My husband is a fisherman. I bought this appliance for him for Father's Day over 5 years ago. He has fish fries in the backyard for family and neighbors regularly through the summer and this appliance has served him wonderfully. It has held up great to many uses. Fries the food great and is easy to use and clean. Obviously it is durable because it has lasted us now for many years. At the time I purchased our appliance it was very reasonably priced and has been a great investment. Our only complaint is that it uses a large amount of oil as it takes a gallon of oil to fill the fryer. Performance This appliance heats the oil quickly and a light indicates when oil is at the right temperature for frying. Lid prevents the excessive mess of splatters and bubbling over and has a window so you can see through it. Cooks a larger amount than just a simple frying pan so makes frying large amounts for family gatherings easier. Browns the food great on all sides. Ease of Use Basket hangs on top for loading and then you simply lower into hot grease. This fries fish, french fries, and onion rings great. It evenly browns on all sides and has a light that comes on when the grease is at the right temperature. It has an indention on the side that tells you how much grease to add so you don't run it over by adding too much. Durability I've owned this appliance for over 5 years and it has been a dependable addition to my kitchen. It works well, cooks food quickly and was affordable. There has been no maintenance of any kind on the appliance. It stores easily and is the perfect size. Not too bulky. Ease of Cleaning Heating prongs and basket are removable and make cleaning easy.