I was well aware that I wasn't purchasing a mini-donut machine that would compete with the $3000 machines at the fairs, what I was looking for was a functional toy of sorts that could make some edible treats and I could entertain the grand kids, and with that I was satisfied. I found the key to making the machine function properly was the proper batter consistency. If the batter is mixed too thin, the machine makes blobs (mini-funnel cakes)and if the batter is too thick, the machine won't drop a ring of dough consistently. After figuring out the right consistency, we were off and running, the trick I found was to add the milk last in small amounts until you can manually drop a ring by holding the dough dispenser in your hand over the mixing bowl and once you are satisfied, install the dispenser into the machine. All this sounds like a lot of work but it was entertaining for the kids and they enjoyed the treats and excitement of helping make the donuts. Basically I knew what I was purchasing and it was what I had expected for the money. The only draw back I could find was it was too slow, and the kids got excited waiting for the next donut to drop. When I made some donuts for adults one time I would manually press the dispenser to dispense dough so I had a string of donuts flowing through the machine continuously but I used a wood chopstick to flip the donuts because the machine has only two trays that cycle though the oil for cooking. Some suggestions: (1) Proper dough consistency,consistency,consistency (2)use a wood chopstick to correct mis-placed donuts and to flip ones that didn't flip over(3)place paper toweling in the catch tray to absorb excess oil from the donuts (4) Mix a half batch of dough each time, unless you are feeding a army and have all day to spend. Bottom line I was satisfied and got what I expected for the money and it was worth the fun factor.
Makes up to 30 donuts per batch;Dough dispensing mechanism creates the perfect sized mini donut;Stainless steel spatulas turn and delivers donuts to the dispensing chute;Includes drip tray to change oil after each use;Safety guard lids keeps hands away from hot oil;Automatic dough dispenser creates perfect orbital donuts;Conveyor pulls donut dough through heated oil;Flipping mechanism automatically flips donut for even cooking;Easy-view window to watch donuts cook;Finished donuts are dispensed from the donut slide into a convenient bin;Includes measuring cup, doughnut bin and magnetic safety power cord;Easy to clean drainage pan;BPA free