When it comes to choosing a smoker the choices can be a little overwhelming.
There are a few different 'types' and hundreds of brands trying to catch your attention. Over the past few years Electric Smokers have become quite popular, mainly thanks to their easy use and stable cooking temperature - however they can be quite expensive.
We put together this buying guide to show you that you can still get a quality machine, even at this budget price.
We put quite a bit of time and effort into deciding on the top 3 Electric Smokers under 200, but the winning decision was unanimous.
Our top pick is the Old Smokey Electric Smoker. We loved that it is super simple to use, but you can great some sweeeeeet dishes with it.
Last Updated: June 2, 2019
By William Clay: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding our choices for propane smokers that cost less than $200. Information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best affordable smokers currently available on the market.
This is one of the simplest electric smokers in the market, making it perfect for beginners.
It doesn’t have many fancy features so you don’t have to worry about sudden electronic fails, display malfunctions, and so on.
The Old Smokey comes with two cooking racks with a capacity of about 15 pounds.
With this sufficiently large space, you will be able to smoke meat for a family gathering or a yard picnic comfortable. Additionally, it allows you to cook any meat you want, from chicken to salmon.
To add to its simplicity, the Old Smokey requires virtually no supervision.
After adjusting the temperature, you are free to go have a beer with your friends and reminisce about the good old days. Nevertheless, it is advisable to check it at least once.
The feature I love about the unit, however, is the adjustable thermostat. This lets you set the cooking temperature and time manually hence control the 'doneness' of your meat. To ensure that your meat will cook consistently, the Old Smokey distributes the heat within it evenly, thanks to its ergonomic design.
With an accurate temperature gauge and easy-to-control temperature, this electric smoker has all the features you will need for a seamless smoking experience.
You don’t have to be an expert to work with it, in a just a few minutes, you will be a pro.
The Landmann comes with a 3-in-1 tray that holds the wood chip box, grease tray, and water pan into one component. It also features a ventilation port at the rear panel for proper smoke and heat release.
If you have a large family and/or you host barbecues often, this smoker will suit you best. Thanks to its three chrome-plated racks, it has about 431 sq. inches of cooking space. With this space, you can prepare enough food for five to ten people.
You will also love that you can smoke different types of meat at the same time, without risking their integrity or taste.
Unlike the others on this list, this one features an independent plug-in temperature controller in addition to the temperature gauge on the front door. The temperature controller allows you to set and maintain the optimum temperature throughout the smoking cycle. The Landmann uses up to 1500 watts of power. While some people may see this as “too much” power, it is actually not that much considering the service it gives.
Weighing a mere 30 pounds, you don’t have to worry about portability with this one. To further enhance this, it is fitted with two side handles so you won’t need any additional help moving it around. It also has adjustable feet so you can level it even on uneven surfaces.
Like the Old Smokey, this unit is also simple to operate and doesn’t come with the complexities seen in much more expensive models.
It is a very compact unit and thanks to its modern design, it easily blends in with other appliances you may have on your porch. Despite its low price, the Char-Broil vertical electric smoker has a couple of great features that place it among the best under $200.
The Char-Broil is the only unit in this guide that comes featuring the vertical design. This comes in handy when you are loading or unloading meat, as you can categorize your meat on the racks with no issues whatsoever.
Its cooking space has a capacity of 504 sq. inches. Though not a lot, you can count on this smoker during your Thanksgiving dinner.
The go-to feature for this unit, however, is its built-in temperature gauge. You will be able to monitor the internal temperature and react very fast if you notice an anomaly.
The Char-Broil has impressive insulation. Its design maintains the optimal inner temperature quite well, as there is zero heat loss. The only way you will lose heat on this smoker is if you open the door.
On top of that, the wood chip compartment on the unit can hold any type of wood chips so you won’t need to look around for a specific type.