So you want to get a pellet grill and are torn between a Traeger and a Pit Boss.
I get it. Traeger’s are expensive and the Pit Boss looks nice. I have spent quite a bit of time looking over both of these brands and do not hesitate to say that if you are looking at a Traeger vs Pit Boss comparison then the answer is…..do not buy either one.
Hang with me here.
The Pit Boss Smokers are made by Danson’s, the same folks behind the Louisiana Grill brand. Louisiana Grills are fine smokers that can go toe to toe with a Traeger. The Louisiana Grills are also priced the same as Traegers.
Here is a nice video showing a head to head of a Louisiana Grill vs a Traeger
While Louisiana Grills have made progress in taking market share from Traeger the folks at Danson’s realized that they could sell more grills if their product was cheaper. And thus the Pit Boss Smoker brand was born.
But here is the deal, the Pit Boss Smokers are just that…cheap.
Louisiana Grills come with a five year warranty on all steel components and a three year warranty on the electronics. They are built to last.
Pit Boss grills come with a one year warranty.
Take a look at this excerpt from the Owner’s Manual for a Pit Boss pellet grill:
The manufacturer of the grill is actually telling you not to get your hopes up. You should EXPECT a Pit Boss grill to fall apart in 2-3 years.
As far as Pit Boss customer service is concerned all I can tell you is that my experience was ridiculously awful. I called Customer Support to ask a question about grate size and was routed into an automated system. Every three minutes the automated system gave me two options to HANG UP the phone. After 10 minutes and the thrid time the system asked me to, I hung up.
Many people have bought a Pit Boss and enjoy them. Heck, Pit Boss even has a few raving fans. The Pit Boss pellet grills can turn out good barbecue and are very affordable.
The thing is, I just can’t recommend a product that costs between $400 and $700 when the manufacturer essentially says that the product won’t last more than a couple of years.
So if I am going to take a pass on the Pit Boss then why not get a Traeger? A lot of folks are introduced to this brand through the infomercials for the Traeger Renegade Elite. And while the Elite and other models are fine cookers I am not going to recommend a Traeger for the exact same reason that you are thinking about a Pit Boss.
Traeger’s are, in my opinion, over priced.
If you want to get something BETTER THAN a Traeger at the same price point then check out this Traeger vs Rec Tec comparison.
If you want to get something as nice as a Traeger at a LOWER PRICE then check out the Camp Chef grill that I featured in this article on The Best Pellet Grill for the Money.
I wish you the best of luck in your grill selection and hope that my ramblings were useful 🙂