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Don’t Waste Your Time
I had mine for 8 weeks and had used it only a couple of times before the oil filter / drain system failed and it put 3 litres of used oil all over my kitchen bench and floor. I attempted to contact Tefal through several channels about the issue and they never responded to me whatsoever, but then had the cheek to send me an email asking to do a survey on how their customer service was regarding my issue.
I really liked the deep fryer for it’s wide size and the idea of the filter and storage system, but the fact Tefal’s customer service is so ut...terly atrocious and the design fault is so significant that you risk a nightmare 3 litre oil spill to clean up, makes it a really risky purchase even though on paper it looks like a great product. I ended up just putting mine in the bin and taking it as a lesson not to touch a Tefal product again because they clearly have zero respect for their customers and once they’ve got your money they couldn’t care less if you run into problems, so I’ll be buying from other brands that at least back their products enough to at the very least respond to any issues you may run into.
Good Fryer, very bad design.
I bought one of these last week, the fryer is perfect a nice wide basket great for lots of small things like chips, chicken bites, samosas and spring rolls even chicken pieces that aren’t that thick.
The idea behind the design is what drew me to this filter the oil and stores is in a separate container automatically and having a large basket.
This is where the design faults come in, the oil box is shockingly weak the lid pops off when trying to pour the filters oil back in to the fryer you need 3 hands to follow the instructions and counter ...the issue of the lid popping off “ one hand to hold the black tab down, one hand to hold the lid on at the bottom by the drain plug and a 3rd hand to hold the other side to stop the lid from separating and spilling 3.5l of oil all over your kitchen”. To counter this I have used tape but Tefal could of incorporated some clips to hold the lid on like those on the “really useful boxes” Second design fail is the handle it does not flick down and is not easily removed you have to push it in to the basket and it’s hard to put back in to place maybe a squeeze and lock system would of worked better than the push squeeze and get oil everywhere system. So although it has its faults I still like the fryer and having made a few adjustments to how I use it I would still recommend on the bases that it’s easy to clean, filters the oil and has a large basket. But to note if you are frying chicken quarters you will need to add a few of them or go old school and use a pan on the stove top :). Review from the UK. My price is in GBP £105.69
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Beware - you may end up with oil everywhere
Let me start by saying I love this fryer. It's tall but still takes up about the same footprint as any other deep fryer, it's so much easier to clean than any other deep fryer I have ever owned, and I've owned others that were supposed to be easy to clean. The buttons are well designed the timer could be better if it was back lit but no biggie - everything you want in a fryer. Honestly, it's a 5 star appliance, except for one really bad issue - the oil storage box.
The instructions are Terrible and dangerous.
The oil storage box is actually...a square tub with a lid. When you are pouring the oil from the storage container, back into the unit through the little pouring hole, you will need to keep a very firm grip on either side of the container to hold the lid in place while you pour. The lid doesn't clip in place, it doesn't hold in place like a tupperware container lid might, it just sits loosely on the top. I guess this is so when the oil gets very old and you want to tip it out, you can also clean out the storage container too?? I don't know. I cannot understand why they would design it like this. What I really can't understand, is if they had to design it like this, why didn't they make the instructions much clearer, that this is a 2 piece container with a lid and when you are pouring the oil back into the container, it is vital that you hold the lid in place, or you will end up with 3 litres of oil all over the bench, the floor and yourself. You will probably only make this mistake the once, but it would have been so much easier, to have been given a heads up in the instruction manual that this is going to happen everytime you refill the fryer. They put in an extra instruction to say that the lid cannot go in the dishwasher, despite the instructions in the manual - they don't explain why it can't go in the dishwasher, so I'm almost tempted to do it anyway :) but a wipe with a soapy sponge before/after you use it is all you'll really need to do.
congratulations Tefal you’ve done it again! Another quality appliance
The Tefal oleoclean fryer cooks really nice crunchy chips, and has a good size basket.
This appliance is lightweight, and easy to store away once you have drained the oil, takes up minimal room I love the idea of the container that the oil drains into as it really filters the oil well for continuous use,
Only negative is you have to be
careful when pouring the oil
back into the fryer when you want to use it again ,because the lid tends to pop off if you have not pressed it down (tight enough )and it can get really messy.
Big is best
I've been looking for a big fryer to get them meals done quicker, well my wait is over... love this product easy to use & set up. The only issue is it stands tall in bench and short person like myself might struggle to see in the window, but a little step ladder fixed that
Cry over spilt oil
I bought one of these thinking of the filtering option being usefull. The first time I went to get rid of the first batch of oil I drained into bottom container and then proceeded to remove and empty the blue container, suddenly whilst pouring the oil out through top drain hole removing plug and pour what I thought was a sealed container how wrong I was it was two piece container with removable lid, well the lid came off and oil went everywhere on the kitchen bench, on the floor, one hell of a mess. It is simply bad design with no warning this ...could have happened. The second time oil was spilt was after cooking with the second round of oil, the oil level was down so I topped it back to the level mark on the stainless cooking compartment and continued using the device. When I went to drain the oil into the bottom compartment the lid popped off the blue container while it was still in the machine with oil going all over the bench and down the cupboards onto the floor the place was a mess. What I found was the valve in the bottom of the cooking bowl had leaked oil into the blue container without me knowing with debri caught in the valve allowed oil to drip slowly out of the pan so replacing the missing oil I topped up and then had too much oil for the bottom container to cope with and oil everywhere again. This deepfryer has been through two oil changes and has now gone to deep fryer heaven. It is in the BIN. Piece of rubbish. It felt so good throwing it away, I had to come back here and let you all know. the feeling was better than you know what. If you want a deep fryer dont waste your time trying to filter oil. just get a basic fryer that you simply pour the used oil out the top. Who ever invented this Tefal Filtering option inadvertantly has led by way of my experience less sales of this product. It looks great in my bin !
After a few years can be dangerous
I bought this on 24th July 2018. On 17th Feb 2020 I noticed that a large percentage of the fine mesh filter wire in the lid was missing. I shook the lid and found that numerous bits of the mesh wire became dislodged. I was aware that wire bristles from a BBQ brush have caused serious illness after being accidentally consumed, hence I believe that the wire particles falling into the oil also has the potential to be consumed. If you have one of these, please check that the fine mesh filter is still intact and if not, don't use it. I have reported the matter to the ACCC and Tefal, neither have responded.
Purchased in July 2018 for A$179.00.
Its perfect cooking
Big cooker with fast cooking.
Nice and tasty food comes from this cooker.
Oil draining container is excellent.
The oil filter is great you can re use the oil.
Its also easy to clean.
The cooking temperature is good as well.
I got one as a wedding present,
We have used it many times already
Good fryer - if you like large fry ups
- Frys everything we've tried, very well and quickly
- Heats up fairly quickly with the lid on
- Easy to clean
- Oil draining and reuse is handy and straightforward
- Controls are clear and it's easy to use
- Tall. On a regular kitchen bench, shorter people, elderly or infirm may not be able to use easily
- Requires a LOT of oil. More than 2 liters to fill it to max. Anywhere below max may be too shallow...
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Does what is says - but a tad large
The fryer works very well to cook everything we have tried including battered fish; crumbed fish; chips; potato gems; schnitzels; battered chicken; papadums and deep fried ice cream.
The best thing about the product is the oil cleaning feature. Basically the oil is drained through a fine filter into a storage container. Then you clean the left overs out of the cooking area. That means the oil stays really fresh; doesn't get smelly or smokey.
The downside is that it is a really big piece of kit - takes up a lot of bench/cupboard space.
Love this fryer!!
I honestly love this fryer i used to have a much smaller one that was really good but i would have to keep waiting for my first batch to finish before putting a second batch because you cant fit that much in there but with this fryer its so big that once i’m done with my first batch i’m done cooking .I also love that this comes with an oil box which makes it easy to clean after frying and filters out any crumbs while also letting me reuse my oil and its so fast so i don’t have to wait forever just to eat like a couple others i’ve used
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Great size home deep fryer!
Needed a new deep fryer due to moving into a new apartment. It is totally worthwhile paying the extra money for the auto oil drain feature. It is bulky but easy to move around and store particularly as oil is locked away safe so won’t spill.
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Fit for purpose
Works well, wish it got hotter and had a better heat up time once food went in. Oil cleaning is OK, only paid an additional $10 for the feature vs the similar breville without. Wouldn't justify much more than that. Also a big unit comparatively, may not be worth the extra storage space for some.
Purchased in April 2019.
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It was good while it lasted, edit: still great!
I deep fry food very rarely and do have an old (still working) Sunbeam deep fryer, but the fact that this will filter your oil was what tempted me to buy it,
Especially as I don't use it often, I have trouble storing the oil. (even though it advises to keep it in a cool place, not in the fridge I have made room for it in the fridge and it has been happily sitting in there). The the last time I used it (and the second time, ever) was in March. It worked as advertised, I was very happy. I filtered the oil and stored it in the fridge, and cle...
Sorry I wasted my money!!
I have been cooking oven baked chips for years & after purchasing a Tefal Deep Fryer I will continue to do so! Why did I waste my money? ? Not only on the fryer but on 3 different types of oil, every variety of potato including frozen chips. Not once did we we get a lovely crisp chip with a fluffy centre. Last night I again cooked my chips in the oven with just a light spray of oil & they were delish! Anyone out there want a deep fryer as I'm giving it away!
Only easy to clean if you have a dishwasher and can wait at least 4hrs - apparently
I haven't had a deep fryer for years now and decided to get one that labels itself as easy to clean. Now I remember why I gave my old fryer away.
For something that considers itself easy to clean, you may as well add the cost of a dishwasher or the cost of operating your dishwasher, as well as extra 4hrs waiting for the oil to be cooled down enough to be filtered.
Firstly you need to factor in approx 4hrs for the oil to cool down enough to drain down the filter. The gunk is caked onto the deep fryer as it would in most other fryers. So I ...soaked and washed all the parts in the sink since we don't use dishwashers. By the time everything is done, well it's 11:45pm. Now I have a pretty massive oil tank that is still too warm for the fridge. Though aparently refrigeration isn't compulsory, it kinda feels like, what's the point? I could have just as easily filtered the oil in my trusty oil filter jug and pour it into the bottle the oil came in. This giant oil tank takes up too much fridge space, I would prefer to empty the oil back into the 1ltr or 2ltr oil bottles it came in. The 2nd time I used the fryer, I decided to skip using their filtration system and pour out the oil through a jug filter and save it in an oil bottle rather than the oil tank under the machine. I then boiled out the remaining mess and cleaned the fryer. This time I got everything cleaned by 9:30pm.. so in other words I paid premium price for a filtration system that I am better off not using.
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Disappointed, has 2 significant flaws
My first issue relates to the Oil straining ability, when compared to a "regular" style deep fryer, to empty the oil and clean the unit, it is in fact more time consuming than my previous deep fryer. The reason is, yes it will drain and strain the oil, but your are then left with still having to clean the bowl but now I have to also spend more time cleaning around the strainer valve and screen to remove the grunge. I have drained twice now, and I can grunge under the screen above the valve yet I can't get at it without dismantling this componen...t which the manual does not mention so I assume this is NOT a step the manufacturer allows. In short, it is just as quick (and easier) to simply empty the dirty oil into a container, clean a unit without the strainer function, then empty the oil back into the fryer using muslin or a fine strainer. The second issue is it is shallower then my previous conventional deep fryer, for small items it is fine, but for something like chicken wings or large fish fillets etc, I have found it is much shallower than my previous deep fryer making it more time consuming, as you must turn larger items to ensure they cook evenly. I was surprised when I first filled it to the MAX line and noticed how little oil there was sitting above the bottom of the basket. I now add oil above the MAX line which means I now also must watch the fryer when cooking large food items to ensure there is no accidental overflow. This also means when I drain it, I have to ladel out some oil so that the oil tray at bottom does not overflow. All up I think the design was done by a marketing team and not by people that actually understand effective cooking techniques. I have owned it for just over 2 months and I am already considering replacing it. I suggest on future models TEFAL should make it deeper and also allow easy removal of the wire strainer to allow cleaning out any grunge that accumulates underneath.
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Excellent deep fryer Best on the market
Best deep fryer on the market , Should’ve bought one ages ago , Easy to clean love the oil filtration and storage system , Going to buy an extra oil box for different oil . It’s worth the price compared to the cheaper and or well known brands if you want an easy clean and oil filtration system
Questions & Answers
Hello, we've had our Oleo fryer for about 9 months. recently it's started to come to a rolling boil AFTER we've removed the contents and even after it's been switched off. It's quite scary as the boil is quite intense. It feels like a fault in the system? Any ideas?
Hi , sounds faulty , I use mine a lot it has never done that , are you only using the oil that it advises? Anyway you said even continues boil when off so I would contact faults.
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