I owned an Oster previously. I purchased it in 2000 and it lasted me till 2011. I paid 60.00 for it and was very satisfied with it. I wanted a bigger fryer and ended up buying one that I don't like and has already burned out an indicator light and the timer doesn't work on it. Performance I used this for all my fried foods. As I stated I purchased the one I had in 2000. I only purchased a new one because I wanted a bigger one. The one I had was still in working condition when I purchased my new one in 2011. I gave this one to my son. Ease of Use Very easy to use. simply plug it in and turn it on, your all set to go. The indicator light will tell you when it's ready and it has temperature settings for what your cooking. It also has a timer on it so you don't forget or leave your food too long. Durability As stated earlier, I had mine for 11 yrs. and it was still going strong when I gave it to my son. Ease of Cleaning T one I had was a bit harder to clean because the oil pan didn't come out, so I had to lift the whole fryer in order to empty the oil but other than that it was pretty simple.