do have a range that can vary but the temperature is not off by a huge margin. The Smart Smoke Technology of Camp Chef allows you to control the amount of smoke in the grill.
Pellet Hopper Capacity
Both the grills have a capacity of 18 pounds. This means that it can be difficult to choose between the two but Traeger Pro 575 has the benefit of their new Pro D2 Direct Drive. This is the first industry that has a brushless motor and it wears out a lot slower. The Turbotemp can increase the temperature of the grill a lot in a small amount of time. There is also the option to add a pellet sensor that will allow you to check the pellet levels through the app.
The Pro D2 Direct Drive also has the solution to a jammed pellet hopper. This is a common issue and it's nice to have an automatic solution to the issue. So even though the capacity is the same. Traeger does take the cake with the addes features.
Camp Chef wins this one without a doubt. The pellet grills are messy to clean out. It is a fact in the grilling community and this is the first thing people will tell you when you are planning to buy a pellet grill. However, Camp Chef has found the solution to this problem. The Easy Ash Cleanout System allows you to clean out all the ash and the unburnt pellets into a cup at the bottom of the grill with the pull of a lever. It is quick and very easy to do. It is ideal for the cleaning process.
Both the brands are well known in the community so they both have good customer service. They have teams to look after their valued customers and help them out in any way possible. Traeger has offices based in Mt. Angel, Oregon, and Camp Chef offices are based in Cache Valley, Utah.
They are both more or less the same in our eyes but customers have different opinions. It is an objective value so we are not going to give any precedence to the one over the other. You can choose the one that looks good to you. It depends on the individual buyer.
Wifi and App
Both of the grills have a Wifi feature available. You can connect it to the app on your phone. The Traeger grill wins this one because of the ease of connectivity and the slick features that it has. We are not saying that the Camp Chef connection is not good. They just cover the basic controls and does not include any fancy features which works fine for some people. However, we are always looking for additional goodness in the products.
Thank you so much for giving this article a read. We do hope that you have been able to know the difference between the two grill brands that we have talked about in this article. Pellet grills are generally easy to use by a beginner and they come with a lot of features. They can be a bit on the expensive side. However, many companies have started making pellet grills now and not all of them are worthy of the praise. Traeger and Camp Chef are both reputable brands and they make good pellet grills. Take care of yourself and have a fun time grilling. Make sure to share the good food with your friends and family!