Best Deep Fryers

Whether your favourite food is hot chips, nuggets or donuts, a reliable electric deep fryer can help you achieve the golden, crispy perfection that makes mouths water. Read on to find out what to prioritise in a deep fryer that will make it a useful addition to your kitchen. Continue Reading...

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Philips Airfryer XXL Smart Digital HD9861/99
  • Award Winner 2021
  • 2020
4.7 from 67 reviews
  • Cooks variety of foods perfectly

  • Easy to clean

  • Simplifies cooking

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (64)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (64)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (63)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (63)
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsYes
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Power2,225 W
  • Dimensions 316 x 322 x 433 mm
  • Cord Length0.8 m
Tefal Oleoclean Pro FR8040
3.6 from 37 reviews
Capacity1.2 kg
Oil Capacity3.5 L

The Tefal Oleoclean Pro is designed with an automatic oil filter that drains and filters oil, so you can reuse oil the next time you cook - without it becoming stale or smelling off.

  • Oil filter lets you re-use oil

  • Quick heating and cooking times

  • Makes tasty food

  • Lid is too loose

  • Bulky build

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (2)
  • FeaturesRemovable Bowl and Viewing Window
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsYes
  • TimerYes
  • Colour / FinishStainless Steel
  • Power2,300 W
  • Dimensions 330 x 260 x 350 mm
Sunbeam MultiCooker Deep Fryer DF4400 / DF4500
2.7 from 53 reviews
Capacity1 kg
Oil Capacity2 L

With functionality as a deep fryer, frypan or saucepan, the $79.95 Sunbeam MultiCooker Deep Fryer seems like a steal.

Price (RRP) $79.95

Price from $69.00 Bing Lee

  • Multi-functional cooking ability

  • Affordable price

  • Mixed reports about heating capability

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (7)
  • FeaturesAdjustable Thermostat and Viewing Window
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsYes
  • Colour / FinishCharcoal
  • Power1,600 W
  • Cord Length0.9 m
Breville Smart Fryer BDF500
3.6 from 13 reviews
Capacity1.2 kg
Oil Capacity4 L

The $209 Breville Smart Fryer features 7 handy cooking presets, to help you cook fried food like twice-cooked hot chips and donuts at the press of a button.

  • 7 pre-set cooking functions

  • Easy to clean

  • Smart functionality can be complex

  • FeaturesAdjustable Thermostat and Viewing Window
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsYes
  • TimerYes
  • Colour / FinishBrushed Stainless Steel
  • Power2,200 W
  • Dimensions 270 x 400 x 220 mm
Kambrook KDF460 / KDF560

Kambrook KDF460 / KDF560

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2.4 from 16 reviews

The $79 KDF560 Kambrook ‘family size’ deep fryer features a 4L oil capacity and 6 heat settings, allowing you to achieve the right temperature to prepare your fried treats.

Delonghi Rotofry F28313.BK

With its 1kg food capacity and 1.2L oil capacity, the $149 RotoFry Deep Fryer from DeLonghi allows you to cook a modest amount of deep fried food for households of less than 4 people.

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DeLonghi F26237
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This fryer is easy to clean, mess free and cooks well it has a reasonable sized basket too. I really recommend this for its ease of use and it produces great results. It doesn't seem to use much oil

Russell Hobbs RHDF35D
4.2 from 6 reviews

Latest review: We thought we had a good buy. Maybe we are unlucky but it turned out the handle didn't want to click into its gear most of the time. This made me end up with a hot basket in my hand and I couldn't do

Sunbeam Stainless DF6300
4.0 from 8 reviews

Latest review: Purchased this fryer back in October . Quite happy with it. Bit bigger than we anticipated so it sits on the kitchen bench now. Fries nicely,oil lasts about 4 fries and takes 2 Ltrs at a time. Easy

Tefal Compact Pro FR3220
4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Quick delivery from Appliances Online. A little more expensive than the $50 ALDI deep fryer but smaller and only needs 2 litres of oil. More suited to the size of our apartment and does the job for

Tefal FF245E Oleoclean Snack

Latest review: Have owned since Jan 2020 and like Maggie3029, enjoyed using it the first few times. Then things got messy. The fryer lid warped and even though it does not seal the lid filter is not enough to ease

Contempo Stainless Steel Deep Fryer DF-035

Latest review: Would not connect to base unit correctly so therefore did not heat oil. You definitely get what you pay for. Would not recommend this fryer. Hopefully Contempo will look into

Bellini BTDF60 Stainless Steel

Latest review: I've had this fryer for about 3 years now. It's not used a lot, but I've never had a problem with it. For the price I paid ( cheap) I am very happy. It's easy to use, easy to clean. It cooks evenly

Tefal Filtra Pro FR5181
Capacity1.3 kg
Oil Capacity4 L
DeLonghi Traditional FS8065
Capacity2 kg
Oil Capacity3 L

Price (RRP) $199.00

Miele CS 1411 F
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Smeg PGF30

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Siemens ET375GA11E
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Philips Airfryer XXL Smart Digital HD9861/99
  • Award Winner 2021
  • 2020
4.7 from 67 reviews
  • Cooks variety of foods perfectly

  • Easy to clean

  • Simplifies cooking

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (64)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (64)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (63)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (63)
  • Dishwasher Safe PartsYes
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Power2,225 W
  • Dimensions 316 x 322 x 433 mm
  • Cord Length0.8 m

Electric deep fryer on kitchen benchtop cooking fried chicken and battered zucchini

What is deep frying in cooking?

Deep frying is also known as deep fat frying or deep oil frying. It’s a cooking method that involves submerging food in heated oil which is around 190 degrees Celsius in temperature.

The aim of deep frying is to turn the outside of food deliciously golden brown and crisp, while properly cooking food on the inside. Often a batter or breaded mixture is applied to food before frying, to achieve that crispy texture that contrasts with - yet compliments - the soft filling inside.

By comparison, shallow frying or pan frying involves placing food in a small amount of oil. Food won’t float in the oil, as it does during deep frying. Shallow frying can easily and safely be done on a stovetop or cooktop.

Can you deep fry on the stovetop?

It is possible to deep fry foods on a stove or cooktop, and this is how traditional deep frying is done. Oil is placed inside a pot with high sides onto a stove, and you wait a little while for the stove’s heating element to make the oil hot. You must then keep a hawk eye on food that's frying, for safety reasons.

Experienced home chefs often prefer deep frying this more old-fashioned way. This is because it provides a level of control over the cooking process that an electric fryer can take away.

A little trickier for beginners

However, if you’re a beginner or new to deep frying, deep frying on the stovetop can involve some guesswork. Firstly, you need to safely assess the right quantity of oil to add. If you add too much, oil can splash or burst into flames and cause injury. But add too little, and your food is unlikely to be fried properly.

As a result, the introduction of electric deep fryers to the market has offered a way to deep fry food that’s safer and more convenient for many people.

Electric deep fryers involve placing hot oil into the cooking bowl. Food is then placed inside a deep fryer basket, which is lowered into the hot oil already in the appliance. There are usually minimal and maximum oil fill lines marked on the inside of the cooking bowl, which is an accurate way to ensure that correct safety is observed.

Is it worth buying a deep fryer?

Arguments in favour of 'yes'

It may be worth buying a deep fryer if you frequently cook dishes that are deep fried to begin with. For example, you might already deep fry frequently on your cooktop, or entertain a lot. If you commonly cook the following foods or foods similar to them, a deep fryer may be worth it.

These foods include: fries, hash browns, nuggets, tofu, falafel, fried chicken, tofu and desserts such as doughnuts and fried ice cream. Often cuisine from other cultures involves deep frying food too, such as arancini balls, katsu, and bhajii and bhatura in Indian cooking.

Arguments in favour of 'no'

On the flipside, it’s already a pretty well-known fact that deep-fried food, while tasty, isn’t the healthiest type of food. It contains calories, saturated fat and trans fat. Most deep fried foods are considered treats, and fall into the top section of the food pyramid that's labelled ‘fats, oils and sweets.’

If you’re already concerned about the health impacts of consuming too much deep-fried food, it’s likely that you’ll only use your deep fryer occasionally - perhaps too occasionally to justify spending the purchase price for it.

Which is better, a deep fryer or Air fryer?

Deep fryers

If you prioritise the taste and texture of your food above all else, a deep fryer will produce food you can be proud of. When you deep fry food, the oil reaches deeply into the food, well beyond the surface, giving it a thick and crunchy crust that air frying simply can’t achieve.

Air fryers

If you’re okay with compromising a little crunchiness in favour of cooking more healthy food at home, an air fryer may be a suitable alternative to a deep fryer.

Contrary to their name, air fryers don’t actually fry food at all, but use a convection heating method similar to a convection oven. Hot air is rotated around the appliance using a fan, and this hot air cooks food inside an air fryer.

Unlike deep fryers, air fryers use very little oil, or no oil, to cook food. This makes them a much healthier alternative to deep fryers.

If you'd like the health benefits of air frying but would prefer not to buy a new appliance at all, you can also ‘oven fry’ foods by baking them at high temperatures in your benchtop or wall oven. This also helps make food crispy using minimal oil.

Factors to consider when buying a deep fryer

Capacity

This is perhaps the single-most important factor to consider before investing in a deep fryer. If you’re wondering what size deep fryer you need, the capacity of your new kitchen appliance will depend on two factors.

Food capacity

The amount of food a deep fryer can hold is determined by its frying basket size, measured in kilograms.

Most food baskets range only marginally in size from 1-2 kilograms.

If you’re cooking for around 1-2 people, opt for a basket size that’s towards the smaller end of the scale. However if you have 4 people in your household or deep fry food frequently while entertaining guests, opt for 2 kilograms or larger, if you can find one.

Oil capacity

The oil capacity refers to how much oil you can safely and effectively fill your deep fryer with. When you look at the product info for a deep fryer online or on a box, the ‘Capacity’ usually refers to the appliance’s oil capacity, measured in litres. The oil capacity will be higher than the food capacity.

Most deep fryers have an oil capacity of at least 3-4 litres, which should be the minimum amount to look for with a 1-2 kg food capacity. A deep fryer with a smaller oil capacity than this probably won’t be able to effectively deep fry higher quantities of food towards the 2kg mark.

Many experienced deep frying home chefs also recommend that you don’t fill the oil all the way to the fill line - instead, filling it only about two-thirds of the way up to the line. This is a safety precaution, just in case oil starts to ‘pop’ or splatter and the lid is off. However, this increases the capacity you'll require a new deep fryer to be even more.

Size

Electric deep fryers sit on your kitchen benchtop, plugging into an electrical outlet via a cord.

As a result, it’s important to consider the size of a prospective model. If you have limited space available, make sure you choose a small deep fryer that won’t get in the way. Also choose an appliance that’s not too heavy and bulky, so you can safely pop it back under the kitchen countertop and into a cupboard after each use.

Deep fryers with a high oil and food capacity tend to be designed with larger builds, to house a higher amount of contents. It can be helpful to aim to source a model that offers a comfortable compromise between a manageable size and a practical cooking capacity.

Ease of Use

Consider the following points, which all influence how straightforward, simple and enjoyable your new deep fryer will be to use.

  • Draining the oil: It’s important to consider how easy it is to drain oil from the fryer after use. The method of pouring should be easy, the handles easy to grip, and the lid not too loose. Oil spills can be difficult and time-consuming to mop up.

  • Heating efficiency is important for the sake of time and convenience. The oil should be able to reach the correct high temperature to deep fry foods in a timely manner. If you’re waiting around for the oil to heat even after it’s on the highest setting for over ten minutes, chances are this is going to be frustrating and time consuming to use.

  • Clear controls should be labelled logically and easy to use, whether this involves turning a dial or pressing buttons.

Ease of Cleaning

How to clean a deep fryer

The deep fryer should be switched off and left alone for a while, allowing the hot oil to cool down completely. Don’t move or carry the deep fryer while this is happening, as it can lead to dangerous spills.

After oil has cooled down, the specific steps required to clean your appliance will depend on the cleaning directions in the manufacturer’s product care booklet. However, generally first you’ll have to remove the oil. Then the appliance should be able to be disassembled, so all parts and accessories can be removed for effective and thorough cleaning. Most importantly, this includes the frying basket, cooking bowl, and lid.

Dishwasher-safe parts for the interior of the deep fryer also make the cleaning process easier, and allow you to spend more time savouring your crispy hot chips rather than cleaning.

What do I do with the oil?

Re-using oil is often recommended by deep frying enthusiasts. It saves money and is also more environmentally friendly. Any oil that's set aside for re-using should be cleaned or ‘filtered’ first. CLeaning oil can be done manually, using some filter mesh to remove bits of floating food.

However, if the thought of using dirty oil irks you, a deep fryer with an in-built oil filtration system can do the work of cleaning your fryer thoroughly for you, making the whole process easier.

If you’re reusing oil, it should be stored in a sealed container separate from your deep fryer.

If you’re disposing of oil, don’t pour it down the sink, as this causes plumbing issues and is an environmental hazard.

You can pour the oil into a bottle with a lid and throw it in the bin, or you can recycle it. Some councils have recycling programs for liquid waste like frying oil. There may be a drop-off location or pick-up business in your local area that can take old oil off your hands.

Price

Most electric deep fryers range from around $80-$200.

Cheaper models are usually priced lower because they either have a smaller capacity, or are more likely unequipped with the functionality and range of features as their more expensively priced counterparts.

Extra Features

  • Adjustable thermostat: This allows you to set the temperature of the oil while pre-heating or cooking, and allows more temperature control over the cooking process. Common temperatures to look for include: 160 degrees Celcius (a low temperature), 180 (moderate) and 190 (high).
  • Grease filter: This helps reduce cooking odour often associated with oil after it's been used to deep fry food. An example of a grease filter is a charcoal filter that’s built into the appliance lid.
  • Indicator lights: These visually alert you to any changes in the cooking process. For example, they may light up when the oil has reached the correct high temperature and is ready for food to be added.
  • Oil filtration: As mentioned above, this feature keeps oil clean for longer, allowing it to be reused several times.
  • Pre-set cooking functions: These let you cook specific dishes at the press of a button. Common dishes with pre-set cooking options include fried fish, and chips (cooked separately).
  • Removable bowl: This is a standard feature of most electric deep fryers designed for home use. The bowl needs to be removable to be cleaned properly.
  • Timer: This allows you to ‘set-and-forget’ your fryer. When cooking without pre-programmed settings, you'll need to have an idea of how long your food will take to fry. Timers can be digital or mechanical.
  • Rotating basket: This is a feature designed to cook your food more evenly as it fries. For example, if working as intended, it will result in less burned brown bits on your hot chips. However, it's not entirely clear from reviews how effective this feature really is.
  • Viewing window: Fitted at the top of the appliance in the lid, a viewing window lets you keep an eye on your food as it fries.

Safety Features

  • Cool touch handles: This feature insulates handles so they’re safe to touch, and won’t reach the same hot temperature as oil inside the appliance.
  • Locking lid: Not all manufacturers recommend keeping the lid on the appliance while deep frying. However if they do, the lid should be fitted with a locking mechanism so that oil doesn’t splash out.
  • Anti-slip feet: Also called a non-slip base, this allows the deep fryer to remain securely positioned on the countertop, so it doesn’t move accidentally and spill oil.
  • Overload shut off: This turns off the appliance if the safe quantity of oil or food has been exceeded.

Wrapping up

An electric deep fryer can be a worthy alternative to deep frying on a pot on the stove. This method, which involves buying a standalone appliance, is usually safer and easier for beginners to deep frying. To find the right fryer for you, make sure you choose carefully based on capacity, size, ease of use and cleaning, and whether a prospective model is equipped with safety features and any extra features that help make cooking more effortless and enjoyable.