Summary: I've only used it half a dozen times without a thermometer handy, so I can't yet speak to its longevity, or whether the oil is reaching proper temperatures. I've fried a couple things according to the directions on their packaging, and it's been right on the money, so I have to assume oil temp is good. This fryer is just what I was looking for. Has a small footprint, and is easy to tuck away in a cabinet, or shove to the back of the counter.
Summary: This is NOT a commercial grade deep dryer. You're not gonna get three or four big chicken wings or breasts into this deep fryer at a time because it is just so compact. This fryer does not use a lot of oil which was my biggest concern when I first got it. Not a lot of oil means this is a very easy clean up. Just clean the frying basket, detach the lid and clean that, now you've cleaned most of it.
Summary: I bought this deep fryer about a week ago and I've used it twice. I had no prior experience deep-frying. My main motivation for buying a deep fryer is to make my own donuts but I have not done so yet. I've made beer-battered deep-fried catfish in it. It was super easy. Seductively easy. I say 'seductively easy' because it's so easy that I'll probably be making LOTS of deep-fried foods. My wife grew up in Wisconsin and has fond memories of those Friday night fish fries.
Summary: The key to this is that it is rectangular so you use very little oil and there is no wasted space as round fryolaters have. It is very easy to regulate, very easy to clean, very easy to use. I bought this after using my sister-in-law's and have recommended it to many friends. I routinely use it for Chinese egg rolls, Asian foods and calamari. I use peanut oil or bran oil (Trader Joe's) - both of which accommodate high temps without breaking down.
Summary: Yes, this item is small. I have only used it three times to sauté potatoes, and it performed quite well. Of course, the temperature drops even when you put hot potatoes in but it recovers quite efficiently. The basket is robust, and the detachable handle makes it easy to store. Please do not store in the fryer when there is oil in it! I really like the safe electrical cord. Very smart.
Summary: It does just what they claim it will do. Fast heat-up. Fast recovery. It doesn't take up much room, or use a lot of oil. I've used it several times and will continue and the only thing I've found is that larger pieces of chicken must pretty much be fried separately. It's small, but that's the reason I purchased it, so no complaints.
Summary: the deep fryer is wonderful. The main reason I did not score it 5 stars is the Lid slips off the joint sometimes and the cover for the vent is hard to remove from the lid. I am always fearful of breaking the tab, which I did on one. I had to order a new lid. They were really good and replaced it for free. But I think they could have designed it a little better.