I first got this deep fryer about a year ago, and have just cleaned it for the first time. I don't deep fry very often - not as much as once a week - but when I do, I want the experience to be as painless as possible.
In appearance, the fryer is sleek and modern, with matt slver sdes and black trim, and it's only 25 cm wide, so it fits neatly on my worktop. The manual is easy to read, and it was very quick to get started. There is an odour filter, which means the kitchen doesn't stink for ages.
It takes 2 litres of oil, and in the time before I cleaned it, maybe 50ml were soaked up by food. There is an internal hook to put the basket on to help drain the oil off. As I always drain the food on kitchen paper as well, this makes the fried food less of a complete health no-no than you might think (but it's still not brilliant, obviously).
The oil heats up very quickly, and retains its temperature. A batch of prawn crackers, for example, can be cooked in only 5 minutes, but something like fried chicken will take a bit longer. Up to 800g of food can be cooked at one time, which is more than enough for chips for our family of four. I've also made banana fritters, poppadoms, crispy fried wontons, chicken maryland, tempura vegetables... it's very versatile, and the flavours don't stay n the oil to ruin the next dish, they get sealed in almost immediately because of the temperature of the oil.
The temperature of the oil is the danger point with any fryer - you need to be careful to avoid fires. I do that by switching the fryer off before I take the food out.
As for cleaning, it really is a breeze. There's a small tap for draining the oil, and it all came out in one go. The food basket gets washed every time, and can be completely submerged. The element comes out, and there is an internal oil bowl which can be completely submerged for cleaning, too (including the drainage tap); the outsides just need a damp cloth,and it's good as new and ready to go again.
Short name: DeLonghi F24502CZ