The delights of crispy deep fried food is no longer just confined to the restaurant or that French fries store right at the corner. With a large array of deep fryers at disposal, thanks of course to technological advancements, you can now fry almost all your favorite food in the comfort of your kitchen.
From chicken fingers to mozzarella sticks to calamari rings, the possibilities are endless. Whether you wish to coin your own recipes or not it doesn’t matter, there are a horde of deep fryers to accommodate almost any kind of deep frying task.
The stumbling block though is deciding which is which since the options are overwhelming. To give you a head start, I have narrow down five best deep fryers out there based on quality, features, and value for money.
If you are thinking of getting one of these innovative appliances, keep on reading. I bet along the way you will find the deep fryer that meets all your frying needs…
The Presto 05442 CoolDaddy is one of the simplest electric deep fryers on the market. It has a simple design and is very friendly to the pocket. In other words, it’s an ideal option if you are just starting out your journey to making home fried food.
The CoolDaddy preheats fast and fries fast. It offers up to 1,500 watts of power, so once you place the oil in the pot, within a few minutes it will be hot and ready for frying. When you add the food, it also recovers the heat pretty fast resulting to a fast, crisp cooked food.
You don’t have to trouble yourself testing the oil for the right temperature to start frying. The signal light alerts you when the oil gets hot enough for frying and you can even select your desired frying temperature using the adjustable thermostat.
From chicken to French fries to all sorts of white fish, you can cook almost any food that can be fried with this Presto CoolDaddy deep fryer. And at different temperatures to achieve the level of crispiness you want.
No that annoying and painful spattering of oil. It comes with a basket that has an exterior handle which allows you to lower food into the oil while the lid is closed. So, when the frozen or cold food comes in to contact with the hot oil, there is no that splattering of oil outside the pot.
The unpleasant frying odor that usually takes up the kitchen is also well taken care of by the lid that covers the fryer. It features a charcoal air filter which absorbs the frying odors ridding the kitchen of foul frying odor.
The best part and my favorite feature on this fryer is the viewing window. You don’t have to occasionally open the lid to check on the frying food. You can just monitor the food through the viewing window which is actually large enough.
Cleaning the CoolDaddy won’t be a big problem either. The oil pot is removable and once you empty it, you won’t find any stubborn stain that is impossible to clean.
Overall, the CoolDaddy is a deep fryer you can rely on whenever you have a craving for crispy and tasty fried food. It doesn’t take much space and you will be pleased with its performance.
- Alerts you when the oil gets hot enough
- Can cook at different temperatures
- No Spattering
- Allow for easy monitoring of food
- No much problem when it comes to cleaning
- Can serve only up to 4 people
- Does not feature a timer
If you are looking for a reliable deep fryer with enough capacity to fry food for the whole family at once, the Hamilton Beach Electric Deep Fryer is a perfect choice. It has 12-cup food capacity which is almost the size you will find in most commercial fryers, thereby you can prepare a lot of food that can feed a large group.
The oil will heat up to appropriate frying temperature quickly and this is due to the 1800 watt power capacity. This high wattage means more powerful heating even after adding the food and the result is a faster cooking time.
On top of this, this Hamilton Beach fryer features adjustable temperature and timer. So, you can experiment with various types of foods since you have full control and you can choose the exact temperature you want. And the best part, aside from a light indicator, this fryer has an audible tone that alerts you when the oil is hot enough.
When it comes to safety, the Hamilton Beach is safe to use. Its splatter free as the lid keeps the popping oil down. The outer shell is a cool-surface which prevents you or your children from burning your hand when touched accidentally.
The breakaway magnetic cord is another great safety measure. It automatically disconnect power flow when you accidentally bump into the fryer. Taking the fryer apart is not difficult and the basket is dishwasher safe, so cleaning it is pretty easy.
The only slight drawback is that it does not feature a filter. It has a vent where the odors pass right through, so you should be ready for a stuffy kitchen unless you choose to improvise with an air-freshener.
Other than that, the Hamilton Beach is another reliable deep fryer that can give you great service for a long time.
- Ideal for preparing fried food for the whole family
- Offers versatility
- Heats fast and maintains the heat
- Safe to use
- Keeps you alert
- Easy to clean
- No filter system to absorb odors
- Breakaway cord is a bit short
Taking the third spot is another Presto deep fryer, the Presto Pro Fry (05466) model. If the Hamilton Beach did not win you over then this one might. Like the Hamilton, the Pro Fry is a dual basket deep fryer, so it offers a generous space for frying food of up to six people.
The oblong shape of the baskets is very common in most Presto fryer models. Combining this with the large capacity of the baskets tells you that this fryer will accommodate large foods and fry them evenly to uniform crispness.
Also powered by an 1800 wattage immersion element, oil preheating is quick as is temperature recovery when you add food. So, you get crispier fries within just a few minutes, even if you are preparing family sized batches.
You can control or select your desired frying temperature with the adjustable thermostat and wait for a signal from the light indicator when the oil gets ready for frying. This handy indicator will also signal you when the fries are ready, so you can attend to other tasks without worrying that your food might overcook.
The locking cover keeps off the hot oil splattering, but even much better, it allows you to monitor the progress of your frying through a viewing window without having to open the lid. Moreover, the lid has a charcoal filter that absorbs the odors, hence it will significantly reduce that oil and grease smell that usually builds up in the kitchen.
Cleaning the Pro Fry is also not much hassle. The pot has non-stick coating and you can remove almost all parts for cleaning and put them back without any trouble.
Although Presto have tried to give it a cool-touch exterior, there have been some complaints from customers that it still gets warm, so you might want to avoid touching the shell while frying. The good thing though is that the handles are well insulated, thereby you can safely lower the baskets into the oil without touching the hot surface.
Overall, this Presto Pro deep fryer is quite convenient for large families not to mention that it also looks good. Aside from the Hamilton Beach, this is another fryer I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a home deep fryer that can handle heavy use.
- Large frying capacity
- Quick preheating heating and temperature recovery
- Allows temperature control
- Somewhat safe with a lock lid to keep off splattering
- Removable parts for easy cleaning
- Not dishwasher safe
- Takes up a good amount of storage space
The CDF-200 is one of the most popular model from Cuisinart and one of the top deep fryers in the market. It’s no surprise that it takes the second position in our list. This is a mono basket fryer but even so, it offers plenty of room than most other fryers of the same type. The basket has a 4-quart capacity that accommodates up to 2 pounds of food which is enough to serve four people.
You may have noticed that a majority of high wattage fryers have either two or more baskets, yet this one basket Cuisinart CDF-200 model boasts of 1800 watts of power you would usually find in two basket fryers . That’s a big plus and it means that the heating process is pretty fast.
Unlike its competitors, the CDF – 200 is quite economical when it comes to oil. It uses less oil and still fries food to the same level of crispness you will achieve with a high-end commercial fryer.
Another great feature that propels this fryer to the second position in our top 5 list is the skid-resistant feet. You may accidentally bump into this fryer and the magnet breakaway cord disconnects from the unit without the fryer sliding off. The skid-resistant feet provides good grip that keeps the unit securely positioned on the countertop.
Same as to all other top fryers, the CDF-200 allows temperature control and will alert you when the oil heats up to the temperature you set. It has a locking cover that prevents splattering of oil.
Cleaning is also a breeze thanks to the non-stick enamel-coated pot and removable parts. The non-electrical parts are dishwasher friendly, so another plus as far as cleaning is concerned.
Last but not least, you will use this deep fryer for a long time before you think of a replacement. The outer casing is stainless steel while the other parts are made from durable materials.
One noted problem with the CDF – 200 is that the “cool-touch handle” is not that cool as said. It tends to get warm and sometimes even hotter when you are frying a lot of food. However/ the plastic handles on each side makes it easy to move the fryer without touching the hot surface –
All in all, looking at its all features, quality of material and performance, compared with its price, the Cuisinart CDF – 200 deep fryer is a great a buy. If you are after a one basket deep fryer, this is worth considering.
- Quite roomy for a one-basket fryer
- Uses a lot less oil
- High wattage/heats up fast
- Skid-resistant feet
- Easy to clean
- Not ideal for serving a large group
- Exterior surface gets warm
From its look to its design, the T-fal FR8000 is nothing but a clear definition of what a high-end home deep fryer is. If you are in the market for a serious deep fryer that can deliver restaurant quality fried food, this is it. It has the feel of a commercial fryer without being as expensive.
One of its top features is the 1700 watts immersion heating system. The design of this heating element is such that it provides consistent and overall even temperature. So, the oil heats quickly and the food cooks fast at even temperature to deliver crispier fries.
With all single basket fryers, size is always an issue but not the T-fal FR8000. The basket is spacious and ideal for frying large batches of food at one time. In other words, this fryer can sufficiently serve a large family or parties and family gatherings without running the risk of under-cooking your food.
My favorite feature is the EZ Oil-filtration System. Most fryers use charcoal filter to absorb odor but this oil filtration system does more than just keeping the nasty oil smell at bay, it keeps the oil clean for your next frying task.
The T-fal FR8000 is also very tough and well-built. The pot is non-stick brushed stainless steel while the basket is stainless steel mesh. This tells you that it will serve you for a very long period.
Although it does not feature a timer, you can still control or choose the temperature you prefer with the adjustable thermostat.
Everything but the control unit and the power cord can go in the dishwasher. The automatic oil drainage system is a big plus as it drains the excess oil and allows you to easily drain the oil in a pull-out container. So, there is really no mess or cleaning fuss with this fryer.
- Suitable for large servings
- Fast heating and recovery
- Great design
- Adjustable temperature
- Smart oil filtration system
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Easy to carry and store
- No timer
Each fryer on this list comes with some great features but two things are certain, your frying needs and budget will dictate which unit is right for you. Nevertheless, when it comes to quality, performance and value for money, the T-fal FR8000 is the ultimate choice. But it’s not the only one. The other four deep fryers offer great value for money, so it’s a matter of choosing the one that suits your needs best.