7 Best Electric Smokers On The Market

Smoked food has grown in popularity in recent years, and thanks to electric smokers, it can now be recreated at the touch of a button in your own home. No longer do you have to go to an expensive restaurant to get your fix of perfectly smoked brisket or ham. Whether you’re cooking for your family, or for a party, home smokers are exceptionally good value and are extremely easy to use.

Below is an in depth guide to the 7 best electric smokers on the market today so that you can get that perfect smoky taste for your meats, fries, pizzas and much, much more.

 

  1. Masterbuilt 30 Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker (Best Selling Smoker 2017)

Best Selling Smoker of 2017

This 800 watt smoker is ideal for beginners because it is so easy to use. However, its high capacity and the excellent even temperature that it provides also make this smoker the perfect choice for more experienced cooks – and even professional chefs. Capacious and yet sleek in its design, this smoker has numerous high tech features that will enhance the quality of your smoked food.

 

Features and specifications

The digital controls and timers mean that the cooking temperature can be set and the progress of your cooking can be monitored with the utmost simplicity. The wood chips are also very easy to load and unload (this is a side loading smoker) whilst the drip pan and top air damper can also be removed easily.

One of the great features of this smoker is the fact that it offers thermostat control so that you can achieve a nice and even cooking temperature. There are no less than 4 racks for cooking on (all coated in chrome) and in total there are 734 square inches of space for cooking inside this device. Another standout feature of this smoker is its fantastic price – this smoker is substantially cheaper than other options on this list.

Pros

– Plenty of space for cooking.

– Thermostat control for an even cooking temperature.

– Easy to load and unload wood chips.

– Handy digital controls.

– Excellent value for money.

 

Cons

– Not suitable if cooking for larger numbers of people.

Conclusion

If you’re cooking for family on a regular basis this is the only smoker you will ever need. It is a wonderful entry level machine as well as offering a professional standard of smoking. The combination of space and simplicity of use make this a brilliant all round smoker. It is one of the cheapest options on this list (sometimes by a very wide margin) and this, combined with the superior quality of smoking that it offers, makes this device from Masterbuilt an excellent choice.

 

  1. Masterbuilt Front Controller Smoker With Viewing Window (Best Large Capacity Smoker)

Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller Smoker

  

Introduction

This is another – slightly larger – offering from Masterbuilt, which offers you the ability to watch your food as it smokes through the transparent viewing window. If you like your smoked food to make an attractive display (either in your home or in a professional setting such as a cafe or restaurant), this could well be the smoker for you.

Features and Specifications

This smoker is 40 inches in size (though a 30 inch option is also available) and as such it offers a whopping 975 square inches for space for cooking in. There are four racks in total, which makes it very easy to smoke a vast quantity of meat, cheese, vegetables and dough all at once. One of the key distinguishing features of this smoker, as mentioned above, is the fact that it is equipped with a front viewing window. This, in combination of the internal light, gives you the reassurance of being able to see the progress of your smoking whenever you please. The drip pan is of an easy clean variety, and the whole device can be controlled via a remote control which makes it very convenient in a large or very busy kitchen.

Pros

– Remotely controlled.

– Plenty of cooking space.

– Easy to clean drip pan.

– Transparent front pane and internal light to keep your food in view.

 

Cons

– More expensive than the other 30 inch Masterbuilt option.

– Can feel bulky in smaller spaces.

– Heat can sometimes be lost from windowed units.

– Some users have found the door hinges to be a little delicate.

Conclusion

With its front viewing window, this smoker is definitely something different. Though it might be beyond the budget of many people, it does offer simple, good quality smoking for all kinds of food – and in large volumes. The question to ask yourself with smokers such as this one is: are you willing to pay more for a front viewing window? What does a window add to your experience and is it necessary?

 

  1. Char Broil Deluxe Digital Professional Smoker (Best Budget Smoker)

Best Budget Smoker

Introduction

This is another smoker with a front viewing window, though it can be argued that this dual tone device from Char Broil has a cleaner and more professional feel to it than the second offering from Masterbuilt  reviewed above. Again, users can benefit from plenty of cooking space and a compact aesthetic that will fit in in a professional kitchen.

Features and specifications

This smoker offers a visible latch which is located beside the window and provides a smoke free seal for the whole smoker. This will be an advantage for many users, as many people worry about the difficulties associated from insulating a windowed device. And, indeed, it is true that smokers or ovens with front windows often need to use up more energy in order to stay at a constant heat. This is not the case with this smoker from Char Broil, however, as it features a double wall construction as well as the insulating lock that has just been mentioned. There are four cooking racks within this device, and its controls take the form of an LED panel that is very user friendly.

Pros

– Viewing window.

– Well insulated.

– Plenty of cooking space.

 

Cons

– Cannot be controlled by remote control.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a smoker that has a window in it, then this may well be the best option for you, because it is a little more budget friendly than the 40 inch option from Masterbuilt and yet offers many of the same features (including the same amount of cooking space). This smoker is very well insulated, too, though some aspects of its use (for instance, removing and cleaning the drip pan) can be more arduous with this smoker than with others on this list. The 40 inch windowed smoker from Masterbuilt, for example, has an easy clean and load drip pan, and is pretty easy to use whether you’re a professional chef, or a budding BBQ enthusiast.

 

  1. Bradley Digital 4 Rack Smoker

  

Introduction

This is yet another 4 rack smoker. However, what makes it different from the rest is the fact that comes with its own attachable generator which makes it perfect for cooking anywhere you want to take it. Spacious, insulated and suitable for use over several hours, this is a more expensive smoker than most of the other item on the list. However, many users – from everyday BBQ lovers to professional BBQ chefs, will deem it to be worth the price.

Features and specifications

This smoker measures in at 17 x 14 x 31 inches when the generator is not attached. When the generator is attached, it is 24 inches wide. The smoker can heat up to 320 degrees F and can provide continuous heat and continuous cool smoke for up to 8 hours, so it is great for a marathon BBQ-ing session. In addition, the interiors of the smoker are highly insulated to ensure that the heat and energy levels stay continuous. There is no viewing window for this smoker, which some users may find to be somewhat frustrating. The controls are not remote and rather take the form of a panel on the side of the smoker, however they are very easy to navigate and enable you to both control and monitor cooking time, temperature and more. It is clear that this smoker is designed primarily for use with meats and one way that it can be used is to have a separate rack for each type of meat (for instance, pork, chicken, fish and beef).

Pros

– Can be used outside.

 

– Well insulated.

– Lots of space, and four racks, for cooking with.

Cons

– Will run out after 8 hours, so not always suitable for use at (for instance) long outdoor festivals.

– Towards the upper end of the price range.

– No viewing window.

– No remote control option.

Conclusion

Not all of the smokers on this list can be used effectively wherever you go, yet here we have a smoker that is specifically designed for this purpose. If you are looking for a smoker that will smoke all kinds of meat to a continuously high standard, then this could very well be the best choice for you. Just remember to bear in mind that this product is nearly double the price of some of the other smokers listed here, and also that it can be tricky to learn to use the generator initially. Finally, there is no remote control and no viewing window, so if these are features that you really like your smokers to have, it may be worth while considering a different option.

 

  1. Char Broil Vertical Electric Smoker


Introduction

This device from Char Broil is the cheapest item on this list of reviews, however it is also the smallest. It offers an excellent quality of smoking, just to a smaller volume of food. However, you can still smoke several steaks, a mountain of veggies and several whole fish in this smoker at once. Compact, stylish to look at and very convenient, this is a fantastic choice for smaller areas or for chefs who are on a budget.

 

Features and specifications

This smoker provides three cooking racks (so one less than the other smokers that have been listed so far) and 505 square inches of cooking space (which, again, is less than that provided by the other smokers on this list). Nevertheless, it is great value for money. The racks are adjustable and the wood chip pan and water pan are easy to load and to remove. Another thing that it is important to bear in mind about this smoker is the fact that it does look more stylish than many of the other smokers that have been reviewed above. For example, whilst all of the other smokers that have been reviewed so far are designed to sit flat on the floor, this smoker is on its own tripod style stand. As well as looking elegant, this may also help to reduce the noise that the smoker makes somewhat whilst it is in operation. Its overall sleek black hue means that it will fit in wonderfully well with any kitchen, whilst a nice contrast is provided by the gleaming gray chrome handle. Two things that this smoker does lack, that are provided variously by other smokers reviewed here, are a viewing window and a remote control.

Pros

– Very budget friendly.

– Stands up firmly above the floor.

– Adjustable racks.

– Attractive overall aesthetic.

Cons

– Less cooking space than the other smokers reviewed here.

– No viewing window.

– No remote controls.

Conclusion

This has to be the very best cheap smoker around. It may be smaller than the other smokers listed here, but it is nice to look at, functions well, and thanks to its double wall construction is also very well insulated. If you are seeking a great quality smoker that won’t break the bank then you can do no better than this one from Char Broil.

 

  1. Smoke Hollow 30162E Electric Smoker

 

Introduction

This smoker is certainly comparable to the three rack device from Char Broil that has just been reviewed above. It has a similar aesthetic with a black body and a tripod mount, for example, and it is also a nice and budget friendly option. However, it offers fewer features (there are only two cooking racks, for example). Nevertheless, this is still a compact, convenient smoker that will give you nicely smoked meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Features and specifications

As mentioned above, this relatively (though not overly) small smoker (it measures 16 x 14 x 30 inches) contains just three racks for cooking on, which may limit your options if you want to cook in larger quantities. With the first three smokers reviewed on this list, for example, you can cook a huge set of meats and veggies in one go. With this item from Smoke Hollow, on the other hand, you may find that you have to smoke a similar quantity of food in stages. Nevertheless, this smoker does have some nice, unique features to it which may just grab your attention and make you feel that this is the right smoker for you. One thing that immediately stands out about this device, for instance, is the fact that it is equipped with carry handles so that it can be transported from one place to another with ease. This is perfect if you want to hire out your smoker, take it with you on road trips, or bring it to festivals and pop ups as part of a traveling kitchen. In addition, the smoker has a chic black feel (not at all unlike smoker number 5, though with a more oblong shape and more squared edges) and comes on its own tripod. Again, this feature may be a big plus for some users, as with other smokers you will need to purchase a separate stand if they want to be able to lift the smoker up off the floor.

Pros

– Good quality smoking.

– Carry handles so the smoker can easily be transported.

– Nice overall look.

– Tripod style stand.

Cons

– No viewing window.

– Fewer racks than all the other smokers reviewed here.

– Less cooking space than many of the other smokers reviewed here.

Conclusion

This smoker really is a lovely compact little device which will offer you good quality smoked food – just on a smaller scale than all of the other smokers on this list. Some users may feel limited by the fact that there are just two racks to lay their food out on with this smoker, whilst other potential buyers will be extremely attracted by the low price of this smoker. All in all, the smoker that this device might most suitably be compared to is the smaller 3 rack option from Char Broil that is reviewed above (they even look very similar with their black bodies, lack of viewing windows and tripod style stands). However, the Char Broil option does offer just a little bit more space, which could be a clincher. All in all, this smoker will be a useful addition to a smaller kitchen, or as part of a traveling kitchen.

 

  1. Masterbuilt Portable Electric Smoker (Best Portable Smoker)

Best Portable Smoker

 

Introduction

Like the device from Smoke Hollow reviewed directly above, this is another portable electric smoker. It is also a pretty small smoker, which is in keeping with the fact that it is designed mainly for taking on camping trips and camper van rides. As long as you bear this in mind (especially when comparing it to the first three smokers on this list which are clearly designed for more high volume, professional use), it can be a great little smoker to have around. Adaptable, portable, user friendly and highly versatile – what more could you want when you are on the road and find yourself craving some delicious smoked meat dishes?

Features and specifications

This small smoker comes with two racks for grilling, so it is clearly designed for smaller groups of people (for example, families on a camping trip) who want to create smoked food for a single meal. In keeping with its overall design, the controls of this smoker are very classic and simple. An analog temperature dial enables users to monitor the temperature within the device, whilst there are just three settings: high, low and medium. Of course, this would be limiting for someone wishing to cook a gourmet meal, but it is totally fine on a camping trip. Another notable feature of this smoker is its versatility. For example. on the base of the smoker there are three retractable metallic ‘legs’ which enable you to vary the height of the smoker to suit you. In addition, if you are camping on a slope, these individually adjustable legs will enable you to get the smoker on an even level. The legs of this smoker also fold up which makes it very easy to pack up and transport. This is also a highly budget friendly option – indeed it is the cheapest smoker on this whole list.

Pros

– Perfect for camping or caravan trips, or any time you are on the road.

– Retractable legs to vary height.

– Easy to understand controls.

– Nice and cheap.

– Can be used indoors or outdoors.

Cons

– The temperature controls are not very sophisticated and as such may be somewhat limiting.

– Not suitable for regular catering or for larger numbers.

– Just two cooking racks, and a smaller cooking area than other smokers reviewed here.

Conclusion

Because of its overall design and specifications, this smoker is perfect for a camping trip. However, when it comes to other users it is not so well suited.  This smoker is nevertheless a highly budget friendly option whose versatility and portability make it absolutely brilliant for ensuring that even when you are on the road you can enjoy all of the smoked food items that you want.

The Final Verdict

All of the smokers on this list have been selected because they offer great quality smoked food. So, how to choose between them? There are several key considerations to bear in mind. For example, do you want a smoker with a viewing window so that you can keep an eye on your food and/ or create an attractive display for dinner guests or customers in your restaurant? Is insulation a top priority for you? Do you want a smoker that looks professional and sleek or something with more of a stylish aesthetic? Is it important that the smoker can be used outside, or that it is front or side loading? Thinking about these key questions will help you to choose between the smokers on this list.

The best cheap smoker is probably the Char Broil Vertical Smoker, which offers fantastic smoking, great insulation and a nice aesthetic for a brilliant price. The best portable smoker is the last reviewed item by Masterbuilt as it is a camping lover’s dream. But, what is the best overall smoker? That has to be the smoker reviewed first on this list, another option from Masterbuilt. Budget friendly, very easy to use, and offering plenty of space for smoking food to a very high standard, this smoker wins out over all the others.

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