We have had our Tesco DFPS08 deep fat fryer for about a year or so now and we are quite pleased with it, though my New Year's resolution to eat more healthily will mean that Ia m using this appliance a lot less, I would think.
This is a good quality stainless steel deep fat fryer which cost us £24.95 and we picked it up from our Tesco Express Store. There were quite a few in stock at the time and we'd had a look online at the best ones to buy and this one consistently was coming up with five stars.
The fryer came in a large cardboard box with full set of instructions for use. This gadget holds a large capacity of oil - three litres to be exact and what I personally like about it is the fact that the wire basket comes off so I can just pop it into our dishwasher to clean it after we have been frying.
Using the fryer is so simple and easy to operate. Once on, you just turn the dial to get it to the temperature you want it to be at and a red light is displayed when the machine is switched on to let you know it's in operation. A green light comes on when your oil is heated to the required temperature. When your food is added to the hot oil, then the green light will go out temporarily as the oil is obviously cooler once the food has been added. This soon comes back up to temperature again however, once your food has started to cook.
We cook all sorts of stuff in our fryer, mainly potatoes I have to say and everything tastes great. The oil seems to heat up very rapidly and food is cooked to perfection every time. It's not something we use on a daily basis and therefore keep it in our cupboard a lot of the time, but fortunately it doesn't take up too much space.
Although the fryer is primarily stainless steel, it does have bits of black on it which looks nice with the décor in our kitchen.
It's simple and easy to use and is so easy to clean and a really handy gadget to have around the home.
After moving house, and debating it for a while as it's not a very good option for anyone remotely health conscious, we decided to buy a deep fat fryer. We weren't looking for anything too special, just something for homemade chips and a few other bits and pieces so, after a few other decent kitchen appliances from Tesco we decided to have a look online. I found the Tesco DFPS08 Stainless Steel Pro Fryer for £19.97 reduced from £24.97 and, deciding it looked pretty good, popped down to our local Tesco mega super stocks everything store to pick one up. The fryer is available on Tesco Direct for the same price but as we only live 5 minutes away from the store I decided it wasn't worth paying for delivery and waiting for my package to arrive.
The fryer was very simple to set up, it was fairly over packaged though and there were quite a few bits which needed getting rid of. When you get it out of the box the handle on the fryer basket is separate but this is very easy to attach, the detachable function means you can just pop the basket in the dishwasher when it needs a clean. Then it's just a case of putting in your oil, the machine holds 3 litres of oil- a fair amount, there is a handy line though which tells you at which level to fill the oil up to which is especially good when you're just topping up your oil. The fryer itself is stainless steel with a few bits of black; it looks very high quality and fits in with a lot of other kitchen appliances. There is a little catch for the fryer basket to be hung on; this is great for allowing excess oil to drip off your food just before serving. There is also a thin stainless steel lid which can be popped over the fryer for storing so that nothing that's not meant to be going in the fryer gets in there and that the oil doesn't spill, however, I would prefer a little catch to keep the lid in place as it can easily slip off or be knocked.
When the fryer is in use you turn it on by turning a dial to the required temperature, there is no on/ off switch which but I find this better as you just use the plug and are less likely to accidently leave the fryer on unattended by accident. This is also helped by a red light which comes on when the fryer is plugged in and switched on at the plug, there is also a green light on the fryer which, when the oil reaches the temperature chosen on the dial comes on. When frying, especially when you first put the food in the green light will go off as the oil temperature cools down but it does go on and off throughout cooking.
I've always found anything cooked in the fryer to be very good quality, the oil usually heats up within two minutes and cooks food thoroughly all the way through. I love cooking chips in my fryer, I like to blanche them first at a lower temperature then take them out and turn the fryer up to make the chips lovely and crispy but soft inside.
I really would recommend this fryer to anyone; it looks good and works well, it's great for anybody but especially those on a budget as it's such a reasonable price. Obviously cooking in a fryer isn't for everyone as it's not a healthy option at all, but everything in moderation I see. It's easy to use, and easy to clean, perfect for all!
With every one tightening their belts and looking for savings to the family budget a deep fat frier is one way of enjoying the chip shop taste without the expense...and they are not cold when you get home!!!! And they dont just cook chips.
We purchased the Tesco deep fat fryer with our vouchers and for the cost were pleasently suprised, its not professional quality but for the home setting perfectly acceptable. The fryer makes great fried food, great chips, good onion rings and doughnuts are great. The temperature control is good allowing for even cooking and food cooked all the way through without burning the outside. The unit is quick to reach cooking temperature and maintains it.
The draw backs are few the basket size is a little small for frying fresh fish fillets they catch at the end., however the basket will do a family size quanity of chips. The temperature control allows for good crispy chips... start them at 130 to cook them then take them out and increase the temperature to 190 and refry. Perfect crispy chips with a good deep colour. Better than the chip shop!!!
I would have liked an on off switch on the unit but for safety you have to turn it off at the wall. The trough is easy to clean but getting the oil out can be a little messy, a funnel or lip on the trough would help. The outer body cleans easily with soap and water.
If you enjoy the occasional fried treat and are sick of soggy tasteless oven chips this frier is a great alternative to the dangerous chip pan or an expensive chip shop. The chips are good and it cooks more that just chips. Well worth the cost and investment
Recently we exchanged our Clubcard reward vouchers for money to spend in store on electrical items. We got the hand vac we'd wanted for a while, and a new whisk for the kitchen too. Then we were left with around £15 still to spend in vouchers, and eventually decided we'd get this deep fat fryer. We didn't have any great need for one but we agree that things like onion rings do taste nicer when they're fried instead of oven cooked. A bit of a whimsical reason for purchasing a deep fat fryer then.
The full retail price of this item is £24.97 and we got this in store from our local Tesco Extra, and it is also available online at Tesco Direct. If you look at similar models, such as the Russell Hobbs 18149, you're saving around £5 by buying the Tesco own brand name without compromising on capacity and ability. There are a couple of cheaper options but we liked this style the best out of the options available in our chosen price range.
Getting the fryer set up was simply a case of unpacking it and plugging it in. There were a couple of bits of packaging to disgard, then we just had to attach the handle to the basket and turn on the power. To use this, it requires filling up with a fair bit of oil (2.5 - 3 litres) and there's a handy line inside to show you where to fill the oil to. The handle is easily attached and detached from the basket for cleaning and storing purposes, and the lid on top is thin and lightweight. The lid is there for storage purposes and not used during cooking. There's a little catch on the edge of the fryer so you can hang the basket on the edge while the fryer is cooling down or warming up and this is sturdy and effective.
To use the fryer you just turn the temperature dial to the desired setting and turn the power on at the socket. There's no on and off switch on the fryer, which I quite like myself. It means there's no sticking your hand near spitting fat to turn it off when you're finished! Just hit the power at the socket. There are red and green lights beside the temperature dial so you can see the red light is lit when the power is on, and the green one is lit when the fat has warmed up to the chosen temperature. The green light goes on and off during cooking, as the temperature dips and raises for obvious reasons, but the instruction booklet clearly tells you to expect this and ignore it.
The results have been excellent every time we've used this fryer. Mostly we've only used it for chips or onion rings, and those have come out perfectly every time. The fryer heats up in around two or three minutes, and it cooks things like onion rings in just a couple of minutes. It's not just a tasty way to cook but a quick one too. The lid is effective at keeping the oil clean and dust-free in between uses, and the lift-out inner tray makes this really easy to clean inside.
Obviously a deep fat fryer is not a healthy kitchen appliance to own, but my onion rings taste so good now that I can't really care too much! If you're looking to buy an appliance like this, I definitely recommend this particular make and model. It's easy to use, easy to clean, well designed and as quick as I expected it to be. I can't see any reason to bother paying out even an extra fiver to get a brand name version.
Short name: Tesco DFPS0