Other than browsing electric and propane upright smokers, I never really checked them out (other than home made trailer and commercial trailers at parties). I got my pellet smoker as a birthday gift after talking for a couple of years about getting an electric. It is basic but nice, does what I need with a reasonable attempt to maintain temperatures. The new Timberline looks pretty nice. I like the 3 racks, WiFi and "cooking profiles" would be nice, but really as it is it is pretty hands off. For a consumer ease of use it looks pretty awesome, a lot of what it has are things I sorta wish I had already in mine. Haven't priced them out, probably more than I would want to spend, but using it on average twice a week could be worth it. I will have to wait about 10-15 years when I have worn out my current one, and by then who knows what will be around.