Deep Fryers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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Electric Deep Fryers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentThe 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 Fahrenheit (the editors' ideal frying temperature) and how well they sustain that temperature once food is added. Ease of use, ease of cleaning, safety, and fryer capacity are also considered. Although none of the tested models are able to dependably reach and remain at the editors' desired temperature, two of them are given a tepid recommendation, but the editors conclude that none of the deep fryers they tested work quite as well as deep frying in a Dutch oven.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThe top 10 best-selling deep fryers on Amazon.com have attracted roughly 500 owner-written reviews, and there are many more that have been reviewed dozens of times. The Aroma ADF-212 Smart Fry XL is the top-rated deep fryer, with more than 40 perfect ratings (and, just as important, very few negative ones). A number of Presto deep fryers are also reviewed favorably, including the FryDaddy, GranPappy, DualDaddy, and CoolDaddy. The rest of the field earns mixed reviews; although the T-Fal Ultimate EZ Clean Pro-Fryer receives 4 stars out of 5 on average in more than 100 reviews, there are also many negative reviews that cite heating and draining issues.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells 17 types of deep fryers, and about half of them have dozens of reviews. The Presto Dual ProFry is the top-rated model with 135 perfect 5-star ratings (out of 191 total reviews), and several other Presto models -- including the GranPappy, Digital ProFry Immersion, and CoolDaddy -- also receive generally positive feedback.
Deep Fryer Reviews
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentOut of the 18 deep fryers listed, the Emerilware from T-Fal is the top-rated model, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 85 reviews. The Cuisinart CDF-100, DeLonghi Deep Fryer with Oil Drain D14522DZ, and Waring Pro DF250B are also called out as best sellers, and the DeLonghi Roto receives many good reviews. No fryers receive less than a 4-star rating, so satisfaction seems good across the board.
Deep Fryer Reviews
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentThere are many deep fryers listed on Epinions.com, including a considerable number that earn perfect 5-star ratings -- but from only one reviewer. The Presto GranPappy is the top-rated model, with more than a dozen uniformly positive reviews that praise its temperature accuracy, ease of use, and easy-to-clean design. The Presto Dual ProFry has fewer reviews, but they are also very positive. The Presto FryDaddy and DeLonghi Roto have the most reviews of all the deep dryers listed, and although most are generally positive, both models have a considerable number of detractors. A handful of models from Rival -- the CF151-W, CZF625, CZF530 and CZF630 -- all earn below-average ratings.
Emerilware Deep Fryer
by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
Our AssessmentPeggy Trowbridge Filippone, About.com's guide to home cooking, prepares frozen food and her own recipes in the Emerilware Deep Fryer and recommends it. This fryer has a filter that removes food particles from oil, so that you can reuse it. As she notes, oil filtration can take as long as three hours. We would give this review a higher rating if Filippone compared the Emerilware fryer with others, and if she discussed the fryer's performance in greater detail. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Deep Fryers Overall
by Editors of Wize.com
Our AssessmentWize.com uses a proprietary formula to rate products based on professional and consumer reviews found elsewhere on the Internet. When it comes to deep fryers, very few professional reviews are listed. Because all comments are linked back to their original sources, this is a good shortcut to finding user reviews.
Deep Fryers & Turkey Fryers
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentAlthough Sears.com sells dozens of deep fryers, only a few models receive more than one or two reviews. The Presto Electric has the most -- earning an average rating 4 out of 5 stars, with generally positive feedback for its quick heat-up time and easy-to-clean design, although several reviewers mention that the included instruction manual is unhelpful and inaccurate.
Putting Deep Fryers to the Test
by Emily Dwass
Our AssessmentEditors test six deep fryers that range in price from $20 to $130 on the basis of performance, value, ease of use, cleanup, safety and usefulness of features. Tasked with frying zucchini sticks, the Presto CoolDaddy outperforms all other models, and editors deem it a cinch to clean. The professional-style Euro-Pro 4L (which has been discontinued) and Waring Pro DF250B successfully accommodate large quantities of food, but editors dislike that their heating elements aren't removable for cleaning.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com, a review site that hosts ratings for hundreds of consumer products, is worth checking for owner-written reviews of deep fryers. However, most deep fryers only get a handful of ratings, and model numbers aren't listed for some of the units. Further complicating things is the fact that the same model may be listed under multiple names. The Presto Dual ProFry is the top-rated model, and in 24 reviews it receives an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars for its ability to heat up quickly and maintain the desired temperature, its non-spatter lid, and its easy-to-clean design.
Fryer and Electric Skillets
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com groups electric skillets and deep fryers together, a less convenient arrangement for browsing the reviews, which are culled from other websites. The Presto Stainless Steel Dual Basket ProFry Immersion is the top-rated model, earning an average rating of 4.7 in more than 45 reviews for its temperature accuracy, quick heating performance, large basket and easy-to-clean design. (Note that the similar Presto Digital ProFry Immersion receives a perfect rating, though it's only in six reviews.)
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentChowhound.com is an online community for foodies. There are several discussions on the cookware board that tackle the subject of deep fryers. One thread includes information about deep fryers from T-Fal, DeLonghi and Waring; contributors report that none of the models reach a temperature that's hot enough to fry french fries properly.
Presto FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer by Presto
by Mariette Mifflin
Our AssessmentAbout.com guide Mariette Mifflin turns in a brief review of the Presto FryDaddy that includes a short list of pros and cons, technical specs, and what sounds like a personal account of her experience with the fryer; there is no mention of other models, however. She gives the FryDaddy a rating of 4 out of a possible 5 stars. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer
by Scott Anderson
Our AssessmentScott Anderson, the associate food service director at Shepherd University, reviews the Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, testing its ability to deep-fry pork pot stickers and chicken and to steam broccoli and veggie pot stickers. Anderson says the Butterball performs well, recovering quickly when food is added. He also says it's easy to use and clean, although the fry basket requires extra time to clean.
Presto Professional CoolDaddy Electric Deep Fryer
Our AssessmentReviewstream.com allows consumers to post lengthy reviews of the products they own. "JBHaglund" offers an enthusiastic recommendation of the CoolDaddy Cool Touch, saying it's easy to set up. He also praises its intuitive controls and compact design. The reviewer has produced "fantastic results" with chicken, french fries, onion rings, vegetables, tofu and pierogies, and he gives the Presto CoolDaddy Cool-Touch Deep Fryer a rating of 9 out of 10.