“ Brand: Tricity / Type: Fryer - With View Window „
Unpacked this from the box and put it together. Looks good. Filled up with oil and switched on. Turned the timer button on and it broke straight away. Seems the plastic is not up to the job as it had just come apart trying to turn the screw underneath.However, you can use a sharp knife to turn the screw as required. Have used it five or six times now, cooking chips, chicken and fish and works really well to be honest. After the sixth time, another bit of plastic broke - the filter catch.You would have thought Tescos would have checked/quality controlled these in the first instance ?.
I only got this fryer because it was on offer at Tesco, it was marked down from £60 to £29.97. At that price it was worth giving this a go. The display model at the supermarket had a broken timer knob on it but i thought that with it being a display model, someone must have had a good play around with it. The box it came in had all the features listed on it, the instructions were OK, I don't normally bother with instructions but i had trouble with assembling the handle on the basket, but following after the instructions properly i managed to get it together.
Design-Wise the fryer is stainless steel, so it goes with the rest of my kitchen, it does look pretty good too. The Control unit is a black and comes with two knobs, one for controlling the heat, and the other is the on/off/timer knob. Upon setting it all up, and loading it with oil, it wasn't turning on as it should be. The fault turned out to be the timer knob which was not gripping the nut underneath to turn it. I couldn't really be bothered returning it so i got a flat head screw driver and turned it to the on position. I didn't really care about the timer function anyway.
The temperature knob has pictures of various things at the different temperatures such as fish at 150 and chips at 190. It is crucial that you cook chips at 190 degrees otherwise your not going to get the perfect chip and whilst looking at the other fryers i did notice a few only went up to 180. So if buying a fryer make sure it goes up to 190.
This comes with a filter compartment in the lid that has some metallic type filter that is washable. The lid does become filthy quite quickly but washing it with warm water and fairy liquid takes care of that. The mesh basket is like wise easy to clean. The whole thing comes apart easily but you have to be careful with the control unit. This must only be cleaned with a damp cloth. There is an emergency switch in the control unit that turns it off in case of any problems and this can then be reset when the problem is put right, for example if you do not have the minimum amount of oil loaded in. The minimum amount is about 3 litres and the maximum is 4 litres. I normally drain out and filter the old oil and just add that back after everything has been cleaned, ill then top it up if its needed.
It takes about 5 minutes to warm up to 190 and then it does french fries in a couple of minutes, it does standard chips in about 5 minutes and fish take in about 5 minutes as well. The chips come out exactly like takeaway chips. I've yet to try home made chips in here but I'm sure they'd be just like chip shop chips.
I did try contacting Tricity for a replacement knob but they gave me the number for a spare parts company which i didn't bother ringing. Tesco said they would take it back but as it does the job and it does it well, i thought i would keep it. Overall, i would recommend this as long as you double check the timer knob in the store and your getting it at a decent price.
Short name: Tricity TDF10 Pro