Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer Review

Est. $45
November 2015
by ConsumerSearch

Best deep fryer

  • Cool-touch exterior
  • Basket lowers with lid closed
  • Intuitive controls
  • Reliable temperature indicator
  • Not suitable for large quantities

Bottom line

Ideal for about two servings, the Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer packs a big punch in a small footprint. Praised for its rapid heat-up and recovery times, the Presto 05442 also boasts built-in safety features to prevent grease splatters, including an external, basket-lowering handle. A charcoal filter for reducing odors, a nonstick removable pot, and simple knob controls also add convenience.

Breaking it down


Versatile settings. The 1,600 watt Presto CoolDaddy 05442 Cool-touch Deep Fryer's adjustable temperature settings range from 250 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and most owners say it quickly reaches the temperature it's set for and then returns quickly to that temperature after foods are added. A few disagree, noting that it takes too long to heat up (Presto says the unit requires a 12-minute preheat) or it simply never gets hot enough for really crispy fried results. Although the CoolDaddy claims a six-cup capacity, most reviewers say it really only makes enough for about two people, unless you're okay with fairly small serving sizes. Many note that it's important to read the instruction manual for best results as it has a guide to preparing food for frying and how long to immerse the food.

Ease of use

Simple functionality; easy cleaning. Reviewers say the Presto CoolDaddy 05442 Cool-touch Deep Fryer is simple to operate thanks to the adjustable temperature control knob. A large viewing window allows you to monitor foods as they cook. The nonstick frying pot removes for easy cleaning, but is not dishwasher-safe. Owners love the convenient indicator light that signals when the oil reaches the desired temperature. A few users advise paying close attention to the max fill line to avoid overflows, which can result in a mess. The lid of the Presto 05442 has an exterior handle for lowering the basket with the lid closed to prevent messy splatters and burns. A charcoal air filter reduces the unpleasant grease smell created by many deep fryers -- owners say it works well and they appreciate being able to fry foods at home without sniffing fried food odors for hours.


Only a few concerns. We saw very few complaints about durability with the Presto CoolDaddy 05442 over the hundreds of user reviews we examined, although reports of problems with the basket-lowering mechanism are seen. The good news is that Presto gets excellent feedback for its customer service. The Presto 05442 has a small footprint, which makes it easy to store, owners say. We review the black model here, but the CoolDaddy 05443 (Est. $36) is the same fryer, but in white. However, the white finish is said to stain easily and to be harder to clean. This deep fryer is backed by a one-year warranty.

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Presto 05442 Reviews


The Presto CoolDaddy gets an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 after nearly 995 reviews. Users say this small deep fryer is ideal for cooking about two servings of food, and most find it easy to clean. However, a few wish it were more user-friendly. The white version (05443) is reviewed separately.

Review: Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer - Black, Contributors to, As of November 2015


More than 190 owners review the Presto CoolDaddy at, where it gets 4.3 stars out of 5; 88 percent would recommend the CoolDaddy to a friend. Users say it's easy to use and has a good capacity. There are scattered complaints that it is not, in fact, cool to the touch.

Review: Presto Professional CoolDaddy Cool Touch 6-Cup Deep Fryer, Contributors to, As of November 2015


The Presto CoolDaddy earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 after feedback from nearly 40 owners. Users say this deep fryer is very true to its temperature settings and they love the simple clean up.

Review: Presto CoolDaddy cool touch electric deep fryer (black), Contributors to, As of November 2015


Just over 15 owners share feedback on the Presto CoolDaddy 05442 here, giving it a rating of 4.6 stars out of 5; 94 percent would recommend the deep fryer. Users say it's safe and very easy to use.

Review: Presto Cool Daddy 8-Cup Deep Fryer, Contributors to, As of November 2015

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