Want to BBQ smoke your favorite meats in the easiest way possible? Here are five of the best electric smokers for the ultimate in easy home barbecue.
Electric smokers are the perfect backyard cookers for barbecue fans who want the easiest way to smoke their food low and slow, without the problems that airflow and coal cooking can create.
This guide is here to show you the best electric smokers out there today, as well as the most important features to look out for when making your choice.
Let’s get into it.
Masterbuilt 30-Inch Digital Electric Smoker
The Masterbuilt 30-inch digital electric smoker is an excellent option if your budget is very tight. Needless to say, this smoker is no match to the higher-end models we’ll have a look at down the list, but it offers great value for the money.
This electric smoker boasts good insulation quality along with plenty of convenience. Most remarkably, the wood chip tray system here doesn’t require that you open the door to add chips, while the water bowl lets you add moisture and flavor to the food as it gets cooked.
The Masterbuilt electric smoker has a good amount of rack space as well – about 730 square inches. There are four racks in this smoker too. There is little headroom on the racks when they are all inside, so for larger food items, you may need to remove some of the racks.
The digital controls in the 30-inch Masterbuilt smoker are pretty decent. They allow you to control cooking time and temperature, while the thermostat is designed to ensure consistent smoking.
With that said, the integrated thermostat seems not to be very accurate – its readings may in some cases deviate from actual temps by 40-50 degrees. You should thus verify food temperature with your own probes to determine how much off the thermostat is.
- Good insulation.
- Plenty of cooking surface.
- The wood chip tray doesn’t require opening the door to add chips.
- The integrated thermostat is inaccurate.
- Digital panel controls on/off, cooking temperature and time
- Four chrome-coated smoking racks
- Patented side wood chip loading system allows you to add wood chips without opening door
Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker
The Char-Broil digital electric smoker is an excellent choice if you want more convenience. The highlight of this model is the glass door – it allows you to have a look at the food without having to open the door.
What’s also nice about this smoker is that Char-Broil includes a remote control in the box. Its range is kind of limited, but it might be very useful in some situations.
The adjustable racks are notable as well – they allow you to more flexibly arrange food inside the smoker. You may remove the racks as well if you need more headroom. And all in all, there are 4 racks in this smoker with a total cooking space of 725 square inches.
The control panel in the Char-Broil smoker is quite nice as well – especially the large temperature reading. You can easily see the temperature from afar!
Char-Broil provides buyers with a meat probe as well, but its quality is quite bad, and we suggest that you use your own food probe instead.
- Double-wall insulation.
- Glass window in the door for checking on the food.
- Easily accessible wood chip system.
- Adjustable racks.
- Large temperature reading.
- Includes a remote control.
- The included meat probe has low quality.
- Insulated, double-wall construction
- Advanced control panel with easy-read, blue LED display
- Removable food thermometer
Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker
The highlight of this digital electric smoker from Masterbuilt is its Bluetooth connectivity. Once you install the Masterbuilt app on your mobile device and connect it to the smoker via Bluetooth, you’ll be able to monitor and control the smoker remotely.
The app can sometimes be buggy, and the range of Bluetooth is very limited, but still, the added convenience is certainly nice. We wouldn’t recommend buying this smoker just for Bluetooth though.
What’s also remarkable about this smoker is the cooking space – a whopping 975 square inches! The glass window in the door also lets you peek onto all four cooking racks without opening the door and letting heat leak outside. You also don’t need to open the door to add wood chips.
The wheels on the back make the Masterbuilt electric smoker easy to transport as well. It’s pretty large, so the wheels are a welcome addition.
- Controllable via Bluetooth.
- 975 square inches of cooking surface.
- Has a glass window for peeking inside.
- Wheels on the back to assist with transportation.
- Limited Bluetooth connection range.
- Buggy mobile app.
- Bluetooth Smart technology allows you to monitor and control your meat and smoker temperature...
- One meat probe thermometer included
- Patented side wood chip loading system allows you to add wood chips without opening smoker door
Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow Digital Electric Smoker
The Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow smoker is a good alternative to the 30-inch smoker we reviewed at the very beginning. This is also a budget model, but it’s more limited in features.
The two key differences in Smoke Hollow are the number of racks and the wood chip system. There are three racks in Smoke Hollow, so you have less cooking space than in the 30-inch Masterbuilt smoker. As for the wood chip system, you need to open the door to add wood chips, which is going to result in the loss of heat.
As the price of Masterbuilt smokers may fluctuate over time, we recommend that you be careful if shopping at this price point. If you see that Smoke Hollow is priced similarly to the 30-inch smoker, then you should go for the 30-inch smoker since it is more functional. But if your budget is limited and Smoke Hollow is much cheaper when you see this post, go for it.
- Really cheap.
- Good insulation quality.
- You need to open the door to add wood chips.
- Exterior: 33.5 in. (H) x 18.2 in. (W) x 18.7 in. (L) Interior: 26.2 in. (H) x 14.8 in. (W) x...
- Digital panel controls on/off, temperature, and time
- Three chrome-coated smoking racks
Bradley Digital Pellet Smoker
Finally, we have the Bradley pellet smoker. Compared to wood chips, pellets tend to deliver a more authentic smoke flavor. Although it’s not quite what you get with live fire, it’s pretty close.
What’s also very nice about the Bradley pellet smoker is that it allows you to control the amount of smoke produced. Not only that, but the smoker feeds pellets automatically, eliminating the need for you to add pellets manually to maintain smoke.
Aside from the smoke, this smoker lets you set the time and temperature. The temperature in the Bradley smoker goes all the way up to 320 degrees, whereas previous units went up to only 275-300 degrees. As for time, this smoker goes up to 8 hours.
The main downside of the Bradley smoker is that wood pellets cost a lot. So if your budget is limited, then a pellet smoker wouldn’t be the right choice for you.
- The pellets will give a better smoke flavor than wood chips.
- Provides you with control over smoke.
- Tough and durable.
- Pellets cost a lot.
Last update on 2020-11-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API