The Masterbuilt brand was born in 1973, en a man wanted to make a difference. It is a true family business because it is a company made in a family backyard. It all started when Dawson McLemore decided to leave his job and start a business from his welding hobby. People who say you can’t make a business from a hobby has to learn more stories like this one.
Masterbuilt is a family company and they are proud of their brand’s policy which is – to what you love surrounded by the people you love. They are focused to make families close with their products and they consider their customers a part of their big Masterbuilt family.
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I like that because it means they will do their best to help you with any question or doubt you experienced with your Masterbuilt product.
They aren’t producing only electric smokers. You can find all types of smokers, grills, fryers, and cookers with their name on it which means that they are a serious company who want to please their customers.
Today I will share with you information about Masterbuilt electric smokers. That information will help you decide which is the best Masterbuilt electric smoker for you. In my Masterbuilt electric smoker reviews, you will learn everything you need to know about each model and its versions.
Here is a table of content with all Masterbuilt electric smokers so you can see what are the main models and what is the version of the main models. They have a big number of smokers and with this table of content, we can avoid any confusion about models and their versions.
TABLE OF CONTENT:
Masterbuilt analog electric smoker – MES 35B
This is the only Masterbuilt analog electric smoker and it is as simple as it can be.There are no other versions, other sizes or colors of it. This Masterbuilt 30-inch smoker doesn’t have any special features, no digital control, wifi, Bluetooth so if you are looking for a smoker who smokes food and gets the job done, then this smoker might be the one for you.
Since it doesn’t have any special features you can assume it is extremely easy to use. The Masterbuilt 30-inch electric smoker has 548 square inches of cooking space you can get on 3 cooking racks. The size is perfect for your family and friends because you can fit 1 turkey or 4 chickens at the time. Don’t be fooled by the simple design, this smoker has dual wall insulation so you can be sure that the heat and the smoker are safe inside the smoker.
The 1500-watt heating element will produce a temperature from 100°F to 400°F which means you can smoke any type of food inside. Besides Masterbuilt smoker racks, inside you will get a wood chip tray and a water pan so you can be sure that the smoking conditions will be spot on.
The temperature gauge is built-in the doors of the smoker so you can easily read what is the temperature inside. But, if you want to be sure about the temperature, I suggest you get a meat probe thermometer as well. You can never be too sure.
The cleaning of Masterbuilt analog smoker is also very easy because you can remove all wood and water pans. Also, you won’t have a problem with removing the drip pan which is the dirtiest part of the smoker when you are done smoking.
As you can see from the picture, the Masterbuilt analog electric smoker is a very simple black unit, without any special decoration. The only thing you can call a decoration is the brand logo on the doors.
What I don’t like about this smoker is that you only get one opening – the main doors. That means if you want to add wood chips you will lose the heat and the smoke. It would be better if the smoker has a small opening for wood chips because I think it should be a must-have feature for all smokers on the market.
This Masterbuilt electric smoker is the first model they made and it does the job. The quality is OK, it is durable and it holds the temperature. I would suggest it for people who want to smoke food without the hassle of other gadgets like Bluetooth, wifi etc. It is a model that is made for smoking food in the most simple way.
- Easy to use
- 1500-watt heating element
- 548 square inches
- Better with an additional thermometer
- No window
- No side doors for adding wood chips
Masterbuilt digital electric smoker – MES 130B
This is a basic Masterbuilt digital electric smoker (Masterbuilt smoker 20070910) and I would consider it as the basic digital electric smoker because this smoker comes in different versions. This is the main Masterbuilt electric smoker review where I will tell you everything you need to know about the basic model and below this review, I will show you other versions of it because they might suit you better than this Masterbuilt 30-inch digital electric smoker.
It is a good quality family smoker because it is easy to use and the size is just right. This smoker has 708 square inches of cooking area on 4 cooking racks and that is more than enough for you to feed your family and friends. The 800-watt heating element can produce 275°F temperature for you to smoke food.
The design of the Masterbuilt sportsman elite 30″ electric smoker is pretty simple, just like the Masterbuilt analog electric smoker I have reviewed above. The entire smoker is in black without nothing but a logo on the front doors. So, if you like the simple design, this is a great choice.
Since this is a Masterbuilt digital electric smoker, I want to show you what you can do with its digital control. It is located at the top of the smoker and it fits nicely in the whole appearance. There you can turn the smoker on/off, set the temperature and the timer of the smoker. Everything else the smoker does for you.
If you are interested what the temperature is in the smoker you can easily find that out because the smoker has a built-in thermostat which provides consistent control through the entire smoking process.
There is one upgrade I really like in this smoker. It has a patented wood chip loader and that was a big downside of the Masterbuilt analog smoker. That means you don’t have to open the doors to add wood chips, all you need to do is pull out the chip loader, fill it in and put it back in the smoker.
This Masterbuilt digital electric smoker is very good for families because it has a great quality to price ratio. It is made with good quality and the low price makes it very affordable. I would recommend this smoker to people who love to smoke food without any worries.
- Digital control
- Wood chip loader
- Easy to use
- No window
All versions of Masterbuilt digital electric smoker
The basic Masterbuilt digital electric smoker is the one I have reviewed above and now I want to show you what you can have different. First, I will repeat the most important features of the basic model and then I will show you what versions of that smoker have different:
Masterbuilt MES 130P Digital Electric Smoker with Bluetooth
- Bluetooth Smart technology allows you to control temperature, lighting, monitor meat temperature, and power your smoker on or off
- Grill and finish element is great for adding a crisp skin or finish to any recipy
- Four chrome-coated smoking racks
This electric smoker comes with a smart bluetooth app so you can control the tempature from your phone. It has 4 chrome coated racks for smoking, 3 of which are standard and 1 has the ability to secure a Masterbiult pan. The wood chips get loaded from the side making it easy to use and allows you to add more without having to open the door
Masterbuilt 30 inch digital electric smoker – MES 130B
- Digital panel controls on/off, cooking temperature and time
- Four chrome-coated smoking racks
- Patented side wood chip loading system allows you to add wood chips without opening door
The Masterbuilt 20070910 has an 800-watt heating element which can produce max 275°F temperature. The digital controls are located at the top of the smoker and you can use them to set the time and the temperature as well as turn on/off the smoker. There are 4 cooking racks in the smoker and the water and drip pans are removable so you can clean the smoker more easily. This smoker has wood chip loader which is great because you don’t have to open the doors to add the wood chip.
Masterbuilt 40 inch digital electric smoker – MES 140S
- Digital panel and rf Remote controls on/off, temperature, time, and light; monitors internal meat temperature
- Four chrome-coated smoking racks
- Patented side wood chip loading system - add chips without opening the smoker door
This Masterbuilt electric smoker has 972 square inches of cooking area and 4 cooking racks. The 1200 watt heating element is capable to produce 100°F to 275°F temperature. This version of the Masterbuilt 40-inch electric smoker is stainless steel and not black like the basic model and it has a window on the doors so you can see how the meat is smoking. It also has built-in mean probe thermometer so you can be sure about the temperature in the smoker all the time. The most interesting feature this smoker has is the RF remote for the digital control which means you don’t have to push the buttons on the smoker but on the remote.
Masterbuilt Bluetooth digital electric smoker – MES 240G
Every set of Masterbuilt smokers is special in one way and now I want to introduce you to the Masterbuilt Bluetooth smokers. I like the fact that they have a smoker for every person. If you aren’t a fan of technology (or you are) you will find a smoker in Masterbuilt.
So, this is a Bluetooth smoker which means you can connect it to your phone. But, that is something I will share with you later. First, let’s focus on more important characteristics, like the capacity. This Masterbuilt Bluetooth digital electric smoker can fit up to 16 chickens at the time, like the big smoker above. It has about 972 square inches of cooking area and 4 cooking racks and you can also recognize it as the 40-inch electric smoker with Bluetooth by Masterbuilt.
That amount of food you can only smoke with a strong smoker so this one is equipped with the 1200-watt heating element. You don’t have to worry about ruining your food because this smoker comes with the built-in meat probe thermometer. I think that a meat probe thermometer is a must-have part of every electric smoker, not just Masterbuilt.
The design of this smoker is simple, but not as dull as other Masterbuilt smokers. The smoker is black in color but it has stainless steel doors, which makes it more interesting. Also, there is tempered glass over the doors so you can see what is happening in the smoker. I like that the window is on most part of the doors which means you can see all 4 racks through the window. There is no need for you to open the doors until the smoking is done.
You will probably have to add wood chips in the smoker but you will do that on the side because this Masterbuilt electric smoker also has that patented wood chip loader. It is easy to use and you don’t have to open the doors which are a huge plus.
The 40-inch electric smoker with Bluetooth by Masterbuilt is a big and heavy smoker so they incorporated wheels on the back with the handle so you can move it easily.
Now, let’s talk about the controls. The digital controls are at the top of the smoker and you can set the temperature, the time and connect your smartphone to the smoker. That connection is established with Bluetooth and once you do it you can control the smoker with your phone. You can set the temperature and the time, control the light in the smoker and see what is the temperature of the meat probe thermometer at any time.
This Masterbuilt Bluetooth electric smoker is a great smoker for people who aren’t afraid to work with huge amount of food. Let us remind that you can fit 16 chickens in the smoker and that is not a small number. The Bluetooth is a nice touch especially if you don’t want to hang out with the smoker all the time so if you find that feature interesting, this is a smoker for you.
- 972 square inches of space
- 1200-watt heating element
- Wheels on the back
- Bluetooth feature
- Tempature Control
- Too big for one family
All versions of Masterbuilt digital electric smoker
The Masterbuilt Bluetooth digital electric smoker I have reviewed above I consider the basic model. There is another version of that smoker with few differences and I will show you that in the short review below:
Masterbuilt Digital 30″ With Window And Bluetooth
- Integrated Bluetooth technology-control your smoker with your smart device!
- 975 sq. Inch of cooking space with four chrome-coated smoking racks
- Built-in meat probe thermometer for monitoring internal meat temperature
The model in my main review has 972 square inches of space on 4 cooking racks and 1200-watt heating element. That amount of food is enough for a gathering and it is just too big for the families. The good thing about this smoker is that it has a Bluetooth connection so you can connect your smartphone to the smoker via Bluetooth.
Masterbuilt Digital 40″ MES 440S
- Custom Smoke – patent pending sensor and additional heating element allows you to control the smoke intensity through 5 smoke settings, regardless of cook temperature
- 1 meat probe thermometer included (with capability to support up to four)
- Rear handle and wheels make moving smoker easy
This is one of Masterbuilts larger electric smoker coming in at 40″. If you need to be able to feed a large amount of people then this one is for you. It comes with 1 meat probe to check the internal meat tempature and has 1200w worth of cooking power.
Masterbuilt Bluetooth smoker 40 inch – MES 340G
Masterbuilt 40-inch Bluetooth electric smoker is a smoker made of people who love to entertain. It is not a family smoker it is more like a smoker for gatherings or parties where you want to feed large amounts of people.
This Masterbuilt 40-inch Bluetooth electric smoker has 972 square inches of the cooking area which means it can fit 16 chickens at the time. That high amount of food can fit on 4 smoking racks which means you can make a big party with it.
The 1200-watt heating element is great for bbq all types of food because the temperature range of this smoker is 100°F to 275°F. The most popular food people are smoking in the Masterbuilt electric smoker is chicken, turkey, ribs, and pork butts. Also, because it is electric there is no need for propane.
The design of this smoker is simple, like other Masterbuilt electric smokers. It is made with the combination of black and stainless steel door, but it has a smaller window on the door. I would like if the window is a bit wider but it is not a dealbreaker. Since it is bigger and heavier smoker, people in Masterbuilt incorporated wheels on the smoker stand. That makes the transportation easier and that is a pretty good idea.
The digital controls are on top of the Masterbuilt pro electric smoker and you can use them to set the time, the temperature and turn the smoker off/on. Also, the tempature control is easy to use since it hooks up to your phone via Bluetooth.
This Masterbuilt smoker also has their patented wood chip loader so it is easier to add wood chips during the smoking process. The only model that doesn’t have that is the Masterbuilt 30 analog electric smoker I have reviewed at the beginning of this post.
Yes, the quality of this smoker is the same as the rest of Masterbuilt electric smokers. I would recommend it for big families who love to cook for them and their friends because the smoker is too big just for one family. If you want to smoke for your family and few friends, then I suggest you take a look at Masterbuilt 30 inch digital electric smokers again.
- 1200-watt heating element
- Wheels on the stand
- could be too big for families
Masterbuilt 20073716 portable electric smoker
Every Masterbuilt smoker is made for your patio, but this smoker is made so you can take it with you on a trip. A Masterbuilt portable electric smoker is small, easy to carry and store. Its compact design offers you space for 4 chickens which is pretty impressive when you think it is made to go on a trip with you.
The 1400-watt heating element is perfect for smoking all kinds of food on a field trip. Ti is a small Masterbuilt smoker with 280 square inches of cooking space and 2 cooking racks in the smoker. The Masterbuilt portable smoker is an analog smoker because it is has a simple design which makes it better to use analog controls.
The smoker is completely black and it doesn’t have a window on the doors but I would say that it doesn’t need them. It is a portable unit which means that there is a chance you can crack the window and that wouldn’t be good. Yes, the window is tempered, but it is not as strong as steel.
This smoker doesn’t have any special features like digital controls or Bluetooth and it doesn’t need them. What it needs are things that can make it more portable, like the folding legs. I also like the fact that you can get a special bag for this Masterbuilt portable smoker.
This Masterbuilt portable smoker is easy to use and the temperature gauge is easy to read. That means you can easily smoke food while you are camping and enjoy the nature around you.
If you are traveling a lot and you love to smoke food I would definitely recommend this smoker for you. It is not as good as other Masterbuilt electric smokers but it is more than enough for you when you are away on a trip.
- Portable & compact
- Foldable legs
- Easy to use
- Not as good as the rest
Masterbuilt electric smoker accessories and parts
You can see that Masterbuilt has a lot of different smokers on the market, which means that they have a lot of parts and accessories too. That is great because you can easily find Masterbuilt smoker replacement parts when something on the Masterbuilt digital electric smoker breaks.
They have many spare parts for their smokers which don’t mean that they can easily break, but it means they want you to get that part from them, not some third company which sells universal parts. You can easily get Masterbuilt electric smoker power cord, Masterbuilt smoker replacement heating element and other Masterbuilt smoker elements.
When it comes to Masterbuilt smoker accessories, you can find everything you need in their offer. For example, you can find Masterbuilt smoker racks, Masterbuilt smoker water pans, wood chip tray and even wood chips for Masterbuilt electric smokers.
Don’t forget about the most important accessory – Masterbuilt electric smoker cover. Every smoker, not a just Masterbuilt electric smoker, has to have a protective cover. When you aren’t using it you can put the cover on because the cover will protect your smoker from debris and moisture which is pretty important. After all, we are talking about electric smokers. You don’t have to worry about the size of the cover because there are Masterbuilt 40″ electric smoker cover and Masterbuilt 30″ electric smoker cover which will fit your smoker.
If you are interested in learning more about other electric smoker accessories, check out my informative post about Electric smoker accessories.
Masterbuilt cold smoking kit
This is not a Masterbuilt electric smoker but it is a Masterbuilt cold smoker attachment you can put on your Masterbuilt smoker to turn it into a cold smoker. Unfortunately, there are no Masterbuilt slow smokers, which means they can’t cold smoke food like cheese and salmon, but with this attachment, you can easily turn them into cold smokers.
This attachment is actually a cold smoker kit that allows your smoker to produce temperature between 100-120°F. The best part about this cold smoker kit is that you can attach it to every Masterbiut smoker which has wood chip loader. Yes, you are attaching it to the wood chip loader.
This little Masterbuilt cold smoker has its special wood chip tube where you load the chip to produce smoke and heat. This cold smoker is great because you don’t have to turn the smoker on, but you have to turn the cold smoker attachment on. It has a small button on the side where you can switch it on and off.
If you are a fan of cold smoking and the fact that Masterbuilt smokers can’t do that bummed you then I suggest you take a look at this cold smoker attachment and turn your Masterbuilt in the good cold smoker.
Older and retired versions of Masterbuilt digital electric smoker
Masterbuilt 30 inch digital electric smoker with window – MES 130S
This version is identical to the basic model above. That means it has 800 watts heating element and it can produce max temperature of 275°F. Inside of the smoker, you can find 4 cooking racks for your food and you can fit 4 chickens or 4 racks of ribs. The only difference between this model and the one above is the fact that this model has a window on the doors. The glass is tempered so it can withstand high temperatures and it is a great feature because you can see what is happening inside the smoker. The unit with the window is better for beginners because they can see the entire smoking process.
Stainless steel Masterbuilt 30″ digital electric smoker with window – MES 135S
This is the best Masterbuilt 30-inch digital electric smoker because it has few additional features. All those features you can get for the smokers above which is a great thing, but I will talk with you about that in my Masterbuilt electric smoker accessories chapter below. So, the technical characteristics are the same. It has an 800-watt heating element and 4 cooking racks. The differences are that it has a window and that it is stainless steel design. Now, the features you can get with this smoker are built-in meat probe thermometer and a remote for digital control. I have to warn you that this smoker is more expensive than other Masterbuilt 30 inch digital electric smokers I have mentioned above.
Masterbuilt 40 inch digital electric smoker – MES 140B
This Masterbuilt electric smoker looks like the basic model I have reviewed above, but it is larger – Masterbuilt 40-inch digital electric. smoker It has stronger, 1200-watt heating element because the smoker is bigger, but the max temperature is also 275°F. It also doesn’t have a window so the main difference is actually a size and the heating element.
Masterbuilt 30 inch digital electric smoker – JMSS 800
This is from Masterbuilt signature series electric smoker, which looks like the basic model I have reviewed above. It has an 800-watt heating element and the max temperature 275°F. The Masterbuilt JMSS 800 is the John McLemore special edition, which means it is an identical smoker, but it comes with smoking recipes cook booklet and a quick start guide. That means it is a great choice for people who are starting with smoking food because they will learn a lot about smoking from those booklets.
Conclusion: Masterbuilt electric smoker models
Masterbuilt is a company which has the highest amount of models and versions on the market. They are well-known company and you can ask anybody in the food smoking world, they will know about Masterbuilt. It is a respectable company which provides a good quality electric smokers and I would recommend them to you. The only thing you need to do is to pick one smoker of all Masterbuilt electric smokers on the market. This may seem overwhelming, but once you know what you are looking for it is not that complicated.
Another great thing about Masterbuilt smokers is the fact that they have smokers for everybody. You can find analog, digital and even Bluetooth smokers made by Masterbuilt. You can choose the size, the design and many other features, which is great. Also, since they are so different you don’t have to worry about finding Masterbuilt electric smokers on sale because every now and then there are Masterbuilt electric smokers on sale in different stores.