Pellet grills, or pellet smokers, as they are also popularly called, are outdoor cooking grills which you can use as charcoal smokers, gas grills and kitchen ovens, and therefore provide a combination of all these. Traeger is a reputed company that brings to you pellet grills, and the Traeger Pro 575 pellet grill is a sure shot attractive pellet grill for those who are tech-savvy and tech nerds because a major plus of this pellet grill is that it can be controlled using your phone over WiFi, and this feature makes it extremely cool. So if you are looking for a new pellet grill to invest in and wondering if it is worth it to upgrade from your propane grill, and want to read up on the features it has to offer, read this article as this Traeger Pro 575 review lists out why you should or should not invest in this pellet grill.
The new Traeger Pro 575 grill uses an enhanced controller that uses WiFIRE® technology with this you can monitor and also adjust your grill from the Traeger app on your smartphone. It is equipped with the D2® drivetrain, which helps the pellet grill to start quicker, heats up faster, and puts out better smoke quality, and gives you consistent results, infusing the food with a wood-fired flavor. It has an easy to use precise temperature controller which maintains the temperature really well. There is also a built-in meat probe that allows the user to monitor the internal temperature of the food without lifting the lid. The housed all-terrain wheels make sure that the grill can be wheeled anywhere you find comfort in cooking and the porcelain coated grill grates also are very easy to clean since the food does not stick to it easily.
- Easy installation, can be set up without any expert guidance
- The Traeger WiFi app has a lot of recipes and has phone notifications to inform you about the preheating, proper temperature and cool down system.
- Definitely more versatile than a propane grill because the Traeger Pro 575 allows smoking, roasting, barbecuing, and grilling.
- Traeger uses the heat indirectly and the flames are blocked because Traeger uses convection style heat and the fan blows heat around.
- Easy customer service.
- Start-up and the entire cooking period is much more time consuming than a propane grill.
- Needs proper maintenance, which is difficult if you want to cook regularly.
- This pellet grill is not built for cookouts because you can’t cook with the cover of the Traeger Pro 575 off. You immediately lose about 100 degrees when you open the cover for a minute because of the use of indirect heat with a convection fan.
Traeger Pro 575 – The Complete Overview
1. Build Quality and Design
The Traeger Pro 575 is designed like any basic pellet grill, and weighs 124 lbs, has a depth of 27 inches, a height of 53 inches and a width of 41 inches, which is not very different from other grills. It has a D2 drive system that features a brushless DC motor. The lid of the pellet grin is thinner and does not do much to hold in the heat, and can only reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit on a warm day because, in the winter, it usually struggles to keep warm. Also, when you detach the lid even for a short while, the heat escapes fast, which does not make much of a difference on a warm day but is difficult to use on colder days as holding the heat is a problem. Usually, the machine operates very slowly and is very time-consuming. The ergonomically designed body is strong enough and very durable.
2. Grilling Area
The Traeger Pro 575 has a cooking space of 575 square inches, which is not that spacious. The hopper capacity is of 18 lbs, and the first rack has a space of 418 square inches, whereas the second rack has a space of 154 square inches. While the grilling area is very spacious, a major downside is that grease gets under the tray liner very easily and touches quite a large surface area of many parts of the grill before it finally drains into the grease bucket, making it quite difficult to clean, which even the porcelain coated grills claiming an easier cleaning experience cannot counter. The grease bucket also gets in the way of cooking when you put the cover on. You need to place your meat square under the tray for a better cooking due to the lack of space. You can fix this issue if you buy a bigger sized Traeger which has more room to maneuver.
The WiFire which is the highlight of this machine is a feature that is very lucrative for a lot of tech-savvy people. Traeger’s WiFIRE and the app usually run into issues now and then, however. The setup to connect with WiFi takes a significant amount of time and configuration also is very time-consuming. The app also breaks down a lot of times, but despite this, when it functions properly, you can truly do just about anything with it. It is also compatible with your Alexa Devices, but however, only connects to a 2.4 GHz channel on your WiFi router.
4. Ease of Use
Despite having so many features like WiFire and superior build and design, the Traeger Pro 575 is moderately easy to use. First, the assembly of this pellet grill is very easy, which is a major plus. You can easily assemble this yourself and get cooking immediately. But the cooking takes a lot of time, which is really irritating and also might not be the best fit for you if you are looking to quickly grill.
The Traeger Pro 575 needs to be plugged into an outlet to power the fan in the pellet grill and the WiFi connection setup might be a bit problematic because it is not very user friendly and therefore might not be ideal for everyone. The meat probe is also not very useful and sometimes may trigger the entire grill to stop working. The interface despite looking good and user friendly fails to be easy to use.
5. Accessories Included
There are wood pellet flavours that are included, so you can get the smokiness of these pellets into your food easily. The best part is that they come in a lot of flavours like maple, hickory, mesquite, cherry, etc., and these pellets add a wonderful smoky flavour to your meat. The controller can be used by the user to easily set the desired temperature and the auger uses the best drivetrain and delivers the hardwood pellets to the firepot. Also, it comes with a fixed meat probe with which you can easily cook the food. It is equipped with 5-degree increment PID control settings.
The maintenance of the Traeger Pro 575 is much more intensive than propane grills, as you will need to properly vacuum the ashes from the time you are using it. If you don’t do the vacuuming, you will find the ash from the pellets floating around and will eventually cover your food. Other than that, the amount of ash generated may trigger some issues in your pellet grill firepot.
The Traeger grate is quite hard to clean, mainly because it does not really get very hot and does not use direct heat. Because it uses indirect heat, the grease does not burn off and therefore sticks to the grills and has to be wiped off properly. This grease very easily gets under the tray liner and also goes through several parts of the grill before draining into the grease bucket. The drip tray also needs to be replaced quite frequently.
7. Other Features
Features other than the WiFire are quite abundant in the Traeger Pro 575. You can use the app to check out new recipes to make in your new Traeger Pro 575, and you can download them as well. The pellet grill comes equipped with a built-in timer, so it can automatically shut down when the cooking is done, which ensures that there is no overheating or overcooking, and basically is a useful feature to have to stop any electrical mishaps or short-circuiting. The grill is housed with all the settings which are easily accessible for you to change them by simply turning the dial to your preferred setting.
You can also use the keep warm option to keep your food warm, should you feel the need to pause the machine. Also, this machine is a multitasker, you can basically cook your food 6 ways, as you can not just grill, but also use the machine for smoking, baking, roasting, braising, and preparing BBQ food too, and use it as you prefer. The Traeger Pro 575 also has a beautiful grill cover, which provides a protective shield to your machine when it is not in use and is premiumly designed and custom made and adds a durable factor to your machine.
The Traeger Pro 575 is a machine that can be used if you are tech-savvy and you really want to check out the latest WiFire addition, but other than that, it is ridiculously expensive for such a small grill. There are definitely better products with much spacious options present in the market which will give you a much better result. However, Traeger is a brand name that is very popular and will also provide you with results that it claims to come with.