Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker: A Comprehensive Product Review

Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker: A Comprehensive Product Review

If you’re looking to expand your cooking skills or just want to capture the delicious taste of smoked foods at home, you should consider purchasing a smoker. The options can seem overwhelming, especially when considering the price, size, required maintenance, and the actual task of smoking meats or vegetables. To make things easier, we prepared a list of some of the top units out there, such as the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker, to help you decide what may work best for you. We took into consideration the price, ease of use, assembly time, design and performance, and warranty when comparing the models.

Masterbuilt 20070311 40-Inch Top Controller Electric Smoker

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at smoking foods, the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker makes the process all the more simple. Ditch the lighter fluid and propane. Now, all you have to do to achieve tender, perfectly smoked foods is plug in this Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker, pick up the remote control, and set the temperature and time. You can monitor the progress of your smoked meats through the remote or through the extra-large front window. The four chrome cooking racks and drip tray are all removable, making clean up hassle-free.

Product Specs

The Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker has an approximate cooking area of 975 sq. inches, giving you space for roughly 30lbs. of meat. Whether you want to prepare a variety of ribs, chicken, brisket, or seafood, the four extra-large cooking racks allow you to cook for many guests.

The extra-large window in the stainless-steel door and internal light make it easy to monitor your food’s progress without disrupting the temperature. As we know, one key to successfully smoking meat is keeping a steady heat, and the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker’s thermostat control allows you to adjust the temperature from 100 to 275 degrees F.

Besides adjusting temperature, the built-in wheels and handle make it easy to fire up your Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker wherever you need, and the side wood chip loader makes it simple to replenish your chips when necessary.

What makes the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker even more versatile is the remote frequency controller. This device allows you to control all aspects of the smoker from up to 100 feet away, including setting the temperature and time, turning the internal light off and on, and adjusting the smoker.

Once you’re done with the cooking, the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker’s removable, non-stick drip pan, grease pan, and water tray make cleanup a breeze.

Pricing

With this purchase, you get tremendous value because this smoker’s features are usually associated with more expensive models. You can pick up a Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker for around $ on Amazon.

How the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Bradley BTDS108P Digital 6-Rack Smoker
  • Smokintex 1100 Pro Series Electric Smoker
  • Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
Masterbuilt MB20076718 Bluetooth Electric Smoker 240G Digital, Black with SS Door
  • Digital panel controls on/off, temperature, time, and light; monitors internal meat temperature
  • Blue LED digital control panel display with removable sun shade

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

Masterbuilt prides itself on its ease of use, and the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker delivers. All you have to do is add the wood chips through the side rack, add the meat, and set your temperature and time. Having the remote control makes smoking meats less intimidating for beginners, especially when you can control it from 100 feet away.

Assembly Time  

The Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker requires a little assembly, while most of the other models do not, so it loses a star here.


Features such as the handle and wheels need to be added, but the detailed directions make it feasible for this to be done within 30 minutes or less. We should also note that before you start cooking, you need to pre-treat it for three hours, so plan accordingly.

Design Quality

The Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker is compact and easy to store, even with 975 sq. feet of cooking space and four non-stick cooking racks. Any concerns we have are minor.


Even the smokers the pros use aren’t perfect. You must replace the batteries in the remote when they die, and the digital thermometer can occasionally give an inaccurate reading, but even this can't take away the Masterbuilt's value.

Warranty  

The Masterbuilt warranty covers products for 90 days after the original purchase. It covers defective materials and workmanship but does not cover paint finish or rust as they view those as standard wear on the smokers.


If you can provide proof of purchase, Masterbuilt will repair or replace the defective parts for free and pay for shipping. Masterbuilt’s warranty excludes property damage from misuse or accident. While the warranty length is short, we like that they pick up the return costs.

Pros

  • Price
  • Remote control temperature and time settings
  • Creates a rich, smoky flavor
  • Add wood chips without losing smoke
  • Removable parts dishwasher safe

cons

  • Requires some assembly
  • Inconsistent temperature control
Masterbuilt MB20072718 Digital Electric Smoker 140S
  • Digital panel and rf Remote controls on/off, temperature, time, and light; monitors internal meat temperature
  • Four chrome-coated smoking racks

This 6-rack smoker, four of which are removable, is more expensive than the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker, but we still consider it to be affordable and a favorite. It allows you to decide the amount of smoke you want, your desired temperature, and how long you want to smoke your food.

At $, this smoker is the most expensive on our list but provides ease of usability and a simple installation.

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

The digital display panel keeps it simple. You power the smoker on or off, set your temperature, and set your cook time. 


The simplicity of this unit makes it good for beginners and experts alike. A tray allows you to replenish the wood pucks with ease, so you do not disrupt the internal temperature—a critical component of smoking foods correctly.

Assembly Time  

With simple directions and only minimal attachments needing assembly, this Bradley smoker can be put together in a matter of minutes, but some of its competitors come pre-assembled.

Design Quality

We think the unit appears to be clunky with a generator attached to the side. Plus, it is difficult to move which is frustrating as it is advertised as an outdoor smoker. However, its stainless-steel interior and removable trays and racks make cleanup simple.


With 708 sq. inches of cooking space, this unit can be used for a commercial setting or a large group of guests, but we would not recommend this for a small household. This unit heats the cooking space with the same heating element as Bradley’s four-rack model. We noted that the smoker might not get hot enough or keep its heat because the element cannot supply enough for the extra area. You are also at risk of losing heat when you check on the food as this model does not have a window.

Warranty  

The Bradley warranty extends 12 months from the original purchase.

Pros

  • Assembles quickly
  • Commercial-ready
  • Add wood pucks without losing smoke
  • Removable parts are dishwasher safe
  • 12-month warranty

cons

  • Trouble generating enough heat
  • Cost
  • No window to check food
Smokin Tex 1400 Pro Deluxe Package with Smoking Wood Variety Pack #2: Pecan, Apple, Bourbon, Cherry, and Grape
  • Deluxe Package Includes Five Varieties of Sample Wood
  • Pecan, Apple, Bourbon, Cherry, and Apricot, 4 oz. each totaling 1.25 lbs.

This smoker is fully insulated with stainless steel, keeping the exterior cool to the touch during the entire cook time. We also like you can use any kind of wood chunks or chips, so you have more flexibility. Its compact size and design make it versatile and energy efficient for many environments.

At $, this is the second most expensive smoker on our list. This seems strange considering its lack of features, such as a timer or remote, but its build, durability, and simplicity are reason enough to make the list.

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

Similar to the others in this list, this one is relatively easy to use. With a simple interface, you simply plug in the smoker, place the wood and food in the smoker, and set the desired temperature. The Smokin' Tex has no timer, and while it does not come with a remote, the Pro Series is compatible with remotes.

Assembly Time  

Smokin’ Tex easily gets five stars for assembly because the product comes pre-assembled. All you have to do is plug it in and cook.

Design Quality

The Smokin’ Tex smoker is made of stainless steel, with a heavily insulated chamber, preventing smoke and heat from escaping and keeping the exterior cool to the touch. This unit limits airflow to allow the smoke to work its magic, which also explains why it takes only about half a cup of wood chips for a fully loaded smoker. The result is a cut of meat that's moist, tender, and smoky.

It includes two racks but has room for three. Cleaning the Smokin’ Tex model is a little more labor-intensive than the other options. We found that you may need to use warm, soapy water and a little elbow grease, especially for the dripping hole at the bottom, but its wheels allow you to move it wherever you need.

Warranty  

Each Smokin' Tex smoker comes with a two-year warranty.

Pros

  • Pre-assembled
  • Compact, energy-efficient design
  • Removable parts are dishwasher safe
  • List 24-month warrantyElement

cons

  • Only comes with 2 racks
  • Expensive for the size
Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker, 725 Square Inch
  • Insulated, double-wall construction
  • Advanced control panel with easy-read, blue LED display

We think this model might be an ideal fit if you’re new to smoking food. It includes many of the best features of the previous models at a remarkably competitive price.

While this is the least expensive smoker on our list at $, it is far from the cheapest in terms of quality.

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

As we previously stated, this smoke is perfect for beginners. Nearly all aspects of the Char-Broil Electric Smoker are easy. Wheels make the 50-pound unit mobile. A unique feature, an integrated meat temperature probe, can automatically shut off the unit and keep your food warm if you aren’t around to monitor its progress.

Assembly Time  

There’s no real assembly required, aside from removing the trays and racks from their packaging and inserting them into the smoker.

Design Quality

This smoker packs 725 sq. inches of cooking space and includes four smoking racks.

Cleaning is a little more involved here because of the glass front door, water pan, smoker box, and bottom tray, but it’s a worthy tradeoff for the ease of use and cooking space.

Warranty  

Each Char-Broil smoker comes with a one-year warranty, applicable only to the product’s functionality. It covers no cosmetic damage, including rust. If parts need to be returned or replaced, the customer must pay for shipping charges. They lose a star here for not being as flexible as Masterbuilt.

Pros

  • Cost
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Ease of assembly

cons

  • More parts to clean
  • Restrictive warranty

Conclusion

After considering price, ease of use, assembly, design and performance, and warranty, we settled on the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker at 4.5 out of 5 stars. While we know it’s not the cheapest; its value is second to none. However, we want to give an honorable mention to the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker for its price.

The Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker provides consistent temperature and smoke for a rich, smoky flavor you can only achieve with a well-insulated unit that seals tightly when shut. Plus, the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker’s size and wheels make it easy to move, from use to storage, whenever you need.

The non-stick racks and a newly designed drip pan make the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker easy to clean, and the cleaner your smoker is, the higher the quality of food you will produce.

It lost a star for requiring minor assembly, which most of the other units do not. The digital thermometer can also be inaccurate at times, and the warranty period is shorter than some of its competitors, but those cannot take away from the value the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker provides.

With the Masterbuilt 40 Electric Smoker’s remote that controls settings from up to 100 feet away and simple interface that's ideal for pros and beginners alike, we have little doubt this smoker will produce top quality meats and vegetables.

  • Updated September 20, 2019
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