The Best Home Deep Fryers

These nine tools for fearless frying are the wave of the future.

While testing the donut recipes for this issue, we learned that control over oil temperature is of the utmost importance when it comes to deep-frying. Electric deep fryers, especially those that can be programmed to reach and hold specific temperatures, are well-designed for the task, and with their enclosed heating elements and tight-fitting lids, they're a safer, less messy alternative to stove-top frying.

DeLonghi Stainless Steel Deep Fryer
DeLonghi Stainless Steel Deep Fryer
With thermometer controls ranging from 248 to 374 degrees, this fryer has a wider than average temperature span, making it ideal for an array of foods beyond donuts. It's the only model we tested with an outside drainage valve for no-mess oil removal, and its large digital display makes it easy to program fry settings. $130 at shopdelonghi.comDeLonghi

While testing the donut recipes for this issue, we learned that control over oil temperature is of the utmost importance when it comes to deep-frying. Electric home deep fryers, especially those that can be programmed to reach and hold specific temperatures, are well-designed for the task, and with their enclosed heating elements and tight-fitting lids, they're a safer, less messy alternative to stove-top frying. (Always double-check oil temperatures with your own thermometer, however, as even slight discrepancies can mean the difference between a fluffy donut and a soggy one.) Here are the nine best home deep fryer models that, in our experience, turn out perfectly cooked donuts every time.