This item works just fine. Just make sure you don't make the batter too thin. It will run out of the bottom without you touching the dispensing lever. The instructions also point that out. My kids like their pancakes thick anyway, so it is not an issue with us. If you try to make crepes, just put a paper towel underneath it to catch the drips. The price was awesome, shopped all over so I went for it. Good value and purpose.