If you're looking for a simple, low-mess and low-odor deep fryer that produces small servings, the Presto CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer can't be beat. With adjustable temperature controls and a convenient temperature indicator light, there's no guesswork involved in knowing when the fryer's ready to cook. Safety features include an external handle for lowering the basket with the lid closed to eliminate splatters.
Versatile settings. The Presto CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer's adjustable temperature settings range from 250 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the 1,600-watt appliance has a 6-cup capacity, most reviewers say it really only makes enough for two people. One Amazon.com owner says the CoolDaddy "heats up in a reasonable amount of time," it recovers fairly quickly to the ideal frying temperature after frozen foods are added and its exterior stays cool. However, a few users complain that it leaves foods oily and fails to reach the ideal temperature.
Simple functionality, easy cleaning. The Presto CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer is simple to operate thanks to an adjustable temperature control knob, convenient viewing window for monitoring foods as they cook, and a nonstick bowl that removes for easy cleaning. It's not dishwasher-safe, however. Users who post feedback at Amazon.com and Viewpoints.com praise the CoolDaddy's simple cleanup and easy operation, as well as its convenient indicator light that signals when the oil reaches the desired temperature. A few owners advise paying attention to the max fill line to avoid overflows.
Built-in safety features. The Presto CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer has a lid to keep both grease and odors inside, as well as 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. A simple knob controls the adjustable thermostat to set the temperature between 250 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and the fryer's nonstick pot slides out of the main housing for easy cleanup.
Only a few concerns. Among hundreds of user reviews across Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com, Macys.com, Walmart.com and Kohls.com, only a few complain about durability issues with the Presto CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer. The most common gripes are that the Presto CoolDaddy doesn't heat up to the ideal cooking temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and a few report problems with the basket-lowering mechanism. Some describe its construction as "flimsy." The fryer is backed by a one-year warranty.
The Presto CoolDaddy gets an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 after more than 340 owner 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.
Review: Presto 05442 Pro CoolDaddy Deep Fryer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013
About 95 owners review the Presto CoolDaddy at Walmart.com, where it gets 4.2 stars out of 5. Customers like that the basket can be moved up or down even after the lid is closed, and most agree that it's easy to clean.
Review: Presto Professional CoolDaddy Cool Touch 6-Cup Deep Fryer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2013
The Presto CoolDaddy maintains an overall score of 4.6 stars out of 5 after feedback from more than 60 owners. They say this deep fryer is safe, easy to use and easy to clean. The few negatives are from older reviews.
Review: Presto 5442 Deep Fryer, CoolDaddy, Contributors to Macys.com, As of September 2013
More than 30 users give the Presto CoolDaddy 4 stars out of 5 at Kmart.com, saying chicken comes out "perfectly fried every time." Several owners point out how easy this fryer is to clean.
Review: Presto CoolDaddy Cool-Touch Electric Deep Fryer, Contributors to Kmart.com, As of September 2013
More than 20 owners share feedback on the Presto CoolDaddy 05442 here, giving it an average rating of 82 out of 100. Users like the locking lid and safe basket-lowering feature to avoid splatters.
Review: Presto CoolDaddy 05442 Deep Fryer Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of September 2013
About.com's Cooking Equipment section features a roundup of the best deep fryers, including the Presto CoolDaddy. Harlan calls its stay-cool exterior and basket-lowering capability standout features. However, her review is brief and there's no mention of actual testing.
Review: The Best Deep Fryers, Jessica Harlan, Not dated