mend it my self when it started to wear out.
I agree Laurie it was one of the reasons I bought the model.
I also bought their thermostat which is accurate to +/- 1° as opposed to the more common type which is usually +/- 5° although I never new if the ° was Fahrenheit or Celsius (Fahrenheit I would guess)
OK I paid a bit more for this but this accuracy has well and truly paid for itself over the years.
I do think I would be able to buy a compatible element if needs be as I think most of these are of a pretty standard design. Length would be the critical thing I think!