Fried foods make a great delicacy for many, but in order to achieve the desired taste and texture in fried food, a good fryer is essential. The search for a simple and low-mess deep fryer ends with the Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch fryer. It comes in a compact size that conveniently fits on the counter top and includes plenty of useful features that boost its performance. Presto 05442 makes frying foods a safe and easy experience so that you can enjoy your favorite fried foods as often as you wish. While the fryer strives to remain basic for easy operation, its design still features great innovation to ensure you get great-tasting crispy foods with less hassle.
Features and Specifications
Charcoal Odor Filter
With the Presto 05442, there will be no more greasy smells in your home thanks to the replaceable mesh charcoal filter. The filter ensures that there is less food odor leaking from the fryer and thus you do not have to deal with annoying odors days later after the food was prepared. The charcoal filter works by absorbing all flavor and odor from the hot air coming out of the fryer. The released air then comes out slightly purer than if the filter was not present.
1500 watts Energy Consumption
The Presto 05442 uses only 1500 watts, 120 volts AC and the manufacturer claims that it will only take 12 minutes to heat-up. Compared to other fryers, this then heats up fast which not only makes cooking fast as well but ensures that less power is being used. The cooking temperature also remains quite constant throughout cooking.
The deep fryer has an adjustable thermostat that allows users choose the desired frying temperature according to the food being fried. The thermostat ranges from 250 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and works alongside the indicator light to notify you when the oil is ready. The thermostat works by sensing the temperature within the fryer and once the temperature hits the selected setting it notifies you through the indicator light.
Cool-Touch Exterior and Non-Stick Interior
Frying is made safe and smart with a cool-touch exterior surface that does not heat-up even after extended use. Users no longer have to worry about burns and scalds caused by accidental touching of the fryer’s exterior surface. It also comes with a non-stick inner cooking pot for fast and easy cleaning. The non-stick pot ensures no food sticks on its surfaces allowing you cook directly from it without need for the basket.
The convenient indicator light eliminates guesswork and lets you know when the oil is at the correct temperature for frying. Usually, telling when the oil is ready for specific foods is tricky which can result to putting in foods too soon or too late.
Locking Cover with Viewing Window
Presto CoolDaddy takes the step to ensure your safety by including a locking cover that prevents spattering and reduces odor. The cover includes a large viewing window that lets you monitor the cooking progress of food without having to open-up the fryer.
Removable Frying Basket
The frying basket is removable for easy cooking and has a 6-cup capacity to allow you prepare enough food for up to six people. Its interior is made of wire and features tiny holes for draining off oil while keeping in small pieces of food, thus your food will not be oil-logged and soggy. The basket also includes an exterior handle that ensures safety while lowering food into and lifting it from the oil. The design of the basket is such that you can lower it even with the lid closed.
Pros & Cons Of Presto 05442 Deep Fryer
Generally, consumers agree to getting value for their money with the Presto 05442. Although designed for small-scale home use, the fryer delivers quality frying results with less hassle. Many users think that it is great for preparing chicken, shrimp, French fries and any other delicacy. However, a number of users have pointed out that the fryer cannot be used to cook frozen foods as it risks splattering the oil over as well as dropping the cooking temperature for a while. Besides that, it is a good fryer with a user friendly design, easy to store and more so great performance.
Overall, the Presto 05442 is a fine kitchen appliance that gets the job done with little trouble. It is recommended for small families dues its capacity but large families that occasionally prepare fried foods as accompaniments to other foods can still benefit from it. Although the fryer has some shortcomings, its benefits are more and make it stand out from many competing fryers. It lives up to most, if not all of its promises and has an attractive sleek design that easily blends in with any kitchen décor. If you are looking for a budget friendly fryer without compromising on quality and performance, then the Presto 05442 will not disappoint.