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George Foreman Lean Mean Spin Frying Machine Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line

Pros

  • Spins grease out of fried foods
  • Vented cover reduces spatters and odors

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Food may taste too dry
  • Spin cycle damages some foods
  • View window steams over
  • More complicated than a regular fryer
Our Analysis
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Some users find the fryer basket too small, mainly due to the spindle in the middle. "You can forget about frying anything very large, like a fish fillet," writes Jessica Harlan at About.com. Like some other users, Harlan says the fryer "wobbled precariously" but did not tip or spill during the spin cycle. Some users say the fryer basket doesn't stay in the spin cycle position -- it keeps falling back down into the grease.

A Google search turned up plenty of glowing "reviews" for the George Foreman fryer that appear to be thinly disguised sales pitches -- a common marketing practice we've seen with products that are sold on TV or the Internet. But a cooking-equipment expert at About.com and a food blogger at UmamiMart.com both conduct reputable tests of the George Foreman fryer. Amazon.com offers informative reviews from real-life users; Walmart.com attracts very few user reviews, and most of the ones at Target.com are over the top, with no criticism at all and similar language, making us skeptical of their origin.

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