“ Brand: Swan „
This was given to me as a present by my mother-in-law and at first I thought I would never use it as I am quite healthy and never used a fryer before. How wrong I was - I actually love it. Its not used all the time as I still dont cook a lot of fried food but it does make a real difference when I do. It is very easy to use. Each of the two compartments can be controlled seperately meaning you can fry two different foods at different temperatures and can even just use one and not have the other one on. The baskets have fold down handles which are normally fine but a couple of times the handle has collapsed when shaking the basket and I have been sprayed in a little oil (not to bad but not pleasant either). Each compartment can hold up to 3kg of oil and the food can be viewed through the window. It is made fromstainless steel and looks very stylish. Most of it is easy to clean but there are a few areas that the oils gathers and it makes it difficult. Overall though I find it a great product for not a lot of money. My mother-in-law got it in the sale but its normal price is around £40. I would recommend it to families as it can hold lots of food, without having to do it in batches.
A double fryer for larger familys. I bought this about a year ago and I have to confess to having mixed feelings about this product.
I'll start by telling you a little about the products itself.
It has seperate fryers which can be used at the same time or seperately. Both fryers have a seperate plug. The baskets are reasonably large and have foldable handles for easy storage. The dials themselves have various settings so that you can heat the oil to the temp required for different foods. The insides of the fryer are removable for easy cleaning. There is a glass window in the top to view while cooking.
now i'll go through each of these feaures with any good and negative comments that I have found with this product.
Seperate fryers - This is ideal for large familys who need a good size fryer or for smaller familys that want to cook 2 different items at the same time so their food doesnt get cold while waiting for the other to cook. For instance you could cook chips one side and onion rings in the other, and as long as it's timed correctly you can have both items cooked and on your plates at the same time. I would say that dont be fooled by size, the fryers are actually bigger than they look. I bought this as my family are piggys for chips, however I have only ever had to use one side for 4 of us.
Seperate plugs - could be an issue for anyone needing to use both fryers at once, as you could find yourself juggling which plugs can be temp moved and which cant. I would have preffered one plug for both personally.
Foldable handles for easy storage - A great idea unless your an idiot like me lol. Allthough my fryer is never put away I did put the foldable handles down so that they were inside the fryer itself. Big mistake for a donut like me. When it came to using the fryer (the very first time * I wish there was an embarassed smilie that I could add lol *) I forgot all about the handle and duly put the fryer on to heat the oil. When I went to open the fryer I realised my mistake when I was presented with a basket with no protective covering having been melted in the oil. Needless to say I never used the foldable handles after that. Unfortunately for me if I chose to use this basket again I would have to remember to lift the basket up using a cloth as it is metal.
The temperature dials - There are a few settings which include mushrooms and chips, however I only use my fryer for chips which is the highest setting. The temp is printed around the outside of the dials and as such I have found have pretty much worn away through cleaning. Maybe a small raised dot or something would have been better.
Removable insides for easier cleaning - This is where it comes into it's own compared to other fryers on a budget price. You literally lift the back which contains the dial etc and element up and remove it. The inside then just lifts off the outer piece which normally holds it in place. You clean this so easily that it's not such a chore anylonger.
A few more bits to add - There is a red light that comes on when the fryer is on, this then turns green when the fryer is at the correct temperature. The glass window seems rather pointless as if your cooking chips for example you really cant see whats going on inside. A nice touch but a pointless one I feel. The actual top coverings are okay but they do get greasy very quickly and are slightly more difficilt to clean easily.
Overall its nothing special except the cleaning of it is easier which gives it the edge over others. Because theres a lot thats not great about it I would award this just 3 stars.
Short name: Swan SD5020