Traeger vs Green Mountain: Which is Best?
Choosing the right pellet grill is not always easy, especially to the untrained eye, because there are so many options out there. In the end, it comes down to what size and features you are looking for and how much money do you wish to spend. Both Green Mountain and Traeger pellet grills are decent options that offer good value for the money. We’ve gone into all the details and compared these two models for you.
When comparing these two grills, we looked at size, features and performance. After reviewing these from an objective stand-point as a consumer you will be able to determine the right fit for you.
The Green Mountain Davy Crockett pellet grill comes with a 225 square inches cooking surface, while the Traeger model has 292 square inches. As you can see, the Green Mountain model is somewhat smaller, but they both fall into the category of small grills.
Large grills can have up to 1000 square inches of cooking surface, but it really depends on your needs. You won’t be able to smoke a giant turkey on either of these, but when they can easily accommodate roasts, briskets, ribs, or any cuts of meat you like.
An advantage of smaller portable grills is that you can easily take them with you if you are going camping or anywhere else. The Green Mountain pellet grill weighs 57 pounds, and the Traeger one is just over 70 pounds. They both have fold-able legs so you can easily pack them up and take them with you.
The Green Mountain Davy Crockett model could really surprise you with all the features it has for a model that costs under $500. It has the very popular open flame system and a digital WiFi controller that allows you to control and monitor your grill through Green Mountain’s iOS or Android mobile applications. To make this possible, this grill has a thermal sensor that constantly monitors the temperature called a Sense-Mate.
Furthermore, this grill can run on both 12V or 120AC. This means you can take it with you anywhere you want and you won’t have trouble turning it on.
The Traeger pellet grill also features digital controls that make the grilling process more convenient and precise. The auger on this grill is automatic and and there is an electronic auto start. It’s also equipped with Digital Thermostat Control.
This means that this Traeger model can control the temperature inside the grill all by itself. The thermostat can detect temperatures inside the grill and send this information to the auger, which will fuel the fire and release pellets accordingly. You can still set the temperature manually to smoke, medium and high.
One more great thing about the Traeger pellet grill is that it’s energy efficient. It requires 300 watts of energy in the first 5 minutes to start working, but after that it runs on only 50 watts which is less than a light bulb.
Both of these grills use pellets, which are more affordable than traditional firewood or coal briquettes and for a full cook-out you need about 5 pounds. Both grills need 5 to 10 minutes to warm up and after that they both hold the temperature really well.
Temperature is easy to control with both of these grills. With the Green Mountain model you can control the temperature with the mobile app, which is pretty cool and the Traeger model can control temperature automatically so it’s pretty much a tie. They are both really convenient so it comes down to your preferences.
Concluding this Comparison
If you are looking for a grill for small to medium cookouts, that is easy to carry and cheap to operate, both of these are pretty good options. They are both made from quality materials, they have great features and require minimum maintenance. It’s recommended to clean them after every use, but you can easily get away with cleaning them after 5 uses or so.
Pellet grills are great because they can accommodate many styles of cooking including grilling, baking, searing and smoking. If you are more tech savvy you might choose the Green Mountain Davy Crockett pellet grill. On the other hand, if you are looking for a slightly larger cooking surface and care about being energy efficiency than the Traeger pellet grill is the way to go.