Having read the reviews about this product, I decided to give it a go. On the positive side, you can take it apart to clean. On the downside however, the handle is flimsy and I really wouldn't like to test its' strength with any more than 3/4 basket chips. Can't lower chips with lid closed, therefore lots of steam and spitting as you lower them in; not very safe. And yes, I always dry the potatoes first. Took a long time for oil to heat up. Only able to use fryer twice, before it died on me anyway. Am now in process of returning and will go back to trusty Tefal!