Bradley or Masterbuilt?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by [email protected], Nov 18, 2009.

  1. I am debating on purchasing a new smoker. Other than the cost of the smoker and having to buy bradley smoking bisquettes, is it really worth it to buy that smoker over the MES? I can get the MES for about 188.00. The standard bradley runs about 288.00. The fully automatic digital model runs about 438.00. I appreciate all opinions.
  2. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a Bradley original and love it. I will gladly answer any questions and concerns if you wish to message me. This is a great Bradley forum site for information. The folks there are like a family.
  3. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    I have had a MES 30" for about 2 years. I use it a lot & love it. Chips & wood are available just about anywhere & you don't need any special "pucks" that are expensive (Do price them before you buy a Bradley).

    That said, I have had to repair my MES (electrical connections burn up) 2 times, which is really a pretty simple fix, just a PITA. Ask the people on this forum, it is a very common problem with the MES, but really quite simple to correct.

    Good luck!
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have the Bradley Digital 6 Rack and have used it twice and I wish I had purchased the MES 40" instead...

    It won't get over 200º and when i contacted Bradley they sent me a part and I have to take the smoker apart to put in the new sensor in hopes that fixes it... I guess their warranty is only for parts and you figure out how to install them...

    I would go with the MES 40" if I were you...
  5. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Don't own one yet....but I'm all over the Masterbuilt.
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My vote would go for the MES as long as it is a 40"
    Have heard and seen many great things come out of them, don't know much about the Bradley but do know the MES is a great unit.
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Why not build a drum?
  8. How about a combo? Master Built with a Bradley smoke generator. If I am going to be around home I feed it wood chips myself. If I need to leave or want to smoke overnight I use the Bradley smoke generator. Also perfect for cold smoking. The best of both worlds.
  9. nozzleman

    nozzleman Smoking Fanatic

    I love my MES, I have had it 8 months now. It is about as simple and easy to use as it gets and turns out fantastic results.
  10. formerlyfatguy

    formerlyfatguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I've had a Bradley 4 rack, and a Bradley 6 rack and 2 40" MES units.
    I got rid of them all in favor of a much more expensive Cookshack Amerique.
    If you can afford a Cookshack, that's what I would go for, heads and tails over the others mentioned when it comes to build quality and insulation.
    If you can't afford one I'd stick to the 40" MES.
  11. charlied20

    charlied20 Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    I have a 40" MES and had problems with the doors at first but they have fixed that problem. I would recommend the MES over the Bradley all day long!
  12. meskc

    meskc Fire Starter

    Just so you know. On black friday Bass pro has the MES for $129.94. Just got the ad today. I lov my MES.
  13. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    MES Hands down. Cheap to operate and the wood is cheap. No pucks involved. And to think the Bradley chucks the pucks into the water pan after 20 minutes is unacceptable and just a way to force you to buy their pucks. Bad business in my book.
  14. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I was in Cabela's yesterday and they have allot of 30" Black MES on the floor, I wonder what their sale price is going to be?
  15. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Love my MES 11 months and going strong. [​IMG]
  16. dnovotny

    dnovotny Smoke Blower

    I Have A Bradley 6 For The Last 4 Years And Live Where It's Cold And I Use Mine All Year Long I Love It... For Cold And Hot Smoke It's The Best.. I Had A Ms And Didn't Like .. Everyone Has A Opinion... This Is Mine.. Bradley 6
  17. meskc

    meskc Fire Starter

  18. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That page is decieving showing the stainless. That appears to be the 30'. It is 199 for black and it comes in stainless for 299.
  19. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  20. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    I'd say go for the MES, being a MES owner myself. I looked at a Bradley too, but the puck thing put me off. I'm going to buy a 2nd MES on Black Friday. [​IMG]

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