On average, a deep fat fryer will hold around 1 to 1.5kg of food at any one time.
1kg will likely do around four side-portions of chips, which is enough for a small family. Those which are larger may be better for other foods, such as chicken when it is going to be the main focus of a meal.
You always need to fill the fryer up with oil when it is in use, even if you’re only cooking one portion compared to the four it can usually hold. Most models will require at least one litre of oil.
The larger the oil capacity, the larger the food capacity usually is, but this isn’t always the case so double check both stats.
The best deep fat fryers will have a removable basket which can be lifted completely out of the oil to drain all of the excess off. You want to ensure that the basket is strong, and comes with a good handle, which makes it easy to lift.
- Viewing Window – This will help you check on the progress of your food without having to lift the lid, which improves safety and cooking times
- Cool Walls – As you can imagine, oil gets very, very hot. You ideally don’t want any of this heat transferred to the body of the device, especially if you have kids knocking around, so look for a product which will remain cool to touch on the outside should any accidents occur
- Lockable Lid – These will be harder to open than rival models, as you’ll have to press a button or release a catch. Great if the device is knocked over, or you want to be double-sure that no splashing oil will escape
- Odour Filter – There is no denying that frying can be a bit smelly. A model with an odour filter will ensure the smell doesn’t escape the four walls of the fryer, and also that there is no taste left behind in the oil if you use it a couple of times. Check to see if the filter is washable, too
Cool wall – Look for a deep-fat fryer with insulated walls to protect you – and any little ones – from the heat generated by cooking.
Removable or foldable basket handle – Some fryers come with basket handles which can either be removed or folded away, meaning that they take up less space in your cupboard when being stored. On some, this mechanism also doubles as a rise-and-fall feature, allowing you to close the lid before lowering the basket of food into the oil.