It smokes really nicely. But you have to keep an eye on it. It can over heat or cool down fast. It also grills really nicely. This is one of the easiest charcoal grills I have ever used. Performance Would be higher if it stayed the same temp. easier. Versatility You can do anything on it Ease of Use Even a novice could use this. Ease of Cleaning Nice and easy to clean. Durability The fire box is made out of to thin of metal. It will last a while but mine is warped after a year. Design The square design is great. way better then the round ones.