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Deep Fryers Buying Guide

Fish, turkey, french fries, chops: You name it, you can probably fry it. And when the weather is warm, if you have an outdoor deep fryer, you can fry foods outside.

Types of Deep Fryers

Types of Deep Fryers

People love to get together for a barbecue. And one of the latest trends to hit the outdoor cooking scene is deep-frying. It's fun, it's versatile, and it's easy. And with the range of deep fryers available, there's literally one for everyone, from beginners to barbecuing experts. As you're exploring the food and cooking possibilities of deep fryers, consider the types -- electric, stovetop, and propane/gas -- then make the selection that works best for you and your family.

Electric

Electric deep fryers may offer more temperature stability and control than other versions. These come in a range of sizes but do need access to power, which limits their placement outdoors.

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Williams-Sonoma
$299.95 $480.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Cooking platters of crispy fried chicken, egg rolls, doughnuts and French fries has never been easier, even for beginners, thanks ...to the incredible convenience and capacity of this innovative deep fryer. Perfect for family meals, its simple and safe to use. Patented Krups technology flows air through a carbon filter to significantly minimize frying odors. Powerful heating element brings oil up to temperature quickly and recovers rapidly after foods are added. Holds 4 3/4-qt. of oil and cooks over 2 lb. of food. Dial adjusts temperature settings from 300°F to 375°F; displays in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. LED lights up when oil reaches proper temperature. 30-minute dial timer. Cool-touch tempered-glass lid locks down to seal in odors and wont fog. Stay-cool handles and control panel. Detachable power cord. Includes a fry basket. Brushed-stainless-steel finish. read more

Breville
$149.95 $230.00
at Williams-Sonoma

Brevilles commercial-style machine revolutionizes the art of deep-frying, allowing home cooks to easily and efficiently prepare fa...mily-sized batches of food using less oil than ever before. Its unique heating element keeps cooking oil at a uniform temperature, so foods cook to light, crispy perfection – without absorbing fat. Innovative flat cool plate heating element maximizes capacity and efficiency, while minimizing oil use. Easy-to-use control dial adjusts cooking temperatures from 320° to 375°F. Extra-large fry basket accommodates generous batches of food. Viewing window makes it easy to monitor cooking progress. A latch allows you to raise and drain the basket of fried food without opening the lid. Removable oil pan insert has a pour spout for easy emptying and cleaning. Removable lid is completely submersible for thorough cleaning. Durable stainless-steel housing remains cool to the touch. read more

Williams-Sonoma

The Professional cookware collection from Tramontina is designed to stand up to the rigors of restaurant kitchens—and offers an ex...cellent value for home cooks. This commercial-grade stovetop deep fryer produces perfectly fried vegetables, chicken and fish, and cleanup afterwards is a breeze. The versatile four-piece set includes two lids—one for deep-frying and one for traditional cooking. You can use the saucepan on its own, or with the fryer basket for blanching vegetables. Heavy-gauge aluminum alloy construction for efficient, even heat conduction and superior durability. Reinforced PFOA-free nonstick interior for effortless release of foods and fast cleanup. Cast stainless-steel handle with removable soft-grip silicone sleeve. Rivetless handle for easier cleaning. Stainless-steel mesh fryer basket includes a helper handle and a hook for hanging securely on pan for draining. Includes a stainless-steel mesh lid to contain oil splatters and a tempered glass lid for traditional cooking. NSF certified to meet the standards for cookware used in professional kitchens. Dishwasher safe. Made in USA. read more

Presto
$30.50 $39.99
at Wayfair

Presto Fry Daddy .9 Liter Electric Deep Fryer The Presto FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer makes four big servings with just 0.9 liters... of oil. This family-sized fryer is coated with non-stick material inside and out making it easy to clean. Experience delicious crispy fries, onion rings, and crunchy fried chicken at home with this Presto FryDaddy Deep Fryer! Features: -Family-sized fryer makes four big servings with just 0.9 liters of oil.-The perfect frying temperature is maintained automatically.-Handy scoop stirs, separates, lifts, and serves.-Non-stick surface, inside and out for easy cleaning.-Snap-on lid allows oil to be stored in the fryer to use again.-1200 watts of heating and cooking power.-1 year limited warranty.-Product Type: Deep fryer.-Finish: Black.-Hardware Finish: Nickel plated screws.-Primary Material: Aluminum -Primary Material Details: ..-Hardware Material: Stainless steel.-Weather Resistant: No -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Rust Res read more

Stovetop

A good starter or small-batch deep fryer, stovetop versions can fit on a grill top or other outdoor kitchen range. Heat for these versions comes from the burner underneath.

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BrylaneHome
$19.99 $39.99
at Brylane Home

Great for frying chicken, potatoes, donuts or slow-cooking sauces and soups! This deep fryer fits right on your stove-top and i...s versatile enough to cook an entire meal. even-heating carbon steel 4-Qt. Deep Fryer has a non-stick coating for easy clean-ups vented tempered glass lid wire fryer basket has lift-and-drain handles shop our kitchen appliances including grills and griddles, as well as slow cookers and warmers. Why Buy? Our stove-top deep fryer doesn't come with any complicated wires and doesn't make a mess either. Preparing meals will be cleaner and easier than ever with this great piece of cookware. read more

Cook Pro
$29.31 $70.00
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Cook Pro 5.68 Liter Stainless Steel Stove Top Deep Fryer Allows you to deep fry your favorite dishes and snacks! Constructed in st...ainless steel with encapsulated base to enhance faster and even heat distribution. Stay cool handles and knob. Features: -Material: Stainless steel.-Product Type: Deep fryer.-Primary Material: Stainless steel -Primary Material Details: ..-Fry Basket Included: Yes -Number of Fry Baskets: .-Removable Fry Basket: ..-Drain Included: No.-Oil Capacity in Liters: 5.68.Dimensions: -Capacity: 5.68 Liters.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 8.15.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 8.15.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 7.25.-Overall Product Weight: 3.5.Warranty: -Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty. 523 read more

ExcelSteel
$49.99
at Amazon

6 quart stainless steel stove top deep fryer with endcapsulated base ensures faster & even heat distribution. Set includes frying ...basket. 6 quart deep fryer and stockpot all in one. read more

Bayou Classic
$59.00 $95.00
at Wayfair

Bayou Classic Aluminum Fish Outdoor Stove This fish frying kit is a great addition for the outdoor chef. It comes with everything ...you need to get started. Makes for a great outdoor dining experience by incorporating its state-of-the-art design and durability. You're not limited to fish with this cooker - you can also fry chicken, French fries, hushpuppies, or even cook chili! Features: -10 quart aluminum fry pot/basket.-Handle attaches to basket.-Lid not included.-Made for use with 20-pound LP gas cylinder (not included).-19.25'' steel frame with single bolt leg attachment.-5'' thermometer 50 F - 750 F.-Product Type: Stove.-Finish: Black.-Distressed: No.-Fuel Type: Propane.-Number of Burners: 1.-BTU Output: 55000.-Hose and Regulator Included: Yes -Propane Regulator Pressure: 10 PSI.-Hose Color: .-Hose Material: ..-Pot or Pan Included: Yes -Preseasoned: .-Pot or Pan Material: .-Pot or Pan Capacity: .-Nonstick: .-Pot Handle: ..-Windscreen: Yes -Movable Windscreen: ..-Indoor Use: No.Dimensions: -Round read more

Propane/Gas

More flexible in location but a bit more temperamental in temperature regulation, propane/gas deep fryers generate heat through a pipe leading to a tank.

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Frymaster

Frymaster - MJCFSC Gas unit: NAT OR LP, 150,000 BTU s. Weight 297 lbs. Width 20.875 in. Depth 39.875 in. Height 46.125 in. Ratings...: NSF,CSA,Made in USA. Frymaster 80lb Stainless Gas Deep Fryer for Chicken & Fish 150000 BTUs in Gas Fryers at ACityDiscount read more

Frymaster

Frymaster - MJ45E-SC Gas unit: NAT OR LP, 122,000 BTU s. Powered by 120 Volts, 1 Phase. Weight 202 lbs. Width 15.63 in. Depth 31.5... in. Height 46 in. Ratings: NSF,CSA. Frymaster Performance Gas Deep Fryer 50lb 122k BTU/hr all stainless in Gas Fryers at ACityDiscount read more

Frymaster

Frymaster - MJ35SC Gas unit: NAT OR LP, 110,000 BTU s. Weight 177 lbs. Width 15.625 in. Depth 31.5 in. Height 41 in. Ratings: NSF,...CSA,Made in USA. Frymaster 40 lb Stainless Gas Deep Fryer w/ 6 Adjustable Legs 110 000 in Gas Fryers at ACityDiscount read more

Waring Pro
$89.95 $190.00
at Buydig

The Waring Pro DF280 Deep Fryer is the perfect deep fryer for large family meals or entertaining. It includes one large and two sm...all baskets, so you can cook either one or two batches at a time. Features Removable 1800-watt immersion style heating element 2.3-pound food capacity 1-gallon removable enamel-coated oil container with pouring spout One large and 2 small heavy mesh baskets with cool-touch collapsible handles 60-minute digital timer and temperature control Stainless steel lid with viewing window Limited One Year Product Warranty Product Dimensions (D x W x H): 16.5 x 11 x 12.25 read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As fun and versatile as deep fryers are, there are still items that are important to review before making any purchase. For example, some deep fryers are best suited to certain types of food. So if you and your family love turkey, a turkey deep fryer is probably a good match. Other must-review purchase considerations include location/safety, oil disposal, number of cooking baskets/areas, and wheels. Get started on your cooking journey with this guide.

Location/Safety

Because of the combination of large amounts of cooking oil and high heat, deep fryers have special location and safety concerns. Make sure you have a spot to place yours that's well away from structures of any sort and on a base that's nonflammable.

Oil Disposal

All deep fryers use oil, and that oil must be disposed of in a safe manner. Think through how you can remove cooled oil from your deep fryer and place it in the proper trash area for your community.

Number of Cooking Baskets/Areas

Larger deep fryers may have enough capacity to provide several cooking baskets or areas. This translates into the ability to cook more than one type of food at once.

Food Type

Some deep fryers are designed for one particular type of food -- fish fryers with shallow baskets, for example, or turkey fryers with very deep bowls.

Wheels

Many deep fryers -- particularly the larger versions -- have wheels that enable you to easily move them from storage to cooking spots.

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King Kooker
$24.98 $34.99
at Sears

The King Kooker Aluminum Deep Fryer Set is the perfect fry pan for use with your King Kooker portable propane outdoor cooker (sold... separately). The set includes an aluminum deep fry pan with an extra long handle and a punched aluminum frying basket with heat-resistant handle. King Kooker lets you eat like a king. read more

King Kooker 10 Qt. Aluminum Deep Fryer with Long Fry Pan Handle and Punched Aluminum Basket with Heat Resistant Handle
King Kooker
$47.98 $69.99
at Sears

The King Kooker Stainless Steel 10 Qt. Deep Fryer Pan is the perfect pan for use with King Kooker outdoor cookers (sold separately...) when camping and tailgating. This sturdy stainless steel pan features 2 helper handles and a frying basket with heat-resistant handle so you can safely cook your favorite foods. King Kooker lets you eat like a king! read more

King Kooker 10 Qt. Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Lid, Two Helper Handles and Punched Stainless Basket with heat Resistant Handle Metallic
King Kooker
$112.04 $169.99
at Sears

Fry up to a 20 pound turkey outdoors, in the backyard, camping or tailgating! The 12 portable propane outdoor cooker has a high pr...essure 38,000 BTU cast burner and the package includes a large 29 quart aluminum turkey pot with lid, turkey rack and lifting hook. Use the deep fry thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil and adjust the flame with the adjustable regulator with battery operated timer. Fry the perfect turkey at your next feast! Try the suggestions in our detailed instruction/recipe booklet, or create your own favorites! King Kooker lets you eat like a King!. read more

King Kooker Outdoor Turkey Fryer with 29 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot Black
Black Diamond
$649.34 $1,574.16
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Black Diamonds 90,000 BTU floor standing gas deep fryer is constructed of a 16 gauge stainless steel tank and has a thermostat ran...ge of 200F (93C) to 400F (204C). Long lasting stainless steel baffles are mounted in the heat exchange tubes to provide maximum heating and combustion efficiency. A standing pilot light design provides an instant ignition source when heat is required and an automatic shut off function if the fryer temperature exceeds 450F (232C). This fryer comes complete with two nickel plated oblong wire mesh baskets, one nickel plated tube rack, drain extension, built-in heat deflector and 6 adjustable legs. Black Diamond fryers are manufactured with Robert Shaw components that are made in the USA. 35-40 lb oil capacity. Set up for use with Natural Gas (NG). ETL and ETL Sanitation Listed. 1 year warranty on parts and labor and 5 year warranty on stainless steel tank ( Black Diamond - BDGF-90 NG ) read more

Black Diamond Standing Deep Fryer - 40 lb Capacity, 2-Basket, 90,000 BTU, Stainless, NG
Black Diamond
$649.34 $1,574.16
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Black Diamonds 90,000 BTU floor standing gas deep fryer is constructed of a 16 gauge stainless steel tank and has a thermostat ran...ge of 200F (93C) to 400F (204C). Long lasting stainless steel baffles are mounted in the heat exchange tubes to provide maximum heating and combustion efficiency. A standing pilot light design provides a ready flame when heat is required and an automatic shut off function when the fryer temperature exceeds 450F (232C). This fryer comes complete with two nickel plated oblong wire mesh baskets, one nickel plated tube rack, drain extension, built-in heat deflector and 6 adjustable legs. Black Diamond fryers include Robert Shaw components that are made in the USA. 35-40 lb oil capacity. Set up for use with Liquid Propane (LPG). ETL and ETL Sanitation Listed. 1 year warranty on parts and labor and 5 year warranty on stainless steel tank ( Black Diamond - BDGF-90 LP ) read more

Black Diamond Standing Deep Fryer - 40 lb Capacity, 2-Basket, 90,000 BTU, Stainless, LP
Crown Verity
$4,256.00 $9,672.73
at Mission Restaurant Supply

With this Crown Verity PF-2 Outdoor Fryer you can easily set up a fry station at any event. Built with a stainless steel cabinet, ...tanks, and covers the Crown Verity PF-2 Outdoor Fryer is resistant to rusting and corrosion. A doubles tank model with a 35-40 pound oil capacity per tank this Crown Verity PF-2 Outdoor Fryer has four fry baskets with plastic handles to protect against burns. With two 14 inch wheels and two total lock casters the Crown Verity PF-2 Outdoor Fryer moves over terrain easily and the tank holders will each hold a 30 pound vertical propane tank. For the home entertainer or the professional caterer alike the Crown Verity PF-2 Outdoor Fryer can provide up to 170 pounds of frozen fries an hour to keep up with even high volume. read more

Crown Verity CVIPF2 Outdoor Fryer, Portable, Double Tank
Crown Verity
$2,632.00 $5,981.82
at Mission Restaurant Supply

With this Crown Verity PF-1 Outdoor Fryer you can easily set up a fry station at any event. Built with a stainless steel cabinet, ...tank, and covers the Crown Verity PF-1 Outdoor Fryer is resistant to rusting and corrosion. A single tank model with a 35-40 pound oil capacity this Crown Verity PF-1 Outdoor Fryer has two fry baskets with plastic handles to protect against burns. With two 14 inch wheels and two total lock casters the Crown Verity PF-1 Outdoor Fryer moves over terrain easily and the tank holder will hold a 30 pound vertical propane tank. For the home entertainer or the professional caterer alike the Crown Verity PF-1 Outdoor Fryer can provide up to 65 pounds of frozen fries an hour to keep up with even high volume. read more

Crown Verity CVIPF1 Outdoor Fryer, Portable, Single Tank
Sportsman Series
$89.00 $119.99
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Sportsman Single Basket Outdoor Cooker and Fryer with Single Burner Make food for a party with the sportsman series single basket ...outdoor cooker & fryer with single burner. Great for tailgating, hunting and camping, The outdoor cooker and fryer and fryer can make everything from gumbo to corn, Fried fish to ham and beans, and everything in between. a separate aluminum 9.5 quart pot and fry basket lets fry or boil your food, so this outdoor cooker & fryer can make enough food to feed a backyard full of people. If love to entertain outdoors, the sportsman series outdoor cooker and fryer can make it easier to feed a crowd. Everything need to get started is included. a dial thermometer can measure temperature up to 550 degrees fahrenheit. a 2.5 foot lp hose and adjustable regulator connects to a 54,000 btu cast iron burner with a wind guard to keep the flame strong and steady. Just hook the outdoor cooker and fryer up to a propane fuel source, like the one on gas grill. intended for outdoor use only, Pr read more

Sportsman Single Basket Outdoor Cooker and Fryer with Single Burner SBCOOK
Bayou Classic
$99.50 $129.00
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Bayou Classic Stainless Steel 32 Quart Turkey Fryer This pot is made from 304 stainless steel, and it is great for boiling shrimp,... steaming vegetables, or frying a turkey. It includes a stainless steam/boil basket, vented lid, poultry rack/grab hook, skewer set, and 12'' thermometer. Features: -32 quart stainless steel stockpot.-Vented lid.-Perforated steam/boil basket.-Perforated poultry rack/grab hook.-3-piece detachable skewer set.-Steams, boils and fries: seafood, poultry, vegetables, tamales.-Polished stainless steel for optimal durability and easy cleaning.-Strongest perforated basket on the market for even steaming.-Heavy duty handle for easy transport.-12'' Thermometer 50F - 750F.-1 oz Trial seasoning injector.-Product Type: Deep Fryer.-Finish: Stainless steel.-Distressed: No.-Material: Stainless steel -Material Details: ..-Lid Included: Yes -Locking Lid: .-Vented Lid: ..-Pot or Pan Included: Yes -Preseasoned: .-Pot or Pan Material: .-Pot or Pan Capacity: .-Nonstick: .-Pot Handle: ..-Indoor read more

Bayou Classic Stainless Steel 32 Quart Turkey Fryer 1118
King Kooker
$63.50 $82.43
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King Kooker Bolt Together Outdoor Cooker with 7 Quart Aluminum Deep Fryer Features: -16" Bolt together outdoor cooker.-4" Deep fry... thermometer.-Aluminum fry pan and punched aluminum basket.-Listed LP hose and regulator with type 1 connection.-Instruction and recipe booklet.-CSA design certified.-Product Type: Deep Fryer.-Finish: Black.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: Yes.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Steel -Material Details: ..-Number of Items Included: 6.-Pieces Included: Steel Frame, Cast Burner, Aluminum Pot, Aluminum Punched Basket, Hose/ Regulator, and Deep Fry Thermometer.-Non Toxic: Yes.-Weather Resistant: No -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Scratch Resistant: No.-Rust Resistant: No.-Fuel Type: Propane.-Fuel Included: No -Gallons of Fuel Included: ..-Fuel Life: 8.-Number of Burners: 1.-Thermometer Included: Yes -Maximum Temperature Measured: 750..-Wheels: No.-Pressure: High Pressure.-Automatic Shutoff: No.-Drain Valve: No.-BTU Output: 54,000 read more

King Kooker Bolt Together Outdoor Cooker with 7 Quart Aluminum Deep Fryer 1642
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