The 7 Best Electric Smokers to Buy in 2018

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Masterbuilt 20078715 Electric Smoker at Amazon

“Mid-priced smoker with high-end features.”

Best High End: Masterbuilt 20077615 Electric Smoker at Amazon

“721 square inches of cooking space on four chrome-coated smoking racks.”

Best Budget: Dyna-Glo Electric Smoker at Home Depot

“Has an affordable price and a 1650-watt electric burner.”

Best Automatic Biscuit Feeder: Bradley Digital 4-Rack Smoker at Amazon

“520 square inches of cooking space with racks that hold a whole chicken.”

Best Portable: homia Starter Kit Portable Smoker at Amazon

“Power is provided by four AA batteries so you don't need a power outlet.”

Best for Beginners: Smoke Hollow Digital Electric Smoker at Home Depot

“Operation is simple with digital controls for time, temp, and power.”

Best Bluetooth Control: Smoke Tronix Smoker with Bluetooth at Wayfair

“Bluetooth and a mobile app help you monitor and control the smoker.”

 

  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Masterbuilt 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker Front Controller

    This mid-priced smoker still has high-end features, like 721 inches of cooking space, four chrome-coated racks, and an 800-watt heating element, while saving you some money so you can buy more food to smoke. This has a solid front door that holds the heat in, but you can’t watch the cooking process.

    The blue LED display makes it easy to read in direct sunlight, and the temperature can be adjusted from 100 to 275 degrees for perfect smoking every time. The front access drip pan has been redesigned from previous models while the patented side wood-chip loading system lets you add more chips during cooking without opening the smoker door and losing heat.

    The front digital panel controls time, temperature and turns the unit on and off, and an RF controller is included so you can operate the smoker at a distance.

  • 02 of 07

    Best High-End: Masterbuilt 20077615 Digital Electric Smoker

    Built for success, this has a whopping 721 square inches of cooking space on four chrome-coated smoking racks. A built-in meat thermometer lets you monitor the brisket as well as the oven temperature, while the 800-watt heating element can provide consistent smoking up to 275 degrees. The front window lets you monitor the cooking process and smoke level without opening the door and releasing heat.

    The included RF remote lets you control the time, oven temperature, and meat temperature from a distance or turn the food light on and off so you can check the cooking process easily after sunset. In bright direct sunlight, the LED display on the smoker is just easy to read as it is in the shade.

    This premium smoker includes a smoker cover for dust-free storage and a CD with smoking recipes. The drip pan has been redesigned and the wood chip loading system operates more smoothly than previous models.

    The handle and rear wheels make it easy to move to the perfect place for smoking.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Budget: Dyna-Glo 30 in. Analog Electric Smoker

    budget-smoker
    Courtesy of Home Depot.

    If you don't have the budget for an expensive smoker, we recommend the Dyna-Glo 30 in. Analog Electric Smoker. It has a simple dial on the electric cord to set the temperature, and a thermometer on the front to monitor it. The highlighted “smoke zone” on the thermometer makes it easy to see the ideal smoking temperatures at a glance.

    With a 1650-watt electric burner, you’ve got plenty of power for smoking even when outdoor temperatures are cold, and the side door makes adding chips during the cooking process easy while minimizing the loss of smoke and heat. The double-wall firebox and metal door also helps retain heat during smoking and cooking.

    This has 505 square inches of cooking space and three adjustable chrome-plated racks, so you’ll be able to fit large food or small foods—no matter what’s on the menu.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Automatic Biscuit Feeder: Bradley BTDS76P Digital 4-Rack Smoker

    biscuit-feeder
    Courtesy of Amazon.

    Bradley smokers are known for using wood “biscuits” (or bisquettes) that are similar to wood pellets, but larger. This electric version from Bradley uses those same biscuits and has all the features of the original Bradly smokers, but it includes digital controls so you can set the time, temperature, and amount of smoke for the perfect results every time.

    There is an automatic feed for the biscuits for up to eight hours of controlled cool smoke without needing to add more wood. The interior is stainless steel and the smoker is insulated to hold the heat in and keep the temperature consistent. The maximum temperature is 280 degrees.

    The smoker has four removable racks, an internal thermostat, and separate burners for the smoke and for the oven. This has a total of 520 square inches of space. Each rack will hold two half-racks of ribs or whole chicken.

    A cover is available for this, separately. The proprietary biscuits are available online if you can’t find them locally.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Portable: homia Starter Kit Portable Electric Smoker Machine

    It doesn’t get more portable than this handy machine. You can bring this smoker to parties, potlucks, or camping trips and set it up wherever it’s convenient. It allows you to cold smoke appetizers, cocktails, fish, vegetables, cheese, or meat, adding smoke flavor to single portions or serving dishes. Since power is provided by four AA batteries (included) you don’t need a power outlet or have to worry about a cord getting in the way.

    This starter kit includes everything you need for quickly adding smokey flavor to foods, including wood chips and a disk that can be used to cover cups or glasses. There are two smoking speeds, so you can choose a faster smoke output for more robust flavor or a slower smoke output for just a hint of smoke.

    An extended kit that includes a cloche cover for plates and bowls is also available.

  • 06 of 07

    Best for Beginners: Smoke Hollow 30 in. Digital Electric Smoker

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    Courtesy of Home Depot.

    Easy enough for beginners, with features that experienced smokers will appreciate, this smoker will have you producing perfectly smoky ribs, brisket, and wings in no time. It has two cubic feet of cooking space, so you’ll have plenty of room for larger foods, and three adjustable chrome-plated cooking grids, so you can smoke trays of small items in a single batch.

    There’s a large front window so you can monitor the smoking process without releasing smoke and heat. The large wood chip tray can be accessed from the outside, so it’s easy to refill as needed, and a large water pan that won’t need constant refilling.

    Operation is simple, with digital controls for time, temperature, and power, while the fast-smoke option turns the 1500-watt element up for a short time to help ignite the chips, re-ignite when you add more chips, or to add extra smoke flavor. When you need to move it, this has large rear wheels and a handle, so you can roll it where you want it.

  • 07 of 07

    Best Bluetooth Control: Smoke Tronix Digital Electric Smoker with Bluetooth

    Smoke Tronix 40" Digital Electric Smoker with Bluetooth Technology
    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Electric smokers already make the smoking process easy, but this one takes it a step further with Bluetooth and a mobile app so you can monitor and control the smoker from any smart device.

    There are two heating elements for faster smoking and even cooking. The cold smoking setting will let you smoke delicate fish or cheese without overcooking while the fast smoke will get the chips smoking in a quick 15 minutes, so the food gets more time in the smoke—or you won’t have to wait to start smoking, and of course there is a hot smoke mode as well. The temperature range is from 75 to 290 degrees.

    A water port on the side of the smoker makes it simple to fill, and the large capacity wood chip drawer won’t need to be refilled as often. There are four removable and adjustable cooking grids to accommodate small or large foods.

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