Masterbuilt 20077615 VS Other Smokers
The Masterbuilt 20077615 has a variety of reviews and a lot of them are from happy customers. Still, there are some complaints. Most of the complaints seem to be from people having issues with the remote. Cleaning this smoker seems to be a bit of a pain in the neck, but grills/smokers aren’t typically easy to clean. Based on what I’ve researched, I actually think that despite some concerns, this is a good electric smoker and worth taking a chance on. But, perhaps you want to consider the competition. Maybe, after reading this review, you’d rather buy a charcoal smoker.
VS Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-Inch Charcoal Smoker
The Weber 721001 is a popular charcoal smoker with a nice amount of feedback available. It is unlike the Masterbuilt 20077615 electric smoker, the Weber is a charcoal smoker. The dimensions for the Weber are 21 x 19 x 41, and cooking space capacity is 481 square inches vs 721 for the Masterbuilt. This is a proven winner, like many Weber products it seems to be a quality machine. A strong indication of a good product is the warranty. This Weber smoker even comes with a 10-year warranty compared to the 90 day warranty for the Masterbuilt 20077615.
Sarah and I own an electric, a gas, and a charcoal grill. By far, the most difficult to use is the charcoal grill. Charcoal cooking is very nuanced and takes some practice to get consistent results. Keeping the temperature steady is a challenge because it is affected by wind, outside temp, etc. It’s also very dirty. But, and this is a big one, you can’t deny the superior taste you get from charcoal. So, I have the utmost confidence that this Weber charcoal smoker will make the tastier food. This is certainly something to consider. Of course taste is about as subjective as you can get, it’s a matter of opinion.
The Weber 721001 charcoal smoker has a built-in thermometer, and if it’s anything like the thermometer on our Weber grill then it is not very accurate. You’d probably have to get a separate probe thermometer to accurately and consistently get the right temp reading.
It boils down to a proven charcoal smoker versus the ultra-convenient electric smoker. Another way to look at it would be flavor versus convenience.
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The Masterbuilt 20077615 is a digital electric smoker. This electric smoker offers convenience and ease, if a sacrifice in taste, that charcoal smokers simply cannot provide you. Although there are some points that make me a bit hesitant, overall I think this is a good buy, with some inherent risk, i.e. the paltry 90 day warranty. If you want to consider a charcoal alternative, the Weber 721001 is a good option.