Around the world, many people enjoy the flavor of smoked meats. Whether it's beef, chicken, pork or even fish, smoking is a form of cooking that's perhaps as old as civilization itself. Because smoking is such a popular cooking method, investing in an electric smoker might be a good idea. In this list, we will go over the top 10 electric smokers that you can buy. 

What Is an Electric Smoker?

smoked meat cooked on electric smoker

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The technique of smoking meat is an old practice going back thousands of years. Originally, smoking meat was intended to keep flies and other pests away from food as it was cooking. But early humans also discovered that smoking allowed meat to be preserved - something that became useful to people who had few other ways to preserve food for long periods.

While the advent of refrigeration means that smoking's preservation properties are less of a factor in the modern day, many people still like the taste and overall flavor of smoked meats. Smokers are one way a person can add that flavor to their cooking without the need of a smokehouse and from the comfort of their own home.

As the name suggests, an electric smoker is simple a smoker powered by electricity. While the classic barbecue uses higher temperatures and direct heat, smokers work differently. Smokers cook food using a combination of wood smoke and indirect heat, at lower temperatures and over a longer period.

Benefits of Electric Smokers

Electric smokers have several advantages over their other, more traditional counterparts like wood, charcoal, and propane. Both coal and wood-fired smokers are prone to temperature fluctuations caused by changing fuel levels, making it very hard to maintain a steady and even temperature for an extended period.

Fuel is also an issue with propane-fired smokers, as swapping out propane tanks on the fly can be its hassle. Electric smokers have none of these problems: They can maintain a steady temperature indefinitely, and their fuel source is electricity. Not having to worry about fuel or the temperature means that using an electric-powered smoker is much easier than using other types.

There are other advantages of electric-powered smokers as well. Because fuel is not an issue, electric smokers do not need the constant supervision that traditional smokers do. The lack of ash, soot and other residues associated with traditional smokers mean that these smokers are also easy to clean. Finally, electric-powered smokers are energy efficient compared to traditional smokers, making them cheaper overall to use.

The Top 10 Electric Smokers of 2018 and 2019

  • Masterbuilt 20077615 Digital
  • Old Smokey Electric Smoker
  • Smoke Hollow 30162E 30-Inch Electric Smoker
  • Smokehouse Products Little Chief Front Load Smoker
  • Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker
  • Bradley Smoker BS611 Original Smoker
  • Char-Broil Deluxe Digital
  • Brinkmann 810-5290-4 Smoke'N Grill
  • Cookshack SM009-2 Smokette Electric Smoker Oven
  • Bradley Smoker BTDS76P 990216 Bradley Digital 4 Rack Smoker

Masterbuilt 20077615 Digital Electric Smoker

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Masterbuilt 20077515 Front Controller Electric Smoker with Window and...
  • 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
  • Rf remote controls and monitors temperature, time, internal light, on/off and meat temperature

Features

This smoker from Masterbuilt is worth considering if you plan on purchasing a hassle-free smoker. At just 32 in. (81 cm) in height, this smoker is compact, and can easily fit just about anywhere outdoors that you need it to. Despite its diminutive size, it has a total of 721 sq. in. (1.83 m) of cooking space on four separate steel racks, meaning you have plenty of space to smoke whatever you can imagine.

The smoker comes with an RF remote, allowing you to monitor the smoker remotely and adjust its temperature. Also, the smoker comes with a protective cover and a CD containing smoking recipes.

Price

This can be found on Amazon for around from $233.19.

PROS

  • Relatively small size
  • Large interior volume
  • Can be controlled by remote
  • Comes with multiple accessories

CONS

  • Quite expensive

Old Smokey Electric Smoker

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Old Smokey Electric Smoker
  • Color: Grey
  • Size: 15.5"w x 15.5"d x 29"h
  • This smoker has a flat top, so juices drip right back onto the food.

Features

This smoker from Old Smokey is about as no-frills as you can get in regards to a smoker. Despite its unassuming cylindrical design, the Old Smokey still gets the job done. A simple knob on the power cord connector adjusts the temperature. The smoker also has handles on the side, allowing you to carry and move the smoker when not in use.

Price

This can be found on Amazon for around $129.95.

The Old Smokey can be found on Amazon for around $150.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple, easy to use design
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Base is unstable unless places on level ground

Smoke Hollow 30162E 30-Inch Electric Smoker

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Smoke Hollow 30162E 30-Inch Electric Smoker with Adjustable...
  • Electric smoker for outdoor cooking of meat, vegetables, and more
  • Painted-steel wood-chip box; porcelain-coated steel water pan
  • 2 cooking grids; 3 temperature settings; magnetic door-latching system

Features

This smoker hearkens back to a time when smokers were anything but electric. With a height of 30 inches (76 cm), this smoker can fit just about anywhere you need it to fit that has ventilation. The smoker has a porcelain-coated steel water pan for wood chips, as well as two cooking racks and three temperature settings. The addition of a magnetic latching door as well as handles for easy carrying help makes this smoker an attractive option to buy.

Price

This can be found on Amazon from $189.22.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Solid steel construction

CONS

  • Fixed temperature settings

Smokehouse Products Little Chief Front Load Smoker

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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...
  • Consistent low temperature setting using a 120V, 250W heating element for approximately 165 F.
  • Easy-slide chrome-plated grills; maximum capacity flavor fuel pan; dishwasher safe drip pan

Features

The Little Chief from Smokehouse Products is definitely worth every penny. At 24 in. (61 cm) in height, the smoker can easily fit on a tabletop. The smoker is made from chromed and embossed aluminum, making it corrosion resistant out of the box. Four steel wire racks also give you more than enough space for your smoking needs.

Other accessories include dishwasher-safe wood chip and dripping pans, a recipe booklet and an included 1.75 lb. bag of wood chips. The main downside is its aluminum construction, which means that the exterior can become very hot when in use.

Price

This can be found on Amazon for around $98.73.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Small, lightweight design

CONS

  • Not quite as durable as other smokers
  • Lacks a fine temperature control

Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker

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Masterbuilt 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker Front Controller,...
  • 721 sq. Inch of cooking space with four chrome-coated racks
  • 800 watt heating element
  • Blue LED display for easy reading, even in direct sunlight

Features

Another smoker on this list from Masterbuilt, this model features an all-black exterior. This smoker features an impressive 730 sq. in. (1.85 m) of interior cooking space, giving you plenty of room to work with. Digital temperature and timer controls give you full control over how hot and how long you want to smoke something, making it perfect for just about anyone to use. Side-loadable wood chips, a removable drip pan, and a top air damper are all additional useful features.

Price

This can be found on Amazon from $233.19.

PROS

  • Solid steel construction
  • Plenty of cooking space
  • Digital thermostat control

CONS

  • Somewhat expensive

Bradley Smoker BS611 Original Smoker

Bradley Smoker BS611 Original Smoker, 33.5 x 17.5 x 20.25-Inch, Black
  • Stainless steel interior
  • Rack supports keep racks from tipping over when pulled out
  • Heat control moved to smoke generator which will eliminate moisture damage to switch

Features

This steel-body smoker is impressive to behold. Standing at 34 in. (86 cm) tall, the Bradley Original is more than capable of meeting your meat smoking needs. The smoker uses special wood briquettes for smoking that are fed from the top of the control box and into the smoker itself. The smoker is pretty no-frills, with just a simple dial thermostat to control the temperature of the unit. An overall solid product.

Price

This can be found on Amazon for $260.03.

PROS

  • Powdered epoxy steel construction
  • Side-mounted smoke generator
  • Six smoking racks

CONS

  • Uses proprietary wood chip briquettes

Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker

Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker, 725 Square Inch
  • Insulated, double-wall construction
  • Advanced control panel with easy-read, blue LED display
  • Removable food thermometer

Features

This smoker from Char-Broil is a solid all-around product. Featuring an insulated, double-walled stainless steel construction, the smoker is pretty energy efficient. The smoker has four cooking racks for smoking a substantial amount of food at once, making it good for families or get-togethers. Other features include a digital thermostat readout and control, included food thermometer and a removable smoke chip box.

Price

This can be found on Amazon from $299.99.

The Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker can be found on Amazon for around $300.

PROS

  • Insulated steel walls
  • Energy efficient design
  • Digital thermometer
  • Food thermometer included

CONS

  • Somewhat expensive

Brinkmann 810-5290-4 Smoke'N Grill Electric Smoker and Grill

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Masterbuilt 20078616 Electric Bullet Smoker
  • 395 sq. inches of cooking space on twoporcelain coated smoking racks
  • 1,650 watt heating element for even, consistentsmoking up to 400 Degree
  • Removable porcelain-coated wood chip tray,drip pan and water bowl

Features

This smoker from Brinkmann is, as the name implies, a combination smoker and grill. A 1500-watt heating element in the base pan heats several lava rocks located above it, which generate the ambient heat needed for the smoker to work. At 26 in. (66 cm) in height, the smoker is also fairly compact and portable, making it a good choice for small balconies or porches. The addition of carrying handles on the sides also adds to the portability factor.

Price

This can be found on Amazon for $85.78.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight, portable and easy to use
  • Doubles as a grill

CONS

  • Lava rocks can be challenging to clean between uses

Cookshack SM009-2 Smokette Electric Smoker Oven

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Cookshack SM045 SuperSmoker Electric Smoker Oven
  • Double walled stainless steel interior and exterior
  • Electric
  • Cooking capacity 35 lbs

Features

Despite its high price, the Smokette from Cookshack is about as no-frills as you can get in regards to smokers. The smoker has stainless steel construction and sits on four caster wheels, making it a good choice for the patio or deck. The temperature control is a simple knob located at the top of the unit, and the three smoking racks provide ample cooking space.

Price

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PROS

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Simple to operate

CONS

  • Very expensive

Bradley Smoker BTDS76P 990216 Bradley Digital 4 Rack Smoker

Bradley 4 Rack Digital Smoker
  • Dimensions: 17W x 14D x 31H in.
  • Unique 4-rack smoker with simple smoke controls
  • Easily set time, temperature, and smoke levels

Features

This smoker from Bradley is the last smoker on our list, but it is far from the least. This is the digital version of the BS611 smoker featured above. This smoker has the same powdered epoxy steel construction as the model above but paired with an improved digital thermostat and smoker. Using special wood chip briquettes, it can provide up to 8 hours of controlled heat.

Price

This can be found on Amazon from $377.40.

PROS

  • Powdered epoxy steel construction
  • Digital thermostat control
  • Easy to clean and maintain

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Uses proprietary wood chip briquettes

Conclusion

Whether you want a different way to cook or a better way to feed your friends, family and guests, investing in an electric smoker can be a good choice. With that said, we hope that this list helps you decide on your next investment.

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