There’s really nothing like a perfectly smoked cut of meat.

Typically, smoking is a very time consuming and personal process. Many traditionalists would never consider using an electric smoker, but these products have come a long way and most of us don’t have hours on end to sit and wait for meat to cook all day.

If you are looking for a simpler solution to smoking meats and don’t want to deal with the charcoal or a mess then an electric smoker is the way to go. Plus they save time and are very easy to use, making them even more desirable.

Whether you are looking for an electric smoker to take camping, host a party or use indoors we have you covered. All of these smokers will give your favorite foods that smokey flavor with minimal effort.

Below are the 7 best electric smokers of 2020. 

Best Overall Electric Smoker

Masterbuilt is a brand we can trust. They make a variety of different smokers, and the Masterbuilt Model 20070210 is our top pick for the best overall electric smoker. 

Masterbuilt 30-Inch Electric Smoker


  • Price - $189.99 
  • Easy to use - This is a great smoker for both beginners and experts. Simply plug it in, turn the temperature dial and you are good to go. With a removable water bowl and drip tray, it’s easy to use and clean.   
  • Temperature Gauge Built In - With pre-built temperature controls all you have to worry about is what type of food you want to smoke— no need to fuss with figuring out the temperature settings. 
  • Multiple Racks - It comes with three racks. You can fit up to 3 chickens, 2 turkeys, 3 racks of ribs or 3 pork butts which means you can please all the meat lovers in your family. 
  • Easy to Add On - Masterbuilt offers add-ons like cold smoking attachments that fit on any smoker they make to add a little versatility to your smoking game. 
  • Voltage - 1,500-watt heating element 
  • Dimensions - 20 x 21.69 x 40.15 in

What Reviewers Say:

  • Lifetime Value - Reviewers feel this smoker is well made,  lasts for years and set up is a breeze. 
  • Great Price - The price point is great for the functionality and a perfect entry level smoker.
  • Heating Element Issues - There have been reported issues with the heating element burning out after anywhere from six months to a year of use. The heating element can be replaced for around $40.

Best Party Hosting Electric Smoker 

The Smoking-It line of smokers are trendy and very dependable. 

The Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker is the second most preferred electric smoker on Amazon. It is similar to model #1 in construction and use, but we think #2 is better for parties because it is a tad bigger in size allowing you to be the hostess with the mostest. 

Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker


  • Price - $489.99 + $117.00 shipping
  • Great Mobility - The Smokin-It Model #2 has wheels on the bottom so you can easily move it anywhere you need. The wheels also lock, so when you find the perfect spot, you can lock it in place and confidently know it won’t roll away. 
  • Well Insulated - This smoker is extremely insulated and will hold a steady temperature for entire use. No need to worry about fussy with the gauge, all the heat will stay inside this smoker. 
  • 12 Foot Long Power Cord - This is a great feature because you can plug your smoker in and make sure it is out of the way. Just make sure not to trip on the cord.  
  • Slow Burning Wood - The efficient burning of wood chips helps save on smoking costs. 
  • Voltage - 800-watt heating element, 7 amps 120-volt single-phase (electrical strength). 
  • Dimensions - 15x 15 x 20 in.

What Reviewers Say:

  • Very Sturdy and Reliable - Reviewers raved about how sturdy and reliable the smoker is and they love that all internal parts can be removed for easy cleaning. Many reviewers are delighted and they highly recommend this smoker
  • Thermostat Placement Not Ideal - This smoker’s thermostat is lower than other smokers which can cause the temperature reading to be different at the top and bottom. It’s important to understand what the temperature is where food is located.  
  • High Shipping Price - Watch out for the $100 plus dollar shipping costs when calculating if this smoker is in your budget.
  • Easy to Assemble - Reviewers appreciate that the smoker is easy to put together. It has a simple design and is easy to use. 

Best Top Loading Smoker 

The Little Chief Smoker Top Loader Smoker is a little different than the others. 

It’s a top-loading electric smoker, which means you put that rack in from the top verus opening a door. This might take two people the load the first few times you use it. 

Little Chief Top Load Electric Smoker


  • Price - $106.04
  • Small and Lightweight - The Little Chief smoker weighs in at 15 pounds and a little over 2 feet tall makes it extremely easy to maneuver and carry with one hand if need be. 
  • No Assembling - This smoker is made from aluminum and no assembly is required. 
  • Loads of Meat - Despite the size of this smoker, it can cook up to 25 pounds of meat at a time. 
  • Voltage - 250-watt heating element, 120-volts 
  • Dimensions - 27.38 x 12.38 x 12.38 in

What Reviewers Say:

  • All-Inclusive - It includes shelves, wood chip pan, dishwasher safe drip pan and a recipe book to maximize your smoking needs. 
  • No Temperature Setting - You can not adjust the temperature on this smoker. It is set at 165 degrees and will stay that temperature the entire time it’s in use. 
  • Perfect for Cold Smoking - This smoker is excellent for cold smoking. It’s simple to use and nearly foolproof.
  • Dings and Dents - Since it is made out of aluminum, it’s easy to scratch and dent this smoker if you don’t handle it carefully. 
  • Great Price - The price point is great for the functionality with only a little over $100.

Best Analog Electric Smoker

Are you one of those homecooks who likes to constantly check on your food? 

The Char-Broil Analog Vertical Electric Smoker is perfect for you with an easy to read temperature gauge right on the door. You can check in on your smoker to make sure it’s staying hot and cooking your food without having to open the door and let heat escape. 

Char-Broil Analog Vertical Electric Smoker


  • Price - $142.99
  • Lots of Space- 544 square inches of cooking surface and 3 adjustable shelves for ample cooking space.  
  • Front Access - It has front access to the removable water tray, grease cup and wood chip tray making it easy to use and clean.
  • Sturdy and Child Safe - With two latches, one on the top and one on the bottom, this smoker retains heat very well and is much more child-safe than other smokers. 
  • Temperature Gauge on Door - Conveniently located in the door, so no need to open it to release heat and mess with the evenness of cooking. 
  • Voltage - 1,000-watt heating element, 10-amps
  • Dimensions - 28.54 x 16.9 x 13.66 in

What Reviewers Say:

  • Great Value - Reviewers say overall the smoker is good quality, heavy-duty and a great value for the price. 
  • Temperature Adjustment Issues - Some have issues maintaining a consistent temperature and difficulty changing the temperature due to the knob placement. The gauge is at the bottom of the smoker and not great if you have lower back issues. 
  • Super Insulated - With a double wall, this smoker holds in the heat much better than others and the stainless steel doors make it study to lock and secure. 

Best Tailgate Electric Smoker

Being able to have smoked meat before a football game is a huge game changer. Take your food wherever the party is with the Masterbuilt 20073716 Portable Electric Smoker

You will definitely need to be prepared for strangers stopping by for some samples with this portable electric smoker.  

Masterbuilt 20073716 Portable Electric Smoker


  • Price - $217.85
  • Compactible - The foldable legs on this smoker make it easy to set up and use for tailgating, camping or having a BBQ at the park.  
  • Three Temperature Settings - High, Medium and low temperature settings, which makes it simple to use on the go.   
  • Fully Equipped - It comes with a temperature gauge on the door, a removable wood chip tray and water pan.
  • Voltage - 1,400-watt heating element 
  • Dimensions - 15.94 x 23.62 x 23.42 in

What Reviewers Say:

  • Two Racks - It has 2 smoking racks and reviewers have cooked everything from chicken to ribs to pork shoulder that have all turned out great with the 3-setting dial. 
  • Bring Foil - Reviewers recommend putting foil just below the bottom rack to catch drips because there is no drip pan. 

Best Indoor Electric Smoker

Some people want that smoky flavor on their food, but don’t have space for a large smoker in the backyard. Maybe you live in an apartment and don’t have a backyard. You are not out of luck. 

The Presto 06013 Electric Slow Cooker Indoor Smoker is a great option for creating that smoky flavor on your food indoors. 

Presto 06013 Electric Slow Cooker Indoor Smoker


  • Price - $99.99
  • 6 Quarts - This indoor smoker holds 6 quarts of food and weighs 11 pounds.  
  • Similar to a Slow Cooker - This is a traditional slow cooker that infuses smokey flavor into your food. You can put it right on your kitchen counter.
  • Digital TImer - Set up a timer and the smoker will notify you with an alarm when it is done cooking and will also turn off by itself. 
  • Dishwasher Safe - Similar to a crockpot, the inner removable pot is safe to wash in the dishwasher. 
  • Voltage - 120 volts AC, 500 watts.
  • Dimensions - 19 x 11.5 x 12.2 in

What Reviewers Say:

  • Automatic Turn Off - It has 3 smoking settings; cold smoke, hot smoke or combination and it has an automatic shut-off when it is done making it extra convenient. 
  • Great Alternative - This gadget makes good smoky flavored food and it is a great alternative to a large outdoor smoker.
  • Can Set Off Smoke Detector - It is better to use near an open window. It can set off the smoke detectors and make your home have a smokey smell. 

Best Electric Smoker Gun

Smoke guns don’t actually cook food the way smokers do. The TMKEFCC Smoking Gun is a great investment to get that smokey flavor with minimal effort. 

You need to cook your food first, but the smoke guns add the flavor of smoke afterward. 

Typically, you put your food or even drinks under a little dome. The smoke gun has a tube that blows smoke into the dome and your food will absorb the flavor. 

TMKEFCC Smoking Gun 


  • Price - $69.99
  • Barely There - Weighing in at 1.36 pounds, this is the smallest and lightest smoker on our list. 
  • Versatile - You can use real wood chips, tea, herbs, spices, hay and dried flowers to produce cold smoke for your food or drinks. However, none of those are included. 
  • Voltage - Battery operated with 4 AA batteries, not included. 
  • Dimensions - 6.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 in

What Reviewers Say:

  • Attractive - Smoking Gun is very attractive in design and you won’t mind leaving it out on the counter. 
  • Great Value and Compact - This smoking gun is a great value for the price and reviewers like that it is small and compact.
  • Perfect for Drinks - Use this smoker to spice up your cocktails. 

Get Smokin’

Whether you are looking to make a full-sized brisket in your back yard or add a smoky flavor to your bourbon cocktail, there are a lot of electric smoker options for you.

Explore the word of smoked food without all the hassle and grab an electric smoker today. Your friends and family will be very thankful. 

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Jan 3, 2020
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