What makes the Delonghi Roto Fryer so special? Why do I highly
The Roto Fryer, with it's cool touch exterior, has a
patented rotating basket housed in a non-stick tilted area, that allows for use of half the
amount of oil required, to move the food in and out of the oil, which can be cleaned and
re-used easily using it's hidden drainage pipe and filtering / storage
What does all this mean?
Is it just all marketing gimmicks to justify its higher
The answer is a big NO.The Delonghi Roto Fryer is a finely tuned, well designed
As you might have guessed, I am a really big fan of the
Delonghi Roto Fryer. Let me tell you why.
The older model (DeLonghi D895UX Cool-Touch ROTO Fryer has
been discontinued and replaced by the above model). The older discontinued model
is better designed, but the black is more color friendly for the stainless steel kitchen decor of
today, and seems to be slighter bigger in food capacity.
My personal experience with the Delonghi Roto Fryer
I first used the Rotofryer
D895UX (now the D28313UX) in the 1990's (not sure what the model number was at that time). I loved it so much that
I even gave them as gifts (by the way they make great wedding gifts, holiday gifts and special occasion
When my Delonghi fryer finally required replacement, I made
the huge mistake of trying something "cheaper" and hopefully better.
Since then, I tried different brands with both hidden and
exposed heating elements. None of them had the roto fryer's unique features.
At the end of the day, after having gained extensive
experience with different electric deep fat fryers, I feel I can truly say that
"Ifound the Delonghi Roto Fryer to be the best and finest deep fryer,
Back to The Roto
So, in 2010, as I began to
really get back into frying again, I finally went back and purchased the Delonghi Roto Fryer model D895UX. See
it in action below:
THIS WHITE D895UX ROTO FRYER HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED BY
DELONGHI AND REPLACED BY THE BLACK ONE BELOW
I could not be more pleased. It once again reaffirmed the reasons why I remembered
it to be a solid performer. I highly recommend you to consider it,
as you begin to look at purchasing a top rated best deep fryer. The fryer
buying guide may be useful to go over.
Main Benefits of all the Unique Features
The main benefits of the roto fryer are that the quality of fried
food is great, and that it uses less oil than other fryers, allowing for
safer handling, easier cleaning and convenient oil storage for
The rotating tilted
basket takes the food in and out of the oil, as it fries. Amazingly, it results in a better
fried food which also is somewhat less greasy. I hope and believe that it is healthier too?
My experience has been that most foods fry nice and crispy. French fries are not soggy and golden. The reason
for it's stellar frying capability is the true thermostat (300 -370 degrees F) that reaches its temperature setting
quickly and retains its level easily. However, when I am lax with my temperature setting or put too much into the
basket, my results are less than optimal. My fault and not that of the fryer.
A problem with frying a heavily battered piece is that it does create a mess and can get stuck to the basket.
The best technique for frying such foods is to gently put the battered piece into the oil with a utensil and let it
fry enough to set. You will be happy with the outcome.
Oil Consumption and Total
The Roto Deep Fryer uses about half the amount of oil for frying that a typical similar sized fryer. If you are a regular
fryer, it will not take long for you to come out ahead with the oil savings alone. Also, less oil will take less
time to heat up, saving you energy also.
Less oil usage means lower cost to fry, and with the price of frying oil, it
quickly adds up, especially if you are good about not over using old oil, as many do to save on
cost.You do not have to worry about that with the rotofryer which uses
only 1 liter of oil for cooking, unlike most other larger size fryers utilize 2 - 4
liters of oil. Admittedly, the capacity is smaller also. (1.5 lbs food capacity).
Also, take into consideration not only the amount of
oil required to cook, but also the frequency of changing oil. Its easy clean system actually allow for the oil to
be reused longer than ones I have experienced in an average fryer (see picture below).
The oil requirement (initial and ability to re-use) alone makes this cheaper to
use in a relatively short time, plus you get the health benefits of crispy and less greasy food from the rotating
basket and tilted interior.
When you last did some frying, what did you do with the oil afterwards? If it was full of bread crumbs or batter
remnants, you probably did not use it again since it became dark and not a pleasant sight. Even worse, to save some
money, you might have convinced yourself to re-used it just one more time. Unfortunately, that is detrimental to
the quality of frying and food and not healthy. Doing so allows for the food particles to cook and burn, giving off
strong unpleasant odor that fills your house.
Safety is Always Important
First of all it has all the safety features that a
good quality fryer should have, such as non skid legs, viewing window and outside cool touch handle for raising and
lowering the basket.
It also has a detachable magnetic power cord, so the chances of accidentally tipping it or
pulling it of the counter is minimal.
This model has the cool touch
exterior, and I mean a true cool touch exterior, unlike many others that claim to have it. you do
not have to be concerned about burning yourself when handling it. The handle also allows for safely lowering the
food safely into hot oil.
The viewing window, which can often get foggy, is a good feature and better than
not having one. As long as you keep your lid nice and clean in between use and remember to put it into the
dishwasher every now and then, which is easy to do with this fryer, the window will allow you to check on your
Easy to Clean
Delonghi's easy to clean system includes the oil also, and not just
the interior and exterior of the fryer.
This fryer has a drainage pipe for taking out the oil from the frying pot,
which in turn is strained through a mesh filter straight into a storage container. (The mesh filter and storage
container, including the pullout to hold the container is no longer included in the new D28313UX model,
unfortunately, a cost saving measure I suspect. The drainage pipe is stilt included for easy cleanup).
Besides cleaning the oil, which prolongs the life of the oil, the storage
container comes with an air tight lid. The container can now stored conveniently for later use. This patented
system of draining the oil after use, not only makes it easy to keep the oil stored properly between use, but also
makes it very easy to filter the oil as it is drained in to the storage container. In addition to using less
oil, this allows less waste of perfectly good oil which may just otherwise be slightly filled with some food
Clean oil not only will last longer, but will also have less degradation during
next use. There is nothing worse than used oil that is dark and not as clean as it should be with remnants
of previous fryings.
In addition, the interior is lined with non stick material, further making the
cleanup easier after oil drainage.
After taking out the oil, I usually place the fryer right next to
the sink. After wiping the interior, there is nothing better than spray the pot with warm water with dish
washing soap, which then drains out straight into the sink. Believe me, because it is so easy to clean, I am no
longer lazy about doing it, as with the other fryers in the past.
The fryer lid also comes off and once you take out the filters, which are
replaceable, it can be washed in the dishwasher.
The rotating basket also is easy to wash and clean, but not ideal for food with a
lot of batter, as batter tends to get stuck in between the basket openings. Many have found, that if necessary,
taking out the basket will help, although the benefits of the rotating basket is lost. Further, while I
have not ever had a problem with the rotating mechanism, it is something that can break down like
anything mechanical. Without the rotating mechanism, the Roto is essentially useless. However, the Delonghi quality
is above average and I would not be too concerned about it. Just keep up with your cleaning for longer
The easy to clean system is one of the features that Delonghi believes very
strongly in. Every model has a system for making cleaning easy.
With the drainage system for taking out
the oil, which in turn is strained through a mesh filter straight into a storage container, not only allows
for easy clean up but also ability to re-use oil without the dangers of less clean oil. The straining of
oil and storing in a container is a very good practice and is easy to do with a inexpensive strainer and an easy to
use storage container that can handle warm oil (remember to wait until the oil is almost cool before draining and
The whole easy clean up and filtration/storage feature is my other favorite
features to the tilted rotating basket.
For me, this is it. While nothing is perfect, and I
could improve upon the design, I highly recommend it.
However, this model may not be for
everyone, especially if you are looking for a much large capacity fryer (this new model appears to have a bigger
capacity of 2.2 lbs versus the 1.5 lbs food capacity of the older model, requiring 1 L oil). The Cool Touch Fryer (not the roto fryer) is 2.2 lbs
capacity requiring 2 L oil, without the roto features. The Dual Zone
Fryer is even larger at 3 lbs capacity requiring 4 L oil, but is more of a traditional professional
style fryer, without the roto technology.
Even if you feel that the fryer capacity is small for you, I
suggest you seriously consider the roto fryer because of it's wonderful benefits. You can always cook in
batches, and may even find yourself eating less fried food as a result (great for those of us battling the
The DeLonghi ROTO
Fryer has definitely been a joy to use and I am not going back to
anything else soon, unless Delonghi comes out with a better Roto!
LATEST UPDATE: Delonghi has discontinued the original white D895UX
1.5 lbs food capacity model that I initially purchased, and replaced it with a similar model D28313UXBK 2.2
lbs food capacity
model.Other than the color and some other minor changes, they now no
longer provide the oil container for storing used oil, mesh filter for straining the oil before
storage and the pullout for holding the storage container while emptying the pan. I prefer the
older and better design, but will see if I can get used to the newer design. I don't think that should be a
problem. The upside is that the price should be a bit lower since Delonghi has cut cost by taking this feature out.
If you getting the Roto Fryer for the first time, you will not even miss