You love fried food, but you don’t love all the fat and calories that such greasy fare contains. If you’ve been trying to figure out a way to enjoy all the crispy foods you love in a healthier way, you need an air fryer in your kitchen. The machines works by cooking foods with little to no oil. It works by circulating air inside the fryer’s basket, which cooks and crisps foods at the same time. They’ve reached new heights in popularity in recent years, which means there are quite a few to choose from. Check out this handy buyer’s guide and accompanying reviews to help you choose the perfect air fryer for your kitchen.

How to Choose an Air Fryer

The first step in choosing an air fryer is figuring out your budget. You can find small models that are pretty affordable, but you can also choose a fancier model that costs much more. Once you know how much you’re comfortable spending on an air fryer, you can move ahead with making the choice that best suits you.

Size is another important factor to think about. Most air fryers are countertop models, which means they won’t fry huge amounts of food. You’ll likely be cooking in batches if you’re preparing a meal for more than a couple of people. Most air fryers clock in between 2 and about 6 quarts of cooking space. Overcrowding the basket slows the cooking process and can keep the food from getting crispy so pay attention to size as you make a choice.

Sound is something else that buyers comment on. Most air fryers are fairly quiet, though they aren’t silent. If possible, turn the machine on so you can get a sense of how loud it’s going to be as you use it. The sound may get louder as frying continues so check out reviews or ask other users about the noise level before you buy.

The controls vary among air fryer models so be sure you have a look at the instructions and the instrument panel on the machine you’re looking at. If you can’t figure out how it works, you’ll be frustrated and may not use it as often as you had originally planned. You can get a sense of this by opening the box and looking at the controls. Most are pretty self-explanatory, but make sure you know how it works before making a choice.

After use, you’ll need to clean your air fryer so make sure that it’s convenient and easy to do. Take the cooking parts out and wash by hand or in the dishwasher, according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Finally, consider the accessories you can use with a given air fryer. Some don’t come with all the bells and whistles, while others may come with a double layer rack, skewers, a cake pan, a grill pan, a rotisserie fork, steak cage, and fry cage. If you plan to prepare a wide range of foods in your air fryer, these extras can really help create the meal you want. If you plan to use it for basic frying, you might not want to spend the money on extra accessories.

Electric Hot Air Fryer and Oilless Cooker

If you’re looking for an air fryer with a large capacity, you’ll love the 6.5 litre space of this fryer. That means you can cook for just a couple people or up to 8 people at the same time. This machine uses up to 80 percent less oil than traditional frying, enabling you to prepare healthy meals for your whole family. The temperature range of 80 to 200 degrees gives you lots of options for cooking.

The eight pre-set programs enable you to cook common fried foods like French fries, chicken nuggets, prawns, and other kinds of meat. This fryer is ideal for cooking already fried and frozen foods without adding fat and calories. You can also use it to grill steaks and cook pizza. The parts are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

What we Liked:

● Easy to clean

● Ideal for already fried and frozen foods

● Wide temperature range

● Eight pre-set programs

What we Didn’t Like:

● Touch screen is on top

● Circular design takes up more space

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Philips HD9220/20 Air Fryer

This popular air fryer model has sold more than 7 million units worldwide. It enables you to fry, roast, and bake a variety of foods, including meat, potatoes and snacks. You can pre-set the timer for up to 30 minutes and you can adjust the cooking temperature up to 200 degrees.

The fryer’s rapid air technology lets you prepare foods with less of the frying smell you might notice with traditional cooking methods. The fryer is dishwasher safe so it’s easy to clean after each use. You’ll also love the modern design and the international foods booklet that gives you ideas for preparing foods your whole family will love.

What we Liked:

● Can roast, fry and bake

● Rapid air technology

● Uses little to no oil

● Sleek modern design

What we Didn’t Like

● Must use caution when cooking meat

● Produces steam that can stain

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ProBreeze XL 5.5L Air Fryer

 

If you need to feed a crowd, you’ll love the large capacity of this air fryer. The LED display allows you to choose from seven pre-set cooking modes, set a cooking timer, and choose the perfect temperature for the food you’re cooking, including chicken, prawns, fries, fish, steak, and even cake. Use this air fryer to fry, roast, and bake a huge variety of foods in your own kitchen.

This air fryer is a breeze to clean with a fully detachable fry basket that is entirely dishwasher safe. It also has built in overheat protection for your safety, as well as automatic on and off sensors so you never have to worry. The compact design makes it easy to add this air fryer to your kitchen.

What we Liked:

● Compact design

● Built in safety features

● Seven pre-set cooking modes

● Dishwasher safe

What we Didn’t Like:

● Produces a lot of steam

● Short cord

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Corsi Air Fryer Oil Free XXL

The extra-large capacity of this air fryer makes it ideal for families of up to 6 people. The square design increases cooking space by up to 15 percent and can even fit a small whole chicken. The LED digital touch screen has 11 pre-set cooking modes, independent temperature control, and a timer.

This fryer also has a preheat mode that makes saves cooking time and a warming mode that enables you to keep food at the right temperature until you’re ready to serve it. The removable non-stick basket is dishwasher safe and the fryer comes with 100 recipes.

What we Liked:

● Dishwasher safe

● 11 pre-set cooking modes

● Preheat and warming modes

● Large square basket

What we Didn’t Like:

● Larger than other models

● Louder than other models

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Tower Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation System

The rapid air circulation technology means speedy cooking with little to no oil. Use the temperature control to cook at 80 to 200 degrees, which makes it easy to cook snacks, meat and vegetables. The 30 minute timer takes the guesswork out of cooking many kinds of meals.

Though the fryer has a compact design, it still has a fairly large capacity, allowing you to cook for a couple of people at one time. The removable basket is dishwasher safe and pull out drawer is also easy to clean. The controls are easy to use, and the simple design of this machine makes it ideal for amateur and beginning cooks.

What we Liked:

● 80 to 200 degrees temperature range

● Easy to clean

● Rapid air circulation technology

● Simple to operate

What we Didn’t Like:

● Not large enough for a family

● May not cook large items evenly

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Cosori Air Fryer Oilless 3.5L Mini Oven

Ideal for cooking fried foods with up to 85 percent less fat than traditional cooking methods, this air fryer uses rapid air circulation to crisp a variety of foods with little to no oil. That includes bacon, frozen foods, fries, shrimp, bread, vegetables, desserts and many kinds of meat. The preheat mode makes it faster and easier to cook and the 11 pre-set modes take the guesswork out of commonly fried items.

The square basket accommodates more food that other models and is dishwasher safe. The fryer comes with 100 recipes and easy to use controls. The timer means you can cook plenty of food without having to watch it the whole time.

What we Liked:

● Square basket

● 11 pre-set cooking modes

● 85 per cent less fat than other cooking methods

● Comes with 100 recipes

What we Didn’t Like:

● Directions aren’t clear

● Not as fast as other models

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Bagotte 4.5L Chip Fryer

This air fryer has 1500 powerful watts that can cook frozen foods in just minutes. Rapid air technology creates crispy foods each and every time. There are six pre-set cooking modes for fries, nuggets, fish, steak, and poultry, but you can also use the fryer to prepare other snacks and vegetables.

They stylish design of this model matches most kitchens and the removable non-stick basket is dishwasher safe. The chips fryer is also easy to clean. The digital screen allows you to set the temperature from 80 to 200 degrees and you can cook items from 0 – 60 minutes with ease.

What we Liked:

● 1500 watts

● Dishwasher safe

● Stylish design

● Easy to use

What we Didn’t Like:

● Not as durable as other models

● Difficult to store

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Conclusion

Now that you know more about air fryers and what the different models offer, you can decide what features you can’t live without and what size you need. If you have a large family or you entertain a lot, a larger model is best. If you live alone or have a small kitchen, a smaller model is more ideal. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your air fryer to create delicious and healthy meals that let you enjoy crispy favourites without all the fat and calories. Adding an air fryer to your home kitchen is a choice you’ll never regret.