If you’re a fan of fish and chips, doughnuts and other fried food, a deep fat fryer is a great gadget to have in your home kitchen. While low-fat air fryers might be all the rage at the moment, lots of us still enjoy good old-fashioned deep fried food.
Choosing a deep fat fryer can be tricky, which is why we’ve researched and identified the best options available in the UK so you don’t have to. Read on for some tips on choosing a deep fat fryer, or scroll down to see our recommendations.
How to choose a deep fat fryer
If you’re looking to get a deep fat fryer for your home kitchen there are a few things you should consider first.
What’s your budget?
Deep fat fryers for the home can cost as little as £20, with high-end models costing over £100. A budget of roughly £30-£50 should be fine for most households. In general, deep fat fryers are cheaper than low-fat air fryers, but when you factor in the cost of oil they can cost more over the long term.
How many people are you cooking for?
If you’re only cooking for one or two people, you should look for a compact deep fat fryer that can cook around 350 grams of food. This way you’ll save money and space. If you’re cooking for a larger family, look for something with a food capacity over 1 kilogram.
Features to look for
If you’ve never bought a deep fat fryer before you probably won’t be familiar with the features they offer. Here are some useful features to look for:
- Viewing window: This allows you to watch the food cooking, removing the need to take off the lid.
- Lockable lid: This reduces the risk of oil spilling or splashing.
- Odour filter: Some fryers feature an odour filters to prevent the smell of frying spreading
Best Deep Fat Fryer for Chips – Quest Stainless Steel
Capacity: 3 litres
Power: 2200 watts
The Quest Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer has a large 3-litre capacity. It can cook enough chips for 2-3 people, making it a good choice for couples and smaller households.
One of the best things about this fryer is that you can take it apart completely which makes it easy to clean. The pan has a non-stick which helps make it easy to clean.
This fryer is compact and doesn’t take up much space on a kitchen countertop. It’s 46 cm deep by 25 cm wide.
The Quest Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer is straightforward and easy to use, and there’s a temperature dial so you can set the temperature required. It can be used to fry chips, battered fish, doughnuts, fried chicken or pretty much anything else.
As long as you attach the handle correctly and follow the instructions carefully, the Quest Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer is very safe to use. It has a lid and features a cool-touch handles mean you can use it without wearing gloves.
This fryer makes great fried food that compares well to food from fast food chains and fish and chip shops.
- Compact size (46 x 27 x 25 cm)
- Easy to clean as it can be taken apart
- Good value for money
- Makes great chips
- Not suitable for families of 4 or more
- No odour filter
An Alternative to Consider – VonShef 3 Litre
If you’re not sure about the Quest Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer you might want to consider the VonShef 3 Litre Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer. It has a similar price tag but comes with the addition of a viewing window so you can watch food cooking without having to take the lid off.
Like the Quest fryer reviewed above, this model from VonShef has a 3-litre capacity and a has a similar design with dimensions of 41 x 22 x 26 cm.
Best Deep Fat Fryer Under £50 – Breville Easy Clean
Please note, prices change so we can’t guarantee this fryer will be available for £50 when you read this.
Capacity: 2 litres
Power: 1800 watts
The Breville VDF108 Easy Clean is a digital deep fat fryer that’s designed to be easy to clean. The enamel bowl and lid can both be removed to make it easier to clean. One nice feature with this fryer is that it has an odour filter to trap the smell of frying.
It features a digital timer that makes a sound to alert you when your food is done cooking. There’s also a viewing window so you can check on your food without having to open the lid.
This fryer has a 2-litre oil capacity and a 1-kilogram food capacity which means it’s big enough for a family. It can be used for cooking all kinds of things including chips, doughnuts and churros. You can adjust the temperature depending on what you’re cooking and how crispy you want your food to be.
The Breville VDF108 is quite a safe machine to use and has cool-touch handles which don’t get hot so you don’t need to use oven gloves with it.
As with many domestic deep fat fryers, the oil in the Breville VDF108 isn’t always as hot as it should be so things might take longer to cook than you’d expect. This is the biggest issue with this product, but unfortunately it’s an issue that affects most fryers in this price range.
- Parts can be removed for easy cleaning
- Comes with an odour filter
- Not always as hot as it should be
An Alternative to Consider – Aicok Deep Fat Fryer
One alternative in this price range is the Aicok Deep Fat Fryer which features a see-through lid and a removable, dishwasher-safe frying basket. It’s smaller than the Breville VDF108 reviewed above with a capacity of 1.5 rather than 2 litres.
Best Small Deep Fat Fryer – VonShef Compact 1.5L
Capacity: 1.5 litres
Power: 900 watts
As the name suggests, the VonShef Compact 1.5L Stainless Steel Deep Fat Fryer is a compact fryer that would be a good choice for a single person (or two people on a diet!) This fryer is very small (25 x 22 x 21 cm), so it won’t take up much space in your kitchen.
The VonShef Compact 1.5L is very cheap and doesn’t have any advanced features. However, there is a viewing window so you can watch food cooking without taking off the lid and risking burning yourself.
This deep fat fryer is great for cooking chips, and only takes around 6 minutes to do a portion of chips. You can also use this fryer to cook fish or make doughnuts, though you’ll only be able to do one standard doughnut at a time due to the unit’s small size.
The thermostat on this fryer can be adjusted up to 190°C. However, one issue with this fryer is that sometimes the temperature isn’t as high as it’s supposed to be, so you might need to turn it up more to compensate for this.
This fryer is generally easy to clean thanks in part to the non-stick coating.
- Small and compact
- Good value for money
- Sold with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Temperature isn’t always accurate
An Alternative to Consider – Russell Hobbs Compact Deep Fryer 18238
Another good one-person deep fat fryer is the Russell Hobbs Compact Deep Fryer 18238. It’s very cheap and has a footprint of just 19 x 20 cm. It has a smaller capacity than the VonShef fryer reviewed above, at 900 millilitres compared to 1.5 litres. While the VonShef fryer could be used by two people this model is only really big enough for one.
Best Deep Fat Fryer with an Odour Filter – De’Longhi F26237.W
Capacity: 2.3 litres
Power: 1800 watts
The De’Longhi F26237.W is a 2.3-litre deep fat fryer with a removable steam and odour filter.
Like with the Quest Deep Fat Fryer reviewed above, you can take this fryer apart to easily clean each individual component. The bowl has a non-stick design which helps make it easy to clean. Several of the parts can also be washed in the dishwasher.
This fryer has a “cool touch” body which means the exterior doesn’t get hot, adding to its safety. There’s also a locking lid and a viewing window so you can watch food frying without needing to take the lid off.
The De’Longhi F26237.W is big enough to cook chips for a family of four, but might be on the small side if you’re cooking for four adults.
This fryer is quite versatile and can be used to cook all sorts of things including chips, fries, fish and chicken. The front of the fryer shows the temperature and cooking time needed for the most commonly fried foods.
The De’Longhi F26237.W generally offers great cooking results, and food comes out fairly dry, not dripping in fat. It takes a bit of time for the fat to heat up, so you need to factor this in when using the timer in conjunction with the thermostat.
- Easy to use
- Good basket size
- Easy to clean
- Doesn’t always get as hot as it’s supposed to
- Handle is quite flimsy