Types of Commercial Doughnut Fryers

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Every day, commercial doughnut fryers produce fluffy glazed confections and cake-like powdered pastries. These fryers come in sizes from a small countertop model to a massive conveyor-belt machine. Available from Belshaw, Pitco Frialator, Comstock-Castle and many others, commercial fryers can cost £195 to more than £5,200.

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About Doughnut Fryers

Because people often purchase doughnuts by the dozen, doughnut fryers must have a large holding capacity. Because any rough handling of the delicate pastries after they emerge from the hot grease could cause the doughnuts to break, sink in or get crushed, fryers also must provide a mechanism for gently lifting the doughnuts out of the fryer and cooling them without rough handling.


All doughnut fryers have a vat to hold the cooking oil, available in sizes ranging from an 8½-pound capacity to more than 150-pound capacity. Some come with frosting racks, cooling racks or drying tables.


Countertop fryers are positioned on top of a counter and only produce 12 to 24 doughnuts at a time. Because they are considerably smaller than large commercial doughnut fryers, they are ideal for smaller doughnut commercial operations, such as small bakeries or breakfast shops.

Floor Doughnut Fryers

There are at least three types of free-standing doughnut fryers. These commercial machines make a larger quantity of doughnuts than the smaller countertop models; some can produce up to 1,500 doughnuts per hour. These larger models also include additional cooling racks or conveyor belts for cooling the doughnuts after cooking.

Large Doughnut Fryers

The largest commercial doughnut fryers, used by major doughnut chains, can easily fill a large room. Equipped with preparation areas, frying vats, conveyor belts, cooling trays, frosting lines and other equipment, these fryers can move large quantities of doughnuts through the fryer at once.

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