We bought this deep fat frier from Argos around 3 years ago now. It wasn't expensive at £29.99 and with it being a Kenwood we thought it would be a really good purchase.
We looked around for a while at deep fat friers as some were tiny and we wanted something that would accomodate a growing family. This frier holds 1kg which is great for a family of 3 or 4.
I wasn't too fussed on what the frier looked like as, like most families, it is put away in a cupboard most of the time. Some are very fancy looking in chrome and have 2 seperate compartments but this one is very simple. I like the fact it's simple and easy to use and within few minutes it's heated up and ready to go.
This frier has a thermostat on the bottom that turns. It is also helpful to have a few pics on it too to show you what kind of food goes to which temperature. The lid is handy and means fat is not splattered all over the walls however as you have to put the handle down before the lid quite often some of the fat does hit the walls. I'm not sure how Kenwood could get around this problem.
The only problem we have had with this frier is that where you pick it up (there are little handles towards the bottom) has lost its shape alittle by being melted. I'm not too sure how this has happened as it's just on one side but it is pretty dangerous I think.
Overall it fries food beautifully but I think due to the problem highlighted above I will have to replace it shortly.
I chose to buy the Kenwood DF380 because every deep fat fryer I have ever had, has been impossible to keep clean. The attraction of this one is that it can be completely dismantled, placed in dishwasher and thoroughly cleaned. Unfortunately, this is the only positive thing about this deep fat fryer.
I have found that every time I put it on to heat up, the lid pops open and I have to slam it down to keep it shut. Due to the shape of the fryer, the oil level is very low, so very quickly gets messy and has to be changed. This is obviously not very economical and environmently unfriendly.
The other major problem is when you lift the basket and let it rest in the slot on the side. The slot to place the basket in is so shallow that I have had the basket fall back into the boiling oil. This is extremely dangerous and you have to be really careful with it.
This deep fat fryer was not cheap so I had expected it to be far better than it is and would not recommend it to anyone.
This cool-wall midi fryer will cook up to 1kg of food, but it won`t present you with a heavy cleaning job afterwards / It has a unique removable control module which enables the whole thing to be dismantled for easy cleaning either in the sink or in the dishwasher / A permanent mesh filter reduces odour / You can view food through the window in the lid and when time`s up there`s a one-touch lid release switch for safe and easy opening / The non-stick aluminium bowl gives good heat distribution / ensuring that each and every chip, or whatever else you cook, is exactly as you like it / Short name: Kenwood DF380