Unless you have owned several different brands, it would be hard to compare the performance of this brand to others. Not knowing what to expect I feel it did a good job of what I have cooked so far. I have done frozen chicken nuggets and French fries. It cooked both fast. The fries came out very good. The chicken was a little dark on certain pieces that were closer to the heating element. Should have shook more,often to keep This from happening or turned down heat. There is a learning curve to operating this but I believe once mastered this is a great addition to any kitchen. It does put out a lot of warm air via the back vent of the unit. Pictures show basket size and the button and it's plastic shield that you push to release basket from holder.