Originally Posted by mab007
Thanks for that tip. If I purchased in a store, it would be bass, as they are closer to me. Amazon now has the 40, available June 30 for $392.20 delivered (PRIME) but with only 4 racks. Still need to know the fundamental difference, if any, between the ELITE and Non ELITE.
Not an easy question to answer. The Sportsman Elite models are designed to be sold by big box retailers. Depending on the price points the stores sell them out the units can be virtually identical to a standard MES 30 or 40 models that have windows or it may have features that were added to give added value for the higher prices charged by those stores. So, it can have 4 or 6 racks, built-in meat probe or not, remote control or not, Bluetooth or not.
On the Bass Pro Shops website I'm looking at an ad for a MES 30 non-Bluetooth Sportsman Elite for $240 lacking a photo but from the description is a match for a standard MES 30 Gen 2 or 2.5. One customer comments that he bought it in December 2014 and has been trying for four months without success to get the right cover for it.
The Bluetooth version for $330 has a larger cooking space (1,095 sq. in. as opposed to 730 sq. in) but has the same 800 watt heating element which makes it underpowered. It also has the window, meat probe, You might as well spend more and go for the 40-inch when it's released to take advantage of the 1200 watt heating element. But as I've warned before, watch out because there are some 40-inch Sportsman Elite models out there with the 800 watt heating element.
Still, the only way to get definitive answers to your questions is to do the online research. Check Masterbuilt, big box stores, and Amazon for descriptions of all the different available models.