Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer Review
If you're looking for the perfect mid-sized deep fryer, look no further with the Aigostar Ken model. Aigostar isn't the biggest manufacturer when it comes to kitchen appliances, but maybe that is to their advantage. They offer a very similar product compared to many competitors. They're able to do this while being cheaper than most of those similar models, and to top it off they offer a 2-year warranty, which is better than most companies.
Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer Review
Overall the Aigostar Ken Deep offers a lot of core features found in deep fryers today. You have the detachable parts which help make an easy to clean unit as most pieces become dish-washable safe. The interior pot is coated allowing for the cleaning to be as smooth as possible. There is a temperature gauge and timer to make your experience as easy as possible. The lid has a transparent panel, allowing you to check on your food without actually having to remove the lid.
Lets dive deeper into the features of the Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer to ensure its features actually work as they're intended to.
Who is this product for?
As mentioned, this is a medium sized deep fryer. It's likely not going to be too big for you, but it could be too small. It should cook for 2-4 people, depending on what you're making. If you're frying a small side such as fries, it'll likely serve its purpose well. However, if you're looking for a deep fryer to fry larger foods such as fish or wings, it'll be more difficult to get a lot of food in there.
When you open up your box for your Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer, you'll find a box of unassembled parts. Outside of the handle, nothing really needs assembled, as most pieces simply need a place to sit. The removable pot will sit in the base, while the lid simply goes on top of the fryer. The handle assembly is easy but confuses those who don't actually follow the instructions. If you're confused, check out Aigostar's guide here.
Overview of features
The Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer comes in one size at 3 liters. The official dimensions for the unit are 15.94 x 6.24 x 9.65 inches. As mentioned, it should provide small foods such as fries up to 4 people and larger foods such as wings for 2 people.
Lets talk about the features on the detachable heating element. The heating element is completely detachable. It's comprised of two controllable gauges, one for time and one for temperature. The temperature gauge ranges from 365° to 375°F. The timer has a limit of 30 minutes as well. There are also two indicator lights, one to inform you when your unit has been turned on, and the second to let you know once your oil has heated up to its desired level.
It's important to find a detachable heating element in a deep fryer because your heating element needs to be washed carefully. That's because of its electrical components, most notably where the plug-in attaches to the unit itself. Because it's detachable, you can carefully hand wash this small portion while being able to easily hand wash or dishwasher the other pieces.
This Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer also has a non-stick interior. There are some deep fryers that don't have coated interiors. They're usually stainless without coating. While stainless isn't the hardest thing to clean up, a coated non-stick interior can be as easy as a simple wipe to clean up, assuming you clean your deep fryer after each use. You'll be glad this fryer has a non-stick interior.
Another surprising feature in this deep fryer is its power at 1800 watts, which is the most you're going to find in a United States household due to regulations. Usually the wattage in a deep fryer needs to increase the bigger it gets, because it'll take more power to heat up a larger deep fryer. However, to find the max wattage in a small or medium fryer is a bonus because it should heat up faster.
There are handles on the side of the deep fryer for easier movement when not in use. Even while the deep fryer is on, these handles can heat up to some degree so remain cautious.
An additional safety feature, more or less standard in all deep fryers, is the detachable magnetic cord. I know some people hate the magnetic cords because they can become loose and fall out at times, but they're necessary to prevent tipping over pots of hot oil.
Lets talk warranties. You can tell a lot about a company by simply checking comments and reviews of products by actual buyers. It quickly becomes evident when a company simply doesn't care, a company pretends to care for perception reasons, and a company actually cares. Whenever a company puts the fact that they have a 2-warranty on the sales page, you know the mean business. It's a way to ensure you do business with them. They want you to trust them. Sometimes that's genuine and sometimes it's not. We feel Aigostar is more genuine than not. We've seen them reach out to completely replace units or parts when necessary. While most companies completely hide their lesser 1 year warranties hoping to avoid replacing anything, Aigostar stands by their products.
How the Aigostar Ken Could Improve
When critiquing any unit, it's important to cover your bases, because almost everything is subjective, meaning what's important to my friend Joe, I could care less about. That brings us to our core concern with the unit. Despite its 1800 wattage, many features, and 2-year warranty it remains priced lower than many similar competitor models. How? My only conclusion could be the actual construction of the unit does feel a little thin and may be construed as "cheaply" made. The reason I'm not concerned about this is because there aren't many reports on technical issues with the Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer. It works, and when it doesn't, Aigostar will fix the issue.
How to use the Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer
The Aigostar Ken Deep Fryer is super easy to use. Simply make sure the deep fryer parts are set-up correctly, including the base, pot, heating element, and basket. Plug the unit in and set your desired temperature gauge. Ensure you put no more than 3 liters of your preferred oil. We recommend vegetable oil or peanut oil. Once fully heated, place your food into the basket and slowly lower it into the deep fryer. Place the vented lid on to ensure minimal splashing. Once the food is ready, drain out as much oil before putting your food on a paper-towel line plate. Ensure you rid as much oil as possible to dabbing the top of the food with an additional paper towel or two. Unplug your unit and let it cool for at least a hour before cleaning.
If you're looking for an alternative to the Aicok Deep Fryer, you're likely considering something bigger. That being said, one of the deep fryers we like is the KRUPS KJ502D51.
It offers 50% more space than this Aigostar model, going from 3.0 to 4.5 Liters. Additionally, the KRUPS model includes 3 baskets, two small baskets that can be used simultaneously and one large basket. It also looks nicer with a full digital display for your temperature. Because of the size and additional features, you can expect to pay more for this model of course.
Overall, if you're just getting into deep fryers, we've reviewed most models out there. Check out which ones we think are the best available deep fryers in our Best Deep Fryers Guide.
Overall this is powerful medium sized fryer. While there are concerns about its construction quality, the company stands behind its product with a 2-year warranty, and there aren't many cases of this unit failing. Despite Aigostar's smaller size compared to some larger competitors, they've been able to build an efficient, affordable, and trust-worthy deep fryer.