Best Smokers

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Besides being universally delicious, smoking meat is one of the best ways to preserve it. Smoking meat allows you to extend the life of your meat and process it much longer than cooking it would normally allow.

Smoking meat is also a traditional way to preserve meat, predating refrigeration and modern shipping methods.

According to modern chefs, you really can’t beat smoking to preserve quality, and it’s even better than canning.

Smoking is as an ancient preservation method. Smokey aromas help to mask gamey smells and tastes often found in lower quality meats. Smoke penetrates meat, too, which is an added bonus for flavor.

If you enjoy eating smoked meats, you owe it to yourself to buy a smoker for smoking meat.

Tips to avoid buying a smoker that’s cheaply made:

The firebox and smoke stack should be made of high quality metals, such as stainless steel.

Smokers should have a thermometer so you can actually control the temperature while you’re smoking.

Smokers should have a damper so you can control the amount of air that flows into the unit.

The overall design should feel durable and well made.

NameCategoryProduct
Weber 22-inch Smokey Mountain CookerBest OverallWeber 22-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker
Nordic Ware Stovetop Kettle SmokerBudget PickNordic Ware Stovetop Kettle Smoker
Pit Boss Grills 77550 5.5 Pellet SmokerUpgrade PickPit Boss Grills 77550 5.5 Pellet Smoker

1. Weber 22-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker

Our rating: 9 / 10

Weber 22-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker

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Pros:

  • The original cheap smoker
  • Durable with good ventilation

Cons:

  • Can take a long time to heat up and ready to put on food
  • Not great for one person

Weber is a brand that needs no introduction. For the last 40 years, Weber has been producing excellent grillers, smokers, and charcoal grills.

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 22 is a smoker in an affordable price range. It’s an ideal choice if you want to cook high quality food without burning up too much cash.

The Wiener smoker has 4 main parts: a body, a handle, a lid and a water bowl. Some people may find it a little bit flimsy and hard to control. However, if you use it with care, and follow the instructions closely, it should last a long time.

2. Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill

Our rating: 9 / 10

Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill

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Pros:

  • Reduced amount of fat and calories in the meat
  • Smoke flavor penetrates the meat

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Char-Broil has made the smartest, easiest, and most convenient smoker/roaster on the market with the Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill.

The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill combines all of the convenience of a gas grill with all of the benefits of a smoker. It automatically maintains temperatures between 180 and 280 degrees, taking all of the guesswork and extra attention out of grilling and smoking.

3. Kaven Smoking Gun Handheld Smoker Food Smoker

Our rating: 9 / 10

Kaven Smoking Gun Handheld Smoker Food Smoker

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Pros:

  • Comes in five different colors (red, silver, blue, yellow, and black)
  • Large smoker chamber for cooking multiple meats/foods at once
  • Almost completely smokeless
  • Versatile, can be used for SousVide, charcoal, gas, and wood smoking
  • Can be used on a stovetop or outdoor grill
  • 10 year warranty
  • Lifetime product support
  • Made in the USA
  • Dad-approved

Cons:

  • Can be a little pricey if you’re looking for a smoker for a hobby
  • Needs to be manually lit
  • Made from hightech ceramic which does not have any type of flavor infusion (e.g. oak, mesquite, etc.)
  • Does not have a built-in thermometer (this makes monitoring the temperature of your meat challenging)
  • Reacts strongly to any water since it is not an electric smoker

4. PIT BOSS 77435 Vertical Lp Gas Smoker

Our rating: 9 / 10

PIT BOSS 77435 Vertical Lp Gas Smoker

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Pros:

  • Vertical positioning reduces space needed to store
  • Windscreen deflects wind to prevent heat loss
  • Comes with 4 chrome-coated racks
  • Utilizes a unique bullet smoker design
  • Hood allows smoke from the firebox to flow freely
  • Comes with a smoke stack that resembles a small chimney
  • Can hold up to a 7-pound brisket or 6-hams
  • Includes a rainproof cover
  • Includes an ash drawer
  • Dimensions: 21.5 x 28 x 39.5 inches

Cons:

  • Dedicated wood chip tray is needed if you don’t use pellet fuel
  • Skeptical about how it’ll perform in cold weather

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There are also some solid gas smokers you could go with, one of the best being the PIT BOSS 77435 Vertical LP Gas Smoker, Red,.

This pit is stronger than most, with a sturdy steel frame, and built-in thermometer. It has a front hinged door that makes adding wood pellets and other finishing touches easy. This smoker comes with chrome plated steel grills, a water pan, adjustable dampers, and a 6-year warranty.

5. Weber 18-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker

Our rating: 9 / 10

Weber 18-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker

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Pros:

  • Great price
  • Lots of surface space
  • Great for smoking meats
  • Arrives fully assembled
  • Easy to add wood chips or charcoal
  • Can cook multiple items at once
  • Great for both meats and vegetables
  • Fits great on a smaller patio
  • Sturdy construction
  • Can handle high temperatures

Cons:

  • Lacks a separate firebox
  • No water drainage

A lot of people are excited about getting a smoker, but this Weber is sure to turn more than a few heads due to its compact size.

It can fire up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and is perfect for both meat and veggies. You can smoke any kind of meat that you want, including chicken, beef, ham, and racks of ribs.

Because it’s smaller, it’s easier to work with and manage. It’s also much easier to fit on a smaller patio, so it’s perfect if you don’t have a ton of space.

6. Masterbuilt MB20070210 Analog Electric Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Masterbuilt MB20070210 Analog Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Affordable
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple design with a small footprint
  • Vertical operation
  • Comes with a 10-year warranty
  • Durable construction
  • Adjustable door for the internal temperature reading
  • Cord storage
  • Optional wheels and a handle

Cons:

  • Limited space
  • No analog air temperature control
  • Accidentally removes control panel

This smoker is a really good buy for its price. It is a vertical smoker which allows you to have more space inside the unit.

The size of the unit is about the same as the horizontal smokers but you have more space inside to put your meat. Inside it has three racks that you can put your food on so that you can smoke three kinds of meat. Also, it has a water pan and a door that you can open to change the internal temperature.

To clean it, you can easily remove the internal parts that may get dirty and put them in the dishwasher to be cleaned easily. Additionally, you can remove the door that you will open and clean from the outside.

7. Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill

Our rating: 8 / 10

Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill

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Pros:

  • Adjustable temperature on the front or side
  • Compact
  • High quality materials

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Front hinge not very durable

The Dyna-Glo vertical smoker is a smart looking smoke box that is more than capable of cooking some delicious meat. We like how it’s adjustable and has multiple temperature settings. This means you can get it to whatever temperature you want on the front of the grill like a regular grill.

If you already have a charcoal smoker, you may want to consider getting an additional thermometer. That way you can have one thermometer for the meat and another thermometer monitoring the temperature of the charcoal.

The clever design of the Dyna-Glo Smoke Vault is not only perfect for charring steaks but it also allows you to easily add and manipulate charcoal during cooking. You can access the charcoal drawer through the bottom of the unit.

8. PIT BOSS 77425 2.5 Gas Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

PIT BOSS 77425 2.5 Gas Smoker

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Here is another smoker that I love thanks to its durability, design, and control of temperature. Definitely one of my favorite things about this smoker is the 3-meter stainless steel water pipe that connects the firebox to the smoker. This water pipe, which can hold 2.5 liters of water, prevents the drippings from the wood that are built up in the smoker from burning.

This smoker is made from powder coated sheet metal and comes with a temperature gauge, along with a built-in thermometer with 4 temperature settings. The temperature for this smoker can be adjusted between one and three hundred sixty degrees Fahrenheit, which is perfect for all kinds of meat.

The lift-out grill rack and wood chip loader are great features that come with this smoker, and this smoker is controlled simply by a handle that you pull.

9. Presto 06014 Indoor Electric Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Presto 06014 Indoor Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Great value with all the necessary features
  • Convenient size (6 quarts)
  • Easy to clean
  • Great indoor smoking
  • Fast prep and cook time
  • Very little effort
  • As frequent as every 40 minutes
  • Fast cleanup

Cons:

  • Smoke is trapped in unit during cooking
  • Smoke can be overwhelming in a small space
  • If you’re looking for outdoor smoking, this is not the unit for it

The Presto brand has been around for more than 100 years. Their smoker is also a 6-quart electric smoker that is perfect for family sized meals.

This is an easy smoker to use and you can get the best results with a little less work. As long as you have a good recipe to start off with, you’ll be very pleased with the high quality smoked foods that you get from your very first smoking project.

The separate meat probe is a nice feature to ensure that you don’t burn your meat.

10. Char-Broil Bullet Charcoal Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Char-Broil Bullet Charcoal Smoker

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Pros:

  • Cordless
  • Easy to use
  • Portable
  • Heat control is simple
  • Can be easily cleaned
  • 2 year warranty
  • Heat control of up to 280 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Price is not too bad
  • Compatible with KC Masterpiece and other sauces
  • It's cheap

Cons:

  • It's large for a charcoal smoker, making it harder to store away
  • It's not as durable as some other options on the market.

The Char-Broil Bullet smoker has a 26 x 16 inch cooking grate, a temperature gauge and has a couple of temperatures settings. The only thing that could be more desirable here is more temperature settings.

Beyond that, there’s very little to complain about. It’s plenty large enough to hold a healthy amount of meat. It’s got two heat settings, and it’s ready to start smoking in just a few moments.

11. Realcook Vertical 17 Inch Steel Charcoal Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Realcook Vertical 17 Inch Steel Charcoal Smoker

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Pros:

  • Comes with a horizontal or vertical grate for different cooking options
  • Heavy-duty construction, which means it doesn’t rattle like other, lighter smokers
  • Material is mold and rust resistant

12. Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 6 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control

Our rating: 8 / 10

Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 6 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control

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Pros:

  • Versatile for multiple types of cooking
  • Large cooking area at 450 sq inches
  • Accurate temperature control
  • Can deice pellets without electricity
  • Made of metal and not plastic like other cheaper smokers
  • Assembly is easy

Cons:

  • Charcoal racks are hard to maneuver
  • Assembly instructions are unclear
  • Temp takes a long time to get to smoking temp (3-4 hours)
  • A little on the heavy side but not too bad
  • Pellets don’t burn very hot, may need to supplement with charcoal

This smoker is a great value for the price. The price is much cheaper than other 4-in-1 smokers on the market. I was surprised by how quickly it started reaching temp. The temperature control is more accurate – it stays at the temperature you set it. It has a feature that automatically kicks the smoke on for 30 mins, which helps with cold weather. Unfortunately I have not had much luck getting it under 220 degrees.

13. Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36" Propane Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36" Propane Smoker

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The COS-244 by Cusinart is one of the most sought after grill grills we’ve seen. It comes with a 4.2-pound chrome-plated cooking grates.

This grill’s side access door and bottom vent make the COS-244 convenient and easy to use. This is by far one of the most efficient propane smokers you can find for your home.

The best feature that comes with this “quality smoker” is the thermometer knob that helps you control the temperature easily. The smoker wood chip box is also very efficient. This is something you’ll not see in other top grills.

14. Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker

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Smoking meat uses a 2- to 4-pound charcoal briquette in a pan below the grilling grate. The charcoal briquette burns slowly at a temperature of 350-375 degrees F. The internal temperature of the meat needs to be controlled with a thermometer. This requires an internal temperature of 160-180 degrees F.

The main difference between smoking meat in a smoker than grilling is that in smoking, the meat does not have direct contact with the charcoal. The smoke doesn’t permeate the meat in the way that it does when the meat is in contact with the charcoal. This gives the meat its smoked flavor.

15. Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker

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Pros:

  • Heated rack, smoking tray, drip tray, and water pan
  • Sets up fast
  • Large enough to fit several whole chickens
  • Relatively easy to fold up and move around

Cons:

  • Doesn’t not have a side burner
  • Racks don’t hold a standard sized whole chicken
  • Plastic rather than stainless
  • Outer housing doesn’t get hot enough for searing a steak and gets hot to the touch

16. Cuisinart COS-330 Electric Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Cuisinart COS-330 Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Good for beginners
  • Plenty of settings
  • Easy to use features
  • Durable
  • Comes with a recipe book
  • Electric, not propane

Cons:

  • Very small cooking area
  • Parts made of plastic

17. Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Simple design
  • Optional smoking chips
  • Great for beginners
  • Very affordable
  • Comes with a temperature gauge
  • Powerful motor
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Comes with a handle
  • Very portable
  • Handy drip tray

Cons:

  • Small cooking area
  • Cannot be used without power
  • Cannot smoke for as long as you’d like

18. Masterbuilt MB20071117 Digital Electric Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Masterbuilt MB20071117 Digital Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Includes a 30-inch digital smoker for the price
  • Door latch that locks in place
  • Comes with racks for holding meat in place
  • Comes with a cold-weather kit that prevents ice or snow from building up on the door
  • Holds 12 pounds of meat (if you pack it right)
  • Easy to access the meat
  • Internal data keeps a record of the temperature
  • Comes with a remote control for those times when you’re not standing near the smoker
  • Uses wood chips

19. Cuisinart COS-118 Vertical 18" Charcoal Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Cuisinart COS-118 Vertical 18" Charcoal Smoker

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Pros:

  • User-friendly design
  • Affordable
  • More durable than other options

The Cuisinart COS-118 is an ideal smoker for beginners. The design is easy to use, and the excellent customer service will give you that extra boost of confidence if you run into any problems.

The COS-118 has a side loader design which allows you to add wood chips and other smoking ingredients without opening the smoker as frequently.

This model is also rated among the top three electric smokers available on the market, and reviews confirm its efficiency and durability.

20. Smoke Hollow 26142E 26-Inch Electric Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Smoke Hollow 26142E 26-Inch Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Two-year warranty
  • Plenty of space inside for smoking larger items
  • Large door for easy access
  • Hinged water pan
  • Can smoke at exactly the temperature you need
  • Easily change temperature settings
  • Comes with a meat thermometer
  • Full temperature guide included
  • Great customer support team
  • Large enough for a 12-pound brisket

If you’re looking for the best electric smoker, then the Smoke Hollow 26142E could be it. It comes from a great brand, it’s affordable, and comes with plenty of features.

The Smoke Hollow Electric Smoker is a digital electric smoker that has plenty of room to accommodate a 12-pound brisket. To be exact, it has a cooking space of 229 square inches and a total interior volume of 262 cubic inches.

The smoking area itself is big enough for a 225-pound turkey!

21. Oklahoma Joe's Highland Offset Smoker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Oklahoma Joe's Highland Offset Smoker

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Pros:

  • Great Price
  • Portable
  • Easy to Assemble and Use

Cons:

  • Difficult to Get Temperature Below 350 Degrees
  • Large Ashes and Debris Build-up Must Be Cleaned Often

If you’re looking into buying a smoker, you need to objectively compare the options based on various features. I’ve compiled a list of the best smokers that are made with an offset firebox.

If you’re just starting out, this popular smoker is a great option. It’s easy to use, portable, and will get the job done. It uses a 14 inch by 20 inch firebox and a 26 inch cooking grate, and it weighs around 50 lbs.

The smoker comes with a fire pan, a water pan, wood grate, and smoker lid, but unfortunately does not include a thermometer. The charcoal setup takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and the first smoke takes about four hours.

22. Smoke Hollow PS40B Propane Smoker by Masterbuilt

Our rating: 7 / 10

Smoke Hollow PS40B Propane Smoker by Masterbuilt

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Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Large cooking capacity

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Takes a while to heat up

Although a propane smoker is the most common type of smoker, electric smokers are growing in popularity and for good reason. Electric smokers don’t require a ton of maintenance or any of the fancy add-ons that propane smokers do. They also run off of a plug and don’t require any gas or power connection to run. This makes cleanup a breeze. The only drawback to an electric smoker is that they take longer to heat up than a propane smoker does.

If you’re looking for a smoker that’s affordable, simple to use, and reliable, the Smoke Hollow® PS40B Propane Smoker by Masterbuilt is the perfect choice for you. The smoker runs on a 10,000 BTU burner that is propane powered. This smoker is capable of holding 40 pounds, so that’s plenty of food or meat for the family. This is the perfect cooker for a small family or someone looking to cook small orders of meat.

The Smoke Hollow PS40B also has many convenient features such as the water pan which helps keep the meat tender, the temperature gauge, and the thermometer.

23. Dyna-Glo DGW1235BDP-D 36" Wide Body LP Gas Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Dyna-Glo DGW1235BDP-D 36" Wide Body LP Gas Smoker

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Pros:

  • Really wide design
  • Easy to use
  • Assembly is easy
  • Relatively inexpensive

Cons:

  • Paint chips and scratches are common concerns
  • Smoker door is difficult to use

This Dyna-Glo is an excellent, inexpensive choice for all kinds of smoking, including big cuts of meat. Big is the operative word when it comes to the Dyna-Glo. This 36” model is big enough to accommodate big batches of food.

As with all grills, grilling capacity depends on the quality of the heat source, the grilling grate, and the overall design of the unit. Regardless of the Dyna-Glo’s size, with a powerful LP burner you can run up to 50 hours without adding more fuel. You won’t have to worry about running out propane while you’re firing up all kinds of tasty treats.

Some owners complain that this smoker is too big to use as a typical grill. This smoker is really meant for the serious home griller that plans on doing most or all of the cooking on the grill rather than using it like a normal sized grill. The door is small and the interior requires you to stand up to put the food in and remove it.

24. Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

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Pros:

  • Has a nice look to it
  • Easy to use
  • Stays cool from the outside
  • Removable parts makes it easy to clean

Cons:

  • Parts are pricier than other brands
  • Fewer reviews on this model than others

Steel Heat Tent, 4 Stainless Steel Comfort Handles, 538 sq in, XXL Digital LED Control Panel, 20 120-Volt Power Outlets, Gourmet BBQ System.

The Z Grills 2020 is a gas smoker. This is an important distinction because I’ve had bad experiences with electric smokers. I’ve had to replace them multiple times.

This model (the Z Grills 2020) forces you to be patient. It takes longer to produce results but once you're there, you'll be there to stay. If you have the time and want to take your bbq to next level, this unit is a great addition to your home.

25. Bradley Smoker BTDS76P 990216 Bradley Digital 4 Rack Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Bradley Smoker BTDS76P 990216 Bradley Digital 4 Rack Smoker

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Pros:

  • Simple and easy to use
  • 6-9 hr cooking time per load
  • 120V/60Hz 230-volt International Voltage
  • Heat Circulator reduces temperature fluctuation
  • Automatic shut off
  • Can be used as smoker or a slow cooker
  • Drainable water pan
  • 2 meat hooks
  • Articulating dome thermometer
  • easy cleanup

Cons:

  • Warranty issue
  • Over use of it will cause the beads to lose their effectiveness considerably

The best electric smoker reviews are definitely saying they would recommend this to the people looking to cook some good quality bbq. The Bradley smoker is designed in such a way that it has the heating all in the bottom of it. It is not a pellet smoker and it utilizes wood which is a very healthy option for cooking.

It provides heat and smoke to the food that is being prepared. As temperature and time goes on most of the moisture goes off and fat are left on the food which makes food juicier and more tasteful.

26. Z Grills ZPG-7002B 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Z Grills ZPG-7002B 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

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Pros:

  • 8 in 1
  • 700 sq in
  • 8 in 1 features

Cons:

  • Size
  • Size

The results are in and Z Grills ZPG-7816 2 zone smoker is the undisputed king of best smokers. It has it all: a large wood pellet grill, large horizontal smoking grill, small warming rack, multiple racks for grilling, all on top of a highly efficient and large pellet hopper. You can cook delicious steaks, ribs, pork, chicken and anything that you wish to smoke, in an extremely efficient manner and at the same time, following your desired temperature. Above all, it’s a top-class smoker that provides great value for your money and that too at an affordable price.

First Things First: The temperature

The digital Texas smoker comes equipped with 7 auto-controlled temperature settings with grilling accuracy of 10-degrees. All this means to you is that you can set and adjust the temperature to your desired setting and the smoker will do the same. With no fuss and muss over the temperature fluctuations. The smoker will hold the high temperature for an hour before dropping the temperature by 20 degrees for the next couple of hours, all at the push of a button.

27. Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow SH19079518 Digital Electric Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow SH19079518 Digital Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • 3 racks included
  • Love the pellet smoker

This smoker is a no-brainer. This unit claims to have some of the simplest operation of all electric smokers out there. This is a perfect choice for beginners who are looking to own their first smoker.

Unlike gas smokers, it provides a very unique experience with the chip (wood) smoke. While you may feel that this is not practical or convenient for you, we are sure that you will find the outcome of the food to be mind-blowing.

Many reviewers have uploaded incredible photos of the final food, and we are sure that you will like it!

28. Giantex Vertical Charcoal Smoker 2-Tier Outdoor Barbeque Grill

Our rating: 7 / 10

Giantex Vertical Charcoal Smoker 2-Tier Outdoor Barbeque Grill

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Pros:

  • Dual air vents
  • Temperature gauge
  • Durable

If you’re looking for the best smokers, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I’m giving the title to the Giantex BBQ Vertical Charcoal Smoker. With a large enough cooking chamber to cook for anywhere from a few guests to a large family BBQ, this top notch smoker is nice.

Uniquely designed to make less work for you, the Giantex vertical smoker includes a handle, a temperature gauge, multi-level racks, a thermometer, and large charcoal pan.

It’s also got a clear door and water pan on the bottom so that you can keep watching and controlling the food without taking it apart.

29. Nordic Ware Stovetop Kettle Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Nordic Ware Stovetop Kettle Smoker

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Pros:

  • Takes up very little space
  • Can be used with gas, electric, or propane burners
  • Gets very hot and holds its heat perfectly
  • Allows you to control the temperature with ease and precision
  • Affordable
  • Easy clean up
  • Comes with instructions

Cons:

  • Can be slightly challenging to assemble
  • Does not work with glass stovetops

If you’re looking for a way to add real smoked flavor to food without the hassle of using a charcoal grill or a big, bulky, expensive smoker, the Nordic Ware Stovetop Smoker is a great option. This simple little device allows you to capture the taste of smoked food without even lighting a match! This well-made, affordable smoker is made of durable stainless steel design that can withstand years of regular use.

The Nordick Ware Stove Top Smoker comes with detailed, easy to follow instructions. However, we highly recommend that you watch a quick tutorial of how to assemble the smoker on Youtube before you begin.

The main compartment of the stovetop smoker is large enough to accommodate a whole chicken or a couple of racks of ribs or brisket. You also get a water pan to add moisture to the smoke, which gives your food that authentic, smokehouse taste.

30. Masterbuilt MB20073519 Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Masterbuilt MB20073519 Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Cold smoke capabilities
  • Temperature ranging from 100 – 300 degrees
  • Meat probe included
  • Mobile app to monitor your meat
  • Large, 3 inch thick barrel
  • Three doors
  • Big smoking space (800 sq inches)

Cons:

  • Smokes at low temperatures
  • Could have had better smoker warranty
  • Heavy smoker

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The Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker has:

  • Smokes at low temperatures
  • Could have had better smoker warranty
  • Heavy smoker

31. Char-Broil 12201570-A1 American Gourmet Offset Smoker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Char-Broil 12201570-A1 American Gourmet Offset Smoker

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Pros:

  • Includes a built-in thermometer
  • Includes an ash pan
  • Includes a water bowl
  • Can be used indoors
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Vertical smoke-stack
  • Assembly instructions are poorly translated

One of the most versatile smokers you can get, the Char-Broil American Gourmet model is widely loved by its customers, who say it makes the best smoked turkey.

This smoker is also great for making other foods as well, such as baked beans and barbecue ribs. The machine’s 36-inch height can be extended to a total of 53 inches.

Besides the vertical smoke stack, the two things that make this option stand out are a thermometer and a charcoal pan at the bottom of the unit. As a result, you can control the temperature quite well by moving the coals to either side of the vertical funnel, and from the top or bottom.

32. Pit Boss Grills 77550 5.5 Pellet Smoker

Our rating: 6 / 10

Pit Boss Grills 77550 5.5 Pellet Smoker

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Pros:

  • Durable and well constructed
  • Plenty of space for cooking
  • Sets up easy
  • Quality construction

Cons:

  • Not a pretty sight when you first set it up
  • A parts and not a deal breaker

Overall, the Pit Boss 77550 is a great pellet smoker. While it is not the top of the line pellet smoker, I believe that it will do for 90% of people's needs, especially those who are not too concerned with having the pit master's touch in their meat. The price is very good and this smoker will have more than enough space for a small family, or a couple of small families.

The Pellet Boss gives you all of the control that you could ask for, even as far as the smoke stacks. With a press of a single button, the stainless steel meat probe swings out and measures exact internal temperature of whatever food you may have inside the cooking chamber.

The Pit Boss Grills 77550 has a 775 sq. in. cooking area that comes with a piston powered smoker. We preferred this as opposed to a chip smoker because it burns longer and gives you more heat and smoke. If you're looking for a smoker that will cook for a longer period of time and will be able to handle the entirety of a brisket then this may be the smoker for you.

33. Royal Gourmet 30" BBQ Charcoal Grill and Offset Smoker

Our rating: 6 / 10

Royal Gourmet 30" BBQ Charcoal Grill and Offset Smoker

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Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Good quality
  • Works well for outdoor use
  • Excellent size

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34. Masterbuilt MPS 230S Propane Smoker

Our rating: 6 / 10

Masterbuilt MPS 230S Propane Smoker

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Pros:

  • Proven quality
  • Great for both experienced and novice users
  • Convenient cordless operation

This is the third smoker we’ve owned. As the last two were not propane, I found the Masterbuilt MPS 230S an easy smoker to use.

I appreciate the glass window as it allows me to see how the food is coming along. I especially love how heated the smoker box is. I’m typically cooking for 6-8 people at a time so I need the meat to be hot instead of spending several hours at 200 degrees!

The Masterbuilt MPS 230S is a great smoker for the price. It’s been a great addition for us and I’d highly recommend it to anyone that wants to invest in their own smoker, or if someone is looking for a gift for a BBQ enthusiast.

35. Masterbuilt MES 430S Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker

Our rating: 4 / 10

Masterbuilt MES 430S Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker

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Pros:

  • Heavy-duty metal construction
  • Can be used as an external smoker

Cons:

  • Somewhat complicated to use
  • Keeps smoking for up to 16 hours

This smoker from Masterbuilt is durable and efficient both as a standard grill and as an external grill. Its heavy-duty materials make it very sturdy for a variety of functions. This smoker pleases all types of people from meat connoisseurs to everyday families.

Its ability to smoke for up to 16 hours is excellent for the catering sector. It is also a good investment for those who enjoy smoking their own meats at home. The smoker does not leak and is easy to fill up with charcoal because it comes with a spill-resistant water pan. The water pan allows heat to radiate evenly across the charcoal and onto the grill.

The Masterbuilt MES 430S is also well-known for its use of Bluetooth technology. It comes with a smart grill controller with Bluetooth connectivity and a power- outage recovery system.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the best smokers to buy?

It’s best to go with your gut! There are a lot of smokers out there, and each has its benefits and drawbacks.

Here are a few tips to consider when comparing potential options.

What are the top 10 smokers?

Number one is the Masterbuilt XL Power Smoker. It boasts enough room to smoke a whole chicken whole. It features two side doors and a 240 square inch smoking space. There is a digital remote control, meat probe, LED display, and UV cured paint. The temperature varies from 100°F to 275°F. It has a built in fan and comes with an adjustable air control. The construction is solid.

Number two is the Char-Broil Signature Smoker. It boasts a 637 square inch cooking area with built-in temperature gauge. It has two side doors and two locking casters, a one-hour heat indicator light, and a few other nifty features. It has a dedicated smoker burger skillet.

What is the best grill smoker to buy?

There are a few key factors to consider while shopping for a smoker. The size of your smoker is important because it will dictate how many of the largest cuts of meat you can prepare at once. Your smoker’s overall construction and material will impact how well it’s able to retain heat, which can ultimately affect the amount of time it takes to cook your meats. The durability of a smoker can also have an impact on your perspective of its value.

For example, the size of your smokers can vary drastically. The largest smokers have capacities that can reach between 500-20000 pounds! Most smokers have capacities that fall somewhere between 40-1000 pounds, however, which should be sufficient for most households.

What type of smoker is best for beginners?

As a vegan, I don’t use meat, but an electric smoker can be used for so many things, even cooking vegan.

It can cook tofu, tempeh, eggs, mock meats and even vegetables!

It’s a great piece of equipment to have in any kitchen.

Quite a few recipes are very simple to make, and they are delicious!

Conclusion

Smokers, in essence, are devices that help you cook by infusing smoke into your food products. It’s essential to consider the amount of space available, your budget, how often you’d use it, and what you’d cook with it, when deciding which smoker to get. We hope that after reading this article, you’ll be able to answer these questions for yourself, and get the best smoker for your needs. Good luck and please don’t hesitate to have a look through some of our other top review articles!

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