Smoke Hollow 30162E Electric Smoker Review & Test

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Powerful even though compact

Withstands the elements


Smoke leaks out

Smoke Hollow 30162E Electric Smoker Review &Test

When it comes to cooking meats, the smoker that you choose is one of the most important things you have to consider. Smoking your meats will add an incredible amount of flavor and take your barbecues to the next level, although you will often find that you don’t quite know where to look.

That is where Smoke Hollow comes in, with the ability to have a high quality offering that won’t cost you a fortune.

Typically smokers have a number of problems that make them out of reach for most people. With the Smoke Hollow 30162E that isn’t the case and it is something that will surely help you and liven up your home.

Virtually every aspect of it has been well thought out and made to be the top of the line. The first thing that you will notice is that it doesn’t take up much space and is relatively cheap in comparison.

In addition, however, it is one of the most efficient and powerful models that will fit into your home.

What We Like

You don’t have to worry about much with this Smoke Hollow smoker, but in particular you should know that the following are going to make it one of the better options that you will find:


When you are looking at smokers, it is often the case that you find yourself looking at units that cost several thousand dollars and will end up taking up an entire room of your home if you don’t mind cooking in it. That doesn’t have to be the case though and you’ll save a great deal of money on this particular model.


The compact nature of it stands out as well and makes it easy to stick it somewhere out of the way without having to save space with it. This unit measures only 16”X14”X30”, making it one of the smaller options out there. Important, though, is that it doesn’t make any sacrifices with the internal space and it can handle a great deal of meat or vegetables at one without having to cram it full.


The design of this electric smoker makes it very efficient. The temperature control mechanism that is used here makes it easy to get an exact temperature level that will always smoke your meats just right and make sure you never have anything to worry about. The temperature gauge is always on point and is always giving you an exact readout on what is going on inside of your smoker. What stands out is the fact that it can easily maintain the temperature even if you open the door for a moment.

Using a high quality wood chip box, this smoker will reach high temperatures with ease and remain strong through years of use thanks to the porcelain coating that is resistant to rust and corrosion, no matter how often you are using it. That means you will be smoking everything properly and thanks to the double walled construction it will have no trouble doing it every single time. Taking only about 15 minutes to heat up, it is also one of the most time efficient models that you are going to find anywhere on the market today.

Strong Design

The design of the smoker is one of the standout parts of this particular model. The construction is sound and it certainly feels strong, like some of the larger models that restaurants might use. That also means it can put up with being outside and withstand the elements and whatever kind of whether your location might throw your way. The detachable controller also makes it easy to keep everything in order without having to touch the unit itself. Strong side handles also help it stay portable and sturdy no matter where you are taking it. Finally, the magnetic door latch is high quality and helps make sure that it always closes easily. Having a door on a smoker that doesn’t close properly is one of the most problematic things you’ll face and not only make it less efficient, but it will cause you to spend more time and money on keeping it powered and smoking your meats that should have already been done if you hadn’t chosen a poor smoker.

Easy To Clean

One of the greatest things about this particular electric smoker is that it is very easy to clean and even features replaceable parts that make it one that is sure to last for years to come. Many electric smokers suffer from having to be cleaned in a difficult way that is hard to get to and the parts might not come out of the unit, making them even harder to clean.

The Limitations

There is really only one concern that people have when it comes to this smoker:

Smoke Leakage

Smoke leaking out of a smoker isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but some people think that this is one of the more problematic parts of this electric smoker. The more smoke that leaks out, the less efficient it will be and the lower the temperature will be. Fortunately, few enough people have reported this and it might be only specific units and not reflective of the overall design. If this is something you are worried about, though, pay attention to it after you purchase one.

Who is This Smoker For?

One of the main things I love about this smoker is that it is not too large, but has a spacious interior. If you intend using this unit at home then it most likely means you have a family that is not too large. The steel racks are positioned in such a way that the oven can take one whole chicken on each of the racks and still have space for other small meat cuts. The racks are also adjustable giving you the flexibility of arranging your foods in the best possible way within the smoker. While this Smoke Hollow unit can easily be a good option for everyone based on its mouthwatering features, below are some of the people who it best fits.

Commercial smokers

The moderately large nature of this smoker easily makes it a best fit for commercial smokers. If you run a barbeque shop, or you have a restaurant, then you need to consider this Smoke Hollow unit. Most people prefer charcoal or gas smokers for commercial purposes due to the full control they get over the smoking process, but the 30162E doesn’t have too many sophisticated electronic controls. It only has two cooking grid, and three temperature settings which makes it work like charcoal and gas smokers. You will definitely enjoy using this unit in your shop.

Home use

If you have a medium sized family then you are better off purchasing a smoker capable of saving you the stress of smoking more than one batch of food for the family. The only little limitation about the Smoke Hollow 30162E is that, although it can be used indoors, it is best used outdoors. If you have a patio just outside your kitchen then it is best you install the smoker at one corner in the patio. Preferably closest to an electricity outlet.

Easy controls

Some people love sophisticated electric smokers due to the variety of options they can enjoy from using it. However at the same time, sophisticated electric smokers come with sophisticated controls which may end up being confusing to people who are not too conversant with technology. The Smoke Hollow 30162E is one of the many electric smokers out there which is simple to operate. It is certainly not sophisticated, as it features only the most important controls which are the temperature settings and the temperature indicator.


In comparison with other similar electric smokers out there, it is correct to say that the Smoke Hollow 30162E is more affordable. You get a unit capable of providing you and your family with delicious and tasty smoked foods. The smoker is this cheap probably because of its simple design. If you are not a busy person, and can spare time at certain intervals to watch over your meat while smoking, the Smoke Hollow 30162E is definitely the ideal smoker for you.

Final Word

At the end of the day, the Smoke Hollow 30162E electric smoker is a solid unit that is sure to last you for years to come. When you smoke meats on a regular basis, there are a lot of things to consider, but this takes a lot of the guesswork out of your own hands. Think about everything here and you will find that it is much easier to make the right choice than you might think. Don’t make the mistake of looking elsewhere for a smoker that will be anything less than ideal.