51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Basic, no frills fryer at a bargain price. Inaccurate thermostat.,
This review is from: Breville VDF059 Stainless Steel Deep Fryer (Kitchen & Home)
I have had several deep fat fryers since experiencing an oil fire 20+ years ago. Most have been in the £50-80 price range and one was over £120! I even ventured to a hot-air, minimal oil fryer that cost £200. Some have been excellent buys, others total disasters for a variety of reasons. After my last £80 fryer failed, I decided to go for something towards the lower end for no reasons other than cost effectiveness and the expectation that it might last 2 or 3 years and only cost £10-15 p.a. maximum which was rather less than any other.
OK - it is a basic, no frills model with a flimsy outer casing that needs the weight of the inner frying pan and its 2.2 litres of oil for its stability, but not everyone needs a fryer built like a tank and offering dozens of functions, LCD panels etc. It is of a size suitable for 2-4 people if frying chips but can be used for other things, too, including deep frying fish, mushrooms or fritters. With fresh oil and a cleaned bowl, it can be used for making doughnuts although it will not accept more than 2 or 3 at a time. There are MIN and MAX level markings one one side of the bowl but, depending on the room lighting, they can be difficult if not impossible to see. They are easily found by touch, which may be easier for some.
If I have any criticism it is regarding the gross inaccuracy of its thermostat. As the first 2 or 3 batches were grossly overcooked after timings at settings that I had been used to using with prior fryers, I used a digital thermometer to check its temperatures - all were 40-50C higher than the markings would have me believe. That is rather excessive! I don't know whether this is typical for the model or the brand, but it should not be acceptable. After recalibrating the markings, I now obtain consistent results at least equal to or better than any other fryer costing rather more that I have previously owned. It has a cover but it is to be used as a dust cover and should be removed when frying. Without a filtered lid, oil vapours will readily escape into the room atmosphere.
Once cool, the oil can be poured off into a container, and the element wiped clean and the bowl washed. It is isn't too heavy to lift, even when full. The bowl is dishwasher-safe although the oil can polymerize and coagulate on it surfaces and may need a pan scourer pad to loosen and remove.
Oil drips on the outer casing can be removed with a soapy wire pad, if nothing else works although it may slightly damage the sheen. If it is not kept on the work surface when not in use, that need not be an issue.
Cheap and basic, no extras but with possibly highly inaccurate thermostat, which may give poor results if not remedied. Capable of excellent results if correctly set.