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. If you can’t get enough of your fast food, delicious donuts, and golden fried chicken, then maybe a new deep fat fryer is on the cards.
We’ve taken a peek at some best deep fryers out there so you can put away the takeaway menu and get yourself home frying’. It’s not hard to see why the F8000 is one of Total’s bestsellers as it is a great all-around deep fat fryer that will supply delicious fries and can also step it up for larger meals.
First up, it is a good size for everyday use; with an oil capacity of up to 3.5 liters, it can take up to 2.65 pounds of food in one fry. And while the fry basket is perhaps a little shallower than some other fryers, it is perfectly usable, and it means there’s enough space for its brilliant oil filtration system.
Its patented oil filtration system doubles up with an automatic drainage system to clean out your cooking oil after every use, storing the residue in a removable container, ready to be re-used. There is also an odor filter and the key sections for cleaning are both removable and dishwasher safe.
Ingenious oil filter and drainage system plus odor control There is something really solid-looking about this deep fat fryer, which has the Cuisinart quality stamped all over it.
It has a good 4-quart capacity which means you can cook up to 2.3 pounds of food in one fry and the large mesh basket is easy to maneuver and has a cool- touch handle that is retractable for easy storing. And it maintains its temperature so you can avoid that unappetizing oily slick on any follow-up food frying.
Viewing window on lid to observe the cooking process There’s a retro vibe to this electric fryer which has been modeled on the cast iron pots of yonder year.
And with the ability to heal up oil and cook at crisply fried temperatures. Made from heavy-duty cast aluminum with a non-stick finish and skid-resistant feet it would make an interesting addition to any kitchen and it does fry your food pretty fast.
The Granary’s beauty is in its simplicity, not that many parts, and they are all nice and easy to get at and clean. It doesn’t actually have an internal basket, so you pour the oil straight in and add your food, then use the supplied fry scoop to catch your fried items and fish them out.
The main drawback is that the outer of the Granary can get rather hot, so watch your fingers and keep little ‘us away. Oh, and there is no temperature control but for the tasty price, it is a good basic fryer.
Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best panini presses. The Hamilton Beach deep fryer ramps on some wonderful safety features, making it a great home food fryer for the family, especially if there are younger children eager for their fries.
A cool-looking black and a nice, solid size, this deep fat fryer features cool touch sides to keep hands safe if they accidentally touch the unit when it is fired up and frying. And the lid has a clear viewing window, so you can check on your food without running the risk of a hot oil splash.
And finally, it is nice and easy to clean, with removable parts and a dishwasher safe, non-stick pot. Our handy guide to the best air fryer features more great products like this.
For really fast food and meals on the go, check out this large deep fryer from Secure that rocks an impressive three baskets for multi-cooking. Worked together, you can literally fry a whole meal and get it totally tasty and crispy onto your plate.
Check out our review of the best electric pressure cookers for our top picks. If you love your Hamilton Beach deep fryer but the single basket is no longer enough, now’s the time to upgrade and get double the frying joy.
For a really versatile deep fat fryer that can also turn its hand to other cooking methods then take a look at the Butterball XL from Master built. This substantial powerhouse can fry, steam or boil your favorite foods, while also using around a third less oil than more traditional deep fat fryers so a good all-around addition to your kitchen and your healthy eating regime.
It is on the tall side so care is needed when lowering large items of meat into it If you love your French fries or Southern-style chicken but your waistline is telling you to take it easy, then the Ninja Air Fryer could be the one to dip into.
The air-fry technology (which uses convection principles to circulate air to help cook and crisp up your food, without needing so much oil) means you can reduce the amount of oil you need by up to 75%. As a result, you get quick and tasty food, that has all the crisp and golden texture as more the conventionally deep -fried.
Not only that, but with the wide temperature ranges the Ninja whips up, you can also use your space-age deep fat fryer to roast, bake and re-heat. Yes, you will pay a little more than a straight-up electric deep fat fryer but if you are watching your weight but still like to have your fried food fix, then as a healthy deep fryer, the Ninja Air Fryer is a good way to go.
The Livonia Easy Clean Deeper is a fantastic option if you are looking for a fryer that can cope with larger batch cooking, without breaking into a sweat. It has an adjustable thermostat and an extra-large wire basket for quick and effective cooking.
What we really like about the Easy Clean is it does what its name promises, thanks to its cool zone system, which enables food particles to drop into a cooler area of the container, keeping your cooking oil cleaner for longer with less odor. The Easy Clean also has a simple to use the draining system to siphon away leftover oil for disposal.
It combines classic deep-frying technology with a few modern upgrades to make it safer and easier to use. Instead of an open deep fryer that can spit out hot oil, this one can be closed and still allows you to see the progress.
Another useful feature is the unique active filtration system that reduces odors by up to 74%. If you don’t want your kitchen to smell like a cheap take-out restaurant, you’ll absolutely love this fryer.