The Presto FryDaddy is "durable, simple and does exactly what it's designed for," according to owners. It does a great job of frying small quantities, with users saying it's best for about two servings. A nonstick, easy-to-clean bowl and a handle for easily moving it around make this small appliance ideal for those who don't fry foods regularly or fry only limited quantities.
Solid choice for small quantities. The Presto FryDaddy produces about four servings of fried foods and requires about 4 cups of oil per use. The 1,000-watt deep fryer has just a single temperature setting, automatically heating up to the ideal frying temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Owners who post reviews at Amazon.com say the FryDaddy heats up to the desired temperature in about 10 minutes, which is quicker than standard skillets and other deep fryers because it requires less oil.
A cinch for basic frying. With its small, 7-inch diameter, the Presto FryDaddy doesn't take up much counter space. Its removable, nonstick pot is easy to clean but isn't dishwasher-safe. The basket handle is located outside the pot so users can safely lower food into the oil, preventing burns from messy splatters. On the downside, there are no temperature settings, so frying foods that require alternate temperatures is a challenge.
Safety and convenience. The Presto FryDaddy comes with a hand scoop for easily removing foods from the pot and features a large window to allow monitoring of cooking. It also includes a snap-on lid that facilitates storing the whole pot of oil in the fridge for reuse. A charcoal air filter prevents odors from filling your kitchen and an attached handle lets you move this deep fryer around with ease. However, there's no indicator light to signal when the oil reaches proper temperature.
Durable, reliable. The Presto FryDaddy is backed by a one-year warranty, and most owners who post reviews at Amazon.com call it a high-quality deep fryer. One reviewer says she has owned a FryDaddy for more than 30 years and has never experienced problems. Others users at About.com and Amazon.com agree, with several saying they've had a FryDaddy for many years. Among the hundreds of owners posting comments at Amazon.com, few share durability complaints. However, a handful grumble about the Teflon coating wearing off after just a few uses.
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1. Saveur magazine
Editors of Saveur magazine test an undisclosed number of deep fryers, recommending nine models that produce the best fried doughnuts. The Presto FryDaddy maintains a steady temperature of 375 degrees and comes with a slotted spoon rather than a frying basket.
Review: Fearless Frying, Judy Haubert, March 5, 2013
More than 360 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 for the Presto FryDaddy at Amazon.com. Nearly two-thirds give it a perfect 5-star rating, noting its straightforward design and ease of use. However, the exterior does get hot during use.
Review: Presto 05420 FryDaddy Deep Fryer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013
Here the Presto FryDaddy gets 4.6 stars out of 5 after more than 250 owner reviews. They say it maintains the ideal frying temperature for even cooking, cooks foods quickly and requires about half the amount of oil that other deep fryers demand.
Review: Presto Fry Daddy 4-Cup Electric Deep Fryer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2013
More than 130 owners share feedback on the Presto FryDaddy and give it average rating of 86 out of 100, which is slightly higher than the overall average for deep fryers listed at Viewpoints.com. Users like its simple design and ease of cleanup.
Review: Presto Fry Daddy 05420 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of September 2013
The Presto FryDaddy gets 4.5 stars out of 5 after about 35 owner reviews at Macys.com. Users say it heats up quickly, fries practically any food in a short time and is easy to clean. On the downside, it has a small capacity.
Review: Presto 5420 Deep Fryer, Frydaddy, Contributors to Macys.com, As of September 2013
This individual review of the Presto FryDaddy includes both pros and cons as well as a detailed description. Mifflin says its small size is ideal for storage and won't take up much room during use, but it also means the fryer isn't suitable for larger quantities.
Review: FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer by Presto, Mariette Mifflin, Not dated