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Based in Manchester, Russell Hobbs has an impressive history. During his time at Morphy Richards Russell helped to design a pop up toaster, electrical iron and hair dryer and after establishing his partnership with Hobbs they designed the world's first coffee percolator in 1952.
Starting off what is most important - This deep fat fryer makes fantastic chips! It heats up quickly and is so easy to use. Second on the pluses list is how easy it is to take apart and clean, even the oil holder. It also looks great in the kitchen and given that is fairly compact is built solidly and the instruction manual is clear enough to ne able to pick up and use quickly.
But here come the bad sides - Most annoying is the crazy short power cord which means you have to carefully position the fryer. There is also no filter, just holes in the top. The internal design is not very intuitive. When cooking the basket rests in only just under half the oil, resulting in what, for me, is quite a large amount of waste (and there is plenty of room to make a bigger one). When not cooking and allowing the food to drain, if you have filled the holder to the maximum, a small part of the basket remains in the oil. Another irritating point is the lack of an off button, you have to unplug it to order to stop it cooking. And my last, a little minor, bad point is that the timer is not only not very useful acting only as a reminder rather than actually stopping the cooking, but it also needs a battery - This has since been ditched in favour of the alarm on my phone.
It appears that I have written more on the downsides than the advantages, but I can only reiterate my first and most important point - This fryer makes great chips!
Deep-frying just got easier and tastier with the Russell Hobbs 17942 Digital Deep Fryer and its smart stainless steel and black exterior and non-stick interiors / The 17942 Digital Deep Fryer has a 3.3L oil capacity and a food capacity of up to 1.2kg / A digital timer fries potatoes and vegetables a delicious brown, while the filter system keeps the nutrients and healthy taste intact / A large observation window shows just how long you'll have to wait for those mouth-watering fries / The easy-control rise & fall basket is extremely easy to manipulate / The non-stick coated removable bowl is easy-to-clean and the variable temperature control and the Safety Locking Lid keep the machine safe / Short name: Russell Hobbs 17942