The best deep fat fryers

Indulge in homemade tasty treats with our pick of the best deep fat fryers for your kitchen

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Always wanted to make chip-shop quality chips or deep fried chicken at home? Grab yourself one of these best deep fat fryers to make your life easier and (some of) your meals naughty but nice. If you've got more of a sweet tooth, you can also use them to make sweet treats such as donuts and churros. Scroll down for our pick of the best deep fat fryers.

For other cool kitchen gadgets, why not check out our other recommendations? All the best appliances, both small and large, are on our dedicated hub page. 

What to consider when buying a deep fat fryer

Brand

There are plenty of well-known brands on the market that all offer some great options. Keep an eye out for the likes of Tefal, Morphy Richards and De’Longhi, to name a few, as most of these brands will offer a versatile fryer for making all of your favourite foods.  

Size

The size of the deep fat fryer is one thing to look out for. Most standard sized fryers can cook between 1kg and 1.5kg of food, and will need up to 3 litres of oil to cook. This is usually enough for a family; a compact option like the Russell Hobbs Compact Deep Fryer will only cook enough chips for two.

Features

Safety features, such as a lockable lid to stop spills, and dishwasher safe parts for easy cleaning and maintenance are worth looking out for.

Best deep fat fryers

Andrew James Deep Fat Fryer

1. Andrew James Deep Fat Fryer

This no frills deep fat fryer by Andrew James does the job and more

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Capacity: 3ltr
Power: 1800-2200W
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Basket and lid are both dishwasher safe+Viewing window to see if your food is cooked+Comes with two filters+Easy to store
Reasons to avoid
-Can't get replacement filters

Looking for an easy-to-use deep fat fryer that has a few added bells and whistles? The Andrew James model is our pick of the best deep fat fryers. Not only does it have a very decent capacity of 3 litres, enough to feed a family, it also has a dishwasher safe basket and lid, and an ultra-useful viewing window so you can see when food is good and golden. You can use the simple dial to set the machine to a desired temperature, and the auto shut-off safety feature will ensure the fryer won't heat up if there's no oil in it. If you don't want this compact model on your kitchen worktop, the built-in cord storage allows it to be easily packed away until its next use. 

De'Longhi FS6025 Fryer

2. De'Longhi FS6025 Fryer

For naughty fried foods and a guilt-free clean up, there's no better option

Specifications
Best for: Easy cleaning
Capacity: 1.5ltr
Power: 1800W
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Even cooking+ Dishwasher safe+ Non-stick coating+ Viewing window+ Timer setting+ Sleek looking
Reasons to avoid
-The bowl can't be removed for cleaning

Want the yummy deep fried food but not a fan of the clean up afterwards? This deep fat fryer has a non-stick coating and an easy clean system which means maintenance is easy. One of the best deep fat fryers for even cooking results, this machine has a rotating fry basket – you can simply set the cooking programme and it'll notify you when the food is ready – plus there's a useful viewing window so that you can keep an eye on it without opening the lid. 

The best deep fat fryer

3. Tefal Deep Fat Fryer

An easy to use fryer for those perfect chip shop style chips

Specifications
Best for: Chips
Capacity: 3ltr
Power: 2200W
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Large capacity, compact design + Dishwasher safe parts+ Viewing window+ Easy to carry handles
Reasons to avoid
-Might take a little getting used to 

This is one of the best deep fat fryers for chips, so whether you want chip shop style thick cut chips or thin fries, you can expect good things from this slim design. It holds around 1.2kg of food, and is quick, easy and clean to use. The cool zone technology of this deep fat fryer means any crumbs or scraps will not burn on the basket, and the transparent cooking lid combined with the variable temperature setting allows you to see the progress of your chips so that you can get them cooked just the way you like. 

VonShef 3 Litre Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer

4. VonShef 3 Litre Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer

A large fryer for both sweet and savoury recipes

Specifications
Best for: Large servings
Capacity: 3ltr
Power: 2000W
Dishwasher safe: No
Reasons to buy
+ Removable non-stick pan + Adjustable thermostat 
Reasons to avoid
-The handle sticks out quite a bit

This deep fat fryer from VonShef boasts a generous 1.3kg capacity so you can make food for all the family. The removable non-stick pan combined with an adjustable thermostat makes sure you can fry foods so they are perfectly golden. Despite its capacity, this model is sparingly slim, making it a neat fit on your kitchen counter or inside a cupboard. There's also a cable compartment to keep messy wires out of sight. 

Russell Hobbs Compact Deep Fryer

5. Russell Hobbs Compact Deep Fryer

Save on space without compromising on delicious taste, this is the best deep fat fryer for those who live on their own

Specifications
Best for: Compact size
Capacity: 0.9ltr
Power: 840W
Dishwasher safe: No
Reasons to buy
+ Small footprint + Single servings 
Reasons to avoid
-May be too small for some-No auto shut off

Sometimes just a little taste is all you need. If you don’t always cook for the whole family then this compact deep fat fryer is ideal for avoiding wastage. Not only is it very reliable, but it doesn’t require as much oil as a standard fryer and it can make fries in less than 10 minutes. However, some foods might be a little bulky to fit in the basket – or you might just have to get creative with shapes. Perfect for those naughty midnight snacks, we think.

Breville Easy Clean Deep Fryer

6. Breville Easy Clean Deep Fryer

Want fast and accurate frying? Opt for the Breville easy clean deep fryer

Specifications
Best for: Accuracy
Capacity: 1ltr
Power: 1800W
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Digital timer + Safety lock lid+ Odour filter+ Viewing window
Reasons to avoid
-Numbers and letters may wipe off once cleaned a few times

If you’re someone who tends to burn anything they cook, then this deep fat fryer from Breville can give you a helping hand. The digital timer means you can set this fryer to cook your food and then notify you when it’s done, and it also features a safety lock lid so no accidental spillages can occur, which is reassuring if you have kids about. You can view the progress of your food through the lid and also won’t need to worry about little hands touching the sides as the body remains cool to touch. 

Breville 3 L Pro Fryer

7. Breville 3 L Pro Fryer

A sleek looking fryer with enough room to make treats for two

Specifications
Best for: Small families
Capacity: 1ltr
Power: 2000W
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Cool zone area+Easy to clean+Temperature control
Reasons to avoid
-May be too basic for some

For those evenings where you fancy treating yourself to something naughty, this little fryer holds just enough for a two-person portion. It's sleek and compact, as well as incredible easy to use. It heats up quickly and you have an indicator light to let you know when the temperature is ready for frying so you can expect to get professional results each time. When you’re finished, the machine is easy to clean thanks to the bowl being dishwasher safe. In our opinion, this is the best deep fat fryer for small families.

Tower T14001 air fryer

8. Tower T14001

Guilt-free fried foods are more accessible than you think with this Tower air fryer

Specifications
Best for: Low fat alternative
Capacity: 12ltr
Power: 1300W
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Uses 80% less fat than conventional fryers+ Browning and roasting features+ Large capacity and extra extension ring
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't produce quite the same flavour as a fat fryer

If the idea of a deep fat fryer fills you with guilt, then there is a healthy alternative which will still allow you to indulge in your favourite crispy treats. An air fryer uses 80 per cent less fat than a deep fat fryer, and is just as quick and convenient. Admittedly it doesn’t taste quite the same, but it is close enough to the real deal for those who are really looking to count calories. This model also features a browning and roasting function which enhances flavour and crisps up certain foods. You’ll also get a recipe book included so you can try out some healthy meals. 

Cookworks 1.5L Deep Fat Fryer

9. Cookworks 1.5L Deep Fat Fryer

On a budget? Opt for this Cookworks deep fat fryer

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Capacity: 1.5ltr
Power: 1000W
Dishwasher safe: No
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not dishwasher safe

Complete with a cooking time guide, this little fryer can squeeze in enough food for two portions, and because it's so compact, it's easy to store. It has a safe-lock lid for peace of mind and an adjustable thermostat for cooking different foods, as well as a cool zone to keep your oil fresh for longer. Although not dishwasher friendly, it does have a non-stick coating for easy cleaning. We think this is the best deep fat fryer to buy if you're on a budget.

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