PROS / This fryer gave us some of the best-tasting food among the deep fryers we tested.
CONS / This fryer is missing oil filtration and storage.
VERDICT / Despite missing the convenience of a built-in timer or viewing window, the Waring Professional DF55 Deep Fryer gave us consistently great results. If you're not interested in bells and whistles, this is the fryer for you.
The Waring Professional DF55 Deep Fryer is a compact and utilitarian deep fat fryer that works well. It has a stainless steel housing with black plastic accents. We tested the Waring fryer, frying French fries and breaded chicken. Our testers ranked the Waring among one of the best deep fryers in our lineup in terms of taste and texture in the foods it produced. We followed the manufacturer’s instructions, and the resulting food was perfectly cooked. We were able to fit 1.9 liters of oil in the fryer and cook a max of 1.3 pounds of food.
The 1,500-watt, immersion-style heating element didn't heat the oil as quickly as we expected, taking 20 minutes to reach optimal cooking temperature. However, it only took the Waring four minutes to recover its temperature once food was added, which was among the lowest heat recovery times among the fryers on our lineup.
Some users prefer immersion-style elements for the heating benefits, but they require hand-washing. Even so, this was one of the easiest fryers to clean. The inner container is removable so you can easily lift it out to drain the cooking oil; Waring recommends hand-washing the stainless steel container.
While the cooking performance, clean-up, and ease-of-use scores were excellent, we felt like the Waring DF55 was missing a few features. There isn’t a viewing window, so it's more difficult to monitor the progress of your food while it's cooking. Likewise, it doesn’t come with a timer, oil filter or a method of storing used oil.
In terms of safety, we ranked this fryer among the safest fryers we tested. Surprisingly, the metal exterior of the Waring deep fryer only reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the upper rim of the container and the lid do get quite hot. Non-skid rubber feet prevent accidental movement, and the magnetic cord means you can cut power to the fryer instantly.
The Waring DF55 Deep Fryer comes with a one-year warranty, which is typical for countertop fryers. Waring provides email and phone support, online manuals, and a collection of instructional videos to help you get cooking. There's also a collection of recipes included as well.
If you're looking for excellent fried foods and don't care about some features, like a timer, viewing window, or oil filtration, the Waring Professional DF55 Deep Fryer is an excellent choice. It's priced relatively low for countertop, consumer-grade deep fryers, but it nails the basics.