Product Type: Argos fryers
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Why pay a fortune for something that does the exact same thing as this?
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Member Name: tasmin92
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Advantages: Good size, good price, easy to clean.
Disadvantages: Always seems to look dirty.
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.
Summary: Argos value range at its best
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