I've been comparing and considering the same choice for months now: Akorn or Kamado Joe? Normally I'm one to save up for the highest quality version of whatever it is I want. And if I was only going to have one do-it-all cooker, I'd almost certainly go Kamado Joe. But with 3 charcoal Webers, a gasser, and a UDS mid-build, I think the Akorn would more than suit my needs. And the tinkerer in me would enjoy doing all the little tricks and mods you see JM feature in his vids. +1 on the great job he did, and continues to do!
~ Scott ~
Blue Weber Performer + Craycort CI • Brick Red Weber One-Touch Platinum • Weber 26.75 Kettle • Akorn Kamado • ET 732 • Record-crushing ORANGE Thermapen • UDS In Progress