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Bradley Electric Smoker Review

Good day everyone. I hope your day is going well and you have something delicious planned to smoke or grill today. I wanted to take some time today to do a review on one of my first smokers, the Bradley electric smoker. This was actually the second smoker I owned as I started learning what smoking meat was all about. If you read my post on how get started in smoking, you will remember that I recommended starting out with an electric smoker. This is one of the many options.

Bradley Smoker


  • The interior construction is polished, insulated stainless steel

  • Digital interface

  • Maximum Temperature of 280 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Separate Burners for smoke and oven

  • One-year warranty from date of purchase

  • Internal thermostat

  • Four fully supported, removable racks

  • Up to 8 hours of no wood refilling

  • Compatible with the cold smoke adapter (sold separately)



This smoker runs on bisquettes instead of wood chips. This allows you to load up the bisquettes that will feed into the smoke generator. The control panel is easy to use and will set the temperature and you can manually advance the bisquettes if need be.


The size of the smoker cabinet is 17” wide by 14” deep and 31” high. This is somewhat small but will work when you are starting out. There is a vent at the top of the smoker cabinet that you can also fish down a meat probe through to keep the heat in. Inside, there will either be 4 or 6 trays depending on the size you get. These trays are removable and adjustable which works great depending on the size of what you are smoking.


At the bottom of the smoker is a bowl that you will fill with water. This will collect the ashes from the bisquettes for an easy cleanup when you are done. The element is 500 watts which is fairly small and is why your max temp cannot get above 280.


Pros of the Bradley Electric Smoker



  • The unit is very easy to use and is great for someone who is a casual smoker or is just starting out

  • It is reasonably priced. There are a lot of expensive smokers out there and this one should be within your budget. There are less expensive smokers still but Bradley is a quality name.

  • Adjustable shelves allow you the flexibility of shifting around depending on what you have in there.

  • It is small so is fairly portable and will not take up a lot of space in your grilling area.

  • The auto feeder for the bisquettes allows you to leave it for an extended period and not worry about having to constantly refill wood chips. It is pretty easy to see when more bisquettes are needed.


Cons of a Bradley Electric Smoker



  • Wood bisquettes are expensive and can add up fast.

  • The max temperature and small heating element will limit you eventually. It is fine for most items when you are starting out but as you get more proficient with smoking, you will want the flexibility to go to a higher temp. Also, when you open the door, it can take a while to heat back up.

  • It is a bit on the small side which can limit what you want to cook. It is fine for a lot of things but if you get to the point where you want to smoke a whole brisket, that is not an option with this smoker.

  • It is made well but I had issues with the door on mine eventually and my hinge eventually broke. As I read about it, others have had similar issues. As I said, it is very solid and well-made but there have been issues after a good amount of use. I used mine A LOT so I took it in stride when mine broke.



So is a Bradley electric smoker right for you?



I had this smoker for about three years and it served me well. I consistently smoked ribs, chicken and pork shoulder in this unit and they came out great. The bisquettes were a little expensive and I found myself constantly buying them but I found them very convenient to use and they worked really well for me. If you are new to smoking, I would recommend a Bradley smoker. It is well-built and easy to use. Will you have the same issue with door hinge I had? Maybe, but I think the majority of people buying this unit do not have this issue. Like I said above, mine was very well-used and served me well.



Check out the Bradley Electric smoker below and decide for yourself. Click on the image to see more!


Bradley Smoker



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9 thoughts on “Bradley Electric Smoker Review

  1. i guess as newbie when it comes to smoking this will work perfectly fine, later on if i want something better maybe more temperature i could get a new smoker. i think this is fine cuz there is a warranty of one year and according to you, you have been using it for three years which actually proves its quality

    1. Yes, that is what I did. I worked on my smoking and then when I was ready to upgrade, I moved to a pellet smoker.

  2. Hello there, An electric smoker is better than no smoker, especially if you’re in an apartment or condo where they won’t let you have gas, charcoal, or pellets. … Pellet smokers are just as easy to use as electrics, produce much better-tasting food, but they are more expensive. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is the kind of thing that would make Hank Hill leave propane and propane accessories. If I had a backyard, i’d be all about smoking in something like this. Imagine the pork in this bad boy. Alas, here i am, drooling over dreams of smoked crackling, whilst staring at a stainless steel masterpiece. 

  4. This has been a long time interest of mine, to start smoking meat. But as you know, we think of stuff we would like to do when we have time, and then life starts to get busy, you keep putting if of and putting it of until you forget about it. Thank you for this article, this has definite rekindled my interest and since I’m busy renovating the back yard, I know that exact place to put my smoker. I went ahead and bookmarked this site so I can come back to it. I do have a question though, I would rather buy the smoker I need right of the bat than starting with a small one and upgrade later. I would like to do wood smoking. Any suggestion?

    1. I use a Traeger pellet smoker but if you are looking for wood burning, I would look at a Weber or Pit Barrel maybe. Oklahoma Joe’s is another good one. Thanks for the comment.

  5. I have seen a number smoker online and some time ago I saw this Bradley electric smoker and I was really impressed with the few features that I have seen on it. Coming online to see some more detailed review on it give me so much joy and for the fact that it’s adjustable makes it more acceptable than some more smokers that I have seen 

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