Traditional vented vs ventless fryer

One of the most common questions we get when discussing commercial deep fryer options is why go with a ventless fryer? Why does it matter?  Is it really that important?  We think so!  With the AutoFry ventless and hoodless operation is a key selling point for a few simple reasons.

Ventless vs. Vented Costs:

First, when you’re looking to add new cooking technology to your line up you need to think about cost: cost of equipment, cost of installation and cost of product the equipment can cook.  Most people only consider the first cost… that is a HUGE mistake.  While equipment cost should be a factor in your purchase decision, it should not be the only consideration.

Installation cost can often be a lot more expensive than the equipment itself, especially if you have to make renovations to your kitchen to meet safety requirements.

Ventless vs. Vented Installation:

So now that we’ve examined initial cost, let’s consider installation.  With the AutoFry, because it is a ventless fryer and fully enclosed, the only installation necessary is plugging in the fryer to a 220-volt outlet.  The unit is easy to move around the kitchen with the outlet being it’s only necessity.  With a traditional hooded fryer you need to install the unit and a hood.  Two separate installations, each with their own costs and procedures.  Also, you must choose a permanent place for your deep fryer as moving the hood down the road will be costly.

Ventless vs. Vented Safety:

Most importantly, let’s talk safety.  As a business owner, safety needs to be a top priority for you and your staff at all times.  Deep fryers offer a slew of potential risks to your employees year round.  Burns are the most common hazard to your employees when operating a deep fryer.  Fryer oil is usually kept around 175˚C and the number one cause of burns in the kitchen.  While this is a problem with a deep fryer, our ventless fryer, AutoFry, is fully enclosed so the user is never exposed to dangerously hot oil.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is another danger of working with a deep fryer.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas emitted when something is burned.  The vent hood installed with a deep fryer helps to divert the poisonous gas, but if the vent hood or fryer exhaust stops functioning properly, carbon monoxide can quickly fill your entire kitchen.  Minor symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea and dizziness, but extended exposure can result in lost consciousness and even death.  By operating the AutoFry fryer, you eliminate all risk of poisonous gas because the fryer is electric rather than gas.  In addition, the AutoFry comes equipped with an Ansul Fire Suppression System, giving you peace of mind for a safe work environment.

Visually Speaking:

So whether you’re concerned about costs, installation or safety, vented versus ventless fryers makes a huge difference!  We believe a ventless fryer system is the ideal cooking companion, offering you great taste at a fraction of the cost.

Check out our infographic below for an overview of Vented vs Ventless.

Traditional vs ventless graphic

* Cost is always an important consideration when it comes to adding new equipment to your line-up: cost of equipment, cost of installation, running costs and cost of the fryer. Most people only consider the first cost, the purchase price of the cooking equipment, without consideration for the other associated costs… this can be a costly mistake.
Installation costs can sometimes be more expensive than the equipment itself – especially if you have to make renovations to your kitchen to meet standards. For example, consider a deep fryer that may cost $2,500 – that sounds cheap compared to an AutoFry Ventless fryer. But when you factor in cost of an exhaust hood, the installation cost of the exhaust system and the maintenance costs such as professional cleaning of filters – it can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Furthermore, if your business moves, or you want to move your fryer location, you may have additional costs later on to move your exhaust hood or set up a new hood in a new premises.
With AutoFry, the only cost you incur is the initial purchase price of the equipment and periodic replacement costs of filters and periodic servicing of the unit to keep it in safe working order. Two of the three AutoFry filters can also be hand washed – you only need to replace the carbon filter periodically. As no hood is required the machine can be moved to any location with access to power, without the need of an expensive exhaust canopy, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the long term.