Frying food is one of the oldest ways of cooking with individuals once having used lard, tallow, or other types of animal fat to quickly and thoroughly meat. During the middle ages when food borne illness was rampant, frying food was a very healthy way to eat as the extremely hot oil saturates the food item, killing any bacteria or pathogens.
In modern times, electric fryers are 100 percent safer than heating large volumes of fat over a roaring open flame since boiling hot oil splashing out of a kettle over an open fire, makes for a dangerous cooking environment. Additionally, for all the health-conscious fry cooks out there, use a heart healthy high Omega-3 oil for the healthiest results since frying adds fat and calories to anything cooked in it.
We’ve chosen these best deep fryers because they all come with a safety thermostat that will turn off if the oil gets too hot. This in turn prevents hot oil from bubbling over the fryer and onto your counter. Each of these picks also comes with a cool wall body so that you can touch or handle the outside of the fryer and not get burned. Adding to their convenience is these options and their accessories are all dishwasher safe for quick cleaning after the oil has been removed. Unless stated in the description, every fryer will come covered by a one year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
The Presto 05420 FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer allows you to fry up to four portions of meat, fish or chicken at a time. It comes with a plastic lid for easy oil storage and the oversized handle makes it easy to move it from place to place. Read Full Review
Simple, effective and easy to use, the Presto FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer only need 4 cups of oil to fry delicious foods. You can place four portions of meat, fish or chicken inside at one time, or a pound of sliced potatoes for French Fries. It comes with a strainer for easy food removal, and there is also a snap-on plastic lid so that you can store the oil right inside until next time. Just plug it in, the indicator light will go off when it is ready, and add ingredients.
Because this is essentially an insulated bucket with boiling oil inside, it is one of the hotter fryers to-the-touch on this list so use some caution around it. Unplug when done, let it cool, and then cover for storage; there is no easier fryer to use than this pick. Sure, you can pay a lot more money for a fryer that may give you more bells and whistles, but the food won't taste any better.
The Secura 4.2L/17-Cup 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer is large enough for the biggest families, capable of frying several different foods at once. It comes with three separate baskets, two of which can be used at the same time. Read Full Review
This may be the best fryer you've never heard of, but if you have a large family (or just love making fried foods) the Secura 4.2L/17-Cup 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer is for you. With a 17 cup oil capacity, this fryer has three different sized baskets that will accommodate virtually any frying need you may have. This fryer features an oil filter to keep the oil clean for reuse, a timer to set that automatically turns the unit off when the frying is done, and an adjustable heat control from 250 to 375 degrees. It’s also designed with a ready light indicator when the oil is up to temp and the cover comes with a viewing window for monitoring the frying process.
The Hamilton Beach 35034 Professional-Style Deep Fryer is a 12 cup fryer that uses three separate baskets for optimum frying practicality. There is an adjustable timer and temperature control, a large viewing window and an audio tone that lets you know when the time is up. Read Full Review
For the best in a medium sized fryer that will satisfy virtually any families appetite, choose the Hamilton Beach 35034 Professional-Style Deep Fryer. This fryer only needs 12 cups of oil to get started and you can use two baskets at once or opt for the single large basket for bulk frying tasks. This dishwasher safe unit breaks down completely so the oil reservoir and all of the accessories can be easily washed when you’re done using it. This unit comes with an adjustable audio tone timer, temperature setting knob, and a large viewing window in the cover. Truth be told, for any family or a couple, this mid-size Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer may be the most practical unit on this list.
The DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer is a unique frying concept that rotates the food in and out of the hot oil for potentially healthier fried food. It takes four cups of oil yet it will cook like using eight cups. This unit features a temperature control, a locking cover, four pre-set cooking temperatures and an oil drain. Read Full Review
For big fryer performance in a smaller sized fryer, the DeLonghi D28313UXBK Roto Deep Fryer is as efficient as it is effective. This particular fryer works on the principle of a tilted and rotating basket within the unit. The food rotates in and out of the hot oil, providing balanced cooking time for all your food items, the same as if it was submerged at all times. That means this unit only needs about four cups of oil for frying, yet it will fry like it was a full eight cup fryer.
Although it may be more efficient alternative by rotating food in and out of the oil reservoir instead of traditional immersion, there’s no real scientific evidence to support this as being a healthier cooking method. Regardless, there’s some nice extra features, including an adjustable thermostat between 250 degrees and 380 degrees, a cooking timer, locking cover, and it even has an oil drain for ease of oil removal. However, you will save on oil by using this unit and if that’s one of your priorities, none do it better than this option.
The MaxiMatic EDF-3500G Elite Platinum 3-1/2-Quart Deep Fryer is a 14 cup fryer that is large enough for families, parties or other social engagements. There are a variety of colors to choose from, and it features such amenities as an oil filter, temp and timer controls and a large viewing window in the cover. Read Full Review
If you like to have a basket design for your fryer, but don't want a large family sized unit, check out the MaxiMatic EDF-3500G Elite Platinum 3-1/2-Quart Deep Fryer. The single basket just needs to be loaded up, immersed in hot oil, and pulled out when finished. There are separate temp and timer controls that you can set, indicator lights to tell you when the oil is ready, and a cover with a large viewing window.
This fryer uses 14 cups of oil, so you'll have enough room to fry for family night and there are filters which keep the oil clean. Available in a variety of stylish colors to suit your personal taste, it's also one of the least expensive fryers on this list. For larger families or social gatherings, and you want a relatively inexpensive deep fryer, this pick is hard to beat at any price.