So, I spent hours reading reviews, comparing prices, etc., to get the "right" deep fryer. I have been frying in a pot with oil and thermometer, and my biggest complaint with that was mess. I bought a Waring Pro DF250 and was SO excited. I chose it because it has a wide range of temperature choices (I like to blanch fries, and the TFAL EZ clean one only had four locked in temps), and it was a good size. Well, I ended up with soggy fries last night. It never got about 350 degrees! I was SOOOO sad (still kind of am). I am returning the thing to Amazon, and am now on the market for a new fryer. It seems though that, even when there are tons of positive reviews (the Waring only had one person say it didn't heat up enough), every fryer has at least one complaint about this issue. My question:
1. Is there an electric deep fryer for home use that heats up to 375 degrees. One that isn't enormous and costs less than $150.
2. If I go back to the pot, what pot, fryer basket, etc. should I buy. I'm currently using a big le creuset and a mesh strainer. It's a pain to get the oil back in the container and a BIG mess. I did just get a new funnel, and I like it.