The Best Air Fryers for Home Use – Healthy Deep Frying

If you are looking for a way to fry up potato chips, chicken wings, pastries, and other delicious snacks, but want to avoid using the massive quantities of oil that typical deep fryers utilize, then one of these three air fryers should be on your shopping list. With trusted brand names and high-quality engineering, each of these fryers ensures that you can eat healthier without sacrificing the delectable taste of fried foods.

Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology

There aren’t many product types where both consumers and reviewers give the title of “best on the market” unanimously to one product alike. The Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology is one of the few products to accomplish the feat. Ask anyone with considerable experience with air fryers about what product you should purchase, and the Philips HD9230/26 is almost guaranteed to be their first or second recommendation. Powerful, efficient, and large enough to meet the average consumer’s frying needs, the HD9230/26 is well worth the money.

Philips says that the HD9230/26 yields 1,425 watts of power, which results in faster cooking time than you get with most other fryers on the market. The temperature can reach a maximum of 390 degrees. The “Rapid Air Technology” mentioned in the product name allows for quicker circulation of hot air, which only expedites the cooking process further while also ensuring delicious, evenly cooked food. In other words, with the Philips HD9230/26, you ensure great taste and crispiness and get faster cooking speeds, all while using 70% less oil than the average deep fryer.

In addition to cooking quickly and healthily, the HD9230/26 also just makes every step of the frying process easier than its market counterparts. There is a double layer cooking rack, which allows for more “surface area” than you usually get elsewhere. According to Philips, the result of this extra surface area is that you can cook up to 1.8 pounds of food at a time—a decent amount for any party, if not the highest capacity on the market.

Add an intuitive digital touchscreen—perfect for the smartphone generation—and dishwasher-safe parts, and the HD9230/26 is an easy-to-use, efficient option that will suit just about any buyer looking for an air fryer. The one con is the price, which, at around $300 here, is more expensive than almost every other air fryer on the market.

GoWise USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer

Another air fryer that pops up quite frequently on lists of the best air fryers on the market, the GoWise USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer is a good beginner’s choice for air fryer buyers. At less than half the price of the Philips (available at this listing for just over $100), the GoWise 8-in-1 is a smart choice if you are just trying out air frying for the first time and aren’t sure exactly how frequently you plan on using your appliance.

Interestingly, the GoWise 8-in-1 is more powerful and higher capacity than the Philips HD9230/26. The fryer can provide 1,500 watts of power and holds up to 2.5 quarts of food—or more than five pounds. The size makes the GoWise 8-in-1 and ideal machine for more demanding frying needs.

However, if you choose this appliance, you will need to be careful when selecting the cooking temperature and setting the time. Some buyers indicate that the GoWise is actually too powerful and sometimes cooks faster than expected. The timer, meanwhile, is finicky and too easy to reset, which can result in users accidentally burning food.

The best thing about the GoWise 8-in-1 is the eponymous presence of eight preset cooking functions. With presets for preparing commonly fried foods (chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, other meat, and cake, plus a warm-up function) the GoWise 8-in-1 has a generous learning curve that makes it easy to use for first-time fryers.

Homeleader Oil-less Air Fryer HLK58-004

Though not as popular as the Philips or GoWise fryers, the Homeleader Oil-less Air Fryer HLK58-004 is a worthy product if you are willing to venture a bit off the beaten path. The big selling points to this fryer are the price (frequently on sale here) and the fact that it uses no oil at all. While both the Philips and the GoWise fryers use minimal oil—especially compared to standard deep fryers—this product from Homeleader is one of the few fryers on the market that is genuinely oil-less.

Instead of using oil or water for broiling and frying, the HLK58-004 uses steam and hot air to cook foods. While it might seem like such a cooking method would be less effective, reviewers and consumers alike have generally been impressed with what the HLK58-004 can do for frying, broiling, roasting, grilling, and baking.

The food tastes good, and the more “natural” cooking method results in healthier fat-free frying and less grease to clean up later. Homeleader also says that, because the HLK58-004 uses no oil, it creates virtually no odors during cooking—a plus for smaller or less well-ventilated kitchens.

Probably the biggest drawback with the Homeleader HLK58-004 is that the appliance just doesn’t look that impressive. The Philips HD9230/26 and the GoWise 8-1 are both very sleek, modern devices that look great on the counter. In comparison, the Homeleader looks a bit clunky, with no digital touchscreen or timer (there’s a wind-up timer, instead). If you don’t care about aesthetic, though, or are looking for the healthiest fryer on the market, then the HLK58-004 is a solid and affordable option.

The Best Turkey Fryers – 3 Recommendations for Turkey Frying

Whether you are planning to try out a twist on the usual Thanksgiving dinner, or simply want to continue a long-held holiday tradition of deep-frying your turkey instead of oven roasting it, any of these three fryers will do the trick. Traditionally, turkey fryers have been outdoor appliances, not unlike grills or smokers.

However, there are turkey fryers on the market that support indoor use—ideal if you live in a cold, snowy place. After all, the idea of standing outside in the frigid weather while everyone else stays inside enjoying Thanksgiving Day football is no one’s idea of fun. I have included the best of both indoor and outdoor turkey fryers, to suit your needs and preferences.

Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer

If there is a consensus choice for the best turkey fryer on the market, this fantastic indoor use appliance is the one. Bearing a sleek, stainless steel design, the Masterbuilt 23011014 will match nicely with your other kitchen appliances. The Masterbuilt 23011014 comes in two different sizes—large (which can fit up to a 14-pound turkey) and extra large (which can accommodate a 20-pound bird)—going for $99 and $119 respectively (see here for latest pricing).

Those prices are, comparatively, a bit high on the spectrum of different turkey fryers. However, you get what you pay for with this machine.

With 1,650 watts of power and a porcelain-coated interior, the Masterbuilt 23011014 is powerful enough to heat the oil to suitable frying temperatures and insulated enough to maintain the heat for even cooking.

Every holiday season, you surely see the Butterball turkeys in the supermarket, and this appliance doesn’t bear the Butterball name by accident. On the contrary, Butterball collaborated with Masterbuilt to design and market this turkey fryer, so you can rest assured that the unit will cook your turkey in a satisfying and tasty manner. Masterbuilt also advertises the 23011014 as a multi-function unit that you can use for frying seafood, onion rings, and other goodies, making it a versatile all-purpose indoor fryer.

If there’s a drawback to this model, it’s that it uses a fair amount of oil and, therefore, doesn’t result in the healthiest fried foods. Masterbuilt says that the 23011014 uses 33 percent less oil than the average fryer, but if you are looking for low-fat frying, you will still probably want to look elsewhere. For further details on this fryer, you can read my full review.

Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer

Char-Broil is a huge name in the grilling and frying world, so it’s no surprise that their oil-less outdoor turkey fryer is one of the best turkey fryers on the market. As a top Amazon.com seller with 4.5 stars out of more than 800 customer reviews, the Big Easy TRU-Infrared model is a big hit. The $99 price tag is attractive to many buyers, as is the fact that the fryer uses no oil at all—not only saving calories but also eliminating the extra cost of buying gallons of oil for every cooking job. Not having oil also makes this fryer easier to clean and safer to use than other options on the market.

The question many buyers ask is this: how can a fryer not use oil? And if it doesn’t use oil, is Char-Broil’s Big Easy really frying the turkey at all? For this model, Char-Broil used propane-fueled infrared technology to cook the turkey. Obviously, the taste and texture of a turkey cooked with infrared are not quite the same as that of a turkey fried in oil.

As a result, some purists won’t like the Big Easy, which could be classified more accurately as a roaster-fryer hybrid than as a traditional fryer.

With that said, if you are looking for an affordable outdoor fryer that cooks meat evenly and reliably, and that delivers a much healthier (but no less delicious) result than oil fryers, the Char-Broil Big Easy is a worthy investment.

Bayou Classic 1118 32-Quart Stainless Steel Turkey Fryer

At $99, the Bayou Classic 1118 32-Quart Stainless Steel Turkey Fryer is (at first glance, at least) in a similar price range to the Char-Broil Big Easy model discussed above. The main difference is that, where the Char-Broil fryer is an oil-less fryer, the Bayou Classic 1118 is a traditional outdoor fryer.

Frustratingly, Bayou Classic tends to sell their fryers and their propane cookers separately, which means that the 1118 is actually just a piece of stainless steel cookware. You’ll need to drop another $40 or $50 (see here) to pick up the cooker, which makes the Bayou Classic 1118 a more expensive option than any of the other fryers on this list.

The good news is that, with Amazon.com, it’s easy to buy the 1118 stainless steel cookware and a compatible propane burner together. And while you will spend more to get both pieces of the fryer, what you get in return is certainly high quality. The stainless steel fryer itself is beautiful and durable, with a 32-quart capacity that will be more than sufficient for most turkeys. The cookware also comes with a perforated basket (perfect for steaming corn, veggies, or lobster) and skewers (ideal for frying chickens instead of turkeys).

The versatility makes the Bayou Classic 1118 a more all-purpose fryer, but make no mistake; this is a brand dedicated to providing juicy, crispy fried turkey, and that’s what you will get with this product.

If you want an outdoor fryer, but want a more traditional approach than you’ll get from the Char-Broil Big Easy, then the Bayou Classic 1118 will do the trick nicely.

Our Secura Triple Fry Basket Fryer Review

Whether you regularly cook for a large family or just like to have your friends over for get-togethers, the 1700W Secura Triple Basket Fryer is a solid choice. This fryer is popular with those looking to create delicious fried foods in their own homes, from traditional foods such as chicken and fish to more experimental fare such as candy bars and macaroni and cheese. The main reason for the Secura’s popularity is its large cooking capacity; it is also simple to use, easy to clean, and is moderately priced.

The Baskets

Most deep fryers feature a single basket with a limited capacity of up to a liter of oil, restricting the amount of food you can cook at one time. One of the main things that set the Secura Triple Basket Fryer apart is its large capacity.

Multiple baskets give the Secura a definite edge when it comes to convenience, especially when you’re cooking for many people at once. There are three baskets for frying, so you can cook a large amount of food at once, even different types of foods. The fryer has one large basket and two smaller ones so that you can cook a large batch of food and a couple of smaller snacks or sides at the same time.

The basket handles attach easily to the wire baskets, making it easy to lower the food into the hot oil as well as lift it out when it’s done cooking. In addition, you can hang the cooking baskets on the edge of the fryer while you’re prepping the food, then lower the baskets into the oil when you’re ready to cook.

Another nice thing about having three separate baskets is the ability to cook foods with different cooking times together. Instead of having to plan exactly when to put each food into the oil, or guessing and risking under- or overcooking one of the foods, you can set separate timers for separate baskets. This makes frying multiple snacks at once a breeze, even if you’re cooking for a crowd. Whether you’re preparing food for a lot of people or want to cook multiple courses at once, this fryer is your answer.

Other Features of Note

The Secura Triple Basket Fryer offers several other features that make it an excellent choice for any home cook.

  • Quick heating: The powerful 1700W element heats up your oil quickly, so there’s no sitting around and waiting as with other fryers that heat up more slowly.
  • Splatter-safe lid: Oil splatter is almost always an issue with any fryer, but the Secura addresses the problem with a splatter-protecting lid that fits over the top of the fryer. The lid features slots that accommodate the basket handles and a see-through window so you can keep an eye on the progress of your food without taking the lid off (wiping a little oil on the window will prevent condensation from clouding your view). The lid is a good safety feature, but do be aware that it does not lock into place, so use caution.
  • Timer: A timer that can be adjusted up to 60 minutes controls the heating element. This gives you enough time to complete all your cooking, and then the unit will shut off automatically when the time is up. Although you should make sure to turn the fryer off when you’re done, you can rest a little easier knowing that it will turn itself off after a set amount of time (just in case you forget).
  • Filter: The Secura Triple Basket Fryer has a carbon-activated filter, which reduces odors as you cook. This filter must be replaced every six months to keep it functioning optimally. Replacing the filter is easy and quick, and new filters may be purchased from Secura customer service.
  • Adjustable heat settings: Adjustable heat means that you can fine-tune your frying just the way you want it.
  • Easy cleaning: Cleaning the Secura Triple Basket Fryer is easy. When the unit is cool, lift out the heating element and control panel; remove the oil pot and pour out the remaining oil. Then you can separate the fryer into several pieces for easy washing.
  • Good value: The Secura Triple Basket Fryer features many of the same perks as more expensive fryers, but at a much more competitive price. That’s a nice perk in and of itself for those who want the convenience and fun of frying at home with a good quality fryer but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg.

A Few Cons to Consider

This fryer does have a few features that some buyers may consider drawbacks, depending on their cooking needs and preferences.

For starters, it comes with a very short power cord. The purpose of the short cord is to prevent injury, but if you want to use a longer extension cord with this fryer, you can. Just make sure the electrical rating of your extension cord is at least as great as the electrical rating of the fryer, and that the cord does not hang over the edge of the countertop where anyone who passes by might trip on it.

Also, if you’re looking for a small fryer that’s simple to use, this one may not be your best choice.

Final Assessment

The large capacity, separate baskets, adjustable heat, and ease of cleaning make this fryer a popular choice for buyers. All in all, the Secura Triple Basket Fryer is an excellent option for those who wish to cook larger batches of food (or more than one type of food) and are also looking for a good deal.

Krups Deep Fryer Review – Whats the Deal with the Krups KJ700

The Krups Deep Fryer is a high-powered appliance capable of making all of your favorite foods, from donuts to French fries and much more. It’s an especially great model for those seeking a simple way to prepare their favorites without the mess and the lingering odors of other deep fryers, as it features ventilation technology that cuts down on aromas.

Krups is a brand that is known for high-performance and efficiency, and though the Krups deep fryer can be on the expensive side compared to other models of deep fryer, buyers know that they will be receiving a great value with this appliance.

Product Features of the KJ700

  • krups deep fryer top viewA Larger Fryer: The Krups deep fryer is on the larger side compared to other deep fryer models, as it measures about 20 inches tall and weighs a little under 14 pounds. It is constructed out of solid plastic and stainless steel, which makes the deep fryer simple to clean and ensures the best possible results and the utmost in safety. Rest assured that you can cook plenty of food in the device, as it is capable of handling approximately 4.75 quarts of oil and a food capacity of about 2 pounds.
  • Timer Included: A 30-minute timer makes it easy for you to gauge how long your food has been cooking, which means that you don’t have to stand over the fryer while your food is cooking. Easily keep an eye on the progress of your favorite dishes, regardless of whether you are preparing meats, donuts, or anything else in the deep fryer.
  • Intuitive Temperature Gauge: The temperature in a Krups deep fryer is easily adjustable, with a range between 300 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature is also displayed in Celsius, an advantage that is sure to appeal to those buyers who aren’t used to cooking with the Fahrenheit system. It proves to be fairly simple to use. All users must do is adjust the temperature to the setting that they desire.
  • Simple Indicator Lights: Indicator lights are in place to tell you when the deep fryer is ready to use. Simply drop the food into the basket and proceed as usual to cook all of your food favorites. A transparent window in the deep fryer means that you can easily watch your food as it cooks while avoiding splatters, making it safer and improving the efficiency with which you can cook all of your favorite dishes.
  • Easy to Disassemble and Clean: The Krups deep fryer disassembles easily, making for quick and efficient cleaning and transportation.
  • Unique Ventilation Technology: The air carbon filter in the model equipped with ventilation technology also ensures that you minimize the number of odors that you experience while using the deep fryer, which makes for a more comfortable cooking experience and fewer lingering odors in your kitchen.
  • Cool Touch Handles: The Krups deep fryer also features cool-touch handles, which ensure that you can cook your favorite dishes with the utmost safety, reducing the potential for burned fingers in the kitchen.

Pros and Cons of the Krups Fryer

The Krups deep fryer’s number of features and the ease with which you can prepare your favorite dishes recommend it for many kitchens. Otherwise known as the “things I like and dislike” about this fryer.

  • Pro: With the Krups deep fryer, you will find efficient temperature control, which reduces the possibility of burned foods and ensures the perfect preparation of all of your favorite dishes.
  • Pro: The electronic timer makes it even simpler and more efficient to use.
  • Pro: Plenty of people will benefit from the Krups deep fryer’s ventilation system, and will quickly find that it does much to reduce the odors typically left behind in the kitchen by deep frying.
  • Pro: Increased visibility with the glass window and the fact that the appliance is easy to clean add to the list of pros with the Krups deep fryer.
  • Con: Perhaps the biggest downside of the Krups deep fryer over other models is the fact that it is a bit large, which means that storage of the appliance can be a bit of a problem for some owners.
  • Con: It also requires some knowledge of deep frying to get started, and has a little bit of a learning curve for those who are just getting used to this cooking style. This is not a deep fryer that is intended for experimental and beginner chefs.
  • Con: A slightly higher price point (around $399 retail) compared to other deep fryers means that it’s recommended for those who plan to use the deep fryer on a regular basis. However, I found mine for this test review on Amazon for only $218 at this listing.

The Final Verdict: Would I Buy It Again?

The Krups deep fryer offers many benefits, including safe and efficient cooking. The biggest advantage of the fryer beyond its number of features and solid construction is its ventilation system, which cuts down on lingering odors.

While it may not be the right deep fryer for beginners, those with at least a little bit of experience using deep fryers will be sure to enjoy the number of features that are included in the appliance. Easy cleanup and disassembly also ensure that the Krups deep fryer is as easy to use after you’re finished cooking as it is during cooking.

The bottom line, it’s a very solid fryer from a reputable company. One of the better ones I’ve tested.

Philips AirFryer Review – Does This AirFryer Work as Advertised?

Looking for a healthier but just-as-tasty alternative to deep frying? If so, then the Philips AirFryer may be just the product for you. Touted by the company as a product that fries without the oil, the Philips AirFryer can be used to fry, bake, grill or roast a range of foodstuffs. The system used in the Philips AirFryer retains the texture and the taste of fried foods without using all of the fat, making it an excellent alternative for those seeking a way to healthily craft everything from French fries and onion rings to fried chicken and much more.

The Philips AirFryer works by circulating hot air through the device with the help of the starfish-shaped ventilation mechanism at the bottom of the AirFryer. Only a small amount of oil is needed for nicely cooked foods of all different kinds. Additionally, excess fats from the food are drained during the cooking process, which leads to even healthier results.

Available Options to Choose From

The Philips AirFryer comes in many different size options and with a few different types of technology, making it easy for every chef to find the product that will work best in their kitchen. The standard Philips AirFryer is available in a regular size capable of handling 1.8lb worth of food, there is an XL version available that is capable of handling upwards of 2.65lb of food. Additionally, a digital version of both sizes is available, which integrates a digital touch screen for even easier use.

Philips AirFryer Features

The Philips AirFryer comes with many different features, dependent on the model that you get.

  • 30 Minute Timer: The basic model comes with a 30-minute timer as well as auto shut-off, which prevents overcooking of food and makes the fryer safer to use.
  • Dishwasher Safe: It also comes with dishwasher safe components, which makes cleanup much simpler.
  • Double Rack: Digital models of the Philips AirFryer come with a double rack, which allows you to cook even more delicious food.
  • Touchscreen Interface: Meanwhile, the touchscreen interface makes for even easier cooking, as it allows you to adjust the temperature of the AirFryer, to choose cooking times upwards of 60 minutes, and to choose many different preset cooking functions for all of your favorite foods.
  • Plenty of Accessories: The Philips AirFryer also comes with a number of optional accessories for even more cooking functionality. Opt for the AirFryer grilling pan, which features a non-stick ridged surface that allows you to prepare your favorite meats, fish, and vegetables quickly and easily in the device. The baking pan lets you prepare your favorite cakes, quiches, and other delicious baked goods in the Philips AirFryer as well. Meanwhile, with the double layer rack included with some models, you can easily prepare delicious skewers and kebabs, as well as increase the amount of items that you can prepare with every operation. All of these components are easy to clean and dishwasher safe, which makes cleanup a breeze.

Pros and Cons of the Philips AirFryer

Pro: The biggest pro of the Philips AirFryer above other models is, naturally, the fact that it can prepare a great number of delicious foods without the fat used in other deep frying methods. It is an alternative for those seeking a lower-fat method of cooking in their kitchen that doesn’t skimp on the flavor.

Pro: Fast cooking and quick cleanup times improve the functionality of the Philips AirFryer and make it a good choice even for those who aren’t as worried about cutting down on the fat and calories used to make their favorite foods.

Con: There are a few downsides to the Philips AirFryer. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the AirFryer simply because it uses a different cooking method than other types of deep fryer.

Con: Those who are accustomed to the cooking times required by traditional deep fryers will need to relearn how to prepare some of their favorite dishes to account for the oil-free cooking methods in the device.

Con: Additionally, cooking with the Philips AirFryer can sometimes be on the awkward side, especially when preheating is required for a recipe. Fortunately, these are both problems that are remedied with experience cooking with the AirFryer, and reviews for the product are positive.

The Final Verdict – Do the Cons Outweigh the Pros?

Above all else, the Philips AirFryer is the way to go if you are seeking a healthier method of cooking favorite fried foods such as chicken or French fries. Additional bits of functionality such as the ability to grill or bake in the Philips AirFryer add to its usefulness in the kitchen, and make it a well-rounded device that many chefs will be able to use on a regular basis for far more than they would be capable of with a standard deep fryer.

While it takes some time to learn how to use all the functions of the Philips AirFryer, it is well worth it to do so. Those who invest their time into learning how to use it will get great use from the AirFryer. For those who do plan to invest in the Philips AirFryer, it is well worth it to choose the digital model, and the XL model is the perfect option for those who will be cooking for larger families.

Bella Deep Fryer Review – As Good As Its Name?

With a range of sizes and a fairly affordable price point, Bella deep fryers have plenty to offer chefs. With these fryers, you can easily cook up professional quality fried chicken, donuts, onions rings and much more in no time at all. Bella deep fryers from Bella Housewares offer a fair amount of variety and features at a price point at or below average for appliances of this size and capability.

But are you really getting your money’s worth out of these products compared to other deep fryers on the market? We’ve taken a closer look at these Bella deep fryers to gain an accurate view of what you can expect, from their key features to the pros and cons of Bella deep fryers over other products.

Available Sizes

Bella deep fryers are available in several different sizes, making it simple for people to find the one that suits their needs. For those who only deep fry in small amounts, the 0.9L deep fryer option is a fine choice. However, there is not much middle ground between this and the larger deep fryer sizes, which come in at 3.5L and 4.5L respectively. Typically, Bella deep fryers are reported as having a great size capacity on the interior, capable of holding a large amount of food in comparison to the overall size of the appliance.

Key Features of the Bella

A range of features can be found on Bella deep fryers, enhancing their safety, their usability, and their efficiency. Common features on Bella deep fryers include an indicator light, which lets the user know when it is heated up enough to be ready to fry. Other factors include a breakaway power cord, which makes the fryer easy to transport, and cool touch handles that make the fryer safer to use, preventing potential burns. Adjustable temperature settings allow you to adjust your fryer to cook up different types of foods, quickly and easily.

Bella deep fryers have dishwasher safe components for easy clean up, including a non-stick basket. Some versions feature clear windows in the lid, allowing users to watch the progress of their foods as they cook while preventing splatters or splashes from the oil inside. Some varieties of Bella deep fryers contain odor control mechanisms inside the lid to limit the food odors that escape into your home.

While they don’t have as many features as some other deep fryers on the market, they offer enough to make them easy and convenient to use, to enhance their safety, and to ensure their efficiency and the cook’s comfort when using them in their kitchen.

Pros/Cons of the Bella

Price (Pro): One of the biggest pros of Bella deep fryers is their low price point compared to other models, as they tend to offer plenty of value for fryers within their range. Their stainless steel design and dishwasher safe components make them easy to clean, and a range of sizes makes it simple for users to find the right deep fryer for their needs. The enamel coated oil tank is also removable and easy-to-clean, enhancing the efficiency of their usage for owners.

Small Footprint (Pro): Larger capacity Bella deep fryers offer plenty of space for food when compared to their overall size. However, even smaller fryers offer plenty of space for food items. Its compact nature compared to its capacity makes it great for those with limited counter space, as well. Bella deep fryers are easy to store away once your cooking is finished, and the deep fryer has been cleaned up.

Takes a While to Heat Up (Con): However, users of Bella deep fryers have reported a few problems with the appliances. Some individuals report that their fryers take a while to heat up and do not heat up to the maximum temperature.

Power Cord Issues (Con): The magnetic connection for the breakaway cord may disconnect without warning from the fryer, which means users must pay attention to the cord while the fryer is in use. The cord also tends to be on the short side. Some flimsiness is reported in the basket, as well.

Some Learning Cure (Con): The way the fryer is set up also means that it is recommended for those who already have experience with these kinds of appliances, as there is a bit of a learning curve when learning how to use it.

The Final Verdict: Is It Worth It?

Bella deep fryers are great for those looking for an affordable, easy-to-use deep fryer solution for their kitchen. They offer a fair number of features that increase their safety, make them easy to keep clean, and that ensure they can easily be transported as needed.

Their low price point means they are affordable for virtually every cook, though this does come at the price of the product’s quality. Those seeking a home deep fryer for more consistent use may do well to invest in a more expensive deep fryer of more professional quality.

Overall, Bella deep fryers do deserve a recommendation for those seeking a product that offers consistent results. Consider the smaller sized Bella deep fryers for personal use, and larger sized 3.5L or 4.0L Bella deep fryers if you will be using them to cook for a larger family.

Still, I wasn’t too impress with the overall reliability of the Bella. The magnetic power cord issues were frequent enough to be annoying and the length of time it took to heat up was a bit problematic for cooking on the go. I’d recommend something like the T-Fal fryer (see review here) over the Bella. However, the Bella is priced at less than $40, much cheaper than the T-Fal and similar alternatives.

How to Make Deep Fried Zucchini – Deep Frying Zucchini 101

Deep frying is not for everyone – in this health conscious day and age, many people are steering away from consuming large amounts of fats or oils that they feel have a negative effect on the body – but, there is no doubt, that deep frying certain vegetables, does add a great deal of flavor as well as texture, and secretly, we all desire a bowl of crunchy, tasty deep fried yumminess!  Air Frying has increased in popularity as a healthier way to eat, but this poses difficulties in producing a great result in something like delicious battered and deep fried zucchini – not quite the same!

After hearing some good feedback on our deep fried pickles walk-through, we wanted to go over how to deep fry zucchini as well.

About Zucchini

Zucchini, or ‘courgettes’ as they are known in some parts of the world are inexpensive, full of flavor, easy and fast to home-grow, and with a multitude of uses due to their versatility.

Did the explorer, Christopher Columbus (the guy who was supposed to have discovered them on his travels and brought them back to Europe) ever taste these vegetables – if he did, he certainly never had deep fried ones on board ship! More recently, the popularity of zucchini has been attributed to Italy, where they are used prolifically in many dishes, but the main use is for ‘zucchini fritti’ – a pseudo-Italian version of French fries!

One of the tastiest methods of incorporating zucchini into any of your meals is by deep frying – whether simply cut into strips, matchsticks or rounds, dipped in batter and cooked, or made into fritters, combined with other ingredients.

Zucchini, which are a sub-genus of the squash family come in many shapes and sizes from long and green or yellow, to round or saucer like (known as patty pans in other countries), so many shapes and sizes.  Varieties of this vegetable can range from small and flying-saucer shaped, to dark-green and tennis ball-sized, to long and yellow. The smaller the zucchini, the more flavour they impart and early picking is recommended.

For deep frying, you can use a stand-alone deep fat fryer or simply fill up a big pot with oil – whichever way, as long as the oil is at the right temperature, and the zucchini are immersed, the result is pretty much the same! They should be delicious and crisp if they are coated with the right amount of fluffy batter. As an accompaniment to a meal, or on their own with a tangy dip, they are so mouth-watering! Using a frying basket is much easier, as you can happily cook in batches, and be able to remove the zucchini at the same time, rather than having a major panic as some are cooking faster than others!

Have a hunt round your shops – there a cute little ‘mini frying baskets’ to be found, which serve up enough for 2 portions if you are having a cosy dinner party. They immerse really easily into your fryer or pot of oil, so you don’t need to batch cook!

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When deep-frying zucchini, it is best to use those that are still quite hard, in order to achieve the crispness that you want in the finished dish. When choosing your vegetable, any that are soft and a little ‘floppy’, have become overripe and will have lost their flavor. NEVER take the skin off, you will end up with a watery mess with very little flavour to enjoy. Always ‘top and tail’ to remove the growth end (this is where the zucchini flower would have been). If you are lucky enough to buy zucchini with their flowers still intact (bright yellow leaves), you can also use these by stuffing them and deep frying as well. Turn yourself into a master chef!

Achieving those lovely, golden and crispy deep-fried zucchini is not just about the vegetable itself – it really is ‘all in the batter’ that you choose to use. Seasoning the batter mix is also important – salt and pepper are important additions, but there are great variations using a light chilli powder or cayenne pepper, to give them that little hint of spice. A light and airy batter can be achieved in several ways – using egg whites is a classic recipe, or in some cases, chefs favour beer batter. The yeast in most beers provides the aeration needed for light and fluffy, but crisp zucchini. It is also important not to overcoat the zucchini with too much batter. It is best to ‘drip-dry’ the courgette sticks by shaking off any excess batter before deep frying. Almost a ‘tempura’ style of deep frying.

Alternatively, dipping in egg and coating in panko breadcrumbs is another very successful method – the crunch of panko crumbs whether it be zucchini or delicious fried chicken, is more than a memorable taste in your mouth!

Simple ‘How To’ for Battered Deep Fried Garlic Zucchini Strips

Serves:                                  2

Preparation Time:              10 minutes

Cook Time:                          2-3 minutes in the fryer

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints of vegetable oil (or wherever the level is if you are using a separate deep fat fryer)
  • 2 medium sized zucchini, cut into matchstick strips
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • ½tsp salt
  • 2tsp paprika (or cayenne or Cajun spice mix)
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Method:

Heat oil to 350°F.

Cut the zucchini into the required strips, or if preferred, you can cut them into rounds.

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Mix the flour, paprika and garlic powder together until fully combined. You can use a flat plate or if you prefer, place the ingredients in a zip lock bag and shake to mix. You may find that the plate is better as you can mix it with your hands so that the spices are more evenly distributed.

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Dip the zucchini strips or rounds into the beaten egg, then coat really well in the seasoned flour, covering as much as possible. Shake each piece gently to remove any excess lumps of flour, and place on a clean plate.

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Gently put all the zucchini strips into your mini frying basket (or large basket) leaving one to test that the oil is hot enough. Drop this strip into the oil, if it starts to ‘fizz up’ straight away, the oil is ready. Remove this strip with a slotted metal spoon. NOTE: You can also use a more reliable home deep fryer to expedite the process and ensure quality coverage. Check out this page for a quick guide on the best deep fryers.

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Make sure you have a clean plate nearby, covered in kitchen paper so that you can drain the zucchini immediately they have fried enough.

Drop the frying basket into the hot oil and fry for 1 minute.  Lift the basket and check to see how golden the zucchini are. Shake a little to move them around.

Drop back into the fryer, and cook for a further minute. Lift up, and check that the zucchini are cooked – they should be just lightly golden. If you cook for too long, they will go dark and not taste so good!

Carefully tip the zucchini onto the kitchen paper, to soak up any excess oil.

Voila! You are ready to eat these tasty morsels. You don’t have to eat them as part of a main meal – they are just as good as a snack with a garlic mayonnaise dip. Enjoy!

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Breville Smart Fryer Review – Is it Good Enough for Me?

The Breville Smart Fryer is a home frying unit which has a 4 quart oil capacity, an 1800 watt heating element, and a 2.5 pound capacity for cooking material. Its sleek exterior and highly functional hardware make it perfect for people looking for a good fry unit at their home. Were it larger, this unit would be perfect for kitchens in commercial areas as well. The unit also features “Cool Zone Technology” which, while all of the details are not explained thoroughly in the documentation, apparently does a lot to help prevent excess burning of food and oil in the unit and helps to extend the life of the oil itself.

Hardware – What You Physically Get

The unit comes packaged with six pieces. The outer shell, an inner hopper, a heating element, a basket, a cover, and the power cord. The cover of the unit features a vent, complete with a mesh filter to help catch some of the cooking odors, a handle for carrying the unit, and a viewing window. The case itself is made of brushed steel and has a control unit attached to the back which allows for manipulation of the temperature through a digital control mechanism. The sides of the case feature heat resistant black plastic handles.

The basket and the cooking bowl are both stainless steel and they are safe for cleaning in the dishwasher. This is definitely a bonus when compared to other home frying units. The oil can often cake onto baskets and become a nightmare so finding a unit that is easy to clean is definitely a boon to any aspiring home fry chefs. The frying basket has a 2.5 pound capacity.

The heating element and the digital display and controls of the unit are very high quality. The unit also features an electric thermostat which operates to help maintain the temperature of the oil according to the settings that you desire.

Aesthetics – Counter Appeal?

The Breville Smart Fryer has a wonderful aesthetic. The shell is brushed steel in color with a digital display and control unit on the back. The top and sides feature handles for moving the unit. The cover also features a vent for steam to be released from the unit and has a small window for you to see inside the unit as it is cooking. The form is both aesthetically pleasing and functional enough to be useful for nearly anyone in any situation. The power cord plugs into the bottom back of the unit through magnetic clips.

In-Use – How Well Does it Actually Work?

This unit functions perfectly. Unlike many fryers on the market, both residential and commercial, this one is able to hold temperature when compared to a standard thermometer. Many fryers will have a probe which is too close to the heating element itself, leading to a large disparity between the temperature of the oil and the temperature shown. That is not the case here.

The unit holds about a gallon of oil and the heating element is able to maintain the temperature of the oil very well, even when a lot of frozen food is dropped into the fryer. A quick drop of about 3 pounds of frozen chicken will result in a drop of around 50 degrees which bumps back up to the normal temperature in under a minute. That is a very fast turnaround time for reheating oil.

When it comes time for cleanup it is extremely easy. All parts of the unit come apart very easily and it is relatively intuitive, even without instructions. The oil bucket has a lip which allows for easy pouring of the oil out of the unit and through a strainer (or a disposal unit). This is a great feature to have considering the fact that most home frying units do not feature a lip and wind up allowing oil to run down the side of the unit case and spill everywhere.

Pros: Things I Liked

  • Adjustable levels of oil will allow you to vary the amount of cooking you need to do and the turnover of the cooking oil you use.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Functions exactly as advertised.
  • Easy to put together, take apart, and clean.
  • Heats, reheats, and maintains temperature quickly and efficiently.

Cons: Things I Didn’t Like

  • The magnetic plug for the unit falls out very easily.
  • Steam releases during the frying process along with a slight odor and, yes, some oil residue will be released as well. This unit needs to be used in a somewhat ventilated area.

Conclusions: Would I Pay for it Again?

At a price point of around $130, the Breville Smart Fryer is a great unit. It functions exactly as one would expect and cooks just as well as more expensive models. There are slight issues with this unit, such as the magnetic power cord, but these are generally overcome by the overall functionality of the unit itself. I would definitely recommend this unit, though the power cord is extremely frustrating because of how easily it falls off of the unit (and cuts the unit itself off when it does).

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MasterBuilt Turkey Fryer Reviews – Is it a Good Fryer for the Money?

When Masterbuilt and Butterball get together to design a product, it has to do with turkeys. Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Gen III Deep Fryer is an 11 quart monster that can easily accommodate your next Thanksgiving bird, and anything else you would like to throw in it. And all that in the comfort of your kitchen.

Product Description – Key Features

Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Gen III Deep Fryer takes all the hassle out of preparing a large holiday party. This safe and trouble-free fryer can cook 20 pound turkey in less than four minutes per pound. This incredible speed is enabled by the 1,650 Watt electric heating element, and heating temperature is controlled by a built-in thermostat. The space-saving design makes this large home appliance easy to place on an average kitchen counter, without having to pull up a special trolley.

The Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Gen III Deep Fryer has several unique features, such as the ability to cook a 20 pound turkey in only 3 gallons of cooking oil, and a special drain valve that allows oil to be drained before cleaning the appliance. The cooking basket is made of aluminum and it has special clip to allow for the food to drip before being taken out.

Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Gen III Deep Fryer is much more than just a fryer – it can also be used to steam vegetables or boil seafood.

This product comes in three versions: large, extra large and oil-free. This review covers deep fryers with oil only since the oil-free version is significantly different.

Pros of the MasterBuilt Fryer

  1. Cooks very fast – turkeys up to 20 lbs get cooked in 3 to 4 minutes per lbs.
  2. The fryer has an aluminum cooking basket that has a drain clip (it hangs at the edge of the pot before being taken out).
  3. Square design does not take as much counter space as the round or oval one.
  4. It has a drain valve for used oil to allow for easy cleaning.
  5. Cooking requires less than three gallons of cooking oil.
  6. Extremely versatile – it can be used for deep frying, steaming and boiling.
  7. It has shut-off valve if temperature gets too high – over 375°F.
  8. Very simple use with analogue temperature set-up and thermostat control.
  9. Uses 33 percents less oil than other deep fryers.

Cons

  1. Cord is too short.
  2. It takes almost one hour to pre-heat the oil.

Technical Specs

Dimensions: 14.8 x 16.14 x 14.80 inches ; 19.62 lb

Color: Stainless steel

Material: Stainless Steel, porcelain-coated inner pot; aluminum food basket

Capacity: 11-quarts

Manufacturer: Masterbuilt and Butterball in cooperation

Pot: Removable

Controls: Analog, thermostat temperature control

Timer: None

Power: 1,650 Watt electric heating element

Customer Reviews

Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Gen III Deep Fryer is one of the most popular kitchen appliances on Amazon. Of 523 customers who left their review, 368 gave it five stars. General consensus is that this fryer makes the best fried turkey ever – with wonderfully crispy skin and juicy tender meat.

  1. Happy To Be Here loves her new fryer and has only one problem: it makes it tempting to fry food all the time, what her doctor would not recommend.
  2. Zorknoft wrote that she cooked her 12 pounds turkey in 48 minutes only, and that it tasted wonderfully even without any seasoning or marinade.
  3. Busyaunt reported great success with everything the family fried in her new Masterbuilt Deep Fryer – from wings to fish and home-made chips. They also tried steaming by putting a bit of water into the pot instead of oil, and it worked great for corn and potatoes.
  4. steven schumann wrote that it takes very long time to heat the oil and that frying takes longer than in a propane deep fryer, but that the results are worth it.
  5. Shingles did not have much luck with her Masterbuilt deep fryer – the turkey got stuck to the basket and she spilled oil all over the kitchen when trying to take it out.

Final Take: The Best Turkey Fryer on the Market?

Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Gen III Deep Fryer is so good that it was almost impossible to find any cons for this review. Users reported great success in frying almost anything, but the holiday turkeys really make the investment in this fairly large appliance worth it.

After relatively slow start while the oil heats, cooking of a 12 pounds turkey is a breeze and it takes less than one hour. Frying is safe and easy, but the large quantity of oil might make your home smell of oil for a while. Some reviewers found a solution for this by using peanut oil, which has low smoking temperature.

Most reviewers commented that the food fried in this fryer is so delicious that it leads to the temptation to fry all the food all the time, what would not be a good idea, especially for people with high cholesterol. But, the solution for them is to use the steaming feature of the Masterbuilt Butterball deep fryer – just put a bit of water at the bottom of the pot instead of oil. Of course, it would not work for your Thanksgiving turkey, it would be a sin to steam that, but it is a good idea from time to time when you start feeling too guilty for eating too much fried shrimps, fried chicken wings, fried pork chops, fried potatoes…

Overall,  the Masterbuilt Deep Fryer (Gen III) is an excellent investment if you like fried food, and especially if you often host large holiday parties.

Presto Cool Daddy Review – A Hands on Review of the Cool Daddy Fryer

The Presto Cool Daddy is a home frying unit which is used for deep frying various foods at home. It is a small and portable unit, though it does not function as well as some of the higher end units on the market. The unit is relatively self-contained and is easy to put together and get started with.

When it comes to cleaning, the unit is wonderful with the exception of batter dipped items getting stuck to the basket sometimes. The unit does have some serious downsides which largely render it inefficient to use or purchase.

Cool Daddy Hardware

The hardware of the unit consists primarily of black plastic. The cover of the unit is closed via a handle which also lowers the basket down into the oil to help prevent any splattering of oil. The lid is also able to lock in place which is meant to both reduce odors coming from the unit and to prevent splattering. The lid features a ventilation system consisting of small vents in the unit itself and an underlying (and removable) charcoal filter which will need regular replacement to remain functional.

The front of the unit has the handle which allows closing of the lid and lowering of the basket. This area also has the on/off control and the temperature adjust. Interestingly, though you are able to adjust the temperature of the oil via a switch on the front of the unit, there is no real-time temperature display, so you won’t be sure what the temperature of the oil actually is while you are cooking. This is a significant downside.

Aesthetics

The Presto Cool Daddy has a relatively strange look, as far as fryers go. Its shape is somewhat oval, somewhat cube-shaped, and consists primarily of plastic. It comes in two colors; black and white. The front of the unit has the controls and the unit takes power from the bottom of the back of the unit via a removable power cord. The top of the unit has a small viewing window and a vent system to allow odors and excess gas to be released.

In-Use: The Cool Daddy In Action

Putting the unit together is no trouble. It basically comes completely ready to go and the few things that need to be done before use are explained thoroughly in the accompanying documentation. The unit is more flimsy and lightweight than expected. This is not necessarily a problem, it just feels like it should be a bit more sturdy for what it is.

Using the unit is relatively easy and intuitive. The issues begin here, however. The lid does not always close properly, which is an issue since the lid also lowers the basket into the oil for cooking and is meant to prevent odors and splatter. Since the lid and basket are connected, this can cause significant problems for the functionality of both. Another issue is the following: If you put a food in with too much moisture, the oil will bubble more than expected and will splatter and spill out very easily, even under the best circumstances. Since the lid doesn’t always close, this makes a very dangerous combination.

There is no temperature gauge. You can change the temperature you want the unit to be at, but there is nothing to tell you when the oil has reached that temperature, outside of an indicator light, which does you no good when you are adding and taking things out of the unit (and, thus, changing the temperature of the oil itself). This, combined with the fact that the oil heats up pretty slowly and does not bounce back after food is added, leads to some soggy and very oily finished products sometimes.

Pros: Things I Liked

Cons: Things I didn’t Like

  • Requires the purchase of replacement charcoal filters.
  • There is an odor when cooking and atomized grease will be in the air after use.
  • Battered foods can get stuck to the basket of the unit.
  • Unit will leak if there is too much moisture or ice crystals in the foods that you put inside.
  • Oil doesn’t heat back up very quickly after food is put inside and it doesn’t hold temperature very well.

Conclusion: My Overall Assessment

This unit could be better and I honestly cannot recommend it. Though it is at a lower price point than most other home frying units, the old saying is correct: “you get what you pay for”.  You can find it pretty cheaply on Amazon for about $50 here. The unit has trouble with the most basic function you would want: cooking. Since the heating element does not heat the oil back up very quickly after you drop food into it and the oil is cooled down, you are often left with cooked food that comes out somewhat oily or, as happened multiple times during use, not fully cooked at all.

The odors that come from the unit are not really affected by the charcoal filter at the top that is meant to prevent smells. Finally, the unit itself seems so be somewhat flimsy and less robust than would be expected for something like a home fry unit.

I would STAY AWAY from the Cool Daddy, and try something like the the Waring Mini (see full review here). I actually prefer the much smaller – and more easy to use – Presto FryDaddy as well. You can read my full review of the FryDaddy here.

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