Summary: We purchased one of these and love using it ! We actually use it in the garage on the work bench to keep the deep fryer smell out of the house. We love to deep fry french fries, onion rings, shrimp etc from time to time. Our trick so far this winter with it being cold outside is to leave it in the garage with the oil left in it, covered obviously to keep dust/dirt out of it. The cold tempatures keep the oil from going bad.
Summary: I wanted to love the Presto Digital ProFry based on the mountain of deep fried goodness that it produced during its first use; homemade french fries and then fried catfish. However, the next time that I went to use it (to make shrimp) the unit cut off after 15 minutes and would not come back on for DAYS; even after trying the reset button.
Summary: So I read basically all of these reviews and was really sketched out by some of the more negative ones, but I decided to buy this one because it seemed to be the best for a reasonable price. I live in an apartment of 5 guys, and we use this thing EVERY DAY. It seriously works PERFECTLY, I can do pretty big batches of food (snacks for 5 of us, or a meal for 2 or 3) and it heats to 350 in about 15 mins (I just timed it). So I would DEFINITELY recommend this to anyone!
Summary: It would be nice if the temperature had more setable temperatures than just the presets. Also the fry basket is cheaply made. The locking position for the handle doesn't hold well at all. The fit of the hinge pins is just too lose and comes unlocked very easily. Furthermore the magnetic power chord connection can easily be knocked loose. Otherwise, it's a decent product and seems to work sell so far.
Summary: Did I mention that I LOVE this deep-fryer. I must say, though, I have never owned or used a deep-fryer before this one, so I dont have anything to compare it to. My husband loves fried food, but I come from a family where you dont buy a deep fryer, you buy a big cast iron skillet and you use it forever and ever. Ha! This is 2012, and I cook a lot so whatever makes it easier - I'm all for it. Besides, who has time to clean a cast iron skillet every few days?
Summary: We have been using our fryer for a couple years now and remain very pleased. We "entertain" rather often and use the ProFry to churn out large quantities of fries, tortilla chips, shrimp, chicken... you name it. As others note, the initial heat up takes about 15 minutes but, during cooking, the recovery is quite good. Even though the fryer has an 1800 watt element, you have to be judicial in the amounts of food added.
Summary: I choose this fryer due to it's ease-of-cleaning and it certainly was easy as parts are easily disassembled and re-assembled. The heating for me took approximately 15 minutes as advertised - sometimes quicker and sometimes a bit longer. The temps options are selectable between 300, 325, 350, to 375 max. The basket is easy to handle and clean. The timer was easy to set and very helpful when kitchen gets busy.