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Could have been better,
This review is from: Russell Hobbs 17942 Digital Deep Fryer - 3.3 L - Stainless steel (Kitchen & Home)
The Russel Hobbs 17942 Deep Fat Fryer gives the appearance of being a sophisticated device but in fact is quite brutal in its simplicity. Its name is somewhat misleading, I can't be sure exactly what a `digital' fryer is but I am sure that this is not one. With regard to the timer the manual states `The timer doesn't control the fryer - use it as a reminder'. So what we have is a fairly basic electric deep fat fryer - that's no bad thing but it might be a disappointment if you were expecting something a little more intelligent.
Another disappointment is that there is no carbon filter fitted, the vent holes on the top of the unit are just that - holes in the top which do nothing to reduce odour, it would have been quite simple to have fitted a filter into the top.
One or two reviewers have commented upon the short cord. I measured it at 50cm which is quite short - not a problem for me but it does seem to be an inexplicable limitation.
Another comment some have made is that the bottom of the basket remains in the oil when it's taken out - I have found that the bottom of the basket is only just touching the surface of the oil even with the oil filled to the max line - I cannot say that I've found this to be a problem.
3.3 litres is a lot of oil. The basket is only 18cm x 15xcm and when empty the oil comes five cm above the bottom which means that only 40% of the oil is actually in the basket - this seems to be quite an inefficient use of space/oil.
The results of frying (and let's face it, this is the important aspect) are excellent however. The handling of the basket takes a little mastery but ultimately it works and fries food well enough. Even so I'm only going to give the Russel Hobbs 17942 three stars. Sure it looks the part and the end product is good but I'd expect a digital fryer to give me a digital readout of the temperature of the oil and manage the cooking time intelligently - which this does not. I'd also expect it to have a carbon filter to minimise cooking odour and I think it could have been designed to make better use of the available oil. For what you get I think the price is a little steep, after all this is in fact little more than a kettle with oil in it.
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2013 08:21:28 BDT
S. L says:
The digital timer can't be a switch-off function because oil takes 5-10 minutes to cool down.
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