You know the skutt kilnmaster set it and walk away kiln IS awesome, but what I will say is that it is $$$. I believe that the difference between having the fully programmable kilnmaster, and just using cones to fire is not worth all the money. Many people just starting out opt for the fancy kiln because they fear mistakes but, I have never owned a fancy kiln - have used a few at different universities- and believe that you can do just as well, especially if you don't need anything like firing down, with a simple model, less expensive and less to break. I DO recommend skutt for their customer service, but if you won't be firing more than 20 times a year, paragon is less expensive and they work well too.
Chiming back in to say that while a fully programmable Kiln is nice to set and walk away, you really do have to babysit them. Sometimes they mis fire.
Making a non-programable purchase will serve you just as well and cost much less than the programable.
Still waiting to get my Evenheat programable hooked up.