While this multi cooker does it all, roasts, steams, boil, and slow cook, we bought it mainly for the deep fryer. This is an extremely affordable all in one cooker and surprisingly it works very well. It heats up pretty quickly and cooks or fries food quicker than on a stove in my opinion. We like frying up chicken wings and we can easily fit a few pounds of wings in this at one time. It comes with the fry basket that clips on the side so you can let the oil drip off. Cleaning is not that easy though. The food tends to splatter so you have to clean more than just the inside. Time to Heat Heats up oil in about ten minutes. Steaming usually starts going after only a few minutes. Cooking Performance Cooks food wonderfully! Our wings taste awesome in here and all the vegetables I steam come out perfectly. Ease of Cleaning It is dishwasher safe if you remove the heating elements but I always hand wash it so it does not get ruined. Cleans up pretty easily if you soak it, you will have to clean the outside of it if you use it for deep frying. Ease of Use Super easy to use!