In the past few years, air fryers have crept into our hearts, and subsequently, our kitchens. And just like our coffee machine and blender, we believe it has become a staple of the modern kitchen. Healthier than frying, faster than roasting, and easy to clean, air friers make cooking easier, more efficient, and perhaps even tastier.
Whether you are a self-proclaimed master chef or think not burning your toast is an accomplishment, your kitchen could always benefit from the addition of this versatile appliance. Since there are a lot of options out there, we have gathered up some of our favorites to simplify your shopping experience.
What Should I Look for in an Air Fryer?
Most air fryers function similarly, with removable baskets to hold your food and convection fans inside that blast your food at temperatures between 200 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike a standard oven, they are able to heat up in under 5 minutes to temperatures as high as 400 degrees. Not only are they safer than pan frying, but they are healthier, using a fraction of the oil used on regular fried food. They also usually have some have dishwasher-safe removable parts that make them easier to clean.
Air fryers’ capacities typically range from 2 to 6 quarts, but you don’t want to overfill the basket, so consider buying a larger model if you have a hungry family to feed. The larger you go however, the more counter space the air fryer will take up. If you are looking to reduce the amount of appliances in your kitchen you may want to consider a combo model—these can combine air fryers with convection ovens, instant pots, and more.
How We Choose
To find the best options among the many air fryers out there, we researched the most popular models available. We then took into account price, footprint, ease of use, features, and capacity. Finally, we consulted more 96,000 than reviews, written by people who’ve bought these models on sites like Amazon, to settle on these eight.