I love chips but I try to only make them occasionally because of how unhealthy and fattening they are. I also really don't like how a chip pan can leave my house smelling of chip fat as there is nothing more disgusting than the smell of chip fat wafting through the house and it actually makes me feel sick when I smell it.
Because of this I use my chip pan in the garage so it doesn't matter to me how unattractive it is so I just went for a cheap chip pan because I knew it was going to be hidden away and also because I use it so little I didn't want to spend lots of money on it.
I bought my chip pan from the Argos value range and it is absolutely fine for me and my household and although it lacks the bells and whistles of more expensive ones it does the job fine. It only costs £13.99 so it is loads cheaper than the more expensive silver coloured ones. It doesn't have a massive capacity but it does myself my husband and the kids when I am cooking chips as part of a meal. If you are wanting big portions then you should maybe look for something else but for normal portions this should do most households.
There is a dial on the front that tells you what the ideal temperature you should have the fryer at for the food that you are cooking. To be honest I usually only really cook chips in this. It gets hot quickly and I think it probably takes about 5 minutes to heat up enough to add the chips to the hot oil from switching it on. Depending on how cold it has been in my garage where I keep it sometimes it takes a little bit longer but on the whole it isn't bad for heating up in a speedy manner.
There is a built in filter but this doesn't stop the smells from escaping hence why I use mine in the garage. It maybe minimises them but I can still smell the oil the day after using it. Also there is a small window on the top of the fryer which is supposed to allow you to check on your food and see if it is cooking ok but this is useless as it just steams up completely as soon as the lid is closed so you end up having to open the lid to check which makes it obsolete.
The fryer cooks chips nicely though and they come out crisp and brown on the outside and fluffy and cooked on the inside. I love the taste of home made chips and I would have them loads if they weren't so unhealthy. I have an air fryer which I also love and use loads but the kids and my husband prefer the taste of chips cooked in this which is the only reason that I have it as I tell them they can have real chips as a treat every so often and the rest of the time we have chips I cook them in the air fryer.
Because this was only £13.99 I think that it is really good value and even though I don't use it very often I didn't begrudge paying it like I do with some expensive gadgets which hardly get used. It does take up a bit of storage room which I could probably do with but I do like the fact that I can have some real chips as a treat when I fancy them.
I remember eating a lot of deep fried chips when I was younger, so when I moved out, I decided I needed a deep fat fryer. I just couldn't wait for fatty greasy chips as oven chips just wasn't doing the job.
I paid £3.99 for this, which is still the currant price in Argos.
Its a basic looking deep fat fryer, which doesn't take up too much storage space. Its plain white with a switch and temperature nob. Its has a flip top lip with a small little window on top, so you can see your food cooking and a filter on top.
0.5kg food capacity.
Oil capacity 1.5L.
Variable temperature from 108°C to 190°C.
Cool wall body.
Safety cut out.
Easy to clean.
Size H28.3, W28, D24.8cm
Setting it up was simple, you fill the fryer with the oil to the suggested level, pop in the basket, put on the lid and its good to go.
There is pictures of the front with examples of fish chicken and chips and tells you what temperature is best to cook on. (although in the instruction book there are more temperatures for vegetables and such.)
After you have selected your temperate, plug it in and the oil begins to heat, it takes around five minutes until the oil has heated. When the light goes off, it means the oil is ready for cooking. Then you are able to lower your food in.
After cooking there is a slot where you can put the basket, so the fat drips back into the unit and the food don't end up with lots of grease on them.
the filter is easy to clean as you just wipe clean it, even thought you can still smell grease and fat, It does do a ok job at keeping smells at bay.
I normally use wet wipes to clean the outside of the fryer and after ive removed the dirty oil I use a soapy scourer to remove the rest of the grease. The lid can just be washed up normally.
Ive tried cooking lots of different food in here such as chips, onion rings, mushrooms, fish and chicken, and its all tasted lovely without too much grease or fat dripping off it.
This fryer cooks enough chips for two as part of a main meal, but if you are a family this fryer would not be for you unless you want to cook two loads of chips at a time.
My only complaint with this is after the food has finished cooking when you press the open button, the lid opens very quick and a blast off stream comes shooting out, which is quite dangerous if your too close, now when I open it I make sure im standing well back
I bought this fat frier, one because it was cheap (£12.99) and two because it wasnt for everyday use, I didnt want to spend a lot of money on it. Previously I had used a saucepan full of oil to cook chips, wedges etc, this made for a gross saucepan that I could never get clean. I decided that buying a deep fat frier was in order, due to keeping it all compact and covered........or so I thought.
The first few uses were fine, I filled it with oil and after moving the dial to indicate chips, I switched it on and waited for the red light to go out. There is a handle that you must squeeze to fit onto the basket inside, this is a bit of a pain to clip it on and unclip it everytime but it was cheap so I cant really complain.
The chips etc cooked inside, do come out crispy and nicely cooked, I drain mine off on kitchen roll before dishing up. I did find that there is no real designated spot where you can clip the basket onto to allow for drainage. There is a little lip on the edge of the basket which I clip onto the frier itself but the basket stays under the level of the oil so it doesnt drain properly.
I have been using mine for a good few months now and have found that the transparent section of the lid is unusable. You cant see through it at all now so in order to check the food within, the lid has to be opened. The button with which to open the lid has stopped working now, I have to press it and prise the lid open with the annoying pronged handle. The lid has also changed shape and doesnt sit properly now.
Overall I dont know how many times I can justify it by blaming the price before I end up thowing it away and buying a more expensive one.
I love my chips and basically anything greasy! Even though I know it is not good for me, but occasionally it is okay to have some treats and I consider fried chips one of my treats! Therefore as I was only going to make my fried chips occasionally, I was on a look out for a cheap deep fat fryer, and found Argos Value one to be the one for me!
== PRICE ==
At the time I purchased mine for £9.99 which was a sale price at an Argos shop on eBay, however looking now it is now at £13.99 on the main Argos website which is still a good price for a deep fat fryer. The price is the main thing that attracted me to this fryer, as I have tried a few Argos Valued items and have been overall pleased with the performances in the past so I was hoping this one would also live up to my expectations.
== DESIGN ==
The fryer is a nice compact size, and is white in colour. It has an attractive circular shape to the body of the fryer which is due to its curvy edges. It has a turning knob at the front of the fryer and along with other options and a power light. It comes with a metal frying basket that goes inside the fryer and a handle.
== MY EXPERIENCE ==
I like that the fryer is small in size as it doesn't take up much room on the worktops, and when I am finished with it I can easily lift it up and store it away in the garage as it is reasonably light weight.
It is very easy and straight forward to set up, simply plug in and in matter of minutes its ready to use. Once plugged in and switched on, the red light indicator will light up which is a good little warning indicator to let us know to be careful as it is hot and ready to use. It also has a handy safety feature that switches the fryer off automatically if the fryer overheats. There is a little see through window located at the top so you can easily see whether your chips are nice and golden or whether you need to increase the temperature if it is not cooking fast enough, however it is worth keeping it clean or it can be hard to see through if its covered in grease and oil. The temperature knob is located at the front and is clearly labelled along with all the available functions which makes it very easy to use for novices like myself.
To cook food, It requires 1.5 L of oil which is clearly marked on the fryer so you know exactly how much you need to put in. It can cook a good two or three portions of chips (0.5g capacity) in one sitting, which is not bad at all. The temperature ranges from 180c to 210c which is clearly visible of the front turning knob.
Once it is on it is not that noisy to use, it still makes a sound when it is on, but that is mainly the sound of the food frying away than the machine itself. It heats up in minutes and fries food to the standard expected of a deep fat fryer and manages to fry chips quite quickly. I found that after use it did take a little while to cool down, but that's not a huge problem.
The top cover is easy to remove and attach back on, so it makes it easier to add and remove the contents of the fryer. I found adding and removing the contents from the inner basket easy, thanks to the in build handle it means I can carefully remove the contents without worrying about burning myself or making a mess. The basket allows the oil to drain out, and therefore doesn't leave too much oil dripping off from the chips.
The cleaning process is something I dread a little, as it is quite greasy it does take a while to soak and scrub off the grease, but the detachable lid cover makes it a little easier to manage.
== OH NO, IT STOPPED WORKING! ==
The problem is that although it makes great fried food, I am afraid this fryer did not last very long. After a few months it just stopped working, the light indicator wouldn't flash on and it just lost power. I have no idea why, as I didn't use it all that often, but I guess it is what you get for buying valued electric item. I have however bought many other Argos valued electric goods in the past which lasted me years, it was just this Argos Value fryer that let me down in the end. I did take it back to Argos who were very understanding and gave me a full refund. It is a shame really, as it ticked all the boxes for me but it just didn't manage to last as long as other valued items I purchased before.
It could have just been my bad luck that the item stopped working after a few months, but when it worked it did make great fried chips! Therefore as a result I would rate this item 3 or 5.
I got this Argos value deep fat fryer as a present when I moved in with my boyfriend. I had never previously had a fryer and didn't think I would have much use for one, until I started using it. The length of the cord is decent and you don't have to be too restricted as to wheere you use the fryer. It is also small in size, however this makes it compact and sleek and most importantly, easy to store when it is not in use.
The tempreature settings are simple, a little LED light indicates when the fryer has reached the desired temperature. Also, the fryer comes with a list of instructions which tells you which setting each different type of food needs to be on and how long it needs to be cooked for, which is extremely helpful.
The only small downside is that the basket is a little small... however it is ideal for a couple or a family of 3. If its for a family of 4-5 I think it would be a little on the small size. However it cooks fast so if you didn't have enough space you could really get away with cooking a second helping. You need to replace the filter which costs a couple of quid now and again but I've had mine a year and never had to do this yet. Also as long as you clean the oil after each use, you don't need to change it very often as long as it isn't stood for too long. Definitely recommend.
I purchased this product around a year ago now when I moved into my own place.
The product is white in colour and it doesn't look out of place in the kitchen. There are a few good things about this product. It's cheap at under £20 and the length of the cord is decent. I can plug this in and I don't have to feel restricted with the length of the cord. The look of the fryer is sleek and elegant yet basic. You have a small "window" on the top of the fryer where you can view what's cooking. I like the addition of the window but when the fryer is turned on the window soon steams up so then you can't view the food! The temperature controls are easy to work and there's an LED light that lets you know when the oil has reached it's desired temperature. This takes just over five minutes, which isn't too long when you're hungry!
It's easy to use - just pour the oil into the basin, add your food to the basket and wait for it to cook!
The basket is rather small so I can't fit a lot of food in there. I can fit a few chips and some chicken nuggets in there but there's not really much room so I have to "squeeze" them in! Sometimes this results in squashed chips... However the food ends up being cooked to perfection and it tastes much better compared to oven cooked food. It's not the most healthy of ways to cook food so this comes out around twice a week - certainly not everyday!
A decent product for the price.
Having being homeless with nowhere to live ecept a womans reuge for a year with my two children, we were finally given a place to live. As I got no help with grants or loans ect money was tight for having to furnish my new home, so everything that was bought as cheap as I could find it. Despite that I like a bargain, why spend lots on unnessery money on an item when you can get a just as good one for cheaper? Lets you spend that extra money on something else.
I ordered most of my items for Argos as they have a wide range of their own make "Argos Value Range" plus it is more convienant for me to order it all from the same place as it is not only one delivery charge but also only one day waiting in an epmty house awaitin the items. I decided to go for the basic Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer as it was the cheapest ones in the Argos catalogue at the time. This is most definitely a 'no frills' fryer as it is pertty basic but it was the cheapest I could find so thought I would go for it. The other reason I brought this one was because with it being from Argos, at least you know if you are going to get any problems with it, then you will get decent customer service from Argos.
This deep fat fryer is only available in white and is priced at £14.49 in their current catalogue (spring/summer 2012). It can be brought in store, reserved online or delivered to your home for an extra cost for delivery. There are no special features with the fryer, but then provided it does the job of frying your food to a good standard, then in my opinion it doesn't really matter.
There is very little danger of you accidently leaving this fryer on without realising it as there is a large power light which is good as it catches your attention to let you know that the fryer is on.It has a viewing window in the top of the fryer but it needs cleaned on a regular basis as it soon becomes greasy and hard to see through. The fryer has an oil capacity of 1.5l and a food capacity of 0.5g so it is a pretty ample size in comparison to other fryers. It also has 1.2kw power and ranges from 108c to210c. It also has an adjustable thermostat on the front meaning the fryer so it can be used to fry a variety of foods to the way you like them.
One of my most hated household chores is cleaning a cooker, fryer or de-scalin the kettle. Lets face it, who does like doing these dire job as it is just so messy. In all fairness this actually isn't all that bad a fryer to clean, as the lid can be removed which makes it so much more easy. The base of the fryer also fits easily into the sink, so you can give it a good clean. I recommend ising a brillo pad to remove all the grease and crumbs that are left in the bottom of the frye, just make sure that you rinse it out well after using the cleaning materials.
What I liked about this fryer is not only is it great value for money but it also has a couple of safety features as well. It is non slip feet at the bottom of the fryer which work well as the fryer hasn't slid while I am using it, only if it has been lifted by myself when I am cleaning round it when I clean my work tops. As most of you know deep fat fryers have a high risk of starting a fire but this fryer has a cut off feature which in theory saves this from becomin an issue.
I don't normally use a fryer as most of my cooking is done by using the hobs on my cooker and the oven and grill. I like my home made meals such as spaghetti bolonagise, mince and potatoes with veg, lime and chilli chicken, chicken meals, pork ect. But every now and then I like to cook saussages, fish fingers, chicken dippers, ect and not forgetting chips! I do love my chips as do the children however, it is safe to say we do not like chips that come out of the oven, they are tasteless and the texture in your mouth is awful. I am a healthy eater but I would rather have tasty chips from a deep fat fryer than healthy oven chips any day. This fryer does exactly what I wanted it to do, it cooks what I want perfectly as it has diffent funchions for different food that you can cook. I like that fact that it is not only easy to use but also easy to clean, the only fryer that I have had that has been so no complaintes there. At the time when I bought this deep fat fryer it cost me £13 although the price has went up to just under £15, I would still say it is a fantastic price and well worth the money. I liked the fact that it doesn't take up much room in your kitchen so when not in use you can put away in a cupbaord, just make sure that if you have children that they dont touch it, I personally have mines sitting on the work top as my kitchen is quite large and looks empty without my fryer, kettle, and microwave being on show. I would happily recommend this to others and would quite easily rate it a 5 out of 5. The waiting time for the fryer to melt the fat doesn't take too long I would say the adverage time like any other fryer. The fryer also has a decent length of cord so it doesn't have to be plugged in to the plug socket directly rext to it, however for safety reasons I wouldn't recommend doing that for safetly reasons. I keep mines plugged into the closest socket which is right behind the fryer. Another plus point with the cheap fryer, is that it doesnt take long to cool down after it has been used, which is handy when you have children in case any accidents were to happen. I always ask my girls to stay out the kitchen while I am cooking but you know what it is like they always have a question to ask or something to say... mummy cassidy is being horrible to me, mummy II need a drink, mummy god i could go on, kids will be kids.
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful deep fat fryer like I was, then I recommend you take a look at this one from Argos. Although it may not look much it does exactly what you need it for. If you type in the webpage www.argos.co.uk wait until the page loads, then type in value range deep fat fryer and you will see the item come up on your screen.
I hope that my review was of some use to you, thank you for taking the time to read it.
=== The product ===
This is a deep fat fryer from Argos. The packaging is basic, being provided in a cardboard box with a plug cover and an instruction pamphlet. This is to deep fry food such as chicken & chips. This is quite small in size and there is a little 'window' on the top so you can see how your items are cooking without opening up the lid.
=== How to use this ===
This really is so simple to use. Just put it on the side, plug it in and switch it on. There is a thermostat indicator and a light shows when this is heated up and ready to use. This will need to be filled with oil before use and the oil should be changed regularly to ensure nice tasting chips can still be enjoyed! There is a large button that is simple to press down but the lid does spring up quite fast so you have to be pretty quick!
=== Where to buy this & for how much ===
This is currently £14.99 from Argos.co.uk and Argos stores and while the price has risen about £1.20 since my purchase this is still a very reasonable price compared to others available and this was the cheapest fryer I could find at the time back in 2010.
=== Overall opinion ===
With us lovely the occasional portion of chips & me always wanting to save some money where possible we bought this deep fat fryer around 18 months ago, from Argos, and promptly started to use this around once per week.
This is really the ideal size for just two people, probably no more. The basket fits in to the place in the handle well and while this is not large it does the job that we need with no problems at all. The basket is strong, sturdy and does not move around from the handle meaning this is nice and safe. It can be a little fiddly to slot the basket and handle back together when wanting to use it but as long as you have some patience this is simple enough to use.
Within the top there is a small filter that can be cleaned easily, I usually just wipe mine over regularly, and this helps to stop my home stinking like a chip shop! I have never changed mine even though it has been used 50 times and I believe that the suggested amount was 60 uses and then change it but as I have yet to send off to order some of the filters I won't be worrying about it now!
I like that there are several little indicators above the thermostat which show me the ideal temperature to cook items at. This is very handy and has helped me on several occasions. The temperature dial is simple to move and works well as far as I can tell.
This holds around 1.5 litres of oil and I probably change mine every few weeks even though ours is not used regularly.
I like everything about this deep fat fryer, it's small, compact, fits in the cupboard well, it cooks fast and efficiently and the basket allows me to shake off fat and then clip in the lid to drain properly before serving up. This allows us to have nice fish & chip suppers a couple of times a month with minimal expense and without having to leave our warm home. The price was very reasonable and although this did not match the majority of my kitchen appliances it did not matter as it was tucked away in the cupboard most of the week.
Unfortunately I have had to stop using this as I managed to drop it when picking it up with soapy hands and have snapped the lid off completely. This could still be used but because the hinge is broken I did not want to risk burning myself or my kitchen down so I have had to stop using this and have just replaced it with a new one but thanks to the quality of this one I have purchased a slightly different Argos model that I will probably review in the future. This was completely my fault and because we have very hard floors this has become damaged through my own fault!
This deep fat fryer from Argos is a real steal at only £15 you can't even get a toaster for that nowadays It's all White with a hindered lid a dial on the front for temperature and time. The body of the fryer is easy to clean. Just use a damp cloth or if there happens to be some fat on it just use some washing up liquid on the cloth. The filter to keep the air clean is fully removable as is the lid.
The oil capacity is 0.5L strangely not that deep but what do you expect for £15. The temperature dial goes from 108C too 210C. I use the highest rate for cooking chips which is what most people will use this for.the body stay cool while cooking so you won't burn yourself. There is a temperature ready light on it that lights up when the oil comes to the temperature you have set it to. There is also a power light to remind you to turn it off when finished. There is also a vexing window so you can see if your chips are starting to brown to much. But I find this fogs up when you lower the chips in to the oil then gets covered in oil once it starts to cook.
It's slightly smaller than the average deep fat fryer at H28.3, W28, D24.8cm.
It's a great option for anyone on a budget but does make you ear unhealthy food.
One of the main reasons I purchased this deep fat fryer is because it was cheap at just £14.99. And also I had an Argos store locally; so it was easy for me to pick up and take home. The other reason I bought it was because it was a smaller size compared to others I had seen on the market. I wanted something that would not be too large and obtrusive and something that would fit neatly into a slim line cupboard when not in use and this ticked all the boxes.
- Item description -
It is a nice clean white colour which is easy to wipe down, it has nice ergonomic rounded edges and is easy to grip when lifting it out of low cupboards and storing away. It came with all the usual gubins; basket and handle for cooking the chips in. It is very lightweight and was incredibly easy to set up and use. The lid is fully removable which makes cleaning it so much easier. It also features a safety cut out - which stops it from overheating.
When I went to set it up I was highly delighted that I only needed 1.5 litres oil to o fill it to the required standard level mark. This meant it was lighter to lift and store away when not in use; as it was not weighed down with an excessive amount of vegtable oil.
- Cooking facility and usage -
Well I can say that this chip fryer has gone down a treat, it is fairly quiet to use, makes chips fast and at a nice golden consistency, heats up quickly and likewise cools promptly. There is a light to indicate when the oil is ready for cooking in and likewise a light to say when the power is on.
It has a nice sized basket that is holds enough chips for 2 good sized portions (0.5 kgs) (in my opinion). After use it also wipes down easily and looks good to boot. It has a range of settings from 108 C to 210 C. And I can vouch that it cooks crispy onion rings to restaurant standards (in my opinon!) - all you need is the garlic dip to go with it.
- Storage -
Being such a small and neat fryer I feel at the price it has been worth every penny; not least for the neat size and lack of storage space it takes up when out of use. It also makes chips just as good as an expensive fryer if not better in some cases (read my Actifry review for that).
- Conclusion -
I have been extremely pleased with the fast, hot chips it produces and think it has been an absolute bargain for the price. The only downside I have found is that the handle is little bit lightweight, as is the basket. However overall it is well worth it purchasing and excellent value for money.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has been of some use to you
My partner and myself were brought the Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer as a gift when we moved into our home. I have had a look on ebay and it can be purchased for £14.99 and can be purchased with upto 3 years Replacement Product Care for an additional £3.99.
The fryer itself is made from white plastic which does not get hot whilst in use, the top however has burnt my fingers a couple of times when I have closed the lid.
It is 28.3cm in height, 28cm in width and 24.8cm in depth with an oil capacity of 1.5L but only a 0.5kg food capactity. This means that if you are frying something like chips you could probably get 3 average sized portions at one time, possibly 4 at a push.
The fryer is incredibly easy to use, you can change the temperature using the large dial on the front of the fryer, temperature can be taken from 108°C to 210°C. There are some pictures on the front above the dial giving advice on the temperature required to cook some foods. It heats up quite quickly, if I have it at full heat it can take about 15 minutes and when ready a light will come on so I can tell by just a glance. It can be opened with minimal fuss using the large button just below the lid but as I have said previously if you don't get the lid shut quickly then it will burn your fingers. It frys the food perfectly well and due to the cage like basket that is used it frys every part of the food.
It has a safety cut out although I don't really think that this makes any difference to the fryer or its safety they have at least tried. It also has non-slip feet which do work as mine has never moved from where we put it. The only real issue with safety is that you will need your arms covered when putting the food in as the basket comes very close to top and it will spit at you, it is also very noisy for a few minutes whilst spitting.
After use it can take about an hour to cool down the oil with the lid open although I'm sure some people don't bother doing this and will just shut the lid and turn it off. My partner does this when he uses it and its completley safe and will eventually cool down, it just takes a little longer. Once cool it is very easy to clean as the basket can be taken right out the fryer and the oil filter and lid are both removable. The only issue with cleaning is that due to the very white colour if you are one of those people who cannot stand even the slightest bit of muck you'll end up having to wipe down the outside daily whether you've used it or not.
I would recommend this to singletons, couples or families of 3 as any more than this and you won't fit everything in. Its a great price and after having mine for a few months and using it probably once a week I have never encountered any problems, all pictures on the casing have stayed as clear as when we got it and have not even begun to rub off and it is small enough to leave on the counter rather than having to put it away and get it out each time. Definetly worth the money.
During my latest pregnancy i had major cravings for home made chunky chips, i through out my old deep fat fryer a few years ago when i was on a health kick and to be honest it was so grubby and was fit for the bin. My husband tried his best to make me home made chips using a basic pan and oil but they did not turn out the same as a fryer would have made them and it was so unsafe cooking them in a pan!
That weekend we looked online and found a perfect cheap fryer, it was from argos and i clicked and reserved it and went in store to collect it shortly after. It cost around £13.00 and is from argos value range. Most of my kitchen items are stainless steel or red so being basic white was the only option did not bother me to much as i was hoping not to use it to much.
Its a value range product so i was expecting it to be very basic, it a lovely clean white colour much nicer than i was expecting. You can choose what temperature you want to cook food at for different food group like meat, veg chips e.t.c it has a viewing window to see food cooking but is not practical at all as it steams up and you cant see inside!
It is easy to use, i filled it with veg oil first upto the maximum filling line. I plugged it in and turned it on to heat the oil first before using. It has a good sized cable length which means i can use it on any my worktops in the kitchen. It also has a indicator light which lets me know when its ready to star cooking. It comes with the inner metal cooking basket, the basket and fryer is fairly small and no good for a big family but is enough for my small family.
I love cooking home made chips and onion rings in my fryer, its came in handy for making quick snacks and meals and is easy enough to clean.
good enough for what i paid and does the job well, i would recommend this to small families.
I tend to not make chips very often and when I do I usually make wedges and over chips as these are much healthier than fried chips. In fact I didn't have own a deep fat fryer for years but I had been craving proper home-made chips for a while and when I saw that the Argos value fryer was on sale in my local Argos for only £9.99 I decided to treat myself and get it.
The value fryer isn't the prettiest of deep fat fryers and I would have much preferred a sleek looking steel one but as it was such a bargain I can't really complain too much about how it looks. It is made from white plastic on the outside and round in shape instead of the more modern rectangle ones. Be aware that the fryer is very small and even though I knew it wasn't going to be huge I wasn't expecting it to be as small as it is. It is basically just about large enough for one largish portion of chips. I suppose this is a good thing as otherwise I might end up making me and the kids big portions instead of just small treat potions if it was larger.
It has an oil capacity of 1.5 litres but in reality there isn't really all that much space inside it. Other than the size being small the actual fryer works great and is easy to set up and get using straight away.
You just need to fill it with oil to its recommended level and then plug it in and wait for it to heat up. There are different temperatures you can choose depending on what food you are cooking with the minimum being 130 degrees and the maximum being 210 degrees.
Once it is turned on it heats up quite quickly and when you put the chips in they also cook in a reasonable amount of time. When it is ready to use the light will turn off which means it has got to the correct temperature that you have chosen.
It gets to the right temperature where the chips get nice and brown on the outside but are soft in the middle. My mum has a much more expensive chip pan and when it is set at the temperature that they recommend for chips hers go lovely and crispy on the outside but are hard in the middle so for the money this one is much better at actually cooking even if it isn't as attractive.
One annoying thing about this chip pan is that the handle isn't integrated and you need to attach it every time you want to shake the chips or remove the basket. This can be a bit fiddly and annoying.
The pan also has a little window on the top so you can see how the chips are progressing but this steams up and is difficult to see into so I usually need to actually open the chip pan and look instead.
The filter on the lid does do a decent enough job at ensuring the house doesn't stink of chip fat but it doesn't stop all smells from escaping.
At the price I paid for this chip pan I think it is fabulous value and it does the job well. I got it when it was on offer though and the usual price is £14.99 which is still excellent value.
It isn't suitable for large families but if you want a small easy to store chip pan then this one comes highly recommended.
I won this fryer in a raffle! Admittedly it wasn't the greatest of wins, but at the cost of a £1 for the ticket, it raised a smile. Unfortunately i'm not a huge fan of deep fat fryers as the whole greasyness thing that is associated with them causes my stomach to churn somewhat.
I think it's because when we moved into our current house, we had to spend 2 months scrubbing and cleaning and redocorating the whole kitchen and conservatory due to other peoples grubbiness. It was awful! The smell was so difficult to shift as it was actually embedded in the walls! Wall paper smelt foul and grease was splattered everywhere. If you're using a deep fat fryer, I recommend plenty of ventilation and to clean up ASAP after using it, else the smell will reall stick!
This fryer however has had some uses, in particular in times whereby my daughters in a rush and just wants some quick chips. It's ideal for that, but that's about it for us as a family because it's too small and I much prefer my Tefal Actifry. That's not an option for all though, but if I didn't have that, I'd simply opt for things cooked in the oven instead compared to any deep fat fryer. Still, this fryer is cheap enough, works well and is provides convenient fast food mostly suited for one person.
**Small, basic and cheap!**
The capacity really isn't big enough for a family. If a couple were to use it, you would be only able to have a small portion of chips each. When my daughter has cooked for herself, she has a plateful and there's barely anything left over for another person. It's definately a basic fryer with no frills design as you can see in the picture. There is a glass window in the flip lid so that you can see what's cooking which is a positive feature i guess.
**How to use?**
Easy peasy! As with most fryers a basket is provided. You fill the unit to the recommended levels with oil and then await the oil to heat up. There is a selection dial on the fryer front which recommends what temperature is best for various foods. Chips for example are cooked on the hottest heat and fish would be on a lower heat.
You make your selection and then once the heat has become hot after about 5-6 minutes, you lower your food into the fryer and close the lid.
Cool wall body
Safety cut out
Non slip feet
Oil capacity is 1.5L
Temp = 108c - 210c
Food capacity is 0.5kg
**Taste and smell**
I'm afraid I find the smell of this fryer really unpleasant and the taste of food coated in fat is greasy. I remember my daughter doing us some onion rings to nibble on and they were slightly overcooked. They were absolutely laden with fat dripping off them and put me off fryed food for a while! Chips aren't too bad if you make sure you shake them well to drain excess fat from them. I would still opt for oven chips though!
I don't think anyone likes cleaning anything thats greasy, but in all fairness if you clean this straight away, its not too bad. The lid can be taken off easily and the base can be washing in a sink. I used scourers and brillos on mine to make sure ALL grease came off perfectly. The viewing glass also gets really grimey, so give that a clean on a regular basis, else you'll not be able to see anything cooking!
**Be aware of**
Steam bursts out of the fryer when opening the lid! This can literally curl your eyelashes. Whilst you may wish to have curly lashes, this isn't a safe beauty practise!
The handle on the basket is pretty dead duff and flimsy. Be careful not to overload the basket and there shouldn't be a problem.
OVerall - this fryer is fine for a single person on a cheap budget as it does the job and is convenient. As far as fryers go, its simple to use and very efficient. I'm simply not a fan though!
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
As a single person living on my own, it was essential for me to find a deep fat fryer which would be suitable for smaller portions - this fryer is just the ticket! At a modest £20.00, it is great value for money and it is a perfect size for portions for one person - I would not recommend this fryer for families or couples as it does not have the capacity to make meals for more than one person.
Food capacity 0.5kg.
Oil capacity 1.5L.
From 108°C to 210°C.
Easy to clean.
Cool wall body.
Safety cut out.
Ideal for one person - It makes just enough for one big portion or two smaller portions of chips. This fryer is not suitable for a family or a couple with a large appetite.
This superb little fryer heats up incredibly quickly so it is perfect for cooking that late night snack or quick lunch.
I mostly use my fryer for chips and I am always amazed at how quickly they cook. The chips always come out perfectly and not at all fatty.
Cleaning of this fryer is simple and easy. A quick once over with a damp cloth brings this item looking like new.
As it only requires one a a bit litres of oil, it is very cost effective. I have found it very cheap to run as it is small and compact and takes no time at all to heat up.
A word of warning on the lid of this fryer. There can be a build up of steam within the unit, so take care when opening the lid as there is an escape of steam which can catch you off guard if you are not careful.
The fryer is very easy to set up. Just add the oil and plug it in - it is then ready to cook immediately!
A simple handle fits on to the basket which ensures that you can easily take the basket out when your food is cooked. The handle can feel slightly flimsy when the basket is totally full so I would recommend that you don't overfill it. I would not recommend this fryer for the elderly or infirm - it can be slightly fiddly to attach the handle to the basket as this needs to be removed whilst cooking.
I would definately recommend this fryer for a household of one person. It is ideal for one portion and it very quick, efficient and cheap to run.