Landmann USA Smoky Mountain Electric Smoker Review

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Overall Rating


  • It’s the cheapest in its class
  • Consistent and reliable temperatures
  • You can set the temperature
  • Windows for checking food
  • Double walls


  • There are no digital controls
  • No temperature probe
  • No side loading function

This is a basic electric hot smoker. It has all the features you’ll need. The temperature is easy to control, and the temperature gauge is quite accurate. It’s pretty simple to use this unit even if you never had any experience with electric smokers before.

Some electric smokers within this price range have digital thermostatic control which can be a burden as well as a blessing. While it’s great to be able to set the desired temperature on a digital thermometer, units under 200$ tend to have pretty inaccurate and low-quality thermostats. This said, before buying anything make sure you conduct a thorough research about a product you want to buy to get an insight into the features it offers.

We’ve written this review to help you with your decisions. By reading this review, you’ll avoid the exhausting part of researching because you have all the information you need in one place.

Try to define your needs and wishes, that way you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly what you want and need. So, without further ado, these are some of the features this unit has to offer.

The Features

3 in 1 Tray

Landmann USA Smoky Mountain Electric has a 3-in-1 tray that holds the water pan, wood chip box, and grease tray into one component. It also features a rear panel ventilation port for proper heat and smoke release. As we said, this unit is quite easy to use. You don’t have to be an experienced chef to cook and smoke delicious meat. In fact, you’ll need only a couple of minutes to get a hold of this thing.

Three Chrome Plated Racks

It has three chrome-plated racks which provide 431 square inches of cooking space. This will be more than enough to cook plenty of meat. You can prepare enough meat for five to ten people.

So, if you have a big family or you’re hosting barbecue parties often, this would be a good smoker for you. It’s also quite portable, and it has two side handles for easy transportation. It weighs only 30 pounds, so you don’t need any help to move it around.

Plug-in Temperature Controller

This electric smoker also features an independent plug-in temperature controller. This allows you to set and maintain temperature throughout the smoking process. You’ll also find a temperature gauge on the front door. The door on this unit has magnets which can sometimes result in accidental heat losses. Don’t worry; it’s an extremely rare occurrence.


The heating unit pulls up to 1500W of power. Some people think it’s a lot of power for such unit. It’s not a major upside nor downside, it all comes down to personal preferences. The fact is that the heating unit needs as much power as it can get to heat up and maintain the temperature within the electric smoker. This smoker has four adjustable feet so that you can level the unit on uneven surfaces.

The Benefits and Tips

  • The first benefit of this unit is the ease of use. Anyone can use this electric smoker without any previous experience. You don’t have to be a trained cook to be able to cook delicious meals and meat.
  • The first benefit of this unit is the ease of use. Anyone can use this electric smoker without any previous experience. You don’t have to be a trained cook to be able to cook delicious meals and meat.
  • The other thing that makes this smoker purchase-worthy is the ability to cook and smoke different type of meat at once. So, a piece of salmon and a piece of chicken can be smoked at the same time without any risks of jeopardizing the taste or integrity of the meat.
  • Don’t forget that this unit is for outdoor use only, in well-ventilated areas. Avoid using it near combustible objects to prevent potential fire and severe consequences. The rack dimensions are 11 inches by 15 inches, so it will easily hold a whole 10-pound turkey.
  • If you don’t have enough space for a whole bird, remove one of the racks. The weight capacity of every rack is around 15 pounds.
  • This smoker provides the optimal temperature range for most common smoking applications, ranging from 100 to 260 degrees. So, yes, slow smoking and cooking is an option as well. As we said, it’s simple to maintain the desired temperatures due to its well-insulated walls.
  • Because this unit uses a somewhat primitive dial thermostat that lets you choose from high to low without specific values, it’s advised that you buy a good digital thermometer separately. Using a digital thermostat in conjunction with the default one will allow you to control the temperature without much effort, and it won’t malfunction as often as some of the thermostats that come with more expensive units.
  • This smoker, like any other product, has its downsides as well. Although not a major flaw, the 1500W heating unit seems like a slight overkill. If you’re micro-managing your electrical expenses, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised by the next electricity bill.
  • The magnets on the door can also be a nuisance if not mounted correctly. If you have a gap or a leak on your smoker’s door, the heat loss and smoke loss will jeopardize the taste of the meat.
  • Also, the heating unit will use even more power thus increasing your electrical bills. It can even lead to blowing fuses in the house. So, to prevent any heat loss and excess power consumption, consider buying a latch in your local store and installing it on the door. It doesn’t take much time, and it will ensure consistent temperatures and no heat loss.

The Conclusion

This is, overall, a good cooker and smoker. It has its upsides and flaws, but that’s pretty common with these units. That’s why you need to determine what you want and need, to avoid unpleasant surprises and be aware of what you’re buying. The simplicity is the key feature of this thing.

Anyone can use it without any previous experience, which is quite neat and mandatory nowadays. The price is quite affordable, and it shouldn’t make a massive impact on your budget. The overall quality-to-price ratio is satisfactory. If you ever decide to purchase this electric smoker, you won’t regret your decision.

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