I am quite sure that if I asked anyone what their guilty pleasure is, the answer would be “fried food.”
So, can you imagine how heavenly it would be if you have a good home deep fryer, and hence eat these tasty kinds of food at your home, without having to go to a restaurant and without paying a lot of money in exchange?
After reading this article, your dream will come true.
I have compiled a list of some deep fryers on the market so that you can choose the best deep fryer that suits you the most.
Our Top Picks
2. T-Fal – FR8000
Weight: 12.4 pounds Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.7 x 14.8 inches Watt: 1700
3. DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer
Weight: 8.64 pounds Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 14.2 inches Watt: 1500
4. Hamilton Beach 35021 Electric Deep Fryer
Weight: 8.7 pounds Dimensions: 13.1 x 11.4 x 8.6 inches Watt: 1500
5. Secura Deep Fryer
Weight: 11.65 pounds Dimensions: 15.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches Watt: 1700
6. Bayou Classic 700-70
Weight: 45 pounds Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.2 x 26 inches Watt: Propane-fueled
7. Masterbuilt 23011114
Weight: 26.1 pounds Dimensions: 18.5 x 21.5 x 18 inches Watt: 150
The Best 7 Deep Fryers:
1. Cuisinart CDF-200 – Best Overall
This 4-quart deep fryer is of high-quality thanks to its large capacity and 1800 watts. The 4-quartz size enables it to cook about two or three meals at the same time, so it’s really time-efficient.
Moreover, its brushed stainless steel casing makes it durable, and its basket is huge and strong enough to hold two to two-and-a-half pounds. Furthermore, the basket has a retractable handle, which allows you to store it in the unit so that it doesn’t take up a lot of your cabinet’s space.
Speaking of the temperature, its initial heat time to 360°F ranges between 11-1/2 minutes, which is relatively fast, and it takes less than two minutes to reach 375°F. Typically, when you lower the food into the dryer, the heat of the oil drops, and although it only got reheated to 348°F maximum, it was still hot enough to cook the food.
Indeed, this is one hell of a great deep fryer, yet it has its drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is the inaccuracy of the thermostat. So, you would better test the temperature with a candy/deep-fryer thermometer.
- Large basket
- Durable body
- The retractable handle of the basket
- Inaccurate thermostat
Cuisinart CDF-200 will get you restaurant-quality food. With its 1800 watts, huge capacity, and well-construction, it easily made it to the top of our list.
2. T-Fal – FR8000 – Runner Up
If you need a deep fryer that is of high quality and easy to clean, this is your one.
The 1700-watt T-Fal – FR8000 is one of the easiest-to-clean deep fryers on the market. Everything, except the heating coil, is dishwasher safe.
Moreover, it has an excellent filtration system, so you can easily clean the oil if you need to use it again. You only have to leave the oil to cool for about three hours, and turn the knob on the front of the fryer to allow the oil to drain through a small mesh basket into a plastic container beneath the oil box. You can remove the container and put in the fridge for future use.
One of the thoughtful touches of T-Fal – FR8000 is the unique rubber grips in the slots for the handle. When you lower the basket in the oil, the handle slip firmly into place.
With its 3.5-liter oil capacity and 2.65-pound food capacity, you can make food that is enough for a family.
Sadly, though, T- Fal’s inability to reheat the oil to the optimal frying temperature once the food is added is one of its drawbacks, along with the probable leakage from the corners of the plastic storage box.
- Aside from the heating coil, the entire unit is dishwasher safe.
- Its handle hold the basket in place
- Easy oil filtration
- Inability to reheat the oil to the optimal frying temperature once the food is added
If you need a deep fryer that can cook your food greatly, allows you to store, reuse, and filter the oil and is dishwasher-friendly, then you have already found the one.
3. DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer – Rotating Basket
This 1500-watt and 1-liter oil capacity deep fryer is an oil-efficient one. It can give you tasty and crispy fried food using a small amount of oil, so it is somewhat healthier than some of its fellow deep fryers.
Moreover, its revolving basket gives an overall high quality and healthier cooking result.
Besides all of these great features, you can quickly drain the oil using a hose in the front of the unit, thanks to the Patented Easy Clean Oil Drain System.
If you are hesitant from buying a deep fryer for fear of cooking a bad-smelling food, this considerate deep fryer comes with a Dual Filtration Replacement Filters.
Its adjustable thermostat and digital timer will give you the luxury of relaxing until your food gets safely done.
Adding to your safety, there is a condensation shield that stops oil drops from falling onto the power cord.
- Rotating basket evenly cooks food
- Uses a small amount of oil
- Adjustable thermostat and a digital timer
- Ideal to small servings only
- Has a food capacity of 2.2 lbs
If you want to use a deep fryer for small servings only, get DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer. It is also great for its low consumption of oil and hence healthier food results.
4. Hamilton Beach 35021 – A Small Electric Deep Fryer
The 1500-watt deep fryer is ideal for small servings of two people in a small portion of time. You can use it to fry about 6 cups of chips or chicken pieces. You can adjust the temperature up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is safe to use because it enables you to safely lower the food in the basket while the lid is closed, and its cool-touch sides protect you from getting burned.
Sadly, it does not have an oil filtration system or a timer. However, it has a ready alert light.
- Cool-touch exterior
- Easy to clean
- Food can be immersed while the lid is closed
- Not suitable for large servings
- No timer
- No oil filtration system
If you need a deep fryer to serve your little lovely family, then this is the one for you. It is safe thanks to its cool-touch sides and enabling you to lower the food while the lid is closed. Note, though, that there is no timer nor a filtration system.
5. Secura Deep Fryer – Easy Clean Deep Fryer
At 1700 watts, Secura deep fryer heats the oil quickly and enables it to recover its temperature after the cold food is immersed in it. This prevents the food from absorbing grease, so you end up with crispy and well-cooked food.
It is also versatile for two reasons: you can adjust the temperature from 250 to 375 degrees, which enables you to cook a large variety of food. Moreover, it has triple baskets, so you can either use the small two baskets at the same time. One of them for cooking chicken wings and the other for the onion rings, for example. You can also use the larger basket if you are cooking a family-sized meal. Moreover, the baskets have a removable handle, so you can easily store them.
Besides, its cleaning process is a piece of cake because its baskets, handles, and 4.2-liter oil tank are dishwasher-friendly.
For your safety and comfort, there is a light that indicates when the fryer is on, a 60-minute timer that automatically turns the fryer off, and an oil-ready light that lets you know when the correct temperature has been reached so you can start frying.
Moreover, the removable lid that has a window that enables you to check on the food without getting burned by the oil splatters.
- 1700 watts
- Carbon filters that reduce cooking odors
- Includes a replacement set
- Has three baskets with removable handles for easy storage
- The power cord is on the short side
- No off button for the timer
Secura Deep Fryer is very easy to clean, and therefore, very comfy to have at home. Its versatility will allow you to use it for various kinds of food. Moreover, the food will not have any bad odors thanks to its carbon filters.
6. Bayou Classic 700-70 – An Electric Deep Fryer
This 4-gallon fryer is one of the most distinguished deep fryers mainly because it uses propane as its fuel. The propane gives you better control over the oil’s temperature and maintains the high temperature needed for frying food perfectly. However, since it is propane-fueled, it can only be used outdoors and must be continuously monitored.
Bayou Classic 700-701 is versatile because it has three sizes; two and a half gallons, four gallons, and nine gallons. So, you can use the one that better suits your needs.
At a medium level, the oil can heat up to 340°F in 22 minutes, which is slow. However, when you add the cold food into the hot oil, the oil can regain its heat in about four minutes, which is faster than most of the electric fryers on the market.
For your comfort and safety, there is a gas regulator that allows you to control the oil’s temperature, and a need-to-be-installed thermometer that warns you whenever the temperature reaches 400°F, so you turn off the gas.
Its drawbacks consist of its difficulty to be cleaned and its cumbersome drain hose.
- Suitable for cooking for a massive number of people
- Sturdy stainless steel construction
- Has a gas regulator as a safety feature
- Can be used outdoors only
- Very large
- Hard to clean
- cumbersome drain hose
Since its great features outweigh the two drawbacks stated above, I recommend it if you have a place where you can use it outdoors, and if you have a space to store it.
7. Masterbuilt 23011114 – Dual Thermostat and a Digital Timer
At 150 watts, this deep fryer is excellent for serving huge amounts of food.
This sturdy fryer that is made of solid steel construction, a porcelain coated pot, and an aluminum cooking basket uses up to 2.75 gallons of oil. Its basket has a clip so you can lift the basket out.
If you use Masterbuilt 23011114, you can rest assured that your food will not get overcooked thanks to its dual thermostat that controls the temperature up to a maximum of 375 Fahrenheit, and its digital timer that alerts you when the food is ready to serve.
It is easy to clean and has a drain valve for the oil.
- Distributes heat evenly
- The electrical cord is too short
Masterbuilt 23011114 is suitable for cooking large amounts of food with minimal wattage. It is also excellent for its durable body, ease of cleaning, and speed.
How Do I Pick a Deep Fryer?
A 4-quart oil capacity allows you to fry about two or three servings in one time; instead of having to cook them separately. This makes it a time saver! However, smaller fryers with a 1½-quart capacity will only allow you to fry one serving of french fries, so I would say any other pot you already have will do.
The shape of the deep fryer matters, too. For example, a wide deep fryer, unlike a tall one, means that the oil will be shallow and not able to fully cover the food.
If the basket of the deep fryer has a cool grip handle, you will rest assured that you won’t get burned.
Some deep fryers come with a basket that can be lowered in the food while the lid is closed; whereas, some others have a rotating basket.
A rotating basket is particularly great for cooking food evenly. It is also known for its small oil consumption, which makes it energy efficient. Moreover, it helps with producing food that is neither overcooked nor burned.
Large baskets are preferable because cooking large portions in small baskets results in soggy fried food.
One of the disadvantages of cooking fried food is the smell of oil and grease that keeps lingering. So, how great would it be if your deep fryer extracts this nasty smell and gets rid of it? Pretty great, huh!
This can be a dream come true if you buy one of the many models that come with an oil filter that absorbs the smell of the oil and grease- charcoal filters are the best at this job.
Moreover, it is healthier because it filters away any excess oil into a separate container at the bottom of the fryer.
Some deep fryers use the “Easy Clean Oil Drain System,” where the oil is drained from the machine through a hose in the front of the unit.
There are a lot of currently-on-the-market deep fryers that have an adjustable thermostat that you can control or a digital control selector that adjusts the temperature of cooking by monitoring the temperature of the oil.
The worst part of cooking with oil is having to clean it. However, this may not be a nightmare if you get a deep fryer that has easy-to-wash removable parts, non-stick surfaces, and some dishwasher-safe parts.
Some safety features are available with some deep fryers. Some of which are magnet cords that easily disconnect from the deep fryer if you trip over them, a skid-free feet that stabilizes the deep fryer on any surface, cool-touch surface to protect you from the hell-hot oil in there.
Also, I recommend you get the models that have securely locking lid, and an indicator light that alerts you when the food is ready.
Deep Fryers vs. Air Fryers:
How Do They Operate?
A deep fryer uses a considerable amount of oil. It goes like this:
You add the food in the basket, and then you lower the basket in the oil so that it is fully submerged.
However, an air fryer fries food using heated air and very little oil. Here is precisely how it goes: there is a fan at the top of the fryer that blows air through a heating element. This air goes all the way to the bottom of the fryer and then bounces back up, so it cooks the food on all sides.
If you need the tasty flavor of fried food, then go for a deep fryer. An air fryer may get out food that is relatively dry when compared to the results of a deep fryer.
An air fryer is a winner here. Since an air fryer uses a small amount of oil or no oil at all to fry your food, it gets out healthier results.
An air fryer, with the right accessories, can be used to grill and roast food. Believe it or not, it can even bake desserts!
However, a deep fryer can only be used as a fryer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Would I Use a Deep Fryer?
A deep fryer will help you fry food way faster than a regular frying pan. This will be handy if you are having a gathering, and you must cook a large amount of food in a short span of time.
Better Food Quality
Thanks to the thermostat, you will never have an overcooked food if you use a deep fryer. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to flip your food.
It results in delicious and crispy food, and it can be used to make snacks like chips, crackers, and more.
A regular frying pan could be frustrating because it consumes a huge amount of oil. This is mainly because you cannot reuse the same oil twice, so you get rid of it and add another amount and so on.
Conversely, a deep fryer allows you to reuse the same amount of oil several times thanks to its filter that gets the used oil as good and clean as new.
How Do I Clean a Deep Fryer?
First of all, I should warn you never to soak it, or any electric appliance for that matter, in water.
- Unplug the deep fryer and let the oil cool down
- Allow the heating element to cool down after the oil loses a lot of its temperature, then wipe it with a paper towel
- Remove the oil. If you want to reuse it again, put it in a sealable container; however, for tastier and healthier results, do not reuse the oil
- Wash the deep fryer and its accessories with warm water and soap. If it is dishwasher-friendly, put it in a dishwasher
- Dry it thoroughly before you use it again
- Use a wide fryer to prevent oil bubbling up and spilling over
- Make sure the lid is secure
- The maximum heat from the oil should not exceed 190C to prevent it from causing a fire
- Never put wet food in the fryer
- Never leave the deep fryer unattended whenever there is hot oil inside
- Leave the oil to cool completely before you get rid of it
Now that things are a lot clearer, I assume you have already made up your mind, and picked the best deep fryer.
Truly, choosing a deep fryer that suits you is not complicated at all. You just need to decide whether you need to cook small or large amounts of food, and then exclude some options until you reach the one that most suits you.
If you want my opinion, I would tell you to go for Cuisinart CDF-200, our first pick, if you are going to cook for a lot of people. It is also great because you can easily find a place to store it, along with the numerous appealing features mentioned above.
However, if you want healthier food results for small servings, you can go for DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer. Its rotating basket will help you cook the food evenly, and it won’t consume a lot of oil.
If you have a place for outdoor-storage, get the enormous Bayou Classic 700-70 that can only be used outdoors and that you shall never leave unattended. It comes in three sizes and has a durable body.