I am goint to admit i was surprised how well this little unit worked. Heating it up took a little longer than i’m used to with my large fryer but not by much. The test i always think is how long it takes to get back up to full temperature when frozen chips are added and i have to say it didn’t take very long , the chips came out of the oil quite dry and very crisp. The unit would be good for a 1 or 2 person household or as a unit for frying things such as donots as it has a concealled element. The bow doesn’t remove but it is easy to wipe clean. Comes with a small charcoal filter and the veiwing window works a treat as you can see through very well.
I’d never used a deep fat fryer before this, so am a bit of a novice here. The instruction booklet helped, and was very clear. I struggled slightly trying to work out where the minimum and maximum levels for oil were; there are two lines, but i was expecting to see, “min” and “max”. It also lacks an ‘on / off’ button. You set the temperature, plug it in, and switch on power at the socket; there is no need for a button on the device itself. However, this was easy to use. I followed the instructions, and the chips came out very crisp. There is guidance on coatings (batter or crumb), and the length of time and heat to deep fry various items. This is small, and is designed for 1-2 portions, so feeding a family means two batches. However, this can also mean there is less of the high fat items on the dinner table.
For a while i’d been a fan of the phillips airfryer, but it’s fallen into disuse. It’s just too large, tricky to clean and a faff to use. So we’d resorted to use a deep frying pan and cooking our saute potatoes in oil, with a basket. And while that works perfectly well, it always feels a bit dangerous to me. So a deep fat fryer is the answer, and this one is a little gem. Quite small, so ideal for a singleton or couple. And that small size is great when it comes to storage, either on the worktop or in a cupboard. Looks-wise, it’s smart and inoffensive. Add the oil, set the temperature and you’re off. Curiously there’s no on/off switch, but i guess that’s one way of keeping the price down.
Happy with this item and use it all the time. Just the right capacity for myself and husband.
- Works well, but has some poor design features.
- Good basic fryer, works well with only minor issues
- Small cooking capability, despite larger size than other 1-2 person fryers
Russell Hobbs 24560 Compact Deep Fryer, Plastic, 1200 W, 1.5 Liters, White
- 1.5L oil capacity with 500g food capacity
- Adjustable thermostat
- Perfect for single or double servings
- Non-stick coating on pan
- Safety cut out
The is a nice mini fryer suitable for cooking 1 or 2 portions at a time which does the job well. It’s simple to use with only a basic temperature control with markings between 150c and 190c, a light to show if it’s heating, and a button to open the sprung lid which all work perfectly adequately. The lid has a small glass window and a hatch for the filter, and the inner metal lining has screws which should allow easier cleaning. The basket has a very robust handle fitting which makes it next to impossible to fall off once attached properly (which has happened to me with other fryers), and the handle has a plastic coating on the end for insulation. Small holes in the lid allow the handle to remain attached while cooking and the lid is closed, a feature i’ve not seen before which i really liked as it prevents the need to constantly attach and remove the handle. The basket has a hook which grips the ridge of the inner pot more strongly that it looks like it will, allowing food to drain after removing it from the oil. It heated up in less than 5 minutes and cooked chips perfectly adequately. The instructions recommend putting food in only 2 layers deep which would mean realistically only 1 portion can be cooked at once. I cooked 2 portions separately (with the minimum oil level), and although i exceeded 2 layers, they cooked well. 2 smaller portions could be cooked at once, especially if a little more oil is added, although the difference between the min and max marks is small.
This is a tidy little deep fat fryer and at first glance looks quite good. A great size for just one or two people. However, i found the button that you press to open the lid feels flimsy and i didn’t like the plasticky feel to the lid itself. Also i wasn’t happy with the temperature control – this also feels flimsy. The safety cut out is a good feature.
This is an inexpensive deep fat fryer and you get what you pay for. It is a perfect size for serving one or two people. It is fast to heat up, cooks the food well and is economical in use. It’s quite chubby but still fits easily into our kitchen cupboard. There are three different temperatures at which the oil can be fried, which makes it versatile. Practicality points to note that remove its star ratings. Not in order of importance but just as i think of them:1. Cleaning:it is wipe clean, which is fine on the outside, but the inside of the lid has lots of compartments – for rigidity i suppose as the lid is quite flimy. These compartments are fiddly to clean – and i would say need to be done after each use to avoid the build up of gunk.
As other reviewers have pointed out this deep fat fryer is rather small. It would probably be best suited to someone living on their own. I found it pretty easy to use – you just add the cooking oil, turn it on, and once the oil has heated up you lower the basket in and let it cook. There is a how to use guide but after a while you can work out how long different food takes to cook. All in all i was happy with this deep fat fryer from russell hobbs.
If you buy cheap you often get cheap, that’s pretty much what we have here with this russell hobbs fryer. It’s a fairly small device with just a 1. 5l capacity, not all that much if you’re frying for any more than 2 and, even then, that’s only small portions. Of course, that’s perfect for some and it does mean less electricity and less oil used at the same time. The build is ok, nothing great but then you wouldn’t expect it from this sort of price range. The fryer only has 2 settings for temperature, 150c to 190c, though as it’s a dial you can turn between them and probably don’t need more for the small amount of food you can put in (around 500g). The lid ‘pops’ open, which is good, though seems a bit fragile for my liking. There’s a glass window in the lid, too, to check on food, though we couldn’t really see anything much when food was cooking through this. It’s a good job that the lid pops as we noticed a lot of heat coming from around it when cooking. It mean you can keep your hands out the way when opening as the surrounding area gets hot.
A simple to use, cheap n` cheerful fryer. Add the oil, set the temperature, and fry. It’s a nice addition to the kitchen of anyone who wishes to improve culinary versatility without the need to cook for larger crowds. It`s low volume capacity (although there are smaller 0. 9l fryers out there) means that wasted oil is minimised. i had no problems using this, following the simple and short instructions with advice for novice fryers as to how long one should fry different foods. I do not recommend following these instructions to the letter however as i found myself ignoring them and gauging it by eye. The overall quality of the product leaves a little to be desired though, with it seeming somewhat less robust than other fryers i have used. Cleaning can also be tricky with this one, but nothing too time-consuming.
So, the missus is a way, it’s about nine o’clock in the evening, it’s raining, and i get a mad yen for some chips. I could go to the local chippy, but by the time i get home, they’ll have gone soggy. I want some chips – golden and crunchy on the outside, fluffy and hot on the inside, of a reasonable thickness (none of you ‘skinny fries’ here). That’s when i reach for my trusty russell hobbs compact deep fryer. You don’t have to overdo the portions here – it does great chips, the handy lid allows you to see the contents cooking without filling the house with a smell of cooking. I am also partial to coated whitebait – baby sprats coated in flour and deep-fried. And the russell hobbs does them to perfection. In short, this is an excellent-value, economical and well-made deep fryer that is ideal for someone living in a flat or bedsitter where space is at a premium, or for a household where you don’t have to cater for a large amount of people.
I have to say i am really pleased with this deep fryer. I have never had one but thought it could be convenient as i make a lot of donuts and we do love home made chips. It is much smaller than i expected and suitable for 1 or 2 portions of food. Any more would mean repeating the cooking. It does not take up much room on the work top but will fit single kitchen cabinet if desired. It is light weight so easily moved around. The inside basket fits neatly into fryer with handles protruding through ready made notches. When storing handle falls back on itself. There is minimum and maximum lines for oil and temperature control and thermostat light are at the front. There is a small peep hole to check progress of cooking.
This russell hobbs 24560 compact deep fryer is the perfect size if cooking for just one or two people. It is extremely easy to use and the instruction booklet says it can even be used by an eight-year-old if supervised. The pan has a non-stick coating, control is just a single adjustable rotary thermostat and a safety cut-out prevents overheating; the lid prevents hot oil splashes and can be easily released by a push-button. 5 litres of oil and has a 500g capacity for food – not a huge amount but very useful. We hadn’t used a deep fat fryer for quite a few years – our previous one was given away for lack of use – but this compact model has proven easy to use and easy store – and is ideal for cooking tasty foods such as samosas. Which can be tricky to get right if cooked in any other way, and it gets your chips just right too. We are probably all more health-conscious these days but sometimes a deep-fried treat is just what you need and this little russell hobbs model is a simple way to get one without it actually dominating your kitchen. Currently around twenty-seven pounds from amazon this compact fryer is well designed, nicely made and good value – recommended.
This is quite a neatly sized fryer. It offers only a few simple functions, including variable heat settings and an opening button for the lid. The lid has a built-in window, so you can check on the progress of food as it’s cooking without opening the lid and losing heat. There’s a single thermostat light (no basic ‘on’ indicator) that goes out when the selected temperature has been reached. Food cooked in this comes out nice and crispy. However, the build quality and design are not the best i have encountered. This is very plasticey – it’s a budget machine, and it shows. Unlike my last experience of a russell hobbs fryer (a less-than-£20 900ml mini fryer), this has the heating element built in to a metal lining instead of completely exposed, but it is easy enough to see where the element is since there’s a raised section in the liner above it. This design is more awkward to clean than fryers with completely flat linings, and the increased surface area of conductive metal above the element perhaps contributes to uneven heating of oil. This is a small capacity fryer, meant to accommodate 1-2 portions of food at a time, not whole family meals.