The Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact is a mid-range deep fat fryer made by a reputable and popular kitchen appliance company called Cuisinart. It has a 1.1 Liter capacity, which is fairly small, but this is why it has the “Compact” name. The deep fryer basket which comes with this model can only hold roughly three-quarters of a pound of food. This makes it ideal for use by people who cook for a small number of people – such as a single person cooking snacks for themselves, or a childless couple. It may not be suitable for someone who aims to cook a deep fried meal for a group – such as a family of five. If you want to cook for more than a couple of people at a time, please check out some of our other deep fryer reviews to find a unit with a larger capacity.
This model is perfect for cooking up side dishes, or quick fried snacks for one, such as egg rolls or single serves of french fries. In this Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact review, I will outline the features, pros and cons, and benefits of this small, well-built electric fryer.
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact Review
Although small, this home deep fryer heats up quickly and has a non-stick, die-cast bowl. This small unit is sure to delight as it is built to North American Electrical Standards. It weights 6.4 pounds and its dimensions are 11 x 8 x 7.7 inches – making it ideal for someone without a lot of space in their kitchen.
Whilst foods such as french fries do not get very crispy, compared to more powerful units, the food does not even come out of the CDF-100 undercooked, unevenly cooked, or greasy. The food gets hot enough to avoid the greasiness which happens when the oil penetrates the food, if the food is not hot enough at the time of contact. This is why it is important to heat up the cooking oil before adding the food, something this model does really fast.
This unit is only 1000 watts, which is lower than most other units, that does not matter because this unit is small and simply does not need an electric immersion element with a higher wattage. It heats up quickly and maintains the high temperatures required to cook deep fried snacks and meals.
This small deep fat fryer is easy to use and has an adjustable thermostat to easily set the heat to your desired temperature. The Cuisinart CDF-100’s outside panels can get a little warm during use, but not hot enough to burn anyone who touches the panels whilst operating the unit. It has a lid which covers the cooking oil vat, in order to prevent oil from splattering out onto your clothes or you kitchen. This is a very important feature which helps to prevent oil fires in your home. It also has skid-resistant feet on the bottom. The cord has a magnetic breakaway feature, ensuring the cord disconnects rather than dragging the unit off the kitchen counter, in the even of an accident.
This unit comes with a 3 year limited warranty, which is longer than the warranties offered by most competitors. This means that even though the CDF-100 is manufactured by a quality brand from quality materials, you get extra peace of mind in the unlikely event that you have a problem.
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact Pros & Cons
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact Pros
Cooking oil heats up quickly, meaning you can start deep frying your food quicker.
Maintains a consistent heat, meaning food is not undercooked, greasy, or burnt.
Good build quality and made from high quality, durable materials.
Filters odors using a removable charcoal filter.
Comes with a long warranty (3 years).
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact Cons
It has a small capacity, only being able to cook unto three-quarters of a pounds with of food at one time.
Although not expensive, there are cheaper deep fryers with larger capacities available.
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact Best Features
Despite being compact in size, with a lower capacity than many units in the same price range, the CDF-100 still has a lot of great features and functions. This is a well made and well designed deep fat fryer.
It can hold up to three-quarters of a pound of food at one time. The maximum oil capacity is only 1.1 Liters. The electric immersion element heats up the oil very fast, making this model idea for cooking up some deep fried snacks or meals for one.
Three other great features that this model has is an adjustable thermostat, a removable charcoal filter to eliminates odors, and a brushed stainless steel housing.
As mentioned above the limited three year warranty is a major plus, since you have peace of mind for the next three years. Should anything go wrong, simply contact Cuisinart and they will repair or replace the unit.
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact Conclusion
The Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact deep fryer, despite being smaller in capacity to a lot of the leading deep frying units on the market, heats up the cooking oil very quickly and sustains its peak temperature reliably, making it one of the best deep fryers available. Whilst it can be said that this unit cannot cook very much food at once, compared to the home deep fryers with larger capacities, this compact model may very well be ideal for people who do not have a lot of space in their kitchen and those who do not have many mouths to feed.
It is easy to clean and has safety features built in, not mention it is made by a well respected brand from quality materials and comes with a long warranty, for your peace of mind.
As the saying goes “bigger isn’t always better”. Whilst it must be noted that this compact home deep fat fryer does hold less cooking oil and therefore cooks less food in one go than other deep frying units, it does heat up the cooking oil quickly and maintains a consistent temperature. If you are only cooking for a small number of people and/or have a small amount of space to store a deep fryer, you should seriously consider this deep fryer.