Where will you store your deep fryer? Some deep fryers have an attractive stainless steel finish that makes it suitable to leave out on a countertop. But if you're an infrequent fryer, you probably don't want an unused appliance taking up valuable counter space. Measure your available space and choose a deep fryer that will fit in it.
Do you enjoy different cooking methods? A few deep fryers have features that make them useful for multiple purposes. The T-fal ActiFry, for instance, can make risotto and a variety of other foods, while other fryers double as steamers or boilers. If you like to experiment, choose a deep fryer with a little versatility.
Will you reuse the oil? Whether you want to recycle or just save money, you'll probably want to use the same oil at least a few times. Opt for a deep fryer with built-in filtration or a drainage system that can be easily configured with your own filtration method, so you can store the oil for later use.
Deep-frying is one cooking method that's often criticized for introducing added fats into many foods. However, they can be useful for families on special diets; those who eat gluten-free, for example, can't eat many of the pre-breaded foods available at restaurants. And home deep fryers aren't likely to fade into the background. More versatile and innovative options that improve the healthfulness of fried foods are expected to hit the market in the near future. Whether that means you use a healthier oil for cooking or bread your own chicken and fish -- or even use a deep fryer that requires no oil at all -- owners with specific needs and preferences have lots of alternatives.