The 5 Best Deep Fryers for Home Use in 2019

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#1 Flexzion Deep Fryer Dual Tank

If you love fried food and often need to whip up batches for large families or parties, the  Flexzion Deep Fryer Dual Tank has you covered. With double stainless-steel baskets and a capacity of 12 liters (or 12.7 quarts), it’s the best deep fryer for making large quantities of fried food. This dual-tank fryer uses 5000-watts of power for both tanks, or 2500-watts for just one. Each cooking side functions separately and has its own fry basket, its own power plug, and its own analog control panel to set the temperature.

  • Large capacity
  • Dual tanks with separate controls enable you to fry two different types of food at the same time
  • Analog controls are easy to use and perfect for those who are averse to digital controls
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#2 Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer

Love to fry food for your entire family (and guests)? If so, you’ll need a deep fryer with a decent capacity and Cuisinart’s CDF-200 Deep Fryer is our top chioce. It’s easy to use, has an adjustable temperature dial, and can cook up to 2.3 lbs of food. 

  • Affordable price
  • Large capacity; 4-quart oil capacity can cook up to 2.3 lbs of food
  • Large stainless mesh fry basket
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#3 Cuisinart Compact CDF-100

The Cuisinart Compact CDF-100 has a three-year limited warranty; which is the best warranty on a deep fryer we came across. It’s even better than the warranties on most Cuisinart products, which is only a one-year limited warranty! That’s not all this deep fryer has going for it: it’s compact, easy to use, and makes delicious food. 

  • Limited 3-year warranty
  • Fast heat-up and frying
  • Nonstick die-cast bowl
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#4 T-Fal FR8000 Deep Fryer

If you’re looking for a small sized deep fryer, check out the T-Fal FR8000. T-Fal offers deep fryers in single or triple baskets and the single can hold 2.6 lbs of food and has a 3.5 liter oil capacity. It also features an adjustable thermostat and an immersed heating system for quick cooking. Plus? It’s easy to clean!

  • 2.65 lbs of food with an oil capacity of 3.5 liters
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Oil filtration system to help eliminate odors
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#5 Presto 05450 DualDaddy Electric Deep Fryer

The good news about deep fryers is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good one. The Presto DualDaddy Deep Fryer is a prime example. In addition to its unbeatable price, it can fry up to eight servings of food with just eight cups of oil. It features two sections, meaning you can fry two different types of food at once. 

  • Price is very budget friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Two compartments mean you can fry two different types of food at once
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French fries. Fried chicken. Fried fish. Fried mozzarella sticks. Funnel cakes… Is there anything more delicious or crave-worthy than fried food? No, it’s not healthy, and we won’t pretend that it is. And yes, it has been linked to increased blood pressure, obesity, and other health problems. But we’re not here to talk about health, we’re here to talk about cooking. And one fact remains: fried food is pretty damn good.

In the 1990s, electronics company Philips launched a new type of fryer: air fryers. Unlike deep fryers, which use hot oil to cook food, air fryers need just a light dusting of oil and use high-heat to cook food. The result is a product that has up to 75% fewer calories, but critics say it can also have up to 75% less taste. Check out air fryer vs deep fryer: what’s the difference to see how the two appliances stack up. If you do suffer from high blood pressure or need to cut calories, we suggest you check out air fryers. However, if taste is your number one priority when cooking, we recommend looking at deep fryers.

Here are a few of our favorite deep fryers on the market and our top picks for 2019.

 

Editor’s Choice: Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer

Cuisinart Deep Fryer

If you’re a frequent fryer, our top choice of deep fryers is the Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer. Using 1,700 watts of power, it’s easy to use and produces deliciously golden fried food. It has an easy to understand temperature control dial with a minimum temperature of 175 degrees Fahrenheit and a max of 375 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has a 30-minute timer so you don’t have to stand over the fryer and watch until your food becomes the perfect shade of golden brown. In terms of capacity, this deep fryer features a large frying basket that can fry up enough to feed a small family.

Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Large capacity; 4-quart oil capacity can cook up to 2.3 lbs of food
  • Large stainless mesh fry basket
  • Removable 1800-watt immersion-style heating element means a fast heat up and a fast heat recovery
  • Easy cleanup thanks to a dishwasher safe frying basket, oil container and lid
  • Limited one year warranty
  • Magnetic safety plug

Cuisinart CDF-200 Deep Fryer Cons

  • Short plug; plug is less than two feet long
  • Cannot be used with an extension cord
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Best Value: Presto 05450 DualDaddy Electric Deep Fryer

Dualdaddy deep fryer

If you’re looking for an affordable deep fryer and don’t care about temperature settings, timers, or special cleaning features, then you can’t go wrong with the Presto DualDaddy Deep Fryer. For the price, it’s a great deep fryer.

This deep fryer can fry up to eight servings with just eight cups of oil. It features two sections, meaning you can fry two different types of food at once. It is comprised of heavy-duty cast aluminum

and features a nonstick finish, which makes it easy to clean. This deep fryer also has a magnetic safety cord and uses 1500 watts. It measures 9 by 14 by 8-1/2 inches and has a one-year limited warranty

Presto DualDaddy Pros

  • Price is very budget friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Two compartments mean you can fry two different types of food at once
  • Uses just eight cups of oil for eight servings of food
  • 1500 watts
  • Small size means its easy to fit atop your counter
  • Snap on cover lets you store oil in fryer
  • Thermostat to keep oil at a consistent temperature

Presto DualDaddy Cons

  • No manual temperature control
  • No timer
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Best Small Size: T-Fal FR8000 Deep Fryer

T-Fal Deep Fryer

If you don’t need to fry a lot of food, why purchase a fryer with a large capacity? Instead, consider investing in one that’s small enough to remain on your kitchen counter. Our top pick for best small sized deep fryer is the T-Fal FR8000.

T-Fal, a trusted appliance brand, offers single and triple basket deep fryers. We love the single as it cooks the perfect amount of fried food for a couple. It can hold 2.6 lbs of food and has a 3.5 liter oil capacity. It also features an adjustable thermostat and an immersed heating system for quick cooking. Plus? It’s easy to clean!

T-Fal FR8000 Pros

  • 2.65 lbs of food with an oil capacity of 3.5 liters
  • 2-position basket for cooking and draining food
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Oil filtration system to help eliminate odors
  • Automatic oil drainage system
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts

T-Fal FR8000 Cons

  • 1-year limited warranty
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Best Large Size: Flexzion Deep Fryer Dual Tank

Flexzion deep fryer

If you’re looking for a large, electric deep fryer, check out the Flexzion Deep Fryer Dual Tank. With double stainless-steel baskets and a capacity of 12 liters (or 12.7 quarts), it’s the best deep fryer for large families or those that like to entertain.

This dual tank fryer uses 5000-watts of power for both tanks, or 2500-watts for just one. Each cooking side functions separately and has its own fry basket, its own power plug, and its own analog control panel to set the temperature.

This is a large deep fryer and measures 22-3/4″ x 17-1/4″ x 12″. You’ll need adequate counter space if you want to use this deep fryer. The temperature control range between 248 and 392 degrees Farenheight. It features advanced safety features such as a temperature limiter and microswitch protection. The temperature limiter turns on when the temperature becomes too hot, and the microswitch protection turns the fryer off if it experiences a sudden impact.

Flexzion Deep Fryer Dual Tank Pros

  • Large capacity
  • Dual tanks with separate controls enable you to fry two different types of food at the same time
  • Analog controls are easy to use, and perfect for those who are adverse to digital controls
  • Oil pan is removable and easy to clean
  • Safety features include

Flexzion Deep Fryer Dual Tank Cons

  • Takes up a lot of space. You must have a large kitchen or home to use this fryer
  • Fryer also uses a high wattage. You cannot use a converter with this deep fryer.
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Best Warranty: Cuisinart Compact CDF-100

cuisinart deep fryer

Yes, we have Cuisinart on our list twice. Why? They make some pretty good deep fryers. We ranked the Cuisinart Compact CDF-200 as our top choice deep fryer for the aforementioned reasons. And when it came down to looking at warranties, we realized that a Cuisinart deep fryer once again made our list. Why? It has the best warranty we’ve come across: a three-year limited warranty.

And aside from the warranty, it’s a pretty great deep fryer. It’s small, so perfect for a couple. It’s affordable, easy to use, and is easy to clean as well.

Cuisinart Compact CDF-100 Pros

  • Limited 3-year warranty
  • Fast heat-up and frying
  • Nonstick die-cast bowl
  • 1000 Watts
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Temperatures up to 375°F

Cuisinart Compact CDF-100 Cons

  • Small capacity: Fry basket holds up to 3/4 pound of food and 1.1 liters of oil
  • Not ideal for large families or parties
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Types of Deep Fryers

There are two main types of deep fryers you can purchase for your home: electric deep fryers and turkey deep fryers. Electric deep fryers are typically more popular as they are smaller, safer, and more user-friendly, but as with any appliance, there are pros and cons to both. Let’s take a look at an electric deep fryer versus a turkey fryer:

Electric Deep Fryers

Cuisinart Deep Fryer

If you want to fry food, you’ll need a lot of oil and somewhere to put that oil. Technically you could fill a large saute pan with oil and place it atop your stove and whip up a batch of french fries, but it’s messy and dangerous (especially if you have a gas burner). As such, an electric deep fryer is better.

Electric deep fryers are small enough to live part-time or full-time on countertops. They are typically made of stainless steel and feature a large interior section for oil as well as a fry basket (or multiple fry baskets). Functions vary depending on which model you select, but the more advanced ones have temperature controls, adjustable timers, and removable and dishwasher safe parts.

  • Pros
    • Safer than turkey fryers
    • Small enough to sit on countertops
    • Adjustable temperature controls
    • Timers
    • Dishwasher safe parts (depending on model)
    • Some models come with oil filtration systems that filter excess oil into a separate container and absorb the oil and grease odors.
  • Cons
    • Smaller capacity than turkey fryers

Turkey Deep Fryers

Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer

Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer

Have you ever tried a deep fried turkey? If you live in the south chances are you have, as fried birds as a southern tradition. If not, we suggest you try one as frying a turkey can produce the juiciest, tastiest Thanksgiving bird you’ve ever had. Plus, it will cook it must faster than traditional oven methods will.

  • Pros
    • Specializes in fried turkey
    • Large capacity
    • Fast cooking times
    • Turkey is exceptionally moist on the inside and crispy on the outside
  • Cons
    • Riskier to use than electric deep fryers
    • Large and require a lot of space
    • Requires a LOT of cooking oil (which can get expensive and is hard to dispose of)
    • Oil splatters which can cause burns

 

Overall, we prefer electric deep fryers to turkey fryers. If you are looking to invest in a deep fryer that can be used for common fried foods such as fried fish, fried chicken, and french fries, you’re better off with an electric deep fryer. They’re easier to use, pose less risk, require less oil, and are smaller to store.

If, on the other hand, your sole purpose when investing in a deep fryer is to cook your family’s Thanksgiving turkey (and perhaps fry up a few whole chickens throughout the year or a few more turkeys), then go ahead and get the turkey deep fryer.

Deep Fryer Buyer’s Guide

Deep Fryer Cooking Fries

So now that we’ve taught you the difference between an electric deep fryer and a turkey deep fryer, you should have an idea of what the best deep fryer for you is. That’s the first step in your buying journey. Next, you’ll want to look at factors such as capacity (both for the cooking basket and cooking oil), ease of use, temperature control, timer, and oil filtration system. You’ll also want to look at the safety features, ease of cleaning, price, and warranty.

Cooking Basket Size

Deep fryers come in multiple sizes; smaller versions tend to hold one basket and cater towards couples or small families. A deep fryer with a 3-liter capacity or less is perfect for small families and tends to be 1000 or 1500 watts of power.

Larger deep fryers can hold multiple baskets and feed entire parties. These deep fryers tend to start at 1700 watts of power and go up from there.

Make sure you always look at basket sizes, however, and don’t rely on wattage alone and some high-watt deep fryers have small baskets and some low-watt fryers can have large fry baskets.

Cooking Oil Capacity

Deep fryers have varying capacities for oil. For example, we looked at some smaller fryers that had a four cup maximum capacity while others could hold up to 16 cups. If you want to fry in small batches, you won’t want to use a large amount of oil so a lower oil capacity should be fine. If on the other hand you do want to cook large batches, consider a deep fryer with a large cooking oil capacity.

In addition to a deep fryer’s oil capacity, you’ll also want to look at oil filters.

Oil Filters

T-Fal Oil Filtration System

T-Fal Oil Filtration System

Deep frying foods isn’t always a pleasant experience. There’s a lot of oil and grease, and not only can it make a mess of your kitchen, but it can also leave lingering odors. This is where a good oil filter can come in handy.

Oil filters can help filter excess oil into separate containers within the bottom of the fryer, helping to absorb the odors of grease and oil. If you love the taste of fried food but hate the smell, consider investing in a deep fryer with a good oil filter. You’ll also want to look at how the fryers drain leftover oil, as disposing of it can be a hassle.

Some deep fryers offer easy cleaning oil drain systems; this system consists of a hose connected to the front of the unit that allows oil to easily drain out the front rather than you have to pour it out from the top. It’s a much cleaner way of disposing of oil. Cleaning is also a major consideration when looking at deep fryers.

Ease of Cleaning

Oil is a massive pain to clean up, and given the amount of oil used in deep fryers, many people fear deep fryers will be a horror show to scrub clean. Thankfully, this isn’t always the case.

In addition to easy cleaning oil drain systems, most deep fryers have removable parts such as fry baskets and oil pans that are dishwasher safe. While teh housing units are not able to be thrown in the dishwasher, they can typically be washed with warm, soapy water and then rinsed and dried.

Ease of Use

You need a deep fryer that’s easy to clean. But you’ll also want one that’s easy to use! Some deep fryers have adjustable temperature settings and others don’t. Which is the best deep fryer for you? It just depends on your preferences.

Some deep fryers have digital displays and others are analog. Again, pick the one that’s easiest for you to use. Do you plan on frying frequently, or making complicated items? If so, you may want a deep fryer with a lot of bells and whistles. If not, however, we recommend getting the simplest deep fryer possible as it will likely be the easiest to use.

Temperature Control

Flexzion settings

Flexzion settings

If you’re looking for a very basic (and low cost) deep fryer, it may not come with an adjustable thermostat that you can control. However, most do. Most of the deep fryers we looked at enable you to adjust the temperature of the oil; some even have an automatic function that monitors temperature and adjusts accordingly so it doesn’t get too hot or too cool.

You may think that “fried food is fried food,” but the truth is different types of food fry differently and at different temperatures. Most good deep fryers will have a max temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Timer

Adjustable thermostats and timers seem to go hand in hand in quality deep fryers. If you have a timer, you won’t necessarily have to stand over your fryer waiting for your food to become the perfect shade of golden brown. Rather, you can sit back and allow the timer to monitor the progress and then alert you when your food is ready. Timers will help ensure your food is not overcooked or undercooked.

Safety Features

Frying food isn’t always the safest endeavor. It seems like every Thanksgiving you read about someone who burnt his house down trying to fry a turkey. One of the benefits of a deep fryer is that it’s safer than attempting to fry food in a dutch oven or deep pan. Most deep fryer have safety features that help prevent fires, oil burns, and more. These safety features can include:

  • Magnetic cords that breakaway if the fryer is knocked over
  • Safety handles on fry baskets
  • Secure locking lids
  • Indicator lights to show you when food is ready
  • Skid-free feet to secure the deep fryer to your table or counter
  • Cool-touch surfaces

Price

Do you love McDonald’s french fries, Chick-fil-a’s chicken nuggets, and the deep fried Oreos you get at your county fair? If so, you know this fast food habit of your can add up! Deep fryers are a way of getting your favorite fast food items at a more affordable price.

Deep fryers really aren’t that expensive – even the top models. Depending on your needs and budget, you can find a quality deep fryer for under $75. While the more affordable models tend to have fewer options and features, if cost is your main priority, you can still find a great deep fryer for an affordable price.

Warranty

Some products have lifetime warranties. We love these products and wish all appliances in our lives were guaranteed to last forever, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Deep fryer warranties are all over the place. The most limited offer just three months. The majority seem to offer a limited one-year warranty. Some offer limited two-year warranties, and the best we came across offer three-year warranties.

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