While it’s hard to beat fried chicken and French fries from your go-to food joint, the best deep fryers can help you recreate restaurant-quality versions of your favorites at home. Though air fryers have been especially trendy in the past few years, if you want the crispiest and crunchiest fried foods, traditional deep fryers are the way to go.
The Bella 0.9 Liter Deep Fryer is ideal for smaller families.
Right now, the best model on the market is All-Clad’s deep fryer, a high quality, straightforward machine with an automatic oil filtration system. That said, there are plenty of other great options to suit all sorts of needs and preferences. At the end of the day, the right model for you depends on a handful of factors: how many people you typically feed, how many bells and whistles you want in the mix and how much you want to spend. After researching all the bestselling and top-rated models out there, paying close attention to their quality and value, we’ve determined these are the best deep fryers you can buy right now.
Dimensions: 14 x 18 x 15 inches | Capacity: 3.5 liters | Power: 1700 W
All-Clad’s deep fryer is packed with features that allow you to create restaurant-style food at home with ease. At 3.5 quarts, this sleek stainless steel fryer is sizable enough to handle family-sized portions of your favorites. It boasts straightforward and intuitive controls, including a temperature dial and “ready” indicator to let you know when it’s time to fry. A push-button timer helps you keep track of cooking time while an automatic oil filtration system cleans and stores oil after each use, reducing waste in the process. There’s even a clear glass topper so you can safely monitor the cooking action. Also, this model couldn’t be easier to clean; the cooking basket, bowl and oil storage container are all dishwasher safe.
Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 8.4 inches | Capacity: 1.6 quarts | Power: 800 watts
Not everyone wants to shell out hundreds for a deep fryer. Thankfully, you can find great budget options, the best of which is this model from Elite Gourmet. While this small appliance is pretty bare-bones, it has all the tools you need to fry your favorites at home. Featuring a 1.6-quart oil container, this machine can churn out up to 4.5 pounds of food at once. Meanwhile, an adjustable temperature controls help you get that just-right level of doneness, plus the glass-paneled lid allows you to keep an eye on the action (while containing dangerous splatter).
Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches | Capacity: .9 liters | Power: 840 watts
Cooking for one or two? This compact model from Bella might be perfect for you. Made from durable stainless steel, this deep fryer can hold around one cup of food—i.e. a few chicken tenders or a decent portion of fries—and requires just 0.9 liters of oil. It also features cool-touch handles and an odor filter to keep that tell-tale frying scent from getting out. And, once it’s clean-up time, you can toss the lid, basket and basket handle in the dishwasher. This model is also ideal for those who are short on space, as it can easily fit in a cabinet or pantry.
Dimensions: 17 x 10 x 11 inches | Capacity: 4 quarts | Power: 1,800 watts
Cuisinart’s deep fryer offers up ample room to feed your family and friends, thanks to its sizable 4-quart capacity. In this powerful 1,800-watt machine, you can whip up two pounds of foods at once; if you’re cooking for the whole neighborhood, this deep fryer heats up and recovers quickly so you can move onto the next back in no time. Plus, “ready” LED lights and a digital timer make it easy to keep track of the whole cooking process. Another nice added perk: The frying basket has a cool-touch handle so you don’t have to worry about accidentally burning your fingers.
Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 10.5 inches | Capacity: 4.7 quarts | Power: 1,800 watts
Fry up several dishes at once with this multi-basket deep fryer from Hamilton Beach. Featuring a 4.7-quart capacity, this model comes with two half-size baskets as well as one large basket that can cook up to 12 cups of food at once. A vented lid helps contain smells while a built-in window allows you to watch the cooking process unfold. There are also some nice safety features in the mix, including a breakaway cord to keep the fryer from tipping. Once it’s time to clean up, you can put the oil tank, lid and baskets all in the dishwasher.
Dimensions: 17.5 x 9.5 x 10.5 inches | Capacity: 3.5 liters | Power: 1,500 watts
As seasoned deep fryers know, clean-up is one of the trickiest parts of the whole cooking process. And while no deep fryer can make the process totally effort-free, this stainless steel deep model from T-fal model comes with plenty of features that make cleaning less of a chore. It features a secure lid to contain oil splatters as well as cool-touch handle, meaning you won’t have to dirty up an oven mitt to control the action. Plus, T-fal’s oil tank, lid, frying basket, aluminum filter, charcoal filter cover and excess oil tray are all dishwasher safe, making clean-up as easy as opening and closing your dishwasher. This model is also great for those who can’t stand the smell of frying oil that lingers after cooking: It features a filtration system that slashes up to 74 percent of odors.
Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 9 inches | Capacity: 6 cups of food | Power: 1,500 watts
Presto made a name for itself in the deep frying world when it released the FryDaddy, a compact machine that went on to become a bestseller. Now, the cult-favorite machine has gotten an upgrade in the form of the CoolDaddy. This fryer is cool to the touch and features a locking cover to prevent splatters. Meanwhile, an adjustable thermostat helps you control the action while a charcoal air filter absorbs smells. The outside basket handle also allows you to lower food into the oil with the cover closed, helping you keep the cooking action contained. Once your food is done, simply grab the comfortable grip handle and lift.