The 10 Best Deep Fat Fryers

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While we fully embrace air fryers and love the way you can get healthy and crispy golden food without using much cooking oil.

The things is, air fryers cannot compete with deep fat fryers when it comes to imparting that trademark taste.

Our advice?

Keep your air fryer for a variety of new and inspiring recipes that will help you get the best from oil-free cooking, and then invest in a deep fat fryer for the occasional treat with a few more calories.

Now, if you have never looked for a deep fryer before, you likely have no idea what you’re looking for.

Luckily, these appliances are all broadly similar in terms of performance and reasonably simple, so focus on the below factors before whipping out your credit card then buy with total confidence.

  • Fuel source: The first thing you’ll need to consider when you’re comparing deep fat fryers is the fuel source. A gas deep fryer is often more expensive to buy, but it can be cheaper to run, given that both propane and natural gas are cheaper than electricity. With these models, there is a heating system comprised of tube burners running right across the frying tank’s bottom. Gas travels through these tubes, heating the oil through the walls of the tank. Gas fryers come with various different heating options, some with concentrated jets and others making use of infrared heat. These deep fat fryers are typically freestanding and take up quite a lot of space. An electric deep fryer, by contrast, uses a coil system to heat the oil up from inside the tank in much the same way as many other electrical cooking appliances. Adjustable thermostats on these models allow you to cook with precision, and some come with an indicator to let you know when the oil hits the optimum frying temperature
  • Capacity: Look for the capacity of the deep fat fryers on your shortlist in terms of how much oil it will hold. Some fryers also specify the amount of food they will accommodate. Make certain you get a large enough capacity for your needs without going over the top
  • Maintenance: If you use your deep fat fryer on the regular, food debris will fall to the base of the fryer tank. If you don’t deal with this, the intense heat can cause this to burn into the tank itself. This will then degrade and taint the taste of the oil and spoil the results on your plate. Fryers featuring deep cook zones help you sidestep this snag. There is an indent allowing the bottom of the tank to remain 85F cooler, meaning any food that falls into this lower zone will do so without burning into the tank. Oil filtration systems are usually automated and drain the hot oil out of the bottom of the tank, minimizing your maintenance
  • Ease of cleaning: Deep fat fryers with non-stick pans, removable (and ideally dishwasher-safe) baskets, and other removable components will improve your overall cooking experience

If you keep these simple pointers in mind, you should have no problems finding the best deep fryer for your needs.

Now it’s time for the main event with our review of the top 10 deep fryers in a crowded market segment.

Enjoy!

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I. The 10 Best Deep Fryers

1. Our #1 Pick: T-fal Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 3.5 liters of oil
  • Weight: 12.4 pounds
  • Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.7 x 14.8 inches

First up and our favorite overall in today’s showcase of the best deep fat fryers comes from T-fal, an industry specialist with a deep bench of cooking appliances and accessories. How does this unit shape up, then?

Rated at 1700 watts, you’ll have ample firepower for all your deep-frying needs, but this fryer won’t dominate the kitchen counter. It weighs just over 12 pounds, so you’ll have no problems shifting it around or packing it away between uses.

With the capacity for 3.5 liters of oil and 2.65 pounds of food, you can confidently cook for the whole family and guests without needing multiple batches.

This model features a patented oil filtration system, so you’ll enjoy cleaner results and a user-friendly experience throughout.

If you’re put off buying a deep fat fryer because you think cleanup is messy, you’ll appreciate the dishwasher-safe components on the T-fal.

The basket features two different positions, streamlining both cooking and draining.

Although this is not a rugged commercial unit, build quality is still commendable, and you can expect plenty of life from this thing if you keep it clean and well-maintained. This is one of the best deep fat fryers out there, and it costs far less than you might imagine.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Dual-position basket
  • Patented lubricant filtration
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Some issues with oil pooling

2. Budget Pick: Presto FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 4 cups of oil
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 8.13 x 7.38 inches

If you live in an apartment or have limited space in your kitchen, this compact deep fat fryer allows you to continue enjoying your favorite deep-fried treats, even if space is too tight to mention.

Made from plastic and aluminum throughout, all components are food-safe and free of toxins like BPA and phthalates.

You can whip up 4 servings of fries for your kids and their friends using just 4 cups of oil, so everyone can benefit from the delicious sensation of deep-fried food without too many calories from the oil.

Using this thing couldn’t be easier thanks to the inbuilt automatic temperature regulation. All you need to do is drop in your deep-fried delicacies and wait for the crispy and golden results.

The lightweight aluminum chassis is also fairly robust, so you should have no lifespan issues.

The only reported drawback with the fryer among a sea of positive user reviews comes in the form of a few complaints about oil splattering out.

You get a lift-and-drain scoop baked in enabling you to decant your food onto the plate without any excess oil spoiling the effect.

The non-stick surfaces mean you won’t need to deal with any messy cleanup, although the fryer is not safe to pop in the dishwasher.

If you’re looking for one of the most effective compact deep fat fryers out there, the Presto FryDaddy is a must.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Makes 4 servings of fries
  • Uses minimal oil
  • Automatic temperature regulation
  • Prone to splattering

3. Breville Smart Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 4 quarts of oil
  • Weight: 8.6 pounds
  • Dimensions: 16 x 10.4 x 11.4 inches

Breville has an impressive line of kitchenware and appliances like the outstanding Smart Fryer. How does this unit stack up?

The stainless steel build is rugged enough to withstand plenty of sustained use, but this lightweight fryer tips the scale at less than 9 pounds, so you’re getting a pocket-rocket rather than a hulking commercial fry that might clutter up the countertop.

One of the key selling points with this fryer is the Cool Zone tech baked in. This not only prolongs the life of your oil, but you’ll find it also minimizes any excessive burning when you’re deep frying.

Considering the compact form factor, you get a pleasingly large capacity, with enough room inside for 4 quarts of oil.

The electronic thermostat removes the guesswork from deep frying and lets you create all your favorite dishes at their best. This thermostat also promotes rapid recovery so your oil is right back up to temperature.

The mesh filter goes some way toward minimizing those unpleasant smells than can issue from cheap deep fryers.

Both the frying basket and cooking bowl are removable and safe to slide in the dishwasher, leaving you no concerns about messy cleanup when you’ve wolfed down your burger and fries.

Surprisingly for Breville, several consumers flag reliability issues developing over time with this fryer. We suggest doing your due diligence before committing to purchase.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Cool Zone technology
  • Generous capacity
  • Electronic thermostat
  • Reported reliability issues

4. KRUPS Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 4.5 liters of oil
  • Weight: 6.7 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.3 x 14.6 x 13 inches

KRUPS are perhaps most famous for their coffee machines, so how do they translate that expertise to deep fat fryers?

Extremely well, as you’ll discover if you invest in this lightweight and space-saving fryer.

Made from stainless steel and finished in a striking dark gray, this fryer should give you plenty of service if you keep it clean and cared for. Monitor the user reviews for this model and you’ll unearth a few gripes about lifespan, so take care of this unit to avoid problems developing.

While the overall dimensions of this fryer are compact enough not to take over the countertop, it weighs less than 7 pounds, so you’ll have no issues picking it up to pack away.

There are 3 separate frying baskets on this unit. The large basket allows you to cook up a big batch of fries or similar, while you can cook a couple of smaller batches of food in the pair of mini-baskets.

If you have never tried deep-frying food before, you can take advantage of the 4 presets to get going right out the box. All you’ll need is the food to pop inside and you’ll have delicious deep-fried snacks in no more than 30 minutes.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Rugged stainless steel build
  • Electric fryer
  • Manual settings
  • Lifespan issues flagged

5. Masterbuilt Electric Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 10 liters of oil
  • Weight: 20.48 pounds
  • Dimensions: 16.46 x 18.43 x 14.8 inches

Masterbuilt makes a wide variety of grills and smokers, so how does this electric deep fat fryer stand and fall?

Unlike some of the more compact and space-saving fryers above, this unit is heavy and bulky. Weighing over 20 pounds, you’re better of setting this fryer up on the counter for permanent installation rather than packing it away after every use.

In return for this bulky form, you get a correspondingly large capacity. Fill this unit with up to 10 liters of oil and slip a whole 20-pound bird inside the roomy interior.

Most user reviews of this hefty deep fryer are positive, but we found one mention of the fact this fryer is intended only for commercial use. The manufacturer suggests using a heavy breaker without too much load on the circuit, so it’s worth bearing this in mind if you want this fryer in the home kitchen.

The hinged lid is removable to streamline cleaning, while the drain valve makes light work of ditching the oil from this thing after use.

If you have a small commercial outlet, this deep fat fryer from Masterbuilt would make a great addition to your team. For home use, do some research to establish if this is the right fit for your kitchen, or explore one of the many other models we review without this issue.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Removable hinged lid
  • Cooks whole 20-pound turkey
  • Quick and easy cleanup
  • Intended for commercial use only

6. VIVOHOME Large Capacity Electric Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 12.7 quarts of oil
  • Weight: 18.01 pounds
  • Dimensions: 22.44 x 17.13 x 11.81 inches

As we pass the midway point in our deep fryer reviews, we have another large-capacity unit, this time from VIVOHOME.

Unlike the Masterbuilt, this model works equally well in a home kitchen or in a commercial backdrop.

The high-powered 2500-watt heating element ensures you won’t be waiting around too long for your oil to get up to temperature.

Twin fry baskets allow to spread the load and segregate your food. Each of these has the capacity for 6.35 quarts of oil, a generous capacity considering this fryer will fit on most kitchen counters.

You can tweak the temperature on this fryer from 140F to 374F, giving you enormous flexibility to rustle up a wide range of snacks in this fryer.

When you’re done cooking, the removable baskets simplify serving and cleanup. The manufacturer does not stipulate whether these baskets are dishwasher-safe, so we would suggest washing them by hand with some warm soapy water and then drying them thoroughly and immediately. This should be the extent of any maintenance and upkeep on this first-class deep fat fryer.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • 2 removable baskets
  • High-wattage fryer
  • Broad temperature band
  • Quite bulky

7. Bayou Classic Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 4 gallons of oil
  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.25 x 26 inches

Bayou’s deep fat fryer is a freestanding rather than countertop unit. Unless you have a much larger kitchen, this model is likely best reserved for commercial use.

Weighing a hulking 45 pounds, you might need some assistance to get this thing up and running.

The steel chassis sits on legs to give you an ergonomic working environment, as well as the ability to deep-fry lots of food in a high-demand environment.

Each of the twin fry baskets has the capacity for a couple gallons of oil, giving you an enormous total capacity of 4 gallons, and the chance to make large batches of fried food the easy way.

Unlike most cheaper and smaller deep fat fryers, this one comes equipped with a temperature gauge built in, allowing you to cook with complete confidence.

The V-design of the base allows the oil at the bottom to remain cooler than the oil above. This should help minimize any chance of your ingredients burning.

This unit is powered by propane gas rather than electric, so another possible application for this fryer is for use outdoors in the yard.

Although this is by some distance the largest and bulkiest deep fryer we review today, it’s also right up with the very best. If you have the room to accommodate, you won’t be disappointed with the Bayou.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • No-scorch design
  • Pair of fry baskets
  • V-bottom design
  • Quality control concerns

8. DeLonghi Dual-Zone Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 3.5 liters of oil
  • Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 12.5 inches

As we near the end of our quest for the best deep fat fryer, we have a great twin-zone model from the kitchenware specialist DeLonghi. How does this unit perform, then?

The first thing that strikes you is the understated and elegant aesthetics. No deep fryer is liable to win a design award, but at least the DeLonghi won’t uglify your kitchen.

You benefit from a lower cool zone, meaning your oil will stay cleaner for longer, while at the same time minimizing any chance of burning.

Most of the removable components on this fryer are safe to slip in the dishwasher, allowing you to enjoy hands-free cleanup after you’ve eaten your deep-fried faves.

Made from stainless steel throughout, any plastic components are food-safe and free of all contaminants likely to leach into your food.

A spigot built in lets you quickly and easily drain any excess oil, further improving your overall experience when you’re deep-frying.

Even though this fryer is quite compact, you get a 1-gallon oil capacity, so you can easily cook for the whole family without anyone going hungry, and without needing to cook multiple batches.

Aside from a few complaints about issues with the control panel, almost all user reviews of this fryer are positive.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Lower cool zone
  • Many parts dishwasher-friendly
  • User-friendly draining system
  • Some snags with control panel

9. T-fal Stainless Steel Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 1.2 liters of oil
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.4 x 10.4 inches

Another model from the ever-reliable T-fal is up next with this hardwearing and long-lasting stainless steel deep fat fryer.

Even though this model is very robust, it’s also incredibly lightweight and compact, rendering it perfect for apartments and smaller kitchens.

Under the hood, an 850-watt heating element allows to cook up smaller batches of deep-fried food using up to 1.2 liters of oil. If you’re looking to cook bigger batches, there are many other options at your disposal above and below.

For anyone new to deep-frying, the one-touch opening on this model gets you up and running instantly.

Adjust the temperature on this fryer using a simple and ergonomic dial, so you can take full control of the temperature without needing to rely on a thermometer. As an aside, it is still worth investing in a great instant-read thermometer to make your life easier while cooking.

The stainless steel fry basket is removable, giving you no snags with serving or cleaning. We would advise handwashing the basket since it’s not labeled dishwasher-safe. You could take a chance, but why risk it? As with all deep fat fryers, make sure you thoroughly dry the basket before replacing it.

As long as you are comfortable with the fairly minimal capacity, you’re in safe hands here with one of the very best deep fat fryers on the market.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • 850-watt powerplant
  • Removable lid
  • Compact footprint
  • Capacity is minimal

10. Presto Stainless Steel Deep Fryer

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Features

  • Capacity: 1 liter of oil
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 8.63 x 8.25 inches

We have time for one more offering in our deep fat fryer reviews, this time from the always-reliable Presto.

This is a beginner-friendly deep fryer that makes a great gift idea, if you can resist the temptation to keep it yourself, that is.

You can adjust the temperature using an analog dial, permitting you to stay in full control of cooking without needing a complicated digital interface to navigate.

This fryer has room for 1 liter of oil inside, so it’s not the greatest fryer in terms of capacity.

On the plus side, this minimal capacity translates into a space-saving footprint that means you can slot this fryer almost anywhere, even on a crowded kitchen counter.

Inside this fryer is anodized aluminum, so you’re assured of quick and even cooking.

The cover of this unit is designed to stay cool to the touch, and there’s even a splatter-screen baked in.

Overall, and if you’re happy with the limited capacity, this is a fantastic compact deep fryer well worth popping on your shortlist.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Cool-touch cover with vents
  • Anodized aluminum interior
  • Some issues at higher temperatures

II. FAQs

1) Can I deep fry frozen foods?

Absolutely. All you need to do is shake off any excess ice before throwing the ingredients in the fryer and you’re away. As with all frozen foods, adjust the cooking time accordingly, and be prepared to wait a little longer.

2) How can I clean my deep fat fryer?

The first thing you’ll need to do is wait. Never attempt to clean a deep fryer until the oil has completely cooled down. Remove the lid and the bowl and soak these in some hot soapy water for about 15 minutes. This will remove most of the food debris. Clean the mesh filter using a stiff brush. If you use a cleaner, make certain it’s non-abrasive. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior. You may find some components are dishwasher-friendly, but this will vary from model to model.

3) What kind of cooking oil should I use in a deep fat fryer?

Corn oil works best. If you try other oils, you may find they gives off nasty smells at the higher temperatures involved with deep frying. Also, you can get up to 10 uses from corn oil before you need to replace it. Other oils seldom yield more than 3 or 4 uses. This is unlikely to concern you in the home kitchen, but if you’re looking for a commercial fryer, this will save you a great deal of money over time.

4) What temperature should I look for when deep-frying food?

When you’re deep-frying food, you are looking for super-high temperatures of between 350F and 375F. These high cooking temperatures are what makes it so critical to choose the right oil. Oils that work well for flash-frying a lower temperatures in a skillet often manifest unpleasant odors in this temperature band.

5) Why do I need a deep fat fryer if I already have an air fryer?

This depends on what you want to cook. There is a great deal of hype positioning air fryers as a replacement for deep fryers, but the reality is more nuanced. While you can cook many foods in an air fryer, and the results may come close to deep-fried alternatives, some deep-fried dishes need that amount of oil. We always suggest using air fryers to experiment with a much healthier way of cooking, focusing on meals that work best in these innovative appliances. Then, as you’ll have been eating much more healthily, give yourself an occasional treat and break out the deep fat fryer from time to time. Enjoy the best of both worlds.


III. Conclusion

Well, you should now see clearly that deep fat fryers are all pretty simple, and they’re all quite similar, too.

Focus on getting the capacity and dimensions right, consider whether gas or electric makes the right fit, and then choose between a residential or commercial fryer in line with your needs.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great deep fryer, and this also means you don’t need to keep on attempting to replicate deep-fried food in your air fryer.

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