If you are looking to make the fried goods without the expense, this may or may not be your best option. This fryer is something pretty to look at, but a lot of customers had issues with its price as well as with how well it worked on some of the softer items. It does have its good sides, but as always, we are cautious to recommend something that may not be the best in its line of competition.
We checked out the good and the bad, so we could bring you the honest truth when it came to this product. After all, we like our readers to be satisfied, not just grab the closest item they can find that aspires to the activity they desire. So, let us find out together what this fryer can do and what it can’t.
- No preheat time
- Good stir fry
- Great fries
- Easy to clean
- Most cook in 30 minutes
- Cool exterior
- Recipe book
- Cooks nuggets
- Not good with soft foods
- No sweet foods
- No battered food
The automatic paddle does have its uses. It is relatively good with assuring stir-fries, fries and nuggets don’t burn. The downside is that it won’t cook without it on and thus softer foods get crushed or pulverized by the motion. You also cannot cook battered foods because the paddle actually causes the breading to slough off while cooking.
The timer also sounds better than it really is in another way- it doesn’t turn the machine off when it is over. Instead, it only lets you know that the time you set is done and from there it is up to you to make sure you turn it off. This means the machine has to have supervision through most of the process, because a lot of recipes are actually off, and it could burn or destroy your food. Thank goodness that the lid is clear for watching it though!
Another accessory is a plastic bowl, which according to the description makes ‘healthier fried food’, but we are as skeptical as any. There is also an additional style lid, though we are unsure why you would want or need a different lid than the one it came with, especially given that it seems to have issues with overcooking and the additional lid does not appear to be clear.
Finally, if you really need one, it does have a serving size measuring spoon you can add on to your purchase. Most of us have measuring utensils already though, so this particular extra item may be useful, but only to those who don’t already have cookware. Of course, the recipe’s in the book that comes with the fryer may be based on their own stuff, so if you want to be safe with measuring according to them, the spoon could be a good buy.
The good news is that they did design this to have a clear lid, instead of having a black lid to match the rest of it. While it may have looked prettier otherwise, the clear lid serves a definite purpose in assuring you can keep a watchful eye on your food. It is a very pretty looking machine, but in a lot of ways, we may have preferred usefulness over appearance in this case.
The reason we are a little wary is that it is supposedly great for stir-fries. With most stir-fries, you have vegetables and meat, so unless you are grabbing a premade frozen variety, this seems to be taking a lot more work. If you cook from scratch, we would recommend thawing the meat and cooking it first. It will take longer to reach the right temp to be safely edible than your vegetables will. This may be a hassle, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
However, there are a few things this particular design did not account for on the durability scale. First, you do not want to accidentally burn certain foods in it. The residue wipes out most of the time, but it can end up getting stuck despite the nonstick insides. Another is that you should never cook sugary foods in it since this does stick no matter what and becomes impossible to clean.
The final issue we found is that some people have warned against not measuring the oil properly or letting the cooker go too long. The reason for this is because many of them have actually leaked the oil when these two issues are not followed. In the end, the container itself is durable, but certain aspects require exact and proper use in order to avoid damage.
You may be thinking that you can just add more, but in truth, even if it fits, the cooker is only powerful enough to cook that much altogether. Proper usage means sticking to the capacity, and in this case, if you have more than two people, it means only cooking for two at a time. So, if you want to make sure your food is hot, a good option is to make your serving part of that last batch, and don’t try to use a longer time thinking to cook more.
We have mentioned this before, but another big ‘no-no’ for this particular model is to cook anything with sugar or sticky substances. This is due to not actually having the ability to adjust the temperature. Because it is a constant temperature cooking sweet foods will result in making the device impossible to clean. The sugar, or sticky substance, will get stuck to the sides and bottom of the cooking basin and end up burning onto it.
Another thing that has been warned against is battered foods. This is due to the paddle as well because it is constantly rotating and pushing the food along the bottom, the breading will end up essentially being scraped off.
The fryer actually comes apart completely, allowing you to separately clean the paddle, center bowl and bowl with a soft cloth and some dish soap. As long as you haven’t burned anything in the bowl (sugary or otherwise) everything wipes off and slides away with ease, allowing you to clean it in minutes. With the electronic outer shell, it is suggested that you use a very lightly dampened cloth, since getting water into the electronics can damage it.
Even though it has to be cleaned by hand, that doesn’t mean it needs a lot of effort. However, if you have burned something in your bowl it is not guaranteed you’ll be able to get it completely clean again. With this product also being nonstick, even if you do get it completely cleaned, then chances are it may not remain nonstick.
In many ways’ buyers felt that it should have been able to do more for its cost, after all, there are many other similar products which can do more and are not as hard on the pockets. If you want longevity, simple cleaning and uncomplicated cooking methods though, this may actually be the route you’ll want to take when you decide on a fryer.
-Automatic stirring paddle
If you also are looking for cheap as well as easy to work with, this will have to be a time where you keep on looking. This is suitable for a single person or couple who can afford the price for style and luxury, not for those who need more than just a little to tide everyone over.