I have had all the above. It is all about your budget. For $250 you could hope for a used Traeger pellet pooper or someone dumping a Big Green Egg (ceramic cooker).
However, if you are going to go electric, you will eventually want to go with something better that allows you to smoke in a more moist environment so you don't dry the food out quite so much. My advice, buy the Masterbuilt and save your money for something that you will really like.
Large Big Green Egg, Cold smokehouse,
Santa Maria pit, Backwoods Chubby,
26.75" Weber OTG, Weber Performer, WGA
MAK One Star Pellet Grill, Smokey Joe Gold, Jumbo Joe Gold, Custom wooden handles for BBQ's made by Marty Leach (oh, that's me)