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Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 vs 560, Sept (2021), which one is better?

There are a lot of confusions about Masterbuilt Gravity series 1050 vs 560 . I know because I was there.

After I struggled searching for what exactly the differences are among them.

I have decided to put together all the questions that I had earlier.

From Cooking space , Cooking grates material , ashes cleanup , hopper capacity etc.

Everything that I needed to make that upgrade decision.
Finally after 4 months of trying and testing.

I am bringing you the best possible answers.

Also I have listed out some similarities that are sometimes confused. .

Hope this helps.

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Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050
Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560
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Masterbuilt MB20041220 Gravity Series 1050 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker, 202.9 lbs, Black
Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker, Black
Size
H 52.16’’ x W 61.02’’x L 33.07’’
H 51.97’’ x W 54.13’’x L 24.65’’
Weight
202.9 Pounds
146.98 Pounds
Cooking Space
1050 sq inches
560 sq inches
No of Grates
3
3
Delivery
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Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050
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Masterbuilt MB20041220 Gravity Series 1050 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker, 202.9 lbs, Black
Size
H 52.16’’ x W 61.02’’x L 33.07’’
Weight
202.9 Pounds
Cooking Space
1050 sq inches
No of Grates
3
Delivery
Where to Buy
Choices
Smaller
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Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560
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Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker, Black
Size
H 51.97’’ x W 54.13’’x L 24.65’’
Weight
146.98 Pounds
Cooking Space
560 sq inches
No of Grates
3
Delivery
Where to Buy

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Masterbuilt 560 vs 1050 differences in summary

CheckpointsMasterbuilt 560 Masterbuilt  1050
Cooking Space560 sq inches1050 sq inches
Cooking Grates MaterialPorcelain coated racksPorcelain coated racks
Cooking Grates Size54″ x 24″top grate is 26.75″ x 4.25″ and the bottom grate is 28″ x 17.75″
DimensionH 51.97’’ x W 54.13’’x L 24.65’’H 52.16’’ x W 61.02’’x L 33.07’’
Front ShelvesNoYes
Bottom ShelvesYes , Expanded metalYes, Premium metal which is better than the 560 
AppYes Yes , same as 560
ControllerYes with bluetooth and wifiSame as 560
Wheels Yes Yes 
Hopper Yes Yes same as 560
ThermometerYes Yes , Same as 560

To put it briefly, Masterbuilt 1050 is 6 inches wider , 3 inches deeper , 2 and half inches taller , 58 % more grilling space , 88 % more overall cooking capacity .  Upgraded with front shelves and improved premium bottom shelves.  

On the 560 it is aluminium wall and single wall at some places where as in 1050 it is 100% double walled interior grill and they are porcelain coated.

Cleaning is easy on both as the back drip tray comes out easily from the back. But the drip tray in 560 comes out from the front and in the 1050 it comes out from the side.

Also check our full guide on the best gravity smokers where we have mentioned about the Masterbuilt gravity series 1050.

They look all the same .But there are few difference which I am going to discuss further.

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 vs 560 in detail.

Let’s talk about each one by one :

Major Difference

Cooking Space : 

As the name suggests, 560 masterbuilt has 560 sq inches of cooking space and 1050 masterbuilt has 1050 sq inches of cooking space.

Cooking Grates :

560 masterbuilt has 4 racks of ribs. It can hold upto 8 chickens,  37 sausages and 21 burgers whereas 1050 has 7 racks of ribs. For eg: It can hold around 17 chickens, 67 sausages and 45 burgers .
The quality of the cooking is excellent  . They are easily folded and locked while in use. 

Dimensions (H:W:L:): 

Masterbuilt 560 has 51.97:54.13:24.65 inches and  masterbuilt 1050 has 52.16: 61.02: 33.07 inches.

Weight : 

1050 is heavier than 560

Masterbuilt MB20041220 Gravity Series 1050 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker, 202.9 lbs, Black
  • Reaches 225°F in 10 minutes or 700°F in 15 minutes
  • Control temperature and cook time with the digital control panel or with smart device control using WiFi or Bluetooth
  • DigitalFan for precise temperature control
  • GravityFed hopper holds 10 lbs. of lump charcoal or 16 lbs. of briquettes for up to 8 hours of use
  • Convenient fold out cord storage in back of side shelf to prevent loss or damage to the power supply
Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker, Black
  • Reaches 225°F in 7 minutes or 700°F in 13 minutes
  • Control temperature and cook time with the digital control panel or with smart device control using WIFI or Bluetooth
  • DigitalFan for precise temperature control
  • Built-in temperature gauge and meat probe thermometer for perfect results every time
  • GravityFed hopper holds 10 lbs. of lump charcoal or 16 lbs. of briquettes for 12-15 hours of use

Other Difference

Hopper :

The hopper for both Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 and Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 is of the same size.

However the cooking chamber is greater for 1050. 

What it means is that  if Masterbuilt 560 consumes the fuel in 10 hours, the 1050 model may consume in 9 hours or less. 

One key difference between the hoppers is in the way the hopper lids open up for both.

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 Hopper Lid Image
Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 Hopper Lid Image

In the 560 Model the lid opens up and lies down above the cooking chamber. There is nothing wrong with this design. Just that it might get some marks on the cooking chamber lid with usage.

However in the 1050 Model the Hopper lids opens towards the side thereby avoiding blocks to the cooking chamber.It is supported by a small metal piece . You need to be a little careful during the windy season. 

Like in 560, the 1050 Gravity smoker Hopper can have the issues of paint peeling . Also cleaning the hopper is all the same in both the models.

Front Shelves : 

The Masterbuilt 560 doesn’t have a front shelf whereas 1050 has its front shelf available.

While 1050 does have a front shelf, I do like the way it is designed . Although there is a very small clearance between the cooking chamber lid and the Shelf of about 3 and a half inches .

However the quality of the shelf is pretty good. And it folds down as required.

This is definitely an upgrade.

Bottom Shelves:

The bottom shelf of 560 is made of expanded metal which will rust over a period of time. The shelf consists of a wire rack 

Whereas  that of 1050 is excellent solid metal. It is really tough and sturdy.  The legs holding the shelf are wrapped and are really strong. Just got tougher in the making.

Wall: 

560 has an aluminised steel wall.

Whereas 1050 has 100 % double walled porcelain. This is great I think for the heat distribution, great design. I really like this feature.

Similarities

Controller and the App : 

The controller looks the same for both . The side of the controller has hooks for hanging stuff . 

Bluetooth and wifi operations are the same .

Slides : 

Back slides tray are the same for both .

Temp Gauge :

Temp gauge remains the same for 1050 like in 560.

Meat Probe :

Meat probes also remain the same  in Masterbuilt 1050. 

Wheels: 

No difference in the wheels.

Fuel Capacity : 

Since hopper capacity is the same , the fuel it can hold up is the same . But since the cooking chamber size is bigger in 1050 , it means that the fuel ight get consumed faster in 1050.

Thermometer : 

The thermometers of 1050 are similar to the 560 model.

Common Issues

Painting : 

The painting can peel out over time in both the smokers . Especially the hopper lids internal walls.

What I don’t like in Masterbuilt gravity series 1050 ? 

Two things I don’t prefer in 1050 are the back vent and the slider. 

The issue with the back vent is during the rains . If it rains it can easily get wet inside the smoker. 

Masterbuilt Gravity series Back Vent Image
Masterbuilt Gravity series Back Vent

Also the slider tray behind can get moisture if not protected. However this can be easily modified to keep it safe. 

Also you don’t need to worry about this if you get a cover for the smoker.

Is there a size/price difference?

Yes Masterbuilt 1050 is greater in size and price than Masterbuilt 560 gravity smoker. 

How wide is the cooking surface of Masterbuilt 1050?

The cooking surface of Masterbuilt gravity series 1050 is around 1050 sq inches

.It’s top grate is 26.75″ x 4.25″ and the bottom grate is 28″ x 17.75″.

What is the primary cooking area difference between the two?

Masterbuilt 560 is 560sq inches and the Masterbuilt 1050 is 1050sq inches.

The 560 model is 54″ x 24″ and the 1050’s top grate is 26.75″ x 4.25″ and the bottom grate is 28″ x 17.75″

Can we use the Masterbuilt 1050 on the deck?

It works fine for me. You can keep it on the deck . However this is not actually recommended by Masterbuilt. It is just that it works fine for me.

How is grilling/searing steaks or burgers on the grill?

It is just amazing . Easily gets to 0-700 F in  13 minutes. This pit has all the capacity in my opinion.

How many racks of St Louis style ribs do you think you can cook in that thing at one time?

In Masterbuilt 560 I think upto 4 St louis style ribs we can cook . While on 1050 upto 6.

Is the 1050 bigger than the 560? 

Yes Masterbuilt 1050 gravity smoker is definitely bigger than 560 

How is the grease management and cleaning difficulty?

It is pretty easy as both models have a back slide tray to hold the grease. And there is not any difference between the two.

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