Best Deep Fryer [2019]

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The T-fal FR8000 Deep Fryer was designed to make it as easy as possible to use as well as cleanup. It has a 2.6-pound basket capacity and holds up to 3.5 liters of oil. The basket has two height settings for cooking and draining the food before removing it for service.

Where this deep fryer really shines is in it’s “EZ Clean” system. This is a built-in drain and filtration system. When you are done frying you simply turn the dial to the drain setting. Once the unit cools down enough it will drain the oil, passing it through a special filter. The oil is then deposited into a sealable “Oil Box” for convenient storage.

The removable parts are also dishwasher safe. After the draining and filtering, you simply disassemble the components and place them in the dishwasher on its normal setting. You should also wipe down the immersion element.

Our Budget Pick goes to the Presto 05420 FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer. Fry Daddy is backed by decades of popularity. It is positioned to be an inexpensive entry-level deep fryer for singles and people who just want to occasionally fry food at home. They maximize the 4 cup capacity in 1-quart of oil by not using a basket. You simply watch the food as it fries and extracts it with a slotted spoon.

It only uses 1,200 watts to power the built-in electric element. There is no control panel to speak of. Instead, the Fry Daddy is designed to merely hold the oil between 325 to 350-degrees Fahrenheit. The interior and exterior are coated in a heavy-duty nonstick material. There’s a fill line etched inside to prevent problems with overfilling.

When you’re done deep frying, you simply let the oil cool before securing the lid. You can then store it away in a cupboard until you want to use the Fry Daddy again.

The Masterbuilt 23011615 Butterball XL Electric Fryer is a large electric deep fryer and was originally designed to handle up to a 20-pound turkey. Yet it is capable of doing so much more.

Even after the holiday season has passed, you can still use it to fry up to 8 pieces of chicken, batches of doughnuts or any other big batch of fried food. You can also drain the oil and clean the porcelain coated pot to use it as a steamer. The basket also has a drain clip that holds the food securely over the oil to thoroughly drain.

Masterbuilt also designed it to be safe and easy to clean. There is a built-in drain with a pour spot to help remove the oil after it’s cooled.

The electric cord has a magnetic breakaway feature to prevent accidental oil spills. The control panel is removable and has a safety feature that prevents the unit from turning on until it is securely locked in place.

How We Picked

The deep fryer marketplace can be broken down into propane-fired and electric deep fryers. For the most part propane deep fryers are found in commercial kitchens or out on the patio being used as a turkey deep fryer. Turkey fryers have their own important niche, deserving of their own article review. For our purposes here, we’ll focus on electric deep fryers designed to spend their lives on a kitchen countertop.

There are several important factors that go into finding the deep fryer that is right for you. This includes the capacity of the food and oil, as well as electric consumption with an eye toward safety.

The first criteria to look at is the capacity. Obviously, you need to be able to fry enough food for the typical number of diners. This applies to the amount of food the basket can handle, as well as the amount of oil it has. We looked for units where the oil volume was reasonably paired with what the basket can handle. If a basket is overloaded the oil temperature can drop out of the ideal range for the food, which could cause the oil to saturate the food making it greasy.

Electric consumption matters in a few different ways. The higher the wattage, the faster the oil will preheat, which is a major factor when you are using a high capacity fryer. It also helps the oil to rebound when you place a large volume of food or you are frying frozen foods.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that most electric deep fryers are 1,500 Watts or more. As you start approaching 1,800 Watts it could exceed a 15-Amp circuit breaker. If you are interested in a specific unit that is rated for more than 1,700 Watts, you should double-check your breaker box to make sure the intended outlet is connected to a 20 Amp breaker.

Safety is also a very important factor in electric deep fryers. Breakaway power cords, lids, basket hangers, and seals all help reduce spills as well as the fire risk.

Cleanup can be important. Units that are easy to drain or come with some sort of filtration system makes cleanup easier. It also helps maintain a clean flavor in the oil.

T-fal FR8000 Deep Fryer With EZ Clean

Specs:

  • 1,700 Watts
  • 2.6-pound capacity basket
  • 3.5-liter oil capacity
  • Patented “EZ Clean” system
  • Built-in oil filtration
  • 2 position basket height
  • Dishwasher safe removable components
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Cleaning and oil filtration are common complaints with most deep fryers. T-fal addresses this with the innovative design and materials in their Model FR8000 deep fryer with their patented “EZ Clean” system.

T-fal FR8000 Deep Fryer

The basket has a 2.6-pound capacity which pairs nicely with the 3.5 liters of oil. There are two height settings for the basket. The lowest setting holds the food securely in the oil. When you are done frying, you simply lift it to the higher position and let the food drain for a minute or two.

T-fal FR8000 Deep Fryer parts

The internal electric heating element is rated to use 1700 Watts at its highest heat setting. This gives the deep fryer a temperature range from 300 to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.