Russell Hobbs 24580 Digital Deep Fryer [Review]
The Russell Hobbs 24580 Digital Deep Fryer is a quality deep fat fryer from the Russell Hobbs brand. It features a 1.2kg food and 3L oil capacity bowl, and a variable temperature functionality that makes it one of the best chips-making fryers in the market. This unit is a staple appliance in any kitchen, and the company has ensured that it comes complete with all the features that will always make sure you cook your food to perfection.
It also features both a mechanical and a digital timer so that you can have total control over the duration of every meal. Both the bowl and lid that come with this unit are removable to make post-fry cleaning as comfortable as possible and convenient for a beginner. The Russell Hobbs 24580 Digital Deep Fat Fryer comes with removable and odour filters to ensure your fryer doesn’t leave behind an unpleasant odour after each cooking. You will have ample time to test the unit and uncover any defects that may exist because there is a two-year guarantee on this product.
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Product Testing & Review
I (our reviewer) was sceptical of this device at first. I’ve reviewed a number of other deep fat fryers, including a few that are truly top of the line (like the Tefal FR333040). Because of this, I was unsure if I would like this thing quite as much.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. This fryer is incredibly versatile in what it does, and is super easy to clean. While it’s the same size as the Tefal, I actually found that it performs better when loaded to capacity than the Tefal fryer. I’m going to break down a bunch of the benefits and pros/cons of this device, so stay tuned – it gets good.
We used the following guides to determine our ranking:
- Ease of Use (40%)
- Design & Durability (30%)
- Safety Features (30%)
And the rating? Surprisingly solid:
Now let’s stop talking about how we rated it, and start talking about why we rated it so well.
Outstanding Features of Russell Hobbs Digital Deep Fryer
Some of the exceptional features of this fryer are described below to help you in making an informed buying decision.
Digital and Mechanical Timer:
To be honest, I’ve seen dozens of fryers and what’s common with most is a digital timer. Some are removable while others are in-built. Having two separate timers to work with ensures that everything is not only simple but also allows you to exercise complete control over what you are cooking and how long it takes.
There is a difference between being able to cook food to taste good without doing so much and working hard to get your food to taste according to your preference. In the first instance, it’s like mixing your favourite ingredients, putting them in the cooker and waiting for them to turn out the way you want without doing any more than the mixing.
In the other case, not only will you do the mixing, but you will also have to monitor it to ensure it turns out the way you want. By purchasing this fryer, you are choosing to make your cooking simpler and easier than before.
The adjustable temperature is beneficial for those who have personal tastes when it comes to cooking. For example, some people are only going to be doing one type of recipe with their fryer without recourse to other recipes available.
As a result of this, such people may want to be sure their fried food will come out good every time. It is worth noting that consistency is what will bring about maximum satisfaction. Fortunately, you can get this done with the variable temperature on the Russell Hobbs 24580 Digital Deep Fryer.
Pros and Cons of the Russell Hobbs Digital Deep Fryer
- It has a large capacity.
- It is easy to use.
- Does not require a significant amount of oil to fry.
- The Russell Hobbs 24580 Digital Deep Fryer heats up quickly.
- It has a rise and fall basket that facilitates easy retrieval of food from the bowl.
- The bowl is removable and has non-stick coating.
- The Russell Hobbs 24580 Digital Deep Fryer has a small basket.
While we already knew this, online reviews will echo the sentiment – this is great for a family. You will have enough space to try out your favourites not only by yourself but with families and friends alike.
After reviewing some of the top fryers in the market, I’m convinced that this is one of the most spacious units you can get if you are planning to cook for a family of 3 or more. Your cooking habits and needs will affect how much you can do with this. Because of this, you’ll want to plan on cooking in batches, as it’s nowhere near a professional-grade size.
This guy’s rise/fall basket makes it easy to access food. This is made even easier by the fryer’s removable bowl with a non-stick coating. The advantage of this feature is that you can easily remove the bowl for washing.
Another thing I like about this fryer is that it doesn’t require a lot of oil to get that delicious aroma of chips, fish or tingling onion rings. Not only will you be consuming lesser fats, but you will also save so much money by avoiding those pricey take-outs.
Because it heats up reasonably fast, you can get several batches of chips done faster, and even forget about oven chips altogether. The only drawback that most reviewers seem to be bothered with is the small size of the basket. But if you don’t mind cooking in batches, it shouldn’t be an issue. Take it as a sign that the cook should get a snack…
Many people are happy with their purchase because it is easy to use, easy to clean, and heats up quickly and are willing to recommend it.
If you are looking looking for a healthier alternative, read our air fryer review.