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Once again we welcome you, we hope you are comfortable and we recommend you to have paper and pen at hand, because we will give you very complete information about a product that will help you to make delicious recipes come true: we will tell you about deep fryers.

Whether you are a lover of cooking or a potential amateur, it doesn't matter. And who can resist those crispy flavours that deep fryers can give us, but especially if they are cooked at home, with the security of having used fresh and good quality ingredients.

But it is not enough to buy just any fryer, we need to pay attention and evaluate the best of all the options, so we will get down to work and detail some unmissable aspects that will help you make the best decision. Let's get started!




Summary

  • Deep fryers are household appliances used to fry food. They come in different types and capacities. The advantages are many, as you don't have to look after the food, nor do you have to make a mess all over the kitchen, nor do you run the risk of burning yourself as you do when using a frying pan.
  • There are several types, but we can focus on two main categories which are Domestic and Industrial, the former for the home, the latter for restaurants or larger needs. Both types have in turn subcategories, we will focus on the household part and we will see them in detail later.
  • To buy a deep fryer we recommend you to take into account factors that are important to make the right purchase. Knowing the type of fryer it is but according to the energy they use as well as their capacity, thermostat, dimensions, safety system, cleaning, etc.. These are points that you should not lose sight of.

The Best Deep Fryer: Our Picks

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Buying guide: What you need to know about fryers

It is time to go into the most relevant details that pertain to this product category. Deep fryers will be a successful product in your kitchen and you will be a success in your meetings if you buy the right product. For that, it is not enough to go to the shop and look for it, you have to know the information and know how to use it.

With the deep fryer, it is possible to make the Chips that the little ones at home love so much. (Photo: auremar / 123rf.com)

What are deep fryers?

A deep fryer is a household appliance that facilitates the task of frying food. They are practical and easy to use, especially if they are for the home. They come in various types and capacities, depending on the user's needs, the most suitable one for him/her.
Having one at home will make it very easy to cook certain foods, especially if we have children, as they love fried dishes, and what better than making them at home with the certainty that they are made with good quality ingredients and in healthy conditions.

What are the advantages of deep fryers?

One of the great advantages of this equipment is its versatility. Among the dishes that you can cook are options such as: chicken nuggets, Chips, onion rings, cheese or fish sticks, banderillas, fried chicken, wings, tuna croquettes, among other delicious options.

If you currently cook all these dishes on your cooker with the help of a frying pan, you will know that the possibility of burning yourself is high, not to mention how the cooker ends up after the oil bounces around while the food is being cooked. These and other advantages are discussed below.

Advantages
  • Several dishes can be cooked
  • Cooking is healthier
  • There is no risk of burning
  • The kitchen does not get dirty
  • Smoke and odours do not accumulate
Disadvantages
  • There are fryers that need a lot of oil
  • Poor cleaning makes it unhealthy
  • Air fryers do require little oil
  • Some models consume more energy
  • High price in models without oil

Domestic or industrial fryers - what should you pay attention to?

We have already mentioned these two categories into which deep fryers are divided. To find out which one is right for you, you will probably have to answer questions such as: do you have a business, do you need to cook very large portions for many people, do you have space for a large fryer, do you have a large fryer?

If your answers are all negative then you need something smaller and for home use. But for the avoidance of doubt, let's dig a little deeper into these points. Below we will understand in detail what each one is about.

Domestic. Household appliance manufactured for frying food. Their capacity is limited, designed only to meet the needs of a household. They are more economical and compact models that adapt well to the spaces of a house.

Industrial. These are professional fryers for heavy-duty use and high performance. They satisfy large portions of food thanks to their larger capacity. They are known as "floor fryers". They are used in restaurants, hotels, bars, food trucks, bazaars, etc.

DOMESTIC INDUSTRIAL
Types With oil, without oil, water and oil Gas, electric, high performance, pressure
Heat source Electric, Gas, Convection or infrared Electric, Gas, Convection or infrared
Capacity From 1 to 5 litres From 4 to 35 litres
Temperatures From 80 to 200°C From 100 to 220°C

Are there varieties of domestic deep fryers?

Oil fryers. Most of them are electrically powered. They heat up quickly due to their heat source, which makes it very easy to achieve a crispy finish on food. They are easy to use and come in different sizes and designs.

Oil-less fryers. Although they are known by this name, they do use a little oil (1 teaspoon), especially if you are looking for that crispy touch in your food, but they also take advantage of the natural fat generated by cooking to continue cooking. The low use of oil makes it a much more natural and healthy option.

Water and oil fryer. This is an appliance that works with a heating element, water and oil. This combination ensures that the food cooks quickly, but without mixing flavours, even when cooking different types of food at the same time. It also has a drain tap to get rid of waste water.

Buying criteria

We know you're almost with one foot in the shops, but don't leave without this information because it's vital. The buying factors we are about to mention are a guide to help you understand what things to consider before making a final decision, so pay attention.

Capacity

It is important to take into account how many people on average you need to feed with the fryer, as this will determine the capacity and therefore the model you should choose. As already mentioned, domestic fryers have capacities ranging from 1 to 5 litres. Models can also handle portions or per kilogram of food.

For example, for family gatherings it is recommended to choose an intermediate model with a capacity ranging from 800 kg to 1,200 kg or 3 to 5 litres, but if it is for a single person or a couple, a 1 litre fryer may be sufficient.

Thermostat

This is a very important feature in the appliance, as it will be in charge of regulating the temperature at which the food will be cooked. Some appliances include an alarm and you can program both the thermostat and the alarm, letting the fryer work by itself and letting you know when the cooking time has been reached.

The temperatures that the fryers can reach range from 80°C to 200°C. It is recommended that once the oil is hot, the fryer manages to maintain the temperature at around 160°C, as if the temperature is higher we could burn the food.

Power

The power of the appliance is directly related to the temperature, the more power the fryer has, the higher the temperature it can reach. Check the specifications of the product, you can find options ranging from 800 to 1350 watts.

The minimum recommended power for an electric fryer is 1000 watts, and for an air fryer it is 2000 watts. Also note that an oil-less fryer will take longer to cook the food because of its cooking system.

Safety System

Just as we want to avoid burns with frying pans, and although deep fryers are safer, there are also some important safety systems that will prevent us from any accident or food burning, some of them are:

Thermostat. This point avoids fluctuations in temperature. When there is a thermostat and it works correctly, the temperature can be kept stable and it is even activated if there is a problem of overheating.

Transparent or windowed lid. Not all fryers have this function but it is a plus, as it avoids splashes that could burn us. With an added advantage, it allows us to observe how the cooking of our food is evolving.

Automatic shut-off. Including this function will guarantee that the food will not overcook, as once it is ready, it will automatically switch off, as if that were not enough, it helps us to save energy

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