Pros: Ease of use, consistant performance.
Cons: Creating smoke when smoking at low temps is difficult.
I am new to smoking and this is the first electric smoker I have used. The MES is great when it comes to maintaining temps, just set it and it takes care of itself(temp wise).
The only proble I encountered is when smoking at temps below 250, say at 200 or 225, the heat element did not come on enough to keep the wood chips producing smoke.
I had to constantly work at producing smoke.
My fix for this was to purchase a Smoke Daddy, now I have all the smoke I need. Even this isn't a set and forget process. The Smoke Daddy needs to be checked every 1 or 2 hours to see if it needs more chips/pellets, but still much better than what the MES does on its on.
Now, smoking is a much nicer experience.