A dedicated deep fryer can be extremely useful if you fix deep fried foods often. It serves as a handy place to store your frying oil and some home deep fryers offer an oil filtration cycle.
In this guide we will help you discover the best deep fryer for home use including a turkey fryer in our deep fryer reviews and model comparison chart.
Top 7: Best Deep Fryers For Home
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300F - 370F
302F - 374F
300F - 370F
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250F - 375F
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Deep Fryer Reviews
DeLonghi Deep Fryer
The DeLonghi deep fryer offers several unique and useful features for crisp, tasty fried foods without flavor contamination or inaccurate temperature risk.
This unit uses less oil by rotating the mesh frying basket at an angle so the food is constantly being cycled from oil to air.
If you prefer to change your oil often to reduce the risk of flavor contamination, this rotating design might save you money.
An adjustable thermostat with indicator light makes it easy to monitor oil temperature, and a clear panel on the top of the fryer gives you a great view of your food as it crisps.
The DeLonghi deep fryer also offers dual air filtration to cut down on odors and a patented draining system that enables you to easily drain, filter or discard your oil as needed.
T-fal FR8000 Deep Fryer
The T-fal FR8000 deep fryer has an internal capacity of 3.5 liters (14 cups) and can hold up to 2.6 pounds of food. It has a 1700 watt immersed heating element and an internal thermostat and can be adjusted between 300 and 375 F.
The heating element is a touch on the weak side, so you might have trouble holding 375 with a full load of oil, especially right after you add a bunch of frozen food.
For many households, this isn't a big issue. While you want to hit 375 to crisp poultry skin, you'll still get a succulent interior at much lower temperatures.
Before we move on, it's worth noting that the oil in this fryer is fairly shallow. The heating element itself goes below the fry basket, and the max fill line is perhaps 3" above the base of the unit. This limits you to about 2" of useable frying oil. For some recipes, you may find that you need to flip over food in the fry basket to cook both sides.
The T-fal is the most user-friendly deep fryer we've seen by far. It has all of the basics, like a two position basket to let oil drip off of your food right into the fryer. The unit breaks down easily into separate pieces for cleanup.
Everything but the heating element, power cord, and control knobs can go in the dishwasher. The power cord itself is magnetic and detachable, so you don't risk getting hot oil all over your kitchen if someone yanks it too hard.
The best feature is the oil filtration and storage system. While most other models have a spigot that dumps used oil, this T-fal has a removable plastic bin that's totally separate from the main frying area.
When you're done frying, oil is filtered automatically by the unit before being deposited into this removable tray. The tray itself has a pour spot to make transferring the oil to your container of choice easy.
The T-fal FR8000 makes this unit one of the best choices for many home kitchens. If you don't need a big fryer or one that goes above 375 degrees, give this one a close look.
Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer
The Cuisinart CDF-200 is a 4 quart (16 cup) fryer that can handle 2.3 pounds of food. It has an immersed 1800 watt heating element and a detachable magnetic safety cord to keep your kitchen safe.
The frying container is removable and has a pouring spout in one corner to help transfer oil after you're done.
The heating element on this unit is a bit more powerful than the T-fal FR-8000. It has no problems going slightly above 375F, and the oil temperature is quick to recover after you add cold food.
Higher temps are crucial to get crispy skin on your poultry and in a handful of other recipes. If high temperatures are important to you, this is one of the better small fryers on the market.
Like the other smaller fryers we recommend, you'll have trouble fully immersing large items in oil with this unit. You should be fine for wings or chicken fingers, but you might have to flip over larger pieces of chicken to get them fully cooked.
This unit notably lacks a number of convenience features. In order to get oil out, you have to remove the entire frying bin and pour the oil out of the spout in one corner.
If you're frying with coconut oil in a cold climate, this is a major headache. You'll have to wait for the container and oil to cool down to safely remove the bin, but you can't wait too long before the oil solidifies.
This is a major downgrade from the side spigot included by most of the competition, not to mention the automatic filtration that T-fal offers.
While this unit gets hot fairly quickly, it's not very well insulated. You can expect the sides to get rather hot. Manipulating the controls while you're frying things is more comfortable with a potholder.
If you need a small fryer that delivers lots of heat, the Cuisinart CDF-200 is worthy of consideration. You'll miss out on a few quality-of-life features, but the actual frying couldn't be better.
Presto Deep Fryer
The Presto deep fryer can hold 5 pounds (or 12 cups) of food. It has an 1800 watt heating element that's immersed in the oil. Both the oil pot and the heating element can be removed for easy cleaning.
You can get about twice as much food in this fryer as you can in the Cuisinart above, which is great if you're cooking for a party or a large family.
The 1800 watt heating element has no problems getting the oil up to higher temperatures (up to 390F!). Even with the higher capacity, the oil reheats quickly after you add food.
Like the Cuisinart, this fryer has a notable lack of extra features. You'll have to remove the oil container by hand to drain things after each use. Without an on / off switch, the only way to fully power down this unit is to unplug it.
If you want a slightly larger fryer and you're not too worried about convenience features, the Presto deep fryer has an excellent heating element and is easy to use and clean. Be sure to pick up a funnel and a wire mesh basket to help filter oil after each use.
DeLonghi Roto Deep Fryer
The DeLonghi Roto Deep Fryer can handle 1.5 lb of food. It has an immersed 1500 watt heating element and the internal thermostat offers temperatures between 300F and 370F.
The interior is non-stick and the external walls are insulated to keep your hands safe while you're frying.
This unit has a rotating basket that allows you to nominally use half as much oil to fry the same amount of food.
This doesn't affect the performance of the unit in any way. It's essentially the same as any other deep fryer. You might save a bit of money on oil, but this unit makes filtering and re-using oil especially easy regardless.
While this fryer isn't particularly large, it has a robust array of convenience features that make it a solid contender for small households. Notably, it has a rubber tube on the front that can be used to filter and drain your oil after each use.
You can hold your container under the spigot and have your oil clean and ready for the next use with a single button push. Other features include a digital timer, a detachable magnetic safety cord, and a replaceable odor filter to keep your kitchen stink free.
Like the T-fal FR8000, the oil temperatures in this unit are a little lower than we'd like. The heating element has trouble maintaining 370F, especially with a rotating basket full of food. You'll still get food up to edible temperatures, but you may have trouble getting those crispy, delectable exteriors.
If you're not too worried about food capacity and you're more interested in convenience than temperature, the DeLonghi Roto is a great pick.
Masterbuilt Electric Fryer
The Masterbuilt deep fryer can hold a turkey of up to 14 lbs. It has a 1650 watt heating element and offers a draining valve to make recycling your oil a bit easier.
Unlike the other models on this list, this unit can be used as a steamer or a boiler as well as a fryer.
The primary draw of this unit is the massive internal capacity. You'd be hard pressed to fry a 14-pound turkey in any of the other models we reviewed even if you cut it up into small pieces.
You'll have no problems loading the whole thing into this bad boy. The internal capacity is great for the boiling and steaming modes, too. You can cook a whole feast in this unit by layering in vegetables, seafood, and spices. If you don't have a dedicated steamer for your kitchen, you might want to pick up this unit for those modes alone.
The included filter basket makes frying a wide variety of non-turkey foods easy, and it's easy to hang the basket over the oil after you're done cooking to drain your food. While this fryer is specially designed to deep fry turkeys, you'll still be able to fry wings, donuts, and other foods.
The 1650 watt heating element is dwarfed by the volume of oil and food that this unit can hold. You'll need to allot a generous amount of time to preheating your oil and you may need to adjust cooking times due to the temperature drop when you add a full-size turkey (or whatever you're frying).
With the volume of oil you can use in this fryer, having an easy drainage valve is almost necessary. Luckily, there is one, and while it's a bit slow, it makes recycling the two or three gallons of oil you'll use fairly easy. We recommend using a stool or chair to hold your container while the cold oil drips.
If you need a high capacity fryer or you just want a steamer for use year-round, the Masterbuilt deep fryer is a solid choice. While it's slightly underpowered, the convenience features and multiple modes more than make up for the extra time it takes to heat up.
Fryer Parts And Accessories
Deep Fryer Baskets
A deep fryer basket is handy to help lower and raise food out of hot oil. This helps prevent splashing, accidental drops, and makes it easier to fry foods safely. To reduce burn and fire risks, you will need a long-handled fry basket.
Typically, a deep fryer will come with a rectangular or circle wire mesh basket depending on the shape of the fryer itself. However, there are other types of baskets that may help fry specific foods such as:
Fish & French Fries – There really isn’t a difference between a fish fry basket and French fry basket. You can use the standard basket that comes with your fryer. In either case, you want a deep basket to hold a lot of fries or a couple pieces of fish at one time.
Tacos – A taco shell deep fryer basket will help retain the taco shape while frying. This would otherwise be impossible without it since the shell would not keep its curled shape while frying.
Turkey – If you are using a large pot for frying a whole turkey, you will definitely need a way to raise and lower it from the hot oil. Aside from special turkey frying kits, there are baskets designed to hold turkeys. These are generally much heavier and stronger to be able to hold the weight of a turkey.
No matter which deep fryer you get, it's important to confirm the oil temperature once the fryer has heated. Frying at too low a temperature will result in soggy, oily food. Frying too hot might cause the oil to splash or bubble violently, burn food, or possibly catch fire.
Per cooking authority Janet Zimmerman with Cooking For Two most deep fryers for home use claim to reach up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit / 191 degrees Celsius, but it would be wise to test the oil temperature to make certain the fryer is providing accurate information.
Sizes And Styles
While a large fryer may enable you to fry a larger batch, you'll get a more consistent cooking temperature and outcome using a smaller fryer. It will require less oil and heat up more quickly.
Oil Filters & Odors
Over time your oil will start to degrade and collect bits and pieces of old fried food. And worst of all, start to smell and affect the taste of your food.
Some deep fryers have a small pump with an oil filter. This filter will need to be change often but can help keep your oil fresher longer.
We like to change our oil often, so scooping out left over bits with a deep fryer skimmer works great for us.
Aside from using a mesh skimmer, another way to filter your oil is to pour it through a fine mesh or cheese cloth to catch any fried bits. Keep in mind that the oil will need to be slightly warm to the touch to be poured effectively. Never pour hot oil!
Deep Fryer Safety Features
Deep frying is inherently dangerous, but it can be quite enjoyable to do at home. There are a few safety concerns and features to consider.
An easy to access and remove power cord is critical in the event of a fire or emergency. It may lessen the chance you'll be burned while using your fryer. Most power cords these days are magnetic that pop in and out of the fryer easily.
Some deep fryers have a timer and/or an automatic shut-off feature to turn off the machine.Even if you plan on deep frying for a while, you should make use of a timer just in case you become busy while preparing other things in the kitchen.
The Right Accessories
If your deep fryer has any type of splatter controls, we do not recommend circumventing it in any way shape or form.
You might be tempted to use 3rd party accessories such as a taco basket with your fryer, but we recommend only purchasing accessories designed for your unit. Some 3rd party accessories circumvent the correct usage of your fryer and may be dangerous to use.
Additional Frying Safety Tips
Check the oil temperature with a separate thermostat the first few times you use your fryer to make sure any built-in temperature gauges are working accurately.
Never add water or moisture to hot oil!
Never leave your fryer unattended and if the oil starts to smoke, turn off the fryer immediately to avoid a grease fire. Keep a box of baking soda close by and use it to smother flames. A small fire extinguisher is also a great kitchen tool to keep close by.
Oils for Deep Frying
For deep frying, peanut oil is an excellent choice. It doesn't smoke or burn until 450 degrees Fahrenheit / 232 degrees Celsius, so you're less likely to generate a great deal of unpleasant smoke or start a fire with peanut oil because home frying units generally don't get that hot.
It should be noted that peanut oil is not inexpensive. However, if carefully stored, peanut oil can be used repeatedly. SEE ALSO: Best Oil For Deep Frying
Cooking authority Caitlynn Lowe recommends storing your cooled peanut oil in the refrigerator in a container that is airtight and doesn't allow in any light. Light and air will speed the spoiling process and result in rancid oil.
Once the oil has reached 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 177 degrees Celsius it can be considered sterilized.
However, some fried foods such as fish can leave their flavor behind in your oil, so be prepared to replace it if you're bothered by the taste or smell of your peanut oil.
A dedicated deep fryer is handy for any home cook who deep fries on a regular basis. We think the DeLonghi Roto deep fryer is a great pick.
You'll get better quality results thanks to an accurate thermostat reading and reduce cleanup with spatter controls available on many of the counter top units available.
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