PROS / Filling and emptying the oil in this fryer was easier than any of the other fryers.
CONS / You aren’t able to control the oil temperature in this fryer; there is only one setting.
VERDICT / The Presto DualDaddy produced spotty results with little temperature control. It doesn't have many of convenient features we looked for, like a timer, cover, or a frying basket, but with a little practice, it could be an inexpensive option for frying your favorite foods.
The Presto Dual Daddy electric deep fryer is one of the most simple deep fryers available. If you're in the market for a basic deep fryer but aren’t concerned about a lot of extra features, it is a good option, and it's among the least-expensive options on the market.
This deep fat fryer has a simple design: It's essentially a heavy-duty, cast aluminum bucket that holds up to eight cups of oil. In our tests, it took 20 minutes for this 1,500-watt fryer to reach optimum temperature, and it took eight minutes to recover its temperature once we added food to the fryer.
The DualDaddy doesn't have an adjustable thermostat; there is only temperature setting. The fryer cooks up to 4.2 pounds of food per batch. Presto includes a divider so if you're cooking two separate foods, say fish and chips, you can keep both items separate. Presto also includes a snap-on lid, so once you've finished frying and the unit has cooled down, you can cover it and store it out of sight.
Presto’s DualDaddy both benefits and suffers from its simple design. This unit doesn't come with several of the features or accessories as other deep fryers we reviewed. For instance, there aren't any metal mesh baskets to hold your food, it doesn't come with any indicator lights to tell you if the unit is on or the oil has reached optimal cooking temperature, nor is there an included lid or screen to prevent oil from splattering outside the fryer when in use. It also doesn't come with a timer.
Unlike other deep fryers on our lineup that allow you to filter and reuse cooking oil, the Presto DualDaddy does not come with a filtration system. However, compared with other fryers on our lineup, it was easy to add and remove oil to the bucket. When it's time to clean the fryer, you'll want to wait until the oil has completely cooled, pour it into an empty milk carton or an empty, unrecyclable container and dispose of it. You can hand wash the bucket with hot, soapy water; the DualDaddy is not dishwasher safe.
The DualDaddy is among the least-safe deep fryers we tested. While the fryer has plastic handles located on both sides of the bucket, we don't recommend moving it once it's plugged in. The exterior of this fryer gets extremely hot. In our tests, the exterior reached 228 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough that brushing up against it could deliver a severe burn. The deep fryer does have skid-resistant feet to prevent slipping and a magnetic safety cord for quick removal in the event you need to quickly kill power to the fryer.
Presto offers a two-year warranty, which is better than some of the best deep fryers. You can find a digital copy of manual, some helpful cooking videos and recipes, and the warranty information on Presto's website. You can reach Presto customer service by email or by phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time.
When it comes to entry-level deep fryers, the DualDaddy is extremely easy to use. You add the oil and turn it on, and once it heats up, you can get started. While it's missing many features that some people would consider essential, there is something to be said for having a sturdy unit without a lot of extra pieces that could get lost.