Pros: Compact, efficient, portable
I started smoking meat on a little Cobb. No/little temperature control other than adjusting the amount of charcoal. Ultra portable, extremely little real estate for high volume cooks. Need more room.
Ended up buy Weber Kettle. Easier but laborious in temp control when weather conditions change. Not the cleanest when the feast is finished though.
Bought a vertical propane smoker. Things got a tad easier. Smoke quality could be inconsistent depending on the type (chip, chunk, etc). Temp control operates opposite of coal.
Enter, the pellet smoker. Wow, it seriously doesn't get any easier. Especially with the addition of WiFi. And living on the top floor of an apartment, outdoor space is limited at best on a balcony. No propane is nice. Clean up, quick vacuum and done. We did 4 nights with of smoked meat and there was, at most, a cup's worth of loose ash.
Gets up to cooking temperature quick. Temp holds steady with maybe 15 degree swing. Built in food temp probe means I can use my Maverick to monitor even more food. I'm gonna get so fat.
Wish I'd discovered pellet smoking sooner. But glad I waited until the Davy Crockett. For the two of us, it's perfect. But it's big enough for when company drops by.
You owe it to you and your family to get this smoker. Seriously. Go.