2018 has come and gone like a flash. And so have a few electric smokers.
This 2019, we list down which new electric smokers to watch out for and what you can expect from them.
If you are in the market for an electric smoker, this article will be able to help you get the newest and best electric smoker in the market.
If you are in the market for an upgrade, this will also serve as an excellent guide since we will be highlighting what’s new with these smokers.
So without further ado, here are the best electric smokers of 2019.
You want to know why?
Well, first and foremost, it is built by Masterbuilt. So, you are guaranteed high quality craftsmanship at a low and competitive price.
After all, that’s their trademark. The Masterbuilt 20078616 is a compact electric smoker that is well suited for small families.
It only stands 31.5 inches tall, which makes it easier to store.
The good thing about this electric smoker is, even though it is small, it can accommodate a 12 pound meat easily.
That should be enough to feed your family, and then some.
Perhaps what makes this new model different from its previous iterations is the maximum capacity of its heating element.
It has a 1650 watt heating element, which is really a lot, compared to the previous Masterbuilt electric smokers.
This power rating means that this smoker can reach up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In layman’s terms, it can virtually cook any meat you put in it, as long as it will fit of course.
Another new addition to its features is the temperature sensor in the lid.
This feature allows the smoker to read the temperature inside and display it on the gauge on the lid. You can seldom find capsule-type electric smokers that have that kind of feature.
One more thing to look forward with this electric smoker is how easy it is to clean up.
It is designed in such a way that it has a removable porcelain-coated wood chip tray as well as a drip pan and a water bowl.
These parts are also dishwasher safe, so you do not have to worry about putting them inside your dishwasher for washing.
This isn’t really something new, but it adds to the main selling point of this electric smoker, which is convenience.
It is the perfect choice if you are looking for a convenient yet versatile electric smoker.
Plus, it doesn’t cost a lot.
Those are the main reasons why this electric smoker is first on this list.
If this isn’t what you are looking for, don’t worry, we still have a few you can check out.
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40” Masterbuilt 20075315
On to the next.
No surprise here, it’s another one from Masterbuilts.
As we’ve said, Masterbuilt is really known for its affordable electric smokers.
The new 40-inch Masterbuilt 20075315 is no exemption.
It basically stands out among the rest of the newly released electric smokers simply because it is one of the easiest to use electric smokers on the market today.
That and of course, it won’t break the bank when you decide to purchase it.
The first thing you will notice when you look at the Masterbuilt 20075315 is the window on the front panel.
Most affordable electric smokers do not really sport this feature (maybe because the glass for the window raises the cost).
Most older versions of Masterbuilt electric smokers don’t have viewing windows.
This is a welcome addition though because it makes the smoker very user friendly.
When we say user friendly, what we really mean is that it can be used ideally, by beginners.
That’s because having a viewing window really prevents you from opening the door of the smoker frequently in order to check the meat.
The problem with frequently opening the door of the smoker is that it will cause the inside temperature to fluctuate.
Thereby causing temperature changes that will not be ideal for smoking.
It will take a few minutes before you can get the smoker back to the temperature that it’s supposed to be in.
And if you don’t already know, the secret to ensuring that the smoked meat is tender and juicy is excellent temperature control.
So naturally, if you don’t need to open the door frequently, then the temperature will be easily maintained, which will result in better results and faster cooking time.
Now, you see how important a viewing window is?
Aside from the viewing window, one more thing that’s new to this Masterbuilt electric smoker is its insulation.
The whole smoker is insulated, which means that it will always produce consistent temperature.
And aside from that, it is also sealed tightly to ensure that smoke won’t escape the smoker.
It might be a bit trivial, but this is actually a big improvement from older Masterbuilt electric smokers.
Most users who used old Masterbuilt electric smokers complained that their unit was not sealed tightly, making it harder to achieve consistent smoke.
So with this improvement, it doubles the smoky flavor you will get when you smoke meat.
Did we mention that this baby is 40 inches high?
That means it has enough real estate for you to smoke enough meat for your whole family.
It has a whopping total of 975 square inches of cooking space. If you have no idea what that is, then let’s just put it this way, it’s a lot!
The only bit of drawback to this electric smoker is that it requires some assembly when you first set it up.
So if you aren’t in to that sort of thing, you might not like this one.
But hey, if a little DIY assembly is what it takes to own a great and inexpensive electric smoker, then consider the 40-inch Masterbuilt 20075315 the best choice. It really provides excellent value for your money.
Bradley Digital 6-Rack Smoker
If you are looking for state of the art electric smokers, then the Bradley Digital 6-Rack Smoker is an excellent choice.
This new offering from Bradley will really wow you with the value for your money.
It’s not priced to where we consider expensive, but it is also not priced cheap. It hovers over to the price where you consider it affordable yet not cheap.
When we said state of the art, we did not embellish. This electric smoker really defines the meaning of “set it and leave it”.
That’s because with all the features it boasts, smoking meat will be very convenient for you.
First of, this electric smoker is a front loading smoker. That means that you can load the meat at the front side of the device. It’s smoke generating engine though is located at the side of the smoker. So, in a sense, it almost looks like an offset smoker.
Their patented smoke generator is actually quite good. So if you purchase this digital electric smoker, expect that you will get consistent smoke since it is designed for that purpose.
It has four adjustable racks (which is quite expected in today’s electric smokers) and 520 square inches of cooking space. It might not be a lot, but it should be enough for a small to mid-sized family. Before you buy one, you can actually choose between the six-rack and four-rack model.
If you’re planning to smoke meat for more people, then obviously, you have got to go with the six-rack model.
What is most attractive with this digital electric smoker is its streamlined designed.
In previous models, you will be able to notice the difference in the design very quickly.
It looks very stylish and should last you a long time (provided that you take good care of it of course).
Although it does look great, this digital electric smoker does have its downside.
First, if you are looking for a more mobile and portable electric smoker, then this one’s not for you.
That’s because it doesn’t have any moving wheels.
So, it’s a bit harder to move around.
Also, some users complain that this digital electric smokers can’t stand strong winds. So if you are living in a region where strong winds are quite frequent, then stay away from this one.
And lastly, if you are looking for a more powerful electric smoker, then this one isn’t really a great choice since its heating element is only rated at 500 watts.
It’s not as strong as the Masterbuilt 20078616, that’s for sure.
But again, as we’ve said from the beginning, the Bradley Digital 6-Rack Smoker is one of the most convenient electric smokers out there. Plus, it produces really smoky meat.
So if those things matter more to you, then this is your electric smoker.
Smoke Hollow 30162EW
Well, we can’t end this list without including a Smoke Hollow electric smoker.
After all, together with Masterbuilt, they are the masters of electric smokers.
Their latest production, the Smoke Hollow 30162EW is quite the strong electric smoker.
In fact, in terms of raw power, it only comes in second to the Masterbuilt 20078616.
It is an analog electric smoker. So if you are looking for digital electric smokers, then you can move along.
But going analog doesn’t automatically mean that it is the more inferior choice. In fact, most people even prefer going for analog electric smokers since they have more power than the digital versions.
The best thing about this electric smoker is the tempered glass window that it sports.
Again, we can’t stress enough how useful a viewing window is for an electric smoker. Let’s face it, most users who prefer using electric smokers are the beginner and novice level ones.
The more experienced barbecue enthusiasts usually go for charcoal and gas powered smokers. Now, being able to see the meat while you are cooking it, does provide a lot of learning value for the users. It would also eliminate the need to keep opening the cover just to check on the meat.
And as we’ve said again and again, when that happens, the temperature inside your smoker will remain constant (which is a good thing).
But probably the best feature of the Smoke Hollow 30162EW is the insulation.
Smoke Hollow hasn’t really produced a lot of well insulated smokers. So, this is quite the improvement. And as you already know, a well insulated smoker is an excellent smoker. Combine this with the fact that the Smoke Hollow 30162EW is priced affordably, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
As you can see, there were a few features that we considered as what you could look forward to in the new releases of electric smokers this 2019.
These features are all geared towards providing you with the best smoking experience. Having a smoker that is powerful enough to cook almost anything you can whip up is a must.
As they say, it is better to have more than less.
You will never know when you will need that extra punch. Aside from the power, electric smokers should also have viewing windows in order for the user to easily check the meat they are cooking.
Not only will this feature provide convenience, but it will also affect the cooking temperature of the smoker.
Opening the door frequently to check the meat you are smoking will be inefficient because you will let the heat escape every time you open the door. That will cause the temperature to go down.
It will take more time, and therefore more electricity to finish cooking your meal. So, limiting the times you open the door of the smoker can be invaluable.
In 2019, there aren’t really any breakthroughs in terms of electric smoker technology.
But you will expect to find a bunch of improvements into the old models that were released in the previous years.
The four electric smokers we mentioned above, are what we would say as the best since they exhibit the best changes from the older versions. So if you are in the market for one this year, you can’t go wrong with any of the four mentioned above.