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Deep fryers in general are not only popular in the catering industry these days, but also for many in the home as they are able to prepare food quickly due to the high temperatures. Mini deep fryers are easy to store, do basically the same as a normal size deep fryer and are, as the name suggests, small. For these reasons, they are also suitable for domestic use.

With our big mini deep fryer test 2021 we want to help you find the best mini deep fryer for you. In our comparison, we have compared the cold zone mini fryer, the hot air mini fryer and the traditional mini fryer with their advantages and disadvantages. This comparison should make your purchase decision easier.




Summary

  • The traditional mini deep fryer and cold zone mini deep fryer allows you to quickly prepare especially frozen foods by simply adding oil to the fryer and dipping the desired food into it.
  • The hot air fryer, as the name suggests, uses hot air and requires almost no oil or fat to prepare the food.
  • Mini deep fryers should have a temperature regulator, as heating the oil above 170 degrees produces acrylamide, which is harmful to health.

The Best Mini Deep Fryer: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Mini Deep Fryer

What is a mini fryer?

Basically, a mini fryer is the same as a normal sized fryer. It will put fat into the fryer, which will then bake the food you want for you. The difference is simply that the mini fryer, as its name suggests, is smaller than a regular size fryer and consequently has a smaller capacity.

A mini fryer comes with a maximum capacity of 1.5 litres. The normal size deep fryers, on the other hand, have a capacity of 3 to 4 litres. However, deep fryers used in the catering industry can also have a capacity of 30 litres.

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The deep fryer makes your food nice and crispy. (Image source: unsplash.com / Wine Dharma)

Mini deep fryers are more energy efficient than regular size deep fryers due to their size and are also commonly used in the home for making fries as they help to make them very crispy.

What to look for when buying a mini deep fryer?

When buying a mini fryer, depending on the essential features you want it to have, your personal preferences are also important, i.e. what you want to bake with the mini fryer or for how many people (capacity) the preparation of your food is intended.

For example, the power of the fryer determines how quickly the food is baked. When buying, it is advisable to make sure that the deep fryer has a lid, otherwise all the oil will most likely stain the kitchen. There should also be a temperature regulator so that the food is not baked above 170 degrees, as this leads to the formation of acrylamide, which is a substance that is harmful to health.

If the oil is heated above 170 degrees, acrylamide can be formed.

It is also advisable to make sure that the container of the mini fryer can be removed and that the fryer has a non-stick coating, which ensures that as little food residue as possible is formed during frying.

Another tip is to make sure that the mini deep fryer is made of stainless steel when you buy it, this makes it easier for you to remove the fat when cleaning. A stainless steel deep fryer is also often used in the catering industry.

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With the right fryer and preparation, you can give your fries the same great taste as in a restaurant. (Image source: unsplash.com / Henk Op 't Einde)

How much does a mini fryer cost?

The prices of a mini deep fryer can vary greatly depending on what features it has, what material it is made of or how many watts it comes with. Prices range from 20 to 115 euros. It also depends on the type of mini deep fryer.

Type price
Traditional approx. 20-50 euros
Cold zone approx. 30-50 euros
Hot air approx. 60-115 euros

Of course, there are also much more expensive alternatives, especially for cold-zone fryers, which are often used in the catering industry. In our comparison, however, we have only looked at deep fryers for domestic use.

What is the alternative to a mini deep fryer?

If you don't have a deep fryer at home yet, but you really want a similar taste to the deep fryer in your food, there is also an alternative. All you need is a large pot and a deep-frying basket or something similar.

If you already have this to hand, pour the required amount of oil into the pan, heat it up and simply place the food in the basket in the pot. However, make sure that the oil does not heat up too much. It is advisable to use a medium heat. It is best to remove the fried food with tongs.

What Types of Mini Deep Fryers are there and which is the right one for you?

If you have decided to buy a mini deep fryer, you can choose between 3 alternatives.

Type Feature
Traditional Heats the oil completely. Food is immersed in the fat during preparation.
Cold zone heating element sits directly in the fat. The oil rises when heated, sinks back down at the edges of the container and cools.
Hot air food is prepared with hot air, which means that hardly any oil is needed.

These 3 alternatives all have their advantages and disadvantages, of course. In the section below, we will go into more detail about the strengths and weaknesses of these alternatives to help you choose the right mini fryer for you.

What distinguishes a traditional mini deep fryer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With the traditional or classic mini fryer, you simply put fat into the fryer and heat it until it is liquid. Then you simply put the food to be baked into the fryer. The food cooks relatively quickly due to the high temperature.

Many people think that traditional deep fryers are very easy to use and that the food gets nice and crispy. They are also said to provide a more intense flavour. Most classic mini deep fryers can already be purchased for relatively low prices.

However, there are also many negative aspects of the traditional mini deep fryer, because a large amount of fat is used, which is not healthy. In addition, food residues can form on the bottom, which then burn. This leads to the formation of harmful substances. In addition, an unpleasant smell can arise in the kitchen when using a mini deep fryer.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Intense taste
  • Quick preparation
Disadvantages
  • High fat content
  • Unpleasant smell
  • Leftovers burn on the floor

What are the characteristics of a cold zone mini deep fryer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Cold zone fryers work differently from traditional fryers. The heating element in the cold zone fryer sits directly in the oil or fat. The oil rises as it heats, cools and falls back down the walls of the container where it collects under the heating element.

The cold zone deep fryer only works between 50 and 70 degrees, which is why food residues do not burn at the bottom of the cold zone deep fryer. As the oil is not heated at too high a temperature, no harmful substances are produced. As with the traditional deep fryer, the intense flavour of your food is not lost.

However, the cold zone deep fryer also has its disadvantages. As described above, the heating element is located directly in the oil, which means that it has to be cleaned every time, which is an additional expense. In addition, cold-zone deep fryers are generally somewhat more expensive to purchase.

Advantages
  • Low temperature
  • Does not form acrylamide
  • Intense flavour
  • No burning on the bottom
Disadvantages
  • More expensive to buy
  • Time-consuming cleaning

What are the characteristics of a hot air mini deep fryer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The hot air mini fryer is much healthier than the traditional fryer because it uses hot air instead of fat.

Hot air fryers are a healthier alternative to traditional fryers.

Since the hot air fryer hardly uses any fat, there is also no unpleasant odour and cleaning is easier.

However, the frying result is said to be not as good as with a traditional deep fryer, as almost no oil is used here and this affects the crispiness and the intensity of the taste. In addition, the hot air mini fryer is usually a little more expensive to buy and does not have as much choice.

Advantages
  • Low-fat preparation
  • Healthier alternative
  • No unpleasant odours
Disadvantages
  • No intense taste
  • Limited choice
  • Relatively expensive

Buying Criteria: These are the Factors you can use to compare and evaluate Mini Deep Fryers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible mini deep fryers.

The criteria you can use to compare mini deep fryers include:

Capacity

Mini deep fryers are usually designed to prepare food for 3 to a maximum of 4 people. Anything beyond that would usually be a regular deep fryer. The capacity for the oil/fat is between 0.5 and 1.5 litres. If you are thinking of buying a deep fryer to cook for one person, 0.5 litres would be quite sufficient.

Power

The power of the deep fryer and the capacity are closely related, because the larger the capacity, the greater the power of the mini deep fryer must be. Thus, the power depends on the frequency of the oil that is used. It is recommended that the fryer has at least 850 watts with a capacity of one litre. If the capacity is less than one litre, the power may be less.

Timer/temperature control

Since overheating the oil can lead to the formation of harmful substances, it is recommended that the mini deep fryer has a temperature controller. As mentioned in the previous sections, the oil should not be heated to over 170 degrees, as this can lead to the formation of acrylamide.

For this reason, this is an important criterion that should be taken into account when buying.

Window

A viewing window does not necessarily have to be present in a mini deep fryer, but will certainly help you to observe the progress of your food and thus to take it out at the right time. However, if the fryer has a temperature controller, this should not be a problem.

Perhaps the viewing window is an additional criterion that can help you when it comes to deciding on the right mini fryer.

Fondue set

Some of the mini fryers come with a fondue set, which is suitable for frying pieces of meat with hot oil or preparing the Swiss dish where pieces of bread are dipped into the melted cheese. It can also be used to prepare a chocolate fondue. So if you are a fondue fan, it is best to make sure that the mini fryer includes a fondue set.

Dishwasher safe

Certainly not the whole fryer will be dishwasher safe, but if you can remove the inner containers of the fryer and put them in the dishwasher, you will save yourself a lot of cleaning effort. Deep fryers are actually very time-consuming to clean, as the containers or heating elements should not contain any food residue or grease, they need to be cleaned thoroughly. It would therefore be a plus point if as many parts of the deep fryer as possible can be dismantled and placed in the dishwasher.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of Mini Deep Fryers

How do I clean a mini deep fryer?

The cleaning process of a mini deep fryer can be quite time-consuming, even if the mini deep fryer comes with a non-stick coating, the fat and food residues that settle in the deep fryer cannot be completely prevented.

If the container of the fryer can be removed, this should be the first thing you do. Before you start cleaning, you should dispose of the fat by wrapping it in paper when it has cooled down and throwing it in the residual waste.

Afterwards, simply unplug the mini fryer and clean the interior thoroughly with hot water and washing-up liquid. In the next step, you can add vinegar cleaner to the water and rinse the fryer with it. Finally, just let the fryer dry before using it again.

"Grease should not be disposed of down the drain as it can clog the sewage pipes in the house."

What oil is suitable for a mini fryer?

You should make sure when using the mini deep fryer that you use the right oil which is not over heated, otherwise it can produce acrylamide which is very harmful to your health, to prevent this you should not deep fry at more than 170 degrees. Therefore, when buying a mini deep fryer, it is advisable to make sure that it has a temperature regulator.

Below we have listed the oils that are suitable for use in the mini fryer.

  • Palm oil
  • Refined olive oil
  • Coconut oil

However, you can usually buy extra frying fat from the supermarket, which is often used in the catering industry.

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Olive oil is a healthier alternative for use in the deep fryer as it contains large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids. (Image source: unsplash.com / Juan Gomez)

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