This is a really versatile product. As a slow cooker, it's great in the winter months. What surprised me is how useful it is all year round: it's great for soups, risottos and sauces. The fryer is brilliant in this respect, as it's quick to heat up and very controllable, and the high-sided bowl means less grease and mess. The switches aren't quite as logical as they could be, and the clock on my model runs rather fast, but overall this is a kitchen gadget that will quickly earn its keep.