Proctor Silex 35044 Deep Fryer Review
The Proctor Silex 35044 Deep Fryer is similar to your standard deep fryer but only BIGGER! It comes with all the standard essential features that include detachable parts, a non-stick interior, a stainless steel frying basket, and a lid with a large viewing panel. This deep fryer even has a pouring spout to make pouring your oil out less messy, which is a feature most manufacturers don’t even bother to add into their product. Overall, there is a lot to like about this large fryer, but there are also some things you should question before deciding on a purchase. Things that include questions on its durability and a short power cord.
Who is this product for?
This product is definitely geared toward those who want to make a lot of food. With its 5 liter capacity, this fryer is definitely going to require a lot of oil. If you have a large family or intend to use it for different gatherings, it would make sense to purchase a deep fryer of this size. This Proctor Silex 35044 fryer is easy to use and easy to clean, so it can be used by beginners or professionals.
When you order the Proctor Silex 35044 you'll be receiving a deep fryer and a manual. The deep fryer will come in needing to be assembled, so you can expect a box of parts. This includes the base of the fryer, an inner pot, a heating element, a stainless steel basket, a lid, and a break-away power cord. Similarly to most deep fryers, the unit will be super quick and easy to assemble.
Overview of features
In this section, we'll cover all of the features of the Proctor Silex 35044 Deep Fryer. This'll include how each feature changes your overall deep frying experience.
The Good Features
Capacity/Size- As mentioned, this deep fryer holds 5 liters of oil. The stainless steel frying basket is also large and covers the entire deep fryer, so you'll be able to get the most use out of your space. The official dimensions of the fryer are 15.5 x 24.5 x 10.2 inches.
Detachable Inner Pot/ Pouring Spout- The inner pot is coated and detachable. This means you can lift this piece out of the fryer. It's an important feature because it makes the unit so much easier to clean. You're able to throw the pot into the sink for a quick wipe down without worry of catching electrical components. It's even dishwasher safe. Even better is the fact that the inner pot has a pouring spout. This is especially important on a large deep fryer, because it can be difficult to lift up a large pot of oil and pour it carefully.
1800 Watts- Most home deep fryers max out at 1800 watts, so it makes sense that this large deep fryer is trying to operate at maximum power. It'll help heat up the deep fryer as quick as possible.
The Bad Features
Power Cord- The power cord is a standard magnetic breakaway cord. This means the piece that connects to the actual deep fryer is magnetic and easily breaks off with a little tug. That's a standard safety deep fryer in almost every fryer. That's not the bad part of this feature. I've listed this as a bad feature because the power cord length is awfully short. If you need your deep fryer more than 2 feet away from your outlet, you're going to need an extension cord. While this isn't a problem in most kitchens, it may be a problem for you. Know where you'll want to put your deep fryer while it's in use.
Durability- I've listed this under durability, although it has more to do with craftsmanship. As with most deep fryers, there are reports of dead on arrival units. It's not an alarming amount, as I've seen with other fryers, but it's still worth a mention. If you're buying from amazon you can typically get a return within 30 days. One of the problems people have is that they don't turn on and test their deep fryers within 30 days. We recommend anytime you buy any deep fryer, you test it. Out of thousands upon thousands of units, there are bound to be faulty units here or there.
How to use it
In this section of the review, we'll simply give you a simple step by step guide on how to use the deep fryer, just in case you're new to deep frying. If you've deep fried before, feel free to skip this section.
- Plug in your deep fryer and set the adjustable temperature gauge up to 375°F.
- Your Proctor SIlex deep fryer has two indicator lights. One will let you know when the unit has been turned on, and the second alerts you once the oil has properly heated up.
- Once your temperature has been reached, get ready to put your food into your basket. If you're frying fresh food, it's best to wipe down your food and rid of as much moisture as you can. It'll reduce splash back and rid the chance of oil boiling over.
- Once your food is placed into your stainless fry basket, slowly lower the food into the deep fryer. Once done, set your lid on top fo your fryer.
- Make note of the time and allow your food to cook thoroughly. You can view your food through the viewing panel on the lid, although it can be become difficult at times due to condensation and steam. Take the lid off if you're unsure.
- Once your food has cooked thoroughly, take off the lid and slowly raise the food. Once you're above the deep fryer, let the oil drip in for a bit. You can begin to shake the basket carefully above the deep fryer to help this process.
- Have a paper towel lined plate and pour your food onto the plate. Proceed by dabbing the top with another paper towel to absorb some of the extra oil.
- Ensure your deep fryer gets turned off and unplugged. Let the oil cool before proceeding to clean.
If you're unsure about the Proctor Silex 35044 Deep Fryer, that's okay. There are a lot of deep fryers out there, some vastly different from others. So whether you're looking at similar models or you are simply looking at models with different features, you should check out our guide of the best deep fryers. We'll be sure to help you make the best decision possible.
Overall this is a powerful very large deep fryer. It has all the standard features including a non-stick interior and detachable parts. Due to its sheer size, the manufacturer decided it was a good idea to put in a pouring spout on the inner pot, which makes it much easier to carefully pour oil into your designated container. Minus the nitpicking on its other features, the only real drawback is the concern of receiving a dead on arrival unit. While it's very rare, we definitely recommend testing your unit shortly after getting it, regardless of where you make your purchase.