The 7 Best Electric Smokers to Buy in 2018

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Some smoking enthusiasts love the idea of closely monitoring the entire process for hours on end, adjusting the heat and fussing with the smoke levels. Other enthusiasts want delicious smoky food without that sort of devotion.

Electric smokers take a lot of the work out of the process since they monitor and regulate the temperature during the long smoking process. Sure, you can lurk and watch if that’s what you want, but you don’t have to.

Some smokers can handle cold smoking, while others are designed for hot smoking. For smoke creation, some use chips while others use chunks or biscuits. But no matter which you choose, electric smokers free you up for other important tasks, like making your soon-to-be-famous barbecue sauce. Here, the best electric smokers for your cooking needs. 

 

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  • 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: Masterbuilt Electric Bullet Smoker

    Masterbuilt Electric Bullet Smoker
    Courtesy of Home Depot

    A perfect beginner smoker, this compact bullet-shaped smoker can handle up to 50 pounds of food at a budget-friendly price. It has two porcelain-coated smoking racks that are easy to clean, and analog temperature controls that can be set for high, medium, low or off. Wood chips are easy to add through the front access door, and the temperature gauge is easy to read. The 1650-watt heating element can reach temperatures up to 400 degrees.

    Experienced smokers will like the portability, so they can move it in and out of storage or bring it to the neighbor’s barbecue, and the budget price means it can be left at the vacation cottage while the more expensive smoker stays at home.

  • 04 of 07

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

    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: Masterbuilt Portable Electric Smoker

    Masterbuilt Portable Electric Smoker, Black
    Courtesy of Walmart

    Perfect for camping, this little electric smoker wants to travel with you, as long as you’ve got a power source for it. While it’s small, there’s still enough space to smoke a modest turkey or a slab of ribs.

    There’s a temperature gauge on the door so you can easily monitor the cooking progress and a 1400-watt heating element. This can be set for high, medium or low temperature.

    This has two chrome-plated racks. The wood tray and water pan are removable for easy cleaning, and the legs fold under the smoker for easy transportation and storage.

  • 06 of 07

    Best for Beginners: Char-Broil Electric Vertical Smoker

    Electric Vertical Smoker
    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Great for folks who want to try smoking without buying a large, expensive unit, this one has an affordable price tag with features that make smoking easy enough for beginners. The smoker is insulated to keep heat in and has a 1500-watt heating element. The three racks are adjustable and removable.

    This has 505 square inches of cooking space and there are three temperature settings from 150 to 400 degrees, to accommodate different foods.

    The porcelain wood chip pan and water pan are easy to clean after cooking is done and the grease cup catches drippings for easy disposal

  • 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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