Cuisinart Deep Fryer Review

Cuisinart Deep Fryer Review
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Quick Overview

Construction

Food Capacity

Price

Wattage

Pros

  • Affordable
  • According to NAES standards
  • Non-stick interior

Cons

  • Small for some
  • Basket not sturdy enough
  • Heating to higher temperature takes time (over 350°)

Cuisinart has long been the standard for quality kitchen appliances. It is a brand that has stood the test of time that people know and trust. If you are looking for a deep fryer, Cuisinart has one that works for you. There are several size options, so you are sure to find a product that fits your household size and needs. The deep fryer's we'll be discussing today revolve around their CDF series. This'll include the 100, 130, 170, 200, 400, and 500. These different models will largely be similar, with a few exceptions here and there, and we'll make sure to cover those as well.

All versions have a nonstick interior and a brushed stainless steel exterior and include a basket for easy cooking and draining. The Cuisinart Deep Fryer is great for any skill level, whether you are a master chef or just starting out in the kitchen. If you are looking for a deep fryer to prepare all your favorite deep fried dishes at home, look no further than the Cuisinart Deep Fryer.

Cuisinart Deep Fryer Review

The Cuisinart Deep Fryer is designed for safety and ease of use. The brushed stainless steel exterior is perfect for display on a countertop, but most sizes are small enough for simple and convenient storage as well. Cuisinart offers a variety of sizes of deep fryers, so no matter what dish you want to make or the size of your household, Cuisinart has the perfect deep fryer for you.

Who is this product for?

Because it is designed for simplicity and safety, the Cuisinart Deep Fryer can be used by anyone. Please note that children should always be supervised when using this product.

What’s included?

When you order any size of the Cuisinart Deep Fryer you will receive the deep fryer and a removable stainless steel basket, as well as an instruction manual with recipes. Some sizes include a removable oil tank for easy cleaning.

Overview of features

The Cuisinart Deep Fryer comes in five different size options, including 1.1-liter, 2-quart, 3.4-quart, 4-quart, and 5-liter. This review of features focuses on the 1.1-liter size, which is perfect for individual use or small dishes, like French fries. If you are looking to cook a meal for a large family or deep fry a whole chicken you will want to select a larger size.

The maximum oil capacity for this device is 1.1 liters, and the included removable stainless steel fry basket holds up to 3/4 pound. The dimensions of the 1.1-liter size are 11 x 8 x 7.5 inches, so it doesn’t take up too much space on a countertop and is convenient and easy to store.

The attached heating element heats up to 1000 watts, so it easily heats up the full 1.1-liter capacity of oil and fries food quickly. It has an adjustable thermostat that heats up to 375° Fahrenheit so you can prepare your food just the way you like it, compared to similar devices by other brands with a one-size-fits-all temperature setting.

The nonstick die-cast bowl is easy to clean and even comes with a removable charcoal filter to reduce odors. Simply run a damp cloth over the interior and exterior of the fryer after use. Make sure the fryer is completely cooled before cleaning. The brushed stainless steel exterior makes this deep fryer a chic and tasteful addition to any kitchen decor. This product is built to North American Electrical Standards and is BPA free. The Cuisinart Deep Fryer comes with a limited 3-year warranty.

How to use it

The Cuisinart Deep Fryer is incredibly simple to use. Fill the oil tank with up to 1.1 liters of your oil of choice. Turn the adjustable thermostat to the desired temperature and allow to heat. Place food directly into the oil tank or use the included removable stainless steel basket for easier removal and cleanup.

Comparison between the  Cuisinart CDF-100, CDF-130, CDF-170, CDF-400, and CDF-500 Models

Model

Wattage

Capacity

Oil Draining Feature

CDF-100

1000 W

1.1 Liters

None

CDF-130

1500 W

2 Quarts

None

CDF-170

1800 W

3.4 Quarts

None

CDF-200

1800 W

4 Quarts

Pouring lip to pour oil out easier

CDF-500

1800 W

5 Liters

Drain spout for easiest oil drain

As you can see with each model the power of the fryers go up until they stagnate at 1800 W. That's a standard wattage home deep fryers typically don't go over. Overall, models CDF-130, CDF-170, and CDF-200 are basically the same, with increases in capacity. They're all stainless steel, with similar lids, features, and functions. The one outlier is that the CDF-200 has a pouring lip at the top of the deep fryer pan, to make pouring used oil into a container easier.

However, the outlier models are the Cuisinart CDF-100 and CDF 500. Lets spend some time to notify the differences in these two models specifically.

Cuisinart CDF-100 Differences

This is by far the smallest and lowest powering deep fryer in the Cuisinart line, which makes sense. If there's less to heat up, there will be less power necessary. The biggest difference in this model is the appearance design. Instead of a stainless steel lid with a cool touch handle, you'll receive a black lid with a strong interior to handle the heat, and a cooler exterior, so you can use the side handles to lift the lid up. They function well, it just doesn't look quite as nice as the stainless steel lids.

Another difference is because of the smaller size, the thermostat is on the side of the deep fryer. Again, its placement is more of a design change, and doesn't alter functionality much.

Cuisinart CDF-500 Differences

The biggest change in the Cuisinart CDF models is in the CDF-500 model. This is actually deemed closer to a turkey deep fryer, being able to handle a turkey up to a 14 pound turkey. On top of being a deep fryer, you can also use this as a steamer. Yes, you can cook fully steamed meals with this thing.

Given the biggest size and the steam capabilities, this is definitely the most expensive unit in the bunch, and for good reason. If you're simply looking for a large deep fryer, and have no need for a steamer, you should probably stay away from this model since you'll be paying for its extra features.

The last major difference in the CDF-500 model is that it has an actual oil-drain filtration by placing a oil spout near the bottom of the deep fryer. This'll drain out the oil in an easy manner, meaning you won't have to lift up the fryer pot and try and carefully dump out the oil safely and cleanly.

Alternatives

Oster Compact Stainless Steel Deep Fryer

The Oster Compact Stainless Steel Deep Fryer has a 1.5-liter or 6-cup capacity and 900 watts of cooking power. It includes a removable fry basket and has a large viewing window in the lid so you can safely watch your food cook. This fryer has a hinged lid with an integrated filter to reduce splatter.

Conclusion

The Cuisinart Deep Fryer is perfect if you are looking for an easy-to-use deep fryer in any size. No matter which dishes you are planning to make or the number of people you expect to serve, Cuisinart has the right deep fryer for you. It is easy to store and clean and looks great on the countertop in any kitchen.

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