It's roomy and cooks pretty evenly, though the right side seems to get hotter than the left. I do prefer my older model, for 2 reasons, but the surface on it was too scratched to use anymore. First reason I like the old one better: This model has no plastic edging to protect surroundings or body parts from accidental touching. And I have accidentally quite a few times rubbed up against this and burned myself. My older model had a drain area on 3 of the 4 sides where the back was the only area exposed. Second reason I like my older model: The drain tray was longer and narrower, which doesn't seem like it would make a difference, but it does. This one is wide and shallow, meaning it tips out easily. Am I nit-picking? Maybe, but it's an issue I've confronted early on, so I thought it was worth mentioning.
I thought the surface may be more difficult to clean since it's ridged, but so far so good. I have a feeling this may make a difference later on.
The thermostat plug fits snugly in place, which is a great improvement on my older model where the plug would fall out.
If only Presto would make an adjustable leg so that you could have it drain to the front if you wanted. That would be magical. As is, the unit sits level and you have to tilt it to get the most grease off the top.
Since I can cook a full pack of bacon on it, I'm satisfied. But I will still use a frying pan for pancakes.