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Are you tempted by an air fryer, but fear you might just get another ill-fated kitchen gadget that takes up space in your tiny kitchen? We’re here to help you out. The air fryer, which comes in several different shapes and sizes, can be a versatile addition to many kitchens, once you know what it’s capable of. In the last year, shapes and sizes of air fryers have settled, and like the Instant Pot that came before, its a kitchen gadget that often appears at major online sales like Black Friday or Prime Week.

Quick Overview

The function has even proved so popular that several all-in-one kitchen appliances, and even conventional ovens, now include an air fryer setting, which will be useful for smaller kitchens with less space. Many air fryers offer two different cooking areas meaning you can synchronize cooking two different items without letting anything cool.

First of all, let’s clear one thing up: it’s not frying. Not really. Air fryers are more like smaller convection ovens, ones that are often pod-shaped. Most work by combining a heating element and fan, which means the hot air can usually better crisp the outside of food than other methods. They often reach higher top temperatures than toaster ovens – which is part of the appeal.

For most recipes, a thin layer of oil (usually sprayed) helps to replicate that fried look and feel better. However, it will rarely taste precisely like the deep-fried version. Don’t let that put you off, though, because the air fryer, in its many forms, combines some of the best parts of other cooking processes and brings them together into an energy-efficient way of cooking dinner. Or breakfast. Or lunch.

What to look for in an air fryer

Convection ovens

You can separate most air fryers into two types and each has different pros and cons. Convection ovens are usually ovens with air fryer settings and features. They might have higher temperature settings to ensure that food crisps and cooks more like actually fried food. Most convection ovens are larger than dedicated air fryers, defeating some of the purpose of those looking to shrink cooking appliance surface area. Still, they are often more versatile with multiple cooking functions, and most have finer controls for temperatures, timings and even fan speed.

You may never need a built-in oven if you have a decent convection oven. They often have the volume to handle roasts, entire chickens or tray bakes, and simply cook more, capacity-wise, making them more versatile than the pod-shaped competition.

The flip side of that is that you’ll need counter space in the kitchen to house them. It also means you can use traditional oven accessories, like baking trays or cake tins, that you might already own.

Pod-shaped air fryers

Pod-shaped air fryersare what you imagine when you think “air fryer.” They look like a cool, space-age kitchen gadget, bigger than a kettle but smaller than a toaster oven. Many use a drawer to hold ingredients while cooking, usually a mesh sheet or a more solid, non-stick tray with holes to allow the hot air to circulate. With a few exceptions, most require you to open the drawer while things cook and flip or shake half-cooked items to ensure the even distribution of heat and airflow to everything.

That’s one of a few caveats. Most pod-shaped air fryers – there are a few exceptions – don’t have a window to see how things are cooking, so you’ll need to closely scrutinize things as they cook, opening the device to check progress. These machines also generally use less energy – there’s less space to heat – and many have parts that can be put directly into a dishwasher.

Some of the larger pod-shaped air fryers offer two separate compartments, which is especially useful for anyone planning to cook an entire meal with the appliance. You could cook a couple of tasty chicken wings or tenders while simultaneously rustling up enough frozen fries for everyone. Naturally, those options take up more space, and they’re usually heavy enough to stop you from storing them in cupboards or shelves elsewhere.

As mentioned earlier, you might have to buy extra things to make these pod fryers work the way you want them to. Some of the bigger manufacturers, like Philips and Ninja, offer convenient additions, but you’ll have to pay for them.

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Air fryer pros and cons

Beyond the strengths and weaknesses of individual models, air fryers are pretty easy to use from the outset. Most models come with a convenient cooking time booklet covering most of the major foods you’ll be air frying.

One of the early selling points is the ability to cook fries, wings, frozen foods and other delights with less fat than other methods like deep frying. As air fryers work by circulating heated air, the trays and cooking plates have holes that can also let oil and fat drain out of meats, meaning less fat and crisper food when you finally plate things up. For most cooking situations, you will likely need to lightly spray food with vegetable oil. If you don’t, there’s the chance that things will burn or char. The oil will keep things moist on the surface, and we advise refreshing things with a bit of oil spray when you turn items during cooking.

Most air fryers are easy to clean – especially in comparison to a shallow or deep fryer. We’ll get into cleaning guidance a little later.

With a smaller space to heat, air fryers are generally more energy-efficient than using larger appliances like ovens. And if you don’t have an oven, air fryers are much more affordable – especially the pod options.

There are, however, some drawbacks. While air fryers are easy enough to use, they take time to master. You will adjust cooking times for even the simplest types of food – like frozen fries or brussels sprouts. If you’re the kind of person that loves to find inspiration from the internet, in our experience, you can pretty much throw their timings out of the window. There are a lot of air fryer options, and factors like how fast they heat and how well distributed that heat is can – and will – affect cooking.

There’s also a space limitation to air fryers. This is not a TARDIS – there’s simply less space than most traditional ovens and many deep fat fryers. If you have a bigger family, you’ll probably want to go for a large capacity air fryer – possibly one that has multiple cooking areas.

You may also struggle to cook many items through as the heat settings will cook the surface of dishes long before it’s cooked right through. If you’re planning to cook a whole chicken or a roast, please get a meat thermometer!

The best accessories for your air fryer

Beyond official accessories from the manufacturer, try to pick up silicone-tipped tools. Tongs are ideal, as is a silicon spatula to gently loosen food that might get stuck on the sides of the air fryer. These silicone mats will also help stop things from sticking to the wire racks on some air fryers. They have holes to ensure the heated air is still able to circulate around the food.

Silicone trivets are also useful for resting any cooked food on while you sort out the rest of the meal. And if you find yourself needing oil spray, but don’t feel like repeatedly buying tiny bottles, you can decant your favorite vegetable oil into a permanent mister like this.

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The best way to clean an air fryer

We’re keeping things simple here. Yes, you could use power cleaners from the grocery store, they could damage the surface of your air fryer. Likewise, metal scourers or brushes could strip away non-stick protection. Remember to unplug the device and let it cool completely.

Remove the trays, baskets and everything else from inside. If the manufacturer says the parts are dishwasher safe – and you have a dishwasher – the job is pretty much done.

Otherwise, hand wash each part in a mixture of warm water, with a splash of Dawn or another strong dish soap. Use a soft-bristled brush to pull away any crumbs, greasy deposits or bits of food stuck to any surfaces. Remember to rinse everything. Otherwise, your next batch of wings could have a mild Dawn aftertaste. Trust us.

Take a microfiber cloth and tackle the outer parts and handles that might also get a little messy after repeated uses. This is especially useful for oven-style air fryers – use the cloth to wipe down the inner sides.

If Dawn isn’t shifting oily stains, try mixing a small amount of baking soda with enough water to make a paste, and apply that so that it doesn’t seep into any electrical parts or the heating element. Leave it to work for a few seconds before using a damp cloth to pull any greasy spots away. Rinse out the cloth and wipe everything down again, and you should be ready for the next time you need to air fry.

How to find air fryer recipes

Beyond fries, nuggets and – a revelation – frozen gyoza, there are a few ways to find recipes for your new air fryer. First, we found that the air fryer instruction manuals often have cooking guides and recipe suggestions for you to test out in your new kitchen gadget. The good thing with these is that they were made for your air fryer model, meaning success should be all but guaranteed. They are often a little unimaginative, however.

Many of the top recipe sites and portals have no shortage of air fryer recipes, and there’s no harm in googling your favorite cuisine and adding the words “air fryer” on the end of the search string. We’ve picked up some reliable options from Delish, which also has a handy air fryer time converter for changing oven and traditional fryer recipes.

BBC Good Food is also worth browsing for some simple ideas, as is NYT Cooking, with the ability to directly search for air fryer suggestions.

And if you have a killer recipe or unique use for your air fryer, let us know in the comments. What’s the air fryer equivalent of the Instant Pot cheesecake? We’re ready to try it.

Best overall: Instant Vortex Plus

Best overall

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Instant Pot

Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart Air Fryer

We appreciate the Instant Vortex's intuitive controls, the easy-to-clean nonstick drawer basket and its roomy interior – it’s big enough to fit four chicken thighs.

You probably know the “Instant” brand from the line of very popular Instant Pot multi-cookers, but did you know that the company makes great air fryers too? We’re especially impressed by the Instant Vortex Plus with ClearCook and OdorErase, which features a clear viewing window so you can see your food while it’s cooking, plus an odor-removing filter. In our testing, we found that it didn’t completely eliminate smells, but it seemed significantly less smoky when compared to our Breville Smart Oven Air. We love its ease of use intuitive controls, the easy-to-clean nonstick drawer basket, plus the roomy interior – it’s big enough to fit four chicken thighs. Plus, it heats up very quickly with virtually no preheating time.

A slightly more affordable option is its predecessor, the Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart. It lacks the viewing window and the odor-removing filters, but it still has the same intuitive control panel and roomy nonstick interior. If you want an even bigger option, Instant also offers Instant Vortex Plus in a 10-quart model that has a viewing window and a rotisserie feature.

Best dual-zone: Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer

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Ninja DZ401 Foodi Air Fryer

The Ninja's two separate compartments let you prep two different foods at the same time with totally different cooking modes, or use Match Cook to use the same settings in both chambers.

Most air fryers can make one thing at a time, but Ninja’s Dual Zone machine can handle two totally different foods simultaneously. Available in 8- and 10-quart capacities, the machine isn’t compact, so it won’t be a good option for those with small kitchens. However, if you have the counter space, it could be the best air fryer to invest in especially if you cook for a large family. You can prep two totally different foods, like fried okra and brownies, at the same time with totally different cooking modes, or use Match Cook to prepare foods in both chambers the same way. The heating zones are independent, so if you only want to fill up one side with french fries and leave the other empty, you can do that as well.

We appreciate how quickly the Ninja air fryer heats up (there’s little to no preheating time at all) and how it runs relatively quietly. It also has a feature called Smart Finish that will automatically adjust cooking times so that your fried chicken thighs in the first chamber and asparagus in the second will finish at the same time, so you don’t have to wait for one part of your meal to be ready while the other gets cold. In general, dual-zone air fryers aren’t necessary for most people, but those who cook often will get a lot of use out of machines like this Ninja.

Best budget: Instant Vortex Mini

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Instant Pot

Instant Pot Vortex Mini Air Fryer

Not only is the Instant Vortex Mini budget-friendly with a sub-$100 price tag, but it’s also quite compact.

Not only is the Instant Vortex Mini budget-friendly with a $60 price tag (and you can often find it on sale for less), but it’s also quite compact. Most air fryers will take up a lot of precious countertop space, but this two-quart model is great for those who don’t have a lot to spare. The Vortex Mini can air fry, bake, roast and reheat, and you can control the temperature and cook time using the dial sitting in the middle of its touchscreen. Unlike some of the other, more expensive air fryers we tested, which have a variety of modes and settings, the Vortex Mini is dead simple to use. Just plug it in, press the preset cooking method of your choice, customize the temperature and cook time and press Start. The machine will beep about halfway through the cycle to let you know when to flip your food, and it’ll chime again once it’s finished.

Arguably the biggest caveat to the Vortex Mini is also its biggest strength. It’s so compact that cooking more than one thing, or a lot of one thing, won’t be easy. But I was able to cook a whole block of tofu cut into cubes (with a bit of overlap) and reheat (and re-crisp) leftovers in it for myself and my fiancé with no problems. Overall, this compact air fryer will be hard to beat for those with tight budgets and tiny kitchens.

Best multi-purpose air fryer: Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro

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Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro

If you love to cook, have a large family or throw a bunch of parties, you’ll likely get a ton of use out of Breville's Smart Oven air Fryer Pro.

Listen, most people don’t need the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro. But if you love to cook, have a large family or throw a bunch of parties, you’ll likely get a ton of use out of this machine. It’s a beast, measuring one cubic foot, so be prepared to carve out some space on your counter. But its size allows it to cook an entire 14-pound turkey and fit things like a five-quart dutch oven and a 9 x 13 pan inside of it. It can basically act like a second oven, or even a primary one if your main oven is out of commission.

As an air fryer toaster oven, it’s quite capable and its size helps since you can spread your food out to ensure things are as crispy as possible. It also helps that you can cook a lot of food at once, which will make it easier if you’re preparing appetizers for a party or a side dish for a family dinner. In addition to air frying, it has a number of other cooking modes including toast, broil, bake, pizza, dehydrate and proof. Despite the “smart” moniker, this model doesn’t have app connectivity – but you can get that feature if you upgrade to the Joule. That’ll allow you to get push notifications when your food’s ready, and the companion app also has guided recipes which you can follow along with. Unsurprisingly, like most Breville gadgets, both the Joule and the standard Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro are quite expensive, coming in at $500 and $400, respectively. But if you’re looking to add a multi-use machine to your kitchen that will let you air fry to your heart’s content, Breville has you covered.

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The best air fryers for 2023 | Engadget? ›

As the cost of living crisis has skyrocketed air fryers have taken the world by storm because they use less energy and cook things so quickly. Residents have been going crazy buying them in a bid to prevent using their ovens and save money.

What is best air fryer to purchase for the money? ›

  • Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer with ClearCook. Best air fryer overall. ...
  • Ninja AF300UK Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer. ...
  • Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer. ...
  • Ninja Woodfire Electric BBQ and Smoker. ...
  • Instant Vortex Mini Air Fryer. ...
  • Instant Vortex Plus Dual Drawer Air Fryer. ...
  • Philips Essential Air Fryer. ...
  • Tower Vortex 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven.
May 25, 2023

Why is everyone going crazy for air fryers? ›

As the cost of living crisis has skyrocketed air fryers have taken the world by storm because they use less energy and cook things so quickly. Residents have been going crazy buying them in a bid to prevent using their ovens and save money.

What is the best air fryer for a family of 4? ›

The 5.5-quart Ninja Air Fryer Max XL has been the best performer within our conventional, basket-style air fryer test. It scored the greatest marks throughout the board for ease of use, as a result of its easy-to-use and -read buttons and apparent owner's manual.

What is the best air fryer to cook multiple things at once? ›

Ninja Foodi Dual Zone: Best Ninja air fryer

With the fryer's sync function, both baskets can be set to different times and temperatures but will finish at the same time. So you can cook your chicken and chips simultaneously, without the worry that one will be done before the other.

Which company is best for air fryer? ›

Best Air Fryers To Satiate Your Cravings In A Healthy Manner (June, 2023)
Air FryerCapacityApprox Price
Hilton 3.5 Liters Air Fryer3.5 LitreRs 4,990
Balzano Digital Air Fryer5.5 LitreRs 4,693
SOLARA Large Digital Air Fryer3.5 LitreRs 5,654
AGARO Regency Air Fryer12 LitreRs 7,999
6 more rows
Jun 9, 2023

What I wish I knew before I get an air fryer? ›

7 Things You Should Know BEFORE Buying an Air Fryer
  • 1) It's loud.
  • 2) It smokes a lot.
  • 3) It only goes up to 400 degrees.
  • 4) You can't see the food.
  • 5) It won't do batter fried food.
  • 6) You still have to add oil.
  • 7) The inside is entirely coated with non-stick surfaces.
Feb 16, 2019

What size air fryer is best for a family of 3? ›

2-3 people: A Small air fryer between 2 to 3 Quarts (1.9 to 2.8 Liters). 3-4 people: A Family sized air fryer between 4 to 6 Quarts (3.8 to 5.7 Litres). 5-6 people: An Extra-large air fryer between 7 to 8 Quarts (6.6 to 7.6 Litres).

What is the best size Airfryer to get? ›

A typical family of three will do well with an air fryer size of between 4 and 5 quarts. This Ninja 4 quart Air Fryer is a very good choice for a family of three. If your family of 3 cooks large meals, it's a good idea to size up to an air fryer that is over 5 quarts.

Can you use foil in an air fryer? ›

An air fryer is simply a small oven that runs on convection heat. The heat is circulated around a tight space by a powerful fan that lies just below or behind the heating element. Just as in a standard oven, it is perfectly safe to use aluminum foil in the air fryer.

Can you cook 2 things at the same time in an air fryer? ›

With an air fryer, you can prepare multiple ingredients at the same time. The separator that some of them come with the appliance will enable you to divide the ingredients in the basket or pan and cook both foods at the same time.

Is a dual air fryer better than single? ›

Dual Zone air fryers do everything your usual air fryer can do, times two. So you can cook with the same time and temperatures across both drawers (effectively doubling the capacity of a single drawer use) or you can control either drawer independently.

What is negative about air fryers? ›

Cons of air fryers

Cooked even a few minutes too long can mean you've got burnt or charred food, a known cancer causer. Also, foods can dry out quickly with less fat and higher cooking temps; and they're fairly small so if you plan to cook for more than several people you'll have to do so in batches.

What is the bad news about air fryers? ›

Air-frying equipment is not known to cause cancer, but the process of air frying does result in the formation of certain compounds, like acrylamide, that are linked to cancer development. Acrylamide is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Why do chefs hate air fryers? ›

At their core, air fryers are essentially smaller-sized convection ovens. For this reason, commercial businesses don't benefit from them. Convection ovens may find uses in the food industry for certain items but have many limitations for broader service menus.

What is the most popular food cooked in an air fryer? ›

French fries are arguably the most popular thing to cook in an air fryer.

Does it matter which air fryer you buy? ›

Size matters when it comes to air fryer prowess but maybe not in the way you expected. A smaller air fryer means food is going to get blasted faster and more often than inside a larger model where the air has further to travel and more time to lose heat.

Which is better Cosori or Ninja air fryer? ›

Conclusion. In conclusion, the COSORI and Ninja air fryers are popular and well-reviewed options. The COSORI air fryer has a larger basket capacity, more cooking functions, a larger LCD, and an automatic shut-off feature. The Ninja air fryer has a max crisp function which may help achieve extra crispy results.

Which air fryer oven does consumer reports recommend? ›

CR's take: The Instant Vortex Plus 4-Quart Air Fryer is a solid pick all-around. Easy-to-use controls—it has that. An easy-to-clean interior and exterior—it has that, too. Plus, while cooking it produces very little noise.

How do I choose an air fryer? ›

Size and capacity

Size is an important factor, especially if you have a compact kitchen. A medium-size air fryer has a capacity that ranges between 3.7L to 4.1L. They are compact and so, should easily fit in most kitchens. However, there is a strong correlation between size and capacity.

Is Philips the best air fryer? ›

The Best Air Fryer Overall: Philips Premium Digital Air Fryer.

Why not to buy an air fryer? ›

10 Downsides of Air Fryers
  • Limited capacity.
  • Easy to burn food.
  • Food dries out.
  • Some foods don't work.
  • Difficult to clean.
  • Less affordable.
  • Requires learning.
  • Noisy.
Apr 30, 2023

Why are so many people selling their air fryers? ›

Air fryers are affordable, quick and use less oil

Air fryers are popular because they are affordable, don't use as much oil as a traditional fryer, and heat food evenly and quickly. These appliances are much healthier than deep fryers and work more rapidly than a standard convection oven.

What is the best size air fryer for 2 people? ›

Final Thoughts
  • The small air fryers size/2-3 quart is right for you if you don't have much kitchen space and cooking for 1 or 2 people.
  • The medium size/4-5 quart is great if you're cooking for 4 or fewer people or you want to air fry enough for a family.
Jan 31, 2023

How much can you fit in a 3 quart air fryer? ›

Marshmello Air Fryer 3-quart capacity

Allows you to prepare up to 2.5 lbs. of food at a time. Recommended for 2-4 people.

What is a 3 in 1 air fryer? ›

Take guilt-free cooking to the next level with Easy Fry 3-in-1: Tefal's first air fryer, steamer, and grill in one. Air fry irresistibly crispy dishes with 99% less added fat* thanks to clever Extra Crisp technology. Steam flaky fish and tender veg to retain the nutrients with Easy Fry's delicate steam technology.

How many people will a 5 quart air fryer feed? ›

Small. Small air fryers have much larger baskets and can hold between 3 to 5 quarts of food. These air fryer sizes have the capacity to make enough food for up to four people and satisfy a variety of foods like vegetables, sides, and meats like the mini air fryer, but with more in the basket.

What size air fryer to cook a whole chicken? ›

5-6 Qt Basket Style Air Fryers for Whole Chicken

But your size air fryer will determine the size of your chicken to cook. We recommend 4-5 pound chickens to be cooked in larger 5-6 quart air fryers. Smaller 4 quart air fryers can cook a 3 pound or MAYBE 4 pound chicken.

What size air fryer for steak? ›

Preheat a 3.5-quart air fryer to 400 degrees F. Season the steak on both sides with a generous pinch of salt and several grinds of black pepper. Place the steak in the center of the air fryer basket and cook until desired doneness, about 10 minutes for medium-rare, 12 minutes for medium and 14 minutes for medium-well.

Can you do bacon in an air fryer? ›

The size of the air fryer basket will determine how many rashers you can cook at one time. Set the air fryer to 200C and cook streaky bacon rashers for 6-10 mins – just-cooked bacon will take 6 mins, but crispier bacon will take 9-10 mins.

Can you put glass in an air fryer? ›

Any glass you use in an air fryer should be tempered and oven-safe. The best options for air fryer cooking are those glasses made of borosilicate glass, like the well-known brand Pyrex. This particular type of glass is made in a 1000 degree F oven, making it super durable!

Can you put raw meat in Airfryer? ›

It is safe to cook raw meat in the air fryer if it is fully defrosted, seasoned, and monitored. Some fully cooked foods, including chicken tenders or fries, can be placed frozen in the air fryer. However, with raw meat, it's recommended to thoroughly defrost to allow more even cooking and a tasty final product.

Why soak potatoes before air frying? ›

Soaking the potatoes after they're cut draws out some of the starch which is naturally present in potatoes. This will result in a crispier fry. A thirty minute soak in cold water does the trick but you may soak them longer if you want. After soaking, be sure to dry the potatoes before you fry them.

Can frozen chicken go in air fryer? ›

No worries. Cook frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts in an air fryer by preheating the device to 360°. Season the chicken breasts as desired, then place them in the air fryer basket. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165°.

What's the difference between a ninja air fryer and a normal air fryer? ›

The only major differences are: The Ninja has a digital display and buttons rather than a manual temperature dial and a timer dial. The Ninja has an extra setting for dehydrating fruits and vegetables or making jerky. The most noticeable difference is the frying basket.

Is a 2 quart air fryer big enough for 2 people? ›

When Cooking for a Family of 2: If it's mostly you and your beau sitting around the dinner table, the air frying aficionados recommend a 2- or 3-quart air fryer. The basket provides enough space to cook approximately six chicken wings at a time or enough vegetables for two people.

What is so great about the Ninja air fryer? ›

The large capacity and digital display are easy to use and the unit comes with preset cooking modes, which takes the guesswork out of cooking. It is also easy to clean, which leaves you with more time to relax in the evenings. I have personally really enjoyed using the air fryer and I really didn't think I would.

What is the difference between a cheap air fryer and an expensive air fryer? ›

"You'll generally pay more for models with digital controls and pre-programmed settings, but these tend to have better accuracy for temperature and cooking time than cheaper models."

What to look for when buying an air fryer? ›

Key features to look out for
  • Timer. You'll never have to worry about overcooking your food with a timer function. ...
  • Dishwasher-safe components. Lots of air fryers come with dishwasher-safe components. ...
  • Multiple cooking functions. ...
  • Temperature controls.
Sep 23, 2022

What are the negatives of an air fryer? ›

The downside

Air-frying also produces high temperatures at a very rapid rate, thus making it extremely easy to burn food. And charred food may be carcinogenic. In addition, Cucuzza adds, because most devices cook 1 to 3 pounds of food at a time, it can be challenging to air-fry meals for a large family.

Why don t chefs use air fryers? ›

At their core, air fryers are essentially smaller-sized convection ovens. For this reason, commercial businesses don't benefit from them. Convection ovens may find uses in the food industry for certain items but have many limitations for broader service menus.

Which is the best least expensive air fryer? ›

Best air fryers of 2023 – for any budget
  • Philips Premium Collection Air Fryer XXL - $503.
  • Healthy Choice Digital Air Fryer - $79.95.
  • Instant Duo Crisp and Air Fryer - $255.
  • Kitchen Couture Air Fryer - $174.95 (down from $479)
  • Advwin 6L Air Fryer - $99.
  • Tefal Easy Fry and Grill, $261.95.
Feb 15, 2023

Are Philips air fryers worth the money? ›

If you really love fried food without all the fat, the Philips is definitely worth the investment. That said, it's a big, heavy machine that's noisier than most of its competitors while operating. And with no digital control panel, it's hard to set cooking times and temperatures precisely.

Does air fryer taste the same as deep fryer? ›

No, air fried foods do not actually taste deep fried, even though I'd really, really, really like them to. So what does air fried food actually taste like? It tastes like extra-crispy oven-baked food.

Is a round or square basket better in an air fryer? ›

Circles are better for snacks or smaller foods that can be cooked quickly and evenly. I recommend a square or rectangle air fryer unless you know you will only make small foods inside.

What is the most common size air fryer? ›

Size. Since the average air fryer falls between 3 and 6 quarts, we consider models with a capacity of 6 quarts and above as large-capacity air fryers.

How big should I buy my air fryer? ›

It's a good idea to think about how many people you'll be cooking for so you know how much capacity you need; for example, a 2-4.5l capacity air fryer is fine for 1-2 people and a 4.5-10l capacity is better for 2-4 people depending on what you're air frying. The more capacity, the more food you can cook at once.

How much should you spend on an air fryer? ›

The most popular air fryers usually cost about $60-130, depending on whether you can find a great air fryer deal.

What color air fryer is best? ›

Stainless Steel Air Fryers

Stainless steel appliances are by far the most common and popular color choice. It is the perfect color for 9 out of 10 kitchens.

What are the pros and cons of an air fryer? ›

The pros are that air fryers are versatile, easy-to-use, and very quick allowing you to make healthier food efficiently in your own kitchen. Despite this, these rather large devices quickly take up space on your kitchen counter or in your cupboards and can be tricky to clean.


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