Originally Posted by Danred
I am new here and want to buy an electric smoker. I really don't want to spend more than 300 and under 200 would be better. What brand do you recommend? I see a lot of folks have the Masterbuilt but I see a lot of threads indicating problems. I want the most reliable brand for the money. Thanks for your help.
I own a Masterbuilt 30-inch Electric Digital Smokehouse Gen 1 (there are two generations and even the Gen 1 had a slight remodel). I bought mine over two years ago on Amazon for $189 and you can find them cheaper than that. Places like Cabela's, Lowes, Tractor Supply Co., and others also sell them. From my experience, if you're looking for a good, reliable electric smoker for $200-300 I'd stick with a Masterbuilt. Only the guys who don't own them say they're read a lot of complaints from MES owners. If you check out the electric smoker forum you'll find a whole lot more of us love our Masterbuilts than complain about them. Yes, I've read that the Gen 2 (you can get more info on the differences between Gen 1 and Gen 2 later) have had their problems but since I own a Gen 1 that's all I comment on. If you check the forums you'll see that the most popular electric smoker combo is a MES 30 or 40 (40-inch being bigger and wider than the 30) with the A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker. Many of us have found it easier to smoke with wood pellets and have found the AMNPS the best thing to use for hot and cold smoking. Yes, you'll read complaints about it but, again, many more of us use and greatly enjoy it.