Deep Fryers: Ratings of Sources
Editors of Saveur.com make doughnuts in an undisclosed number of deep fryers and say electric models are better and safer than pan-frying. Overall, nine models are recommended, including the Presto FryDaddy and the Waring Pro Professional.
Ganda Suthivarakom includes the Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor III Electric Fryer Cooker in a test of the best methods to fry a turkey. The test is focused on two different propane stoves using a Bayou stockpot for cooking outdoors. The Masterbuilt is used to compare traditional outdoor cooking to electric, indoor cooking methods. She says outdoor cooking is best for a perfectly fried, non-greasy turkey.
Amazon.com sells hundreds of home deep fryers for everyday use and for frying turkeys. Some models accumulate hundreds of owner reviews. We see some of the highest ratings for home fryers than for many other appliances we review, with many earning 4.5 star ratings and higher after hundreds or even thousands of reviews. This is a great resource for learning about how the deep fryers perform in real-world use and over the long term.
Of the more than 260 deep fryers available here, most are reviewed by at least a few users and a handful of models accumulate well over 100 posts. Hamilton Beach, Presto and Farberware are well-represented and get good overall ratings from customers.
Kmart.com has a few dozen deep fryers and a several earn an adequate number of reviews. As we've seen at other sites, deep fryers get very good feedback from consumers. Reviewers also can say if they would recommend the deep fryer.
At this website specializing in kitchen products, top-rated deep fryers are made by Breville, Waring and T-fal. There are fewer reviews overall, but they are often detailed and thorough. Customers can indicate if they would recommend the product, and reviews can be sorted by the best type of food to cook in that particular fryer.
BedBathandBeyond.com carries a good selection of deep fryers, in particular, larger, professional-grade fryers. All have at least a few reviews, some have more than two dozen. Reviews tend to be thorough and reviewers can note if they would recommend the product.
HomeDepot.com is a good destination to find a variety of deep fryers of all types, but they get less feedback than elsewhere. Turkey fryers tend to get more reviews than smaller home deep fryers.
Unlike most reviews at ConsumerReports.org, this does not include a variety of products; rather, editors test only the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer. This article is free to the public, unlike most reviews which are available by subscription only.
MNN blogger Kimi Harris tests the T-fal ActiFry, which is designed to use less oil while still producing a deep-fried taste. She says her fries were successful but tasted different than regular fries. Still, her family liked the flavor. She calls the fryer easy to use, but wishes it didn't contain so much plastic.