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9 Best Deep Fryers of 2021 for the Crispiest, Crunchiest Results

Whip up homemade fried chicken and fish whenever you want.

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This story was updated in November 2021 to ensure all the picks previously vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab were available and in stock, plus new deep fryer picks from Hamilton Beach and DeLonghi.


There's nothing like good, old fashioned fried food like deep fried chicken, fried plantains, scotch eggs and donuts. While air fryers are still all the rage (and produce similar crispy and juicy results with little to no oil) there are certain foods that are debatably just better when properly fried.

While most fried recipes can be made on the stove in a heavy bottomed pan, electric deep fryers are worth it in terms of temperature regulation. Most allow you to select a desired temperature and notify you when they're heated. An internal thermometer prevents oil from overheating and regulates the temperature during cooking, which means you don't have to worry about raising or lowering the heat like you would on the stove or fussy thermometers. Consistent temperatures translate to more even cooking from batch to batch.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab we test hundreds of kitchen appliances and tools a year from refrigerators to cookware. We evaluate products on ease of use and performance and consider your feedback from surveys, testing panels and online reviews. Since we haven't performed a side-by-side deep fryer test in our Labs yet, our picks are based on a combination of road testing, at-home testing and top-reviewed products from brands that have previously aced our tests. These are the best deep fryers, according to our pros:

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Best Overall Deep Fryer
Deep Fryer
Cuisinart
Cuisinart wayfair.com
$79.95

This four quart electric deep fryer is lightweight, but sturdy with dishwasher-safe parts. The oil container is easy to handle with a pour spout on one of its edges for easy cleanup. Our pros love that its wide shape and corresponding fry basket create a large cooking area and allow for more food to be cooked in a single layer for the most even results. 

It's easy to use with a 60-minute timer (though you'll rarely need to fry for that long at once) and a temperature dial that ranges from 175ºF to 375ºF. Large green and red indicator lights let you know when the fryer is at temperature and a wide viewing window allows you to peer inside without opening the lid and causing the temperature to drop during cooking.

  • Lightweight, but sturdy
  • Dishwasher safe parts

  • Bulky to store
Best Value Deep Fryer
FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer
presto
Presto amazon.com
$33.94

The FryDaddy is a fan favorite that makes deep frying a breeze. It uses just four cups of oil to fry up to four servings of french fries. It also has a lid to store oil and use again and takes up minimal counter space. The FryDaddy takes the guesswork out of frying by featuring only one temperature.

Instead of a fryer basket, it comes with a slotted spoon designed to scoop out the fried food. Take note that without a fryer basket to hold all of your french fries or mozzarella sticks, you have to be diligent to scoop out all fried contents at the end of frying and before your next batch. Our pros also found that using a splatter guard while frying helped to reduce mess since the included lid should only be used for storage. If you need a larger frying capacity, try the GranPappy that uses six cups of oil.

  • Compact
  • Easy to use

  • Only one temperature setting
Easiest to Use Deep Fryer
Smart Fryer
Breville
Breville amazon.com
$149.90

The Breville Smart Fryer makes our list for its bells and whistles like a LCD-lit digital display and digital controls offer pre-programmed settings for seven commonly fried foods (French fries, wings, calamari and more) whether they're fresh or frozen. Use custom settings as a shortcut when making your favorite dishes — they'll store optimal times and temperatures. Our pros especially loved that there is a unique twice cooked function for super crispy french fries like you would find at a restaurant. 

This electric deep fryer has a four quart oil capacity and can hold up to two and a half pounds of food. The lid is equipped with a filter to minimize cooking odors and the oil container and frying basket are dishwasher-safe. The cool zone at the bottom of the oil bin also reduces odor, helps eliminate burnt bits of food at the bottom and keeps oil cleaner. 

  • Includes pre-programmed settings
  • Digital control panel

  • Pricy compared to others
Best Large Deep Fryer
Deep Fryer
Krups
Krups amazon.com
$119.99
$99.99 (17% off)

This four and a half liter deep fryer can fry up to two and a half pounds of food and the best part, it comes with three different baskets you can interchange based on your needs. Use the large basket to fry up a large batch of fries at once or either of the two smaller ones for a smaller quantity. You can even cook two different foods at once in different baskets. 

The viewing window is large and centered over the center of the appliance for you to peek inside to make sure your food isn't overcooking, while the LCD screen helpfully keeps track of the time and temperature during cooking. A great safety feature that this deep fryer has is a break-away power cord, which eliminates the worry of having the power cord pulled and the entire deep fryer falling off the countertop with hot oil.

  • Includes three baskets
  • Big viewing window

  • Bulky for storing
Best Small Deep Fryer
Compact Deep Fryer
Cuisinart
Cuisinart amazon.com
$49.95

This small one liter deep fryer is ideal for the occasional fryer. It has a compact footprint that can be stored easily and can fry up to 3/4 pound of food. This is very handy if you want to deep fry a few pieces of fish for fish tacos or a handful of mozzarella sticks for a snack.

It can reach up to 375ºF with red and green indicator lights that let you know when it's heated. Its hinged lid is equipped with an odor absorbing filter and its oil vat is not removable but can be wiped down after emptying the used oil. Our pros loved how easy this was use, clean and store in small spaces.

  • Compact
  • Easy to use conrols

  • Oil vat is not removable
Best Multi-Basket Deep Fryer
Triple Basket Electric Deep Fryer
Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach amazon.com
$79.98

Hamilton Beach’s Triple Basket Electric Deep Fryer offers versatility in frying by offering three baskets — one large basket with twelve cup food capacity and two smaller baskets each offering six cup food capacity. This fryer gives you the option to either fry large quantities, like mozzarella sticks, in one batch or you can easily fry two different items at the very same time, but in separate baskets. The two sections of the fryer, however, cannot be programmed with different temperatures, which means that you have to fry food with similar cooking temperatures together. 

The deep fryer reaches 375ºF and features an adjustable temperature dial with ready light and avoids oil splatter with a lid and view window. A break-away power cord is another great feature for additional safety. Baskets are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

  • Large capacity
  • Includes multiple baskets

  • Large footprint
Most Versatile Deep Fryer
Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker & Steamer
Presto
Presto walmart.com
$26.88

The Presto Kitchen Kettle is comparable to a cooking pot that heats up quickly, no flame required. It heats up quickly and can be used for an array of purposes from frying and steaming to browning and cooking soup. You can deep fry up to six servings of french fries which makes it great option for a family. 

It reaches up to 400ºF and features a tempered glass lid, which allows you to see inside the pot during cooking. Our pros love that once you remove the heat control, the entire cooking pot and lid are dishwasher-safe.

  • Can also be used as a steamer
  • Reaches up to 400ºF

  • Small capacity
Best Deep Fryer on Amazon
Deep Fryer
T-Fal
T-fal amazon.com
$127.10

With over 7,500 five-star reviews on Amazon, this three and a half liter T-Fal deep fryer which can fry over two pounds of food at once is very much an Amazon favorite. It also features an oil filtration system that filters the used oil into a storage container located under the frying compartment. That means you can use the oil multiple times without leftover food bits flavoring the oil over time. When ready to reuse, simply slide out the drawer and transfer to the oil container. 

The oil container, lid and basket are dishwasher-safe, which make the whole cooking process that much easier. Plus, the lid has an odor filter to help reduce unwanted smells in your kitchen. 

  • Includes an oil filtration system
  • Can store oil right in unit

  • Tall compared to others
Easiest to Clean Deep Fryer
Livenza Deep Fryer with EasyClean System
DeLonghi
DeLonghi crateandbarrel.com
$159.95

De’Longhi’s Livenza Dual Zone Easy Clean Deep Fryer has a one gallon oil capacity, helping to accommodate large quantities of food like three pounds of chicken wings for your next party. The large cool zone at the bottom of the fryer prevents food from burning, reduces odor and keeps oil clean. There is also an easy clean draining spout, which allows for you to drain directly from the deep fryer with little to no mess.

All parts except for the control unit, power cable and heating element are dishwasher-safe. This solid stainless steel deep fryer also boasts an adjustable thermostat for exact temperature control. Our pros love that there is also an oil counter system which alerts you to change the oil.

  • "Cool zone" to help prevent foods from burning
  • Spout to dispense used oil

  • Pricey
How we test deep fryers
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good housekeeping

When assessing deep fryers, we consider the size, what features it has, its temperature settings, how easy it is to clean, built-in safety measures, the control panel and more. When testing and road testing, we pay attention to how quickly the deep fryer heats up and how crispy the results are.

How to find the best deep fryer for you
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When shopping for a deep fryer, consider size for both cooking and storing purposes. A few questions to think about include:

✔️ Frequency of use: If you plan on deep frying often, you might want to consider a deep fryer with a small footprint so you can keep it out on your counter without hogging up too much space. Small deep fryers also require less oil than large ones. You might also want to consider its design and aesthetic. Stainless steel housing and digital control panels look sleek on countertops.

✔️ Usage: If you plan on deep frying more than one food at a time, like French fries and onion rings, consider a deep fryer with multiple baskets. However, if you are looking to deep fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, we suggest reading our story about turkey fryers for our top picks and some helpful tips and tricks.

✔️ Size: If you're deep frying for a large family or a dinner party, shop for a deep fryer with a large capacity, such as four quarts or 16 cups. It'll help speed up the cooking process so you can spend more time with guests. If you're deep frying for one or two, a small deep fryer, such as one quart or four cups, is more than sufficient; plus it requires less oil.

✔️ Storage: If storage room is a problem, a small deep fryer is probably best. Some large capacity deep fryers can be very big and bulky, although one of our top picks features a unique oil storing container.

✔️ Safety: Purchasing a deep fryer with a lid is great for ensuring that oil splatter doesn't burn your skin while deep frying. Some deep fryers also feature cool-to-touch exteriors and handles which reduces any additional chances of being burned. If you have small children especially, a break-away power cord is a recommended feature to look for, preventing the deep fryer from tipping over and spilling scalding hot cooking oil if the power cord is pulled.

✔️ Ease of cleaning: If quick clean up is important to you look for deep fryers with dishwasher-safe baskets and a bin that can be easily removed. Also look for deep fryers with an oil filtration feature and how easily oil can be removed from the oil bin to reduce mess when it comes to oil disposal and storage. A lid on the top of the deep fryer will also help reduce oil splatter on the appliance's exterior and your kitchen countertops.

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