Today is March 11, 2019 and there is a countdown timer on the Traeger website letting the world know that the “Original Will Be Reinvented” in four days and so many hours, etc. I am just taking a wild guess here but I suspect that they are teasing the launch of the Pro Series 575 and 780 pellet grills that have already been released into the wild and are available at Home Depot and Ace Hardware outlets.
How Is The Original Being Reinvented?
The Pro Series 575 and 780 function like a standard Traeger pellet grill but come equipped with a seriously upgraded controller. The new controller is the D2 and has many of the same features found on Traeger’s ultra-premium Timberline series including ‘Wi-Fire” capabilities.
Please pardon my reflected fingers 🙂
The new controller brings a pile of upgrades to the party. Here is a snapshot of what you get:
The 575 and 780 share all of the same features with the 780 simply being a larger grill.
Okay, so if you strip out the marketing hype and jargon what does all of this mean?
The Big Deal is that this controller is advertised as being able to maintain temperatures within +/- 5 degrees of the set point. This is a significant improvement over the +/- 15 degrees offered by the standard controller.
The controller is Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled by your smart phone after the Traeger app is downloaded..
The TurboTemp feature allows for faster temperature recovery after the lid has been opened and is faster at ignition and reaching target temperatures.
The integrated meat probe can be utilized as part of the “Wi-Fire” app. You can set a target internal meat temperature and, once that temperature is reached, the grill will cool down to a warming mode so your food stays hot but will not overcook. That is a nice feature!
Another nice upgrade that has nothing to do with the controller is that the 575 and 780 come with a magnetic pellet hopper clean out door.
Differences From Other Traeger Models
The new Pro Series grills are an interesting middle ground between traditional Traegers grills like the Eastwood 22, Junior Elite, Renegade, etc and the ultra-premium Timberlines.
The body of the Pro 575 has the same construction as the traditional Traegers with single wall body, chimney vent and enameled rod cooking grates. The extra cooking capacity of the 575 and 780 over their traditional counterparts is due to the addition of a secondary elevated cooking grate.
The Timberline grills are far superior in terms of double walled construction, stainless steel internals, a three tiered grate system and the downdraft venting system instead of the standard chimney.
That being said, the controller might be the best thing about the Timberline and it is nice to see it being installed in a grill that more people can actually afford.
There are some cosmetic differences between the D2 controller on the 575 and 780 from the Timberline like the absence of a “SuperSmoke” setting. However, I have not been able to cycle through the Menu on the 575 yet and it could be that all of these features have been moved into the Menu or App instead of being included on the physical panel.
These Are Nice Grills
For the past few years Traeger has been getting left behind in the pellet grill market as brands like Z grills have come out with cheaper clones, brands like Pit Boss have come out with fun alternatives and brands like Rec Tec have come out with better high end products.
The D2 controller is something that finally sets Traeger apart in the mid-range consumer market. The grill comes with Traeger’s standard three year warranty.
I would love to hear from some real world users of the Pro Series 575 or 780. What do you think of the D2 controller? Is it as nice as advertised?