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The 10 Best Fryers - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every fryer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 287 fryers, 378 reviews and 456 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.

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#4 in Fryers
HD9621/45

Philips HD9621/45

0.8kg
Single
1,425W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Feb 2016
Release Date
  • $361.92
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#5 in Fryers
HD9622/45

Philips HD9622/45

0.8kg
Single
1,425W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Feb 2016
Release Date
  • $379.40
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#12 in Fryers
SD6080

Swan SD6080

2.5kg
Single
1,800W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Nov 2015
Release Date
  • $44.57
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HD9641

Philips HD9641

0.8kg
1,425W
Sep 2016
Fryer Food Capacity
Power
Release Date
  • $502.61
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HD9621

Philips HD9621

0.8kg
Single
1,425W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Feb 2017
Release Date
  • $402.15
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Fryer Buying Guide

Fryers use very hot oil to cook food quickly and thoroughly - the food is quickly cooked by the hot oil, often resulting in a crispy outside, but a tender inside. Most people connect home fryers with chips - allowing you to easily recreate the crispy, fluffy chips found in restaurants and cafes. However they can be used for many other different types of food, including fish, vegetables, samosas or chicken. Due to the high temperatures involved in the cooking procedure, modern fryers have significant safety features to minimise the chance of accidents, and contain pre-set modes for the most commonly-cooked foods.

Capacity

All our fryers have a food capacity, measured in kilograms. The larger the capacity, the more food you can cook in one go - this may be especially useful for large families. However larger fryers also have a significantly larger footprint, and so will take up more counter space in your kitchen.

Power Levels

All of our fryers are given a power level, rated in watts. The higher the wattage, the more power the fryer has. This translates to faster and more efficiently cooked food, but also to higher electricity bills. Fryers tend to be quite power hungry, so it may be prudent not to automatically buy the device with the highest power - a good mid-point between power and cost-efficiency is important.

Low Fat & Air Frying

While traditionally deep fat frying has been seen as an immensely unhealthy form of cooking, there are several healthier options available. Low fat fryers are specially designed to use less oil than standard fryers, meaning the resulting food has a lower calorie count, and is therefore healthier. Under these systems a single teaspoon of oil will suffice for an entire portion of chips, so the calorie count can be a mere fraction of what it would be using a traditional method.

A growing section of the healthy frying market is so-called ‘air’ fryers - a range of cookers that use superheated air to fry the food instead of oil. Because they use very little or no oil (some models use a very small amount of oil to 'kick start' the air heating) the resulting food is far lower in calories and fat. Indeed, tests have shown that with a 300g portion of chips, airfrying reduced the calories from 717 to 576! Also, because they don’t use oil you don’t have to worry about disposing of the used frying oil - which makes them far more ecologically friendly as well.

Generally speaking these low-fat and air fryers are more expensive than their traditional counterparts. However, given how much lower in both calories and fat the resulting food is, the health benefits may far outweigh the extra expenditure.

Easy-to-Clean

Finally, given that even the healthiest fryer produces a lot of grease and mess, it is a good idea to clean the fryer after every use. Therefore it may be helpful to check that your chosen model is marked as easy-to-clean, meaning that it has been designed for stress-free cleaning. Some models even have parts that are safe to put in the dishwasher, making them extremely easy to clean and take care of.

Fryer Retailers, Prices and Features

Fryer Prices

In total we found 23 fryers ranging from $0 to $430. A new fryer costs on average $124 and 80% of fryers are priced between $0 and $379. The most expensive fryer that we found is the Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 at $430, and the cheapest is the DeLonghi PremiumFry at only $0.

Fryer Brands - Price Range

The average price of Philips fryers is $78 which is the highest average price of all fryer brands. Philips fryers start at and the most expensive Philips fryer costs $379.

Cuisinart fryers range in price from $64 to $64, and the second highest average fryer price out of all brands is Cuisinart fryers with an average price of $64.

Tefal fryers start at and the most expensive Tefal fryer costs $430. The average price of Tefal fryers is $54 which is the third highest average price of all fryer brands.

Fryer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 13 expert reviews and 314 user reviews for fryers available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of fryer. Sage is the top rated fryer brand with an average rating of 89%. Tefal is the second best brand with 89% and Princess is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Fryer Retailers

The biggest fryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 13 current fryer offers from eBay. The second biggest fryer retailer is Overstock with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 6 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to fryers. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.

When Are Most New Fryers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new fryers. March was the biggest month last year for new fryers, with 24 new fryers released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new fryer releases was July, with 27 new fryers released that month. In 2014 most new fryers were released in September, with 21 new fryers released that month.

How Fast Do Fryer Prices Drop After Release?

On average fryers drop in price by 13% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $3 on a typical $25 new fryer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Fryer Food Capacities

This denotes how much food the fryer can hold at once, measured in kilograms.

Across the range of fryers, the fryer food capacities range from 0.3kg to 15kg. The fryer food capacities of the majority of fryers range from 0.94kg to 1.3kg. The Henny PennyPFE-500 has the biggest fryer food capacity. This fryer is a 14kg Fryer food capacity fryer and is available at $0.00. The fryer with the smallest fryer food capacity is the Henny PennyPFE-500, which is a 0.35kg Fryer food capacity fryer and is on sale for $111.69.

The bigger the capacity of the fryer, the more food can be cooked at once.

Powers

This is the power level of the fryer, measured in watts.

Across the range of fryers, the powers range from 200W to 6,500W. The powers of most fryers range from 1,200W to 1,600W. The Frifri1905 Duo Fil has the biggest power. This fryer is a 3,200W Power fryer and is priced at $0.00. The Frifri1905 Duo Fil, which sells for $33.67, has the smallest power and is an 840W Power fryer.

Generally speaking, a higher power level means that the fryer will be more powerful, heating the oil to higher temperatures faster, and cooking the food more efficiently so that it doesn't spend as much time sitting in the oil, meaning it will be (somewhat) healthier.

Biggest Fryer Retailers

The biggest fryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 13 current fryer offers from eBay. The second biggest fryer retailer is Overstock with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 6 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to fryers. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Fryers?

With the cheapest price on 11 fryers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest fryer retailer.

Proportion of Fryers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest fryer prices (found to be cheapest for 84.6% of its fryers).

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