If you’ve been looking for an Deep Fryer as a healthy alternative to fried foods, but aren’t sure which model is best for you and your family, our review of the Top 36 Deep Fryer of 2017 is just what you need.
1) T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate Immersion Deep Fryer | 2) Rollibot 3.5 Qt Hot Air Fryer XL | 3) Butterball MB23010618 XL Electric Fryer | 4) GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Programmable Air Fryer | 5) Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer, 4 quart | 6) NutriChef Electric Hot Air Fryer Oven | 7) T-fal FR4049 Family Pro 3-Liter Oil Deep Fryer | 8) Cuisinart CDF-130 Compact Deep Fryer | 9) Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer with Cool Touch | 10) Presto 05466 Stainless Steel Dual Basket Deep Fryer | 11) Gourmia GDF500 Compact Electric Deep Fryer | 12) Hamilton Beach Professional Deep Fryer | 13) Presto 05420 FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer | 14) Hamilton Beach Electric Deep Fryer | 15) DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer | 16) DeLonghi D34528DZ Dual Zone Deep Fryer | 17) Best Choice Products 5.2L Air Fryer | 18) Gourmia GDF450 Compact Electric Deep Fryer | 19) BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer, Black/Stainless Steel | 20) Farberware Air Fryer | 21) GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Air Fryer w/ 8 Cook Presets | 22) Chefman Deep Fryer with Basket Strainer Perfect for Chicken | 23) Secura 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple Basket Electric Deep Fryer | 24) Hamilton Beach Electric Deep Fryer | 25) T-fal FF1628 Filtra One Electric Deep Fryer | 26) Presto 05450 DualDaddy Electric Deep Fryer | 27) Gourmia GDF300 Electric Restaurant Deep Fryer | 28) Waring Pro DF280 Professional Deep Fryer | 29) Ballington Outdoor Two Tank Fryer | 30) Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer | 31) Deep Fryer Double Basket with Stand Cart | 32) Rival CF106 1-Liter Deep Fryer | 33) Waring DF250B 1800-Watt Deep Fryer | 34) Waring Pro WPF150PC Professional Deep Fryer | 35) Proctor Silex Professional-Style Electric Deep Fryer 1.5-Liter | 36) DeLonghi D677UX 2-1/5-Pound-Capacity Deep Fryer |
Factors to Consider When Buying a Deep Fryer
There are a good number of deep fryers on the market for you to choose from. You’ll have an easier time identifying the best deep fryer for you if you first consider a few key factors that define what you want to get out of it.
Think about what kind of quantities you’ll want your deep fryer to manage. If you’re planning to use it primarily for party snacks like wings or fried cheese, will you just need enough to feed your immediate family, or will you want quantities that will please your guests at larger parties? In the latter case, a small deep fryer will mean you spend much longer cooking up the quantities you want.
If you aim to deep fry larger items like whole chickens or turkeys, you’ll need a deep fryer that can handle birds of the size you’re likely to purchase. A batch of fries will be easy to fit into a small countertop deep fryer, a 15-pound turkey, not so much.
You’ll also find deep fryers that come with multiple baskets so you can fry different foods at once. That way if you want chicken wings and fried zucchini at your party, you can get both done without any extra time.
Safety needs to be a top concern for anyone buying a deep fryer. While all of your other cooking appliances can cause some risk of fire if you’re not careful, frying is especially sensitive and prone to fires.
While that’s true across the board for deep-frying, frying a whole turkey in a propane deep fryer comes with a whole new level of risk. There’s a reason that Thanksgiving is the day when most cooking fires occur. Videos of fires caused by deep fryers proliferate on YouTube if you need any more evidence.
An electric deep fryer is safer, but still poses some risks. Oil can boil over or get hot enough to combust if you’re not careful. You can find electric deep fryers that come with helpful safety features, like an automatic shutoff feature that kicks in whenever the oil reaches an unsafe temperature, or a break-off cord that will detach from the fryer if the cord is disturbed, rather than tip the whole thing over.
A lot of deep fryer safety has less to do with features than use. Read the instructions that come with your deep fryer and follow them to a tee. Don’t overfill the oil — it’s easy to underestimate how much space your food will take up, but spilled oil is one of the most dangerous components of deep-frying.
Keep a close eye on the temperature at all times, so you don’t risk an explosion. Don’t ever lower your food into a deep fryer over an open flame. Spilled oil plus an open flame is a bad equation. And in addition to all that, keep a fire extinguisher handy just to be careful, especially if you’re using a propane deep fryer.
You may want to have a set budget going into your search so you know which options to consider. The most affordable choices would be smaller electric deep fryers, but they only make sense if they suit your needs.
Bigger electric models, propane deep fryers, and air fryers will pretty much all cost somewhere in the range of $100-$200, and you’ll likely find you want to purchase a few accessories in order to do everything you want with it.
Types of Use
As has likely become clear by this point in the guide, what you plan to use your deep fryer for will play a significant role in which one you should go with. Making dishes like French fries and fried pickles amounts to a very different frying task than frying a holiday turkey. In the latter case, you’ll likely want to go with a propane deep fryer that has a large capacity. In the former, a smaller electric deep fryer may very well suffice.
Browse some of the recipe options available for deep fryers so you have a pretty clear picture of what you’ll want to do with yours. Better to know now than realize once you’ve already purchased one that it won’t work for everything you want to try.
Ease of Use and Cleaning
Be warned: cleaning a deep fryer is not much fun. Some models have parts that are dishwasher safe and/or detachable to make the process easier. You should also consider how easy your deep fryer will be to drain. Draining oil is often messy and tedious, but some deep fryers come with features that simplify the draining process, like a detachable compartment that makes it easy to dispose of your oil.