Vertical electric smoker is the most common type of electric smoker. The main reason why people started making vertical electric smokers is to save space because in that smoker type you are stocking food on cooking racks one on top of the other. The shape of this smoker allows the smoke to circulate in the smoker which gives the meat a special smoked flavor no matter where you put it. The meat on the bottom rack will be the same as the one on the top rack.
Most vertical electric smokers have a similar basic design, but you don’t have to buy the first smoker you see because vertical electric smokers come in different designs, materials, and sizes. Those differences can help you decide if one smoker is good for you or not. Due to that take a look what you need to know before you decide about for one vertical electric smoker.
Read my guide about vertical electric smokers and later in the article I will show you my pick for vertical electric smokers in each category.
5 things you can change
in vertical electric smokers
The size of vertical electric smoker
The first and most important part you have to decide before you buy any smoker, not just the vertical electric smoker is the size of the smoker. The best way to do that is to think about your family and friends. Will you smoke for the entire family and a group of friends, or just you and your family? The capacity of the smoker decides how much food you can smoke in one go.
The doors on the vertical electric smoker
The good thing about vertical electric smokers is that they have one big door on the front side. Those doors can have glass on them which is great if you want to see what is happening in the smoker. That glass in not ordinary, it is tempered glass so it can stand all those high temperatures happening in the smoker. I would recommend a vertical electric smoker with glassed doors for people who want to see inside of the smoker because if you open the doors during smoking you will lose both heat and smoke. Most of the time the entire process has to start again and that is not something you want.
Vertical electric smoker with or without the stand
You can choose your vertical electric smoker by deciding if you want it to be on the stand or not. Having a smoker with the stand is good because you don’t have to squat when you are putting the food in the smoker and if that is an issue with you then I would suggest you choose the one with the stand. On the other hand, if you choose the smoker without the stand you can put it on the table or the kitchen counter which means you don’t need an empty spot for it in your kitchen or your patio.
Indoor or outdoor vertical electric smoker
Since the vertical electric smoker is the most common design of the smoker they come in indoor and outdoor version and you can choose one of them for you. If you live in an apartment and you aren’t allowed to have a grill on your balcony then I suggest you go with the indoor vertical electric smoker, just be sure it is an indoor smoker. There is some vertical electric smoker which produces a lot of smoke which means that they are only made for the outdoors.
Vertical electric smoker mobility
Now we have talked about the design of the smoker and we have to cover the smoker’s mobility too, especially if you plan to store the vertical electric smoker in the garage or storage. There are two options for the mobility of the smoker. It can have wheels or it can have handles so you can carry it around. Most smokers have wheels on the legs which means you can easily push it from one place to the other and if that is a dealbreaker for you, make sure that the vertical electric smoker you are looking has wheels. If you don’t plan to move it around then the smoker doesn’t need wheels, but it is good that it has handles. Once in a while, you will have to move it.
Best vertical electric smokers on the market
As you can see you can completely adjust the vertical electric smoker to you and your needs. That means you won’t have any problem with picking the right vertical electric smoker for you. To make this task even easier, I have made a list of best vertical electric smokers you can choose from. Pick one from the list and I am sure you will be satisfied with its quality and performance.
Char-Broil Analog Vertical Electric Smoker
Char-Broil vertical electric smoker is the first smoker I am about to show to you because it is the most simple one. This analog electric smoker is easy to use and you don’t have any technology with the smoker. That means it doesn’t have wifi, Bluetooth or digital controls. If you want the smoker to smoke the moment you put the meat in, then this is the one for you.
This is a medium-sized vertical electric smoker with 505 square inches of cooking space spread on 3 cooking racks. This smoker has a stand and it doesn’t have wheels but it does have handles on each side of the smoker. As you can see from the picture, it doesn’t have a window on the doors but I am not sure if it needs one because it is very easy to use and you can’t get confused.
You can see the temperature inside of the smoker with the temperature gauge on the doors so you can always know the temperature in the smoker. This vertical electric smoker is a great starting smoker because it is easy to use, affordable and gets the job done.
If you are interested in learning more about Char-Broil vertical electric smoker you can read my whole review about it. There you can also look at other Char-Broil smokers and pick the one that suits you best.
Masterbuilt Digital Vertical Electric Smoker
The Masterbiult vertical electric smoker is little complicated than the analog vertical electric smoker I have reviewed above. This digital smoker is a good starter vertical electric smoker for people who are interested in having a digital vertical electric smoker.
The smoker has 708 square inches of cooking space and 4 cooking racks in the smoker. That makes this smoker lightly larger vertical electric smoker, but if you need another size of the smoker you can check the rest of the Masterbuilt models.
The digital controls are located on top of the smoker and they are pretty easy to use. You can set the time and the temperature simply by pushing the right buttons on the controls. The downside of the smoker is that it doesn’t have windows, but the good thing is that it has a special wood chip loader. That means you don’t have to open the doors to add wood chips.
This digital vertical electric smoker doesn’t have the stand which means you have to sit or squat when you are smoking and this smoker is definitely an outdoor smoker. It produces a lot of smoke so it is not suitable for apartments.
If you are interested to know more about Masterbuilt vertical electric smoker read my full review in the post about Masterbuilt smokers.
Smoke Hollow Vertical Electric Smoker
The Smoke Hollow vertical electric smoker I want to show to you is another digital electric smoker, but this one has the stand and the window. As you can see, there are numerous combinations you can choose from.
This digital vertical electric smoker has 4 cooking racks inside of the smoker and the glass on the doors is on the entire doors. That means you can see every cooking rack in the smoker and there is no chance that the meat will turn out uncooked.
Besides the stand, this vertical electric smoker also comes with the wheels on the rear legs which means you can easily transport it from one place to the other. The digital controls on the smoker help you set the temperature and the time but there is another interesting option. The Fast-smoker option produces more smoke and due to that, I would recommend that you put the vertical electric smoker outside.
This vertical electric smoker comes in different sizes and colors which is great because you can adjust the smoker to your needs.
Smoke Hollow is a good vertical electric smoker and if you want to learn more about it, read my full Smoke Hollow electric smoker post.
Bradley Vertical Electric Smoker
Bradley is a famous electric smoker brand and the vertical electric smoker I am about to show you is the Bradley original smoker. This smoker is great for families and friends, easy to use and made from good quality materials.
The Bradley electric smoker has 572 square inches of cooking space and 4 cooking racks in the smoker. This is not just a smoker because it can also be an oven and dehydrator which is pretty impressive. Due to that, it has two heating elements, one for smoking (125-watt) and for cooking (500-watt).
There is one catch with this smoker. As you can see in the picture, this smoker as a special bisquette dispenser which adds bisquettes every 20 minutes to maintain the same amount of smoke. Due to their shape, you can only use bisquettes made by Bradley.
Even though it sounds like a beast, it is actually pretty easy to use and I would recommend it to people who want to try a good vertical electric smoker. If you don’t mind buying a special Bradley bisquettes, then I suggest you read the entire Bradley original smoker review and make sure if it is a good vertical electric smoker for you.
Landmann Vertical Electric Smoker
The last vertical electric smoker on this list is the Landmann electric smoker which is very simple to use and understand. The first and the last vertical electric smokers are analog electric smokers which are for people who don’t want to have any technology on their smokers.
Those smokers are simple to use and you can’t go wrong with them. Besides analog electric smoker, this is also the smallest vertical electric smoker on this list with 443 square inches of cooking space and 3 cooking racks.
The temperature gauge of this vertical electric smoker is also located on the doors so you can always know the temperature in the smoker. The good thing about this vertical electric smoker is that you can choose the type of the door. That means you can get the doors with a window or without one.
Since it is a small vertical electric smoker, people behind it didn’t think it would need wheels and they aren’t completely wrong. The smoker is not heavy so you can carry it around by the handles although I think that the wheels are the more convenient solution.
This simple yet effective vertical electric smoker is very good for families and friends. If you don’t want the smoker with special digital controls, I suggest you read my whole Landmann electric smoker review.