The Masterbuilt series of electric smokers have been receiving quite a lot of popularity recently. That’s probably the reason we also received numerous requests to write about Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Reviews.
Hence, we have decided to answer your desire with this article right here. We are going to cover several popular questions such as why the Masterbuilt electric smokers are useful and which smoker within the series is the best.
There will also be some FAQ on smoking at the end, so keep reading, folks.
Is Masterbuilt a good smoker?
The answer is, without a doubt, a definitive yes. They have been in the game for ages. Over the years, they have produced smokers who are budget-friendly and with the quality too.
Their smokers are not simply equipment to get the meat cooked. They have a very clear vision. The organization aims to design and build each and every smoker with innovation.
They believe the true assets of a company are the customers. So, to retain and maintain those assets, Masterbuilt always listens to the needs of the customers. they use it as the foundation for the design of all smokers.
That’s why you would see that with every new smoker coming out, the design is always improved in one way or another. Perhaps, it is the material for heat retention. Or it could be some smart design for better airflow next time.
The gist is that, as long as you voice your opinion to Masterbuilt, they will have incorporated some sort of solution to the next series of products.
Top 3 Best MasterBuilt Electric Smoker Reviews :
1. Masterbuilt MB20071117 Digital Electric Smoker
The Masterbuilt mb2007117 digital electric smoker is an innovative smoker that can smoke food to perfection without the hassles of conventional wood fire smoker. With its four chrome-coated smoking racks and a digitally controlled thermostat, it provides even and consistent smoking for large amounts of food.
The patented side wood chip loading system keeps the door closed and the smoke inside when adding more wood chips. While the rear access grease tray catches any drippings making clean up easy with the masterbuilt digital electric smoker. You can enjoy smoking meats without the mess.
With a few adjustments, the smoker would be even more perfect. Place the rack directly on the coils, then flip the bracket that over the top of the heating element and place it below. Next, drill some holes in the chip tray. With this adjustment, it would start rolling out even more smoke.
You can now put two whole chicken and smoke both at the same time. They would still come out evenly cooked to perfection.
The MB20071117 is one of our favourite home smokers. Although, we do have a minor complaint with the digital controls. It is sort of hard to read under other sources of brighter light such as the sun.
- Digital panel control.
- Chrome-coated racks.
- Side wood chip for convenience.
- Thermostat-temperature control.
- Completely insulated.
- Digital control is hard to read under the sunlight.
2. Masterbuilt MB20073519 MES 130P Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker
The Masterbuilt MB20073519 is also another incredible electric smoker. The most outstanding feature of this electric smoker is the Bluetooth Smart control. We personally loved this feature the most because it just felt so futuristic when we tested it.
The ability to turn the smoker on and off with your smart device might or might not directly contribute to food smoking quality. But it sure felt good doing so while sitting on the couch watching TV.
As for other specs, the MB20073519 does come with other things that you would commonly expect. There is a built-in meat probe thermometer, chromate-coated smoking racks and so on.
However, the smoker also has two other patented features that we loved, and they actually contribute to food quality. The first one is the patent-pending grilling top that would leave the specially designed browning to enhance flavors. The other one is the patented loading wood chips from the side to minimize smoke leakage.
We do have one complaint about the temperature retention though. It is always off by about 5 to 10 degree celsius. While purchasing an additional thermometer to monitor the temperature can easily solve the issue. It is, nonetheless, still mildly annoying.
- Chrome-coated smoking racks.
- Built-in meat probe.
- Bluetooth control system.
- Patent-pending top grill.
- Patented side wood chips loading.
- Minor temperature controlling issue.
3. Masterbuilt 20072718 Top Controller Electric Smoker with Window and RF Controller
In this contest of the best smoker of Masterbuilt series, the MB20072718 is also coming in quite closely. The smoker has a 711 square inches of cooking space which is incredibly impressive for a home smoker.
The MB20072718 also can be remote controlled. Although it is not as futuristic as the MB20073519 since it is not a bluetooth system, it is still quite convenient.
The racks are, of course, porcelain-coated as per standardized requirements these days. Similarly to the other two on the list, it also comes with a patented side-loading for wood chips to minimize smoke leakage.
Additionally, this electric smoker has a thermostat temperature to assist with consistent heat while cooking. By the way, it also comes with a meat probe in case you were wondering.
Last but not least, a feature that we found to be quite unexpectedly convenient was the handle and rear wheels. You can wheel this bad boy anywhere, and easily relocate it for whatever reason you might have.
Regardless, the smoker does have one flaw, and that is the meat probe. The temperature measurement seems a bit off.
All in all, we think the MB 20072718 is quite decent for beginner smoking given the thermo control system.
- 711 square inches cooking space.
- Patented side loading for wood chips.
- RF remote control.
- Built-in thermometer control.
- The meat probe might not be accurate.
Which Masterbuilt smoker is the best?
After testing all three products of the Masterbuilt electric smoker series, we have reached the verdict that the MB20071117 is the best overall as an electric smoker.
Each of the three has its own pros and cons, which can be perfect for a specific scenario. However, the MB20071117 is the one that generally more balanced. The criteria for the assessment includes cooking space, heat retention, consistent heating, smoke leakage prevention, and so on. The MB20071117 is the one with the most balanced specs between all.
Additionally, due to the balanced specs, the food always comes out more juicy, crispy and evenly cooked. The cleaning process is basically the same between all of them. None of them gave us any difficulty at all.
One last thing that is worth mentioning is the durability. In this category, the MB20071117 actually loses out slightly compared to the other two. After some heavy turkey smoking sessions, we found that the MB20071117 outer walls seem to have warped a little. While the other two remained pretty much the same. This is not a huge deal as the metal will bend sooner or later under high temperature. However, it is still a sign of durability and sturdiness.
Regardless, after taking into account everything else, the MB20071117 still comes out on top. As most of the issues that it has can be easily fixed with some manual adjustment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.
Why you should buy Masterbuilt Electric Smoker?
We suggest Masterbuilt Electric smokers for the reason that you get the value that you require for the price you have paid. The brand provides excellent products for all types of customers whether new or old. It also has a variety for those also who are new into the field of cooking and smoking. Some of the few benefits of using Masterbuilt are:
- Digital Thermometer If you have much experience in smoking meat, then you must be aware of the fact that keeping the temperature optimum is what takes the most of the time. Masterbuilt smokers will provide you with a built in thermometer which will help in regulating the temperature. Although a separate thermometer for recording the temperature of the inner portion of meat is required but that is something different and every other brand has to deal with this issue also.
- Capacity: These provide you with a holding capacity of four racks. Although if you are putting in chicken and making big roasts along with the ribs and shoulders, even then you will fill up only two. I myself have experienced putting in 30+lbs of meat at one time.
- Economy: Materbuilt smokers are economical in usage. These works on electricity and the amount of wood used is relatively less as compared to the other brands. Thus if you use the smokers quite often for your meat, this is surely the best option.
- Well Insulated : Masterbuilt smokers are not insulated in a traditional way but instead you get a very well insulated unit which helps in maintaining the inner temperature.
- Customer Care : Customer care is of their strength in my opinion because once sold, they never let you worry about the product at all. Take the product home, if you any defect bring it back and get a new one without any questions.
Which collections of Masterbuilt ?
- Masterbuilt and Masterbuilt Pro.
Masterbuilt offers a series of products including grills and smokers. The products are very impressive as they can use not only charcoal but propane as well, not only these but electricity as well. Thus whatever fuel you prefer, you use it without even worrying about the options.
Some of the features of the models of this series include RF Remote, Bluetooth Smart Technology, dual-fuel, insulation in the chamber of the unit, electronic ignition system, a kit with extensions for the legs and much more
- John McLemore’s Signature series.
How much honored does one feel to have a product at home which is signature by the brand’s CEO. And the CEO of not some ordinary brand but an excellent one.
The features that this series offers are none other than the ones you expect from Masterbuilt. Some models will offer wheels, RF remote, integrated meat probe, insulated body and side wooden chips loaders, the others will be offering recipes and cooking guides too! Not only these, but the books are from the best-selling brand.
This will enable you to start your cooking experience and proudly use the signature product.
How much electricity does a masterbuilt smoker use?
Each model differs slightly, but generally, they consume about 1,500-watt for the heating element in even and consistent cooking.
How to use Masterbuilt Electric Smokers ?
There are a couple of main things on the Masterbuilt smokers that you need to know before using them. To season the smokers, you need to load the wood chunks or chips into the chip tray. The chip tray is usually located either at the bottom shelf of the smoker or inside the smoking chamber. For the smokers in this list, the chip tray is located inside the cooking chamber and at the bottom.
To heat up the electric smoker, simply turn the switch to your desired temperature. Then monitor the built-in thermometer to check if the temperature has risen to your setting.
Also, remember to replace the water pan as frequently as needed. Otherwise, the meat will come out dry and doesn’t taste as juicy.
To adjust the amount of smoking coming out, there will be an air vent for that very purpose.
How to clean Masterbuilt electric smoker?
Cleaning the smoker is extremely important. It helps to keep your smoker last a bit longer. One good thing is that the Masterbuilt smoker is designed for easy clean-up. They can be easily removed and washed off with just any sort of detergent.
Below is a list of equipment that needs cleaning:
- Smoking rack
- Water bowl
- Grate supports
- Drip pan
- Chips tray
Some important notes during the cleaning stage:
- Wood chips might be stuck in the chip tray, but a simple shake will make them loose again. The ash they leave behind can be cleared up using any kind of brush
- The wood chips and the ash are most likely still quite hot. That’s why you need to make sure that they have cooled down before clearing them out for safety reasons.
- To clean other interior parts of the smoker such as walls, glass doors and so on, use a slightly soaked towel to wipe off the dirt
- The door seal also needs to be cleaned too. This is to ensure that it can still seal off the door during your next use.
How often do you add wood chips to a Masterbuilt electric smoker ?
Wood chips are used to season the meat and give it an extra aroma of your choice. However, over smoking your meat could ruin it as well. That’s why it is crucial as to not over-smoke your meat. Plus, adding wood chips involves opening the door, and doing so would cause more smoke leakage.
The short answer to this question is only twice. The first time is right before smoking the meat, and the second time would be about 3 hours into smoking the meat. You will risk over smoking and smoke leakage issue if you add wood chips more often than that.
How long does a Masterbuit smoker last ?
Assuming that you give the smoker proper maintenance and do not abuse them, they can last at least 5 years. We have done some research and a lot of other customers claim that their smokers break down after just a couple of months.
After a few more conversation exchanges, we found out that either they do not maintain the smoker properly or they don& do it at all.
Is Materbuilt electric smoker waterproof ?
No, a Masterbuilt smoker is not waterproof. It is designed to be as airtight as possible to prevent water from coming in causing damage to the wiring inside. However, that is not be taken for granted, and you should not rinse the smoker by spraying water at it from a hose.
That is the reason why we mention you should wipe the interior space of the smoker with a slightly soaked towel.
There you go folks, that should be enough to wrap up our article on the Masterbuilt electric smoker reviews.
Just to clarify one thing again, we did reach a conclusion that the MB20071117 is the best Masterbuilt electric smoker, but each and everyone is decent in their own way. The winner smoker is simply the one with more balanced specs that can be used decently in almost any situation.
Hopefully, you have learned something new today. If you have any specific question that has not been answered in this article, please leave it in the comment section below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.