Pros: uses less oil, easy to strain used oil and to wash the vessel
Cons: Frying potatoes. Frying things with batter.
The fryer was beautiful to look at, but after owning it for 3 months, I could see its limitations. The pluses were it's capacity, the temperature controls, the draining system. There was also a timer, but it was not really a plus, your egg or stove timer will be just as good. There is separate temperature control for each food group: vegetables, fish, chicken and fries. The negatives were the inability to use batters to fry and even frying potatoes was less then perfect. Frying times varied based on the items you were frying: fish @325 degrees for 12-15 mins, fried potatoes @370 degrees for 7 mins.
Frying breaded, floured or corn meal coated items worked best. Do not fry using a batter or tempura. The batter will stick to the roto basket and you will have a ruined dinner.
What I found worked best was coating food with bread crumbs, such as sea scallop. A corn meal coating for fresh clams worked very well.
I tried frying "freedom fries" by slicing the potatoes a day ahead and storing them in water in a tupperware container in the frige overtime, this process is meant to remove excess starch. The next day you drain and dry the potatoes. Then coat them with corn starch, then fry according to the directions. They came out okay, buy not like the ones shown on the box ( which look like fries you buy at McDonalds). The fries clumped together.
There is a 3 page book that comes with the fryer. It has no advice or recipes. It basically tells you how to clean the vessel and remove the lid for easier cleaning. One page is dedicated to a list of foods and at what temperature to set the fryer to and how long to fry that particular food item. It basically can use any type of frying oil, it recommends peanut oil, for health reasons I used canola oil. What this fryer needs are some methods and recipes on how to get the most out of the fryer.