This is the only deep fryer I have ever owned so I cannot recommend it as a better (or worse) fryer than others on the market but i can comment as to its usefulness in the kitchen. i think the biggest thing you might have to consider if you are considering buying this product is whther or not you will truly use it enough to make it worth your while. nowadays it seems it is easier to grab fries or fried chicken at one of the seemingly millions of fast food restaurants. If you are going to use it enough to warrant the purchase is a big question mark, especially when you consider how unhealthy fried food often is. price of the product, price of the oil to fill it, price of the items you actually want to fry and will it get enough use to warrant the space it takes up in your kitchen are a few of the questions i would suggest you ask yourself before buying any deep fryer, and then if you go for it, I have had no problems at all with this fryer, it's been great!