Which is better, the T-Fal Emerilware 3.3L or the Oster CKSTDFZM70 4L Cool Touch fryer?
When it comes to deep fryers, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for a commercial grade unit to enjoy your favorite fried foods at home. In fact, we found 2 great units for far less, yet offered great value and quality. Within this review, we will cover the pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision.
- 1700 watts of pure power, including a 2 2/3 pounds of food capacity and a 3 2/7 liter oil capacity container
- Removable stainless steel pot, plus an adjustable thermostat with an extra large frying basket.
- Drainage and oil filtration system with an external basket control for splatter free frying.
- Permanent filter with cool touch handles
- Digital timer and is dishwasher safe
- Measurements: 18 x 12 x 14 inches, plus a 1 year limited warranty
The deep fryer is very easy to use and has safety measures built in to avoid any issues. In order to use the fryer, all you need to do is to set the thermostat to the required temperature and wait. Once the oil reaches the optimum temperature, a temperature light will flash that will indicate that the fryer is ready for use. On average, the oil heats up between 6 to 10 minutes. The fryer can hold approximately 3 liters of oil, which is enough to fry 2 pounds of food at the same time.
Due to the large basket holder, it makes turning the food midway through much more easier. This is an important point because many models have a much smaller basket holder, which means you literally have to remove the holder first and then turn the food for proper frying. The added bonus, the basket holder for the food is also easily detachable, making it also very easy to clean.
Aside from this, the fryer also has an oil filter and drainage system. This small appliance allows you to save money by utilizing the same oil for up to 15 times. I would personally suggest you consider changing the oil after 5 to 10 times. This of course depends on how much frying you actually do in your home. The fryer also has an oil-replacement indicator to determine when its time to change the oil.
The Emerilware T-Fal product is definitely one of the best when it comes to frying foods. Every part of the package is dishwasher-friendly except the heating element. This makes it easier for you to clean the product after use. Aside from that, the fryer also has a large viewing area. This allows you to take a glance at the food while it is cooking. As for its safety measure, the fryer includes a basket control outside to allow you to maneuver the pot without placing your hand near the heat. This also helps in reducing oil splattering and the handles are also very cool to touch. This means that no matter how hot the fryer is, your hands are always protected from burning.
Most of the reviews given to the Emerilware are positive. However, some customers experienced a small problem with the oil holder. However, this is due to customers over filling past the maximum line indicator. The timer on this unit can be a little bit annoying at times. In addition, make sure you open a window or place it under a vent while frying your food to avoid smelling up the house.
Overall, the main points that standout from our review include; quality of the product, the automatic oil & drainage system, and very easy to take apart and clean. The quality of this fryer is top notch and you won’t go wrong in purchasing this model.
Product Features – Oster CKSTDFZM70 4-Liter Cool Touch Deep Fryer
- Extra large 4 liter oil opacity
- Rise and fall fry basket with folding handle
- 60 Minute digital timer
- Adjustable thermostat
- For safety – locking lid with dual filters
This new deep fryer from Oster is now a fraction of its original price. This product is very easy to use with a 1,600 watts deep fryer that can deliver quick heating up time. This also cooks the food equally on all sides. Just like the Emerilware, Oster fryer can also accommodate 2 pounds of food at once.
This product also has cool touch handles that can be used to carry the product safely. The thermostat comes with a 60-minute timer and a bell to indicate the time. Although the pot or housing of the appliance it made out of steel, the product is still very cool to touch especially during the frying process. The product also has a lock lid for safety purposes in order to avoid bad odors from clogging the house.
A lot of people even think that the Oster fryer is the best fryer ever sold in the market. A lot of customers are very satisfied with its fast heat-up time and a client even commented that the fryer can warm oil up to 375 degrees in just 6 minutes. This is why the cooking time is also one of the many things that thoroughly enjoyed the customers.
One of the few setbacks in using the cooking ware is that it cannot accommodate 4 liters of oil just as mentioned in its description. Some customers think that oil spilling or dripping is very common especially when you are removing food from the fryer. Aside from this, some users also think that the product did not warm up as expected. The heating element controls are made from light weight plastic, which means the quality is not as high as the Emerilware. That’s because the price is much lower. If you only make fried food a few times throughout the year, this is a good alternative.
Which one should you buy?
All in all, it’s important for you to buy a fryer that you think is worth the money. Both offer real value for the consumer. Based on all the above information, plus customer feedback and a lot of deliberation, the one that offers the best value in terms of price and quality is the Emerilware fryer.