There's nothing like a deep fryer for delivering a perfectly crispy exterior and soft interior. Whether you're whipping up a batch of french fries or some delicious chicken wings, a deep fryer is the gold standard of fried foods. Though not an essential kitchen tool, it sure is a nice thing to have. Exactly how much does a deep fryer cost?
Deep fryers can cost as little as $30 up to around $700 for a commercial grade appliance. This includes double vat fryers in the higher end of the range.
We'll take a look at a range of different deep fryers from simple countertop models to more deluxe free-standing models. We'll also answer a few of your questions in regards to deep fryers.
Deep Fryers in the $30-$50 range
For most home users, these countertop models will be all that you need. A one-liter capacity is a nice size to fry up foods for one to two people.
One Liter Capacity By Brentwood
This electric deep fryer is the perfect size for one or two people. It has an adjustable temperature gauge from 265-375 degrees F, a quick start temperature guide to answer your frying questions, and an easy to clean non-stick surface. It includes a frying basket to lift your food out of hot oil easily. The brushed stainless steel exterior works well in modern kitchens as well as more traditional ones. Click here to see this fryer on Amazon.
1.2 Liter Capacity Fryer By T-Fal
Here's another handy compact fryer with slightly larger capacity in an attractive rectangular shape. This fryer holds 1.2 liters of oil and .66 lbs of food so that it will produce a nice serving for a couple of people. It has an adjustable thermostat, on/ready indicator lights, a non-stick interior, and a viewing window. The magnetic breakaway power cord is a great safety feature, and it has side carry handles. For easy cleaning, this fryer has dishwasher-safe parts (a removable cooking lid and a stainless-steel frying basket). The compact size is perfect for convenient storing. Click here to see this on Amazon.
4.5 Liter Extra Large Countertop Deep Fryer
You can go big without breaking the bank. This deep fryer from Chefman has an incredible 4.5-liter capacity, which will get a lot of frying done. You can fry up fries, donuts, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and have enough for a crowd. The clear lid allows for viewing of your food while it's cooking. It has a breakaway cord for safety and dishwashable parts. Click here to see this on Amazon.
Mid-Range Deep Fryers - $51-$200
As fryers go up in price, so does their capacity. We will take a look at a few mid-range deep fryers in this next section.
Digital 9 Cup Fryer By Presto
This is a super deep 9-cup-capacity fryer with an oblong-shaped basket for cooking up all of your favorite treats. It has an 1800-watt immersion element for quick preheating. The digital control and display make for easy cooking, as does the adjustable thermostat and 30-minute timer. It has an LED signal light, a cover with a filter to help with cooking odors, and a removable heating element and basket. Click here to see this one on Amazon.
DeLonghi Roto Fryer
DeLonghi makes this attractive fryer in glossy black. It has a tilted rotating basket that means you use about half of the oil of a different fryer. The digital timer with alarm means you never have to worry about overcooking your food if you step across the kitchen to work on another dish. Click here to see this on Amazon.
Deep Fryer With Oil Filtration System
This deep fryer from Kalorki features a unique oil filtration system meaning you can fry longer without changing out your oil. The filtered oil is kept in a separate chamber that is used by a simple turn of the dial. The 4-liter capacity is ideal for large families or entertaining. Click here to see this fryer on Amazon.
Commercial Grade (AKA Pricier) Deep Fryers
Though most people will be fine with one of the simpler fryers above, we've showcased a couple of top-end commercial fryers to give our readers an idea of what's available.
Commercial Grade Waring Countertop Deep Fryer
This is a commercial-grade countertop fryer made by long-time kitchen appliance maker, Waring. It's stainless steel with over a pound of food capacity. It holds two quarts of oil, has adjustable heat, and power and ready buttons for ease of cooking. It comes with a heavy mesh basket, stay-cool handles, and removable parts for easy cleaning. Click here to see this on Amazon.
Free-Standing Commercial Deep Fryer
Here's a true commercial gas-operated deep fryer that is suitable for a restaurant or church kitchen. It has a limiting high-temperature reset device, nickel-plated fry baskets, and lockable legs for safety. The sky's the limit with a fryer like this! Click here to see this on Amazon.
How Much Does A Double Deep Fryer Cost?
Much like the single vat fryers, double fryers range in price from around $40 up into the hundreds for more commercial-grade varieties. We're showing you a few below.
Under $50 Dual Deep Fryer
This two-compartment fryer from Presto is the ultimate in versatility. With the two sides, you can fry two different foods at the same time. It uses just 8 cups of oil. The heavy-duty cast aluminum with non-stick coating makes it easy to clean, and the stay-cool handles make it safe to move after frying. It comes with a slotted spoon, a snap-on lid, and a magnetic safety power cord. Click here to see this on Amazon.
Mid-Priced Triple Basket Fryer
This versatile fryer gives you the option of using one large basket or two smaller ones at the same time. Can't decide between french fries and onion rings? Do them at the same time, and the problem is solved. The odor filter helps keep down on smells in the kitchen, and the see-through lid enables you to watch your food turn golden brown. It has a 4.0-liter removable oil tank for easy clean-ups. Click here to see this on Amazon.
Commercial Grade Dual Basket Deep Fryer
This dual fryer has two power sources that let you fry up two different foods at two different temperatures. No need to wait on fish or chips. Do them both at once. Each tank has a 6-liter capacity for cooking oil. It's made of stainless steel, and the tanks have a durable double thickness for long-lasting use. It can be detached for ease of cleaning. Click here to see this on Amazon.
What Is The Best Deep Fryer For Home Use?
It depends on how much you think you'll use it. For most people, something like the Presto dual-chambered pot or the DeLonghi Roto Fryer will be all that you'll ever need. They can be purchased for under a hundred dollars and don't take up a tremendous amount of space.
Are Deep Fryers Worth It?
Same as above, it depends on how much you use it. For most of us, it's easier to go out and buy fried food we want to eat. But if space is not at a premium in your kitchen and you have room for a small additional appliance, the low cost of the smaller deep fryers kind of makes it a no-brainer to say, yes, they're worth it.
Is A Cajun Cooker A Deep Fryer?
A cajun fryer is a deep fryer, but unlike our electric and countertop models shown above, they're run with propane and are used outdoors, not indoors. A cajun cooker, however, is not used with oil like deep fryers, but with water to create steam to cook seafood and steam vegetables. So, no, a cajun cooker is not a deep fryer because it works with steam instead of oil.
We hope you've found a great deep fryer for your snacking needs.