Chicken wings, French fries, prawn fritters – we love all things deep-fried. But the oil-splatter is a pain to clean up if you’re using a pan.

These deep fryers on the other hand, make cooking easier with digital timers and lids to keep the smoke and grease from dirtying your kitchen counter.

We cook up a feast with these two deep-fryers; read about our verdicts here.

 

Philips deep fryer review

Editor’s Rave

Philips HD6157
$145, from major department stores in Singapore

USING IT Slightly smaller than the Severin, the basket holds about three chicken wings or 400g of crinkle-cut fries. But this deep-fryer is easier to use – it has a digital timer to set the cooking time, and the machine beeps when the food is ready. A diagram on the appliance shows the cooking times and temperatures for different foods, and an indicator light comes on when the oil is hot enough. But I found it hard to check on my cooking as the clear panel on the lid fogged up during use.

PERFORMANCE There was hardly any smoke, thanks to the double filter in the fryer’s lid. But it took a minute longer than the Severin deep-fryer to get crispy fries and chicken wings – when I followed the recommended cooking times in the manual, the food turned out cooked, but not crispy enough.

CLEANING UP Detaching and washing the lid, cooking pot and fryer basket was a breeze.  

VERDICT 8. Easy to use and wash, although it takes slightly longer to cook food.

 

 

 

Severin deep fryer review

Best Value

Severin FR2404
$108, from major department stores in Singapore

USING IT This holds more food – four chicken wings or 500g of crinkle-cut fries. A green light comes on when the oil is hot enough, then switches to red when food is lowered in. The green light comes back on when the food is deep-fried. It comes with a temperature knob, with symbols of the different foods that can be fried, at different temperatures. It doesn’t have a timer.

PERFORMANCE It heated up the oil the fastest; both the fries and chicken wings were perfectly cooked – crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. It emitted a lot of smoke from the metal lid, but that did not grease my countertop or stink up my kitchen.

CLEANING UP It’s harder to dismantle than the Philips deep-fryer, which has its heating element outside the pot. The heating coil on this machine was inside the cooking pot, so I had to wash them together.

VERDICT 7.5. Harder to clean and emits smoke, but cooks food very well – and quickly, too.

 

 

This article was originally published in Simply Her April 2013.

All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine’s publication. We advise readers to check with the store for the latest availability and pricing information.