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Super easy...super convenient...not as good as gas powered.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
For years now I've been deep frying turkeys using the classic pot w/ propane burner and they're always a big hit. The big downside to propane is that you need to constantly be watching the bird, meaning I'm out in the cold while it cooks. Well this year I decided to do 2 turkeys and needed to get a second deep fryer. This caught my eye due to the convenience of it, the reviews are great, so I bought 2 of them.
It worked. It was very convenient. And, I got to hang out with family while the two turkeys cooked. But, I have a few complaints.
1 - It's just not quite powerful enough. It cooks the turkey fine, but they skin was not has crispy, nor as browned as I get with gas. My guess is that the heating element struggled to keep the oil hot enough. This is expected due to the limitations of American 110V / 15 amp power limitations. It just can't produce enough power. If they made a 220V version I would buy it in a heartbeat.
2 - Contrary to their claims, it seems a bit small. I cooked two 16 lbs birds. The specifications say up to 20 lbs, but even with the maximum amount of oil, neither turkey was covered and the top was not browned.
3 - Too short extension cord. This unit draws nearly the maximum power allowed by law (in the US anyway), however that requires thick copper wires to run safely (which is expensive). Rather than give you an adequate length power cord , they supply that just barely reaches if the machine is right next to an outlet. They claim this is for safety, but I suspect that many (if not most) users are just using an extension cord, against the manufacture's guidelines. And, since most people don't know that now all extension cords are created equal, they are actually making the unit less safe. If you need an extension cord you must use one that is rated for at least 1650 watts continuous use.
So, even after my complaints, I gonna keep using these fryers. They're just too convenient, even if the results are just barely adequate.