Most electric smokers you can find on the market are made for the outdoors because it is safer to smoke outside than inside. As you know during smoking the outdoor electric smoker produces a lot of heat and smoke, which can be dangerous in closed rooms.
Smokers like grills are made for the outdoors activities and the best place for them is the patio in your backyard. It doesn’t matter that they are electric, they are made for the outdoors, but to keep them in the best shape you have to use protective covers.
But, let’s get back to the outdoor electric smokers. I want to show you all the types of electric smoker that are on the market at the moment and then you will look at their best models. So, basically, at the end of my post, you will be able to choose between a bunch of good quality smokers, hoping you will find the best one for you.
Actually, I know you will because each smoker model has special versions which are bigger, smaller, with the window or without one which means you will definitely find the best outdoor electric smoker for you and your family.
Types of outdoor electric smokers
There are different types of outdoor electric smokers and I want to show you basic ones. Those types are by the controls and you can choose whether you want an analog outdoor electric smoker or are you more inclined to the digital outdoor electric smoker.
Analog Outdoor Electric Smoker
Is the simplest type of smoker on the market. Electric smoker like that one has analog controls which means it has a thermometer and that is it. Most analog outdoor electric smokers have built-in temperature gauges right at the door so you can easily read the temperature and see if you need to heat it up or cool it down. Those smokers are made for people who don’t want to have too many gadgets on their smokers. Those simple to use, easy to control outdoor electric smokers have only one command – smoke. Once you figure out how they work you can turn it on and leave it to do what it is made for – smoke.
Digital Outdoor Electric Smokers
Most newer models are digital outdoor electric smokers, which is not weird when you look that today we have smartphones, smartwatches, kitchen appliances… absolutely everything. The basic digital electric smoker has only one digital thing and those are controls. You can easily set the time and the temperature of the smoker with the digital controls and you can easily know what it the temperature in the smoker all the time.
The upgraded version of digital electric smokers is the one that connects your outdoor electric smoker with your smartphone and that can be done 2 ways; with Bluetooth and wifi. Those are more serious digital electric smokers, but they offer you a chance to use your smartphone as the remote for your outdoor electric smoker.
As you can see I decided to separate all outdoor electric smokers into two main categories by their control panel. That is a very important feature because each and every part of that controls the amount of heat and smoke in your outdoor electric smoker. Without those controls, you wouldn’t be able to smoke food.
Now, the main question you should as yourself is; are you for analog or digital outdoor electric smoker? If you aren’t sure how to answer that question, read my top outdoor electric smokers because once you get to know those smokers you will know which one should you pick
Best outdoor electric smokers
In this chapter, I will introduce you to different kinds of outdoor electric smokers which will help you choose one. Right below each smoker model you will have a chance to visit the main review, which means you will learn more about the smoker and the brand which made it. I will show you analog and digital outdoor electric smokers, as well as Bluetooth and wifi, enabled outdoor electric smokers. All you need to do is decide:
Old Smokey Outdoor Electric Smoker
Old Smokey is a classic among outdoor electric smokers which hasn’t changed its design since the year it was introduced and that was a long time ago. This simple electric smoker doesn’t have any additional features and everything you get with it is a heating element.
The Old Smokey looks like a big tin pot with the lid. It doesn’t have a temperature gauge, thermometer or any type of controls. The only way to control this smoker is to control the power of the heating element right on the cord.
This smoker produces especially tasty meat because of its shape. The shape allows smoke to evenly circulate inside of the smoker, making every inch of interior covered in the same amount of smoke.
The 1250-watt heating element can produce temperature enough to smoke pork butts or chicken, all you need to know how to adjust it. This outdoor electric smoker I would suggest for people who love to smoke and know what they are doing. It is not the best pick for rookies, especially if they haven’t seen the whole smoking process in person because you can’t adjust the temperature and you can’t see inside. But, once you get to know the smoker you won’t need any of that.
If you recognized yourself in the description, I suggest you read the whole Old Smokey review because that is how you can see if this outdoor electric smoker is your smoke or not.
Meco Outdoor Electric Smoker
Meco is the second and the last outdoor electric smoker I will review which doesn’t have digital controls. This outdoor electric smoker is much more than just a smoker because you can also turn it into a grill.
The black design of this smoker gives it the elegant appearance and the interior is made to smoke. It is actually a water outdoor electric smoker. That means it uses a large amount of water in the smoker so the meat can stay fresh and tasty.
The water pan has 5.5 quarts and you can fill it up with water, juices or even beer.
If you try some other liquid (instead of water) your meat will get a special flavor and that is why water smokers are so interesting.
But, this particular water smoker has a built-in temperature gauge on the top removable part of the outdoor electric smoker. The bottom part can be used as the electric grill and the only thing you have to do is remove the upper part.
So, if this 2-in-1 feature got you interested, I suggest you take a look at the whole post about Meco electric smokers because this is not the only outdoor electric smoker, which can be used as something else.
Masterbuilt Digital Outdoor Electric Smoker
The Masterbuilt outdoor electric smoker I am about to show you is the basic digital electric smoker. Now, Masterbuilt is a well-known brand and they have other types of outdoor electric smokers but this one is the best in my opinion.
This digital outdoor electric smoker has 972 square inches of cooking space which is more than enough for your family and friends. The digital controls on this smoker are located right on top of the smoker so you can easily set the time and the temperature of the smoking process.
The 1200-watt heating element can set the temperature high in the smoker quickly which makes it a great outdoor electric smoker for chicken, turkey and pork butts. With this heating element, you can produce temperatures as high as 275°f.
What I like about this smoker is that people behind it are aware of its size so they incorporated wheel at the back for easier transportation. Yes, it is a bigger smoker and if you want to try with a smaller model you can go to my full post about Masterbuilt electric smokers because I have reviewed them all.
If you are interested in this digital electric smoker you can read more about it in the main Masterbuilt smoker post. It is a good idea to do your homework before you decide on the smoker and the best way to do that is by reading Masterbuilt post.
Bradley Bluetooth Outdoor Electric Smoker
This Bradley outdoor electric smoker is called the Smart smoker but it is not a real smart smoker. It means that it doesn’t use wifi for connecting to your smartphone, but it uses Bluetooth so I am calling it Bluetooth smoker to avoid confusion.
This interesting outdoor electric smoker made by Bradley has 780 square inches of cooking space and 6 cooking racks which is great. Since the interior is relatively large this outdoor electric smoker is equipped with two temperature probes. That means you can always know the exact temperature in every part of the smoker.
Bradley smokers are a special type of outdoor electric smokers because they don’t use the same wood chips as the rest of the smokers. The Bradley smokers have a special self-feeding system and they use special bisquettes in that feeder that are produced only by Bradley.
When it comes to the Bluetooth connection, they have a really good connection. You can’t go too far from the smoker because Bluetooth doesn’t have the range as big as the wifi.
If you are interested to see those special bisquettes and how Bluetooth works on this Bradley outdoor electric smoker I suggest you read my whole Bradley review because you will learn something useful about this good quality smoker brand.
Char-Broil Smart Outdoor Electric Smoker
The last outdoor electric smoker I will show you today is the Char-Broil electric smoker and as you can see it from its name, it is an outdoor electric smoker that uses wifi to connect to your smartphone.
This outdoor electric smoker has the similar shape as the first outdoor electric smoker I have reviewed. Its circular shape is good because of the heating element located in the body of the smoker which heats more evenly. This smoker has that a SmartChef technology which makes the connection between the smoker and the smartphone easier.
All you need to do is download the application to your smartphone (iPhone and Android) and start the linking process. This application acts like the remote for the outdoor electric smoker, but it is also filled with guides, instructions, and recipes which makes it easy to smoke any type of meat.
If you are looking for an outdoor electric smoker that will do the job for you and all you need to do is monitor it then this Char-Broil outdoor electric smoker could be the one. I haven’t told you its pros and cons but if you want to learn more about it, visit my post about Char-Broil electric smokers where you will find the complete Char-Broil smart outdoor electric smoker review.