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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Here, you’ll find options from customer-loved brands such as Cuisinart, Total, Seville, Hamilton Beach, and De’Longhi. Read on to learn what to look for before making your purchase, along with more details about each deep fryer we’ve selected.
Most options also come with clear windows on their lids so you can peek inside and ensure your food is browning correctly, eliminating the need to open the lid and risk getting splashed with sizzling hot oil. There are also deep fryers that fit numerous baskets, compact options that are easy to store, and of course, luxury versus budget picks.
We’ve balanced all of these considerations and scoured thousands of reviews from real customers, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll have no trouble finding the right fit from our list of the best deep fryers. Named for its special tilt-basket rotating system, the Root comes with an anti-odor filter and the brand’s signature easy-clean pour spout that makes discarding or transferring oil a breeze.
“I have always been intimidated by deep fat fryers, so I've used a fry pan,” said a reviewer, who used the Root for chicken strips. The best option for one-serving meals or small portions, Total’s stainless steel deep fryer is no bigger than a three-quart Instant Pot.
What’s more, it’s equipped with indicator lights that tell you when the oil is hot enough to start cooking, along with a smart, understated safety feature: its magnetic cord easily breaks away, so you won’t have to worry about tipping the entire fryer over if you accidentally snag the cord. While it doesn’t come with an oil container or pour spout, it does include a removable frying basket and handles that allow for easy maneuvering.
You’ll also get the most bang for your buck; this multi-use cooking tool combines a few appliances into one and costs just $40. “Everyone should have one of these,” wrote a reviewer, who added, “This is like an electric frying pan in the shape of a pot.
We’ve had one for years; great for making chili, soup, can be used as a deep fryer, and is the ultimate appliance for campers in RV or centers who like to use hook-ups.” Presto’s multi-cooker has a 4.5-star rating with nearly 1,000 five-star reviews, and since it’s on sale right now, you can grab it for even less. Sometimes basic is best, and this stainless steel deep fryer from Cuisinart does its job without extra bells and whistles.
“The depth is perfect, heats to the right temperature pretty quickly, cooks evenly, and the basket which may be lifted out and hung on the side to drain the grease from food minimizes waste,” said one reviewer. Hamilton Beach’s 4.5-liter deep fryer isn’t exactly ideal if your kitchen lacks storage space, but it is the best choice for frying up big portions for large families or dinner parties.
Like other good deep fryers, it comes with a viewing window on the lid and a removable oil container that makes cleanup easy. Plus, the oil tank, lid, and frying baskets are all dishwasher-safe, and the appliance comes with a magnetic break-away cord for added safety.
Seville is the brand behind some of the best juicers, espresso machines, and other kitchen appliances on the market, so it’s no surprise that it also makes a great luxury deep fryer. Seville’s Smart Fryer comes with one-touch programs that have predetermined settings for certain foods, including one for twice-fried fries (because honestly, the crispier the better).
You can also choose “fresh” or “frozen” functions and the Smart Fryer will automatically adjust its frying time and temperature accordingly. What’s more, the high-tech appliance uses a signature cool-zone technology to push the heat upwards, creating a protective “cool zone” at the bottom of the fryer that traps food debris.
Total’s deep fryer is specially designed to avoid this problem with a unique activated charcoal filtration system that reduces odors by 74 percent, according to the brand. While most large fryers can be a hassle to store, Presto’s dual fryer eliminates this problem with a space-saving design that allows you to store the frying baskets and heating conduit within the main compartment.
My husband was sitting just a few feet away while I was using it, and he didn't even realize I was frying food until I handed him a plate. Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here.
“Holds a maximum of 4 1/2 liters of oil and can fry up to 2.6 pounds of food in a single batch.” Not only will a dedicated deep fryer make the job easier, but it will also be safer and less messy than standard pots and pans.
Electric deep fryers control the heat for you, so you won’t need a thermometer to make sure you’re at the right temperature for cooking without burning, and many include extra features that make the job easier. If you don’t want to store yet another countertop appliance, a stove top cooker might be a better buy.
While you won’t get temperature control features, you can use it as a saucepan or stockpot for everyday cooking. At one time, Cuisinart was most known for food processors, but since then it's branched out, making a wide variety of high-quality kitchen products.
This deep fryer checks all the boxes for a deep fryer, including a removable 1800-watt immersion heating element that can heat the oil quickly and recover the temperature just as quickly after food is added. Because of its compact size, many reviewers are happy with how easy it is to store away, and how little oil it requires, because this means easier cleanup.
The fryer basket can lift high and stay in place for draining excess oil from the just-fried food. When frying is done and the oil has drained, the removable parts are all dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
The cooking basket is uniquely shaped to better accommodate larger poultry while the handle on the basket, along with the lifting hook, makes it safer to lift foods out of hot oil. Many customers love how easy it is to use: just turn it on, let it heat up, and start cooking.
The heating element removes easily for cleaning, as does the frying bowl, and the baskets are top-rack dishwasher safe. A large window on the top of the fryer makes it easy to safely monitor the food as it cooks, and an integrated odor filter helps reduce frying odors during cooking.
Since each side draws significant power, they should be plugged in to separate circuits to avoid tripping breakers. With just a 1.5 liter capacity, this little fryer won’t use up a lot of oil and is ideal for cooking in small quantities.
Donna Carrie is a cookbook author and writer for The Spruce Eats. Electric deep fryers are typically safer than their propane counterparts, but there is still the risk that the oil can splatter or spill over while cooking (especially large portions of food), so you want to look for models that offer safety features like an automatic shutoff feature, a splatter guard, a lid, or a magnetic break-off cord.
Make sure the model you choose also comes with clear safety and usage instructions. If you're cooking a large batch of fries for a party or a turkey for Thanksgiving, look for a larger fryer with a roomy oil chamber.
If you're cooking something like fish or some sides for yourself or a small family, however, you can sacrifice some depth and go with a more compact fryer. Many deep fryers are also designed so that their frying chamber has a nonstick coating or their frying basket, lid, heating element, and other parts are removable, so they can be hand washed or placed in the dishwasher.