Since you have decided to buy your first Electric Smoker, it’s better to start on a low budget. You are new to it and well there may be a chance that you might not like Electric Smokers after all, so why buy an expensive one? But cheap Electric Smokers don’t always mean good Electric Smokers.
So we have reviewed a list of Electric Smokers for you which won’t burn a hole in your pocket and cost you under 500 bucks only:
Bradley Smoker – Original
This is considered to be one of the best electric smokers out there because of its refrigerator like structure which a fully automatic system and thermostatically controlled. This provides both hot and cold smoke and so is favourable among a lot of people although it is found to be a little less effective at low temperatures.
Its inside is designed with stainless steel for durability and it provides space to fit a bird or any other large meats. In this model, you are provided with a large range of abilities varying from bake, slow cook, etc. to smoking.
One of the drawbacks is its energy consumption. It is known to break down several times during a week.
But all in all it is quite affordable at around 250$-300$ and you are provided with a hassle-free smoker to cook your food for you.
Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker
For electric smokers, Masterbuilt is the most trustworthy company out there. If you are a beginner, then this model is the best choice for you as it is extremely easy to us.
It has a cooking space of 730 inch which can be used to cook for a large family or any kind of family gatherings and occasions. It will easily fit big batches of meat and provide you with a steady and consistent smoke to give your meat that extra needed flavour.
It has chrome-coated racks which are removable and a digital control panel which controls everything from temperature to timer. It would automatically shut off when your food is ready so that you don’t have to keep a constant eye on it.
One of the best feature of this smoker is that it collects your meat droppings in a tray at the bottom which makes it easier to clean later. Although it has a shorter cable compared to other smoker and its heating element tends to break down occasionally, it’s still a value for money at just 170$.
Masterbuilt 20070411 Top Controller Electric Smoker
One of the top rated Electric smokers, this model comes with a RF remote which makes it easier to work it as you can handle this smoker from some distance. No need to stand beside the smoker the whole time anymore!
It has an inbuilt 24-hour timer which automatically switches off once your food is ready. It has four racks to store your meat and as there is a 2 cube feet distance, you can be certain that all your food will be getting properly smoked.
Another amazing feature of this model is its forward window which lets you check your food without actually opening the Smoker. Just load the wood chips on its side and watch the smoker do its job.
But it does have a few downsides as well. The temperature can go around only 275 degrees so if you are looking to smoke red meat, you are in for a disappointment. It is a little big and needs a direct plug. But all these aside, it’s a good bet at just 250$-300$.
Char-Broil’s Vertical Electric Smoker
Are you looking for a griller and a smoker? Well, look no more. Char-Broil is the perfect instrument for those who would like to buy a griller and a smoker both. With its 505 square inches of cooking space, it can fit a large amount of meat with ease.
It uses a basic thermostat dial and in conjunction with a good thermometer, you can set your desired temperature, and the plain controller is less prone to malfunction over time than other digital controllers. A combo of water and wood pan is used to produce smoke in this smoker. One downside is that it is heavy compared to other smokers.
It’s easy to clean, well-insulated and well-spaced which makes it a more attractive option than other smokers and costs around just 150$. The Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Pellet Smoker is another good option, if you’re looking for a pellet smoker under $300.
Smoke Hollow 26142 Electric Smoker
Another product of great value is Smoke Hollow 26142, it runs at a heating element of 1500 W and has a temperature setting control which you can adjust according to your needs.
A water pan and wood chips are added to this product so that fuel can be added easily while smoking. It comes with two chrome-plated grids whose height can be adjusted easily. There is a heat indicator also available in this product which informs you whether the meat is getting adequate smoke or not.
One of the most interesting feature is that its side handles are designed to be cool-touch which makes it easier to check the smoke and the spring wire handle doesn’t need you to wear gloves while opening the door.
Apart from all this, it does have a few disadvantages like the temperature goes down whenever you open the door and water pan is small compared to other smokers. But aside from that, it is very effective and reasonable at a cost of around 100$-150$.
So, take your pick and choose the one which suits you the best and get on with your BBQ nights.