Had this item back in 2010, but definitely not something that I would recommend or use again. In fact, I don't have this item anymore. The reason why is because this is a poor quality product and you truly get what you paid for. It's a flawed design because there are issues with the timer where it would automatically shut off during cooking. The plug itself appears to be loose and does not fit properly into the outlet. Cleaning wise is a bit difficult because there are built in filters that require cleaning after each use. Not built for heavy duty frying only for occasional use. At the price point, it is still worth it. It does not come with a basket to lower the fried food into the oil. Instead it is a plastic spoon and this increases the risk of splashing. The no basket is a deal breaker for me so I promptly sent this back for a return Performance The standard for fryers comes with a basket so that you can lower your food and then raise the basket once you are done. This comes with a spoon.