Waring Pro DF280 Professional Deep Fryer Review

Bottom Line

Reviewers say the Waring Pro DF280 Professional Deep Fryer seems as if it is built with commercial-quality components, and its stainless steel finish makes it look as if it belongs in a professional kitchen. It has three baskets in two sizes for cooking various quantities and combinations of food. Its 2.2-pound capacity is sufficient for families of four, most say. Owners say the Waring Pro DF280 heats up quickly and produces fried foods that are cooked evenly and thoroughly. Digital settings and a 60-minute timer give the user complete control.

ProsEasy to use, Nonstick interior, Convenient pour spout, Accommodates one large or two small baskets, Digital temperature control; 60-minute timerConsRequires a lot of oil

Breaking it down


Versatile multi-basket design. The Waring Pro 3-Basket Deep Fryer's capacity of 2.2 pounds is ideal for families who need to fry larger quantities. It earns particular raves from owners who love the option of using one large or two small baskets. This enables you to fry larger quantities of one food or smaller quantities of two different foods at once. With an 1,800-watt heating element, the fryer heats up quickly and maintains temperatures well, many note. A few owners complain that it takes an entire gallon of oil per use, but, with proper handling, the oil can be reused a few times.

Ease of use

Easy to use and clean. "A built-in spout makes it easy to pour out used oil, and the nonstick interior makes cleanup a cinch," say editors at Saveur magazine about the Waring Pro DF280 Professional Deep Fryer. Owners agree, with most saying it's very simple to use and cleanup is quick because the oil container is removable and dishwasher-safe. Basket handles stay cool to the touch, reducing burns and eliminating the need to use bulky oven mitts. Users also love that the baskets hook on to the sides of the DF280 for draining food without drippy transferring of ingredients. This Waring deep fryer features a 60-minute timer and a thermostat with an easy-to-read display.


Stainless steel finish for restaurant-style quality. Owners say Waring Pro DF280 Professional Deep Fryer has a "commercial-style feel," and its rugged, stainless steel finish looks great sitting on the kitchen counter. Although a few post complaints about units that are defective right out of the box, or that fail after just a few uses, the Waring Pro is backed by a one-year warranty and, overall, we read very few complaints of breakage or failures with this home deep fryer.

Our Sources

1. Saveur.com

Fearless Frying, Judy Haubert, March 14, 2013

Editors say the Waring Pro 3-Basket Deep Fryer is "the one we turned to most often in our donut testing." Among nine recommended deep fryers, the Waring Pro offers a few standout features, including a nonstick interior for easy cleanup and a pour spout for discarding excess oil.

2. Amazon.com

Waring Pro DF280 Professional Deep Fryer, Brushed Stainless, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

More than 700 owners review the Waring Pro 3-Basket Deep Fryer at Amazon.com, where it earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Users love being able to choose between one large or two smaller baskets for cooking varying quantities and frying different foods simultaneously.

3. ChefsCatalog.com

Waring Pro 3-Basket Deep Fryer, DF280, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of November 2015

The Waring Pro 3-Basket Deep Fryer gets 4.8 stars out of 5 after more than 80 owner reviews and all but three say they would recommend it. Users rave about its performance and ease of cleaning, as well as its large capacity.

4. BedBathAndBeyond.com

Toaster Ovens, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of November 2015

Owners at BedBathandBeyond.com give the Waring Pro an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 in about 35 reviews; 86 percent would recommend it to a friend. Users say it's easy to use and clean, and they love the dual-basket setup. There are a few durability complaints.