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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Ask anyone, especially in the UK, and at least one person will say ‘ they know they shouldn’t, but… ’ For the home chef, however, trying to replicate this in your own kitchen can be tricky. Oil sizzling in a pan tends to jump out at you and your worktop; both messy and a pain to clean.
Boasting one of the larger oil capacities you’ll find in a home fryer, the nonetheless compact Quest Stainless-steel is a great all-round performer. Despite sitting on the cheap end of the spectrum, this deepfatfryer holds 3 liters of oil.
It gets up to temperature quickly and adjusting it is super simple thanks to the dial at the back of the fryer. This compact option from Swan features a generous 2.5-litre capacity, with a well-proportioned basket able to hold food enough for 2.
So, you can rest assured your food will be cooked to perfection, without the risk of overheated oil. The inner pan has a non-stick coating, meaning that once empty, you can just wipe clean and start again with the cooking.
Safety conscious design Easy temperature adjustment Non-stick lining Cooks with less oil It manages a relatively low weight and compact size despite the extra capacity, so can conveniently slot into whatever space you have.
The supplied lid keeps the hot oil covered, and the viewing window lets you watch the progress of your food as it cooks. Coming with a simple temperature control dial and an easy-to-remove basket, this fryer will do everything you need, with high-quality frying at a reasonable price.
The Maxi Fry is a great mid-range offering from Teal, with a 1.8-litre oil capacity and enough room for 1 kilo of food. The temperature is controlled via a simple slider on the front of the unit, which is printed with heat guides for various food types.
The 3-litre oil capacity of Pick’s DeepFatFryer will ably cook enough food for the family. It uses its capacity cleverly, however, maintaining a fairly low profile that should slot neatly into any kitchen.
Temperature is managed via the simple thermostat, with heat guides for a variety of foods. Another neat feature comes courtesy of the timer setting, also controlled via a straightforward dial.
The deep basket can hold up to 2 liters of oil and 1 kilo of food, comfortably enough to cook for 2 or more people. The basket, lid and oil container are all removable, giving you a convenient cleaning solution.
Easy clean design Digital timer Generous capacity Good safety features The thermostat dial is clean and bold, and the whole unit takes up minimal storage space.
Versatility is a core feature of the Monster Compact, with a generously proportioned interior allowing you the freedom to experiment with plenty of foods. It also boasts a huge viewing window to let you keep an eye on what’s frying with ease and safety.
As the name suggests, the Teal Easy Pro brings professional frying standards in a home kitchen-sized package. Housing a 3-litre oil basket that can hold 1.2 kilos of food this is a family sized fryer with advanced technology that won’t leave you out of pocket.
Therefore, your oil stays cleaner for longer and limits the frying odors produced. Also featuring a simple thermostat, large viewing window and cool-touch handles, it’s designed with the user firmly in mind.
Clever heating element design All parts dishwasher safe Robust stainless-steel construction Large capacity Temperature control is straightforward to manage via a dial, and you can check on the progress of your food as it’s cooking thanks to the large viewing window.
The lid (which features a metal filter) and fry basket are also dishwasher safe for ease of cleaning, which is also backed up by the non-stick lining of the interior. With a set of features that are more advanced than in the other reviews here, but by no means the most expensive choice, it’s hard to go wrong.
The other benefit to this is the creation of a cooler zone underneath the element, so any remnants of food sink down without burning or contaminating the oil. For its low price, you’re buying something with enough capacity to serve 1 comfortably, but of course, more if you’re prepared to cook multiple batches.
Using a functional shape combined with a very low weight, it will fit into even the smallest of kitchens without being obtrusive. While using a deep fryer unit is generally safer than a frying pan full of hot oil, the Pick has a number of thought-out components that mark this out as the best.
Oil can be a bit of a messy business, so a machine that facilitates easy cleaning is very helpful. All the parts; lid, fry basket, handle and oil container; are removable and dishwasher safe.
Knowing how many portions of food you’re regularly cooking naturally plays a part, but there are other considerations to make around size, ease of use and general practicality. Our reviews will help you make the best decision around your needs, so read on for a guide to answer your purchasing questions.
The more versatile machines will have greater levels of adjustability, and some even come with preset temperature guides for certain (more tricky) foods. The golden combination is mixing variable temperatures with a timer setting, which help keep food in that ‘just right’ heat range for the ideal time.
It gets the food frying more quickly; giving a crispier outside and keeping the inside moist, but without absorbing a lot of oil. Detachable power cables contribute to the overall safety of a fryer in case of knocks, thereby hopefully preventing spills.
Some fryers are also equipped with automatic overheating protection and timers, to keep food (and oil) from burning, and of course, lids are essential for a physical barrier.