Best Electric Smoker: Buying Guide 2019 2020 - HVACify

Best Electric Smoker: Buying Guide 2019

Smoking meat is an ancient method of preservation. It is also a delicious way to prepare food. Whether you're smoking salmon from your last fishing trip or ribs for the summer cookout you will need to consider carefully the equipment you're using. Primitive smoke houses made of wood were used for years, but they aren't practical for today's suburban back yard. With advances in technology we're seeing lots of different types of smokers. The best electric smokers will combine efficiency with convenience and offer features like temperature control and sealed doors.

To help take the guesswork out of your buying decision we've rounded up ten of the best electric smokers on the market for you to review. Whether you're looking for a simple table top unit or a full-on commercial smoker, we're sure you'll find one of these to be the best electric smoker for you.

Comparison Table

Electric Smoker FAQ

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1. What Is an Electric Smoker?

2. What Does an Electric Smoker Do?

3. How Does an Electric Smoker Work?

4. Where Can You Buy the Best Electric Smoker?

How We Reviewed

The following products were reviewed based on the parameters of Features, Pros & Cons, Price, Where to Buy, and Warranty. 

Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

Prices for the best electric smokers vary widely. The smokers we have reviewed for this article range in price from $96 to $600. Lower priced models may not have as much insulation, they may not have temperature control, and they may have a smaller capacity than higher-priced models. The highest-priced model is commercially rated and can be used in a restaurant setting. 

What We Reviewed

  • Masterbuilt 20075315 40"
  • Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
  • Bradley Smokers Original Smoker
  • Little Chief Electric Smoker
  • Masterbuilt 20072115 Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker
  • Smoke Hollow 26142E 26-Inch Electric Smoker
  • Old Smokey Electric Smoker
  • Smokin’ Tex Pro
  • Cajun Injector XL Electric Smoker
  • Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker

Masterbuilt 20075315 40"

Masterbuilt 20077515 Front Controller Electric Smoker with Window and RF Controller, 30-Inch
  • 730 sq inches of cooking space with 4 chrome-coated racks and 800 watt heating element with full foam insulation
  • Blue led display makes reading temperatures and cooking time in direct sunlight easy

Features

This digital electric smoker can handle all your smoking adventures. It will hold 12 whole chickens, 2 whole turkeys, 4 racks of ribs, 48 sausages, 24 burgers, or 4 pork butts. It has a digital control panel and an RF remote control that manages on/off, temperature, time, the light, and even the internal meat temperature. It has four chrome coated smoking racks, and it uses a patented side loading system for the wood chips so you can add chips without opening the smoker door.

PROS

  • Patented side-loading wood chip system    
  • RF remote control
  • Integrated temperature thermostat control

CONS

  • Heating element frequently fails
  • Poor customer service

Warranty

This product carries a 90 day limited manufacturer's warranty.

Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker

Char-Broil 17202004 Digital Electric Smoker, Deluxe, Silver
  • Insulated, double-wall construction
  • Advanced control panel with easy-read, blue LED display

Features

This digital electric smoker has 725 square inches of cooking space and four adjustable smoking racks so you can smoke just about anything. The unit has a large capacity smoke box so you won't need to refill it for four to seven hours. The box is insulated and has double-wall construction to keep the heat in. There is a removable meat thermometer included. The glass door allows you to view the meat as it smokes. The smoker has a stainless steel locking latch, so it seals in the smoke. It is easy to move around with its wheels and integrated handle. The stainless steel duo-tone finish makes it stylish and attractive.

PROS

  • 725 square inches of cooking space
  • Removable meat thermometer
  • Wheels for mobility

CONS

  • Heating element frequently fails
  • Temperature control not accurate

Warranty

This product carries a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty.

Bradley Smokers Original Smoker

Features

This unit features a unique smokehouse and an accompanying smoke generator. The smoke generator burns Bradley Bisquettes, which burn for 20 minutes and then extinguish to keep the temperature consistent. The Bisquettes do not emit tars or resins that can alter the flavor of smoked meat. This smoker will produce smoke for up to nine hours before needing more Bisquettes. It has a stainless steel interior and six removable racks.

PROS

  • Smoke generator separate from smokehouse
  • Bisquettes provide clean smoke
  • Only needs tending every nine hours

CONS

  • Slow to heat up
  • Frequently malfunctions/fails to work

Warranty

This product carries a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty.

Little Chief Electric Smoker

Smokehouse Products Little Chief Front Load Smoker
  • Front loading electric smoker comes with recipe/instruction booklet and 1.75-pound bag of Chips n' Chunks hickory flavor wood fuel
  • Consistent low temperature setting using a 120V, 250W heating element for approximately 165 F.

Features

This smoker is made in the USA of durable embossed aluminum. It has four chrome-plated racks that slide out from the front. The drip pan is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The unit is vented for proper dehydration and heats to a consistent 165 degrees. In addition to the smoker you will receive a recipe book, instruction manual, and a 1.75 pound bag of hickory flavored Chips n' Chunks wood fuel. The unit comes ready to use with no assembly required.

PROS

  • Includes recipe book and wood chips
  • Vented for proper dehydration
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Temperature is not adjustable
  • Does not hold temperature
  • Trips GFI outlets

Warranty

This product carries a two-year manufacturer's limited warranty.

Masterbuilt 20072115 Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker

Masterbuilt 20072115 Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker, 30-Inch
  • Integrated Bluetooth technology-control your smoker with your smart device
  • 721 sq. inch of cooking space with four chrome-coated smoking racks

Features

This electric smoker features a digital control panel that has a sun shade for easily viewing the status of power, temperature, time, and its light. It will also monitor the internal meat temperature. The unit has integrated Bluetooth technology, so your handheld device acts as a remote control for the smoker.

This smoker has four chrome-coated racks and will hold up to 12 whole chickens. Masterbuilt smokers have a patented wood chip side loading system so smoke isn't lost when refueling the smoker.

PROS

  • Wood chip side loading system 
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Easy-read control panel with a sun shade

CONS

  • Problems with Bluetooth app
  • Thermometer not accurate
  • Temperature rises randomly

Warranty

This product carries a 90-day limited manufacturer's warranty.

Smoke Hollow 26142E 26-Inch Electric Smoker

Features

This smoker has a 1,500-watt heating element and adjustable temperature control with a range of 175 to 325 degrees. The two chrome-plated racks are adjustable. The thermometer is commercial quality. The wood chip and water pans are porcelain coated for easy cleanup. The steel cabinet is fully welded and has a cool-touch handle and sure-lock latch system. It also features adjustable draft controls.

PROS

  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Commercial grade thermometer
  • Adjustable draft controls

CONS

  • Inconsistent temperature
  • Interior paint bubbles in heat

Warranty

This product carries a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty on all parts except paint, which carries a 90-day limited warranty.

Old Smokey Electric Smoker

Old Smokey Electric Smoker
  • Adjustable heat control
  • No need to add water - sealed lid keeps juices in

Features

This smoker self-bastes food due to its flat top design which allows meat juices to drip back onto the meat, so no water is necessary. The unit has two chrome-coated racks and a drip pan. Wood chips are also included in your purchase. The smokehouse is made of aluminized steel, which is corrosion-resistant. It has an electric heating element and adjustable temperature control. This product is made in the USA.

PROS

  • Self-basting, no water required 
  • Includes wood chips
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Food must be removed to refill wood chips
  • Poor heat retention
  • Meat gets steamed by excessive moisture

Warranty

Warranty information is not available for this product.

Smokin’ Tex Pro

Features

This smoker features a double walled stainless steel smoke box which makes it energy efficient. It will plug into any 110 volt outlet and it uses the power of a 70-watt light bulb, making it extremely economical to operate. You can use any brand of wood in this smoker so you're not stuck buying expensive specialty chips. It is easy to clean. The unit comes with three removable racks and will easily fit a 12 pound turkey. Made in the USA.

PROS

  • Double walled stainless steel
  • Economical to operate
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Small smoking surface
  • Short—needs to be on a sturdy table/stand

Warranty

Warranty information is not available for this product.

Cajun Injector XL Electric Smoker

Cajun Injector / 30 inch Tall Deluxe Smoker Cover
  • Custom tailored for Cajun Injector 30" single door smokers
  • Fits most vertical electric smokers--measures 31" tall x 18" x 16"

Features

This extra large smoker has 2-1/2 cooking racks, 2 jerky racks, and 1 sausage rib rack. The cooking space is an enormous 5.05 cubic feet. The unit is double walled, powder coated steel. The dual doors are double tempered glass so heat stays in and you can watch the progress of your meat. The digital controls allow you to set temperatures between 100 and 275 degrees. There is an auto-off function that prevents meat from drying out. Casters make it easy to move the unit. If you're smoking for a large group, this is the model for you.

PROS

  • 5.05 cubic feet of cooking space
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Glass doors

CONS

  • Too big for family use
  • Expensive
  • Large footprint

Warranty

Warranty information is not available for this product.

Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker

Features

This smoker is made of stainless steel and comes with four heavy duty casters for portability. It has four stainless steel grilling racks. The drip pan slides under the smoker. The temperature is adjustable between 100 and 250 degrees. It has a double latch door system and holds up to 35 pounds of meat. It has side handles for ease of movement and lifting the unit. The smoker comes with wood chips for seasoning the unit. This smoker is NSF certified, so it is safe for use in a restaurant or other commercial applications.

PROS

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Certified for commercial use

CONS

  • Heavy
  • No damper controls
  • Expensive

Warranty

No warranty information is available for this product.

The Verdict

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If you're looking for a large capacity smoker that can be used in a commercial setting the best electric smoker for you is the Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker because of its large capacity and commercial rating. If you're looking for a family smoker, we believe the best electric smoker is the Smokin' Tex Pro. It is made in the USA and is economical to operate.

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  • Updated September 13, 2019
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