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. If so, there are some really cool (or should that be hot?) ones to choose from.
Now we are not advocating you ditch healthy eating altogether, but the occasional home-cooked French fry or Southern fried shrimp isn’t going to hurt you. Plus, with your own food fryer, you can opt for healthier oils and control the cooking time, so you get tasty, crispy snacks every time.
We’ve taken a peek at some of the best deep fryers out there so you can put away the takeaway menu and get yourself home fryin’.
The Best Deep Fryer
It’s not hard to see why the F8000 is one of T-Fal’s best sellers as it is a great all-around deep fat fryer that will supply delicious fries and can also step it up for larger meals. It is also one of the easiest home fryers to clean, which is always a plus point in our book!
But before we get to that, let’s look at how well it performs. 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.
3.5-liter oil capacity with viewing window in lid
2-position basket for cooking/draining
Adjustable thermostat and odor filter
Oil filter and automatic drainage system
Dishwasher-safe removable parts
- Weight16.5 pounds
A breeze to clean and dishwasher safe
Ingenious oil filter and drainage system plus odor control
Frying space is a little on the shallow side
The Hamilton Beach deep fryer ramps on some really good 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. Plus, there is also a break-away cord that quick releases to prevent the fryer tipping over if the cord gets pulled or snagged. And the lid has a clear viewing window, so you can check on your food without running the risk of a hot oil splash.
So far, so safe but how well does the Hamilton Beach fry? It has a workable capacity at eight cups of oil, which equates to a family-sized six cups of French fries. With its immersed heating element, you get a fast oil heat up and you can adjust the temperature to suit the food. And finally, it is nice and easy to clean, with removable parts and a dishwasher safe, non-stick pot. A good price for a quality deep fryer. Our handy guide to the best air fryer features more great products like this.
Eight cup oil capacity
Cool-touch sides and a breakaway cord
Clear view window on the lid
Adjustable temperature and ‘ready’ light
Non-stick, removable oil tank
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight8.8 pounds
Good safety features making it a good fryer for the family home
Large clear view window in the lid
Doesn’t come with a timer so you’ll have to buy one
Oil capacity is on the smaller side
For really fast food and meals on the go, check out this large deep fryer from Secura that rocks an impressive three baskets for multi-cooking. With the Secura, you get a jumbo basket for large food such as chicken, alongside two smaller baskets for smaller batch frying. Worked together, you can literally fry a whole meal and get it totally tasty and crispy onto your plate.
It also boasts a large oil capacity – four liters in fact – so this is a great home food fryer for families that want to crisp and go. For the less than $60 price tag, you also get a decent amount of additional spec, including a timer with automatic shut off, cool touch outer, odor filter and adjustable temperature control. Love this product? Check out our review of the best electric pressure cookers for our top picks.
Large four-liter oil capacity
Triple baskets for large and small food frying
Adjustable thermostat up to 375° F
60-minute timer with automatic shutoff
Removable and dishwasher-safe fry
- Weight11.65 pounds
Triple basket design for flexible, easy multi-cooking
Includes a charcoal filter to help reduce odor
No off button for the timer – it has to be on for the fryer to work
Power cord is on the short side
For a ‘does what it says on the tin’ no-nonsense oil fryer, why not take a look at the GranPappy with its old-school bucket design. There’s a retro vibe to this electric fryer which has been modeled on the cast iron pots of yonder year. But electric. And with the ability to heal up oil and cook at crispily 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 GranPappy’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. But it works and the food is fried to a good standard. The main drawback is that the outer of the GranPappy can get rather hot, so watch your fingers and keep little ‘uns 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.
Bucket-style countertop electric fryer
Heavy-duty cast aluminum
Skid-resistant rubber feet
Comes with slotted scoop, snap-on lid
Easyclean non-stick inner and outer
- Weight4.5 pounds
Solid design and super-easy to clean
Holds a decent amount of cooking oil
No temperature control so all food is cooked at a high temperature
Outside of the fryer can get very hot
The CDF-200 deep fryer from Cuisinart has professional cooker ambitions and the looks to match but is certainly not high end when it comes to the price.
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. It is also quick to heat up, so perfect if you really like your fried food to be fast. And it maintains its temperature so you can avoid that unappetizing oily slick on any follow-up food frying. Add in a built-in timer and adjustable thermostat, a removable enamel-coated oil container and other dishwasher-safe removable parts and you have a rather good chip fryer at a rather tasty price. You may also like to check our guide to the best cast iron skillets.
Large 4-quart capacity cooks up to 2.3 pounds
Stainless-steel mesh basket with cool-touch handle
Built-in timer and adjustable thermostat
Removable, enamel coated oil container
Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
- Weight8.05 pounds
Large view window in the lid for splash-free food checking
Quick to heat up and temperature adjustable
A bit on the big side so make sure you have enough counter space
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. The Hamilton Beach professional-grade deep fryer actually comes with three frying baskets – one extra-large for a single bumper batch fry for when your buds are around to watch the game or two smaller ones for when you need to multi-fry. The result is a well-made, flexible and easy to use home fryer that also cooks your food to a high crispy and tasty standard to keep the fussiest member of your family happy.
You also get the additional spec you would expect from a professional standard fryer – built-in timer and adjustable thermostat, a decent sized viewing window in the snug-fit lid and a breakaway cord to keep your fryer stable and safe. It is also quick to clean, with removable, dishwasher parts and a non-stick pot. This also makes a perfect gift for foodies in your life.
Extra-large 12 cup food capacity
Double up the baskets or go single and large
Adjustable timer with audible tone
Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight12.95 pounds
Choose between a large batch or double baskets for a flexible fry
With no spout, the oil pot can be a little fiddly to pour out
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 Masterbuilt. 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.
With its extra-large basket – coming in at a whopping 20 pounds – the Butterball electric deep fryer can even take on your turkey for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Or it can crisp up around five pounds of chicken wings if your get-together is a bit more laid-back. With all that cooking you need to be able to easily change the oil and clean, which is no problem with this large deep fat fryer – it comes with a built-in oil drain valve and its removable parts are all dishwasher safe. An amazing kitchen gadget you should definitely consider having.
Fry using oil or boil/steam with water
Aluminum basket with patented drain clips
Oil drain valve for easy clean-up
Dishwasher safe components
Designed to meet commercial standards
- Weight26.1 pounds
It not only deep fries, but can also boil and steam your food
Uses a third less oil than many other deep fat fryers
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. And for a bit of fun, you can also dehydrate to create your own chip-flat snacks. 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. Make sure you also check our guide to the best food dehydrators.
Air fry with up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods
Wide Temperature Range: 105°F–400°F
Roast, deep fry, steam or dehydrate your food
4-quart ceramic-coated non-stick basket and crisper plate
Dishwasher safe parts for easy cleaning
- Weight13.25 pounds
Fries your food with less than 75% oil
Can also roast and steam as well as produce home-made chips
Size capacity is not as large as some other deep fryers
For a family-sized deep fat fryer at a family-budget price, then this solid-looking fryer from Krups could well be at the top of your list.
With an oil-hungry 4.5-liter capacity and a choice of three frying baskets – one large one for family-sized batch frying and two smaller ones when you need to do some frying multi-tasking – the Krups is certainly a deep-frying workhorse. It cooks well too, with a selection of four pre-set functions to take the strain out of getting your fries, chicken, onion rings or donuts just right to please your hungry crowd. Or flip to manual and work with the adjustable temperature. Add in a large viewing window in the lid, built-in timer, easy to use controls and integrated odor control and you have a well-performing fryer to keep everyone happy. If you love cooking check out our guide to the best Dutch ovens.
Large family-size capacity- 4.5 L. of oil
3 frying baskets: for single and multiple batch frying
4 preset functions adjust time and temperature
Manual settings for customized results
Integrated odor filter and cool touch handles
- Weight6.7 pounds
A great size for the family and their differing fried food preferences
Four preset functions for perfect fried food favorites
Can be a little fiddly to clean
For a slim-line home fryer that can neatly fit on your worktop without you having to compromise on frying capacity, then the Aigostar could be your new kitchen aid.
This smart-looking small deep fat fryer also has a nice bit of heating power, quickly cranking up with its 100w heating elements to the ideal food cooking and crisping temperature range. It also has a nicely sized 3-liter oil capacity and can cook enough food to satisfy 2-4 people. With a built-in timer, it also has an adjustable temperature control and two handy indicator lights, so you know when it is heating and when you are good to go with your frying for super-tasty results. Available in a cool white, the Aigostar is also quick and easy to clean, and its detachable par, as well as its basket, et are all dishwasher safe. If you are a foodie, check out our guide to the best p0izza stones.
3-liter oil capacity
Fast-heating 1800w element
Adjustable temperature and built-in timer
Detachable magnetic power cord
Main components are dishwasher-safe
- Weight6.9 pounds
A nice slim design will fit in most kitchens and look good
It’s fast heating 1800w element quickly gets the oil to temperature
Might not have enough capacity for the larger family
The Livenza Easy Clean Deep Fryer is a fantastic option if you are looking for a fryer that can cope with larger batch cooking, without breaking into a sweat. With a capacity of up to a gallon of oil, you can fry up some super-sized portions of delicious fried food for your guests, with minimal effort on your part. 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 syphon away leftover oil for disposal. The unit also has removable parts which are all dishwasher safe. While it is at the top end of our best deep fryer review, the combination of its design, build and large batch quality frying makes it our review’s Premium Pick.
One-gallon oil capacity for large batch frying
Cool Zone gathers food particles to keep oil clean
Includes an EasyClean oil draining system
Built-in and adjustable temperature control
Removable parts are dishwasher-safe
- Weight10.67 pounds
Large oil capacity is ideal for volume batch frying
Neat cool zone system collects food debris from your oil
Magnetic power cord can be knocked loose
Deep Fryer Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of Deep Fryers
Your new deep fryer needs to hit the (hot) spot when it comes to perfectly cooking your fries or chicken. We used the following checklist to help take the heat out of deciding on our final best deep fryer shortlist:
Reviews - we check out all the user reviews, so we know our top 10 deep fat fryers have been totally tried and tested
Price – we look for value for money in terms of spec, durability, performance and any extra features you may get for your buck
Quality – this includes the food fryer’s overall quality and ease of use, as well as those extra features we think, are worth considering
Features To Look For In Deep Fryers
To help you choose the perfect home deep fryer for you, here are the main things you need to consider:
Capacity - the size of the deep fat fryer you choose can depend on how often you will use it and what you will be cooking and for how many. You need to be sure it large enough can cope with the needs of your hungry family for example, or for the whole chicken you want to fry! Deep fryers come with a range of capacities – from a small deep fryer with a single fry basket that will fit on a small countertop and keep you supplied in batches of French fries to a large capacity unit that may also have multiple basket and a deep oil compartment so you can cook different foods at once.
Temperature settings – don’t forget you are cooking with extremely hot fat, so it is a tad unsafe to have to manually check and test the temperature of your oil. Make sure you opt for a deep fryer that has a built-in thermostat so you can check and adjust the oil temperature. Deep fat fryers work best at temperatures around 375°F and since most recipes need a frying temperature in the range of 350-375°F, then an adjustable temperature setting will keep you in control and your food deliciously fried. Also, look for a food fryer that has an automatic shut off feature, to kick in should the oil reach an unsafe temperature.
Timer – to create perfect fries or chicken wings every time, opt for a deep fat fryer that also comes with a timer, as fried food tends to cook faster than in the oven and you can find your food too crispy or burnt if you take your eye of the timing ball.
Oil Drain – there is a yukky side to your deep fat fryer and that’s the used oil. So, you need to go for a model that makes removing and changing the oil a slick-free breeze! The average fat fryers can hold up to 16 cups of oil, so you need an easy way to complete an oil change. Look for a unit that has an easy to use oil drain or a detachable compartment so you can quickly dispose of your used oil. Some deep fryers also include an added filtration system so you can cleanly scoop out the burnt and crunchy bits.
Basket – size matters when it comes to your deep fat frying! Choose a food fryer that has a decent size basket to fit what you will be using it to do. So, if you are going to deep fry that turkey make sure it can easily fit into the frying basket. Some models also include multiple baskets so you can cook different food at once. Also, look for a basket hook, so you can lift out the basket and hang it on the side of the fryer over the oil cavity to drain.
Accessibility to clean – it goes without saying that cleaning a deep fat fryer can be a mucky job so look for a model that makes your cleaning life a little easier. As well as a good oil drainage system, look for a food fryer that can be dismantled for easy cleaning. If the detachable parts of your deep fat fryer are also dishwasher safe, even better. Also, look for a fryer where the main compartment has been coated with a non-stick material to reduce the need to scrub.
How To Make The Best Fried Food
From chicken and shrimp to vegetables, donuts, and fries, tasty food is just a few minutes away with your new electric deep fryer. The first step to delicious deep fat fryer food is to make sure your model is big enough to cook all the food you need. Then depending on what you are cooking make sure you select the right temperature and get the oil hot enough before putting in your food to be fried.
With the correct temperature, your food will cook crisp and even, without the oil entering to make it soggy. When the temperature is spot on, carefully lower your food into the oil, and gently stir to ensure they are all submerged and covered. Now set your timer to the exact time for what you are frying, clip down the lid (if it has one) and before you know it you will have a finger-licking snack or meal.
Deep Fryer FAQ
Q: Do deep fryers smell?
A: All fryers will smell, especially if you have the oil to hot, or you burnt your fried food! However, you can avoid that lingering fast-food smell around your home if you follow the cooking instructions, use the right oils and change the oil as well as clean your fryer regularly. To help reduce the fat stink, even more, opt for a deep fryer that has sufficient venting and look for any additional odor filtration features to keep your kitchen smelling sweet.
Q: Which cooking oil smells the least?
A: The type of oil you choose to cook with is key to achieving perfectly crispy food. However, all oils have different smoke-points – the temperature at which the oil begins to smoke, smell and burn. Many restaurants opt for vegetable or canola oil as they don’t need to be changed too often, but they can leave a lingering smell. Opt for an oil with a higher smoke point for home use and used properly, you should find it is cleaner to use and has a reduced smell. Olive oil, vegetable oil (good for small batch frying) and peanut oil all have smoking points of over 400°F and so are the less noxious when it comes to that fried smell in the home.
Q: What's the healthiest oil to fry food in?
A: Although deep fat frying is considered to be quite an unhealthy way to cook as the fat used is high in calories as well as saturated and trans fats, you can up its healthy credentials by the oil you choose and how long you cook your food for (ie, how long it spends wallowing in the hot fat!)
Peanut oil is widely seen as the healthiest oil to fry food in as it is low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats, aka the fat ‘good guys’. Peanut oil, by its refining process, is also not considered to be an allergen so is safe for most people. And it also has a high smoke point – an impressive 450°F – and will impart a subtle, delicious flavor into your fried food. Olive oil is also a good choice, although this oil doesn’t tolerate high temperatures as well as other oils. Sunflower oil is also a good, healthier option.
Q: How long is oil good for in a deep fryer?
A: It depends to some extent on the oil and how heavy the use, but we’d say no more than a handful of uses before you look to switch it out. You can look for the tell-tale signs that your oil is past its best – smell, a thickened consistency, too many bits of food debris or foam at the surface are all clear signs it is time for a change. But we suggest don’t wait until you see these signs as the oil will already be affecting the taste of your food but swap it out regularly to keep your oil fresh and your fried chicken totally delicious.
Q: Can you leave oil in a deep fryer?
A: You can leave oil in your deep fryer for a short while, but it is recommended that it’s not left in the fryer for extended periods of time. If you do choose to leave oil in your deep fryer, it’s important to filter it first to make sure any food debris does not go off when sitting in the oil container. Always keep your fryer covered or the lid down when not in use and make sure it is stored in a cool place, as light and heat are the two main culprits when it comes to spoiling your deep fat fryer oil.
- The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Deep Fat Frying - Cooking Light