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Masterbuilt 20078715 Review [Jan. 2019] (Are Masterbuilt Still The Industry Leader?)

There is a great deal of trust in Masterbuilt throughout the industry and in backyards all around the United States. They are well known and have been around for decades.

We tried the Masterbuilt 20078715 and believe it is one of the top-notch electric smokers currently available. It delivers high quality flavors as well as a sturdy build.

The Masterbuilt 20078715
has everything we needed to create those delicious smoky flavors without demanding too much effort us.

The LCD screen and control panel was easy to use, we just put in our settings and we could forget about it until it was done. We love BBQ but hate standing around tending it all day, so this was like a dream unit to us. 

The overall construction of this unit is quality. In true masterbuilt fashion they have built a sleek, good looking unit that can back up its looks with functionality, versatility and best of all consistent results. 

Take in our thoughts of the Masterbuilt 30 inch Electric Smoker below and let this review help you decide if this is the right smoker for you.

Masterbuilt 20078715

The Masterbuilt 20078715 is a vertical refrigerator style smoker that is a basic unit built for one task. To create great tasting smoky flavours without a hole lot of hassle. It is a well built, insulated unit that is the 'low & slow' king.  


  • Dimensions: 19 x 17 x 32 inches
  • Cooking Area: 721 sq inches
  • Temperature Range: 100 - 275 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Capacity: 12 whole chickens, 2 whole turkeys,4 racks of ribs, 48 sausages, 24 burgers or 4 pork butts

Key Features

  • LCD Screen for Controlling Precise Temperatures: The simply to master control panel is one of our favorite features. You can conveniently use it from 100 to 275 degrees F with the thermostat temperature control

    The internal temperature controller will cook our food to perfection and alerted us when to when it was finished. No more second guessing ourselves.
  • Spacious Cooking Space: Masterbuilt 20078715 has over 721 square inches of cooking space. This space is spread across four adjustable cooking racks. The functionality of the adjustable racks makes it easy to cook different food on different racks separately. We found we were able to feed upwards of 10 people with this smoker.
  • Wood Chip Loading System: We found that it was simple to add chips or wood chunks to the Masterbuilt 30 inch Electric Smoker. It has a smooth operating side box located and on the outside of the unit. Having access to the box from the outside meant we didn’t lose ant precious heat or smoke when we filled it up.
  • Utensils
    Front Access Drip Pan: One of the top things I look for when picking a smoker is the cleaning and maintenance demands. This unit has an ingenious design in which the drip pan directs grease and oil directly into a drainage area. This area has an attached pot which can be removed and cleaned in a flash.
  • Utensils
    Strong and Sturdy Construction: The body of the unit is constructed from very high-quality heat-resistant materials. We found that in even in strong winds and low temperatures this unit still performed well and held a consistent cooking temperature throughout a long cook.

What I Liked

  • High-quality materials used
  • Setup and forget functionality
  • Ingeniously designed for both the novice and advanced smokers
  • Maintained a high temperature with ease
  • 721 square inches of the cooking area, you can cook for a large number of people.

What I Didn't Like

  • This unit doesn’t come with wheels. As it around 50 pounds, we did need someone to help us move it around.
  • The LCD screen will monitor the internal temperature of smoker it can make improve your smoking if you also grab a meat probe. This unit doesn’t come with one

Ease of Use

With The LED controls and precise temperature management of this unit, it makes this the top pick for someone who loves the smoky flavors but doesn't have the time for a traditional smoker.

Without a complicated setup and usage requirements we were quickly be cooking with this unit.

We found due to this ease, we were using the unit more and more rather than let it collect dust in the shed.

Cleaning and Maintenance 

When it comes to keeping the Masterbuilt 20078715 clean it is a straightforward process.. we barely had any maintenance to do. The unit comes with good instructions on how to clean the unit.

We have listed some of our top tips below for how to clean a masterbuilt electric smoker:

  • All you need to do to clean out the wood chip holder is give it a brush after each use
  • The cooking racks can be put in the dishwasher, just don’t use any caustic chemicals and ensure they are dry before you put them back
  • The outside and inside areas only need a quick and simple wipe with a damp cloth
  • Utensils
    Make sure you check the seals on the doors after each use
  • Utensils
    If you cover the drips & water pans with foil it makes clean up even easier again! 
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Warranty Details

This unit is cover under warranty and is guaranteed to be free from any material or workmanship defects for a period of 90 days after the original retail purchase.

Note: Any paint finishing and rust are not covered under this warranty.

Do You Get Value For Money?

With top-quality construction and set and forget function, we think Masterbuilt has managed to deliver high value for money with this smoker.

It has many features that other smokers in this price range don’t have. It certainly delivers you your money’s worth in the form of excellently smoked flavors.

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Final Thoughts

With any Masterbuilt product, you know you're getting a top quality product. This unit is no exception. It is a perfect electric smoker for cooking for 10 + people or even just for the family.

The Masterbuilt 20078715 electric smoker can deliver a deep smoky flavors while letting you go about our day not worrying about it. Its a true set & forget machine. Not only that, there is no worrying about propane tanks or flames. Simply plug it in and switch it on - job done. This unit is one the best electric smokers you can currently get your mitts on.

If you want a user-friendly smoker that is easy to use, high quality and does not have too many complicated setup and usage requirements, then this is for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an advantage of having a window
You tend to lose heat with a windowed unit. The unit has to work harder to maintain the temperature

How many watts this unit has?
1200 Watts.

How high does the temperature go?
The max temperature is 275.

​What are some of the best things to smoke in this?
​I would recommend my smoked bacon jerky recipe, it is bloody delicious!

How many lbs will it smoke
We have done a maximum of 30-50 pounds at once.

​Would you recommend this smoker for brisket?
​100% I think this smoker would be perfect for brisket. I would check out my guide to smoking brisket in an electric smoker first thought!

Can I use wood chips & wood chunks?
You can use both in this smoker.

​Would this be suitable for one or two people?
​This is quite a big smoker, I would recommend having a look at my review of the best small electric smokers. ​Also the Old Smoky Smoker would be ​perfect for for one - two people!

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5 (100%) 11 votes


You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!

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