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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 306 fryers, 381 reviews and 2,880 prices. Last updated 11 August 2017.

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#1 Elgento E17005

E17005
The highest scoring fryer under £50, with low running costs
98
Value for Money
Excellent
94
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
2 Years Old
71
Running Costs
£1,127 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
3.5L
2,300W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Feb 2016
Release Date
Amazon UK £27.49
Ebuyer £27.96
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£20.99
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#2 Swan SD6060N

SD6060N
A phenomenally economical to run and remarkably cheap 1.5L capacity fryer, with good features and outstanding user reviews
94
Reviews
25 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
83
Age
2 Years Old
97
Running Costs
£441 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
1.5L
900W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Mar 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK £20.99
Ebuyer £25.96
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£24.99

#3 Swan SD6060N

SD6060N
The highest scoring under 1kg capacity fryer on the market, with good features and exceptional user reviews
93
Reviews
25 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
69
Features
Good Features
86
Age
2 Years Old
97
Running Costs
£441 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
1.5L
900W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Feb 2016
Release Date
Gillmans £24.99
I Want One of Those £29.99
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£42.99
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#4 Tower T17002

T17002
A fully featured and bargain price 3L capacity fryer, with average running costs
96
Value for Money
Excellent
92
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Age
2 Years Old
67
Running Costs
£1,127 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
3L
2,300W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Oct 2015
Release Date
I Want One of Those £42.99
Amazon UK £49.75
Currys £49.99
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£24.99

#5 Swan SD6080N

SD6080N
A fully featured and top-value 2.5L capacity fryer, with low running costs
98
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Age
2 Years Old
76
Running Costs
£882 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
2.5L
1,800W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Feb 2016
Release Date
Amazon UK £24.99
Ebuyer £25.96
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£76.99
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#6 TriStar FR‑6937

FR-6937
The highest rated fryer under £100, with alright running costs and a very fair price
92
Value for Money
Excellent
97
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
60
Running Costs
£1,765 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
6L
3,600W
Double
Capacity
Power
Type
May 2015
Release Date
Wellindal £76.99
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£117.00

#7 Sage BDF500UK

BDF500UK
Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
The top rated fryer under £500, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
90
Reviews
1 Award
81
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
65
Running Costs
£1,078 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
4L
2,200W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Jul 2015
Release Date
John Lewis £117.00
ao £117.00
Currys £117.00
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£54.99
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#8 DeLonghi FS6025

FS6025
The most economical 1-1.5kg capacity fryer on the market, with very good features
93
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Age
10 Months Old
70
Running Costs
£882 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
2.4L
1,800W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Oct 2016
Release Date
Amazon UK £54.99
Argos £54.99
ao £79.00
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£39.99
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#9 Tefal Fr333040

Fr333040
A top-value and fully featured 3L capacity fryer, with satisfactory running costs
95
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
62
Running Costs
£1,078 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
3L
2,200W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Nov 2015
Release Date
JC Campbell £39.99
Ebuyer £41.98
Amazon UK £45.00
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£37.99
Save £7.99 (17%)

#10 Swan SF31020CN

SF31020CN
A low cost and giant capacity 1,300W fryer, with very low running costs and good features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
83
Age
2 Years Old
94
Running Costs
£637 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
15L
1,300W
Single
Capacity
Power
Type
Feb 2016
Release Date
eBay £37.99
Amazon UK £43.44
Ebuyer £45.96
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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

The price range of fryers is from £0 to £870 and in total we found prices for 111 fryers. On average, a new fryer costs £65 and 80% of fryers are priced between £0 and £155. The Siemens ET375FAB1E is the most expensive fryer that we found at £870, and the Tefal Filtra Pro is the cheapest at only £0.

Fryer Brands - Price Range

Siemens fryers start at £870 and the most expensive Siemens fryer costs £870. The highest average fryer price out of all brands is Siemens fryers with an average price of £870.

Smeg fryers range in price from £492 to £492, and the second highest average fryer price out of all brands is Smeg fryers with an average price of £492.

Rommelsbacher fryers range in price from £143 to £143, and the average price of Rommelsbacher fryers is £143 which is the third highest average price of all fryer brands.

Fryer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 14 expert reviews and 341 user reviews for fryers and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of fryer. The top three fryer brands are Sage, Tefal and Princess. Sage has an average rating of 89%, Tefal has an average rating of 89% and Princess has an average rating of 85%.

Biggest Fryer Retailers

The biggest fryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 51 current fryer offers from eBay. The second biggest fryer retailer is Currys with 22 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Currys when it comes to fryers. Allgoods-Direct is the third biggest retailer with 16 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 prominent pattern. 23 new fryers were released in March 2016 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. September was the biggest month in 2014 for new fryers, with 21 new fryers released that month.

How Fast Do Fryer Prices Drop After Release?

On average fryers drop in price by 21% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £12 on a typical £58 new fryer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Capacities

This denotes how much food the fryer can hold at once, measured in litres.

Across the range of fryers, the capacities range from 0.014L to 16L. The capacities of the majority of fryers range from 2.3L to 3.8L. The BartscherSNACK IV has the biggest capacity. This fryer is a 16L capacity fryer and is priced at £0.00. The BartscherSNACK IV, which is on sale for £214.98, has the smallest capacity and is a 0.014L capacity fryer.

The bigger the capacity of the fryer, the more food can be cooked at once.

Powers

This is the power level of the fryer, measured in watts.

Across the range of fryers, the powers range from 200W to 6,500W. The powers of the majority of fryers range from 1,200W to 1,600W. The BartscherSNACK IV has the biggest power. This fryer is a 6,500W fryer and is available at £0.00. The fryer with the smallest power is the BartscherSNACK IV, which is a 200W fryer and currently retails for £17.97.

Generally speaking, a higher power level means that the fryer will be more powerful, heating the oil to higher temperatures faster, and cooking the food more efficiently so that it doesn't spend as much time sitting in the oil, meaning it will be (somewhat) healthier.

Types

Amongst new fryers, the most popular type is Single. We found 113 fryers that are Single fryers. We found 11 fryers that are Double fryers, making Double the second most common type amongst new fryers.

Biggest Fryer Retailers

The biggest fryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 51 current fryer offers from eBay. The second biggest fryer retailer is Currys with 22 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Currys when it comes to fryers. Allgoods-Direct is the third biggest retailer with 16 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 30 fryers.

Proportion of Fryers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest fryer prices (found to be cheapest for 58.8% of its fryers).

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