Breville BDF500XL Smart Fryer

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  • Cool Zone Technology prevents excess burning and extends oil life.Voltage:110 – 120 Volts
  • Mesh filter minimizes cooking odors
  • Stainless steel frying basket and cooking bowl are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Electronic thermostat allows oil to rapidly recover back to desired frying temp
  • 4 quart oil capacity and a 2.5 pound frying basket capacity


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Breville · Oil · 1 gallon · Electric · 1,600 watt The Breville BDF500XL Smart Fryer 4 Quart Deep Fryer is the first deep fryer with technology that adjusts time and temperature to suit what you’re cooking with 7 preset functions.

Some foods such as French Fries need to be fried at a higher temperature for longer. While calamari requires a lower temperature for a shorter time.

Simply select what you are cooking and this smart appliance will deliver the right temperature at just the right time.

The Smart Fryer also includes a twice-fried function for restaurant quality French Fries and makes adjustments for fresh or frozen ingredients. And the custom setting allows you to program your favorite dish.

Specification: Breville BDF500XL Smart Fryer

Weight12 lbs
Dimensions16 × 11 × 12 in






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  1. KarpeTech

    Realy love the look, size, and ease of use offered by this fryer. I have used it several times and notice that it keeps a solid cooking temperature all the way through the fry. The unit was easy to clean and stores away easily thanks to the folding basket. The unit does come with a couple of sharp edges as others have mentioned. This has not been a problem for me. You are probably not going to be able to fry a whole chicken in this small fryer but will have no problem in frying a couple of pieces at a time. This might not be the fryer for you if you have a large family. But for one or two people who enjoy the occasional perfect plate of fries and some chicken sandwiches, then this fryer cant be beat.

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  2. Phenomenon007

    I love how well the fryer worked. I checked the oil temp with a separate thermometer and I had at most a 2-3 F difference (lower and higher). It still did a great job making fried chicken and French fries. Clean up is easy, but I do wish they would have had a drain or something to make it easier to store the oil. The plastic is somewhat sensitive to scratches, but overall it’s easy to keep clean. Thanks to its smaller size compared to others, it’s also easy to store.

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  3. Parker Knight

    I bought Breville Smart Fryer to make home made potato chips. I also tried recipes for making home made Orange Chicken, French fries, cross cut sweet potato, chicken tender strips, fried squid, and vegetables. I needed a good fryer that controls temperature automatically. Smart fryer has buttons for timer and temperature control. I made 3 lbs of chicken nuggets with about 15 nuggets per frying at around 320 F for 6 minutes using Crisco Vegetable oil. Lid keeps oil from going airborne and coming down to floor and making the floor slippery. I put the fryer under a kitchen stove exhaust fan to make the airborne oil to exhaust out of the house. Mostly steam comes out and entire house smells like vegetable oil for 12 hours after frying food.There are several sharp edges that can cut the skin during dish washing. I hand washed the containers especially electronic parts. Metal strainer is especially sharp. Using caution I can clean the strainer with light brushing technique with hot soapy water.

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  4. I buy a lotta stuff

    This fryer is really great. We have owned a Breville Toaster Oven for many years, and we love the quality, durability and aesthetics of their appliances. This fryer is no exception. It heats-up quickly and holds even and consistent temperature while cooking. We used to use a secondary thermometer to verify cooking temperatures, but this fryer has been highly accurate, so we typically don’t use an additional thermometer. It is fairly compact, but has a good-sized tub / frying area. The controls are easy to use and are typical Breville high quality. The lid fits snugly and prevents splashing / splattering. As other reviewers have noted, the cord is short and a little finicky. The magnetic connection will come apart with slight movement or angled placement. BUT… almost all (if not all) new fryers come with this feature. It is for safety reasons, so it is understood and appreciated. Once you get used to it, it’s not a big deal. We place this on a cookie sheet on our cooktop and vent with the cooktop hood which works well. Clean-up is straight-forward… allow the oil to cool, pour and filter into a container (we usually put it back in the original oil jug), wash the bucket, basket and lid, then wipe down the heating element and controls and you’re done. It takes a little bit of time, but well… frying is messy business. If you enjoy fried meats, vegetables, etc., you will enjoy cooking with this Breville fryer. We use ours often and we love it. Some reviewers reported problems over time. We have only had it for a few months. We have used it multiple times and I see no signs of problems or reason for concern.

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  5. Golden mountain guy

    I ration myself to using for a few days once a month. I love this thing. I’ve made French fries, calamari, fried mushrooms, MonteCristo sandwich, even a whole fried Cornish game hen. Get a good large funnel and strainer that fits in the funnel. Let the oil cool overnight and pour in the strainer through the funnel into a 1 gallon jug. I reuse the oil 4-5 times. Then the whole fryer (minus the electronics of course) goes in the dishwasher and cleanup is a breeze. Easy to assemble/ disassemble for cleaning. It’s small and doesn’t take up much room in my pantry. This is a HUGE improvement over frying in my dutch oven. When I pull it out again it’s Crab HushPuppies!

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  6. shane Sears

    Is usually do not write reviews of products. However, as an owner of 5 other Breville kitchen appliances and a big fan of their brand. The deeds fryer that just showed up at my house is the flimsiest and lowest quality built product I have ever purchased from Breville. Quite shocked and disappointed in the build quality and the materials. No replaceable filter, a cord that poorly and barely connects to the back of the appliance. The lid to the fryer is so flimsy it wobbles when you hold it by the handle and it the lid is warped and twisted because the materials used are so thin. Definitely will be returning for a full refund.I had a cheap $50 Walmart grade deep fryer prior to this one and it was built markedly better.Just quite surprised and disappointed in this product by Breville.

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  7. Carmen Sanders

    Bought this as a Christmas gift for my daughter. She used it for the first time the other day, It seemed to work well, though she was not happy about the plug that attaches to the fryer. It’s magnetic and it just kept falling off. Didn’t feel very secure. Poor design.

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  8. Brett

    This thing is awesome! I always thought that frying would be a mess and a pain.. not true at all with this fryer. Within 30 minutes of opening the box, we made corn dogs and french fries – both were incredibly good.. I’d tried making these with oil in a regular cast iron pan, but the problem was that its nearly impossible to gauge the proper temperature all the time.This fryer has a digital temperature readout on the LCD display, so you know exactly where the heat is at.I have a kitchen full of Breville small appliances, and have always been happy with the quality of their products. This fryer is no exception.Highly recommended!

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  9. Barry R

    Bought the T-fal Ultimate EZ-clean fryer first, what a piece of junk. It was the size of a small car, yet only has about 1.5 inches of oil.Then did my homework and read deep fryer reviews. I ordered the Breville Smart Fryer. This is probably the nicest and most usable deep fryer on the market (in my opinion). Beyond the digital control, there is no trendy, glitzy, useless consumer garbage that you don’t need. This one is simple and highly functional…. period. The Breville heats remarkably fast, calculates temperature drop accurately, and recovers from temperature drop much faster that I would ever have expected. I have 2 complaints though. This one is expensive (and I have no doubt it is worth the extra cost), and the magnetic cord attachment is as annoying as all the other reviews have written. If a break-away cord is not an issue for you, a little hot melt glue on the sides of the magnetic plug, resolves this problem very easily. Forget the glitzy junk from the competitors, this is a seriously functional deep fryer.

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  10. J&S

    This fryer has a total of three safety features that completely power off the unit and cause a lot of confusion for users.- Magnetic power cord.This falls out too easily and suffers from the “USB” problem of being difficult to put in the right way. It is also hard to know if it is inserted properly as there is no mechanical “click” and flexes easily. The maglock connectors on old Macbooks show how this should be done.If it is not inserted correctly, the unit does not power on.- Reset button.It is very unclear what triggers this. The manual suggests that when the power cord comes out, the reset needs to be pressed, however this isn’t the case in my experience.It is impossible to press with your finger as it is recessed. Additionally the manual has an error and incorrectly described there as being two reset buttons, when in fact there is only one on the back. I believe this is because in 240v regions, there are two, and this was an oversight when selling this in North America.If it is not reset, the unit does not power on.- Slot sensors. The main unit has to be 100% correctly inserted into slots into the base of the fryer.If it is not inserted properly, the unit does not power on.In ANY these conditions have failed, the fryer does not switch on, there are no error codes, no noises or beeps, just a blank screen. You might have power, but not have the unit properly inserted into the base for example – but because you have the same “off” screen there is nothing to tell you that, so you may incorrectly think it is the loose power lead or reset button. Diagnosing this unit when it doesn’t power on leads you on a wild goose chase and is incredibly frustrating – you might fix the unit and get it slotted in, but then the power cord falls out!In addition, if you try and troubleshoot online, there is very little information on the web. I found posts that will tell you that if you can’t power it on to use the reset button, and if you can’t reset it, then it means the reset button is broken – this is not always the case as it appears the reset button is rarely used.Simply adding error codes to the screen for the reset button and slot sensors would resolve this problem. I suspect other people may have thought their unit has “died” when it is in fact one of these poorly explained safety features.

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  11. VietyV

    The fryer itself works fine and gets to a surprisingly high temp for a home fryer. Timer is a nice function, setting custom temps can be a bit finicky at first and honestly the presets are ehh unless you don’t cook often. The bad thing is that the plug is super temperamental, even for a magnetic one. It will pop out during cooking a lot and when you plug it in you have to set everything again because it’s fully digital.

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  12. G. Fortier

    Nice fryer. Good size and easy to use. Can fry 5 big potatoes. Give it 4 star because the handle as melted. Do not forget to unfold the handle before heating!

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  13. V. Evans

    So far this has been great. it works really well and everything comes out nicely browned and crisp. The controls will take a bit of getting used to but once I have used it multiple times I am sure it will get easier. Love that it’s stainless steel and not aluminum. It comes apart for really easy cleaning which is great. Lots of room to fry and the basket is a good size. pretty happy with this one.

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  14. Dean Griffith-Cochrane

    I’m now returning the second one after the first died within a week. When it was working, it worked great – even temperature, easy to use, easy to clean. But it simply didn’t power up the 4th time I used it, so I returned it. The replacement worked once, then likewise refused to turn on the next time I went to use it.When I spend this much for a small appliance, I expect it to be reliable. I’m cutting my losses and trying a different brand. Fortunately Amazon’s return system is easy to use.Edit: I’m updating my review based on information in J&S’s review. It seems very likely to me that I ran into the issue they talk about. In all other ways, this is a high quality appliance – I think that the safety features are over-designed and under-documented.

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  15. Robert Francis Desmarais

    The main issue is setting up the Smart Fryer so the connection cable will stay on. The power cable should be plugged in the housing not barely held in place with a magnet. I make my fries outside with the fryer on a small table. The magnet can barely hold on the weight of the cable if it is not supported between the fryer and the wall connection. Each time there is a breach of connection you have to reset your values.

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