Deep fryer buying guide

Deep fryer buying guide

Many enjoy the taste of deep-fried onion rings. Most cannot afford a new deep fryer, though; hence, we wrote a short buying guide for those looking to buy a new deep fryer.

After all, budgets tend to limit what and how much you spend on luxury kitchen appliances.

Knowing what you want is an essential part of buying a new deep fryer. If it is your first unit, you may not know what features make a good deep fryer.

You may know that you like deep-fried chicken; that much, though, may be the sum of what you know about buying a new deep fryer.

Below is a short list of the things you ought to consider before buying a new deep fryer.


Most online retailers have a section in which customers rate and review products bought from a specific retailer. If you are considering a product, read the reviews and see what (if any) customers found to be the product’s main pitfalls.

Review filters show who bought the product; hence, “rave” or “troll” reviews that can mislead the client may be avoided altogether.


If this is your first unit, we recommend buying a safe deep fryer. Different deep fryers let you adjust timing, heat and the quantity of cooking oil used.

While these may be of use, without safe, reliable features, more harm than good could come of trying to use one’s first deep fryer.

You will need a cool, dark place to store it. When it is in use, it should not take more space than you can afford. For safe use, some units come with a magnetized safety cord, which unplugs when the unit gets jostled.

The outer wall of the unit should remain cool even when it is in use. You do not want to get burnt while piloting your new deep fryer.

Oil spatter can be an issue when deep frying large portions. Some deep fryers have lids. A lid helps to protect you from occasional oil spatter.

Size and number of deep-fry baskets

Before choosing a specific model, you need to know what food you intend to fry; this will help shape your choice. A large oil chamber helps deep fry large meals, like turkey; fish, meanwhile, don’t need too much depth.

It is also not essential that your deep fryer has several fry baskets. One will do, and two are good for variety.

Some deep-frying units have been labeled “4-cup”, “6-cup”, “12-cup” and so on. Numbers like these help users make sense of the capacity some units will offer. A 4-cup unit can make two small servings.

Two large or three smallish deep-fried portions come from a unit with a 6-cup oil capacity. A small family can be fed comfortably with a unit that takes 12 cups of cooking oil.

Oil disposal

You should also know how to properly dispose of the oil used in your deep fryer. Some oils can be reused as many as five or six times. Once the oil goes off (or “rancid”), you will need to dispose of it in a safe and practical manner.

Be economical: don’t discard oil that you have not yet reused. Avoid deep fryers that fail to keep the oil inside them clean and useable; these deep fryers use way too much oil.

Wattage and temperature

Most deep fryers operate on a power of 1800 to 2200 watts. High wattage heats up the oil quickly. When the process is complete, the heat drops likewise back to the room temperature.

Deep fryers work best at around 375ºF. A temperature control, though, lets you increase or decrease the heat based on your meal. Food is less likely to burn or remain uncooked in that case.

Easy to clean

The clean-up after you’ve used a deep fryer can be quite difficult. To reduce the hassle, buy a deep fryer whose chamber has been coated with non-stick material.

Deep fryers that can be dismantled are simple to clean as well. Each part is washed on its own, or placed separately in one’s dishwasher.

Online retailers

Several web retailers offer cheap deep fryers made by a range of big manufacturers. There are practically hundreds of deep-fry brands. For more options, visits the sites of retailers like Walmart, eBay and Amazon.

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