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It's OK, but consider these points first
on August 17, 2016
I bought this to make clam cakes (a New England tradition) at our summer cottage, a place that has no dishwasher. My former deep fryer died and I needed a new one. The positives: everything comes apart easily. The oil heats quickly. The drainage system works well.
The negatives: the heating coil is separate and not contained within the unit so one must use the basket. The maximum amount of oil is less than I expected (i.e. it was very shallow) so if you are frying anything large, forget it. A clam cake is about 2 inches in diameter and I could only make 10 at a time. I'd think if cooking chicken or fish you could only cook a few pieces at a time. If you do not have a dishwasher, it is nearly impossible to clean the basket or the oil storage container by hand... I just couldn't get them totally clean even using hot water and Dawn.
In the end, the way the clam cakes baked was equal to my old fryer, but this one was harder for me to clean. Having the oil stored separately just seems like extra work. With my old fryer I was able to strain out the few bits and pieces with a slotted spoon and just leave the oil in the fryer. It's not a bad product, just tough with my kitchen set up. I'd also recommend that you think carefully about what you will be cooking.