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Deep Fryer Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a deep fryer.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.


Deep fryers are the wonderful machines for making your fried food at home. Prices for deep fryers depend on the size, features and the way they look (style). There are three basic types: deep fryers with lockable lid, deep fryers without lockable lid and rotary deep fryers.

Lockable lid fryers are very popular for the home use because they are safer to fry then using traditional pans. Because they have a lid you don't have to worry about oil splashing around. These types of fryers usually have a filter that's permanent or needs to be washed. They also have a basket that can be lowered or raised without opening the lid. Most will have a viewing window so that you can safely see what's happening. All fryers will have an indicator showing when the oil is hot enough to use.

Deep fryers without lockable lids look more like a mini version of chip shop fryers. They work in exactly the same way as the fryers with lockable lid except that they don't have a lid. They are usually made of stainless steel and although very simple in design, there are fewer parts to clean.

Rotary fryers use half the amount of oil then the regular fryers. The food basket inside the fryer rotates through the hot oil rather than sitting in it all the time resulting in less oil being needed. This means that fryer gets up to cooking temperature quicker as there is less oil to heat. These will also have a lockable lid, filter and viewing window.


The power of all fryers is usually between 1800 and 2200 watt. The most powerful models will heat oil more quickly. They all have thermostat to show you when you can start cooking. Some of them are digitally controlled, but those models tend to be more expensive. All fryers have some sort of the filter that can be permanent, washable or you need to replace it. Some parts are dishwasher safe. Most fryers will have some sort of outlet for draining away the used oil, but before you buy this model make sure that this feature is easy to use.

Considerations for all small appliances:

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?

  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?

  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets.
    Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.

  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 

  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger appliances.

  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.

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