Countertop fryers are ideal for kitchens that will not be frying that much food throughout the day or have limited space. You will want to check the overall dimensions of the unit as well as the pot design and power type to make sure you get the right model to suit your needs. The pot design of countertop fryers depends mostly on the power source. Electric units have a ribbon type pot in which the ribbon shaped elements are submerged directly in the oil. Gas models have a standard open pot design, where the gas-fired heating elements attached to the outside of the vat. Open pots usually have a cold zone at the very bottom into which food particles are allowed to settle and not disrupt the flavor of subsequent food items. Whichever power type you decide upon, be sure that either the gas hookups or electrical supply are compatible with your current utility hookup. The dimensional specifications of each unit are also important to consider. This tells you how much countertop space it will take up.