Commercial fryer with frying baskets.

GreenNY Specification: Commercial Fryers

Covered Products 
  • Gas and electric open, deep-fat fryers, including standard fry pot sizes (≥ 12 inches and < 18 inches wide) 
  • Large vat fryers (18 to 24 inches wide) 
  • Countertop and floor type models 


Ineligible Products 

Commercial fryers that are not ENERGY STAR certified, including: 

  • Closed vat fryers and fryers with vats measuring < 12 inches wide or > 24 inches wide 



Energy-efficient fryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR label offer shorter cook times and higher production rates through advanced burner and heat exchanger designs. Fry pot insulation reduces standby losses resulting in a lower idle energy rate. Large vat fryers are used in a variety of high-volume food establishments including fast food and full-service restaurants, grocery and retail, and institutional kitchens. 

Standard-sized fryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR label are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard models and large vat commercial fryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR are up to 35 percent more energy efficient than non-qualified models. 

Commercial fryer means an appliance for non-residential use, including a cooking vessel, in which oil is placed to such a depth that the cooking food is essentially supported by displacement of the cooking fluid rather than by the bottom of the vessel. Heat is delivered to the cooking fluid by means of an immersed electric element of band-wrapped vessel (electric fryers) or by heat transfer from gas burners through either the walls of the fryer or through tubes passing through the cooking fluid (gas fryers). 


Standard Setting and Certifying Program 

Various national and international standards apply to electronic appliances. They are defined here as a guide: 

ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary energy efficiency program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR® program makes identification of energy efficient appliances easy by labeling products that deliver the same or better performance as comparable models while using less energy and saving money. For additional information on the ENERGY STAR® program, including product specifications and a list of qualifying products, visit the ENERGY STAR® website at  

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive – A European Parliament and Council Directives restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. For additional information on RoHS please visit



Purchasing Commercial Fryers 

All affected entities shall purchase commercial fryers that are Energy Star certified using the Energy Star Product Finder. 

Affected entities are encouraged to purchase commercial fryers that comply with the latest RoHS requirements. 

In addition, all affected entities are encouraged to purchase commercial air fryers which are remanufactured or incorporate recycled materials in the manufacturing of the commercial fryer to the extent practicable. 


End of Life Management 

All affected entities shall follow the following hierarchy for end of life management of commercial fryers: 

  • If the unit is still in working condition:
    • Attempt to re-use it if a commercial fryer is needed in another application/facility. 
    • If the unit is no longer needed, work with the OGS Surplus Property program for redistribution or sale. 
  • If the unit is no longer in working condition:
    • Ensure that it is properly recycled through your entity's e-waste recycling program. 



Packaging shall comply with Environmental Conservation Law section 37-0205. Packaging shall not contain inks, dyes, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers, or any other additives to which any lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium is intentionally added or contain incidental concentrations of lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium which together are greater than 100 parts per million by weight (0.01%). 

New York State encourages affected entities to adopt the following in order of preference when purchasing items that come in packaging: 

  • Items that do not need packaging, or the packaging is part of the product. 
  • Items that come in reusable packaging. 
  • Items that come in bulk packaging. 
  • Items that come in innovative packaging that reduces the amount of packaging. 
  • Items that come in packaging that remains the property of the supplier and does not become the property of the end user under any circumstance or condition. The vendor shall certify that the packaging material will be reused, recycled, or composted, and managed in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. 
  • Items that come in packaging that maximizes recycled or biodegradable (compostable) content and/or meets or exceeds the minimum post-consumer content level for packaging in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines. Biodegradable products should only be used in areas where a composting facility exists that accept the material. 
  • Items that come in Packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable (compostable). Biodegradable products should only be used in areas where a composting facility exists and will accept the material.