Although it may not be the healthiest option, no kitchen is complete without a way to deep-fry certain foods, like French fries, onion rings, chicken or fish. Part of the problem with frying food is making sure you have enough oil, hot enough to cook with while maintaining a consistent level of heat, batch after batch of food. Several manufacturers saw the need and came up with smaller, home kitchen-sized versions of the deep fryers used in commercial restaurants. Some have also developed a type of deep fryer that uses little to no oil to cook these same foods but in a healthier way, by using the same cooking principles and operations of a convection oven. If you do not already have a convection oven, some of these deep fryer machines are a great option to use to try cooking that way. Here are the top 10 best deep fryers to help you decide if you should go with the traditional or the rapid air convection technology:
10. Zelancio Air Fryer with Rapid Air Technology. Deep Fry with No Oil
If you are looking for a healthy alternative for preparing fried foods, this innovative product has a revolutionary Rapid Air Circulation fan technology that uses seventy percent less oil, cooking food the way a convection oven does. It cooks individual batches of up to 1.8 pounds and has a thirty-minute timer, which has an auto shut off and ready signal to let you know when it is done cooking. All of the parts and accessories are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
9. KRUPS KJ7000 Expert Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Ventilation Technology, 4.5-Liter, Silver
Krups has come up with their own patented ventilation technology, which uses heated air to surround and evenly cook food then forces that air through a carbon filter to reduce the odors normally associated with fried foods. This unit has a large, fog-free viewing window made with tempered glass, which allows you to keep an eye on the food while it cooks, without opening the lid. The extra-large capacity of this 4.5 liter machine allows you to cook larger batches, while ensuring even, consistent temperatures throughout the cooking process. It has an adjustable temperature control, a convenient thirty-minute timer and the cool-touch handle makes sure you won’t burn yourself when you transfer the cooked foods to your serving plates.
8. Cuisinart CPF503SA 1800-Watt Deep Fryer, Brushed Stainless
This fryer and its accessories are made with heavy-duty stainless steel and it cooks up to 2.3 pounds of food at a time. It has three separate frying baskets with their own collapsible cool-touch handles. It has a stainless steel vented lid, which has a viewing window, so you do not have to open it to keep an eye on what you are cooking. There is also a one-gallon capacity oil container, which is removable and has its own pouring spout for easy draining. There are Power On and Ready LED indicator lights.
7. Avalon Bay AB-Airfryer100R in Red
The Rapid Air Circulation Technology this multifunctional little powerhouse uses circulates hot air with precision and speed to evenly fry, bake, grill or roast your food. It has a non-stick mesh metal basket that helps provide extra crispiness to your food and all the parts and accessories are dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze. It has an adjustable temperature control and a thirty-minute timer with an auto shut-off safety feature. The self-storing handle makes it easy to lift up and move around or store.
6. Hamilton Beach 35021 Deep Fryer with Cool Touch, Black
With an eight-cup oil capacity, this compact deep fryer lets you cook up to six cups of food while keeping the lid closed to reduce cooking splatter. It has a window in the lid, which allows you to keep an eye on the food during the cooking process. It has a breakaway, magnetic power cord, which makes it easier to store and the cool-touch sides and handle prevent accidental burns. One of its more unique safety features is that it allows you to lower or lift the frying basket to start cooking or to let the food drain without even opening the lid. Both the stainless steel frying basket and the non-stick oil container are dishwasher safe and the heating element and lid are easy to remove, which makes this machine easy to clean after using. It also has adjustable heat and timer settings.
5. National Presto 05461 Stainless Steel Pro Fry Immersion Element Deep Fryer
The oblong shape of this professional style deep fryer makes it perfect for frying large pieces of food, like chicken or fish, as well as large batches of up to eight cups of food at one time. It has an adjustable thermostat and a signal light lets you know when the oil is ready for cooking. Both the heating element and the enameled two-quart oil pot are removable for quick and easy cleaning. The coverlid has a filter and serves as a splatter shield during the cooking process.
4. Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Extra Large Capacity
If you fry a lot of food, or even if you just use it one time a year to fry a twenty-pound turkey for Thanksgiving, this is the machine for you. It was designed to be safely used indoors and it is multi-functional because it can boil and steam food, too. It has a durable stainless steel construction and accessories and the integrated timer and thermostat allow you to set and control the cooking time and temperature. The drain valve for the porcelain-coated inner pot helps make this machine easy to empty and clean. An added bonus with this Butterball collection is that they also include a selection of marinades and spices along with the cooking accessories.
3. Le Coucou Oil-Less Rapid Air Fryer Harmony01 Healthy Low-Fat Convenient No oil-smoke and Non-stick AirFryer
This is another great multi-functional machine, which allows you to fry, steam, boil and slow cook entire meals. It uses a healthy, high-speed hot air circulation process they call their Oil-less Fry Technology in conjunction with its own No Oil-Smoke Airfyer for cleaner cooking with little to no oil and without the usual frying odors. It has an adjustable temperature control and a sixty-minute countdown timer with a buzzer to alert you when it is done. There is also an auto-stop feature, which shuts the machine down when the dishwasher safe, non-stick fry pan is removed.
2. Secura 4.2L/17-Cup 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple-Basket Electric Deep Fryer
If you do a lot of frying, this cool-touch deep fryer is an option you should definitely consider. It comes with three stainless steel frying baskets, one large and two smaller ones, which can be used for cooking smaller batches, side by side. It has a large 4.2-liter removable oil tank and comes with an extra oil filter. It has an adjustable heat control, a special odor filter and there is a window in the splatter-protecting lid so you can keep an eye on what you are cooking without having to open the lid. There is also an automatic timer, which can be set for auto shut-off for anytime up to sixty minutes.
1. Presto 05420 FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer
Do not let the seven-inch in diameter, compact size fool you. This is one efficient little machine that delivers big time results. With just four cups of oil, you can cook four large servings at one time. It has an integrated thermostat, preset to 350 degrees and instead of having to deal with a messy frying basket, it has a handy scoop, which lifts, drains and serves your fried treats. The interior and exterior nonstick surfaces make the FryDaddy quick and easy to clean. It also has a snap on lid so you can store the oil right in the fryer where it is ready to go when you need to use it again.