The 10 Best Commercial Deep Fryers
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in January of 2019. As the saying goes, everything tastes better when deep fried. If your culinary requirements extend beyond a handful of fries for the kids, you should take a look at these commercial models that can handle the demands of professional kitchens, food trucks, and outdoor catering. We have included tabletop and floor-standing options, both of which come in a range of capacities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
January 22, 2021:
These commercial fryers are built to stand up to the heavy demands of professional kitchens, and as such, are considerably more expensive and durable than the average deep fryer you would buy for a home. That being said, we were still able to find a couple of affordable options, like the Bioexcel Taco Cart for those who need a floor-standing model, and the Mega Brand 26Fry for those who need something for tabletop use. The Hamilton Beach 35034 is also budget-friendly, though definitely not designed for high-volume use. The Pitco C+S Series, Globe PF16E, and Vulcan LG400-2 come from some of the mostly commonly seen name brands in commercial kitchens, and all can easily last through years and years of use.
January 14, 2019:
First of all, if you're planning on souping up your home kitchen with commercial-grade equipment, you may want to reconsider, depending on the age of your home; a lot of the professional-level electrical tools on the market are designed to take advantage of electrical wiring that most houses simply do not have. Particularly if you choose a model that exceeds 110 volts, there's a decent chance it will malfunction, wreak havoc on your circuit breaker, or not even work properly to begin with. If you're setting up an actual restaurant's kitchen, the Pitco model is really the go-to unit. It should last many years, and even if it ever has problems, it's the most familiar type to many professional repairmen. The BelovedKai is about as powerful of a countertop unit as you'll find, and is relatively affordable, at that. The Waring is similar to it, though that one's quite costly. The Bayou and Bioexcel are both nearly impossible to beat if you'll be selling food outside, and they use simple, everyday propane tanks for fuel. The Ridgeyard and Hamilton Beach are both somewhat specialty-oriented tools, often used for food prep and finishing touches, respectively. Finally, the Sky Enterprise, Mega Brand, and Empura are all quite functional, though as less-popular off-brands, they may not hold up as long.