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What is the best home deep fryer under $200.00 that you have used?

Hi all, I am looking for a good deep fryer for home use. I have a Fry Grand Pappy which I like but I would like to adjust the heat. I think it runs too hot. I also have a Turkey fryer but, that is not good for small batch cooking.I also use my cast iron dutch oven but, I would like more temperature control. I usually cook fish and some chicken. Any Ideas?

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    1. re: acgold7

      I have that new Waring one. I have done a few items and am pleased so far. It is easy to clean, heats quickly and maintains temp.

      1. Avoid the deLonghi Cool Touch roto-fryers. Temp is much too low, takes forever to fry food, results are really no better than a Fry Daddy, possibly worse. I've had one for yrs that only gets used in summer for the grandkids french fries. We cook them on the lanai.

        Mostly I use a deep skillet or DO. We use a Thermapen thermometer for so many things, including frying. Could you invest in an inexpensive thermometer and adjust the burner under your DO?

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        1. re: DuffyH

          Actually, I do like the DeLonghi Roto Fryer. It has done a great job for me and clean up is pretty easy. I love that there are filters and no splashes or spatters.

          If someone has a problem with this fryer they should look at what they are doing. It maybe a cook's error

          1. re: Candy

            <If someone has a problem with this fryer they should look at what they are doing. It maybe a cook's error>

            What I did a few weeks ago was fill it with oil to somewhere between min/max, turn it to high and wait. 20 minutes later the temp, measured with my Thermapen was 327º. 10 minutes later it was 330º. I don't know if even an hour would have been long enough to heat the oil. It took about 10 minutes to cook the fries. As you'd guess, they weren't very good. That's why I only use it to feed my grandsons. They've never met a french fry they didn't like.

            As for cleanup, it does drain easily, and the nonstick interior is a breeze. My problems are with the basket and all the nooks and angles where the basket secures to the housing.

            I'm glad yours is working well for you. I'm seriously considering replacing mine with a Presto unit, if as OP noted, they run hot. Hot I can deal with. Another plus for me would be easier cleanup and less room needed to store it.

            1. re: DuffyH

              I also have the DeLonghi and I think it is great. I don't measure the temperature but it does everything I ask of it. I do everything in small batches, since it's somewhat small overall, maybe that helps.

        2. Deep fried food is not the healthiest food to enjoy but go for it once in awhile. But only if you have a fryer that heats oil to 375F and can return to that temp very quickly after product is immersed. Food products immersed in wimpy fryers suck up oil before they crisp, if ever. (I bought a deLonghi years ago prior to teaching a course with it, only to take it back since it would not get to 375F much less return there after product was immersed.)

          Instead . . .

          The Lodge people make a big iron Dutch oven with a fitted basket specifically designed for deep fat frying. Buy it (they are not pricey) and also buy a good thermometer. You can then prepare great crispy deep fried foods, on your stove's largest burner, with minimum oil absorption.

          But a word of caution: a pot of hot oil requires constant vigilance. Prepare an uncluttered work space. Know the smoke point of the oil you're using. Always know its temperature. Never walk away from it.

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          1. re: GeezerGourmet

            That is why I am asking for a unit with good temperature control. I don't want to have to stand over it. I have a Lodge Dutch Oven and a very good glass thermometer. It works fine but, as you said you need to be vigilant. I want to walk away and be able to prepare other things. Thank you. Joe.

            1. re: josephlapusata

              I wouldn't walk away from anything frying, whether in a fryer or a DO.

              1. re: c oliver

                I think OP is talking about doing other things while the oil heats. :)

          2. This is my deep fryer.

            http://www.amazon.com/Le-Creuset-Enam...

            I got a second quality (no visible difference between the first and second quality) at the LC outlet store, with fall 40% discount promo, for $135.

            The best thing about it is that when I'm not deep frying, I can bake, braise, stew, make soups, sautee and fricasee with it :) I say that's a fine bargain for $135... try to do that with a unitasker!

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              Love the pan and would like to have one. I am looking for something with automatic temperature control. Thank you. Joe.