Best Electric Smokers for BBQ Parties

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 16, 2019
If you are a fan of smoked food, it makes sense to get an electric smoker for home use. With an electric smoker at hand, you will be able to recreate the authentic taste of your favorite meals without the trouble of having to watch over the process all day. Check out this selection and pick a smoker that suits you most. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
COOKING SURFACE
COOKING RACKS
DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT
CONTROLS AND USABILITY
POWER
TRAY AND SMOKE BOX
MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The door wall is reinforced with a special sealant that provides good thermal insulation and helps preserve the authentic smoke aroma inside the chamber.

CONS

Direct sunlight may interfere with the ability to read LED display.

OUR VERDICT

It’s quite a spendy unit yet very stoutly-built, intuitive, and right-sized. A brilliant option for competition-ready pros who grill nearly every day and those who’re just looking for a quality smoker to start cooking homemade smoked foods.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

721 sq in (about 35 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

4 chrome-coated racks

DIMENSIONS

32.13" x 19.68" x 16.93" 

WEIGHT

50.04 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Control digital panel with blue LED display, Temperature control (from 100°F to 275°F), Time control, Top air damper for smoke control

POWER

800 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

Front-access drip pan, Water bowl, Wood chip tray, Grease tray

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Stainless steel body, Drip deflector, Locking door with inner lining 

WARRANTY

90 days

PROS

Welded design and insulated cabinet of the smoker guarantee its durability and resistance to bad weather conditions. Porcelain-coat on steel water pan protects it from high temperatures and rust. 

CONS

Smoke might escape outside.

OUR VERDICT

Easy-to-use appliance with an intuitively understandable control, Smoke Hollow 30162E is a perfect choice for novice cooks. However, experienced users can also appreciate its performance taking into account its cooking surface.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

~504 sq in (about 25 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

3 chrome-plated cooking grids (2 detachable, 1 fixed)

DIMENSIONS

21.5" x 18" x 38"

WEIGHT

47.65 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Analog control,  Detachable thermostat, Temperature gauge on the door (up to 450°F)

POWER

1500 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

Porcelain-coated steel water pan, Painted-steel wood-chip box, Grease tray

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Black Porcelain-coated steel casing, Insulated cabinet, Magnetic door-latching system, Cool touch spring wire door handle, 2 side handles

WARRANTY

1 year limited
(90 days on water bowl)

PROS

The smoking cabinet is fully-insulated, which guarantees that no heat and smoke will escape. Even in the winter period, the smoker will deliver consistent temps and consistent cooking accordingly.

CONS

If you'd like to reduce the temperature, be ready that it'll drop slowly.

OUR VERDICT

Equipped with a handy timer, this smoker is an excellent choice for lazy smokers. By the way, it can smoke a fairly big amount of food per one go. You can cook 6 whole chickens or 2 whole turkeys for a big party or family dinner. 

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

~ 700 sq in (24 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

4 retractable chrome-coated smoking racks

DIMENSIONS

33.2" x 20.4" x 19.9"

WEIGHT

38.6 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Digital panel controls on/off, Temperature (max temp 275°F), Time

POWER

800 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

Patented side wood chip loader, Grease tray, Drip tray,  Water pan

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Stainless steel with fully-insulated smoker body, Locking latch, Adjustable air damper for smoke control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

For this price point, the Cuisinart COS-330 has many advantages: it is easy to use, has enough capacity for smoking plenty of food, and comes with a long 3-year warranty.

CONS

Some parts are lacking in quality.

OUR VERDICT

If you're tight on budget and need a reasonably-priced smoker to enjoy deliciously smoked food, you should definitely consider the COS-330 from Cuisinart. It's fun and easy to use.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

548 sq in (about 27 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

3 chrome-coated racks

DIMENSIONS

37.5" x 19" x 22"

WEIGHT

59 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Digital thermostat (from 100°F to 400°F), Easy-to-read thermometer on the front door

POWER

1500 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

The removable water pan, Wood chip tray

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Lightweight metal frame and two side handles for ease of mobility, Chrome spring door handle, 4 legs

WARRANTY

3 years 

PROS

The included remote control saves you the need to manually adjust settings and keep an eye on the cooking process all the time, giving you more freedom and flexibility.

CONS
Attaching the meat probe to the top of the door is a bit inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT

If you want to treat your guests to smoked meat, the Char-Broil Deluxe Smoker is what you need. With "By time" and "By temperature" modes, even culinary novices will be able to cook delicious meat without any problems.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE
725 sq in (about 36 burgers)
COOKING RACKS

4 retractable/ removable chrome-plated racks

DIMENSIONS
32.52" x 18.11" x 16.54"
WEIGHT
50.2 lbs
CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Control digital panel with blue LED display, Remote Control up to 100 feet, Timer (0 - 19 hours), Cooking temperature (100°F - 275°F), Target meat temperature (50°F to 225°F) / Integrated meat probe, On/Off Chamber Light

POWER
750 Watts
TRAY AND SMOKE BOX
Grease tray at the bottom, Water pan, Wood chip box, Max capacity of 4 cups, Working time up to 7 hours
MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
Stainless steel, Dual-tone finish, Insulated double wall, Tight sealed windowed door, Integrated handle, Wheels, Adjustable choke
WARRANTY
1 year limited

Masterbuilt 20078715

High-quality Smoker

Masterbuilt is one of the top manufacturers producing electric appliances for grilling and smoking. So, if you’d like to start your grilling experience with something ultra-robust, straightforward, and compact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Masterbuilt 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker. Scored very high on our shortlist, this smoker has a lot of benefits.

For starters, the unit has a reasonable cooking surface of 721 square inches. A surface of this size makes it a great choice for smoking meals for large companies. And you can get the most out of the interior space by separating it with 4 chrome-coated racks included in the box. Reorganizing the racks, you'll be able to grill a whole chicken, turkey (mid-sized), some fish, large cuts of meat, and your favorite vegetables.

Moving on, let's pivot to the ease of use. As mentioned, this smoker is very straightforward - it doesn't have extra frills and is intuitive to operate right away. On the housing of the smoker, there are convenient controls with an LCD display. Thanks to a handy screen, you can watch the process of smoking even without opening the door, which is, by the way, no see-through.

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For Heavy Use

Out-of-the-box, the smoker takes about 15 minutes to assemble. Once put together, it seems well-built and very solid. You’ll like that the grates easily slide in/out, which makes removing/loading the food a breeze. Plus, the unit boasts a redesigned front-access drip pan that simplifies cleaning.

As for the heat level, the Masterbuilt electric grill can be adjusted anywhere from 100 to 275 degrees F depending on what you load. If you set the right temperature, the finished smoked products will always be excellent. The door wall is reinforced with a special sealant that provides good thermal insulation and helps preserve the authentic smoke aroma inside the chamber.

Overall, it’s quite a spendy unit but very stoutly-built, intuitive, and right-sized. A brilliant option for competition-ready pros who grill nearly every day and those who’re just looking for a quality smoker to start cooking homemade smoked foods.

Masterbuilt 20078715 Electric Digital Smoker Front Controller in the use

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Smoke Hollow 30162E

Your First Smoker

If you’ve never used an electric smoker before, the Smoke Hollow 30162E can be a good starting point. Although it doesn’t provide a great number of extra features like temperature adjustment, built-in meat probe or a display, it does smoke great, which is the main function it's been intended for. More importantly, you do not need to possess any special skills to get started. The controls are carried out by virtue of an analog thermostat and the cooking temperature is clearly displayed on the gauge so you can easily keep track of the smoking process. The only thing you may want to do before using the Smoke Hollow 30162E for the first time after bringing it home is to treat its inside surface (except for detachable parts and a heating element, of course) with some vegetable oil and run it for a couple of hours without food inside so that it can absorb the oil and clean itself of all chemical substances that might deteriorate the taste of your food. So doing, you'll also be able to contribute to the longer service life of your new electric smoker. Once this is done, the device is perfectly ready for use and you can let your culinary creativity go wild trying out a variety of different recipes. 

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Reliable Assistant

Just like all electric smokers, the Smoke Hollow 30162E is created for outdoor use. As it isn’t equipped with wheels, it’ll probably be more convenient to use it as a stationary model. Note that even surface is a significant condition to meet since it’s the guarantee of the smoker’s stability. Protection from bad weather conditions is also of the utmost importance if you want to ensure the long service life of the appliance, which is why buying a special cover can be a very good idea. Don’t overlook a detachable thermostat, which makes the Smoke Hollow 30162E a good option for those that do not have a possibility to store the smoker indoors. With the thermostat being removed, it can be safely stationed in your yard. All things considered, if you're in need of a powerful and reliable electric smoker to last you a long while, the Smoke Hollow 30162E with an insulated cabinet will be your right investment. 

Smoke Hollow 30162E Electric Smoker in the use

Useful Accessories

Although the Smoke Hollow 30162E comes bundled with a number of additional accessories such as a porcelain-coated steel water pan, painted-steel wood-chip box, and a grease tray, smoking food will not be possible without wood chips, which means, you will need to buy them too. Since wood chips are made of different types of wood, they give food different aroma too. In order to find your favourite one, more likely than not, you will need to try them all. Aside from wood chips, you will also need to get a pair of heat-resistant gloves and tongs to prevent hand burns when removing food. Also, you may need to purchase a good electric knife (if you haven't got one yet) in order to cut food in perfectly neat and equal sizes. 

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Masterbuilt 20071117

Smoker for Busy People

The Masterbuilt brand never cuts corners and produces top-notch products helping customers worldwide to savor those treasured BBQ parties to the fullest. Masterbuilt electric smokers can give you acceptable smoked food results at a decent price that, for sure, won’t break the bank. For less than $200, this Masterbuilt 30" electrical smoker has quite a lot to offer.

The busy users will definitely like that this smoker is very easy to start and control. It features a digital panel with handy controls and a 24-hour timer. This means that you can set the timer and go play with your children or walk your pup without worrying that your food might get overcooked.

The unit has an integrated thermostat that allows you to set the precise cooking temperature for perfect smoking results. Any smoker knows for sure how important it is to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the whole process, and that's exactly what a thermostat does. You can set the heat from 100 – 275 degree F range. The low temperature is perfect for BBQ or making jerky, while the higher heat is great for smoking large cuts of meat or fish. The current temperature and all other information are shown on the display right on the top of the smoker.

During the smoking process, you can always add wood chips into this electric smoker without opening the main cabinet and losing heat/smoke. The convenient wood-chip loading system is placed on the side. The inner chamber can be reliably shut with a durable door latch mechanism. No chances that you might accidentally open the door and lose the smoke. The tightest seal ensured! All these features make the appliance good for beginners and experts alike.

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Low Maintenance

The smoker looks like a small bar fridge. It's low, black, and strong! It has thick insulated walls that ensure more consistent temps and don't leave a chance for smoke to escape. The chamber is also pretty easy to clean. You can take removable racks out and scrub them down with a sponge. For cleaning the interior, you can make a 50/50 mixture of hot water and apple vinegar. Apply this mix to the interior and wipe it clean. This smoker isn't only easy to use but also easy to maintain.

Masterbuilt 20071117 Digital Electric Smoker in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Operation is a breeze, although the electric readout is impossible to see in direct sunlight. If you're in a covered area or come equipped with a parasol then it's no problem.

Construction

Received the unit in a very timely manner. Quality construction. All parts included in the box.

Features

Love the controls that allow one to set temperature and smoking time and walk away.
 

Cuisinart COS-330

Reasonable Choice

If you're tight on budget and need a reasonably-priced smoker to enjoy deliciously smoked food, you should definitely consider the COS-330 smoker from Cuisinart, the brand many people already trust.

Compared to all other smokers in its price range, this smoker really has many benefits. To begin with, it boasts one of the broadest temperature ranges with a maximum heat of 400 degrees F.

Although the smoker has no electronic thermostat, it's fitted with a knob on the side, allowing you to set the temperature anywhere between 100-400 degrees F. The powerful 1500-watt heating element generates heat quickly and consistently, while an easy-to-read thermometer on the front door lets you monitor internal temperatures at a glance.

Out of the box, the unit is fairly easy to put together. The directions are great and the overall build quality is decent. Yet, some users note that some parts (ash can, vent, and door latch) feels a tad bit cheap. However, those slight niggles don't influence the performance at all. And the fact that the smoker comes with a generous 3-year warranty is the proof.

Though the Cuisinart COS-330 has a compact footprint, it offers 548-square inches of cooking space, which is quite enough for large companies. The three removable chrome racks can be conveniently arranged inside for smoking whole birds or large cuts of meat.

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Fun and Easy to Use

Another perk of this smoker is that it's fun and easy to use. Besides three chrome racks, it has a heating coil, a tray for wood chips, and a tray for water inside. And all you need to do to serve delicious home-smoked meals is load the smoker with food, add your favorite wood chips and water to dedicated trays, and then set the preferable temperature. That's all. This electric unit will smoke foods in a matter of hours without the hassle of messy charcoal to keep a consistent temperature.

That is to say, you'll have more time to enjoy with your friends and family. The smoker will deliver deliciously-smoked BBQ meals with minimum effort required from you.

With its small price tag and compact footprint, the smoker can become a great addition to any patio, deck, or outdoor barbecue kitchen. And its large chamber can smoke a wide variety of foods, including whole chickens, vegetables, beef, pork, ribs, seafood, fish, and meat.

Cuisinart COS-330 Electric Smoker in the use

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Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker

The Simplest Thing Ever

Using the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is nothing but pleasure. The device will get the job done perfectly, allowing you to cook delicious smoked delicacies every time.

The Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker has two working modes: "By time" and "By temperature", which will let you choose the optimal setting depending on the food you want to smoke. For example, "By temperature mode" is ideal for smoking meat. To get the most out of it, make sure to use a meat probe that comes in the set - insert it in the meat chunk, select the temperature using the control panel on top of the smoker, and wait. When the meat is done, the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker will automatically switch to a Keep Warm mode to preserve it warm for longer. As for cheese and vegetables, it's best to use "By time" mode, enabling you to set the needed period of time for smoking.

In the end, you will hear a sound signal informing you of the end of smoking. What's good is that the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker produces repetitive sound every 30 seconds during 19 hours so that you can hear it even if you were not near the smoker. As you can see, smoking food with the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is very easy.

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In Two Places at the Same Time

Have you ever been in a situation when you expected guests and they turned out sooner than the food was ready? Well, with the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker, solving this problem will be much easier. Supplied with a small remote control, you will be able to continue smoking food and have time for entertaining your guests. Though quite small, the remote operates in a wide radius of 100 feet and displays all the information on the screen, so you will be able to check the doneness of your meal without having to check on the unit. Handy for busy households.

Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker in the use

More Products to Consider

If you love hosting parties and inviting guests around, we also recommend you consider buying a beverage refrigerator. It's a small version of a regular fridge that will let you keep your drinks pleasantly cool during summer.

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What Is an Electric Smoker?

If you'd like to join the community of meat-smoking fans or you want to upgrade your old smoker to a new one, you've landed on the right page. To compile this review, we've done in-depth research of the market and picked five of the most popular electric smokers available currently on Amazon, so you can dabble in the smoking process and start a new tradition in your family. The advantages to using an electric smoker are numerous. They are easy and convenient to use, they automatically control the temperature, and they are the safest of all of the available options you can find for sale, which makes them suitable even for novice cooks who have not used a smoker before. Another benefit associated with an electric smoker is that it doesn't need feeding wood - once all setup, you can go do other things. This favorably sets them apart from charcoal and wood smokers. Finally, electric smokers take all the guesswork out of the process of smoking food - all you will need to do is put the food inside the smoker and select the settings; after that, the device will smoke the food for you, enveloping it with mouth-watering smoky flavors.

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What Features to Compare

Dimensions

When choosing a smoker, it's important to consider its dimensions and the cooking surface. For most people smoking food only occasionally, a small or moderate-sized electric smoker will do. But if you smoke often and a lot of food, you'd better opt for a bigger model. Also, it's essential to check out whether a smoker includes racks. The presence of racks will expand your smoking options as well as add more usable space even to a small item.

Control and Power

Controls are of no less importance too. If you're wavering between digital and analog options, we'd recommend going for the former one: it's easier to use and you will only need to press a few buttons. Regarding analog smokers, they are a bit trickier in use and require constant supervision leaving you almost no time for other things. Check out if an electric smoker includes a meat probe. This isn't a necessary item but it's certainly a nice addition to check the doneness of a dish. Power is important, too. The higher the numbers are, the quicker the smoker will cook. Along with the controls and power, it's worth checking a water bowl, grease tray, and smoke box capacity. This will tell you how quick the cooking process will be and how easy it will be to keep a smoker clean.

Materials and Features

Since an electric smoker is mostly used outdoors, make sure it's made of durable material not susceptible to rust, water, and weather. What is also important is that a smoker has good insulation preventing heat leakage. Better if it has a windowed door so that you can see what's happening inside the smoke box without opening it often. In case you don't plan to keep your smoker stationary, make sure it's got handles and wheels, which will make it easy to move it when there is a need.

FAQ:

Q: What is seasoning? How is this procedure carried out?
A: Seasoning of an electric smoker is a procedure which should be carried out before the first use of your appliance in order to get rid of the unpleasant smell that almost any new appliance has. In general, to season your new electric smoker, you need to make it work empty for approximately an hour at 150°F. Yet, since the operating principle of electric smokers might differ, it is recommended that you read a user's guide to learn how to carry out the procedure properly. The food smoked in the appliance which is regularly seasoned is much richer in flavours and tastes much better.

Q: Can I use an electric smoker indoors?
A: Electric smokers, as well as charcoal and gas-powered ones, are intended for outdoor use only. The main reason for this is that they produce smoke. Even if your kitchen is well-ventilated, you will not be able to avoid that heavy fog of smoke that trails the smoking process and remains in the air for several hours. The only case when the use of an electric smoker in the premise is allowed is when it's designed for commercial purposes and you're buying it to set in a spacious place.

Q: Do electric smokers come with bisquettes/chips and accessories like a meat probe?
A: It depends on the manufacturer and you can find different offers on the market. However, more often than not, you’ll have to buy accessories and wooden bisquettes/chips separately. On the one hand, it can be inconvenient since you won’t be able to use your smoker right out of the box if you don’t have all the necessary things at hand. On the other hand, if you buy additional stuff yourself, you can choose wood chips the flavour of which you like better, or, if you buy a meat probe, choose the one a bigger number of different functions.

Q: Do I need to control the smoking process all the time or is it enough to set the temperature and the time and leave until the food is ready?
A:
Though we all would like the smoking process to be simple and effortless, it's not quite the case, alas. You will still need to control the cooking process and manually add chips or bisquettes when a loaded batch burns out.

Q: Can I use an electric smoker during cold seasons?
A: Using an electric smoker under bad weather conditions is possible, although it would not be as simple and comfortable as it'd be on a hot sunny day. The main problem you'd face while smoking in the cold weather is maintaining the proper temperature throughout the whole smoking process. But don’t get desperate. Here are some tips that can help you prepare the tastiest food in your smoker even in the winter:

  • Don’t open the smoker door too often. Since electric smokers are made of metal, they do not retain hot temperatures very well when the weather is cold. If you open the smoker door - you let the hot air out.
  • Create a shelter for your smoker. The smoking results will be much better if you place the smoker under some kind of a roof or surround it with something like a wall to keep it away from wind, rain and snow.
  • Insulate the smoker with flame-resistant material to keep the heat inside the smoker.

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