Buyer's guide to deep fryers
Deep fryers are a lot healthier than they used to be - and there are plenty of deals and offers available. At Crowdstorm we give you the tools to compare all the best fryers from the leading manufacturers - and all available from the UK's leading online and high street retailers at the click of a button.
Below you'll find our beginner's guide to buying deep fryers. Once you're familiar with what you need to look for, you can use the comparison table above to help narrow your search. From there it's just a hop, skip and a fry to your favourite tasty treats!
Deep fryers: What are my options?
A deep fryer isn't the kind of purchase you make regularly and the technology is moving forwards all the time, so you can't be expected to be an expert! Here's a breakdown of your basic options:
- Deep fat fryer: The original deep fat fryer is still very common, if not the healthiest option. A pan is lowered into a vat of hot oil where your food will fry to your heart's content.
- Low fat fryer: These have been on the market for several years now. Instead of the food sitting constantly in the fat while cooking, it instead sits in a rotating basket; so it is basted rather than sitting in the fat the whole time.
- Air fryer: A more recent innovation of the low fat fryer, the air fryer uses a halogen lamp and a strong fan to keep the food being cooked at a constant temperature - as well as keeping it out of the fat for much of the cooking process.
Be careful of brand names too. Two of the most popular ranges on the market are the Philips Airfryer and the Tefal Actify ranges. Both have their supporters and sell well for good reason.
Deep fryer bells and whistles
Once you've decided on which type of fryer you're looking for, it's time to look more closely at the details. There are plenty of things to take into consideration, which we've broken down for you below:
Temperature control: Cheap deep fat fryer models may simply have a single temperature, or 'high' and 'low' settings, while a good quality model will allow you to exactly set your frying temperature.
Capacity: Usually measured by 'cups', a small fryer may hold just three cups (good enough for one small portion of food) while larger models will hold eight to 12 cups (which can feed a whole family, or cook a whole chicken).
Power: The higher the wattage, the quicker your oil will get up to temperature - both when you start to cook and also when you add food to the oil. The second is particularly important for maximum crispiness!
Number/type of baskets: Many fryers have single basket, but larger models often have multiple baskets. This allows you to cook different foods in separate baskets, making it simple to adjust cooking times. Some models also have flipping baskets, which means you can make doughnuts! And basket hooks allow you to easily drain our food once cooked.
Timer: Does what it says on the tin! A very basic feature, but not every fryer will have one (especially some of the smaller or budget models).
2-in-1 fryers: The latest innovation in deep fat fryers is an extra compartment that can also cook the non-deep fat parts of your meal. Steak, salmon - even cakes! Could you deep fryer even replace your oven...?
You may also want to look at some deep fat fryer reviews to see how simple your chosen model is to clean - a common fryer bugbear. Non-stick is the key!
What do I do next?
Once you've found your perfect deep fryer in the comparison table above, simply click through on the deal you like to buy it. This will take you to the official website of the online or high street retailer of your choice, where you can finish your purchase.
Remember that Crowdstorm isn't charging you a commission and isn't a store - we just let you use our comparison engine to find the best special offers.
We make our money out of advertising, not you, so don't worry - you're only paying the price the retailer charges (with no commissions). Happy frying!