Allows oil to rapidly recover back to desired frying temp
Dishwasher Safe Parts
Stainless steel frying basket and cooking bowl are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
Mesh filter minimizes cooking odors
Illuminitated easy read LCD automatically indicates time, temperature, plus preprogrammed cooking functions for your favorite dishes.
2.5 pound frying basket capacity
Large viewing window
Debris falls into cooler oil, preventing excess burning and extends oil life
Fresh/Frozen setting automatcally changes the time or temperature, based on the selected cooking mode
Magnetic removable power cord
Color changing LCD
Automatic shut-off protection
Brushed stainless steel
110 - 120 Volts
1 Year Limited Product Warranty
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August 15, 2013We love it!
"From what I have been able to gather, this is the first ever review of the Breville BDF500XL Smart Fryer (here or otherwise), so I will do my best to provide a valuable assessment.
Over the years we have owned several fryers, but never found one that stood up to what we were looking for in an appliance. Either they did not get hot enough or they were a pain to clean or the failed after a few uses… it was always something. Inevitably, we would return to either pan or Dutch ovens for frying over the range. This was no picnic either as it was way too difficult to maintain a constant temperature. So how did we come about this unit from Breville?
Recently, our toaster oven of many years finally died on us. In our search for a replacement we ended up with the Breville Smart Oven and it is awesome! We were so impressed with the quality and performance of the toaster oven that we decided to take a gamble on the Smart Fryer. And boy was this a good bet. The fryer is every bit as well thought out as its cousin the oven and it is extremely well made too. I have to hand it to the folks at Breville – they seemed to have figured out how to make a top notch, reasonably priced product.
As for the fryer… It comes in 6 pieces: outer shell, inner hopper, heating element, cover, basket and power cord. This is a great set up when it comes time to disassemble and clean. Assembled it is a sturdy unit that holds a generous 1 gallon of oil. The lid fits snugly on top and does a great job controlling the steam. The heating element quickly gets the oil to temperature and best of all… keeps it there. Even when you load in a good portion of chicken, it quickly recovers the temperature drop and holds it without a tremendous over shoot. We verified the temperature using an instant read thermometer and we were very impressed with how well it could hold a temperature with little to no variance. Because of this, the food cooks quickly and evenly. I wish that the basket would hold more product, but it is my assessment that any change would compromise the well regulated temp control.
The controls are pretty slick too. For many applications you just select what you want to do and hit start. The temp & time are controlled for you. If you want to go manual it is easy to do that as well. Since we do not fry all that often it does take a moment to re-acquaint yourself with the functioning of the controls, but it only takes a minute to do this and you are up & running. We have found that the pre-programmed settings are right on target. So much so that you can start your frying and walk away without having to watch the product or a clock.
When the frying is all done, the lid does a great job keeping the odors in place so the house does not get all smelly waiting for the oil to cool. Once it is cool, you lift out the heating element and then remove the inner hopper which holds the oil. It is very easy (using a funnel) to pour the used oil back into the original container for storage until the next use. Everything is very easy to clean and can go into the dishwasher if that is what you desire (with the exception of the heating element & cord!).
Any downside? Yes, just one. The way the cord attaches to the unit is a pain. There are two magnets which help to anchor the electrodes to the unit; completing the circuit. The problem is that it is really easy to dislodge the chord with the slightest jiggle. Not that this happens a lot, but if and when it does it is a real pain and you will ask yourself “why did they do it this way? It is so lame!”. But that is the only downside and it is easy to overlook when you consider how well made the rest of the unit is.
Bottom line – we love this and would replace it if we ever lost it.
• Excellent heat control
• Fairly large capacity
• Super easy controls
• Great lid – controls steam & odors
• Easy set up and tear down – including cleaning
• Exceptionally well made
• It is easy to dislodge the power cord.
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