T-Fal 3-Liter Oil Deep Fryer Review

T-fal FR4049 Family Pro 3-Liter Oil Capacity Electric Deep Fryer with Stainless Steel Waffle, 2.6-Pound, Silver
  • Adjustable thermostat to accommodate a variety of recipes
  • Ready indicator light for correct oil temperature
  • Heating element quickly recovers to ensure crispy results
  • Lid with viewing windowStainless-steel frying basket; cool-touch handles; magnetic power-cord connector for safety; dishwasher-safe parts
  • 1-year limited warranty

Last update on 2019-08-18 PST - Details

When you’re frying things like chicken or fish, sometimes it’s hard to know when the food is cooked through, especially if you don’t have a food thermometer and you forgot how long the food has been cooking.

With the T-Fal 3-Liter Oil Deep Fryer, you don’t have to worry about that because not only does the fryer feature a thermostat that you can set to a specific temperature, the fryer has a timer that you can set according to the cooking time indicated in the recipe.

In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the T-Fal 3-Liter Oil Deep Fryer, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the deep fryer had to say about their overall experience with it.

Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this fryer is something you should consider purchasing for your own kitchen!

About The Product

T-Fal is a company that is known for making cooking so much simpler without sacrificing quality. So it should be no surprise that when you want to cook restaurant quality fried foods, it has never been as simple as it is with the T-fal deep fryer.

This unit offers an oil reservoir that is capable of hold 3 liters of your preferred cooking oil, and you can cook up to 2.5 pounds of food at a time, making it an ideal appliance for a family that loves fried chicken, French fries, fish, donuts, and so many other delicious fried foods. Notable features of the T-Fal Deep Fryer include:

  • Adjustable thermostat to accommodate a variety of recipes
  • Ready indicator light for correct oil temperature
  • Heating element quickly recovers to ensure crispy results
  • Lid with viewing window
  • Stainless-steel frying basket
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Magnetic power-cord connector for safety
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • 1-year limited warranty

The unit’s 1600 watt adjustable thermostat will let you choose the right cooking temperature as specified by the recipe you’re following, while the heating element is able to quickly recover to that temperature if you have to do some batch cooking.

If you’re anxious for your food to be done, you can check on the progress through the viewing window on the lid. Other highlights of this fryer includes a stainless steel basket so your food is contained and you don’t have to worry about trying to fish around in hot oil for those stray fries.

On the side of the fryer are cool-touch handles so that you can carefully move the fryer without worrying about touching the hot metal. Perhaps the best feature about this fryer is that you can disassemble the unit and pop the pot and the frying basket into the dishwasher for a quick and easy clean up.

Last update on 2019-08-18 PST - Details

Pros and Cons


  • Heats fast and cools fast: This is a definitely family fryer. It allows you to cook on time because it’s heating element heats fast. The effects also assist it to save energy.
  • Comes with a heating control box for safety against heat: The back sides of the fryer has a heating control box that controls the heat of the system. Even as it heats fast, the feature protects the user for burning.
  • You get to use less oil: The general design of the fryer enables you to use less oil. The fact that the heater heats fast and cools fast, the fryers design, and the frying control mechanisms that manage the temperature of the system conserve the oil used.


  • The fryer is not latched: The lack of latching makes it necessary for the user to completely remove the top making it cumbersome.
  • The heating element is not firmly attached to the fryer.

Last update on 2019-08-18 PST - Details

What Others Say

When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that 88% had great things to say about the T-Fal 3-Liter Oil Deep Fryer and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented on how effective this fryer was. They said they were able to turn the unit on and set it to their desired temperature, and within 10 minutes, it was able to reach that temperature.

When they put cold food items in the fryer, the temperature was able to recover pretty quickly, which was quite impressive. Customers like that the unit features a timer which allows them to go off and cook something else without having to worry about over cooking their food.

When the timer goes off, they know that their food is cooked to perfection and it is a useful feature to have. When it comes to cleaning, customers have said they love being able to take the fryer apart and throw everything in the dishwasher, it’s fast, easy, and quite convenient.

So what did the remaining 12% of customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say? The most common complaint customers had was that their fryers were not able to reach 375 degrees, some of them were off by 30 degrees, while others have said theirs was only off by 10 to 15 degrees.

Customers have also said that their units stopped working shortly after purchasing the unit. One customer said that it wouldn’t turn on after using it a handful of times.

Customers were disappointed even when they tried hitting the reset button on the back of the unit, it wouldn’t work. Some customers said that the fryer has a tendency to create a lot of smoke when it is working, and their house subsequently smells like a fry house, which lingers.

Final Thoughts

While some people want to stay away from fried foods, there are those of us who cannot pass up a good piece of fried fish or a basket of French fries. Instead of having to drive to your favorite restaurant, you can prepare your favorite fried foods from the comfort of your own home with this deep fryer from T-Fal.

For those who are on a budget, this is a great and affordable fryer, as it is typically priced around $52.99. So, while it may be a bit of money upfront, it is a great investment if your family loves their fried foods.

It is true that there were some complaints about the fryer, but we are inclined to believe that these complaints are not a reflection of the product as a whole. Unfortunately, those people may have been unfortunate enough to receive faulty fryers.

Fortunately, this product does come with a 1 year limited warranty, so if you should find fault with your device, you can contact customer service and get some kind of replacement or refund. With that said, we feel that this is definitely a great purchase and it’ll be a welcome appliance to add to any kitchen.

Last update on 2019-08-18 PST - Details