The Traeger Pro Series 575 and 780 pellet grills are serious upgrades to previous generations of Traeger grills.
If you are thinking about buying one then let me walk you through the features on the grill, what is different compared to previous generations and what is missing that you would get on an upgraded model such as the Ironside. We can also look at the real world user reviews for these grills.
My quick summary review is that the Pro Series 575 and 780 are great grills but Traeger has better options.
What Is New About the 575 and 780 Grills?
The Pro Series 575 and 780 function like a standard Traeger pellet grill but come equipped with a seriously upgraded D2 drivetrain and WiFire controller. The new controller/motor combination are the same ones that are included in the premium Ironwood and Timberline grills.
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 the motor for the auger is a powered by Direct Current (DC) electricity instead of Alternating Current (AC) which powered previous models.
Because the current in AC, by definition, alternates back and forth it is hard to precisely control. AC current gets your controls into the right ballpark. DC power has a constant current which makes it easy to fine tune equipment. Put another way, your dishwasher runs on AC power but your computer runs on DC power.
By combining a DC powered motor with an advanced electronic controller you are able to precisely control the temperature in these grills to within 5 degrees F. This is a significant improvement over the +/- 15 degrees offered by the standard controller. This combination is also what enables the TurboTemp function which allows the grill to get hotter faster and recover quicker from heat loss after the lid is opened.
Another benefit of the new controller and motor is that the control closely monitors the amp usage. If the controller measures an unusual spike in amperage it assumes that the auger is jammed and will run it in reverse for a minute to fix the issue and then start feeding the pellets forward again.
The controller is Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled by your smartphone after the Traeger app is downloaded.. 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 is that the 575 and 780 come with a magnetic pellet hopper clean out door.
These grills come with Traeger’s standard three year warranty.
Grill Specifications and Dimensions
These grills are pretty big both in terms of size and price!
|Pro 575||Pro 780|
|Assembled DImensions||53 In H x 41 in W x 27 in D||
55 In H x 49 in W x 27 in D
|Weight||124 pounds||145 pounds|
|Capacity||5 racks of ribs||6 racks of ribs|
One place where these grills are frustratingly small is the pellet hopper. Traeger sells wood pellets in 20 pound bags but the hopper on both of these grills only holds 18 pounds of pellets. Why in the world do they make a hopper that will not hold a full bag of pellets?
I pulled all of the reviews for the Pro 585 and 780 from Traeger’s website as well as those posted for Home Depot and Ace Hardware. I ended up with 1178 reviews for the 585 model and 1077 reviews for the 780 model. Here is what the data looks like.
The data for the two grills is nearly identical with bothe receiving 81% 5 Star reviews. In general people who bought these grills were extremely happy with the purchase.
|Pro 575||Pro 780|
Differences From Other Traeger Models
It is easy to get confused when going through the Traeger product line. There two classes of grills that you need to look at when evaluating these models: Generation 1 Pro Series and the Ironwood/Timberline series.
Generation 1 Pro Series
The Generation 1 Pro Series are the older style grill with a dial in temperature control gauge. These grills (Traeger Pro 22 and Traeger Pro 34) typically cost $150-$200 less that the newer style grill.
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.
You can have a healthy debate about which one of these grills has the better controller/motor combo. The motor on the Generation 1 grill is AC powered. The temperature control is less precise than the new grills but there is a convincing argument that this is a good thing.
A major problem with pellet grills is that they burn so cleanly you don’t get much smoke flavor. Since the Gen 1 grills cycle so much they have the potential to produce more smoke flavor than the grill with the upgraded controller.
Traeger realized that the new motor and controller would potentially produce less smoke flavor which is why they added a “Super Smoke” mode to the premium Ironwood and Timberline grills. However, the Pro 575 and 780 do NOT have the Super Smoke mode available.
If I were choosing between the new Pro 575 and the older Pro 22 then I would go with the Pro 22 based on price and smoke flavor. I wouldn’t get to control the grill with my phone but that is just fine by me.
The Ironwood and Timberline grills are major upgrades over the Pro Series but come with a painful price tag.
Upgrade on the higher end grills include a better grate system, double walled insulation, improved smoke exhaust with “Tru Convection” cooking, Super Smoke Mode and more. You can see the full slate of differences in the post: Traeger Pro vs Ironwood vs Timberline.
The problem with the Ironwood and Timberline grills is that they cost over $1,000 and are out of reach of many backyard grills. To be honest, I don’t think most Traegers are worth the money but there are plenty of dedicated fans who would disagree with me.
If you are a Costco member then you have access to a third series of Traeger grills, the Silverton. The Silverton has all of the features you get with the Pro 575 and costs a lot less. Here is my overview of the Traeger Silverton 620 at Costco.