Our Top Picks
"The smoker has four chrome-plated racks that give you a whopping 721 square inches of cooking space."
"At just a bit over 20 pounds, this petite smoker is perfect for small spaces, or for taking with you to a backyard barbecue."
Best Pellet Smoker: Masterbuilt Pellet Smoker at Amazon
"This grill has a 12-pound pellet hopper and an auger system that moves the wood pellets automatically for even smoke distribution."
Best for Beginners: Cuisinart Electric Smoker at Amazon
"This smoker comes with three stainless steel racks that will never rust or corrode, providing 548 square inches of smoking space."
Best Digital: Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker at Amazon
"This unit comes equipped with Bluetooth, so you can step away from the smoker and monitor your meal using just your smartphone."
"A great starter smoker, this affordable unit offers 351 square inches of cooking space on two chrome-plated racks ."
Best Analog: Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker at Amazon
"This smoker's double-wall construction keeps the heat and smoke in, while dual exhaust ports help you easily control their levels."
Best Bisquette Smoker: Bradley 4-Rack Electric Smoker at Home Depot
"Bradley's briquettes automatically feed into this smoker, so you don't have to worry about checking smoke levels while you cook."
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Best Overall: Masterbuilt Front Controller Electric Digital Smoker
This popular smoker from Masterbuilt boasts an easy-to-use front controller with a blue LED display that’s easy to read, even in bright direct sunlight. The smoker has four chrome-plated racks that give you a maximum of 721 square inches of cooking space. You can also remove a rack or two to create enough vertical space for smoking bulky chickens, turkeys, or roasts.
The wood chip system allows extra chips to be added during cooking without opening the door, which seals snugly to keep the heat and the delicious smoke inside the cooking chamber.
This smoker can be set between 100 degrees for cooler smoking up to 275 for simultaneous smoking and cooking. A thermostat keeps the temperature stable, so you don't have to keep checking on your food as it smokes.
02 of 08
Best Small: Masterbuilt Patio-2-Portable Electric Smoker
At just a bit over 20 pounds, this petite pick is the best electric smoker for small spaces or for times when you want to bring it along to a barbecue. The legs fold under during transport, making it even more convenient to carry along to the neighbor's house or for transporting it to a tailgate party in your car.
While it’s small, it still has the quality you expect from a Masterbuilt smoker. It has a front analog temperature gauge and analog controls to set the heat from 0 to 250 degrees. The smoker has two chrome-plated racks that can hold two chickens each and enough space to smoke a turkey when one rack is removed.
03 of 08
Best Pellet Smoker: Masterbuilt MB20250218 MWS 340B Pellet Smoker
For those who prefer pellets over wood chips for smoking, this grill has a 12-pound pellet hopper and an auger system that moves the wood pellets around automatically for even smoke and heat distribution throughout the cooking process. The heat can be adjusted from 180 to 350 degrees for low-and-slow cooking or faster roasting at higher temperatures.
The smoker has a digital panel that controls every part of the process, from on/off to cooking temperature to the cooking and smoking times. It has four chrome-plated racks, and it can handle up to 16 chickens or 7 turkeys, so you can plan a party and feed a crowd.
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04 of 08
Best for Beginners: Cuisinart Electric Smoker
This smoker comes with three stainless steel racks that will never rust or corrode, providing 548 square inches of smoking space. The heat can be adjusted from 100 to 400 degrees, so you’ll have plenty of options for slow cooking or quicker roasting. The water pan and wood chip tray are designed for easy removal, so cleaning is meant to be a breeze when cooking is done.
Meanwhile, the two side handles make this smoker simple to move to the perfect spot in your yard. To get started, you just turn the dial to select your cooking temperature and let it run. A front thermometer lets you monitor the temperature at a glance to make sure everything's cooking as it should.
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05 of 08
Best Digital: Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker
This smoker has simple digital controls and comes equipped with Bluetooth, so you can step away from the smoker and monitor your meal from your favorite lawn chair, using just your smartphone. Not only can you check the internal temperature of the machine, but the integrated meat probe lets you monitor the food's temperature as well, so you’ll know when your roast is perfectly cooked.
If that’s not enough to love, the smoker has an upper element for grilling or finishing the food, so you can smoke your ribs, slather on sauce, and broil them to finish cooking. Wood chips load from the side, so you don’t have to open the smoker door during cooking to add more. It comes with three standard racks, plus one custom notched rack that can hold a Masterbuilt pan (not included) either on top of the rack or hanging below. The smoker can handle up to six chickens or two turkeys, so there’s plenty of space to feed the family or cook for a party.
06 of 08
Best Budget: Americana 2-in-1 Electric Water Smoker Grill
The best electric smoker for when you're just starting out is one that does everything you need but it won’t break the bank. The loose-fitting, vented lid and tight-fitting doors create the perfect smoke flow, whether you’re cooking your food at a high or low temperature. Those doors slide open for adding water or wood or for checking the cooking process without removing the lid, while a built-in temperature gauge lets you monitor the cooking temperature.
This smoker comes apart for easy setup, and you can remove the center section to use it for grilling when you don’t want any smoke. It offers 351 square inches of cooking space on two chrome-plated racks and includes a 5.5-quart water pan for a humid smoking environment.
07 of 08
Best Analog: Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker
The Char-Broil name might be familiar because of their popular gas and charcoal grills, but their smokers are also worth a look. This model has three chrome-plated cooking grates that offer a total of 544 square inches of cooking space. Double-wall construction keeps the heat and smoke in, while dual exhaust ports give you control over how much heat and smoke you're actually retaining.
There's a temperature gauge in the front door for easy monitoring of the internal temperature, and the door has two locking latches to keep it tightly closed during cooking. The water tray, grease cup, and wood chip tray are easily accessed from the front when it’s time to add more wood or water, and when it’s time to clean up after cooking.
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Best Bisquette Smoker: Bradley Smoker Original 4-Rack Electric Smoker
Bradley smokers are known for their unique briquettes that feed neatly into the smoker during cooking, with less mess than chips or pellets. It’s easy to see how many are left, so you can feed more if you want more smoke for your favorite smoked fish or for a particularly long smoking session.
This model has four racks that are designed to be stable, even when they're partially pulled out, so you can check on or remove food without worrying about it dropping. Separate burners control the smoke and heat elements, so you can have one or both on, depending on what you're cooking. The interior is all stainless steel, so it won’t rust and is easy to clean. If you smoke for large parties, Bradley also makes a similar smoker with six racks.
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What to Look for in an Electric Smoker
Cooking capacity How much food do you plan on smoking at one time? If you expect to smoke a few slabs of ribs or an occasional turkey breast, you don’t need a giant smoker, but if you’re planning on larger quantities of food that take a long time to smoke, you’ll appreciate the space that a bigger model offers.
Portability An electric smoker needs to be near an outlet when it’s in use, but is that where you’ll always keep it? If you’re going to be moving your smoker from storage to the cooking spot and back again, it’s wise to look at portable units with wheels and a sturdy handle. If you have a permanent spot for the smoker, portability is much less important.
Controls Just like many of today’s appliances, you can find smokers with a wide variety of control options, from simple dials and buttons to digital controls. There are even some that include Wi-Fi connectivity so you can work remotely. Think about what you prefer and choose accordingly.