Reviewers concur that the DeLonghi D895UX Roto is the best small electric deep fryer. Unlike most standard deep fryers, the Roto has a rotating basket that is set at an angle, so it uses less oil. Reviewers say the Roto requires about half as much oil as comparably sized deep fryers, and that it turns out crispy, well-cooked food. Other features include a cleaning system that lets users drain oil into a separate container for storage and reuse, as well as replaceable anti-odor filters, a breakaway cord, a digital timer and signal bell, and an adjustable thermostat that lets users fine-tune the temperature from 300 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In the only professional comparison we found, reviewers say it exceeded its maximum temperature setting but still delivered crispy, unburnt french fries. Although we encountered a few complaints about the Roto's filter basket, which can fail to rotate if not situated properly, owners generally love this fryer, saying that it's safe, sturdy, and easy to use and clean. DeLonghi backs the Roto with a one-year warranty.
Cook's Illustrated magazine includes the DeLonghi Roto deep fryer in its recent review; the content is available only to subscribers. An editor at Fine Cooking magazine uses the Roto to successfully fry hush puppies, chicken and eggrolls, among other foods. There are nearly 100 reviews at Amazon.com, where this deep fryer receives a very positive overall rating. We also found numerous owner reviews at Cooking.com, Epinions.com and Buzzillions.com.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine test six deep fryers for their ability to turn out crisp french fries. Ratings are based on temperature accuracy -- that is, how quickly the fryers reach 375 degrees (the editors' ideal frying temperature) and how well they sustain that temperature once food is added. The DeLonghi Roto deep fryer is one of the tested models.
Review: DeLonghi Roto Deep Fryer, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2009
2. Fine Cooking
Susie Middleton of Fine Cooking magazine tests the DeLonghi D895UX Roto electric deep fryer and deems it a very good performer. Foods with a dry crust of breadcrumbs fried up beautifully, but wet-battered foods (such as onion rings) stuck to the fry basket and made a mess.
Review: Is this Deep Fryer Right for You?, Susie Middleton, April 1, 2005
Approximately 90 owners review the DeLonghi Roto, and the reviews are generally positive. They praise its durability and ability to successfully produce crispy food. Some owners do complain about the Roto's small capacity.
Review: DeLonghi D895UX Roto Electric Fryer, Contributors to Amazon.com
One of 18 deep fryers listed, the DeLonghi Roto receives an average of 4.4 stars out of 5 in approximately 90 reviews. Users say it is easy to use and produces crispy foods, although there are a few complaints about the Roto's modest capacity and weak instruction manual.
Review: Cool-Touch Roto Deep Fryer, Contributors to Cooking.com
There are many deep fryers listed on Epinions.com, including a considerable number that earn perfect 5-star ratings -- but from only one reviewer. The DeLonghi Roto has the most reviews of all the deep dryers listed, and although most are generally positive, there are a number of detractors who say the Roto is too small.
Review: DeLonghi D895 Cool Touch Roto Deep Fryer, Contributors to Epinions.com
There are nearly 100 reviews of the DeLonghi Roto at Buzzillions.com, and it receives an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners like the compact design, digital timer, and temperature controls. But many say that the viewing window is useless.
Review: Delonghi Cool-Touch Roto Deep Fryer, Contributors to Buzzillions.com