I bought this for my 10 year old niece. She wanted to melt hard candy for flavors learned fast add regular sugar and crush candy first or it just gets Smokey. After that lesson by the end of the day she had it mastered. After making a few batchs it needs to get cleaned and dried and you can start again.
Works great once you get the hang of it but if you aren't careful the sugar sticks to the heating element. Cleaning it was super easy and the sugar didn't spray nearly as bad as I was expecting.
Love this product and my grandchildren love it too.
Not the biggest cotton candy machine, but it does the job. Kids love the results.