We are in our mid 70's so with the usual aches and pains we were looking for an electric potato peeler, after much looking at appliances and the reviews decided on this Jean-Patrique peeler. In our opinion we chose the best. The delivery was very quick and the product was well packaged and nicely presented, so ideal for a gift. For the price it is well made, sturdy and looks good if it needs to sit permanantly on the work surface, it also comes with a salad spinner. We set it up by the sink put in water to the fill line and 1 kilo of potatoes and switched it on. Its a powerful machine and a little noisy but for a couple of minutes, well worth it as it did a brilliant job. The potatoes being potatoes and not being perfectly round, the machine did leave odd bits of peel which you can combat by either putting the lid back on and running it for another minute or take the odd bits off with a knife or hand peeler, the kilo of spuds took less than a minute to take all the bits off. The machine is very easy to clean after use, just a case of rinsing the lid, lifting the blade plate and rinsing then lifting the bowl of the power base and rinsing, do not rinse the power base. When lifting the bowl if using with water ( you dont need water with fresh potatoes) be careful to avoid spillage as you need to tilt it very slightly to remove from base. The bowl will have the peeling scum in it so would advise tip into a strainer to avoid blocking the sink. Since using the machine I would advise :- put your hand on the lid while in use, like I said its powerful and does vibrate a bit, don't overfill with water, if using water be prepared for a little bit of water spray from the lid. If you are looking for an electric potatoe peeler, this is an excellent machine in our opinion and well worth the money. Under the base is a hinged lid to coil up the lead and plug, the salad spinner sits upsidedown over the blade plate so if on display looks neat and tidy.