Electric smokers are often criticised for not being true smokers or being able to produce great barbecue. This isn't entirely true. Certainly a bit of authenticity is lost when the fire is replaced by an electric heating element, but electric smokers offer a convenience and precision that other types of smoker simply can't. Most electric smokers can be programmed and set to run either for a specific time or to a specific food temperature. This makes it possible to load it up, set the controls, and walk away. A good electric smoker will do this with attention, monitoring and consistently. For those who don't want to deal with charcoal, these are the appliances to consider. I've picked a wide range of electric smokers, some with network or bluetooth functionality, but the truth is, simplier is typically better and much of the technology that has come in recent years reduces the durability and function of these smokers in the long term.
It might not be loaded with the most advanced technology but the Cookshack Amerique can be load with food, programmed to smoke it to the desired temperature and then hold it there until you are ready for it. Cookshack has been making electric smokers longer than anyone and this is their best residential unit. The construction quality is excellent and with a 50 pound capacity, it is more than enough for most anyone. While more expensive than most units, this is truly the best electric smoker on the market.