Pros & Cons – Traeger Ranger

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The Ranger is what’s generally referred to as a tabletop pellet grill/smoker. Its essentially a sub-category of portable pellet grills. Being the most portable of pellet BBQs, the Traeger Ranger can be taken pretty much anywhere. However, it still needs a source of electricity to operate. Right, let’s get into the Pros & Cons.

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There are lots of small/portable pellet grills/smokers now available. However, there are none more portable than a tabletop pellet grill, such as the Traeger Ranger.

Due to its very small size and low weight the Traeger Ranger is ultra portable.
With its low weight (60 lbs) and size, you can take this pellet grill/smoker pretty much anywhere

With any portable grill, the question always is, do you have enough space in the back of your vehicle to store the BBQ on a trip with everything else in there? Well, you likely will with the Traeger Ranger.

While the Traeger Ranger can run from vehicles 12-volt DC battery, it cannot run off the battery directly. The power needs to be converted into 110-volt AC power.

The Traeger Ranger does not come with an inverter, though its essential for use as a portable pellet grill.
Traeger does sell a suitable inverter, but its not included with the purchase of a Ranger

You can get the required inverter from Traeger for an additional fifty dollars. However, as we’ll discuss below, the Ranger is already an expensive tabletop pellet grill as it is.

Most other portable and tabletop pellet grills currently on the market feature pretty basic temperature controllers. However, the Traeger Ranger features a more advanced controller.

The Digital Arc Controller on the Traeger Range is one of the better examples you'll find fitted to a tabletop pellet grill.
As tabletop pellet grill/smoker controllers go, this Digital Arc controller is one of the best

The controller on the Traeger Range will do a better job than the average tabletop pellet grill at maintaining a stable temperature around the set temperature.

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While the Traeger Ranger controller is proficient at accurate temperature control, it is missing a feature that many Traeger owners are looking for, WiFire App support.

The Traeger Ranger does not feature WiFi connectivity and cannot therefore communicate with the WiFire App.
If you are looking for the functionality of the Traeger WiFire app, you’ll have to look at other Traeger models

Would you actually need/use the WiFire App on a portable pellet grill such as this? If you were smoking something over several hours, sure, it can come in handy. For grilling though, it has little value.

While the cooking area of 176 square inches is obviously small, it needs to be viewed in the context of the purpose of this pellet grill/smoker, and how it’s meant to be used.

The cooking area of the Traeger Ranger while small it is functional for its intended use.
For a couple/small family on a camping trip or a day at the beach, the cooking area is sufficient

Are there portable pellet grills that offer a larger cooking area? Sure, just check our database, but with a larger cooking area comes a larger and heavier unit…

With a typical price point of just under $450, the Traeger Ranger is expensive compared to many other tabletop pellet grills currently on the market.

The Traeger Ranger has a price point much higher than the average price for a tabletop pellet grill/smoker.
The price of the Traeger Ranger is much higher than the average cost of a tabletop pellet grill/smoker

The Traeger brand does hold value to many people, and the controller is superior to most. However, its debatable whether the Ranger is offering good value for the money.

My Final Thoughts On The Traeger Ranger

As I’ve stated above, I do rate the controller on the Traeger Ranger for its accurate temperature management. But there is no getting away from the fact its an expensive option.

If you are in the market for a tabletop pellet grill/smoker (or any pellet BBQ for that matter), I would strongly encourage you to check out our database through the link below to review all your options.

You will see, for instance, that there are many cheaper tabletop pellet grills compared to the Traeger Ranger that may offer you the functionality you’re after.

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