REAL LIFE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS...
Q. Too big?
A. Only in outside dimensions. You may find it hard to fit the largest part of the fryer in your dishwasher, but still, it can easily be cleaned by hand, and is the only part that you would rarely need to clean.
Q. Capacity for oil?
A. It is TRUE that you will find a BIG MESS on your counter after the filtering process if you fill the fryer to, or even slightly over the MAX line. I filled the fryer with under 1 gallon up to the max line. One gallon is equal to approximately 4.55 liters, and the fryers capacity is only 3.3 liters. If you're VERY CAREFUL with the oil level, the draining and filtering process works great. But remember, many foods add to the oil level when they are fried. I think the storage container is very well made, but should be designed slighly oversized to compensate for this.
Q. Capacity for food?
A. The heater element as situated in the pan takes up too much space and drastically reduces the frying capacity. Perhaps the pan could have a indent in the bottom center so the element doesn't rest on the pan's flat bottom. The drain could easily be installed in the end of the indent at it's same location. Such a minor design change to fix this problem.
Q. How practical is it?
A. Overall, despite the minor flaws listed above, this is by far the best fryer I have ever used, mostly due to the ease of filtering the oil and cleaning the unit, once you realize that you must be careful with the oil level. Frying for only one or two people with the level at minimum should prove to be no problem, and the overall quality is unsurpassed by any other unit I've used. No cheap plastic levers or knobs to raise and lower the basket, etc. Otherwise, the only thing which is bothersome, is the location of the ready light, hidden behind the tall temperature adjustment knob. The worst location it could be in. It should be easily seen.