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DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK!
on January 3, 2014
First of all, I have been frying turkeys for a lot of years, so I know what I'm doing. I have historically used outside, propane fueled cookers, and I've always had good luck with them. When my last fryer died, the wife talked me into this unit, and I (reluctantly) gave in. What a mistake. This thing is not worth half of what I paid for it, and I am trying to get my money back from Waring directly (I bought it from Williams and Sonoma, but I foolishly threw away the original packing, so I cant return it to them).
It did an OK job on a turkey (not as crisp as I get from the propane cooker), but this thing crapped the bed COMPLETELY when I tried to do some chicken fingers and homemade french fries. I brought the unit up to 350, then dropped in a handful of lightly breaded chicken breasts. The thing dropped almost immediately to 235 and it NEVER came back up over 250 for the entire 18 minutes that the chicken cooked. The result was a greasy pile of chicken that was definitely not crispy. Second round...I had a bunch of shoestring potatoes that I wanted to make fries from. Same story...get the unit to 350, drop the fries in and the thing instantly drops to 240 and never came up past 250. Result? Fries were so soggy that we threw them out.
It is clear to me that this thing is too underpowered to make it a useful fryer. I think it would have to be 220V instead of 110V to work right. So...in my opinion, don't but this thing. Stay with the outside propane cookers. Trust me on this one.