You might be forgiven for thinking that the Salter low fat fryer and Tower T14001 are the same. They look the same, perform the same and cost about the same. We suspect they might even be made of the same parts. So, which low fat fryer would you buy, Salter or Tower?
Well that is an interesting one because this Salter low fat fryer-come-halogen oven tends to get better reviews from customers, although we didn’t really notice any real difference between the two. Even stranger, on Amazon, the white model usually costs less and gets worse reviews. Maybe the way to choose is to just get the cheapest.
The Salter low fat fryer has a huge 12 litre bowl that can be extended to 17 litres by using the ‘Extender’. This is by far the largest halogen oven on the market as is the Tower. It also boast a 1,300 Watt heater which is also on the large size. So, all in all you are getting a lot for your money. It cooks a whole chicken in about 40 minutes very well; chips in 25 minutes; and all manner of other food types to a standard that is hard to argue with. We don’t think it is as good as the Duronic in terms of cooking and certainly not as good as the Tefal Actifry, Philips Airfryer and Breville Haloo Fryer for frying (chips etc) but still not a bad alrounder and certainly the amongst the best value on the market.
The controls are easy enough to use and but the instruction manual is not particularly helpful. Why manufacturers go to the lengths they do to make an appliance such as this Salter low fat fryer and then let themselves down with poor instructions is hard to fathom but it is not uncommon.
The Salter Low Fat Fryer easily comes apart for cleaning. It is probably the simplicity that is its key attraction. You can also separate the food inside to allow say meat in the top and veg in the bottom. It is worth saying that the lid has to be removed to put food in and out i.e. it is not hinged. This can be a problem when it is 250C hot and you need to set it aside on the worktop. Not really ideal.
A great unit for the price. It is better as an oven than low fat fryer but still a good allrounder and great value for money. The removable lid could be an issue when it is extremely hot. Make sure you compare prices with the Tower rage as we believe these are identical.