Traeger Pro 575 vs Pit Boss Competition Series 1600

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Here, we have two pellet grills with a typical price point of under $800 (check our database), the Traeger Pro 575 and the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600. Right, let’s see if we can work out which model is the better deal.

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Cooking Area

The total cooking area offered by the Traeger Pro 575 is not actually 575 square inches as you probably thought. It’s slightly lower at 572 square inches over two cooking surfaces.

Cooking area of the Traeger Pro 575.
The total cooking area of the Traeger Pro 575 is 575 sq.in over two racks

When it comes to the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600, it offers a much larger total cooking area 1,578 square inches, but it does achieve this figure with three racks in total.

Cooking area of the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600.
The Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 offers 1,578 sq.in of cooking area over three racks

When it comes to the size of the main cooking grates, the Pit Boss does offer a larger main grate but the difference is not as significant as the overall cooking area differences.

While the Traeger Pro 575 offers a main grate of 418 sq.in, the main grate on the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 is 648 sq.in.


Temperature Range

The Traeger Pro 575 offers a higher temperature setting than its predecessor, the Pro 22, and it provides a range of 180 to 500 degrees.

Traeger Pro 575 temperature range.
The Traeger Pro 575 can be set between temperatures of 180 to 500 degrees

The Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 has an identical temperature range of 180 to 500 degrees. Therefore, these two pellet grills/smokers are very similar in this regard.

Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 temperature range.
The Pit Boss can between 180 to 500 degrees

However, there is a notable difference between these two pellet grills. The Pit Boss has a flame broiler, whereas the Traeger does not. Therefore, the Pit Boss can get its grate up to much higher temperatures than 500 degrees, typically around 700 degrees.


Controller Technology

The Traeger Pro 575 features a controller that benefits from PID technology to offer 5-degree temperature adjustment along with WiFi connectivity.

Traeger Pro 575 PID temperature controller technology.
The Traeger Pro 575 features a PID controller with WiFi connectivity

As with temperature range, these two pellet grills/smokers are very closely matched when it comes to controller technology. The Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 also offers PID technology with 5-degree temperature adjustment and WiFi connectivity.

This Pit Boss model also offers PID tech with 5-degree temperature adjustment and WiFi connectivity

So you may be thinking this category is heading for draw, and that is very nearly the case. However, the Pit Boss has a little feature that gives it the edge and the win.

The Pit Boss has what’s called a ‘P-Setting’, which can add a pause into the feed of pellets into the burn pot, creating additional smoke as and when desired. The Traeger Pro 575 does not have this or a similar feature.


Hopper Capacity

The Traeger Pro 575 offers a pellet hopper with a capacity of just 18 lbs, which is very frustrating, as Traeger sells their BBQ pellets in 20 lb bags!?

Traeger Pro 575 hopper size.
The pellet hopper on the Traeger Pro 575 cannot take a full bag of BBQ pellets in one go

The pellet hopper on the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 is notably larger than that of the Traeger as it can hold up to 26 lbs of pellets. Hence a full bag of pellets with room to spare.

Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 pellet hopper size.
The pellet hopper on the Pit Boss Competition Series can hold 26 lbs of pellets

Construction

The Traeger Pro 575 is made from painted carbon steel panels, it does not feature any stainless steel construction or any twin-wall construction for insulation purposes.

Traeger Pro 575 construction
The Pro 575 is made from painted carbon steel panels

The Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 features very similar construction of just painted carbon steel panels, no stainless steel, and no insulated construction techniques.

Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 construction.

I’ve read many owner reviews for both of these pellet grills/smokers. Pit Boss products, in general, do struggle with customer feedback on build-quality/paint finish, more than Traeger, it appears.

Therefore, for this category, we’ll give Traeger the win.


Miscellaneous

Traeger’s pellet grills were originally made in the US, but that has not been the case for many years at this point, and Pit Boss’s pellet grills have never been made in the US.

Neither the Traeger Pro 575 nor the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 are made in the US.
Neither the Traeger Pro 575 nor the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 are made in the US

As neither of these pellet grills are made in the US, its a draw in this category.

Miscellaneous: Draw


Final Scores

In this Traeger Pro 575 vs the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 comparison, the Traeger finishes up with a score of two and the Pit Boss with a score of six.

Traeger Pro 575 vs Pit Boss Competition Series 1600
In this comparison, the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 comes out as the clear winner

Does that mean the Pit Boss Competition Series 1600 is the best pellet grill/smoker to meet your needs? Maybe, but you can’t come to that conclusion until you have reviewed all your options.

Therefore, please use the link below to check out our database.


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