The short review? If you can get your hands on one of these, do a happy dance, get the FryBaby, and RUN! I love mine, despite the fact that I initially thought it was way too small to be of any practical use for a family. But I have come to understand the error of my ways! Most of my friends who have larger units hardly ever use them because they take up so much space and use so much oil. The fact that the Fry Baby is compact and can be used with a reasonable amount of oil is just the start of its benefits. . .it heats very fast (partially because it isn't huge!) and does a great job with everything from french fries to chicken strips to homemade jalapeno poppers. Because the heat is high and consistent, it doesn't take very long to cook, either. So, even though I have to sometimes cook in batches, it doesn't seem to take long, no matter what I am making. It's easy to strain and re-use the oil and clean the unit. Saving the oil is easy, too, as you don't need to clean it between every use and it stores right in the Fry Baby. So, i love it, it is more than worth any price, and you should get one, too!