Pit Boss Pro Series vs Platinum Range – Which Is Better?


Hi, I’m Chris I started PelHeat.com back in 2007.

Pit Boss are the second most well-known brand behind Traeger and Pit Boss has an extensive range of pellet grills. There are two ranges of Pit Boss products that can both lay claim to being the best pellet grills the brand currently offers, the Pro Series and the Platinum range. What separates the two Pit Boss pellet grill ranges is the Pro Series is a Lowes exclusive and the Platinum range is a Walmart exclusive. Therefore, you have to do some cross-shopping if you’re looking for the best Pit Boss pellet grill. So that’s what I’m going to do in this article to try and work out which Pit Boss grills are really the best.

Pit Boss Pro Series vs Platinum Range
So how do similarly priced Pit Boss Pro Series models (left) compare against Platinum models (right)? Images – Lowes.com & Walmart.com

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In a rush? Jump to my conclusion on the Pit Boss Pro Series vs Platinum range of pellet grills and which models I think are providing the better value for their respective price points.

Introduction To The Pit Boss Pro Series vs Platinum Range

Before we go any further, you need to be aware that this comparison revolves around the second generation of Pit Boss Pro Series models. If you are not aware of the difference I would first encourage you to read my Pit Boss Pro Series Gen1 vs Gen 2 article.

Secondly, there are a couple of Pro Series models I’m not referencing in this article, namely the Pro Series Portable 150 tabletop pellet grill and the small Pro Series 600 as there are not currently Platinum series equivalent models.

The same goes for the soon to be released Pit Boss Pro Series Elite 1600, that pellet grill is far more expensive than any Platinum Series model and is currently stated to be $1,299 on the Pit Boss website.

Before I start to discuss the similarities and differences between Pro Series and Platinum models I’ll provide some of the key specs/features of the different models and their typical price points.

Pit Boss Gen 2 Pro Series (Lowes Exclusive)

Features8501600 4-Series1100 Pellet/Gas
TypeHorizontalHorizontal Vertical SmokerPellet/Gas Combo
Total Cooking Area850 sq.in1,598 sq.in1,077 sq.in1,262 sq.in
Main Grate593 sq.in615 sq.in800 sq.in pellet & gas
Hopper Size20 lbs32 lbs65 lbs20 lbs
Temp Range (℉)180 – 500180 – 500150 – 420180 – 500 (900 gas)
Direct-Flame?YesYesYes
PID Control? YesYesYesYes
WiFi/App?YesYesYesYes
Typical Price$549$899$499$799

Pit Boss Plantinum Range (Walmart Exclusive)

FeaturesLaredoLockhartBrunswickKC Combo
TypeHorizontalHorizontal Vertical SmokerPellet/Gas Combo
Total Cooking Area1,006 sq.in2,136 sq.in1,164 sq.in1,001 sq.in
Main Grate527 sq.in513 sq.in878 sq.in pellet & gas
Hopper Size26 lbs40 lbs98 lbs26 lbs
Temp Range (℉)180 – 500180 – 500150 – 420180 – 500 (900 gas)
Direct-Flame?YesYesYes
PID Control? YesYesYesYes
WiFi/App?YesYesYesYes
Typical Price$547$847$597$797

Pro Series vs Platinum Similarities and Small Differences

While the Pit Boss Pro Series and Platinum models have very different appearances all of the models above from both ranges are very similar in a couple of important aspects.

For instance, all of the horizontal pellet grills offer the same temperature range of 180 to 500 degrees and all offer direct-flame access which is controlled by an external lever. Previous Pit Boss models required you to lift up the cooking grates to slide open the direct-flame feature.

On the topic of grates all of the grills above in both the Pro Series and Platinum range feature porcelain-coated cast-iron grates which provide excellent heat retention to aid grilling/searing performance.

Pit Boss Pro Series vs Platinum Control Panels
While the layout/appearance of the Pro Series control panel (left) is different to the Platinum (right) they are both operating on the same PID platform with Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity: Images – Pitboss-grills.com

All of the Pro Series and Platinum models above also feature a control panel running a PID temperature control algorithm and Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity for the Pit Boss SmokeIT app.

When the Platinum range first launched it only had Bluetooth connectivity. However, the Platinum range has since been updated to offer WiFi connectivity as well.

So as you can see there is a lot of similarities between the Pro Series and Platinum range. However, if you have browsed my tables above you may have noticed a few differences as well, so let’s discuss them.

Pro Series 850 vs Plantinum Laredo

First, we’ll compare the smallest horizontal pellet grills/smokers from each range. As you can see from the tables above, the Pro 850 and Platinum almost have an identical price point, just a few dollars between them. Therefore, its appropriate to compare them directly.

As I’ve discussed above, while the control panels have a different appearance they are running the same technology and have the same temperature range as shown in the tables above. Furthermore, both offer direct flame access for grate surface temperatures in excess of 650 degrees when in use.

Pit Boss Pro Series 850 vs Platinum Laredo
The Pit Boss Pro 850 (left) and Platinum Laredo (right) are directly comparable on price, but the Laredo comes out on top with its features: Images – Lowes.com & Walmart.com

While both grills have a very similarly sized main cooking grate with the Pro 850 having the slight edge, its actually the Laredo which offers the larger overall cooking area by 156 sq.in. The reason is the upper rack on the Laredo is larger and you can see why by looking at the shape of its cooking chamber/lib in the images above.

To solidify the Pit Boss Platinum Laredo as being the better deal for the same price it comes with a larger 26 lb pellet hopper compared to the Pro Series 850 which only has a 20 lb hopper. Therefore, for the same price point, the Platinum Laredo is the better deal.

Pro Series 1600 vs Platinum Lockhart

There appears to be a bit more of a difference in the typical price point between these two Pit Boss pellet grills, the Pro Series 1600 is priced about $50 more than the Platinum Lockhart. However, its close enough for these two models to be fairly compared, so which one comes out on top?

While the Pro Series 1600 is a standard horizontal pellet grill/smoker the Platinum Lockhart is very different, its a horizontal grill and vertical smoking cabinet hybrid. Again, while the control panels have a different appearance they offer the same functionality/temperature range etc.

Pit Boss Pro Series 1600 vs Platinum Lockhart
As the Platinum Lockhart (right) is typically priced slightly below the Pro Series 1600 (left) you’re getting more grill for the money: Images – Lowes.com & Walmart.com

First, let’s discuss the main grate for burgers/steaks etc. Well, this is a win for the Pro 1600 offering a 615 sq.in main grate where the Platinum Lockhart provides only 513 sq.in. However, when it comes to the overall cooking area the Pro 1600 (1,598 sq.in) cannot compete with the Lockhart and its massive 2,136 sq.in.

Add on top the larger 40 lb pellet hopper on the Lockhart compared to 32 lbs on the Pro 1600 it may seem like an easy win for the Lockhart. Well, maybe, but then again its a very large heavy grill. Therefore, its only really going to be the better option for you if you have the space for it.

Pro Series 4-Series vs Platinum Brunswick

Here we have two vertical pellet smokers, and yes, the name for the Pro Series smokers have too many ‘Series’ in the title. Anyway, with vertical pellet smokers, these are obviously only suitable for lower temperature cooking and going ‘low and slow’, no grilling here.

Hence, both the 4-Series and Brunswick have the same 150 to 420-degree temperature range and they both use the same control panel technology (PID/WiFi) while the control panels have a different appearance. So really it comes to the cooking area, which is bigger?

Pit Boss Pro Series 4-Series vs Platinum Brunswick
I do personally prefer the split door of the Platinum Brunswick (right) over the single large door on the Pro Series 4-Series (left): Images – Lowes.com & Walmart.com

The 4-Series comes in at 1,007 sq.in but again its the Platinum range product the Burnwick which is offering more at 1,164 sq.in. However, the more notable difference comes with the hopper capacity. While the 4-Series has a large 65 lb pellet hopper the 98 lb pellet hopper on the Brunswick is enormous.

However, there is a price premium to pay for the Brunswick at just under $600, as the 4-Series is typically priced at just under $500. Though I will say I personally prefer the 50/50 split door on the Brunswick over the large single hinged door on the 4-Series.

Pro Series 1100 vs Platinum KC Combo

Finally, we have come to the comparison of the Pit Boss pellet/gas combo grills. This type of appliance can be useful to provide the owner with the full flexibility of the flavour of cooking with wood and the quick high heat output of gas. Gas for quick cooking during the week, the pellet grill/smoker for weekends as an example.

Again as with all the other comparisons above, different looking control panels but the same features. However, there is a notable difference on the gas sides of these two grills. The Pro Series 1100 offers a larger gas grilling area as well as a shelf burner that runs on gas. The KC Combo offers a gas griddle/single grate instead.

Pit Boss Pro Series 1100 vs Platinum KC Combo
The Pro Series 1100 (left) offers a larger gas grilling area and side burner whereas the Platinum KC Combo has a single gas griddle/grate instead: Images – Lowes.com & Walmart.com

While the KC Combo offers a slightly larger high heat grilling area over both the pellet and gas grill its negligible, we’re talking a 78 sq.in benefit. However, when it comes to the total cooking area due to the larger gas cooking area on the Pro Series 1100 it wins with 1,216 sq.in, 261 sq.in more than the KC Combo.

With both of these grills priced almost identically add in the additional side burner on the Pro Series 1100 and I think its the better deal over the KC Combo.

My Conclusions On The Pit Boss Pro Series vs Platinum Range

As I’ve discussed above, these two ranges from Pit Boss are actually very similar in their capabilities, features and price points. However, there are a few subtle differences to differentiate them.

Starting with the smaller grills I think the Platinum Laredo is offering better value than the Pro Series 850. Its got a larger cooking area, larger hopper and often comes in a few dollars cheaper.

On the larger grills, I think the Platinum Lockhart due to the huge cooking area at some 538 sq.in more than the Pro Series 1600 is the better deal. However, that’s only applicable to smoking not grilling. Therefore, if you’re mainly looking for a grill and occasional smoker I can see the 1600 making more sense as the Lockhart is huge/heavy.

When it comes to the vertical pellet smokers, there is about a hundred dollar premium to go for the Platinum Brunswick over the Pro Series 4-Series. However, the Brunswick does offer the larger cooking area, larger hopper and I personally prefer the split door design, so I think its still the one I would choose.

Finally, we come to the pellet/gas combo grills, and is it a clean sweep for the Platinum Range? Close, but no cigar, I think the Pro Series 1100 is a better deal over the Platinum KC Combo. As their the same price but the 1100 provides more gas cooking area and a gas side burner too, it gets the nod.

That’s it! I hope you found this comparison useful, you may be interested in some of my other comparisons such as Pit Boss vs Traeger and Pit Boss vs Camp Chef. Alternatively, please check out my Wood Pellet Grill Guide. 🙂

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.

Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.

A to Z List of The Best BBQ Wood Pellets

A pellet grill/smoker is only as good as the BBQ pellets you put into it. The type/quality of the BBQ wood pellets you use will impact temperature performance and smoke flavour. There are many pellet flavours including Apple, Hickory, Mapel, Oak and Walnut to name but a few. However, some brands are hardwood blended pellets whereas others are 100% single wood species.

In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.

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Hi, I’m Chris. I started PelHeat.com back in 2007. This website is intended to be an educational resource on BBQ pellets, pellet grills & smokers. I hope you find the information useful.

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