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Excellent product BUT...lose the mesh.
on April 13, 2011
I bought the KitchenStir Chef's Stir Pan after using a T-Fal Actifry for several months. The KitchenStir has many things to recommend it, it doesn't take up as much space, it's much cheaper, it has variable temperature and stirring controls, and it does a really outstanding job for medium to high temperature cooking.
Cleanup is very easy, and the unit seems very sturdy. I have only one negative point to make, and it concerns the metal mesh filter that comes in the lid of the cooker.
You need to get rid of it before you use the lid.
When I opened my box, the metal mesh had bent and broken at the cut edges, leaving several sharp bits of loose metal. I removed the mesh, and thought nothing more of it, until the next time I used the lid, when one last shard fell out into the food I was cooking. It must have gotten caught in the plastic housing, and survived the initial rinse of the lid.
If I had been preparing soup instead of fried potatoes, I wouldn't have spotted it, and it might have been eaten. I hate to think what that would do.
That mesh cost the Chef's Stir Pan a fifth star, because in everything else, it is outstanding! I liked it so well I bought one for my mother. She'll be getting it for Christmas, AFTER I take out the mesh filter and repackage the machine.
So be careful, but enjoy this product.
Update: It's September 2013, and I'm still using both the high-temp and low-temp models. Neither one has had any flaking or peeling of the non-stick coating - (I do hand wash them though, and use only soft silicone utensils in them.) On both of the bases, I have had to apply a silicone grease to the center post a couple of times when they developed a nasty squeak, and that usually lasts for about a year or so before re-greasing is required. But that's about the only maintenance they have needed, and they get run through the wringer at my place.