If you want to entertain all of your friends and family when they come around then there is no better way than having a grill.
You can set them up on your patio, decking, heck even your front lawn! While grilled food tastes nice, if you want to wow them, you are going to have to get a smoker.
It also makes delicious tasting vegetables and anything else you may want to cook.
Traeger is one of the leading manufacturers of grills that also have a smoker function. Having a combined grill and smokers gives you the best of both worlds - juicy and tender meats filled with smoked flavor.
A combo smoker is perfect for all levels of cooking experience as they are pretty easy to use.
This article is going to compare how Traeger compares to Yoder.
Yoder are another leading grill and smoker manufacturer but of a higher quality.
The first thing you need to know when looking at these smokers is where you can buy them from - and more importantly, the cheapest.
We have all come to rely on Amazon for finding the cheapest products, but strangely the Yoder Smokers are not listed.
You can only buy them from select retailers and the official site. They could be doing this for a number of reasons, but the one that jumps out immediately is transparency.
Controlling where the product is listed makes it much harder to find unbiased reviews and a complete overview of all the information you need to make a purchasing decision.
Thankfully Traeger is listed on Amazon and their smokers have hundreds of reviews. These reviews are from actual customers who have bought the product so they are unbiased.
There is also a very hand "Questions" section which is kinda like a giant FAQ based on replies from owners. The other advantage of buying a smoker combo on Amazon is that there are often online deals and special offers.
Overall, because they are selling their products through a lore more sources, Traeger has more name / brand recognition. They are also the easiest to buy so have to win this section.
Comparing Traeger and Yoder on cost is like comparing apples and houses - there is no comparison.
Traeger has positioned itself as an affordable quality brand, while Yoder has positioned itself as an expensive luxury brand.
The difference in price is massive - the cheapest grills from Yoder cost $900+ which is more than even more expensive Traeger model.
Overall, it's fair to say that Traeger win this section hands down.
So we know that Yoders are wayyy more expensive but that's because the quality is much higher.
It's no coincidence that die-hard smoking fans purchase Yoder smokers - they have some amazing features. Most smoking competitions are won by a Yoder model. Some models even come with their own trailer!
While Traeger smokers probably won't win you a first place at a competition, it will help you make delicious tasting food. It's aimed more at the traditional home user who enjoys entertaining friends and family. Also you don't need a trailer to get it around !
Overall the Yoder takes this section, however you are looking at spending thousands and thousands! If you want a quality home smoker then Traeger is the obvious choice.
After taking everything above into consideration, it's an easy win - Traeger!
Even though Yoder make some amazing and beautiful smokers, they are super expensive.
They are also limited to where you can actually purchase one, meaning that finding unbiased reviews is hard. The Traeger's on the other hand are much more affordable, can be purchased almost everywhere and produce amazing food.
The Traeger Texas Elite 34 is a mean machine! With its auto start ignition, it gets up to temperature really fast.
Your pellets are literally smoking within minutes! Great if you are like me - when you want your food, you want it NOW!
The TFB65LZBC Texas Elite has one of the biggest grilling areas on the markets. In fact, it is down right huge!
Underneath the beautifully designed hood, there is over 600 square inches of grilling space. This area is broken down into racks that let you cook right in the heat, but also keep food warm without burning.
So what does this actually mean?
It means that your friends and family won't be hanging around waiting for that delicious steak you promised them. Also worth a mention is the wheeled base that can be removed if you want to use it on your own table.