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The 10 Best Fryers - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every fryer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 287 fryers, 380 reviews and 3,240 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Fryers
HD9220

Philips HD9220

gadgetgear.nl - GoldTrusted Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
82
2 Awards
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
60
Average Features
Age
88
8 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
71
Very Good
0.8kg
Single
1,425W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Oct 2016
Release Date
  • £56.92
    Save £42.08 (43%)
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  • More shops: 9
  • £132.37 Amazon UK
  • £149.96 Argos
#2 in Fryers
VitAir

Klarstein VitAir

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
21
Mediocre
Features
68
Average Features
Age
87
10 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
33
Mediocre
3kg
Single
1,400W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Aug 2016
Release Date
  • £74.99
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#3 in Fryers
BDF500UK

Sage BDF500UK

Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
Reviews
81
1 Award
Value for Money
90
Excellent
Features
45
Average Features
Age
70
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
64
Good
1.2kg
Single
2,200W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Jul 2015
Release Date
#4 in Fryers
Actifry 2 in 1

Tefal Actifry 2 in 1

Reviews
89
223 Reviews
Value for Money
57
Average
Features
0
Missing Some Features
Age
81
1 Year Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
55
Average
1.5kg
Double
1,400W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Apr 2016
Release Date
  • £199.50
    Save £43.49 (18%)
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#5 in Fryers
FH1363

DeLonghi FH1363

Reviews
74
11 Reviews
Value for Money
82
Excellent
Features
13
Missing Some Features
Age
70
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
52
Average
1.7kg
Double
1,400W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Jul 2015
Release Date
#6 in Fryers
F 44532 CZ

DeLonghi F 44532 CZ

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
50
Average
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
78
1 Year Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
1.5kg
Single
3,200W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Jan 2016
Release Date
  • £146.90
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#7 in Fryers
Actifry Smart XL

Tefal Actifry Smart XL

Reviews
64
2 Reviews
Value for Money
39
Mediocre
Features
41
Average Features
Age
71
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
52
Average
1.5kg
Single
1,550W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Aug 2015
Release Date
  • £184.95
    Save £40.00 (18%)
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  • More shops: 6
  • £222.17 Amazon UK
  • £234.99 Currys
#8 in Fryers
FS6025

DeLonghi FS6025

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
90
8 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
47
Mediocre
1.5kg
Single
1,800W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Oct 2016
Release Date
  • £49.99
    Save £20.00 (29%)
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  • More shops: 4
  • £49.99 Argos
  • £79.00 ao
#9 in Fryers
Superior Fryer

Princess Superior Fryer

Reviews
0
1 Review
Value for Money
85
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
71
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
44
Mediocre
1.1kg
Single
3,200W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Aug 2015
Release Date
  • £86.27
    Save £30.73 (26%)
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#10 in Fryers
AH950840

Tefal AH950840

Reviews
48
1 Review
Value for Money
25
Mediocre
Features
36
Missing Some Features
Age
70
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
1.5kg
Single
1,700W
Fryer Food Capacity
Type
Power
Jul 2015
Release Date

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Fryer Buying Guide

Fryers use very hot oil to cook food quickly and thoroughly - the food is quickly cooked by the hot oil, often resulting in a crispy outside, but a tender inside. Most people connect home fryers with chips - allowing you to easily recreate the crispy, fluffy chips found in restaurants and cafes. However they can be used for many other different types of food, including fish, vegetables, samosas or chicken. Due to the high temperatures involved in the cooking procedure, modern fryers have significant safety features to minimise the chance of accidents, and contain pre-set modes for the most commonly-cooked foods.

Capacity

All our fryers have a food capacity, measured in kilograms. The larger the capacity, the more food you can cook in one go - this may be especially useful for large families. However larger fryers also have a significantly larger footprint, and so will take up more counter space in your kitchen.

Power Levels

All of our fryers are given a power level, rated in watts. The higher the wattage, the more power the fryer has. This translates to faster and more efficiently cooked food, but also to higher electricity bills. Fryers tend to be quite power hungry, so it may be prudent not to automatically buy the device with the highest power - a good mid-point between power and cost-efficiency is important.

Low Fat & Air Frying

While traditionally deep fat frying has been seen as an immensely unhealthy form of cooking, there are several healthier options available. Low fat fryers are specially designed to use less oil than standard fryers, meaning the resulting food has a lower calorie count, and is therefore healthier. Under these systems a single teaspoon of oil will suffice for an entire portion of chips, so the calorie count can be a mere fraction of what it would be using a traditional method.

A growing section of the healthy frying market is so-called ‘air’ fryers - a range of cookers that use superheated air to fry the food instead of oil. Because they use very little or no oil (some models use a very small amount of oil to 'kick start' the air heating) the resulting food is far lower in calories and fat. Indeed, tests have shown that with a 300g portion of chips, airfrying reduced the calories from 717 to 576! Also, because they don’t use oil you don’t have to worry about disposing of the used frying oil - which makes them far more ecologically friendly as well.

Generally speaking these low-fat and air fryers are more expensive than their traditional counterparts. However, given how much lower in both calories and fat the resulting food is, the health benefits may far outweigh the extra expenditure.

Easy-to-Clean

Finally, given that even the healthiest fryer produces a lot of grease and mess, it is a good idea to clean the fryer after every use. Therefore it may be helpful to check that your chosen model is marked as easy-to-clean, meaning that it has been designed for stress-free cleaning. Some models even have parts that are safe to put in the dishwasher, making them extremely easy to clean and take care of.

Fryer Retailers, Prices and Features

Fryer Prices

Fryers range in price from £0 to £832 and in total we found prices for 107 fryers. A new fryer costs on average £68 and 80% of fryers are priced between £0 and £170. The Rommelsbacher FRH 1400 is the cheapest fryer at only £0, and Siemens ET375FAB1E is the most expensive at £832.

Fryer Brands - Price Range

The highest average fryer price out of all brands is Siemens fryers with an average price of £832. Siemens fryers range in price from £832 to £832.

The average price of Smeg fryers is £492 which is the second highest average price of all fryer brands. Smeg fryers start at £492 and the most expensive Smeg fryer costs £492.

Scholtes fryers start at £390 and the most expensive Scholtes fryer costs £390. The average price of Scholtes fryers is £390 which is the third highest average price of all fryer brands.

Fryer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 12 expert reviews and 314 user reviews for fryers from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of fryer. Sage is the top rated fryer brand with an average rating of 89%. Tefal is the second best brand with 89% and Princess is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Fryer Retailers

The biggest fryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 43 current fryer offers from eBay. The second biggest fryer retailer is Amazon UK with 26 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to fryers. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 18 current offers.

When Are Most New Fryers Released?

We looked at the release dates for new fryers over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear pattern. In March 2016 24 new fryers were released making it the biggest month that year for new fryer releases. In 2015 most new fryers were released in July, with 27 new fryers released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new fryer releases was September, with 21 new fryers released that month.

How Fast Do Fryer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, fryers drop in price by 17%. That means that on a typical fryer costing £66 you could save on average £11 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Fryer Food Capacities

Comparing all fryers, the fryer food capacities range from 0.3kg to 15kg. The fryer food capacities of the majority of fryers range from 0.94kg to 1.3kg. The fryer with the biggest fryer food capacity is the SwanSF31020, which is a 15kg Fryer food capacity fryer and is priced at £45.00. The SwanSF31020, which sells for £0.00, has the smallest fryer food capacity and is a 0.3kg Fryer food capacity fryer.

Powers

Across the range of fryers, the powers range from 200W to 6,500W. The powers of most fryers range from 1,200W to 1,600W. The BartscherSNACK IV, which is on sale for £0.00, has the biggest power and is a 6,500W Power fryer. The BartscherSNACK IV has the smallest power. This fryer is a 200W Power fryer and currently retails for £19.98.

Biggest Fryer Retailers

The biggest fryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 43 current fryer offers from eBay. The second biggest fryer retailer is Amazon UK with 26 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to fryers. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 18 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Fryers?

The cheapest shop by number of fryer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 24 fryers.

Proportion of Fryers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest shop by number of fryer for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 55.8% of its fryers.

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