Breville Smart Deep Fryer, BDF500XL : Your deep fryer French fries need a high temperature with extra time, while your fish needs less time at a lower temperature. With the Breville Smart Deep Fryer you choose from 7 preset functions and the electronic deep fryer auto adjusts to deliver the right temperature and right time for perfect results. The Breville smart fryer also includes a twice-fried function for restaurant-quality French fries and self-adjusts for fresh or frozen ingredients. A Breville electrics custom setting allows you to program your choice recipes. CoolZone Technology ensures debris falls into cooler oil, preventing excess burning and extending oil life. An electronic thermostat allows oil to rapidly recover back to desired frying temp. A mesh filter minimizes cooking odors and a vented lid helps control the cooking temperature of your favorites including fish, nuggets, wings and donuts. The 4-qt. oil capacity deep fryer with stainless-steel frying basket holds 2 1/2-lb. of food. Large viewing window monitors cooking progress. Cool-touch handle folds inside basket for easy storage. Automatic shut-off protection and removable element. Stainless-steel frying basket, cooking bowl and outer body are dishwasher-safe. Australian-based Breville electrics set the standard in no-compromise performance and durability. Breville's new generation of heavy-duty, professional-grade countertop appliances for the home chef offers forward-thinking innovation, remarkable design and smooth-operating features. Product Details Illuminated easy-read LCD automatically indicates time, temperature, plus preprogrammed cooking functions for your favorite dishes Automatically sets correct time and temperature for both first and second fry to achieve restaurant-style fries Fresh/frozen setting automatically changes the time or temperature, based on the selected cooking mode Electronic thermostat allows oil to rapidly recover back to desired frying temp Oil capacity 4 quarts; food capacity 2 1/2-lb. CoolZone Technology ensures debris falls into cooler oil, preventing excess burning and extending oil life Mesh filter minimizes cooking odors Large viewing window to monitor cooking progress Automatic shut-off protection Vented lid helps control cooking temperature Brushed stainless-steel design accents any kitchen Cool-touch handle folds inside basket for easy storage Non-skid feet for extra stability Removable element and magnetic removable power cord Inner frying bowl, frying basket and outer body are dishwasher-safe, but hand washing recommended Includes instruction manual with cooking tips and techniques and 10 recipes 1-year limited warranty
Customer reviews for Breville Smart Deep Fryer, BDF500XL
Review 1 for Breville Smart Deep Fryer, BDF500XL
Breville Deep Fryer
PostedOctober 14, 2013
fromHot Springs, SD
My Cooking Level:Intermediate
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Comfort
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Paula Deen
Absolutely love my new Breville Deep Fryer. It heats up much faster than my old fryer and cooks everything perfectly. The only negative comment would be the difficulty in emptying the old oil and cleanup.
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Review 2 for Breville Smart Deep Fryer, BDF500XL
We love it!
PostedSeptember 16, 2013
fromAustin, TX, USA
My Cooking Level:Expert
From what I have been able to gather, this is the first ever review of the Breville BDF500XL Smart Fryer (here or otherwise), so I will do my best to provide a valuable assessment.
Over the years we have owned several fryers, but never found one that stood up to what we were looking for in an appliance. Either they did not get hot enough or they were a pain to clean or the failed after a few uses… it was always something. Inevitably, we would return to either pan or Dutch ovens for frying over the range. This was no picnic either as it was way too difficult to maintain a constant temperature. So how did we come about this unit from Breville?
Recently, our toaster oven of many years finally died on us. In our search for a replacement we ended up with the Breville Smart Oven and it is awesome! We were so impressed with the quality and performance of the toaster oven that we decided to take a gamble on the Smart Fryer. And boy was this a good bet. The fryer is every bit as well thought out as its cousin the oven and it is extremely well made too. I have to hand it to the folks at Breville – they seemed to have figured out how to make a top notch, reasonably priced product.
As for the fryer… It comes in 6 pieces: outer shell, inner hopper, heating element, cover, basket and power cord. This is a great set up when it comes time to disassemble and clean. Assembled it is a sturdy unit that holds a generous 1 gallon of oil. The lid fits snugly on top and does a great job controlling the steam. The heating element quickly gets the oil to temperature and best of all… keeps it there. Even when you load in a good portion of chicken, it quickly recovers the temperature drop and holds it without a tremendous over shoot. We verified the temperature using an instant read thermometer and we were very impressed with how well it could hold a temperature with little to no variance. Because of this, the food cooks quickly and evenly. I wish that the basket would hold more product, but it is my assessment that any change would compromise the well regulated temp control.
The controls are pretty slick too. For many applications you just select what you want to do and hit start. The temp & time are controlled for you. If you want to go manual it is easy to do that as well. Since we do not fry all that often it does take a moment to re-acquaint yourself with the functioning of the controls, but it only takes a minute to do this and you are up & running. We have found that the pre-programmed settings are right on target. So much so that you can start your frying and walk away without having to watch the product or a clock.
When the frying is all done, the lid does a great job keeping the odors in place so the house does not get all smelly waiting for the oil to cool. Once it is cool, you lift out the heating element and then remove the inner hopper which holds the oil. It is very easy (using a funnel) to pour the used oil back into the original container for storage until the next use. Everything is very easy to clean and can go into the dishwasher if that is what you desire (with the exception of the heating element & cord!).
Any downside? Yes, just one. The way the cord attaches to the unit is a pain. There are two magnets which help to anchor the electrodes to the unit; completing the circuit. The problem is that it is really easy to dislodge the chord with the slightest jiggle. Not that this happens a lot, but if and when it does it is a real pain and you will ask yourself “why did they do it this way? It is so lame!”. But that is the only downside and it is easy to overlook when you consider how well made the rest of the unit is.
Bottom line – we love this and would replace it if we ever lost it. PROS: • Excellent heat control • Fairly large capacity • Super easy controls • Great lid – controls steam & odors • Easy set up and tear down – including cleaning • Exceptionally well made CONS: • It is easy to dislodge the power cord.