This is my third deep fat fryer. The first was a rectangular one with lid you just took off.....couldn't see how chips were doing, and had to be pretty nifty at removing lid without steam scalding your arm.
Second one was a close down lid - bowl was not removable and was a nightmare to clean.
I like Kenwood, reliable and last a long time, so I had some Nectar points and looked on the Argos website. I've had this now for 6 months, so cannot remember the exact price, but it was around the £50 mark.
What drew me to this model was the Clean Easy feature. Not only does the basket come out, the bowl (which is non stick) also comes out very easily, and then the whole body of the machine comes apart for thorough cleaning
I kg capacity and the basket has enough room to shake contents when cooking
There's a window in the lid, so you can see how food is cooking (although this can get steamed up, so I wouldn't rely on this method........)
All non-electrical parts are dishwasher safe
One click opens the lid, so no need to put your hands or arms over the appliance when on
The lid has a permanent filter to reduce cooking smells (to be honest, I don't find this works very well and you still get a fried smell in the kitchen that lingers, but not as much as an old fashioned uncovered chip pan)
Cool wall outer......which is really important if you have curious cats or young children
You cannot close the lid down unless the basket is in place. Very annoying really when dishing out food, as the fryer is then left open..or when you put the basket in the dishwasher, no way of closing lid unless you put a weighty object like a small bowl on the lid.
There are 3 heat setting - 150/170/190 degrees...however even on the lowest setting, chips do very quickly, so if you have thick chips, they're not completely cooked on the inside. I wouldn't be happy cooking chicken etc in this machine for example, as you can't get the temperature down low enough to cook thoroughly.
Problems with getting replacement basket (please see below)
Easy enough to find on the net as there are a number of Kenwood agents supplying parts.
However, I'm the sort of person who likes scrupulously clean baskets, and vowed to put my basket in the dishwasher after every time I used it. This lapsed a bit (I only use my fryer for cooking chips) and it was impossible to hand clean the yellow oily deposits that get into the wire meshing.
So I looked around for a replacement basket. The average cost is £16.95 with cheapest postage I could find was £4.95.....so you're looking at around £22 just to replace the basket.
All sites offering this basket seem to say "delivery within 28 day" (which often means less time) so after three weeks of waiting for my basket I rang the distributor to track my order. They said it was out of stock and couldn't give me a time of delivery (I asked why they didn't put that on their website, and it's something none of the Kenwood agents do)
They suggested I ring after 28 days to see if it was in stock then. I would think this is the same answer you'd be given by any of the distributors as they told me it's not an "in stock item" and they have to order from abroad.
I wasn't prepared to wait for my little chip suppers for weeks......so decided to ditch the basket, and buy a large stainless steel straining spoon instead.
£4.95 in a cookware shop......and ok, takes a little while to scoop out all the chips, but at least I can wash it straight away, and will never had to go through the rigmarole of getting baskets. Also, you can stir the chips around whilst cooking for a more even browning.
However, I permanently have to have a bowl on the top of the lid, as it doesn't shut without basket!
There's no recipe leaflet, so apart from a description of the machine, showing to assemble and dismantle, cleaning and service.....that's your lot.......
There is a selection of stickers on the lid telling you what you can cook and temperatures, but remember, the lowest temperature is a little too hot.....so that's no guide really.
Well, when I say no recipe ideas...there's one page with 3 "recipes"...prawn balls, chicken kiev, basic batter for coating (they don't say what to coat it with though)
I suppose you could juggle those three ideas and wow people at dinner parties with your imagination and flare.....
All in all this machine is excellent for the ease of cleaning, makes crispy chips, and the basket is good while it lasts.
I love my easy clean deep fryer, but what is the point in producing a great product with such lousy parts. I purchased the Kenwood deep fryer DF650 less than 2 years ago. The first power pack just packed up in 12 months. the second one packed up after 10 months. what now do I have to buy a third one for that to pack up within the next year. Why cant Kenwood find a reputable manufacturer for its power packs, instead of using cheap chinese made. Dissapointed
Kenwood Deep Fat Fryer DF350 - Advantages: Comes apart for cleaning, Variable temperature - Disadvantages: Doesnt clean well in dishwasher, Need to scrub clean as sunflower oil sticks to it, Has collapsed just outside warranty
My husband is addicted to home made chips and if he had his way he would eat them every day. I have tried hard to cut down his in-take, but without success. He even has chips with his curry and chilli-con-carne. Anyway a few months ago I was preparing one of my lovely chilli’s and knew that I would have to cook him some chips. I peeled and chopped the spuds and got out my deep fat fryer, I turned it on and waited for the red light to go out, it seemed to be taking a long time. When I checked it was not heating the oil, and realized that it had broken. Panic set in, what was I going to do now? I had to use a large saucepan and heat the oil in that, just to cook his bloody chips, or face his moaning if I served up his dinner with out them. When he came in I told him it was broken, he immediately said you better go and buy a new one first thing tomorrow. Lol. Anyway I did go out to find a new one, I was looking for something smaller, that did not take up so much room in my cupboard and one that I could clean easier, as I find these are the worst kitchen appliances to clean. It is a job that I hate, yucky. I went into my local Index store to see what was on offer and was surprised at how fryers have changed, which I must say is for the better. I looked at a few and decided to go for this Kenwood model, firstly because of its size and it stated it was easy clean, just what I was looking for. It was more expensive than some of the others but was actually on special offer with £10.00 off, so I grabbed it and brought it home. Kenwood DF350 Total Clean Coolwall FEATURES: It is bright white in colour and has a 0.8 kg food capacity, which is a lot smaller than most, as they are usually 1kg or more. It has a permanent lid filter, which is great, no more cutting felt filters as I used to with my old fryer. Non-stick coated aluminium bowl, which is removable for easy cleaning Th
e lid, basket and body are all fully removable too, which aids the cleaning brilliantly. They can be put in your dish washer, if you are lucky enough to own one. The actual control module clips out from the bottom of the machine, which is the only part that cannot be washed. So basically everything can be totally dismantled for easy cleaning, which is fantastic. It has a variable temperature control with a neon light. The lid is a pop-up mechanism. It is also coolwall that means the sides do not get hot when it use, which is a great safety aspect. It comes with a good instruction booklet, which is very simple to understand.It is really easy to use, I love the pop-up lid.I actually paid £48 for it, which I think is well worth it. As for its performance it works wonderfully,lovely crispy chips that are done in a jiffy, at least the hubby's is happy with the cooking results. There is a bigger food capacity model available, which has the same features but costs around £75, which I feel is rather a lot to pay out on for a deep fat fryer. So if you are looking for an easy clean option, than I can certainly recommend this to all. Thanks for reading *Cinystar*
I am now on my third fryer in just over a year-all from Kenwood. I bought the DF350 at the end of August last year. It was brilliant until just before christmas when I turned on the fryer and..... nothing. No light, no heat, nothing. So I returned it to the store and got a replacement. Everything was fine until the beginning of September when I went to turn on the fryer and you've guessed it - nothing happened. So I called Kenwood on the customer service line and explained the situation. They said it was fine and they would collect the old one then send me a brand new DF650 (a newer model). Well they collected the first one and after 10 days I still hadn't recieved my new one so I called Kenwood again. The advisor said it had been dispatched but would check with their drivers. I was told that it was on its way. Eventually I received the fryer only to find that is was a DF350 not the newer model as promised. So I called customer services again and they supposedly sent another one out. But after another week it had still not arrived, so again a telephone call to Kenwood. This time they arranged a delivery date while I was on the phone and this morning it arrived. "Great" I thought "chips for tea" but no, this one is cracked. So again a phone call to Kenwood. Apparently I will receive the replacement in the morning - we shall see. Hopefully this one will be better. It certainly looks good and has lots of features but i am wondering whether it will last longer than six months. And if it dosen't? I can only hope that the people at Kenwood will have got their act together by then.
I bought a Kenwood deep fat fryer, model number DF650. It is great, or should I say it was great, until my dog decided one night to eat the power pack, (the detatchable electric supply) The power pack couldn't be fixed as it was a sealed unit, but I didn't think that would be a problem, I phoned Kenwood mailorder to order a new power pack. I was told it would be despatched the following week as they were waiting for new stock, that was the end of July, 2 weeks later I phoned Kenwood again, to find out what had happened to the power pack I ordered, I was told, sorry they didn't come in, as they weren't on the boat, but they were expecting another delivery on sept 7th, why so long? I asked, Kenwood told me they come from China. Sorry Kenwood not good enough.
This is my third deep fat fryer the first being a Tefal that lasted 11 years, the second a Kenwood DF650 which lasted 14 months and finally another Kenwood DF 650 which arrived today with the compliments of Kenwood! The first kenwood was a vast improvement on the Tefal in the fact that the whole thing could be cleaned in the dishwasher (all except the control unit that is removed to dismantle the fryer). Last week the fryer stopped working so a little annoyed to start with I rang Kenwood to see if it could be repaired, no problem send it back to us they said and we will repair it, how much I asked, oh that will be free if it's a manuafacuring fault if it isn't we'll ring and let you know how much the repair will be and by the way we will arrange for it to be picked up by courier free of charge. On Saturday I got a letter from Kenwood stating that they were very sorry that the fryer had failed and that they would replace it free of charge and that I should receive a new one by courier in the next few days. It arrived today the kids are pleased chips tomorrow they shouted! I take my hat off to Kenwood, they could have said sorry it's no longer under warranty, but no they replaced the whole unit with a new one. Well Done Kenwood, I'll certainly buy another Kenwood product!
Sick and tired of using a small capacity chip pan what with the mess and oil splashes, the need to cook the children chips separately, it just got a bit too much for me, so it was time to invest in something a little larger, that was more family sized and was splatter free. Being quite heavily pregnant at the time and having to rely on public transport, I decided to have a stroll up to our local electrical store, and have a look at what they had to offer. To be honest they didn't really have many to choose from, and out of what they did have only a couple were in our price range. After a long hard look and with our budget in mind I decided to go for the Kenwood DF220 Cool Wall, mainly for the price of just £39.99 but also because it stood out against the others, with the handy features it came with. About the fryer --------------- The fryer its self is classed as a midi fryer, so size wise it is middle of the range, not a pokey diddy thing, and not a tank, just somewhere in between that is just ideal for our uses and needs. With an 800g food capacity and the fact that it holds up to 2 litres of oil, it is just ideal for a small family (Our family has grown a little, so there goes the small family); just like I thought it would be perfect for ours. Features --------- Here is a list of all the features that appealed to me before making my final purchase choice. Viewing window --------------- On the lid, towards the front there is a large viewing window, the idea of the window, is to allow you to view the progress of the food cooking at any time. Such an excellent idea, just one tiny problem that stops it short of what it's designed to do! Steam! And lots of it! You see, when we put our cold and wet spud into that hot, steamy and boiling oil that gets rather hot and steamy, so steamy that all you will see is the equivalent of the bathroom window, when you have been having a hot and
steamy bath, so it then becomes totally useless!! A Useless Invention!! A rise and fall basket with lockable handle for drainage ---------------------------------------------------- The idea of the rise and fall basket is to make life a little easier and frying food safer. The basket can be released down into the oil or raised whilst the lids is closed, so for a safety aspect it is a good idea. When the basket is in the raised position the handle locks so that your fried food remains in the fryer but is above the oil level ensuring better drainage. I have to say that this one was of the factors that counted towards me buying this one, I have had so many near misses with hot oil spitting on me and with the little ones, I had to be sure that safety would not be compromised when it comes to my family or any family for that matter. BUT ............... And there is always a but!! Our basket must have been a duff one, because no more than using our fryer for 3 months, our basket became a bit saggy, whilst the handle still locked, and it did not lock in the desired position, so part of the basket remained in the oil, making drainage an impossible task. All I can say is that the design was not up to the job in practice, while sounding good in theory, the design was completely a waste of time. I was so disappointed with my fryer that I contacted Kenwood via email with in regards of my sagging basket. Unfortunately my local electrical store had gone; my receipt had gone a stray too, so my last resort was Kenwood direct. Eventually I did get a reply from Kenwood, but not the one that I wanted, more along the lines of how to get a replacement one and how much it would cost, no questions of where and when it was purchased, after all it could have been a flaw in the model, leaving possibly hundreds at boiling point, like me. Incidentally a replacement basket complete with lockable handle would cost £16.40 including VAT and de
livery from their mail order department. Personally I think they have over priced it somewhat when you think that all the fryer cost new is just slightly double the cost of a replacement basket. Removable dishwasher safe lid and basket ---------------------------------------- Both the lid with its permanently built in filter and the basket are safe to be washed in the dishwasher, but not many people have the space or the money to invest in a dish washer, so it is back to the traditional chained to the kitchen sink way. I have to say that I found it extremely difficult to clean in an averaged sized kitchen sick, but the most awkward had to be the basket, you see the handle on the basket when either in the raised position or removed from the fryer, it sticks outwards and there is no physical way that it can be any other way. Trying to immerse it in warm soaping water was hard, making clean longer and more irritating. As for the rest of the fryer, cleaning is even more difficult, I would have thought that the oil compartment would have released somehow, like the lid and the basket for ease of cleaning, but no, you have to try and clean it out with the power lead and plug still attached! Temperature control ------------------- The tempature control allows for the user to cook at variable heat settings allowing for different types of friable food products to be cooked accordingly. It also has a built in light indicator for a visable indication of whether the oil is at the disired temparature, when it has reached the appropiate heat, the light indicator will go out, so you will know at a quick glance if it is the right time to place your food in for cooking. Safety ------ In terms of safety this particular model did seem to offer a few that I felt very important when you have small children in the household. Like the one touch release button, which was placed in a suitable area on t
he fryer away from any heat or steam, allowing the lid to ease up slowly so that trapped steam would get released slowly instead of a hot batch of steam coming out in one instant and possibly causing harm to the facial area. The cord was short, positioned at the back so you could be sure that it would be out of the reach of young children, preventing them from yanking the whole fyryer of the work surface. The outer casing was made to remain not to hot, known as a cool wall constuction, preventing any burns to the skin if it was to be touched. My thoughts and experiences when using this product --------------------------------------------------- At first I must admit I was pleased with my fryer, it had everything that I thought it needed but after using it for a while my opinion clearly changed and for valid reasons too. Cleaning was highly difficult due to the non-removable oil compartment and the bulkyness of the basket and handle. The basket had become useless in such a short space of time due to the dodgy handle that I am sure was badly designed. But what really made me suggest that it is not such a good product is the fact that mine nearly caught on fire. There I was happily cooking dinner and getting on with a few things, I decide then to return to the kitchen when I noticed an orange flash coming from the rear of my fryer, then I noticed it again, taking a closer look I had found that it was coming from where the power cord enters the fryer. I switched off the fryer immidiately, raised the basket and then opened the lid, the chips still looked white, but when I took the basket out completely I noticed that all the chips that were in the botton of the basket were burnt! I can only assume that it somehow bypassed the temperature control, which incidentaly was on the minamal setting of 150 degrees and over heated the bottom of the fryer, making it a potential fire hazard!! The
re is just no way that after what had happened to ours that I could recommend this fryer, it has caused nothing but extra work and above all could have had fatal consequences if I hadn't of checked the cooking when I did.
Heaven! I love to slip a nice long plump one in my mouth and savour the taste as I suck on it nice and slow. I've tried all different sorts: small and thin, fat and juicy and in various shapes and sizes. I've had them in all sorts of places, but definitely best of all are the chips that I make myself in my Kenwood deep fryer. I know chips aren't good for my waistline but I really do need to have them once a week. I'm quite disciplined with my eating and have lots of salads, fruit and vegetables but now and again I have to indulge myself. And believe me I do ..... well I do make a mean chip. I bought my Kenwood deep fryer last year. There was no reason why I chose this particular make. I suppose what may have been the decider was that it had a window in the lid. This appealed to me. So shall we take a look at this fryer? Exciting subject eh? It'll do 2lb of chips at a time - that's the most important bit - and holds 2 litres of oil. The fryer is white, well mine is, and has two lights on the front. A red one shows there is power and an orange one that only comes on when the chosen temperature has been reached. There is a dial with various temperatures shown and obviously I twiddle this depending on what I'm going to deep fry. For chips I do them at 170 degrees for 10 minutes and then to finish them off a further minute on 190. Fish is cooked in 7 minutes (at 190), sausages 4 minutes (190), prawns 5 minutes (170) and chicken 25 minutes (170). This isn't much use to me though as I don't eat meat, well not the animal kind. It seems that pre-cooked food needs a higher temperature than raw food. My main thing is chips and maybe veggie sausages. As I said there is a window in the lid. I thought this would mean that I would be able to take a peak at whatever I was frying, but this isn't so. The window mists up and I can't see a thing when everything is bubbli
ng away. So really it's a waste of space. It's only any good when I have just put the chips into the basket and I know what they look like then! I suppose it's pretty obvious that it would steam up when things are getting hot - if my car is anything to go by. What else can I tell you? The basket can be made to go up and down while the lid is on, but I then have to open the lid to see how the food is cooking. Everything comes to bits for easy cleaning, but you know what fat and oil are like, so it gets pretty messy. When I'm in houseproud mood I take the lid off and soak this along with the basket for about 20 minutes in hot soapy water. This helps loosen the gunge. The rest of the fryer I also clean with hot soapy water. What a glamorous image I must be projecting! But I do have pretty yellow rubber gloves. Lets look at the Hoorays and the Boos of a Kenwood deep fryer: Hooray: Makes excellent chips Boo: Can't see through the window when cooking Hooray: Cooks safely Boo: Gets very greasy Hooray: Cable folds away into back of fryer after using Boo: Have to filter the oil regularly Hooray: Can keep it filled with oil and ready for action Boo: Kenwood recommend the oil is changed after every 8 uses Hooray: Makes delicious chips Hooray: Lovely chips I think the Hoorays just edge it. Mostly I have my chips chip shaped. Yes, yes! I use real potatoes none of those frozen things. And sometimes I cut them into cute little squares or slice them into slithers. I've also got a contraption for making the chips all wiggly (crinkle cut?). It all depends on how I feel. Let's see when am I due to have some again? It must be nearly a week now since I tasted that familiar flavour and I feel a definite urge. Yes I'll have some tomorrow night without fail. :-> Kay
If you're not overly concerned with fat, then you may want to consider the purchase of fryer to make some delicious, tasty dishes. As I have discovered over the years, you can deep fry just about anything: chips, fish, chicken, lamb, and my favourite - donuts! After all, what doesn't taste good in fat? However, deep frying can be a very big pain. You have to keep an eye on it so that it is done properly, you have to drain it, and you have to clean the fryer once you are done. As much as I love frying things, I have always loathed the actual frying and clean up processes that go along with it. Fortunately, I discovered the Kenwood Fryer (DF220) that can hold 800g worth of food and 2 liters of oil. This fryer not only has the size to handle just about any job, it is also very easy to use. The fryer has a large window on its top so that you can watch the food as it cooks. It has a lid release button that flips the lid open with a simple press for easy access to the basket. The basket has a handle that makes draining the fat a simple task because you can just lift out the basket by the ready to grip handle and not worry about grabbing the basket and spilling the oil everywhere. The temperature is easy to set and accurate which I believe is key to the cooking process. And best of all, the lid and basket come apart easily so that they are an easy, quick clean. I'm extremely pleased with my fryer, even if my wife wishes that I wouldn't use it too much because she thinks it is unhealthy. She's probably right, but who can resist a nicely fried donut?! Donut frying tip: Always fry the donut holes first to test your settings since optimal results can vary based on the dough and the oil you use.