Traeger’s latest wood-pellet grills are smoky, smart, and spacious

traeger 2019 new grills pro 780 aptos people at grill 015

If you’re a fan of grilling, smoking, or barbecuing your food — either out in the backyard or while you’re lazing on the couch watching a game — Traeger has a new product that should pique your interest. The Salt Lake City-based manufacturer of pellet grills , which recently introduced smart home technology to its products, is launching not just one, but three, new models of its wood-fired grills.

Founder Joe Traeger developed the Traeger wood-pellet grill in 1985 and patented it in 1986. These unique devices use natural hardwood pellets as an alternative fuel source to charcoal or gas to infuse food with a smoky flavor.

Traeger’s newest line of pellet grills represent an evolution of the concept, thanks to the addition of the company’s proprietary control system called WiFire. It enables cooks to remotely monitor and change the temperature of the grill, track the temperature of the food being cooked, and cycle through hundreds of recipes, all via Traeger’s smartphone app.

The new models also include Traeger’s new D2 Direct Drive technology, which jump-starts the cooking process by delivering more power to the grill. This not only creates ultrafast startups but also helps the grill get hotter faster, enabling home chefs to cook more complicated dishes that require more heat. The result is a smart grill that delivers more precise cooking temperatures, which leads to more consistent results. Now let’s take a look at these new grills.

The Pro Series

The Pro Series is based on Traeger’s best-selling grill. There are two models available, the Pro 575 and Pro 780, which sport 575 and 780 square inches of grilling space, respectively. Each model includes an 18-pound-capacity hopper, meat probe, and extra grill rack. Traeger’s new Pro D2 controller allows users to set a temperature range between 165- and 450-degrees Fahrenheit in 5-degree increments.

Ironwood

This is a new addition to the Traeger family of grills, and the two models, the Ironwood 650 and Ironwood 885, feature 650 and 885 square inches of grilling space, respectively. Sporting a pill-shaped barrel design, the grills range in temperature from 165- to 500-degrees F. For true aficionados of smoked-infused food, there’s a Super Smoke Mode.

Timberline

The new Timberline models, based on one of Traeger’s most popular grill types, also comes in two models, the Timberline 850 and 1300, which sport a corresponding amount of grill space, respectively. Traeger has incorporated a bunch of features from the original model — including the DownDraft Exhaust, TRU Convection Systems, WiFire remote control, Super Smoke mode, and unique pill-shaped barrel design — into the new grills.

The new Timberline grills also feature a meat probe with a built-in storage compartment, a magnetic bamboo cutting board, a concealed grease pan, three tiers of stainless steel grates, and a keep warm mode. These grills have a temperature range of 165- to 500-degrees F.

There’s no word on prices yet for these grills, which Traeger has been teasing with the marketing hook “The Original Reinvented.” The Ironwood grills are a new design, but models in the Pro Series currently range in price from $800 to $1,000, while the gigantic Timberline grills range from $1,700 to $2,000. If you head over to www.traegergrills.com, you can check out the new models, and maybe even score yourself a promotional deal.

Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?
Smart Home

Update your kitchen with the best refrigerators you can buy in 2019

There are tons of factors that go into buying a fridge, from size and capacity to color. It takes lots of testing and research, but we've chosen the best refrigerators to get you started, regardless of what you're looking for.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on air fryers from Ninja, Farberware, and more

Walmart dropped prices on best-selling air fryers from Ninja, Farberware, and La Gourmet. Interest in air fryers took off when home cooks realized the possibility for guilt-free fried food when you cook with very little to zero oil.
Cars

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.
Deals

Amazon shaves $50 off the Coway Mighty air purifier ahead of allergy season

When it's allergy season, a good air purifier is a must-have for sufferers. The Coway Mighty air purifier (now on sale from Amazon) is one of the best, greatly improving the air quality inside your home by removing dust, dander, pollen, and…
Smart Home

Dyson’s newest products strive to keep your home cool, clean, and well-lit

Dyson launched products to keep your home cool, clean, and well-lit. A Dyson intelligent task light cycles with nature and a personal air purifier harnesses unique airflow. Microprocessors in Dyson's vacuum self-adjust 8,000 times a second.
Smart Home

Walmart serves up a rare deal on the Google Home Max at $100 off

Some deals are predictable and others are pre-announced, but today Walmart posted a rare deal: $100 off the powerful Google Home Max. Since it rarely goes on sale, waiting may not be prudent. If you want one, grab it.
Smart Home

Smart light switches have become more affordable: Here are the best ones

The ability to control the lighting in your home can have a big effect on your living space. To have more control over your lighting, check out the best smart light switches on the market. 
Smart Home

The best smart locks to increase your home security in 2019

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Deals

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
Smart Home

Is your coffee maker hiding mold inside? Here's how to clean it

Are you a coffee drinker? If you brew your coffee at home and you don't clean your machine, you could be drinking mold, yeast, and other bacteria. Here's how to clean your coffee maker.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on Google Home Hub and Lenovo smart displays

Walmart slashed the prices of Google Home smart displays for two highly regarded Lenovo models and the original Google Home Hub. We can't think of a better way to improve your smart home setup and these deals can help you save up to $100.
Deals

Amazon lowers Echo Dot cost and slashes price of the Dot and Smart Plug bundle

Amazon just unleashed extraordinary price cuts on third-generation Echo Dot smart speakers. The Alexa device is back in stock following the blowout sales last holiday season. The Echo Dot is the best-selling Alexa smart speaker worldwide.
Smart Home

These best outdoor security cameras will keep porch pirates at bay

Worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, or intruders entering your home? Always be in the know about who or what is on your property by installing one of these outdoor security cameras.