Best Vertical Smokers for 2017

Best Vertical Smokers:
2 Tools for Juicy Meat in 2019

When it comes to conveniently and efficiently smoking lots of meat, a vertical smoker, also known as a cabinet smoker, is your best option. With rather large smoking chambers and a number of shelves, these smokers can hold a myriad of different meats and ease them into a tender and juicy state.

After an extensive amount of research, we’ve narrowed in on the best vertical smoker and a runner-up for good measure, providing you a couple options to compare.

Vertical Smoker Comparison Chart

NameCooking SpaceMaterialPower TypeRating
Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
The Top Pick
725/1,000 sq inStainless SteelElectric9.8/10CHECK PRICE
Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker
The Runner-Up
481/726 sq inSteelCharcoal9.6/10CHECK PRICE


Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker – The Top Pick

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The Rundown

With a slew of features and a name like Char-Broil, it’s no surprise that the Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is our top pick of vertical smoker. As you probably discovered this article looking for smokers with a vertical layout, we’ll get right to the good stuff – this particular smoker has four adjustable smoking racks, meaning tons of space for various meats of your choice. Char-Broil offers this smoker in both a 725 and 1,000 square inch format, meaning you have the option of a lot of space, or a whole lot of space. The 725 square inch format has dimensions of 32.5 x 18.1 x 16.5 inches, while the 1,000 square inch smoker is 40 x 23.4 x 16.5. While the sheer smoking space and number of adjustable racks would be near enough for this smoker to secure the top spot, Char-Broil has proceeded to overload it with a plethora of features to aid in smoking your meat to perfection.

Char-Broil has taken meat smoking to new technological heights with the Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker, as it features a removable temperature gauge to monitor cooking heat and allows the user to make adjustments from a control panel, with settings viewable on a bright LED display. Adding to this, Char-Broil includes a removable meat probe that is able to let the user know when their meat has reached a user-specific internal temperature. Char-Broil has chosen to completely take the guess work out of smoking meat and really makes it hard for the user to end up with anything other than perfectly smoked meat. Once your meat is cooked, the Deluxe Digital Electric can maintain a specific internal temperature that keeps it warm until you and your family are ready to dig in.

While some smokers can be quite the eyesore in your backyard, this particular smoker deserves to be shown off. With a stainless steel design and dual-tone finish, the Deluxe Digital Electric puts the designs of all over smokers to shame. As if that weren’t enough, Char-Broil has outfitted this product with a crystal clear glass door panel. While it adds even more to the overall design of the smoker, the glass door also gives users the ability to see how their meat is doing from start to finish, as it provides a perfect view of each of the four smoking racks.

With its two size options, both of which boasting a ton of smoking space, and four adjustable smoking racks, the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric is, in our opinion, the top pick. Add in the number of other features this smoker boasts, and this smoker really is a force to be reckoned with, and at a reasonable price-point.



Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker – The Runner-Up

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The Rundown

Tried and true, the Weber 721001 Smoker Mountain Charcoal Smoker has garnered the respectable runner-up position for this post. However, while our top pick has an enormous amount of smoking space, the 721001 falls a bit short, with an 18-inch version offering 481 square inches of rack space for meat and the 22 inch version offering 726 square inches. Also, Weber has equipped this smoker with two racks, while our top pick boasts four. Still, the 721001 Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker is truly a great smoker, and although the space it offers is somewhat dwarfed by the Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker by Char-Broil, it’s still a great deal of space that should be able to handle almost all of your smoking needs, unless you’re cooking for an entire football team, or something.

While electric smokers (like our top pick) are making their mark on the meat smoking industry, some cooks swear by charcoal smokers and won’t smoke meat with any other type of smoker. This particular smoker has made a name for itself because of the moist, juicy and tender meat that’s a result of it’s slow-smoking ability. In terms of features, one of the most notable on this smoker is its built-in thermometer, which is located at the top of the smoker for easy viewing. Additionally, this smoker comes with a water pan, individual vents on both the bowl and the lid, a heat-resistant nylon handle, as well as a storage cover. Although it doesn’t have the laundry list of features of the Char-Broil smoker above, the Weber 721001 is a no fuss charcoal smoker that gets the job done.

Made of porcelain-enameled steel, Weber has given this smoker a classic look, with the body of it a glossy black and the legs and door a raw, coated steel. While some smokers sport more a dingy, rustic exterior, the Weber 721001 combines the rich history of meat smoking with an updated, more modern flare.

While it doesn’t boast the amount of cooking space and number of racks the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric does, this vertical smoker is an excellent choice for those looking for a charcoal smoker with a more classic feel and standard set of features.



Closing Remarks

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Nowadays, cooks have more options than ever when it comes to purchasing a meat smoker (some may even opt to build one themselves). Now that you have your sights set on a vertical layout, we truly believe the two products reviewed above are the two best vertical smokers on the market. Whether you’re looking for a ton of rack space and some truly innovative features, or you’re more of a bare-bones, no fuss kind of guy who prefers a traditional charcoal smoker, you can’t go wrong with either of the options from Char-Broil and Weber listed above.



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