Best Pressure Fryer for Home Use with Commercial Experience

Apparently, you want the best pressure fryer for home use that gives your food a commercial experience like KFC. It’s no longer a big secret that the reason you probably can’t replicate the crispy and juicy taste of those meals you enjoy at your favorite restaurant is that they use a pressure fryer and you don’t.

Pressure fryers work by increasing the level of atmospheric pressure within the sealed container, and this results in the heating up and boiling of the liquid contents contained in the food. When cooking chicken, for example, the heating up and boiling of the oil will seal in the moisture of the chicken, making it juicy and tasty.

Planning to buy a pressure fryer for home use and you can’t decide on the best for the job at hand? You’re in luck.

Here’s a quick comparison and review of some of the best pressure fryers for home use available in the market.

Best pressure cookers for frying chicken

Needless to say, there are hundreds of different domestic pressure fryers in the market making it almost impossible to review them all and pick the best. However, after a bit of research, five particular models stood out.

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. T-fal Deep Fryer with Basket, Stainless Steel, Easy to Clean Deep Fryer, Oil Filtration, 2.6-Pound, Silver, Model FR8000
  2. TOPKITCH Electric Deep fryer Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Basket & Lid Capacity 10L(10.5QT) Electric Countertop Fryers for Home Kitchen and Restaurant with 60 Minute Timer, 1800 Watts, 120V
  3.     Elite Gourmet EDF-401T Electric Immersion Deep Fryer 3-Baskets, 1700-Watt, Timer Control Adjustable Temperature, Lid with Viewing Window and Odor Free Filter
  4.     All-Clad Deep Fryer with Basket, Easy Clean, Oil Filtration, Large Capacity 3.5 L / 2.6-Pound, Adjustable Temperature, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel, EJ814051
  5.     Cuisinart Deep Fryer, 4 Quart
T-fal Deep Fryer with Basket, Stainless Steel, Easy to Clean Deep Fryer, Oil Filtration, 2.6-Pound, Silver, Model FR8000TOPKITCH Electric Deep fryer Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Basket & Lid Capacity 10L(10.5QT) Electric Countertop Fryers for Home Kitchen and Restaurant with 60 Minute Timer, 1800 Watts, 120VElite Gourmet EDF-401T Electric Immersion Deep Fryer 3-Baskets, 1700-Watt, Timer Control Adjustable Temperature, Lid with Viewing Window and Odor Free FilterAll-Clad Deep Fryer with Basket, Easy Clean, Oil Filtration, Large Capacity 3.5 L / 2.6-Pound, Adjustable Temperature, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel, EJ814051Cuisinart Deep Fryer, 4 Quart
BrandT-falTopkitchElite GourmetAll-CladCuisinart
FeaturesEZ Clean oil-filtration system

2-position basket for cooking and draining food

Dishwasher safe

Fast oil recovery due to an immersed heating element

Adjustable Temperature

Very quick cooking times

Permanent odor filter

 

50°C-200°C (122°F to 390°F) adjustable temperature range

Large Capacity 10L(10.5QT) tank

60 Minutes Timer

Removable extra large capacity basket and lid

Commercial grade heavy-duty 304 stainless steel build

Dishwasher-safe components

Temperature limiter to avoid overheating

 

Brushed Stainless Steel housing

Immiscible heating element

Adjustable temperature settings and the timer knob

One 4 quart enamel removable inner pot

Includes 2 2-quart frying baskets and 1 large 4 quart frying basket

See through cooking lid with integrated odor filter

 

The cooking capacity of up to 1.2 kg (2.65lbs) at once

Automatic oil filtration and storage

Dishwasher-safe parts

See through cooking lid with integrated odor filter

Adjustable LCD

6-7 minutes cooking time per batch

A 1800-watt immersion style heating element for fast heat-up and recovery time

Large 4-quart capacity, cooks up to 2.3-pounds of food

1 heavy stainless steel basket with cool-touch handle, 1-gallon removable enamel-coated oil container with pouring spout included in the package

Limited 3-year warranty

Dishwasher-safe components

Oil Capacity3.5liters10 liters3.8 liters3.5liters3.8 liters
Power/ Wattage1700 watts1800 watts1700 watts1500 watts1800 watts
Finish typeStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless Steel
Voltage120 volts120 volts110 / 120 volts120 volts120 volts
Dimensions(LxWxH)18.3 x 13.7 x 14.817.3 x 11.4 x 1215.75 x 9.25 x 15.3518.2 x 13.7 x 14.712.75 x 18.25 x 12.5
Weight (Package)12.4lbs12.2lbs12.1lbs16.5lbs11.5lbs

1. T-fal Deep Fryer with Basket

This T-fal deep fryer model allows you to make restaurant-quality pressure fried food at home without the hassle and mess involved.

This fryer spots a 3.5-liter oil capacity and can cook up to 2.65 lbs of food at once.

It also features a two position basket for cooking and draining food, a viewing window in the lid, cool touch handles, a permanent odor filter to keep cooking odors out of the kitchen, and dishwasher-safe parts to make cleaning up very easy.

This fryer’s 1700 watt adjustable thermostat allows you to set the perfect cooking temperature for your pressure fried foods, while its quick recovery heating system ensures crispy layers with minimal oil absorption for healthier results.

When you are done pressure frying food, the machine’s oil filtration system automatically drains and filters the remaining oil into a large removable plastic container to store the oil for future use.

This deep fryer simply makes pressure frying delicious food at home much easier and cleaner.

Pros

  • Very easy to clean
  • Oil filtration and storage system
  • Easy to setup and use
  • Permanent odor filter
  • Very good temperature range
  • Delicious broasted chicken
  • Affordable

Cons

  • The filtering doesn’t work if the oil is hot
  • You have to stir the oil below the heating elements because it’s usually about 20°F cooler than the oil above it when you first heat it.
  • Power cord might be a little too short for some people’s liking

2. TOPKITCH Electric Deep fryer Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Basket & Lid

If you’re looking for a good quality fryer at a good price, look no further.

The Topkitch electric deep fryer is a sturdy and durable machine made of 304 stainless steel which is extremely efficient as a pressure fryer for the home.

It features a 60 minute set and forget timer that alerts you with a “ding” sound when the set time is reached and then cuts off power from the fryer. A cool touch handle prevents excess heat transfer, a 1800W heating element for highly efficient pressure frying, a 10L oil capacity, and a sturdy chrome plated frying basket.

This appliance doesn’t blacken vegetable oil like other pressure fryers due to its heating element being located up off the bottom, and a large frying capacity. Not only is it excellent for pressure frying a wide range of foods, but its also impressive range of features and relative affordability is what makes it the perfect pressure fryer for use at home, in commercial kitchens, and on special occasions.

Pros

  • Huge capacity
  • Easy to use
  • Impressive temperature range
  • Great consistent cooking results
  • Reliable and durable
  • Dishwasher safe components

Cons

  • Power cord might be a little too short for some people’s liking
  • Very confusing lights and indicators
  • A little pricey compared to others on this list
  • Vague user manual

3. Elite Gourmet EDF-401T Electric Immersion Deep Fryer

Although it’s small-sized, this fryer really packs a punch!

The Elite Gourmet EDF-401T Electric Immersion Fryer has a beautiful brushed stainless steel exterior and an easy setup and uses a design that makes it an absolute necessity for any modern home kitchen.

You can pressure fry almost anything in the Elite Gourmet EDF-401T, its 3.8-liter capacity is just the right size for serving two, and its crispy and juicy pressure-fried chicken breasts are a delight.

It features an immiscible heating element, a viewing window in the lid, adjustable temperature settings, and a timer to make pressure frying at home super simple and fast.

However, it has to be said that its build quality isn’t really the best, and its cooking capacity isn’t suitable for large households. But with its odor-free filter and exhaustive list of features, it’s incredible value for money.

You will really enjoy the experience of pressure frying foods with the Elite Gourmet EDF-401T.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Odor filter
  • Easy to setup and user friendly
  • Small size means it doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen
  • Beautiful stainless steel exterior
  • See through cooking lid with integrated odor filter
  • Amateur friendly

Cons

  • Not too excellent build quality
  • Low frying capacity
  • Sometimes inconsistent results

4. All-Clad Deep Fryer with Basket

If you need a pressure fryer that can give your homemade chicken that crispy and juicy restaurant-fried chicken taste, then this appliance is for you.

The All Clad is a powerful 1700 deep fryer that features an oil filtration system for cleaning and storing oil, and simple lever positions for oil frying, filtering, and removal.

It can cook food of up to 2.65 lbs at temperatures of up to 190° C and has a glass window in the lid that allows you to monitor the progress of your cooking.

Cleaning your pressure fryer is made even easier thanks to the inclusion of some dishwasher-safe parts such as the cooking basket, bowl, lid, and oil box. The oil drain strains the garbage out of the oil, so it looks like new oil on the next use.

Although the All Clad Easy Clean Pro is a perfect fit for home use due to its small size and impressive features, it’s not deemed suitable for commercial use as it cannot stand the rigors of large-scale cooking due to its not-too-excellent build quality.

Pros

  • Very affordable for the features it offers
  • Automatic vegetable oil filtering and storage
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • LCD
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple, easy to setup and use design
  • Extremely fast cooking times

Cons

  • Limited temperature range compared to others
  • Some users have reported it’s difficult to clean after use
  • Small oil capacity compared to others in this list
  • Can seem a little fragile due to its not-too-excellent build quality

5. Cuisinart Deep Fryer, 4 Quart

Featuring a 1800-watt immersion style heating element, the Cuisinart 4-Quart Deep Fryer lets you serve up hot and crispy pressure fried potatoes, onion rings, seafood, chicken, vegetables and other favorites right at home.

Its lightweight and 4-quart large capacity mean it can hold up to 2.3 pounds of food, making it ideal for pressure frying big family meals or entertaining guests.

The absence of a power switch means all you need to do is just plug it in, then use the small glass lid to easily gauge the progress of your cooking from time to time.

When frying is done, the fryer’s dishwasher safe frying basket with cool-touch handles, removable enamel-coated oil container, and lid make cleaning up very simple and quick.

Pros

  • The lid reduces splatters to a minimum
  • Crispy fried chicken all the time
  • Perfect size for a small household
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Small size means it takes up very little space
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple, easy to setup and use design

Cons

  • Limited temperature range compared to others
  • Absence of an on/off switch can be a major inconvenience
  • Must unplug to turn off
  • Unsuitable for large scale frying

Can you pressure fry at home?

Although it’s been mentioned that you cannot use a regular pressure cooker for pressure frying as its rubber seals aren’t meant to withstand the heat of hot oil.

You need a purpose built, certified pressure fryer. Unfortunately, commercial pressure fryers are quite large, and the very few models that are available for home use are quite expensive.

However, you can use a domestic deep fryer to pressure fry your foods at home. But it’s worth mentioning that you probably won’t be able to consistently replicate the crispy and juicy taste of those meals you enjoy at your favorite restaurant

Is a pressure fryer worth it?

A pressure fryer is much faster, and cooks healthier meals when compared to an open fryer. The built-up pressure means that you don’t need to use as much oil as an open fryer, the increased pressure helps the food retain its natural flavors and makes pressure fried food healthy and tasty at the same time.

Is a pressure cooker the same as a pressure fryer?

Ordinary domestic pressure cookers are generally unsuitable for pressure frying, because they are typically designed for a maximum temperature of around 250 °F (121 °C) whereas boiling oil can reach temperatures well above 320 °F (160 °C) which would probably damage the gasket in an ordinary pressure cooker. Thus causing it to fail.

What is the difference between a pressure fryer and a deep fryer?

The most significant difference between a pressure fryer and a deep fryer is basically the enclosed pressurized environment.

Not only does the enclosed pressurized environment make a huge difference in the temperature at which the food cooks, but it determines the cooking duration as well as the quality and consistency of the end product.

That said, you can still recreate the KFC crunch with a deep fryer—RD experts claim.

What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a pressure fryer?

Size and Durability are the two most important things to consider when choosing a fryer.

Size (cooking capacity) determines how much food you can cook at a time, and how much time you would spend in the kitchen, whilst reliability determines how well your pressure fryer will hold up to use whilst turning up consistent results.

Volume capacity and reliability (consistent results) are always going to be important requirements when choosing any new kitchen equipment.

Safety tips to consider when using a deep or pressure fryer

  1. Use oil with a high smoke point.
  2. Use a large, wide, sturdy pan.
  3. Make sure you have a well-fitting lid close to hand in case the oil catches fire.
  4. Keep an eye on the temperature of your oil.
  5. Never put wet food in the fryer.
  6. Never leave a pan of hot oil unattended as it can take just a minute or two for the oil to overheat and catch fire.
  7. Always turn the panhandles away from the front of the cooker to avoid knocking the pan off the hob.
  8. Make sure there are no children in the kitchen when frying
  9. Remove food with either a large slotted spoon or sturdy tongs, or anything that allows the oil to drain as you lift the food out.
  10. To dispose of the oil safely, leave it to cool down completely before pouring it into a jug, and then back into its original bottle.
  11. To prevent blocked pipes, never pour hot oil down the sink.

Conclusion

Choosing the best pressure fryer is simply down to personal preference. This decision is usually determined by which one best serves your needs or purposes, features, affordability, and how you intend to use the fryer.

Technically there isn’t an overall best, as each has certain unique features, pros, and cons that make it stand out and or better than the others.

With all these in mind, I hope you have a wonderful and delicious cooking adventure no matter which pressure fryer you eventually decide on for home use.