Weber Smokey Mountain
Weber Smokey Mountain

Best all-around smoker

Reviewers rate the bullet-shaped Weber Smokey Mountain the best charcoal smoker. (BBQ connoisseurs say charcoal smokers produce the best-tasting smoked food.) The Weber Smokey Mountain smoker wins praise for its durable porcelain-enamel finish and its ability to maintain a constant temperature for hours at a time. Owners also rave about the smoky, tender food it turns out. Its 10-year warranty attests to its durability. Some critics say the 18.5-inch Weber Smokey Mountain is too pricey, but most are delighted with this consistently popular smoker, which is also offered in a 22.5-inch size (*Est. $400).
See our full review

Big Green Egg
Big Green Egg

Luxury smoker/grill combination

Though some come close, no smoker can match the temperature control afforded by the thick-walled, charcoal-fueled 18-inch Big Green Egg. This Kamado-style cooker not only smokes meat at low temperatures, it can also get searingly hot, so you can use it to bake bread or pizza or put a proper crust on steaks. The ceramic Big Green Egg, which also comes in 24-inch, 15-inch, 13-inch and 9-inch sizes, can maintain its temperature in pretty much any weather. It's heavy and very expensive, but if you're looking to invest in a versatile smoker and grill, the Big Green Egg is ideal, reviewers say. Because it's ceramic, however, it is not indestructible. This makes it important to buy from a licensed retailer, so the lifetime warranty from the manufacturer will be in effect.
See our full review

*Est. $750 Estimated Price
Brinkmann Vertical Gas Smoker
Brinkmann Vertical Gas Smoker

Budget propane smoker

The cabinet-shaped Brinkmann Vertical Gas Smoker runs on propane. It's not only less expensive, it also requires less tending to and is generally easier to use than either the Weber Smokey Mountain or the Big Green Egg smokers. With four cooking racks, the Brinkmann gas smoker can prepare enough food for large gatherings. Its main heat source is a propane burner, which heats a pan containing wood chips. Some aficionados complain that food prepared in gas smokers has a slight propane taste, but most reviewers say the Brinkmann cooks evenly and gives food a good smoky flavor.
See our full review

Bradley Original Smoker
Bradley Original Smoker

Outdoor electric smoker

According to reviews, the Bradley Original Smoker is a hands-off smoker that needs no tending whether you're hot- or cold-smoking, slow-cooking, or roasting food. This electric smoker (which is meant only for outdoor use) looks like a mini-fridge. Its four racks hold a lot of food and are also dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. The Bradley Original produces smoke by burning discs of compressed wood, or bisquettes, which are automatically fed onto the burner and extinguished in water once they're spent. The bisquettes cost 30 to 40 cents each, however, so costs can add up. Owners say food smoked in the Bradley Original is moist and flavorful.
See our full review

*Est. $250 Estimated Price
Savu Smoker Bags
Savu Smoker Bags

Easy indoor smoking solution

Reviewers say that Savu's Finnish-made aluminum smoker bags are the best way to smoke food indoors. In addition to their ease of use and cleanup, the Savu Smoker Bags keep smoke nicely contained so it doesn't permeate your home's carpeting, draperies and furniture. Reviewers say food prepped in the Savu bags is tender, with a genuine smoky flavor. These disposable bags can be tough to find in stores, but they're readily available online. They cost around $3 to $4 apiece, however.
See our full review

COMPARE PRODUCTS
See a side-by-side comparison of key features, product specs, and prices.

Smokers Runners Up:

Old Smokey Electric Smoker *Est. $125

2 picks including: About.com, Amazon.com…

Ads related to Smokers

Back to top