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The 8 Best Electric Smoker Reviews for 2019

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Best Electric Smokers

In the world of barbecue, electric equals convenience, ease and affordability. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or are new to smoking, if you don’t want to dedicate your whole day to a piece of brisket, an electric smoker is an excellent solution. These machines have brought the traditional style of barbecue into the 21st century. By using electricity as a source of heat and wood chips to add that smoky flavor, you’ll still get that amazing flavor and texture that comes from a low and slow cook, but, without the hassle. With no fire to light and automatic temperature control, the guesswork is taken out of the picture, leaving you with a feat that’s guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

But, knowing which electric smoker to buy is pretty much the hardest part of smoking on one. So, take a look at our pick of the best electric smokers on the market in 2019. They’ve been selected for their affordability, reliability, cooking capacities and features.

And, don’t forget to let us know how delicious that pork butt is once you’ve test driven your new best bud.

Best All-Round Electric Smoker:

Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller Digital Electric Smoker

The Masterbuilt 20075315 sits snug as our all-rounder as it ticks all the important boxes without costing an arm and a leg. It’s by no means the cheapest model on the market, but the amount of features and quality design they’ve packed into the price is pretty impressive.

The unit is double-insulated and seals tight meaning that your temperature is easy to maintain and that flavor-filled smoke ain’t going anywhere fast. Additionally, the wood chip loading system is side mounted, so there’s no need to open the door and lose any heat or smoke. These features make it super easy to use, as there’s no need for any fiddly mods, or wizardry with the temperature control. It’s your classic set and forget electric smoker.

But, if you do want to crank the heat up during cooking, Masterbuilt have thrown in a genius little remote control, which works up to 100 feet away. So, you can tend to your feast from the couch, your deck chair, or, quite frankly, anywhere where the cold beers are. You can also get an additional MES cold smoke kit that lets slow cook cold meats, cheeses and vegetables too.

Although it’s a known issue that the built-in thermometer isn’t always accurate, the digital temperature control panel is extremely accurate, so there’s no need to buy additional thermometers. Simply work it off of your set temp and let this baby do it’s thing.

The 40″ Masterbuilt 20075315 offers a generous 975 square inches of grilling space over four racks, without taking up a ton of storage space. This is enough to cook 24 burgers, 4 pork butts, 12 whole chickens or even 2 whole turkeys if you so wish.

And, once the party’s over, this baby is super easy to clean. There’s a nifty little front access drip pan and some non-stick racks that’ll be shining like new in no time. With a set of wheels for easy transportation in and out of the garage, you’ll be whipping this bad boy out to impress with your smoked delights time and time again.

Stats for the Masterbuilt 20075315 Digital Electric Smoker

Barbecue material: Double-walled steel

Grate material: Chrome-coated wire

Cooking capacity: 975 square inches

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 1,200

Model: 20075315

Dimensions: 25″ W x 40.15″ H x 20.07″ D

Weight: 73lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller Electric Smoker:

  • True set and forget smoker
  • Double-insulated, well sealed design offers excellent heat and smoke retention mouthwatering results with efficient fuel usage
  • Side loading wood chip system means you won’t lose heat or smoke when you’re adding flavor
  • Comes with a remote making it possible to adjust the temperature without leaving the couch
  • The temperature control dial is extremely accurate so you can trust it to give you the results you’re looking for
  • Large cooking capacity in a compact, space saving design
  • Easy-clean design
  • Built-in wheels make it easy to move this smoker between storage and the yard
  • Masterbuilt sell a number of replacement parts which means you might be able to repair any problems down the line instead of having to replace your whole elctric smoker

Cons of the Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller Electric Smoker:

  • The clear front window looks nice but fogs up when the smoker is running so it’s not very useful for progress updates
  • The built-in thermometer itself doesn’t always read accurately which doesn’t bother us because the temperature controller is accurate but it’s an issue that’s worth being aware of
  • The batteries in the remote will need relacing very so often

Best Budget Electric Smoker:

Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker

If it’s smoky goodness at a bargain price that you’re hunting for, the search is over. Or, perhaps you’re a beginner looking to dip your toes, without a large initial layout. Either way, the Analog Electric Smoker from Char-Broil offers a great value smoker at a rock bottom price. You’ve got all the usual features, a grease cup, latches to keep the door sealed shut and a temperature gauge. Plus, the cook chamber is insulated with a double wall and dual exhaust ports, meaning there’s good airflow, making your smoking temperature easy to regulate. And, there’s a water pan to keep that meat nice and moist during cooking.

With three chrome-plated grates, you can vary the capacity of the Char Broil Analog Electric Smoker depending on the crowd you’re cooking for, up to a maximum of 544 square inches. But, we also love that the unit is also small enough to pop in the trunk and bring to a friend’s garden for an impromptu cookout.

Char-Broil promise the unit is built to last, thanks to sturdy construction and good quality materials. However, as a budget electric smoker, we don’t think it’s realistic to get more than a couple of seasons out of it with regular use. Nevertheless, the Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker is a steal making it an excellent option for anyone on a tight budget.

Stats for the Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker

Barbecue material: Double walled steel

Grate material: Chrome-plated wire

Cooking capacity: 544 square inches

Fuel Type: Electric

Wattage: 1,000 watts

Model: 18202077

Dimensions: 20.17″ W x 33.46″ H x 14.96″ D

Weight: 49.5lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker:

  • Inexpensive electric smoker that’s great for beginners or anyone on a budget
  • Has all the basic features including double walled design, grease cup, latches, temperature gauge and water pan
  • Dual exhaust ports create good airflow which distributes the heat nicely around this electric smoker
  • Dual door latches mean that the unit seals easily and well to effectively keep the heat and smoke where you want it
  • Medium capacity electric smoker means you’re not overheating a larger unit when cooking a smaller feast
  • Small enough and light enough to fit in the trunk to take to a friends house
  • Side handles for easy moving

Cons of the Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker:

  • The smaller wood chip box means that you’ll probably have to open it up and add more every hour or so
  • Mixed reports on how accurately the thermometer reads
  • The budget design means that the insulation can’t handle smoking in colder climates very well
  • Some reports of the paint peeling on the base next to the heating element

Best Reliable, Heavy-Duty Electric Smoker

Smokin-It Model #2

For a great result every single time, the Smokin-It Model #2 is a sure-fire winner. This option isn’t particularly pretty, but it smokes like a dream. Thanks to the heavy gauge 100% 18-gauge, 201 stainless steel with a double latch door system, that delicious smoke stays right where you want it. With quality, fiberglass insulation, it’s even suitable for smoking in cold climates in case you do fancy a smoked Christmas feast.

This baby is built to be chucked in the truck, popped in the garage, and generally used as much as it deserves. It has four heavy-duty casters, side handles and a 12-foot long power cord that can be mounted to the back of the box so it’ll practically go anywhere and everywhere you’d like.

When it comes to the cook, the Model #2 has four stainless steel racks to play with, with room for one more which you can purchase separately. This gives you the space to cook an impressive 31 pounds of meat or seafood. But, if you like all the features but need more or less space, there’s the Model #1 that holds up to 22 pounds of meat and the Model #3 for a whopping, 42 pounds.

Whichever you choose, the Smokin-It Electric Smokers are delivered with a sample of hickory wood so you can get to smoking right away. The drip pan sits under the smoker for an easy clean too.

And, if you’re a restaurant owner or want to try your hand at a barbecue competition, the Smokin-It range is NSF certified for restaurant use too.

Stats for the Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker:

Barbecue material: Double walled 18 gauge, 201 stainless steel with fiberglass insulation

Grate material: Stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 1,247 sq. in.

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 800 watts

Model: Model #2

Assembled size (in): 28.25”H x 17”W x 20.5”D

Weight: 114lbs

Warranty: 3 years

Pros of the Smokin-It Model #1, Model #2 and Model #3:

  • Excellent insulation means that you can smoke easily all year round, even in very cold climates

  • 201 grade stainless steels offers good protection against rust

  • Full stainless-steel grates are more rust resistant and won’t peel like the common alternative, coated wire

  • Models #1, #2 and #3 offer flexibility in sizing to suit your needs

  • Heavy-duty wheels make it really easy to move this electric smoker to anywhere you’d like it

  • Basic electric controls are less likely to have something go wrong with them

  • Double latch door seals really well to keep the smoke and heat in

  • NSF certified for use in restaurants so you know you’re getting the highest quality for you and your family

  • External drip pan is easy to clean and keeps a lot of the mess on the outside

  • Long cord with integrated hangers means the extra length won’t get in the way when you don’t need it

  • Smokin-It has a reputation for good customer service

  • Reasonably long 3 year warranty

  • Great value for money electric smoker when you consider the quality and potential long life of this unit

Cons of the Smokin-It Model #1, Model #2 and Model #3:

  • Smokin-It advise to limit the amount of wood you place in the box at a time, otherwise you can get smoke that’s too thick and not ideal for cooking

  • The indented handles make it, in our opinion, a little harder to move than if it had flip-up handles

  • For the price, it would be nice to have a side loading port for adding wood so you don’t need to open the door
  • Temperature can easily vary more than 25°F from what it’s set at but, you’ll still get incredible results in this electric smoker

Best Bluetooth Electric Smoker:

Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker 40-Inch

Want to bring the art of smoking into 2019? Then, look no further than the technologically adept Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker. With Bluetooth capability, you can switch the machine on or off, check and adjust your cooking temperature and time and switch the interior light and, all with a few taps on your phone.

As a bonus, the Masterbuilt Bluetooth Electric Smoker also comes with a built-in meat probe thermometer. This is something you would have to buy as extra on some of the more basic electric smoker models. But, together with the Bluetooth enabled app, gives you precise information about how you’re cooking is going without ever having to open the unit.

The 40-inch model gives you an impressive 975 inches of cooking space across four chrome-coated smoking racks. However, if this is too much for your clan, the 30-inch model has 721 square inches which is still plenty of space for a few racks of ribs, some sausages and chicken thighs too.

As you’d expect with an MES, there’s a side wood chip loader, to guarantee minimal heat and smoke loss. There have been some complaints that the tray is a little small, but, but with the app at least you can keep tabs on when you need to pop over and top it up. 

Stats for the Masterbuilt 40-Inch Electric Smoker with Bluetooth

Barbecue material: Double-walled steel

Grate material: Chrome-coated wire

Cooking capacity: 975 sq in

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 1,200 watts

Model: 20070115

Assembled size (in): 50.39(H) x 27.36(W) x 22.04(D)

Weight: 73lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker:

  • Bluetooth capabilities give you the ultimate control over your cook for effortlessly perfect results every time

  • Includes an internal meat probe thermometer to give you a complete profile of how your barbecue is going and exactly when it’s ready

  • MES side loading wood chip feature so you don’t need to open the door to load, loosing heat and smoke

  • Available in two different sizes so you can buy the right size to feed your crowd

  • Digital control panel has a removable sunshade, so you can still read it easily in bright light

  • Has built-in wheels making it easy to move your unit to where you need it

  • Four rack design gives you the flexibility to arrange racks where you need them to maximize space

Cons of the Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker:

  • Wood chip tray and port are a little small which means you’ll need to refill it more often
  • The clear window fogs up quite early in your cook so it’s not great for seeing how your food is going, even with the light on

Best Automatic Feeding Electric Smoker:

Bradley Digital Smoker

For this beast, Bradley have taken their Original Smoker and kitted it out with all the benefits of the digital age. The Bradley Digital Electric Smoker is perfect for those who love to entertain, as the automatic feeding system takes care of keeping the wood chips piled up for you, whilst you get on with being the best host on the block.

The ingenious smoking box can be stacked up with wood chips which are only released as required. Setting exact temperatures, timers and even amount of smoke is a cinch with the control panel. Or, if you really want to remain the life and soul of your gathering, from your smartphone via the app. There is an inbuilt thermostat, so the smoker will even adjust to your desired temperature whilst you get on with enjoying the company of your mates.

Party animals will also love the auto-off feature, the smoker will automatically turn off when the oven or smoke time has run out. So, there’s no more burnt brisket. There’s even a handy alert that can be sent to your phone when your meal is ready to be devoured.

But, another thing that’s also unique to the Bradley Digital Smoker is that you’ve got two heating elements here, as opposed to the usual one. The first regulates the temperature inside your smoker which can be controlled on the digital panel. Then, the second is used to regulate the amount of smoke, giving you the ultimate control over not only how hot to smoke, but how smoky you want your meal to be.

Add to that a stainless steel and commercial grade silicone unit that holds the heat well and is easy to clean, and you’ve got a great little addition to your cookout kit. With your next big gathering in mind, the folk at Bradley have loaded you up with either a six rack or four rack model with ample cooking space. All that’s left to do is call your mates.

Stats for the Bradley Digital Smoker

Barbecue material: Stainless steel

Grate material: Coated wire

Cooking capacity: 858 sq. in.

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 500 watts

Model: BTDS108P

Assembled size (in): 24(W) x 14(D) x 39(H)

Weight: 60.5lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Bradley Digital Smoker:

  • Auto-feed system makes this a true set and forget electric smoker

  • Auto-off feature means that you’ll never have overcooked barbecue again

  • Works with a compatible smart-phone app for total control away from the unit

  • Contains two smoking elements so that you can not only control the heat, but can also choose how much smoke you want to have

  • Contains an ash catcher for easy clean up

  • The Bradley briquettes are available in more than 16 flavors so you won’t be limited in what you can create with this electric smoker (try the variety pack to start)

  • Quality stainless steel construction with commercial grade silicone to hold the heat and smoke well

Cons of the Bradley Digital Smoker:

  • The heating element is a bit under-powered for the 6 rack model which means you may need to smoke at a lower and slower temperature
  • You need to commit to buying the Bradley briquettes to run this electric smoker or, learn how to make your own

Best Portable Electric Smoker:

Masterbuilt Patio 2 Portable Electric Smoker

For the on-the-go smoking enthusiast, you need a smoker that’s as ready to pack up and go on an adventure as you are. The Masterbuilt Patio to Portable is the perfect solution. The smoker is neat in size and the legs fold under for transportation and storage. At only 23 inches wide, 23 inches tall and 15 inches long, this baby will sit snug in your garage, shed or in the trunk of your car, with plenty of room for deckchairs and beers. Ideal for a tailgate, but equally as awesome right in your backyard, you’ll still have the space to smoke a turkey, a rack of ribs, two pork butts or four chickens on its two chrome-coated racks.

The usual features are present, a built-in temperature gauge and a dial to control the temperature, this model offers you all the ease of smoking with electricity, with none of the bulk.

Stats for the MES Patio-2-Portable

Barbecue material: Unknown

Grate material: Chrome-coated wire

Cooking capacity: 280 sq. in.

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 1,400 watts

Model: MES 20 / MB20073716 

Assembled size (in): 23(H) x 23(W) x 16(D)

Weight: 22lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Masterbuilt Patio 2 Portable Electric Smoker:

  • Small and light so this electric smoker easy to take with you on the road

  • Folding leg design minimizes storage and transportation space

  • Still large enough to smoke a whole turkey

  • Basic features including an analog dial and temperature gauge to help you get the job done well

Cons of the Masterbuilt Patio 2 Portable Electric Smoker:

  • The design feels a bit flimsy, but is what you’d expect from a portable model

  • Analog controls don’t give the precise control that a digital panel does

Best Semi-Professional Electric Smoker:

Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric Smoker

For the experienced cook looking to level up their smoking game, this gem has versatility in spades.  Cookshack, who are a leading manufacturer of commercial grade smokers, have devised the Smokette Elite for awesome at-home smoking for the amateur enthusiast.

With one of the widest temperature ranges, thanks to a powerful 750W heating element, you can set your machine to smoke at anything between 100 and 300 degrees. The digital temperature control offers you maximum precision, and is conveniently located on top of the unit, for easy checking and adjusting. Thrown in for free, you also get a meat probe that’ll take the guesswork out of knowing exactly when your meat is done.

If you love cold smoking too, don’t forget to grab the optional cold smoking baffle. Simply insert the plate at the bottom of your smoker to block the heat, place a pan of ice on the baffle and try your hand at home-made cold smoked salmon or smoky cheeses.

As you’d expect from a semi-pro bit of kit, you’ve got a double walled stainless-steel unit, which houses spin-glass insulation. This means the outside of your smoker will be cool to the touch despite its high heat capability. So, it’s super safe if you’ve got little ones running around. And, it’s ideal for smoking in cooler climates too.

Inside the Cookshack Smokette Elite, you’ve got two grills and one set of side racks for a total of 504 square inches of space. This will easily see you through 20 to 25 pounds worth of delicious smoked meat or fish. Clean up is no drama, thanks to an aluminum drip pan. In fact, all the removable elements are machine washable, so just chuck them in and crack on with enjoying your evening.

And, to add to all of that, your purchase will be delivered with a cookbook and 5lbs of wood to get you going on your first cookout. It’s the complete package you need to achieve impressive results from a commercial-grade electric smoker at home.

Stats for the Cookshack Smokette Elite

Barbecue material: Double walled stainless steel with spin-glass insulation

Grate material: Nickel plated

Cooking capacity: 504 sq. in.

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 750 watts

Model: SM025

Assembled size (in): 32.5(H) x 20.5(W) x 19.5(D)

Weight: 88lbs

Warranty: 2 years

Pros of the Cookshack Smokette Elite:

  • Wide heat range gives you the ultimate flexibility in what you cook and how you cook it

  • Doubled walled stainless-steel design with spin-glass insulation for excellent heat retention, even in colder climates

  • Excellent insulation reduces the running costs of this unit and only requires 1-2oz of wood chips per 60lbs of meat

  • Compatible with the optional cold smoke baffle kit so you can cold smoke on the one electric smoker unit

  • Comes with a meat probe making it easy to tell exactly when your food is perfectly cooked

  • All removable parts including drip pan are machine washable for easy cleaning

  • Available in a larger model if you want to smoke even more at once

  • Quality castors with locking mechanism make it easy to wheel this unit around and secure it in place

  • Package includes a cookbook and 5lbs of wood so you’re 100% ready to start smoking

Cons of the Cookshack Smokette Elite:

  • Looks like a commercial smoker which your wife might not like but will make you look like the real deal

Best Commercial Electronic Smoker:

Cookshack SmartSmoker Commercial Electric Smoker

If you really want to go all-out and unleash your smoking prowess on the world, the Cookshack SmartSmoker is an absolute beast. It’s perfect if you’re in the market for a commercial grade smoker and it’s capable of turning out some seriously impressive creations in bulk quantities too.

The powerful 1,500-watt heating element produces temperatures ranging from 130°F-300°F.  And, with the optional cold smoke baffle, there’s pretty much no limit on what you can cook on this unit. From smoked brisket to ribs and pork butt to lox-style smoked salmon, cheese and vegetables, dream it then, just do it.

The main upgrade for this unit is the Cookshack IQ5 electronic time and temperature gauge, which comes with handy customizable presets, a USB port for downloading cook time and a hold cycle. This means that you can preset varying temperatures to smoke overnight or while you’re busy with other things without having to even think about how the smoker is going.

The capacity is a big step up from a semi-pro model. No less than five nickel plated grills give you 1,620 square inches to play with. That’s enough for you to smoke 120lbs worth of pork butts, 100lbs worth of brisket, 50lbs worth of ribs or 20 whole chickens.

As with the semi-pro model, the SmartSmoker features a double wall design that’s insulated with 850°F spin-glass, keeping the unit cool to touch while maximizing fuel efficiency. You’ve also got a sturdy, double hinge door design and rock-solid casters with a locking system so that you can make this unit a permanent feature of your restaurant, or, move it around to various competition locations.

As you’d expect from a pro-grade smoker, you’re also getting NSF and USDA approval. This means that you can use the Cookshack SmartSmoker in your small restaurant or on the competitive circuit. But, weather you’re using this baby to serve barbecue up for your family, buddies, customers or the judges, there’s one thing that’s certain, you’ll definitely wow them with drop-dead amazing results, time and time again.

Stats for the Cookshack Smart Smoker Commercial Smoker

Barbecue material: Double walled stainless steel with spin-glass insulation

Grate material: Nickel plated

Cooking capacity: 1,620 sq. in.

Fuel type: Electric

Wattage: 1,500 watts

Model: SM160

Assembled size (in): 52(H) x 20.5(W) x 25(D)

Weight: 245lbs

Warranty: 2 years

Pros of the Cookshack SmartSmoker Electronic Smoker:

  • Huge capacity that’s ideal for small businesses to smoke their own foods

  • Double-walled, spin-glass insulated design which is very effective at holding in heat and maximizing the efficiency of this unit

  • Low wood usage with 1-2oz required for every 60lbs of food produced

  • Compatible with the Cookshack cold smoke baffle, allowing you to cook almost anything on the one unit

  • Cookshack IQ5 capabilities which allows you to use preset programs or customize your own for completely hands-off cooking

  • NSF approved, USDA approved and ETL listed in the USA and Canada as a commercial electric smoker

  • Three options for venting which allows you to comply with your local regulatory requirements

  • External drip tray to make it easy to empty

  • All removable parts are machine washable for effortless clean-up

Cons of the Cookshack SmartSmoker Electronic Smoker:

  • Hefty price tag but it could easily be worth the investment to make your own smoked meats instead of having to purchase them for a small restuarant

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