Back to Blog
Paul Forrest

The Case for High-Efficiency Fryers

When it’s time to upgrade or buy a new deep fryer, Vulcan’s ENERGY STAR® certified fryers not only save hundreds of dollars each year in utility costs but also enable more output, resulting in happier customers. To qualify for ENERGY STAR certification, a fryer must meet specific requirements on load cooking energy efficiency as well as idle energy rate.



To determine whether a product such as a Vulcan deep fryer is efficient, ENERGY STAR reviews the lifetime energy savings and the ability to deliver features and performance demanded by customers in addition to energy savings. It also considers price and if an ENERGY STAR certified product costs more than a traditional model, purchasers must be able to recover their investment through utility bill savings within a reasonable period.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes data on the efficiency levels on deep fryers and provides standards to make it easy to understand the savings.


Energy Savings = Cost Savings

Commercial fryers vary in power type, size and capacity as does the energy savings associated, so it’s always a good idea to reference the Fryer Life Cost Calculator to determine just how much your specific model will save. As a general benchmark, an ENERGY STAR certified commercial deep fryer is 30-35% more energy efficient than a traditional model. A standard sized gas fryer can accumulate $460 annually in gas savings, totaling $4,800 over the life of the product.

In addition to saving money, certified fryers may also offer shorter cook times, faster temperature recovery and extended oil life which can vastly reduce oil costs over time.

Our innovative fryers are easy to operate and maintain, maximizing your productivity and minimizing your restaurant’s operational costs. With faster recovery, they’re designed to be the most profitable pieces of equipment in your commercial kitchen, day in and day out.

The ENERGY STAR certified Vulcan PowerFry5™ fryer is available in 50, 70 or 90 lb. models. These gas fryers offer solid state analog knob controls, solid state digital controls or programmable computer controls, and you should select the controls that will best support the needs of your operation.

If you are looking for a different level of output, Vulcan offers additional gas and electric ENERGY STAR certified fryers. To find the model that’s right for your operation, our Kitchen Equipment Guide tool can recommend your perfect fryer in just a few steps.

ENERGY STAR® Guide for Cafés, Restaurants, and Institutional Kitchens

How to Earn the Energy Star Label

Related Posts

PreciPan™ and TCM: Your Dynamic Duo in the K-12 Kitchen

Read More

The Ultimate Holiday Helper: Vulcan VCH16 Cook & Hold

Learn why a Vulcan cook and hold oven can be a valuable addition to your busy holiday season menu.
Read More

Tiny Space, Massive Flavors: How the Vulcan Minijet™ is Changing the Game

Tiny kitchens have met their match with the Vulcan Minijet™. This little powerhouse is all about doing more with less, fitting into snug spaces while throwing down just about any cooking method you need.
Read More

The Benefits of Scratch Cooking in K-12 Kitchens

Hoping to minimize processed, pre-packaged ‘heat-and-serve’ school meals, many schools use scratch cooking as a way to keep students full, nourished and growing.
Read More

5 Tips to Keep School Kitchen Cooking Equipment Clean

Routinely cleaning your K-12 kitchen cooking equipment not only supports efficient cooking operation, but also extends the life of your equipment. Follow these best practices to keep your Vulcan equipment performing its best for years to come.
Read More

Is a garden right for your school kitchen?

Everything from understanding plant biology while planning the garden to the architecture of a garden while building it. Kids of all ages can see first-hand what it takes to go from a seed to food.
Read More

QSR Food Safety: Safe Handling of Takeout

These days, customers enjoy having as many options as possible when it comes to safely picking up their meals.
Read More

Why Your Commercial Kitchen Needs a Steam Kettle

Steam kettles can provide your kitchen with immense benefits. Equipped with advanced technology, steam kettles can change your kitchen’s operations completely.
Read More

Restaurant Staffing Issues Continue. What Can You Do?

Restaurant work has not had the best reputation among workers, who may view it as fast-paced and stressful, thankless, low paying, lacking benefits and hard on family or social life with night, weekend, and holiday hours.
Read More

Proper Use of a Salamander Broiler

A salamander can do everything a cheesemelter can do and more. Its higher range of heat gives it versatility and much-needed speed, especially in busy commercial kitchens.
Read More

Seconds, Please! Creative Ways to Incorporate Vegetables into a School Lunch Menu

Read on for a closer look at the many benefits of eating vegetables, school lunch program nutrition standards for veggies and a roundup of ideas aimed at helping you incorporate more vegetables into your school lunch (and breakfast) menus.
Read More

Commercial & Restaurant Kitchen Equipment Guide

Read More

2021: The Return of the Restaurant

Read More

Rare Remarks: A Conversation with Dan DeRoma

Read More

Powering Through the Pandemic in K12 Foodservice

Read More