The MES may be cheap in price, but my Son started with a Cook Shack. It fell apart after 4 years, but that was because he didn't take care of it. The hinges rusted right off the door. However after watching him using that, I would have to say if I had a choice between my All SS MES 40 with glass door & remote control, for the same price as the CS my Son had I would have to go with the MES. Now I never tried a Smokin-it, but I do understand that it is a copy of the Cook Shack, but I guess it's a bit cheaper??
I've been staying off of this thread for months & months, because I figured MES owners had their threads, and Smokin-it owners had their thread.
Just about everything talked about on the MES threads are the good & bad things about the MES, but not bad things about the Smokin-it.
The only reason I even entered this thread was because lately it seems instead of talking about the good & bad about the Smokin-it, this thread has become a Hatchet station about the MES, which "Masterbuilt" is also a sponsor of this Forum.