Best Deep Fryers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 17, 2019
If you crave for the delicious chips or other crispy fried foods, a deep fryer will be a great investment. Read our review of the best deep fryers available and choose one that suits your needs most. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
YIELD
OIL POT CAPACITY
POWER / TEMPERATURE
CONTROLS
CONVENIENCES
FILTRATION
MATERIAL
EXTRAS
Warranty
 
PROS

The unit boasts Dual Motion technology for hands-free cooking. The automatic stirring paddle stirs the food for evenly cooked, ideal tasting results.

CONS

It doesn't switch off automatically. 

OUR VERDICT

If you are a busy person and want to enjoy hands-free cooking with ideally tasting results every time, the Tefal ActiFry is your perfect pick. The cooking can be done with little or no oil at all.

detailed parameters
YIELD

1 kg

OIL POT CAPACITY

N/A (cooking without oil is available)

POWER / TEMPERATURE

1400 W, Automatic temperature control

CONTROLS

On/off button, Digital timer

CONVENIENCES

Removable non-stick pan, Dishwasher-safe parts

FILTRATION

No filtration of evaporation

MATERIAL

Plastic body, Ceramic pan

EXTRAS

Dual Motion technology, ACTIFRY™ recipe app (available on iOS and Android), Paddle and spoon included

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The large viewing window lets you monitor food during cooking. You won't need to open the lid to check your food, so no oil splashes are guaranteed. 

CONS

The oil-pan is not removable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Vonshef deep fryer is compact, straightforward, quick, and easy to clean. The appliance takes up a very little countertop space, so it's an ideal choice for small kitchens.

detailed parameters
YIELD

~0.5 kg

OIL POT CAPACITY

1.5 L

POWER / TEMPERATURE

900 W, ~80 - 190°C

CONTROLS

Adjustable thermostat

CONVENIENCES

Removable frying basket with detachable handle

FILTRATION

No filtration of evaporation

MATERIAL

Stainless steel body with plastic parts, Aluminium oil pan, Stainless steel basket

EXTRAS

Cool-touch handle, Viewing window

Warranty

2 years

PROS
A unique elongated construction is perfect for deep frying a whole fish. It's designed to provide simplicity of use and hassle-free operation.
CONS
No oil filter available.
OUR VERDICT

Make your favourite crispy chips in the comfort of your home! This powerful and durable deep fat fryer will last you for years, cooking the food alternative to the one from restaurants.

detailed parameters
YIELD
1 kg
OIL POT CAPACITY
3 L
POWER / TEMPERATURE

2000 W, 130 °C - 190 °C

CONTROLS
Adjustable thermostat
CONVENIENCES
Removable oil container and non-stick pan for easy cleanup
FILTRATION
No filtration of evaporation
MATERIAL
Stainless steel
EXTRAS
Сool-touch handles, Detachable basket handle, Cool Zone technology, Power on and ready indicators, Rubber feet
Warranty
30-day seller guarantee
PROS

A multi-functional handle that sits tightly on top allows for lifting and lowering the frying basket and keeps hot food away from children's reach. A carbon odour filter blocks unpleasant cooking smells perfectly well.

CONS
A black glossy exterior isn't finger-proof.
OUR VERDICT

With this wonderful deep fryer, you can prepare a variety of delicious deep-fried food for a crowd. And without cooking smells! Larger/lower capacity models are also available.

detailed parameters
YIELD
1 kg
OIL POT CAPACITY
3 L
POWER / TEMPERATURE

2300 W, 130 °C - 190 °C

CONTROLS
Adjustable thermostat, Mechanical timer
CONVENIENCES
Removable non-stick inner oil pan, Detachable oil pot, Removable lid, Removable heating element
FILTRATION
Carbon odour filter
MATERIAL
Plastic body, Enamel pan and oil pot
EXTRAS
Power on indicator, Multi-function handle with lifting system, Safety interlock, Large observation window, 30-minute timer with light indicator
Warranty
1-year standard warranty / extra 2-year warranty
PROS

A small-capacity oil container makes this fryer highly energy efficient. Owing to its space-saving design, it won't take up too much space on a countertop. Also, you can take this handy appliance with you while travelling.

CONS
The basket handle can heat up during cooking.
OUR VERDICT

The Russell Hobbs deep fryer will be well suited for a small, two-member family that doesn't need large amounts of food at one meal, yet cares about healthy nutrition.

detailed parameters
YIELD
0.35 kg
OIL POT CAPACITY
0.9 L
POWER / TEMPERATURE

840 W, 80 °C - 190 °C

CONTROLS
Adjustable thermostat
CONVENIENCES
Removable oil container for easy cleanup
FILTRATION
Metal filter
MATERIAL
Plastic body, Stainless steel basket
EXTRAS
Power on indicator, External handle control
Warranty
1 year

Tefal FZ710840 ActiFry

For Hands-Free Cooking

If you ask us what company produces the most reliable and feature-rich deep fryers, we will undoubtedly answer “Tefal”. This brand is a real beast on the market of kitchen appliances with many years of successful experience. So, we are confident in the quality of the Tefal FZ710840 ActiFry.

It’s an extremely versatile air fryer allowing you to cook everything from chips and chicken breasts to sweet treats like doughnuts. And the feature that makes it particularly unique is the Dual Motion technology. The ActiFry is the only air fryer that is designed with a stirring paddle that continuously stirs ingredients. Plus, the automatic stirring paddle is designed not only to bring you hands-free cooking but also to evenly cook everything from curries to stir fries. It circulates the hot air inside the cooking chamber for perfectly even results. And the best part is that the cooking is done with little or no oil at all - many frozen products already contain it.

So, if you want to enjoy hands-free cooking and ideally tasting results, the Tefal ActiFry is here for you. Stuffed with the latest technology, it will allow you to receive evenly cooked fried meals every time. 

Review of Tefal FZ710840 ActiFry Traditional Air Fryer

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

VonShef 13/181 Compact

Mini Cooker for Mini Kitchen

Reasonably priced, the VonShef deep fryer has quite a lot to offer.

First things first, it has a durable construction. Its sleek housing is made of high-grade stainless steel and the inner pan features a non-stick coating, which facilitates its cleaning. On top of the fryer, there's a large viewing window through which you can check on the cooking process without a need to open the lid and expose yourself to oil splashes.

Secondly, the fryer is compact in size and requires little space on a countertop. This makes it a sound choice for tiny kitchens. Obviously, smaller size means smaller capacity. The fryer offers 1.5 L which is enough for a couple (max three people).

Finally, with only one large knob on the front, this deep fryer is very easy to use. By rotating the knob, you can choose the desired temperature setting in the range from 0 to 190 degrees C. The unit features handy illustrations above the knob that show you how much temp/time is needed for different ingredients.

Wrapping things up, we could definitely recommend this sleek-looking fryer for small families and small kitchens. It’s compact, straightforward, quick, and easy to clean, so you get everything you'd need in a deep fryer.

Review of VonShef 13/181 Compact Deep Fat Fryer with Observation Window

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Quest 3-Litre

Economical and Reliable

If you regularly use different kitchen appliances, you probably know that the materials used for their production are very important. Basically, the service life and operating efficiency primarily depend on the materials used. And if you need an ultra-reliable kitchen appliance, take a closer look at the Quest deep fat fryer.

Although it costs a fraction of other big names, it looks nothing like flimsy cheap appliances. The thing is that it’s manufactured from robust stainless steel. Therefore, the cooker is highly resistant to external corrosion and extremely high temperatures, which makes it ideal for everyday frying purposes. An inner basket is also made of durable steel material. Additionally, it has a non-stick coating for fuss-free cleaning.

A removable oil container deserves the particular attention. It’s fitted with an easy-to-hold cool touch handles that can be also removed after use and cleaned. To simplify maintenance even more, the manufacturer has designed the fryer with Cool Zone technology. This handy feature ensures that all the pieces that might fall out of the basket during cooking won't get burned and contaminate the oil. This way, you won’t need to change oil that frequently. So, if you need an economical and reliable appliance to treat yourself and your guests to delicious home-cooked chips, the Quest fryer is a sensible choice.

Review of Quest 3-Litre Deep Fat Fryer

 

Tower T17002

Extra Large

Quite many devices designed for stir-fry cooking are not very easy to clean up afterwards. So, when choosing a deep fryer, always consider how easy it is to maintain. 

Designed with your comfort in mind, the Tower T17002 home deep fryer offers an easy maintenance and a hassle-free cleanup. The model is fully dismantled, meaning you can clean each of its parts separately.

To further simplify the cleaning, the manufacturer has designed a frying basket with a non-stick coating that prevents food debris from burning. But the area where the Tower T17002 particularly shines is odour blocking. It is equipped with a carbon odour filter that neutralizes unpleasant cooking smells and prevents them from entering your kitchen. Hence, this fryer offers a much less intrusive way to cook your food.

As for operation, this deep fat fryer boasts a large control panel with a mechanical timer and an adjustable thermostat. This very model has a 3.0-litre capacity, meaning there’s ample of cooking space, even if you’re going to treat your big family to crispy fries, shrimps, onion rings, fish or sweets. However, if you really need to feed the crowd, you can get an extra-large 6-litre model. A truly excellent fryer for those who often host parties!

Review of Tower T17002 Deep Fat Fryer

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Russell Hobbs Compact

For Small Families

If you have a small family or live alone, we see no reason to spend the extra money and extra countertop space on bulky kitchen appliances. Sounds like you? Then this compact deep fryer might be right up your alley. Russel Hobbs, a well-known British manufacturer of household appliances, created this little deep fryer specifically to satisfy the needs of single users. Yes, it’s small and, yes, it’s mighty!

The device has a 0.9-litre oil capacity that is enough to deep fry up to 350 grammes of food per one go. Though this capacity might seem small to fry a whole chicken, but for cooking chips, chicken sticks, nuggets, onion rings, small corndogs, and lots of other treats, it’s just perfect. Also, it’s worth mentioning that despite its small capacity, this model offers a wide range of operating temperatures, allowing you to experiment with a variety of deep-fried recipes (it’s sufficiently powerful to deep fry some frozen foods).

All the things taken into account, we couldn’t highly recommend this Russel Hobbs small cooker for couples or those individuals who live alone and need a compact deep fryer for fast and delicious results.

Review of Russell Hobbs Compact Deep Fryer

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

What Is a Deep Fryer?

If you are a creative cook who likes restaurant-style chips, chicken wings, and other crispy fried foods, you should definitely opt for a deep fryer. It is a simple kitchen appliance which significantly facilitates the process of deep frying. Moreover, it cooks much healthier food in comparison with pans. To specify, the food contains less cholesterol. The secret is that at high temperatures the food does not absorb the frying fat. This frying fat only envelops the food, forming a crispy crust that is so "hot" among adults and children. But the abilities of deep fryers are not limited only to the famous chips or chicken wings. You can deep fry almost anything! Vegetables, cheese, poultry, meat, seafood, fish, fruit? No problem!

But if you want to cook healthy and nutritious food without oil, then our suggestion is to pay attention to air fryers.

What Features to Compare

Oil Pot

Probably the most important feature to pay attention to is an oil pot capacity. The pot can contain from 0.5 litres to 5 litres of oil. It goes without saying, that the greater the capacity of the pot is, the more servings you can dish up. For example, if you want to deep fry 5 servings of chips, it is advisable to choose a model with a 2.2 - 3 litres pot capacity.

As for the shape, a pot can be circular or square. Respectively, a mesh basket for ingredients (which is immersed in an oil pot) will also be of the same shape. Note that if you plan to cook various meat or fish dishes, you should choose a square deep fryer in order that loaded food does not lose its shape. The next point to consider is a special non-stick coating. It is a great bonus as a non-stick pot prevents burning.

Power

The sooner you can get to frying, the sooner you can get to eating. And it is the power that predetermines the cooking time. Pay attention that the fryers with little oil pot capacity (for example, 1- 2 litres) do not require high power (800- 1500 Wats will be enough). On the contrary, if the capacity is more than 2 litres, it is advisable to consider 1500-1800-watt devices.

Cleanup and Filtration

Every kitchen appliance requires care and cleanup. So, removable parts are a great advantage. Moreover, some models have a removable pot which can be even washed in the dishwasher. As for the main heating element, there are models with immersed or non-removable ones. Consequently, deep fryers with immersed heating elements can be washed under running water. As for the models with non-removable heating elements, it is advisable to wipe them with a sponge.

Some fryers have a unique feature "cold bottom" which helps reduce the temperature of the bottom and prevent food from burning. The process of cooking is always accompanied by the release of odours and smoke. Thus, manufacturers equip almost every fryer with special filters in order to avoid spreading of odours around the kitchen. Such filters may be removable or non-removable, as well as single-layer and multilayer. The most effective ones are multilayer carbon filters which have several protection layers. Furthermore, if you plan to use the fryer constantly, we suggest paying attention to models that have oil purification filters. These filters will allow you to use the same oil 10 times and, accordingly, will greatly save your money.

Operation and Conveniences

The next important features to pay attention to are Operation and Conveniences. These two options may significantly affect your choice. For example, some models are equipped with digital displays in order to control modes, temperature and cooking time. Whereas, there are models with mechanical control type. Considering mechanical models, you can only set the oil heating temperature. What is more, some deep fryers are paired with a special timer that will let you know when your dish is ready. How does it work? The fryer will beep and shut off the heating element. For those who like to watch the cooking process, most models have a viewing window in the lid.

So, having found out what to look for when choosing a deep fryer, we hope that you will find the best model according to your purposes. Good luck!

Sources:

1. Kristen Hicks How to Choose the Best Deep FryerCompactAppliance.com. March 21, 2016.

2. Mike Plotnick 6 Tips for Choosing a Deep FryerStaples.

3. Kelly Burgess Deep Fryer Buying GuideConsumerSearch. November 8, 2016.

4. Your Guide to Buying a Fryer for Your KitcheneBay. March 3, 2016.

5. Lisa Swickard How to Use a Deep Fryer, Leaf.

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Publish Date: 2017-06-15 08:59:46