Napoleon Prestige vs. Prestige PRO Grills: What's the Difference?

Overview

One of our best selling lines of grills, Napoleon offers a wide range of price points and feature options to provide a high end grill for any budget. However, two of our most popular grills - the Prestige 500 and the Prestige Pro 500 - have a few overlapping features with some key differences that are not immediately apparent. We're here to take a closer look at the similarities and the standouts between the two grills, so you can choose wisely when searching to buy your high end grill.

Similarities Between the Prestige 500 and Prestige Pro 500

Both grills provide high end grill options with plenty of great features but before we go over what makes them unique, let's take a look at what's similar about them:

  • 304 Stainless Steel Construction
    • Each grill features a majority 304 stainless steel construction, including the firebox, grill grates, and hood - where durability is most important
  • Cooking Area
    • Each grill features the same (4) burner, 500 square inch cooking surface to provide plenty of grilling space
  • Dual Level Sear Plates
    • Each grill features a two-tiered sear plate system to evenly distribute heat across the surface, preventing hot and cold spots while also protecting the burners from grease/drippings
  • JetFire Ignition
    • Every burner shoots a length of flame out to reliably start the burner every time

Key Features of the Prestige 500

  • 8mm Grill Grates
    • The grill grates on the Prestige 500 models are all 304 stainless steel construction, but feature 8mm diameter rods
  • Optional Upgrades
    • The Prestige 500 series has three separate models to allow you to choose which features you'd like to add:
      • P500 simply a 4-burner gas grill
      • P500RB adds an infrared back burner with rotisserie kit
      • P500RSIB adds an infrared side burner in addition to the rotisserie kit

Key Features of the Prestige Pro 500

  • Standard Features
    • While the P500 has several models with different features, ALL of the high end upgrades like the infrared side and rear burners are standard on the Pro 500 grill
  • 9.5mm Grill Grates
    • The grill grates on the Pro 500 models are also 304 stainless steel construction, but feature a thicker 9.5mm diameter rod for a higher quality sear
  • Upgraded Lights
    • Pro 500 models feature internal halogen lights to shine on the grill surface for day or night cooking
    • The backlit knobs are also upgraded to feature a blue/red LED light system to indicate which burners are on/off
  • Ice/Marinade Bucket
    • The 2nd side shelf features an integrated ice/marinade bucket to offer more versatility

Conclusion

Napoleon's Prestige and Prestige Pro 500 grills are two of our top selling grills because they combine high end features normally found in the most expensive grills, but you don't have to break the bank to get one. The size of the grill also adds to its popularity - it's the right choice for a single person or a family of ten, with plenty of wiggle room in between. Beyond that, the hardest part will be deciding between the two great grill options, the P500 or the PRO500. My take? The PRO500 offers so much value at the $2000 price point that it will serve as a luxury grill for upwards of 15 years and many more if you care for it. Either way, you'll end up with a superior grill that will perform for years to come.