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Why settle for a smoker that only does one thing, when you can get a smoker that also acts like a grill? Products from Green Mountain Grill and Traeger come with temperature controls that let you choose between a low and slow setting when smoking or a higher and more intense temperature for cooking burgers and other dishes for a party or family dinner.
Though both companies make some great products, you may feel more confused than ever once you take a look at some of the top models. To make your shopping a little easier, we ranked the top models from both companies and looked at how certain features compare to each other.
Comparing Top Features
Let’s face it, there is a big difference between a smoker/grill that you’ll use at home and one that you’ll use away from home. When you need a grill and smoker combo that can feed a crowd, even if that’s just your teenager and a crowd of his or her hungry friends, you want to stick with Traeger. Some of these grills have more than 600-square inches of cooking space and grates that keep food from falling through.
Green Mountain Grills are much smaller but are suitable for anyone who wants to tailgate before the big game or smoke and cook foods on camping or hunting trips. These grills still have more than 200-square inches of cooking space though.
Ease of Use
When it comes to ease of use, Green Mountain Grill definitely comes out on top. This is one of the only companies making a Wi-Fi enabled grill. This lets you use an app on your phone to change the temperature, turn on the timer or even turn the entire grill off. You can download this app to other mobile devices too.
Traeger grills are a little more traditional because you will need to add your wood pellets to the hopper, select the temperature via a dial or knob and keep an eye on your food as it cooks. Many of these grills also have an ash bucket that collects the ash falling from the grill.
Products from Green Mountain Grills have a digital display that shows the temperature. You can use the small buttons to select a minimum temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit or a temperature of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you download the app, you can adjust that temperature from miles away from the grill.
Traeger grills also have an LED display but feature a smaller temperature range. The dial that you use to select the temperature only goes up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, but there is a high or maximum setting that you can also select, which is best for baking.
Though legs may not be important to all grilling enthusiasts, those legs will tell you how stable the grill is and how easily you can move it. Some might give the nod to Green Mountain Grills products, which have legs that fold up and down to support the grill or act as handles.
We actually prefer the legs found on Traeger grills. The four legs located on the bottom provide more stability, but because two of those legs have attached wheels, you can also move those grills.
Top Traeger Products
1. Traeger TFB42LZBC Lil' Tex Elite 22 Wood Pellet Grill
Friends and family will want to gather around to watch you cook on this Traeger TFB42LZBC Lil’ Tex Elite 22 Wood Pellet Grill, which has more than 400-square inches of grilling space to ensure that you can cook foods faster and keep your guests from waiting in line to eat. Unlike charcoal smokers that tend to overpower the natural flavor of meats and other ingredients, this smoker uses only hardwood pellets to give foods a smoky flavor that won’t interfere with the natural flavors of those foods. With two wheeled legs on the base, this grill will move easily across your driveway, patio or even lawn.
The design of this grill allows the wood pellets to move into the grill and burn to create smoke, but it will then move the ash to a small hole and tube on the side, which will drop that ash into a bucket that you can remove and empty. This version of the Lil’ Tex has metal grates coated in a porcelain material, an LED display on the side and an elite temperature controller.
2. Traeger TFB42LZBO Lil'Tex Elite Grill
Far too many people think that because they live in an apartment or a smaller home that they don’t have room for a Traeger grill, but this Traeger TFB42LZBO Lil’Tex Elite Grill will change your mind because it looks just like a full-size grill but is much smaller. This grill features a digital elite controller that lets you select a precise cooking temperature in the same way you would on your oven, but you can also turn the heat all the way down to a low setting or all the way up to the maximum temperature setting. It also features two solid legs and two legs with attached wheels.
A porcelain coating on the grates that you use for cooking helps food slide off easily and lets you wipe away fat and other debris in just a few seconds. The grill has a hopper that you can fill with real hardwood pellets and an electronic ignition. It also comes with 418-square inches of grilling space as well as an ash bucket that catches the ash that comes out of the grill.
3. Traeger Tailgater TFB30LZB Pellet Grill WITH 20 lb Traeger PEL309 Cherry Wood Pellets
Do you dream of throwing parties and whipping up smoked meats and grilled dishes that will make your family and friends think you’re a professional chef? With the Traeger TFB30LZB Tailgater 20 Series Freestanding Grill, you can make all those dishes without sacrificing a lot of your outdoor space. This smaller freestanding grill has 300-square inches of grilling and smoking space and comes with multiple porcelain-coated grates that let you move foods as close to the heat as you want.
This bronze version of the company’s classic grill has an LED display that sits above an elite digital controller, which lets you select a high or low temperature or a specific temperature of more than 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The E-Z fold legs are another great addition because you can fold the legs down for extra stability or fold the legs up for using the grill on a table or for using its two wheeled legs to move the grill. Whether you want to grill or smoke, you’ll love that all the dishes you make have a subtly smoky flavor from the wood pellets that you use in the grill’s hopper.
4. Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite Grill
With the Traeger TFB29LZA Junior Elite Grill, you can turn a small apartment balcony or a tiny patio attached to the side of your home into the perfect place for relaxing and entertaining. The Junior Elite is much smaller than the grill that made the top of this list, but the inside still has several hundred square inches of space that you can use for cooking, smoking and grilling. That interior space can hold up to three full racks of ribs, 18 hot dogs or sausages, four smaller chickens or up to 12 burgers.
Traeger added a dial that lets you choose from different temperatures, but as you turn that dial, you’ll see the temperature change on the digital LED screen, which is handy when you need to cook a dish at a specific temperature. It features an ash bucket that sits just beneath the hole that disposes of the ash, and this bucket has a handle that keeps it in place. The grill also has two wheeled legs and two E-Z- fold legs for easier moving and storage.
5. Traeger TFB65LZBC Texas Elite 34 Series Wood Pellet Grill
Traeger makes quite a few different wood pellet grills, but the best of the best from the company is the Traeger TFB65LZBC Texas Elite 34 Series Wood Pellet Grill. The digital elite controller that comes on this grill works just like the knob on your own oven and lets you choose a specific temperature or use the grill on a low or high heat. Thanks to an electronic ignition system, you can turn the grill on and see the temperature start rising almost immediately.
Designed specifically for use with hardwood pellets, this grill comes with a hopper that can hold enough pellets for hours of cooking or smoking, and an ash bucket on the side collects the ash as the wood burns. In addition to ample space inside, the interior of the grill also features a coated grate that prevents fats and juices from foods from sticking to the grates. Those grates also let you get a nice sear on meats and cook foods closer to the heat or further away for indirect cooking and keeping foods at a higher temperature.
Top Green Mountain Grills Products
1. Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett Wi-Fi Portable Pellet Tailgate Grill
Finding a grill that will work effectively in your backyard and on your next camping trip is easy because this Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett Wi-Fi Portable Pellet Tailgate Grill is perfect for all types of cookouts. This grill has a hopper that holds up to nine full pounds of wood pellets, and because it automatically drops those pellets inside the smoker as needed, you don’t need to stand by with a bag of pellets. As it has 219-square inches of cooking space, this grill can help you cook all the burgers and dogs that your group needs.
The top reason why this grill gets such good reviews is because it works with an app that you can download to your phone or another mobile device. You can use that app to turn the grill on and off, adjust the temperature and even use the timer to let foods cook for a specific amount of time. This portable grill has a temperature range of 150 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, comes with legs that also serve as handles and comes with an adapter that you can use with an electric outlet, generator or car cigarette lighter.
2. Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Grill
If you like the last option from Green Mountain Grills, you’ll also like this Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Grill, which is quite similar but costs less. This grill comes with three adapters that you can use to with a 110V outlet like those in your home or a 12V outlet like those in your car or truck. It has a thermal sensor inside called the Sense-Mate that monitors the internal temperature and automatically adjusts the temperature when it climbs too high or drops too low.
The automatic ignition system makes it a breeze to use because this system turns the grill on with the press of the ignition button and keeps the system on until you turn it off. It has legs that fold down to support the weight, but you can then fold the legs back up to wrap each one around the grill, which will turn those legs into carrying handles. This Davy Crockett pellet grill has a nine-pound hopper that will work with all your favorite pellets type and can connect with an app over a Wi-Fi signal to control all its settings.
Traeger or Green Mountain Grills: Who Wins?
The big winner in the battle between Green Mountain Grills and Traeger products is Traeger. Traeger offers products suitable for all types of families and groups as well as products that will feed a crowd. These grills also have significantly more cooking space.
Top products from Green Mountain Grills are better for those who live active lives. These grills work with an app that you can download to control the grill while on the go. You’ll also like that these smaller grills have folding legs that serve as handles for moving the grill too.