Best Electric Smoker – Read our guide before purchasing.

What is the Best Electric Smoker?

Nothing beats the taste of smoked meat, whether its beef, fish, ham or whatever your favorite – having a great electric smoker is a god send. Choosing a smoker to fits your needs can be a long and time consuming task – so we have compiled together a comprehensive list of the top 5 best electric smokers on the market to help you choose which is best for you.

Please be sure to check out our detailed reviews of individual smokers here.

Comparison chart of the top electric smokers

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The chart above can let you decide which smoker is best for your own individual needs, however, here are some of our favorite smokers.

Top 5 Best Electric Smokers

1. Masterbuilt 30 Inch Digital Electric Smoker

The Masterbuilt 30 Inch Electric Smoker is one of the most popular smokers on the market place. We think that its so popular because its so simple and easy to use and the best value you can get for your money. This smoker is the digital version of the Masterbuilt smokers (Reviews of all the popular Masterbuilt smokers can be viewed here).

 

Best product features:

  • This is a digital smoker and as such has a push button digital control panel which allows you to control the temperature settings from 100 – 275 degrees (F) – often when using a smoker keeping the smoke at a consistent temperature is the main time consuming task – this model allows you to set what temperature you want to smoke at meaning you just have to keep the wood stocked and the meat contents mopped. It also means you don’t have to keep opening the smoker door to check the meat temperature- loosing vital smoke and heat.
  • This smoker is well built – being a Masterbuilt smoker you know your buying quality. All the walls of the smoker are 100% insulated for energy efficiency meaning your meat is cooked evenly and safely.
  • Lots of space – This smoker is very spacious inside and has 4 racks for smoking with a total of two and a half cubic feet of smoking room! This is ample capacity for smoking large portions of meat of different varieties for the large crowds that may come over on those special occasions.
  • Ease of use – as stated before we love this smoker because of its ease of use. Along with being able to set the required temperature you can also add more wood chips to the smoker via the inbuilt side feeding wood chip loader – this comes in  very handy as you can feed more chips to the smoker without opening the main door. There is also a drip tray to catch all the drippings letting you clean the unit easily (and use the drippings for your own gravy or sauce mmm!)
  • Adjust to your taste – use the smokers removable water pan to add your own flavors. You can add juice or your own flavoring to the water pan to infuse your own favorite flavor to the moisture adding a unique taste to your meat. The air damper also allows to you adjust the smoking setting to let you have a milder smoky taste of the meat.

One last thing we love about this smoker is the price. Coming in at under $200 this unit is a great price and worth every penny. It is a great easy to use unit for both beginner smokers and veteran smokers alike.

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2. Smokehouse Big Chief

The big chief is our favorite smoker of the smokehouse series and it is also the biggest. Its another easy to use smoker that is also easy to setup.

Best product features:

  • Durable unit with 5 easy slide grills to allow easy access and easy cleaning.
  • It has a large 50 pounds capacity meaning it allows you to smoke a lot of meat or fish.
  • It has a large capacity flavor fuel pan and a drip tray that is dish washer safe.
  • Comes with a Smokehouse recipe and instruction booklet and a 1.75-pound bag of chips in hickory flavor – meaning its ready to go out of the box.

Last but not least is the price of this unit. Believe it or not this large smoker comes in at under $150!

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3. Bradley 4 rack digital smoker

The Bradley 4 rack digital smoker is a powerful unit that has a lot of capability – hence the slightly higher price tag. This unit simply puts you in full control of the smoking process then lets you walk away and it (practically) does the rest!

Best product features:

  • This smoker gives you full digital control for setting the temperature, smoking time and smoke intensiveness. The unit uses a smoke generator at the side which is fed with wood bisquettes. Once set the smoke generator automatically feeds the wood bisquettes and in turn the smoke into the main smoking unit allowing you to keep a maintained temperature controllable up to 320 degrees F.
  • The unit has a large capacity of 2,288-cubic-inch volume and has four adjustable racks, each measuring 11 by 13 inches meaning there is a lot of room for smoking your favorite meats.
  • The smoker is well made and even though it is the size of a small fridge it weighs only 42 pounds which means it is portable meaning you can easily bring it with you to your friends or relatives house for those special get togethers.

The Bradley 4 rack smoker is truly a great smoker and although it is expensive in some peoples eyes it will be worth the price to most people who want to have lovely full flavored smoked meat without having to baby sit a smoker.

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4. Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and Grill

Looks can be deceiving and although the Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and Grill is only 35 inches tall you can still pack a lot of meat into it for a great smoky meal.

Best product features:

  • Small but portable (and light weight) this unit can be taken on the go. Take it to a friends house or even with you when your camping this is your new smoking companion.
  • The unit allows you to add up to 50 pounds of meat for smoking – told you looks can be deceiving!
  • This smoker contains a 1500-watt heating element and uses lava rocks for the smoking it also has a dome lid.
  • Its easy to maintain a consistent temperature due to the build of the smoker – although you may need to refill the water pan.

This smoker is another great smoker for those on a budget or those who want to try out smoking meat without splashing out too much cash on something they aren’t yet sure they are going to use on a regular basis (believe me you will – once you start smoking your food it becomes addictive!).

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5. Smoke Hollow 30162e Electric Smoker

The Smoke Hollow electric smoker is a great unit for those who want a vertical smoker without the high price tag. It can do most things that other vertical smokers can yet it can be up to half the price of those models.

Best product features:

  • Easy to setup – we had our up and running within an hour.
  • Its has a great internal capacity with 2 cooking grids.
  • It has 3 temperature settings to allow you to experiment with which temperature best suits your tastes.
  • Includes a wood chip box and water pan.

The Smoke Hollow has a great price tag of around $200. For the price you can do no wrong if you buy this great electric smoker.

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I hope we have given you a head start as to which is the best electric smoker for you. Don’t forget to click at the bottom of each of the smokers above to view a full detailed review on each and please check out the rest of our website SmokyMeat.com.