Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor III Electric Fryer Cooker Review

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Bottom Line

The Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Electric Fryer Cooker earns rave reviews from experts and from hundreds of owners posting to consumer review sites. It can fry turkeys of up to 14 pounds in about an hour, is easy to clean and can be used to fry a variety of foods. It also comes in an extra-large version model; it costs about $30 more, but can accommodate a 20-pound bird.

ProsMakes a delicious, moist turkey, Safe to use indoors, Can fry different foods, Easy to use; clean, Cooks up to 14 pound turkeyConsSlow to heat up

Breaking it down

Performance

Versatile and effective. The Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Electric Fryer Cooker can fry up to a 14-pound turkey using one-third less oil than a traditional fryer. However, larger turkeys will cool down the oil more, so it will take longer to hit the desired cooking temperature after it's added to the oil. Many users say they won't use this electric fryer for a turkey larger than about 10 or 12 pounds. In a free-to-the-public ConsumerReports.org article, editors tested the Masterbuilt with "nearly 12 pound turkeys" and said it the cooked turkey was "nicely browned and very juicy." Conversely, in testing at TheSweetHome.com, Ganda Suthivarakom found the turkey oily and soggy. The vast majority of owners agree with ConsumerReports.org, raving about the Masterbuilt's performance. This indoor fryer is not limited to turkeys, either, you can cook and steam a number of different foods.

Ease of use

Simple to use; clean. Owners say the Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Electric Fryer Cooker is very easy to drain and clean; a few say they thought it was time-consuming at first, but the more they used it, the quicker the cleaning process went. There is a front drain for the oil that's reported as easy to use. Most recommend that you pay careful attention to the quantity markings for oil and don't go over them to prevent splashing when you put the food in the fryer. An electronic temperature control adjusts the temperature up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking takes about 3.5 minutes per pound, or about an hour to cook a 14-pound turkey. Most say they use this Masterbuilt fryer indoors with no issues at all, but one professional tester says it's more suited to the garage floor as it splattered oil in her kitchen. At the very least, put cardboard or a grill pad under the fryer just in case.

Durability/appearance

Durable construction, short warranty. The stainless steel Masterbuilt 23011014 is reported as sturdy, durable and attractive by owners. We saw a few durability complaints, but not many over the thousands of reviews we evaluate. This turkey fryer is backed by a 90-day warranty, which is significantly shorter than the one-year warranty for the other fryers in this report. This review is for the large-size Masterbuilt, there is also an extra-large version that cooks up to a 20-pound turkey, the Masterbuilt 23011114 (Est. $150).

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Does This Fryer Talk Turkey?, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, November 2010

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer by deep-frying turkeys weighing approximately 12 pounds. They report that the meat turned out "nicely browned and very juicy," although they do note that some parts are a bit oily.

2. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Turkey Fryer, Ganda Suthivarakom, Nov. 2, 2015

In this update of last year's test of the best way to fry a turkey, Ganda Suthivarakom tests two propane stoves using a Bayou stockpot outdoors. For comparison, she uses two electric fryers that are recommended in other professional tests, one of them is the Masterbuilt. She's not happy with the results of the electric method, saying it, "produced a turkey with oily, soggy skin that clung to the meat like wet clothing."

3. Amazon.com

Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Large Capacity, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

At Amazon.com, more than 1,025 reviewers give the large Masterbuilt 23011014, and the extra-large Masterbuilt 23011114, a combined rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Regardless of capacity, they note that this electric fryer produces perfect fried foods -- not only turkey, but also wings, fish, potatoes and other items. Many say this fryer has cooked the best turkey they've ever eaten.

4. Walmart.com

Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel (23011014), Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2015

Nearly 545 owners review the Masterbuilt 23011014 at Walmart.com. It earns 4.5 stars out of 5 and 94 percent would recommend it a friend. Owners say this indoor fryer does an excellent job of perfectly frying a variety of foods. There are a few durability complaints.