The Roto fry is also a hot air fryer and uses less oil than conventional air fryers. However, they work differently. While the Tefal and the Philips require at most, a spoonful of oil to cook and brown the food, the Roto Fryer dips food in and out of hot oil, using hot air in between dipping. Because of this process, there is less oil involved but quite a bit more than is used with the low fat machines.
The De’Longhi F28311 Roto Fryer is an innovative take on deep frying, with a unique angled, rotating basket that uses only half the oil of a standard 1 kg capacity fryer, creating perfectly fried food. In addition, the Roto Fryer has a patented ‘Easy Clean System’, which means there’s a built-in drain hose to remove the oil, a convenient solution to the mess that is sometimes created when clearing away fryers.
The F28311 has an adjustable thermostat ranging from 150 to 190 degrees centigrade and a ready-to-cook indicator light to show when the fryer is at the desired temperature. The fryer basket can be raised or lowered with the lid closed and the practical viewing window will allow you to monitor the cooking process without opening the lid. When the food is ready there is an automatic lid release button, the lid can be removed and washed, the oil drained away and the non-stick bowl can be easily cleaned. The lid contains a replaceable anti-odour filter and the fryer has cool touch walls so the outside remains cooler than metal body fryers, making it easy to move or tidy away after use.
Estimates by users suggest it uses about one third of the oil of conventional fryers which is still far more than the low fat air fryers. However, the manufacturers suggest it uses half the oil. Either way, the cost of the Roto Fry is considerably less so if money is an issue, go for this one.
I bought this fryer a few weeks ago, and although I’ve only used it three or four times, so far I’m very impressed. It makes brilliant chips considering it only takes a third of the oil of my old fryer.
I was going to go for the Tefal that boasts only needing a teaspoon of oil, but I was put off by reliability reports, plus it is reported to be noisy and slow. This Delongi is neither!