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As most of us know, cooking with an electric smoker is definitely going to enhance the taste of the meat that you have. Today we will talk about the best electric smoker 2017 options.
As per our usual reviews, we will take a look at the top options(in this case 2 of them!).
However, before we get started on our reviews, let’s talk a bit about manufacturers.
Mainly, if you have started researching buying electric smokers right now, especially those for 2017, you are going to be overwhelmed by how many are on the market.
This is because there is a very high demand for smokers. Especially, electric ones that are easy to use, and hardly have any cleanup.
While we think they are fantastic and have a lot to offer you, it can be difficult for you to find the one that will work the best for you. This is where we hope to help you out.
Finding a great manufacturer is your first step. There are too many smaller ones that just do not create good products. This is something we want to help you avoid.
Which is why both of the products on our list today have been developed by companies that are notorious for creating great products that actually work.
And, at affordable prices. We love the Smokin-It brand, and they have a fantastic reputation through the smoker industry for their dedication to great products.
The Smokin-It Model #1 has been equipped with many features to enhance the quality of your smoke. Moreover, one of the best things about this model is its size, and its ability to handle a lot of capacity at once.
More importantly, you can actually get 22 pounds of meat in the Smokin-It Model #1 per every load. That is simply amazing.
This is great for larger gatherings (think birthdays or holidays) when you need to cook food and ensure that the quality remains.
Hence, why it is considered by many the best electric smoker offered.
Additionally, the Smokin-It Model #1 has been built with a heating feature that uses 400 watts of power. The single-phase on this electric smoker is 8 amps.
And, uses 120 volts. Namely, you can be assured that it will get the job done and keep the power going.
When looking at an electric smoker, storage space is everything. You want to be able to cook a lot and do it all at once.
Hence, there are rubber casters on the Smokin-It Model #1 that are 3 inches in diameter.
Therefore this will never scratch any surfaces. It also ensures it will never fall over, so the cooking process will never be tampered with.
Additionally, there are 3 removable shelves that come with this cooker, and there is also space for an additional fourth shelf should you need it.
That is more than enough room to ensure the process is the best it can be.
Especially relevant, is the fact that this model has been made entirely out of stainless steel.
This is so important because you want to be looking for durability; you want a cooker that is going to last a long time, and never rust, no matter what conditions it is under.
On the other hand, one of the best things about the Smokin-It Model #1 is that it has been certified by the NSF to be used in restaurants.
So, if you are looking for a model to use commercially, this one may be the best bet.
For easy mobility and to get it from place to place, the Smokin-It Model #1 has been built with handles on the side. Hence, making movement easy if you need to lift it.
Side handles for easy moving
Upper rack could cook a bit better
The next best electric smoker that is the Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker.
Remember what we said before—the manufacturer is the most important thing to look for.
And, SmokeHouse is one of the best names in this business. Therefore, we always look up to them to make products that will work and get the job done.
The reason we have included the Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load model is because of the price point.
We wanted to give you two options, and while the first product may be a bit more expensive for you, the Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker is going to fit within a smaller budget.
Mainly, we were looking for a lot of features, despite the lower price.
The Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker does have a lot of features that make a top-notch best electric smoker option.
Firstly, to load your meat into the Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker, there is a front door to put it all in. If you have never used one before, there is a fantastic recipe and instruction booklet included.
Additionally, to fuel it, they recommend using a bag of Chips n Chunks wood fuel that has been flavored to taste like hickory. This operates at around 165° F.
And, there are grills that have been chrome plated that can easily slide in and out.
This is a durable machine that has been made out of aluminum to last a long time. More importantly, you should only use this product in the outdoors, never inside!
Dishwasher safe drip pan
UL, CUL, CSA listed
No assembly required
2-year limited warranty
Racks are small
Not easy to clean
The second model we really liked for best electric smoker 2017 is the Masterbuilt 20073716 portable model.
As you’ve already noticed, this is another Masterbuilt product. By no means did we do this on purpose. However, this product comes equipped with so many useful features, we could not let it pass.
The Masterbuilt 20073716 has dimensions of 15.9 x 23.6 x 23.4 inches. It weighs 21.6 pounds and has a 26.4 pounds delivery weight.
As the name suggests, this model is portable. It is perfect to cook either at home or on the road. In regards to size, you can smoke about an entire average-sized ham.
Basically, this model is your ideal solution for camping and tailgating.
Primarily, the Masterbuilt 20073716 is perfect for beginners because of its easy to use temperature gauge.
The gauge is on the door of the item and has simple controls for settings. Additionally, it comes with a removable wood chip tray and water pan.
Furthermore, it counts with a 1400 watt heating element, and chrome-coated racks.
More importantly, you can preheat it pretty quickly. Mainly, it can get up to 250 in less than 45 minutes.
On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about spending too much on wood chips either.
One of the reasons this smoker is considered the electric smoker 2017 by many, is that you can smoke over 10 hours and only have to reload wood chips about 3 to 5 times, which is quite remarkable.
It is very affordable at a price of 99.95 USD, so you don’t have to break open the bank to get this product.
That being said, you could experience a small issue with the lower rack placement for the chips, sometimes it just does not stay where it should.
Nevertheless, that is something that you can easily fix should it come up. The main point is, that this smoker requires low maintenance, whether it’s being used at home or on the road.
This is key for smoking since you don’t want to spend hours cooking and additionally have to worry about other things. It also comes with smoker legs that are folded under when moving the smoker from A to B.
Chrome coated racks
Simple controls for beginners
Temperature gauge on the door
Lower rack placement could need adjusting sometimes
These 3 electric smokers are hands down the best electric smoker 2017 options. They each provide you with a ton of variety and versatility.
We are sure you will find one of these to fit your needs.
Nevertheless, feel free to also check out our buying guide if you want to see other options! And, feel free to ask us any questions below.