As of 2015, deep fryers range in price from about $20 at the low-end to over $100 for a high-end commercial deep fryer. Price is somewhat dependent on capacity. Deep fryers can be purchased at retailers, such as Kmart, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and from online cooking accessory retailers.
Deep fryers are sold in the household and kitchen goods section of many chain stores, such as Wal-Mart, Family Dollar, Kohls and Sears, and local department stores. They can also be found at specialty kitchen stores, such as Kitchen and Company, and local appliance stores.
A small deep fryer can cook any food that fits inside it without overcrowding the basket or overflowing the oil. Most of these small home appliances can handle everything from handfuls of small shrimp to large chicken breasts.
The best oils for deep frying are canola, safflower and peanut oils. They have a high smoke point, which is the temperature when the oil starts to break down and burn, and can handle the high temperatures required to deep fry.
Deep fryer parts can be purchased online at sites such as Sears PartsDirect, midwestapplianceparts.com and eReplacementParts.com. These websites offer a variety of options to meet deep fryer parts replacement needs.
Oil less deep fryers are fryers that are able to cook without the use of oil or fat, but the food achieves the crispiness typically associated with fried food. Oil-free fryers can use halogen, convection and infrared heating to cook the food.
To clean a deep fryer, the user removes cooled oil, wipes away oil with paper towels, and washes the surfaces with a dish soap and water mixture. A vinegar and water solution in the fryer helps remove food odors. The fryer is rinsed and dried to remove soap residue.
Suitable oils for deep frying include vegetable, sunflower, sesame, corn, peanut and canola oils depending on the type of food and the fryer. Each deep fat fryer's instruction manual lists suitable oils and which to avoid.
As of March 2015, the highest-rated electric deep fryers on both Amazon.com and ConsumerSearch.com are manufactured by National Presto Industries. The highest-rated extra-large electric deep fryer is made by Masterbuilt Manufacturing.
As of 2015, Walmart's online store carries various brands and types of electric deep fryers, including the brands Hamilton Beach, T-Fal, Cuisinart, DeLonghi and Faberware. The deep fryers' capacity ranges from 4 cups to up to 4 quarts.