TEFAL Oleoclean Pro FR804040
Seen by many as the best deep fryer there has been, Tefal has packed in the technology to help make frying a breeze.
The 3.5L oil capacity makes it an ideal purchase for any small family kitchens, as it will be able to get all of the food done at once without you spending ages batch cooking.
If you’re worried about your fryer guzzling oil and it becoming your biggest weekly expenditure, then the Oleoclean’s patented filtration system will be music to your ears. It automatically drains and filters your oil for future use, and all you need to do is switch the dial. It will be drained into the storage box through a filter, ready for use again and again.
This keeps it clean most of the time, but when you want to give everything a freshen-up and clean the lot, it is easy to fully dismantle so you can get to every nook and cranny. The bowl, lid, frying basket and oil box are all dishwasher safe, so if the grime has built up, you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing away with your Marigolds on.
You may also be worried about your home smelling like a takeaway when you’re done, but the anti-odour properties mean that no smell is released at all. No need to get the cooker hood whirring at full blast, then.
The actual results of the fried food are brilliant, and you can pick it up and carry it using the handles in case you need to move it to another spot in the kitchen or pop it away in storage.
- Oil Capacity: 3.5 litres
- Food Capacity: 1.2 kg
- Features: Digital display, viewing window, oil filtration
- Dimensions: 34 x 29.5 x 42.1cm
- Automatic oil filtration
- Window in lid to keep an eye on cooking
- Great capacity
- If we are being picky, the lead is only 0.9m long
We can see why this is the best-seller - it has all the features you could want, and the self-cleaning factor is bound to appeal to absolutely everyone
A clean, modern white finish and handy features such as a timer and temperature control make this De’Longhi deep fat fryer a really user-friendly model.
We loved a couple of things about this fryer, which made it stand out. Firstly, the basket can be lowered into the oil when the lid is closed to protect from any splashes, and then lifted up again without opening it.
It is more compact than De’Longhi previous fryers, yet you still get the same amount of room which shows design has really improved and it is well worth getting the latest model.
The anti-odour feature will help keep your home smelling normal, and it is washable so will always work at its best. Other components are dishwasher-safe, so there is little effort taking care of it.
It isn’t rated easy-clean, so it is a little messy getting the old oil out when the time comes. The tank isn’t removable, and there is no pouring spout. But if you keep on top of this, the dirt shouldn’t build up.
- Oil Capacity: 2.4L
- Food Capacity: 1.5kg
- Features: Viewing window, timer
- Dimensions: 26 x 41.5 x 29cm
- Clean design
- Dishwasher safe components
- No ‘power-on’ light - only an indicator to tell you when the temperature has been reached
To say it is one of the lower priced fryers yet so highly rated means it is worth the little bit of a faff it takes to get cleaned
Breville Easy Clean Digital VDF108
The perfect size for smaller households, this fryer can hold food up to 1kg in capacity, so is perfect for chips as a side dish, mozzarella sticks as a snack or doughnuts as a sweet weekend treat.
A built-in timer will help prevent any burnt food, and you can also set the temperature using the variable controls, so whether you like everything a bit more well-done or on the lighter side, you can get that fine balance.
There is a removable bowl for easier cleaning, and all of the other removable parts are also dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing away.
It is one of the more compact and cupboard-friendly shapes and sizes of those we reviewed. This is great if you’re going to be tucking it out of the way in between uses. It heats up to temperature in good time, and you get good instructions which show you how to cook some of the basic foods in case this is your first time using a deep fryer.
- Oil Capacity: 2L
- Food Capacity: 1kg
- Features: Viewing window, variable temperature, easy clean, safety locking lid
- Dimensions: 26 x 36.5 x 28cm
- Timer and temperature select
- Dishwasher safe components
- Removable bowl
- Viewing window can steam up when in use
On the basic side but still a brilliant amount of features, and pleasantly easy to use
LOGIK L30PFS12 Professional
If you don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount on your air fryer because it will be an every-so-often appliance, then this Logik is a top budget pick.
It is nice and user-friendly to use, with a side handle for easy movement and a removable basket. The handle of this basket is removable so that you can take it apart for easier storage. When it comes to the cleaning, the oil basket is also removable so you can empty this, clean it out and refill with fresh oil when it is starting to look a little old. All of the removable parts are dishwasher safe, so you can easily get the grime off.
You get an adjustable thermostat which allows you to cater the frying power to the food you want to cook. In terms of extra features, this is pretty much all you get, but if you don’t feel like you need an extra fancy bit of kit and just want something which gets the job done, it is an ideal price.
- Oil Capacity: 3L
- Food Capacity: 1kg
- Features: Adjustable thermostat, power cord storage
- Dimensions: 40.5 x 22.7 x 24.7cm
- Cool wall exterior
- Can dismantle it to clean fully
- A little cumbersome to store
Simple, basic and yet effective - the perfect fryer if you don’t want any fuss
Sage’s range of small kitchen appliances is constantly winning high praise from us and reams of other reviewers. This professional-level fryer is no different, and perfect if you want something Smart which can take the guesswork out of cooking.
It uses this Smart technology to adjust the cooking times and temperatures depending on what you are cooking, without you having to change a thing manually. You can still do this, however, if you prefer to have more control.
Seven pre-set functions will help you out if you want to cook any speciality food. Restaurant quality twice fried chip, calamari, and doughnuts are just three of these options, and you also have the power to create your own setting if you have the timing and temperature of cooking your deep-fried risotto balls down to a tee.
It is also smart when it comes to maintaining the quality of the oil. Any debris falls into the cooler lower parts of the oil thanks to CoolZone technology, which helps to reduce burning and increases the time between batch changes.
There are also all of the other high-end specifications in place, from a viewing window and a cool touch outer to a timer, adjustable thermostat and defrosting capability.
It is definitely a deep fat fryer for the serious cooks out there. Settings such as a Calamari pre-set rather than, say, a deep fried chicken one show it isn’t just any ordinary appliance. But it will appeal to anyone out there who likes their speciality food and has a taste for the finer things in life.
- Oil Capacity: 4L
- Food Capacity: 1.2kg
- Features: Timer, thermostat, defrosting, viewing window, easy clean, CoolZone
- Dimensions: 27 x 25 x 52cm
- Packed with features
- Easy to use
- Simple cleaning
- Instruction book is a bit hit-and-miss - isn’t always clear how to get the process to the next stage
Just as with most other Sage products, this is a high-end appliance which takes things up a level. Not for everyone, but worth the money if it appeals
TEFAL Easy Pro FR333040
Thanks to an adjustable thermostat and dial controls, your fried food can be cooked absolutely perfectly for your tastes in the Tefal Easy Pro.
The bottom area of the oil, under the basket, is kept cooler than the rest, so any loose crumbs float down into this part and prevent the oil from burning, which in turn could damage the taste of your food.
Oil is quick to heat, as the heating element is completely immersed in the oil. This means you’ll have less time waiting around for it to get up to temperature, and can get dinner served much quicker.
You get a removable enamel bowl for when the oil needs replacing, and all parts except the heating element are dishwasher safe for when the stubborn grease needs to be removed. If you find that any parts need replacing, Tefal promise that they are cheap and easy to find, so you can replace them to extend the life of your fryer rather than buying a new appliance. This makes it great value for money and perfect for anyone who hates the throwaway appliance culture we live in.
It doesn’t really fold down to store, as the handle would be in the oil, so just bear this in mind before you buy.
- Oil Capacity: 3L
- Food Capacity: 1.2 kg
- Features: Adjustable thermostat, viewing window, CoolZone technology
- Dimensions: 54.5 x 23 x 26.7cm
- CoolZone technology reduces frequency of oil changes
- Fast heating
Simple to clean and a fantastic price, it is perfect if you want that typical deep fryer vibe without the difficulties they come with
TOWER Easy Clean T17002
One of the best for large capacity cooking, this Tower model is thermostatically controlled to achieve the perfect level of crispness that your heart desires.
You can lift and lower the basket with the lid on the appliance thanks to the practical lifting system, which helps reduce accidents and keep you safe from splashing oil.
An observation window lets you peek at the progress without opening the lid too, and when you do want to lift the lid to get the food out, you must press a button to release it, meaning it can’t be done accidentally which is great if you have little ones around.
There is a carbon filter which helps keep both smells and smoke to a minimum, which should leave your home smelling just as it did before the frying commenced. When it comes to cleaning it all, you can remove the inner pan to make emptying the old oil out a breeze. Do be aware that the parts aren’t dishwasher safe though, so you’ll have to do the scrubbing by hand when the time comes.
- Oil Capacity: 3L
- Food Capacity: 3kg
- Features: Adjustable thermostat, anti-odour, safety precautions
- Dimensions: 25 x 49 x 25.4cm
- Lid closure and safety
- Quick to heat
- All comes apart so easy to clean (by hand)
- Gets a bit hot on the outside
One of the best if safety is your biggest concern when bringing a deep fryer into the home
TEFAL FF220040 Mini Fryer
If you want something small both in size and capacity, this mini fryer is ideal for getting the job done without being too cumbersome.
Say you just want something which can fry desserts or the occasional snack as opposed to a whole few portions of chips or loads of chicken, it is the perfect size without being too excessive. You still get a load of the usual specifications, such as a viewing window and adjustable thermostat, too.
The carrying handle helps when moving the fryer around your kitchen, whether you want to pop it back into storage or like to move it from one bench to another to keep it on display. It looks sleek and modern and is no fuss to clean either.
- Oil Capacity: 1L
- Food Capacity: 0.6kg
- Features: Adjustable thermostat, viewing window
- Dimensions: 31.5 x 28.2 x 37cm
- Perfect compact size - only slightly bigger than a toaster
- Easy cleaning
- Clear instructions
- Basket has to be removed from the fryer to store as lid doesn’t close otherwise
Ideal for one or two portions or late-night snacks
Swan is one of the best brands around for making high-quality yet affordable kitchen products, and this one is a handy traditional fryer which doesn’t break the bank.
It has plenty of room to help feed the whole family, yet isn’t ridiculously bulky and awful to deal with. With variable temperature options, you have a great amount of control over the end result, and it also has safety cutout and overheat protection to help protect you and your home when cooking.
Things seem to be a little flimsy, and it is very lightweight, but not so extreme that it ruined the cooking experience. It is also best for a smaller family due to its capacity. But overall, we were as happy with it as those which retail for well over twice the cost.
- Oil Capacity: 1.5L
- Features: Cool touch handle, variable temperature
- Dimensions: 24 x 21.5 x 20.5 cm
- Heats in a nice time
- Can be a bit hard to bring the basket out or rest it on the side
A nice price and back to basics, which is good if you just want an easy to use fryer which does the job
Russell Hobbs Maxi Deep 24570
An attractive deep fryer which certainly wouldn’t be an eyesore if left out on your kitchen counter, this model is also very good at the job at hand.
An effective odour filter will allow you to deep fry fish without the house smelling like your local chippy, and it will also reduce the smell in the actual oil so you can cook churros the next day without them tasting a little bit off.
There is a viewing window which lets you keep on top of the process, and non-slip feet will ensure the appliance remains firmly in place, which is important for keeping everyone safe.
There’s a lack of a removable bowl, timer or dishwasher safe components, but you do get an adjustable temperature option and safety cut out indicator.
- Oil Capacity: 2.5L
- Food Capacity: 1kg
- Features: Viewing window, odour filter
- Dimensions: 22.2 x 29.5 x 31.1cm
- Odour filter
- Matches some other small Russell Hobbs appliances in style
- Bit tiresome to thoroughly clean
Despite the lack of a few features, it is still an affordable product which is easy to use, and it has enough technology packed in to make it a pleasant experience to use