The Traeger Pro 575 is a newer, more technologically advanced version of the Pro Series—the number one selling pellet grill in the world. The Gen 2 Pro Series grills are an enormous step up from the first. They are better constructed, integrate Wi-Fi, and other technology. I wanted to find out if the upgrades were worth the extra money, so I did a side-by-side comparison of the Pro 22 and the Pro 575.
Main Differences At A Glance
|Differences||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|Price||$899.95 (check latest)||$499.95 (check latest)|
|Max Temperature||500 °F||450 °F|
|Grill Area||575 sq. in.||572 sq. in.|
|Vertical Cooking||12 extra inches||Less|
|Weight||128 pounds||103 pounds|
Where Do You Buy A Pro Series?
The Traeger website sells both models of the Pro Series. Traeger offer FREE SHIPPING on the Pro 22 if you purchase two bags of wood pellets. The Pro 575 qualifies for FREE SHIPPING. Click the buttons below to go directly to the Traeger website.Pro 575 Pro 22
Traeger also offers buy-now-pay-later with affirm. The Pro 22 works out to $55 per month and the Pro 575 costs $64 a month.
So What Are The Differences?
There are several differences between the Traeger Pro 575 and the Traeger generation 1 Pro 22:
- The Pro 575 model costs about $350 more than the Pro 22
- The Pro 22 has no technology
- The Pro 575 can be controlled and monitored with your mobile phone
- The Pro 575 can also reach higher temperatures (50°F more than the Pro 22)
- The Pro 575 can get hotter faster
- There’s a pellet dump trap door on the Pro 575
- The Pro 575 is taller, and heavier than the Pro 22
- The Pro 575 gas a pill-shaped design which is better gives you more vertical space for cooking turkey, etc.
- The Pro 22 has two temperature probes, whereas the Pro 575 has a single probe
The shape of the cooking barrel is noticeable between the Pro 575 and the Pro 22.
The Pro 575 has a pill-shaped design, which gives you more vertical cooking room. The design gives the Pro 575 12 inches of extra cooking height between the grill grate and the top of the cook barrel. This makes it large enough to cook a large turkey.
Specs Pro 575 vs Pro 22
|Specifications||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|Manufacturer||Traeger Pellet Grills||Traeger Pellet Grills|
|Price (US)||$899.95 grill only$962.13 grill + cover$980.08 grill + cover + pellets$917.90 grill + pellets|
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|$499.95 grill only$562.13 grill + cover, black$514.90 grill + tray$569.90 grill + folding shelf$519.90 grill + pellets|
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|Weight||128 pounds||103 pounds|
|Dimension||27” D x 41” W x 53” H||27” D x 41” W x 49”H|
|Grill Capacity||Five (5) rib racks, or Four (4) chickens, or Twenty-four (24) burgers||Five (5) racks of ribs, or four (4) whole chickens, or twenty-four (24) burgers|
|Grilling Area||575 sq. in.||572 sq. in.|
|Hopper Capacity||18 lb||18 lb|
|Control Style||WiFIRE Controller||Digital Pro Controller|
|Special Features||* Built for Large Family Cooking * Cleaning the grill porcelain grates is a breeze. * Rivetrain starts faster * heats up quicker * Produces higher quality smoke.||* Water Resistant * It has an extra rack (154 sq. in.) * Made from all-weather and heavy-duty material * No Assemble Required * Easy to Use|
|Connectivity||* WiFIRE network enables the user cook, grill, or barbecue using their home’s WiFi. * Traeger app enables the user to run the rill remotely.||* Digital pro controller allows maintaining temperature around /-15 °F through advanced grilling logic. * You can grill food without the fear of burning or overcooking.|
|Power Source||Electricity & wood pellets||Electricity & wood pellets|
|Inner Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Color Variations||Bronze and Black||Black and Charcoal|
|Wheels||All-terrain wheels||Rugged All-terrain wheels|
|Fuel Type||Wood pellet||Wood pellet|
Grill Area – Pro 22 vs Pro 575
When comparing the grill area of the Pro 22 and the Pro 575, there isn’t a big difference.
- The Pro 575 has 575 square inches of cooking area
- The Pro 22 has 572 square inches of cooking area.
- Both grills can cook 24 burgers, 5 racks of ribs, and 4 chickens.
- So, in terms of the grill area, there’s no difference between the two pellet grills.
|General Features||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|Temperature Control||Advanced Grilling Logic Technology||Digital Pro temperature controller with advance grilling logic|
|Max Temperature||500 °F||450 °F|
|Cooking Methods||6 in 1 versatility cooking (smoke, bake, roast, bbq, braise and bake)||6-in-1 versatility to smoke, grill, bake, braise, BBQ, and roast food to juicy perfection|
|Food production||6-12 people||6-12 people|
|Double Side Wall Insulation||None||None|
|Downdraft Exhaust System||None||None|
Hopper Capacity – How Much Wood Do They Hold?
The Pro 22 and the Pro 575 have the same hopper capacity. Both grills hold 18 pounds of wood pellets — which is enough to smoke a whole brisket. Although the Pro 575 has a hopper dump function, which allows you to swap out your pellets easily.
If you want a larger hopper, you would need to look up to the Ironwood, which holds 20 lbs of pellets, or the Timberline, which holds 24 lbs of wood pellets.
One of the major differences between the Pro 575 and the Pro 22 is the technology.
- The Pro 22 is a straightforward pellet grill and has a regular digital controller.
- The Pro 575 uses a Wi-Fi controller to connect to the grill to the Traeger App. This allows you to control your pellet grill from a phone or tablet.
- The Pro 575 has the option to bypass the Wi-Fi. So you can use it like a regular pellet grill.
- The Pro 575 has a feature called Turbo Temp. This function will help you bring the grill up to temperature faster.
|Advanced Features||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|All Terrain Wheels||Yes||Yes|
|Porcelain Grill Gates||Yes||Yes|
If you already own a hi-tech Wi-Fi meat thermometer like the Fireboard 2 or Tappecue Touch, then the extra $350 for the Pro 575 isn’t worth it.
The other option is to buy the more affordable Pro 22, then spend the extra money on a Wi-Fi thermometer down the track.
The Pro 22 and Pro 575 have similar dimensions, although the Pro 575 is 5 inches taller, and is 21 pounds heavier than the Pro 22.
Pro 22 Dimensions
- Weight: 103 lbs
- Width: 41 in.
- Height: 49 in.
- Depth: 27 in.
Pro 575 Dimensions
- Height: 53 in.
- Weight: 124 lbs
- Depth: 27 in.
- Width: 41 in.
|Resistance||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|Wear and Tear Resistant||Yes||Yes|
The Pro 575 has several extra features such as Wi-Fi controller, integration with the Traeger App, Cloud and Grill Guide. It also has TurboTemp, and the trapdoor hopper clean out function.
The only difference with the Pro 22 is it has two meat probes, and a simple digital controller.
The TurboTemp function gives the Pro 575 a huge power boost, so the grill gets hotter during startup. Let’s say you wanted to cook at 275°F. Using the TurboTemp function, the Pro 575 would reach the 275°F target temperature much faster than the Pro 22.
The TurboTemp feature also helps the grill recover after you’ve opened the lid to spritz, mop, wrap or rotate your meat. Opening the lid during the cook is necessary but should be kept to a minimum because it destabilizes your grill. However, the TurboTemp function helps the grill to stabilize faster.
One of the best features of the Pro 575 is the trapdoor to empty the pellet hopper. It can be extremely frustrating if you want to swap flavors, but can’t simply because there’s no way of emptying the hopper. On the older Pro 22 model, the only way to swap pellets is to keep cooking until the hopper is empty. The trapdoor on the Pro 575 allows you to swap out pellets anytime.
The Pro 575 series has 36,000 BTUs of cooking power with a temperature range between 180° F and 500° F.
The Pro 22 has a temperature range between 180° F and 450° F.
So, the Pro 575 can get hotter faster, and cook at a higher range, which is beneficial if you want to do some hot-and-fast cooking.
Traeger Pro 22 comes with two temperature probes, so you can monitor two pieces of meat, or the temperature of the cook chamber and one piece of meat. The newer Pro 575 has only a single thermometer probe. However, the Pro 575 has a handy probe storage compartment.
Both the Pro 575 and Pro 22 have the same level of insulation with the same steel thickness.
When comparing grills, always look at the insulation. This is especially important if you want to cook in the colder months.
A well-insulated grill will stay hotter longer, and you will burn through fewer pellets. If you live in a cold climate, I recommend looking at the Traeger Timberline or the Traeger Ironwood. These grills have thicker metal—which means better insulated.
Is The Pro 575 Worth It?
The Pro 575 will cost you an extra $350 than the Pro 22.
If you already own, or plan to buy a separate Wi-Fi meat thermometer, then you don’t need to use the in-built Wi-Fi controller on the Pro 575. You could easily get by with the Pro 22 and save $350. A high-tech thermometer like the Fireboard Drive will give the same, if not better, functions. And at least you can move your thermometer between grills.
Pros and Cons
Both models have pros and cons. It all comes down to what you want in a grill, and what price you want to pay. The Pro 575 has some cool new features, but they aren’t necessary. Then you just have to decide if the extra $350 is worth it.
Pro 575 Pros
- Wi-Fi connected
- Access to the Traeger Cloud
- Access to hundreds of recipes that can be downloaded onto the pellet grill for guided cooks.
- Pellet trapdoor, which allows you to swap out wood pellets anytime.
- TurboTemp gets your grill hotter, faster.
Pro 575 Cons
- The price. Expect to pay an extra $350.
- One meat probe. The Pro 22 ships with two probes.
Pro 22 Pros
- Save $350 for the same grill—minus the luxury features.
- Lighter, and not as tall as the Pro 575
- Two meat probes
Pro 22 Cons
- No technology
- Simple digital controller
- No pellet trapdoor dump
All Traeger grills have a heat shield that sits above the fire pot. An improvement with the Pro 575 makes it easier to remove the heat shield. The heat shields get in the way with the 1st Gen Pro 22 model.
The Pro 575 has a large steel drip pan that sits above the firepot and locks into place nicely. The pan covers the entire length of the bottom of the cook barrel and prevents meat from dripping down onto the fire.
Top Rack Storage
The Pro 575 has some storage hooks to store the top rack if it’s not being used. That way you can hang the grill grate at the back. Removing the rack will give you some extra height in your barrel for cooking larger pieces of meat.
The barrel on the Pro 575 is better sealed. The Pro 575 has a seal on the bottom and the top, so when you close the lid, it prevents smoke from escaping and heat.
Dismantle The Cord
The Pro 575 has a removable power cord that can be stored away. With other grills, your only option is to roll up the chord, or hang it over something. Being able to remove it and store it makes sense if you’re not using it over the winter months. Such a simple solution that makes an enormous difference.
Temperature Probe Grommet
The Pro 575 has a little grommet where you can insert your thermometer probe and clip to the grill or insert into the meat. This is important, because you don’t have to keep opening the lid to see what’s going on with your roast.
Although the Gen 2 Pro Series is well built, there are still a few vulnerable areas of the grill. The hinges on the lid seem a little weak and poorly constructed. Grills like the Kamado Joe have high-quality hinges.
Pellet Hopper Size
Traeger sells 20 pound bags of wood pellets, but only has an 18 lb hopper. I think you’ll find my bags of wood pellets are 20lbs. I wonder if this is a ploy to encourage people to buy the Timberline or the Ironwood series.
Optional Front Shelf
One of the optional extras with the Pro 575 is a front shelf. The upgrade is about $70, and it’s up to you whether you think you need it. I like plenty of shelving around my grill, but the good thing is you can order it from Traeger anytime.
|Durability||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|Powder Coat Finish||Yes||Yes|
|High Quality Material||Yes||Yes|
Pro 575 Specs
- Wi-Fi temperature controller
- One meat probe
- Porcelain coated grill grates
- All terrain wheels
- Start up temperature booster
- Pellet hopper trapdoor
- 575 square inches of cooking area ( 480 square inches on main rack, and 154 square inches on the top rack)
- Total weight equals 124 pounds
- Pellet hopper capacity 18 lb
- Maximum temperature 500° F
- Minimum temperature 180° F
- Height 53 inches
- Width 41 inches
- Depth 27 inches
- Colour, black or black and bronze
- Price, around $900
Other Traeger Models
If you want to compare these two Traeger models with the Timberline and the Ironwood series, I’ve written a full-length article on all the different Traeger grills.
Traeger also have portable models such as the Tailgater and the Ranger which may also suit your needs.
How To Assemble The Pro Series
Traeger makes a great assembly video that shows you how to put the grills together. Unboxing the Pro 780, or Pro 575, It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to assemble. When buying a Traeger, it comes with an assembly guide, which is easy to follow along with the video.
All the tools used to assemble the grill come with the assembly kit. The hopper is already attached, so it’s just a matter of putting on the legs, the shelving, and the end plates.
How Long Does It take To Come Up To Temperature?
I’ve tested the Pro 575, and this should give you an estimate:
- It takes 10 minutes to get from 0 to 350 degrees on the Pro Series grill.
- It takes 8 minutes to go from 0 to 300° F
- It takes 7 minutes to go from 0 to 250⁰F
- It takes 6 minutes to go from 0 to 225° F
Where To Buy?
You can purchase the Pro 575 or the Pro 22 from the official Traeger website and have your grill delivered to your door. Otherwise, you should be able to find these grills at your local hardware store. To check them out, click the buttons below.Pro 22 Pro 575
|FINAL COMPARISON||Traeger Pro 575||Traeger Pro 22|
|Easy to Assemble||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
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|Easy to Clean||⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
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|Protection from All Weather||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
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