Best deep fryer 2021: for home style batter and fries

Here are the best deep fryers for your home, with top picks from Breville, Cuisinart, T-Fal and more

Best deep fryer
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From chicken wings to crispy home fries, the best deep fryers will make home cooking quick and easy. Not only do deep fryers create the same fried treats you'll find at your favorite takeout, but they also heat up and cook your meal in minutes. 

We've been looking for the best deep fryers for home use, and in our roundup you'll find deep fryers from Cuisinart, T-Fal, De'Longhi and more brands. 

Choosing the best fryer for you will depend on how often you plan on using it, and the size of your family. You don't want to heat up a lot of oil if you just plan on cooking for one, but at the same time it can be a hassle to have to fry in multiple batches. 

One thing that's for sure is that deep fryers are far more affordable than many of the best air fryers we've tested, and while air fryers do create a crispy texture, they can't replicate that tasty deep-fried flavor. For our complete deep fryer roundup, just keep reading. 

The best deep fryers for your home

Cuisinart

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1. Cuisinart CDF-200P1

Best deep fryer: the perfect choice for most families

Specifications
Best for: Most homes
Capacity: 3.8 liters
Power: 1800W
Dimensions: 12.75 x 18.25 x 12.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Reasonably priced+Oil container has a pouring spout+Cool-touch handle
Reasons to avoid
-Small homes don't need something this big

The Cuisinart CDF-200P1 looks the part for a high-level home deep fryer. It comes in at under $100, making it incredibly reasonably priced. 

What we love

The oil container has a pouring spout, which makes it easy to remove your frying oil without spilling. It also has a cool-touch handle which makes adding and removing fries and chicken safe and easy. 

The 1800 watt heating element is capable of speedy heating, so you'll be eating your meal in record time. 

Things to know

You may not need a four quart capacity for your home. It is definitely best suited to large households, and while the sub-$100 price makes it attractive to all buyers, make sure you have the space to store it. 

De'Longhi

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2. De'Longhi Livenza Dual Zone Easy Clean Deep Fryer

Best deep fryer for easy cleaning: dishwasher-safe parts make it quick to clean

Specifications
Best for: Quick cleaning
Capacity: 4.5 liters
Power: 1800W
Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 12.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Quick and easy cleanup+Safe drain system+Most parts are dishwasher-safe
Reasons to avoid
-Large and expensive

The De'Longhi Livenza Dual Zone Easy Clean Deep Fryer tackles one of the least popular parts of home deep fryers; the cleanup. It's large and has a generous capacity, and the wide base means your oil will heat evenly. 

What we love
What makes the De'Longhi Livenza Dual Zone Easy Clean Deep Fryer so popular is the EasyClean drain system. Simply twist to release the oil and store it for later use. 

This keeps your home mess-free, and because most parts are dishwasher-safe, it speeds along the whole cleaning process. 

Things to know
Because it has an oil capacity of one gallon, this isn't one of those fryers to keep stored away under a cabinet. Only invest if you have the space. 

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3. Presto Fry Daddy 4-Cup Electric Deep Fryer

Best deep fryer for value: a top fryer for under $50

Specifications
Best for: Value
Capacity: 1 liter
Power: 1200W
Dimensions: 8.38 x 8.13 x 7.38 inches
Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+Snap-on lid to prevent spills+Nonstick
Reasons to avoid
-Not a huge capacity-Only one temperature

The Presto Fry Daddy 4-Cup Electric Deep Fryer has a 4-cup capacity, making it well-suited to smaller families. It is also one of the most affordable deep fryers on the market. 

What we love
Designed to cook four cups of fries in four cups of oil, the Presto Fry Daddy 4-Cup Electric Deep Fryer is designed to cut back on the amount of oil needed in deep frying.

The lid snaps on for easy transportation with no spills, and both the inside and outside are non-stick and convenient to clean. 

Things to know
The Presto Fry Daddy is preset to one temperature, so it's not one for experimentation but can take the guesswork out of frying. The capacity is good for some households, but it won't cater to a crowd.

Cuisinart

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4. Cuisinart CDF-100

Best small deep fryer:

Specifications
Best for: Small households
Capacity: 1.1 liter
Power: 1000W
Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 7.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Super compact +Lights indicate when temperature is ready+Charcoal odor-eliminating filter
Reasons to avoid
-No oil draining function

The Cuisinart CDF-100 is perfect for smaller homes. It has side handles for easy transportation, and its compact size makes it perfect for storing away when not in use.

What we love
It has a removable charcoal filter, which is designed to limit odor in your kitchen. The temperature can be adjusted up to 375°F.

A light indicates when the oil is heating up, and then when it's at your desired temperature, which takes the guesswork out of the deep-frying process. 

Things to know
While the Cuisinart CDF-100 has a one liter capacity for oil, it can deep fry three quarters of a pound in one go, which is best suited to two-person households. 

Draining the oil is easier with the De'Longhi Livenza Dual Zone because of its spout, but there is a tight lid with the CDF-100, so storage should be fine. 

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5. T-Fal EZ Clean FR8000

Best large deep fryer: T-Fal's EZ Clean has a lot of smart features

Specifications
Best for: Large capacity
Capacity: 3.5 liters
Power: 1700W
Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.7 x 14.8 inches
Reasons to buy
+Oil filtration to keep things clean+Viewing panel+Complete temperature control+Dishwasher-safe parts
Reasons to avoid
-Limited cooking depth

Looking for an easy to use deep fat fryer? The T-Fal EZ Clean FR8000 offers no fuss and no mess whenever you fancy some crispy fries.

What we love
The T-Fal EZ Clean FR8000 has an accessible thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature of the oil, up to 375°F. With a generous capacity, you can deep fry 2.65 pounds of french fries in one go, making this a great choice for large families. 

The oil bin, basket and lid can all go in the dishwasher. 

Things to know
The T-Fal EZ Clean has an oil filtration mode. The filter works by allowing the oil to cool and then pressing the oil filtration button. Clean oil will flow into the bottom container for the next time you deep fry, while dirty oil stays in the main container for convenient cleaning.

How to buy the best deep fryer

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Now that you've read our deep fryer reviews, it's time to help make your decision a little easier. 

Brands

There are plenty of well-known brands on the market that all offer some great home deep fryer options. Keep an eye out for the likes of Cuisinart, T-Fal, De'Longhi and Presto Fry Daddy. 

Capacity

The capacity of the deep fat fryer is one thing to look out for. Most standard sized fryers can cook between 1 and 2 pounds of food, and will need up to 3 liters of oil to cook. This is usually enough for a family.

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.

What is the best deep fryer for home use?

To recap... the best deep fat fryer you can buy is the Cuisinart CDF-200P1.  It has a medium-size capacity, it's easy to clean and store, and it features a viewing window so you can see when your food is cooked.

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring London's top food markets.