An internal thermometer prevents oil from overheating and regulates the temperature during cooking, which means you don't have to worry about raising or lowering the heat like you would on the stove, or fussy thermometers. If you plan on deep-frying often, you might want to consider a deep fryer with a small footprint so you can keep it out on your counter without hogging up too much space.
Stainless steel housing and digital control panels look sleek on countertops. If you're deep-frying for one or two, a small deep fryer, such as 1 quart or 4 cups, is more than sufficient; plus, it requires less oil.
Some large capacity deep fryers can be very big and bulky, although one of our top picks features a unique oil storing container. Large green and red indicator lights clearly let you know when the fryer is at temperature and when the heater is on, while a wide viewing window allows you to peer inside without opening the lid and causing the temperature to drop during cooking.
It also has a lid to store oil and use again, and takes up minimal counter space. The LCD-lit digital display and digital controls offers pre-programmed settings for seven commonly fried foods (French fries, wings, calamari, and more), whether they're fresh or frozen.
It has a compact footprint that can be stored easily and can fry up to 3/4 pound of food. The Presto Kitchen Kettle is comparable to a cooking pot that heats up quickly, no flame required.
It heats up quickly and can be used for an array of purposes, from frying and steaming to browning and cooking soup. It reaches up to 400ºF, and features a tempered glass lid, which allows you to see inside the pot during cooking.
When ready to re-use, simply slide out the drawer and transfer to the oil container. The oil container, lid and basket are dishwasher safe, which make the whole cooking process that much easier.
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They are a good option for home cooking chips, doughnuts or other fried treats. And while we're completely aware they're not the most healthy option for cooking, if you're an infrequent user of your home deep fryer then we don't see a problem.
Like all appliances, there's a few factors to consider before parting with the cash such as size, ease of use and how it looks on the countertop. So from small deep fryers to larger models, we've covered them all within our deepfatfryer reviews below.
Alternatively you may want to cook food quickly, but have it a little healthier, so take a look at our best microwaves guide for more of our top picks. Features Not only does it have a very decent capacity of 3 liters, enough to feed a family, it also has a dishwasher safe basket and lid, and an ultra-useful viewing window so you can see when food is good and golden.
This deepfatfryer from Monster boasts a generous 1.3 kg capacity so you can make food for all the family. Non-stick The removable non-stick pan combined with an adjustable thermostat makes sure you can fry foods, so they are perfectly golden.
Bestdeepfatfryer for small families: a sleek looking fryer with enough room to make treats for two For those evenings where you fancy treating yourself to something naughty, the Seville 3 L Pro Fryer holds just enough for a two-person portion.
If the idea of a deepfatfryer fills you with guilt, then there is a healthy alternative which will still allow you to indulge in your favorite crispy treats. It's one of our small deep fryers, and admittedly it doesn’t taste quite the same, but it is close enough to the real deal for those who are really looking to count calories.
Feature Thanks to its adjustable thermostat, you can control the temperature how you like, and the indicator light will let you know when you’re good to go. The detachable basket is key in terms of safety and is designed for anything from frying chips to fruit fritters and even onion rings.
Size The machine itself is pretty compact, so it'll easily slot into a kitchen cupboard if you don't want it on display all the time. SpecificationsReasons to reasons to avoid Complete with a cooking time guide, the Cook works 1.5L DeepFatFryer can squeeze in enough food for two portions, and because it's so compact, it's easy to store.
Features It has a safe-lock lid for peace of mind and an adjustable thermostat for cooking different foods, as well as a cool zone to keep your oil fresh for longer. There are plenty of well-known brands on the market that all offer some great home deep fryer options.
Safety features, such as a lockable lid to stop spills, and dishwasher safe parts for easy cleaning and maintenance are worth looking out for. It has a medium-size capacity, it's easy to clean and store, and it features a viewing window so you can see when your food is cooked.
They create a nice “fried” finish that your oven range can't compete with, as well as, reheating results that blow away the average microwave. Plus, an air fryer requires only a small amount of oil to make foods crispy with a fraction of the calories and fat of traditional cooking methods, like deep-frying.
It scored the highest marks across the board for ease of use, thanks to its easy-to-use and -read buttons and clear owner’s manual. During our tests, the air fryer basket slid in and out easily, which made handling a breeze.
We’re fans of the basket’s slick, ceramic interior and removable tray, which makes it nonstick. The tray also fits snugly and securely on the bottom of the basket so you don’t have to worry about it falling out when you turn the food out onto a plate.
In addition to being easy to use, The Ninja Air Fryer Max XL scored the highest in performance. The model we tested comes with a broiling rack for even quicker and juicier results and melty cheese.
The different settings are programmed with unique maximum and minimum temperatures, so you can intuitively achieve different cooking results. One thing to keep in mind is its vented basket, which promotes air circulation, also allows for dripping if you don’t empty the grease buildup between rounds.
The air fryer basket is large (6 quarts) and square, which creates more cooking space than its round competitors, making a smart home investment for a family. We tested the pictured digital version, which not only made the most evenly-colored toast, but also the crispiest air fried food in the shortest amount of time.
The rectangular 15.5 by 16-inch air fry rack offers a large cooking surface and sits atop a drip/crumb tray for easy cleanup. The Color’s 3.7-quart square basket offers a lot of cooking space, especially compared to its round competitors.
The control panel is loaded with presets that are programmed with recommended cooking temperatures and times, including a preheat option, which is not common on air fryers. The Color Air Fryer can also be used on a manual setting if none of the presets are the perfect fit.
Frozen fries required almost 10 minutes less than the manufacturer’s instructions, so keep an eye on the goodies you’re cooking. This Nowise air fryer comes with three additional racks that stack, which sets it apart from others on the market.
The racks stack, which allow you to air fry thin and dehydrate up to four layers at a time. Our favorite feature of the Philips Premium Air Fryer is its compact shape that still cooks enough food for one to two portions.
At 2.5 quarts, it’s the smallest of the Philips air fryers, which comes in XL and XXL sizes. In our tests, the lid helped make crisp frozen fries that were moist on the inside, not dried out and evenly golden.
We love that it comes in an assortment of colors that pop, unlike most air fryers on the market. Nicole Papantoniou, GoodHousekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the GoodHousekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab.