• Gavin Dudd

6 Best Deep Fryers For Food Trucks In 2020

Updated: Jun 30

Check out the 6 best commercial deeps fryers for food trucks in 2020


When buying the best fryer for your food truck there are often a number of things you need to take into consideration.


For example, how much space is available in your food truck, what is your main product, the sort of volume you expect to achieve and the type of events you will be doing.


In this article, I will provide a buyers guide on purchasing the right fryer for your needs and review the top 6 food truck fryers based on the two main models of food truck fryers (countertop and floor fryers).


Buyers guide: Food truck fryers


Size


You don't have the luxury of a big open space like a commercial kitchen with a food truck.


Therefore, space is a big consideration when planning your food truck layout and what kitchen equipment will be going inside.


This means you often have to balance performance and functionally of the equipment with the size requirements of your food truck.


Electric or gas?


Commercial fryers are powered by two main power sources, namely electric or gas.

They both have their positive and drawbacks and depending on the scale of your operation will likely determine which you go for.


Electric Fryer


pro:

- More efficient when heating up

- Have quicker heat recovery between batches

- More mobile and easier to install as not attached to a gas supply

Con:

- Longer heat up times

- lower maximum oil temperatures


Gas fryer


pro:

- Cheaper to use as they tend to operate more efficiently

- Achieve significantly faster heat-up times

- Achieve higher maximum temperatures


Cons:

- Less mobile

- Can be expensive to install


Countertop or floor fryers?


Deep fryers come in two main models. Countertop fryers which are placed on hard surfaces or floor fryers that are larger stand-alone units.


Space is always going to be a big consideration when choosing the best fryer for your food truck.


You will need to balance the space you have available with the capacity of the fryer (how many people you can serve per hour).


Countertop fryers


A great compromise between saving space and performance. If fried food isn't your main product then countertop models are good for supporting your other cooking activities.


There are also ventless models of countertop fryers.

Floor Fryers


Designed to handle large volume and be in constant use in places like restaurants and large food trucks.


Floor fryers are a good fit if fried food is your main product, such s fried chicken.


Light/medium/heavy duty

The type of food truck fryer you buy will very much depend on how many people you think you will serve each day and type of events you will be trading at (small or large events).


This is because not all food truck fryers are created equally and are designed to handle light, medium and high volumes.

Light use: suitable for small operations with low volume such as deli's and small concessions stands. Not suitable for constant use.


Medium use: designed for similar operations such as concessions stands but are more high volume and do not lose their efficiency.


High use: made for restaurants, food trucks or high footfalls areas where constant high volume is a consideration. These types of fryers are built to last.


Additional equipment


When cooking, especially in a confined space like a food truck with equipment like deep fryers its important to have additional equipment in place


Exhaust Hood - This provides adequate ventilation with your food truck.


Fire suppression Equipment - Using fryers can increase the likelihood of hazards such as a fire. Equipment such as fire extinguishers, therefore, need to be in place.


Note, it's a legal requirement to have both of these types of equipment in place.



Types of food cooked on deep fryers


If it is edible then it can pretty much be deep-fried.


Here is a list of some of the fried foods served from food trucks.

  • French fries

  • Chicken wings

  • Fried chicken

  • Halloumi fries

  • mozzarella sticks

  • Fried shrimp

  • Onion rings

  • Corn dogs

  • Funnel cakes

  • Corn fritter

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1. VIVOHOME Commercial Dual Tank Deep Fryer



Dimensions: 23 x 19.7 x 13.8 inches


Net Weight: 21 lbs


Fryer Type: Countertop fryer


Frying baskets: 2


Oil Tank Capacity: 19.5 L

Power Source: Electric (5000w)


Features:

- Temperature control & overheat protection


Amazon Reviews (at time of writing): 4.1/5 stars


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2. WeChef Commercial Deep Fryer



Dimensions: 22-1/2" x 18" x 13" inches


Net Weight: 31.6 lbs


Fryer Type: Countertop fryer


Frying baskets: 2


Oil Tank Capacity: 23.4L Dual Tank


Power Source: Electric (3000w)


Features:

- Lid covers to prevent hot oil splash

Temperature limiter

- Basket timers


Amazon Reviews (at time of writing): 4.4/5 stars

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3. Commercial Deep Fryer

Dimensions: 26.4 x 22 x 16.5 inches


Net Weight: 31.6 lbs


Fryer Type: Countertop fryer


Frying baskets: 2


Oil Tank Capacity: 23.4L Dual Tank


Power Source: Electric (3000w)

Features:

- Rotating fryer head for easy cleaning

- Heavy-duty faucet for easy cleaning

- Adjustable temperature & timer


Amazon Reviews (at time of writing): 4.4/5 stars


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4. KITMA 40 lb. Natural Gas 3 Tube Floor Fryer



Dimensions: 15.6×30.1×44.4 inches


Net Weight: 131 lbs


Fryer Type: Floor fryer


Frying baskets: 2


Oil Tank Capacity: 26.4-litre


Power Source: Natural gas

Features: high-quality thermostat (temp. control)


3 Tube Powerful Burners


Amazon Reviews (at time of writing): 4/5 stars


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5. CookRite ATFS-40 Commercial Deep Fryer



Dimensions: 15.6*30.1*44.4 Inch


Net Weight: 134.5 LBS

Fryer Type: Floor fryer


Frying baskets: 2


Oil Tank Capacity: 40 litre


Power Source: Gas


Features: high-quality thermostat (temp. control)

3 Tube Powerful Burners

adjustable legs

Amazon Reviews (at time of writing): 4.7/5 stars

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6. JET JFF3-40N Commercial Heavy Duty Gas Deep Fryer



Dimensions: 15.5 x 30.5 x 45.5 inches


Net Weight: 200 lbs


Fryer Type: Floor fryer


Frying baskets: 2

Oil Tank Capacity: 40 litre

Power Source: Natural gas


Features: high-quality thermostat (temp. control)

3 Tube Powerful Burners

Amazon Reviews (at time of writing): 4.2/5 stars

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Final thoughts


Just to recap, when buying the right type of food truck fryer you need to factor in a couple of things.


How much space do you have available not just for the fryer but for your other equipment and staff? Is fried food your main product or a smaller part of your menu?

Both of these questions will, therefore, influence whether you buy a countertop or floor fryer for your food truck.


For higher volume and continuous use, a floor fryer probably more suitable. Whereas a countertop fryer is better if you intend to use it for lighter use, supporting your main menu.

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