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Last updated: June 19, 2020

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Finding the time to cook every single day can be hard for people. If you don’t have the time, or simply don’t have the experience or skills, cooking can be a major chore. There are, however, a variety of kitchen devices and appliances that can make cooking easier for people who are not kitchen savvy. A deep fryer is one of many great options.

A kitchen appliance that is growing in popularity in Canadian homes, these great kitchen gadget can fry foods quickly and effectively. There are a lot of models on the market, and while the differences are often subtle, it is still important to know what they are. The below shopping guide will help you familiarize yourself with some of them so you can make the best purchase possible.

Key Facts

  • A deep fryer is a small appliance used to fry different foods. They are attractive because they allow for a more even cook and do not stain as much as when you cook with a frying pan.
  • There is a wide offer of deep fryers on the Canadian market. While the majority present similar features, they also do have differences. It is important for you to know the characteristics of the model you want to buy.
  • Always ensure the price you are paying for your deep fryer is commensurate with the features it offers you. Sometimes a particular brand name can be enough to raise your price without really getting much in return.
  • The size of the deep fryer is another key aspect that you should consider. You don’t want to end up with a model that’s too small for your family and yourself, nor too big. In the latter case, this will lead to an unnecessary energy and oil waste.

The best deep fryers on the Canadian market

You need to know what’s out there, and what different fryers offer in order to get the best value for your money. This is why in the below section we have put together a list of the five best deep fryers on the Canadian market at the moment. Each one is different in its own way, while all of them offer value for money.

T-Fal – FR800051 EZ Clean Deep Fryer

T-Fal is one of the most respected name in deep fryers and their FR800051 EZ Clean Deep Fryer is one of the most popular on the market. With this product you get professional-tier deep frying with T-Fal’s fantastic immersive heating element. Capable of holding up to 3.5L of oil, it can fry up to 1.2 Kg of food at a time. Importantly where deep fryers are concerned, this is an incredibly easy appliance to clean, with all of its removable parts being totally dishwasher safe. You get 1700 watts of power for great, golden, deep fried results every single time.

This device works quickly so you don’t have to do much waiting around for your delicious results. Another great feature of T-Fal’s EZ Clean is that is has an automatic filtration system built in that stores oil for future use. The stored oil can then be used up go 15 times so you are making the most of your fry oil. An advanced oil heating system ensures optimal frying temperatures, which mean you foods stay in the fryer less time, and are therefore healthier for you and your family.

Hamilton Beach – 35033C 3-Litre Oil Capacity Deep Fryer

Hamilton Beach is another great name in deep fryers and their 35033C 3-Litre Deep Fryer has an extra large capacity for those big family events and get togethers. The large, deep basket allows you to feed a large crew no matter the occasion. It comes with large rectangular stainless steel basket and a sixty minute digital timer, as well as a breakaway grounded cord for safe frying. What’s more, the lid and basket are 100 per cent removable, so cleaning up is easy.

Hamilton Beach also provides you with an unbeatable 5-year warranty, so you can fry with confidence. This fryer weighs 3.9 kilograms, so it is easy to take with you and transport wherever you need it. One particularly nice feature of this fryer is that food can be lifted out of the oil while the lid is closed, so you minimize the amount of oil splatter many people associate with deep fryers. A terrific product for the price and the features you get.

Krups – KJ502D Professional Stainless Steel Deep Fryer

Krups has been making kitchen and food appliances for years, and their KJ502D Professional Stainless Steel Deep Fryer would make a great addition to any foodie’s kitchen. Capable of handling 4.5L of oil and 2.6 pounds of food, this fryer is meant to feed a lot of people. The separate frying baskets (1 large, and 2 small) allow you to fry different foods at the same time, cutting down on your overall fry time. This product is also dead easy to use, with the 4 preset functions that automatically control temperature and time for consistent results every time.

If you don’t like the presets, or want more control, you can always switch to manual mode for more controlled deep frying. This product is nice because it comes with a large viewing window that allows you to check on your food’s progress safely. One common dilemma when purchasing a deep fryer is reservations surrounding odour and smell, but Krup’s KJ502D Professional Cooker’s built-in odour filter allows you to cook without worrying about smelling up the house.

Presto – 05411 Granpappy Deep Fryer

Presto’s Granpappy Deep Fryer is a deep fryer built for simplicity. It is a basic, bucket-style electric fryer that sits nicely on your counter top without taking up a ton of space. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, the durable cast aluminum’s anti-stick finish and safe, skid-proof rubber feet are high quality. 1500 watts of power give this fryer all the juice it needs to efficiently fry your food to ensure less frying time and healthier eating.

This product comes with a slotted scoop for easy removal of your food, a snap-on lid that makes storage easy, and a magnetic safety cord to give you peace of mind while you’re frying. Just six cups of oil (which you can reuse) is needed to get perfectly fried chicken, french fries, vegetables, and whatever else you might desire. Once you’re done, the non-stick surface is a snap to clean. A great, entry-level fryer that packs a big punch for the price.

Habor – Air Fryer

Habor’s Air Fryer takes air circulation frying to a whole new level. If you haven’t heard of air frying before, it is where a device uses comparatively little oil, combined with rapid hot air circulation, to cook food safer, and generally healthier. Less oil means healthier food, so this is a great option for people who want the crispiness of a deep fry, without having to consume all of the fats. Best of all, there are 7 presets that make cooking all of the most common and delicious deep fried foods super easy.

This appliance is digital and gives you full control over your fry. Another great feature of this product is that it automatically powers off when you are done with your cook. The detachable basket is easy to clean, and the cool touch handle means you don’t risk burning yourself when removing it. If you have never experienced food cooked with 360 degree air circulation as opposed to oil (giving you food that contains 80 percent less fat), then the Habor Air Fryer definitely deserves a try.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about deep fryers

In the last section you learned about some of the great fryers on the Canadian market and their most enticing features. Now you know what’s out there and have the necessary information to make a great purchase when the time comes. Before you pull the trigger, however, there are some other aspects to keep in mind, and we’ve laid them out in the following section.

housewife buying fryer

You can find oil-free fryers that not only fry, but also roast, bake, or simply keep your food warm. (Source: Iakov Filimonov: 116392004/ 123rf.com)

What is a deep fryer exactly and how does it work?

As you have already been educated on, deep fryers can be used to fry a wide range of foods. They are quite easy to use: simply fill the fry container(s) with oil, plug it in, and adjust the temperature.

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The resistor inside the fryer heats the oil, allowing it to fry food.

Is it better to use a deep fryer or a frying pan?

People generally consider fried food to be done in either a frying pan or a fryer. The answer to which is better depends on the context, but many people mistakenly think that a frying pan is better. Pans create more dirt, are easier to burn yourself on, and tend not to fry things as easily. A frying pan does tend to give you less greasy food, however.

Is it better to fry with or without oil?

You might ask yourself the question after having discovered our selection of the best deep fryers on the market. As you know by now, you can buy a model that uses oil or not. The use of oil fryers is very simple: simply put oil in its container and let it heat to fry food. You can naturally regulate the temperature.

On the other hand, fryers that don’t use oil can certainly fry your foods, but can also roast, bake, and reheat your food. This is accomplished by 360 degree hot air circulation inside the container. Below is a table laying out the main advantages that come with using each type of fryer:

Advantages of oil fryers Advantages of air fryers
They cook faster. Foods are fried better. The food is crunchy. They are more affordable. You don’t have to spend money on oil. They are healthier. They don’t emit odours. They are easier to clean.

How should I take care of the oil in my fryer?

One of the key elements to get the most out of your fryer is the oil you use. This is, of course, the essential ingredient. This is why we have provided some important tips to keep in mind in order to achieve optimal results.

  • Temperature: It is recommended not to exceed 170 or 180 degrees. Remember that oil can produce different substances harmful to your health if is it heated too much. You’ll know that your oil is burning if it smokes.
  • Food: Always fry dry food. Also keep in mind that frozen food will decrease the temperature of the oil, so you might have to temporarily increase it.
  • Oils: Sunflower oil is the most common oil used in deep fryers, although olive and other seed oils can be used. Take care not to mix different kinds of oils, and don’t mix old with new oil.
  • Batter: If you make your own batter, add a spoonful of water or milk to the egg. This will help the food absorb less oil, while giving it a crunchier texture.
  • Changing the oil: It is time to change your fryer’s oil when it has thickened, foamed up, smells terrible, or has become dark.
  • Recycling the oil: Oil is a major pollutant, so don’t just throw it down the sink. The best thing to do is to take it to a designated collection point. If you must, you can put it in a bottle and them throw it in the garbage. While this is certainly not the best way to get rid of used oil, it is better than dumping it down the sink.
HealthLink B.C.

“The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes eating foods like olive oil.”

What is the best frying temperature?

Cooking in a deep fryer also requires that you take into consideration the temperature of the oil. Some models come with preset cooking temperatures, which means the temperature is set automatically by the device. Other models have temperature settings that you must set manually.

A rule of thumb when deep frying is that is almost always better to go with a lower temperature setting than a higher one. Your food will take a bit longer to fry, but the oil won’t spoil as much and you will be able to use it longer. Foods that are in the fryer longer, however, will tend to contain more fat.

Air fryer machine with chicken and french fried

The temperature you choose to cook your food is very important. (Source: Wilawan Khasawong: 107041834/ 123rf.com)

What are interesting features of deep fryers?

There are a wide range of different fryer specifications that you might find useful. You should be aware of these when making your purchase so you get the best product for you. We have detailed these features below.

  • Cold zone: You don’t have to spend too much time thinking about this when buying a deep fryer, as they are pretty standard nowadays, but you should know what it is/does. The cold zone is used for storing food scraps, helping prevent flavours from mixing, and your appliance from emitting a range of different smells.
  • Self-cleaning system: Certain models also have a self-cleaning mode. You’ll still have to clean the pot by hand, unless it is dishwasher-safe.
  • Anti-odour filter: Some deep fryers feature anti-odour filters. While these filters generally do a good job of cutting down on odours, there will always be some smells that escape your fryer.
Yuki OkaBiology Professor at the California Institute of Technology

“The desire to eat salt is the body’s way of telling you that your body is low on sodium. Once sodium is consumed, it takes some time for the body to fully absorb it. So, it’s interesting that just the taste of sodium is sufficient to quiet down the activity of the salt-appetite neurons, which means that sensory systems like taste are much more important in regulating the body’s functions than simply conveying external information to the brain.”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of deep fryers?

Having this small household appliance at home naturally offers many benefits. You will need to consider several important features if you are going to get the right one for you. We have already familiarised you with a few of them, but you will find out more in the last section of the article. Before we get to that, have a look at the primary pros and cons of deep fryers:

Advantages
  • Affordable and easy to use
  • Time-saving appliances
  • Safer than frying pans
Disadvantages
  • You have to learn to use the appliance well
  • They are more expensive than frying pans

Shopping Criteria

Our shopping guide is coming to a conclusion, but we can’t end it without analysing a few other key aspects. It is very important that you keep these criteria in mind when shopping for a deep fryer if you want to end up with a product that makes sense for you and your needs. They are:

Size

The size of the deep fryer you are interested in is important because it dictates how many people you can cook for at the same time. Size translates into cooking time, oil economy, and how much energy is used. The below table can help you choose a deep fryer in this regard:

Size Capacity
Small Its capacity is a little over one litre and is ideal for up to four people.
Medium Its container can hold between 1.5 and 2.3 litres, allowing you to cook for four to six people.
Large It offers the largest capacity – between 3 and 4 litres – and is perfect for families with up to eight members.

When you factor in size, consider how many people are in your family and how often you will be using the appliance. What you think you are most likely to cook in your fryer is also part of the equation.

Cleaning

One of the most important aspects of owning a deep fryer is keeping it clean. For starters, you are going to need to clean the outside of the device after every fry. This is not complicated, however. Just wipe it down once with some soapy water, and then again with just water, making sure it is fully dry. You should do a thorough clean of the inside every time you replace your oil. Many models can be fully disassembled and machine washed, which makes cleaning very easy.

Spicy potato chips or wedges cooking in a deep fryer in a close up view of the hot bubbling oil and wire metal basket

It is almost always recommended to choose a lower temperature – 160 degrees – over higher temperatures – 180 degrees. (Source: Andreadonetti: 97315207/ 123rf.com)

Lid

Try to buy a deep fryer that features a glass lid through which you can see inside. This will prevent you from having to open and close the appliance to see how your frying is going. Keep in mind the temperature will drop each time you open the lid. Glass lids cook your food faster, but also ensure it is cooked at the correct temperature.

Power

It is essential that you evaluate the power of your deep fryer and opt for a model that offers between 1,500 and 2,000 watts. The size of your fryer will determine how much power it uses/puts out. Generally the larger the capacity, the more power that is required to cook your food. If you don’t choose the appropriate power setting, your fryer will take longer to complete a fry, and what you’re cooking might come out overcooked, rather than nicely fried.

Filters

All fryers need a filter to keep the oil cleaner for longer. Certain models also feature another very useful option: anti-odour filter. We’re sure you can imagine how annoying it would be to have your home smell like a fast-food restaurant every time you use your deep fryer. Filters ensure this doesn’t happen, and are important features of most fryers.

Other features

There are other characteristics that you may want to pay attention to. You should ensure your deep fryer has a decent thermostat and timer. Cool wall/handle features are also nice because they make sure you don’t burn yourself if you accidentally, or purposely touch the outside of the appliance. Models with removable containers that allow you to easily get rid of leftovers are nice options.

Summary

These easy-to-use and clean devices are a great option for people who want to be able to fry food quickly and efficiently. The market for these products in Canada has grown considerably in recent years, and they are now more affordable than ever. Knowing what you are getting for what you are investing is essential to making a smart purchase. Some offer features that you are unlikely to use, so know what you need in order to stay within budget.

Additionally, you should always be certain the model you’ve chosen is sufficiently big enough to handle cooking for your entire family, while being easy enough to clean that owning and using it is not a hassle. Whenever possible, always opt for models that come with temperature control, odour filters, timers, and cool wall/handle technology. Finally, always buy based on your needs.

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(Source of featured image: David Kadlec: 86581862/ 123rf.com)

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