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Updated February 2017

Best Electric Deep Fryers

Updated February 2017
T-fal
Ultimate EZ Clean
Presto
CoolDaddy Cool-Touch
Waring
Professional, Brushed Stainless
Secura
1700-Watt Stainless
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Good

Features like the oil drain filter, the sealed cooking lid, and the easily detachable and washable parts make the Ultimate EZ Clean Fryer a model well worthy of its price.

Comes with multiple features for easy handling, including an adjustable thermostat, an indicator light, and a locking cover designed to prevent spills and reduce odors.

With 1800 watts, the Waring Pro DF175 delivers higher cooking power and temperature regulation than the majority of models in its class.

Is able to quickly reach the desired temperature levels and sustain heat better than most of the fryers on the market.

Bad

Its basket may be difficult to clean due to batter potentially sticking to the mesh wiring.

Slightly less power than some of the other higher-priced models

A larger unit, so it takes up considerable space on the countertop.

The temperature sensor is located too close to the heating element, causing it to produce a slightly inaccurate reading.

Bottom Line

Without question the best electric deep fryer on the market.

Perfect for smaller families. Portable and affordable.

The best value for your money. Delivers results similar to models that are more than twice as expensive.

An solid deal, especially considering that it provides one of the largest cooking capacities for a home fryer.

Best of the Best
T-fal
Ultimate EZ Clean
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Good
Features like the oil drain filter, the sealed cooking lid, and the easily detachable and washable parts make the Ultimate EZ Clean Fryer a model well worthy of its price.

Bad
Its basket may be difficult to clean due to batter potentially sticking to the mesh wiring.

Bottom Line
Without question the best electric deep fryer on the market.
Presto
CoolDaddy Cool-Touch
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Good
Comes with multiple features for easy handling, including an adjustable thermostat, an indicator light, and a locking cover designed to prevent spills and reduce odors.

Bad
Slightly less power than some of the other higher-priced models

Bottom Line
Perfect for smaller families. Portable and affordable.
Best Bang for the Buck
Waring
Professional, Brushed Stainless
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Good
With 1800 watts, the Waring Pro DF175 delivers higher cooking power and temperature regulation than the majority of models in its class.

Bad
A larger unit, so it takes up considerable space on the countertop.

Bottom Line
The best value for your money. Delivers results similar to models that are more than twice as expensive.
Secura
1700-Watt Stainless
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Good
Is able to quickly reach the desired temperature levels and sustain heat better than most of the fryers on the market.

Bad
The temperature sensor is located too close to the heating element, causing it to produce a slightly inaccurate reading.

Bottom Line
An solid deal, especially considering that it provides one of the largest cooking capacities for a home fryer.
How We Decided
  • 87 Models Considered
  • 12 Hours Spent
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 135 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Top Electric Deep Fryers

    There are multiple deep fryers for home use that deliver a crisp and satisfying taste. While there are various models worthy of mention, the following four contenders are the cream of the crop in their category:

    Products we Considered

    • T-fal
      Ultimate EZ Clean
    • Presto
      CoolDaddy Cool-Touch
    • Waring
      Professional, Brushed Stainless
    • Secura
      1700-Watt Stainless

    Considerations

    Performance

    Deep fryers are normally measured in watts. The higher the wattage, the stronger its heating elements. This heats the oil to the desired temperature more quickly, which translates to a shorter cooking time. Temperature also tends to drop as more food is inserted, especially if the food is frozen. Performance is thus also measured by how well the fryer is able to retain the heat once it has reached the desired temperature.

    Features

    Some useful features typical of an electronic deep fryer include an adjustable thermostat, a signal light, a sealed locking safety lid, and a filter for oil drainage. Features for a fryer increase cooking efficiency, ease of use and cleanup.

    Capacity

    Are you preparing a meal for two or feeding an entire family? If the latter, then you want a fryer with ample capacity; otherwise, you will be spending extra time frying food in multiple batches. Also know ahead of time what you will mainly using the fryer for. Do you plan on making small finger foods, a whole chicken, or a basketful of French fries?

    Price

    The price range varies from $36 to $99. Generally, the bigger the fryer the higher the price tag, though this isn’t always the case. Additional features and brand popularity may also influence the cost.

    Steve
    EXPERT CONSULTANT

    Currently Executive Chef at Bon Appétit Management Company, Steve began his tenure with Bon Apetit as Chef de Partie. He has over ten years of experience, including tenures at two- and three-Michelin star restaurants. Steve is passionate about all things cooking – products, supply chain, management, menu design, and budgeting.


    Steve  |  Resident Expert
    Considerations

    Performance

    Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer

    At 1500 watts, the National Presto CoolDaddy has slightly less power than some of the other higher-priced models. However, this should be a non-issue if you are mostly using the fryer to prepare standard meals for the family at home. Several users note that the CoolDaddy has trouble heating to the full 375 degrees especially when preparing a second batch of food, but most of the owners we surveyed mentioned that this issue can easily be avoided by not overfilling the basket to the brink of its stated capacity.

    Waring Pro DF275

    With 1800 watts, the Waring Pro DF175  delivers higher cooking power and temperature regulation than the majority of models in its class. Most users were impressed with how quickly the temperature heats up to 375 degrees – usually within 15 minutes or less depending on the volume of the batch. The Waring Pro also gets high remarks for its ability to keep the oil hot, preventing the food from turning out soggy and greasy.

    Secura 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer

    The Secura 1700 Watt Triple Basket Fryer has the exact wattage power pointed out in its name. This allows the unit to quickly preheat and recover oil temperature. The general consensus among owners is that the fryer is able to quickly reach the desired temperature levels and sustain heat better than most of the fryers on the market, but it does have some trouble when its basket is filled near its capacity.

    T-fal FR8000 Ultimate EZ Clean

    The T-fal FR8000 Ultimate EZ Clean is a 1700 watt fryer, and many of the owners we surveyed reported their food turning out golden and crispy without the contents absorbing too much of the oil. As with most fryers, the T-fal EZ Clean is able to retain its temperature well as long as the basket is not overloaded, but the real differentiating factor is its ability to do so even when the basket is stuffed to the top.

    The real differentiating factor of the T-fal is its ability to retain its temperature even when the basket is stuffed to the top.
    EXPERT TIP

    Remember that if the food product is frozen, it will drop the temperature of the oil in your fryer and fry less effectively.


    Steve  |  Resident Expert (Executive Chef)
    Considerations

    Features

    The National Presto CoolDaddy comes with multiple features for easy handling, including an adjustable thermostat, an indicator light, and a locking cover designed to prevent spills and reduce odors. In addition, the unit has a viewing window so you can monitor the frying process without having to open the lid. Many owners we surveyed were especially happy with the exterior basket handle, which allows the food to be lowered into the oil without having to open the cover. Users find it to be a neat and nifty feature for preventing spills and splatters.

    Some prominent features of the Waring Pro DF175  include a 60-minute digital timer with temperature control and an enamel-coated oil container with a pouring spout. Several owners, however, pointed out that the exterior, metal casing felt thin and flimsy, giving the feeling that the unit is cheaply made and easily breakable. For the most part, though, we didn't find this to affect the unit’s performance.

    Secura 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer

    The Secura 1700 Watt Triple Basket Fryer comes with a multitude of features, several of which include an automatic adjustable timer, adjustable heat controls, a removable oil tank for fast clean-ups, and a stainless steel surface that remains cool to the touch when in operation. There is, however, one minor but common flaw that is consistently pointed out by owners: the temperature sensor is located too close to the heating element, causing it to produce a slightly inaccurate reading.

    As hinted in its name, the T-fal Ultimate EZ Clean contains easily detachable and dishwasher safe parts. It also comes with a sealed locking lid, a permanent odor filter, a viewing window, and an oil draining and filtering mechanism that preserves the oil for future use. Most owners we surveyed noted that with the exception of the basket – which is difficult to clean due to batter potentially sticking to the mesh wiring – the fryer can easily be washed by simply throwing all of its parts into the dishwasher.

    The T-fal can easily be washed by simply throwing all of its parts into the dishwasher.
    Considerations

    Capacity

    EXPERT TIP

    Don't overcrowd! If there is too much product in the fryer, there will be too much moisture and will not fry.


    Steve  |  Resident Expert (Executive Chef)

    Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer

    With an 8-cup capacity, the National Presto CoolDaddy is on the smaller end of electric deep fryers. This makes it a useful, portable, and space-saving fryer for apartments and smaller homes where storage is a concern. The smaller capacity means having to cook in multiple batches if preparing larger quantities of food, but unless you are trying to serve a meal for a large dinner party, this shouldn't be much of an issue.

    Waring Pro DF275

    The Waring Pro DF175 has a 1.7lb food capacity. This provides ample room for two medium-sized chickens to be prepared at one time. It comes with two small baskets for preparing different foods at once and a large basket for preparing larger foods in a single batch. Many owners have been impressed by the large cooking capacity if offers, and the fact that it takes up tremendous space on the counter is a minor price to pay given the quality and performance it delivers.

    Secura 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer

    With a 4.2L/17-cup cooking space, the Secura 1700 Watt triple Basket Fryer provides one of the largest cooking capacities for a home fryer. It comes with two smaller baskets that can be used side-by-side in addition to one large basket. Several owners we surveyed, though, complained that the baskets are too shallow and narrow, making it relatively difficult to fully utilize the full capacity limit.

    T-fal FR8000 Ultimate EZ Clean

    The T-fal Ultimate EZ Clean comes with a 3.5L cooking space, which is equivalent to about 14 cups. A few owners we talked said that the size and shape of the basket was just big enough in order to be fully utilized. While the Secura's basket is certainly bigger in terms of sheer capacity, the T-fal's is more practically shaped for most servings.

    The smaller size of the CoolDaddy makes it a useful, portable, and space-saving fryer for apartments and smaller homes where storage is a concern.
    Considerations

    Price

    Presto 05442 CoolDaddy Cool-touch Deep Fryer

    At just $34, the National Presto CoolDaddy is one of the cheapest fryers in its category. While the low price is mostly due to its smaller size, we found the fryer to rival higher priced models in terms of the performance and features that it offers. Most customers we talked to found this to be the perfect purchase: an affordable price with just the right amount of capacity that they ended up needing. As an added bonus, the fryer's size makes it super portable and easy to move around in the kitchen.

    Waring Pro DF275

    The Waring Pro DF175 goes for $49, putting it at the middle of the price spectrum. Even though there are cheaper models available, it is an incredible deal, and it's performance puts into the conversation with models more than twice as expensive.

    Secura 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer

    At $57, many customers found the price for the Secura 1700 Watt Fryer to be really generous considering the large cooking capacity and stainless steel construction that it offers. Most owners were surveyed also felt that it performed relatively well, especially compared with more expensive models that they had previously used.

    T-fal FR8000 Ultimate EZ Clean

    The T-fal Ultimate EZ Clean is the most expensive model at $86. The vast majority of owners, though, don’t mind the higher price tag, especially given that they are paying for a reliable brand name with a solid reputation in the kitchen appliance industry. Features like the oil drain filter, the sealed cooking lid, and the easily detachable and washable parts make the Ultimate EZ Clean Fryer a model well worthy of its price.

    Features like the oil drain filter, the sealed cooking lid, and the easily detachable and washable parts make the Ultimate EZ Clean Fryer a model well worthy of its price.
    EXPERT TIP

    Be careful when frying raw chicken. It still needs to cook all the way through, so turn down the temperature and let it cook for a longer period of time.


    Steve  |  Resident Expert (Executive Chef)

    Best of the Best

    The award for the overall best model goes to the T-fal Ultimate EZ Clean, and it's a no-brainer.

    Aside from being manufactured by a brand with a popular household image, the performance of the Ultimate EZ Clean’ is the highest out of all of the electric deep fryers in the market. It is also one of the easiest models to clean, given its easily detachable, dishwasher-safe parts. The adjustable temperature setting open up the possibility for experimenting with a plethora of foods and recipes, and the 3.5L cooking space give you plenty of real estate to prepare just about any meal.

    This fryer is without question our choice for the Best of the Best.

    Best of the Best
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    The award for the overall best model goes to the T-fal Ultimate EZ Clean, and it's a no-brainer.

    Best Bang for your Buck

    The Waring Pro delivers an enormous amount of value for an incredibly low price.

    The feature set on this unit is akin to fryers that are twice as expensive, and its performance and quality is also on par with its higher priced rivals. While the machine is a little bit smaller than the more premium fryers in terms of the capacity that it offers, we found it to be the optimal purchase for anyone planning to use it in everyday settings. Unless you are looking to feed a dinner party for 6 or more, this is the right choice for you.

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