An air fryer cooks food with hot air instead of oil, making it a very healthy appliance to have in the kitchen.
The best air fryers on the market are durable and dependable with features that address everyday cooking demands.
We conducted extensive research to identify five air fryers as the market's top contenders.
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Wattage and Capacity
Air fryers typically require between 800 and 2100 watts. Before you buy an air fryer, make sure your kitchen outlet can support this kind of wattage. Another thing to consider is an air fryer's capacity. Most fryers can cook between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds of food at a time. Although this is typically sufficient, you may want a machine with more or less capacity, depending on your needs.
Size and Settings
Most air fryers are relatively compact and easy to fit on a kitchen counter. Despite their straightforward design, some air fryers have settings that may be more or less appealing to you. Most machines can reach up to 360 degrees and come with timers. Consumers may want an air fryer with higher temperatures or more versatile settings.
Many air fryers use just a small amount of oil, but some health-conscious consumers might opt for a completely oil-free fryer. Multipurpose fryers can cook two or more types of food at once. Other features you might be interested in include digital programmable settings, rapid-cook technology, and nonstick surfaces.
It's not uncommon to see a starting price of around $200 for an air fryer. However, these appliances often make up for their high price tags with efficient frying and easy cleanup. Budget-conscious consumers can definitely find fryers in their price range, as can those who are looking for a high-end model.
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The Philips HD9240/94 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology comes with a cooking basket that can hold 2.65 pounds of food -- enough for most basic cooking needs. The machine's wattage is 2,100, yielding a generous amount of power that cooks food quickly. Customers tend to like the Philips' food quality, but a few told us they wished this fryer had a larger capacity.
The GoWISE USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer with Digital Programmable Cooking Settings can cook up to 2.5 quarts of food at a time. This generous cooking space can accommodate everything from cakes to a big batch of French fries. The machine is sufficiently propelled by 1,500 watts of power, but at least one owner told us that the appliance cooks food a bit too fast, often burning it in the process.
One of the T-Fal ActiFry's standout characteristics is its large food capacity. This fryer can accommodate 2.2 pounds of food, which is pretty significant, especially for larger families. With 1,450 watts of power, the T-Fal easily cooks multiple servings at once. For example, you could easily whip up two pounds of French fries -- enough to feed a family of four or more. One criticism we encountered during our research is that soft foods don't always cook as well as harder foods in this machine.
The Air Fryer with Digital Programmable Settings By Good Cooking provides a spacious, 2.5 quart capacity. It runs on 1,200 watt of power, which is sufficient for cooking most recipes. Customers we spoke to told us that this cooker works particularly well for meat dishes.
The Kalorik Convection Air Fryer has a large cooking capacity of 4.2 quarts. With that amount of space, it's easy to cook everything from a whole chicken to baked potatoes, French fries, and onion rings. This appliance requires 1,230 watts of power for sufficient operation. We are particularly impressed by the roominess of this appliance, as well as the 1,230 watts of power which make it easy for the Kalorik to prepare large quantities of food in a matter of minutes.
The Philips' digital-touch interface lets users easily adjust temperature, which can climb up to 390 degrees. Cord storage is located at the bottom of the appliance, saving space without cluttering the counter. Because this unit is a bit large and "clunky," people with cramped kitchens and tight cabinets may have difficulty finding a place for it.
The GoWISE offers temperature control between 176 and 392 degrees; this range is sufficient for both larger and smaller food items. The GoWISE timer reaches up to 30 minutes, allowing plenty of cooking time for most dishes. A user note: after "pausing" the machine, time and temperature must be reset! If you don't do this, you could end up cooking your food at the wrong temperature, or for too long. Size-wise, this unit fits nicely on most kitchen counter tops.
The T-Fal Actifry comes with a digital countdown timer/ buzzer that lets users know when their food is ready. A single on/off button controls the temperature, which remains constant throughout the cooking process to ensure even and accurate results. Although we like the T-Fal Actifry's generous cooking capacity, this machine is a bit bulky and can take up precious counter space -- especially in smaller kitchens. In addition, some users complained that the timer doesn't always turn off automatically.
The Good Cooking Air Fryer comes with a manual control option as well as a menu of pre-programmed settings. Some users told us that these settings don't always provide accurate results; quite frequently, more cooking time was needed than what the settings recommended. Considering its large, 2.5-quart capacity, this air fryer features a relatively compact design. However, we note that those with smaller kitchens might find this appliance to be somewhat of a tight squeeze.
The Kalorik Air Fryer's temperature can be adjusted up to 400 degrees. Because of this adjustability, owners can cook smaller and more delicate items at low heat as well as larger portions that demand high heat. This appliance comes with a 60-minute timer (long enough for most meals) and a convenient auto shut-off feature.
One of the Philips' greatest features is taste. This fryer cooks French fries and other foods that taste delicious despite their 70-percent reduction in fat. Food cooks evenly and quickly thanks to Rapid Air technology, a unique design on the bottom of the unit that evenly distributes hot air. Even after reaching high temperatures, the Philips' stay-cool handles are easy to grab with bare hands. Other notable features include a simple, touch-screen interface, fast and efficient warm-up before cooking, a double-layer rack to maximize cooking surface, and dishwasher-safe parts.
This machine comes with several handy cooking presets: warm-up, cake, chips, steak, chicken, meat, and fish. A large LCD display makes it easy to see and choose from these presets. Other features include the GoWISE's Rapid Air Circulation (a system that promotes low-fat eating by circulating hot air around the ingredients instead of oil), automatic standby mode, and safety features like overheat protection and automatic switch-off.
Unlike some of the other products on our shortlist, a segment of T-Fal Actifry owners told us that food cooked in this appliance doesn't have that coveted "deep fried" taste. The T-Fal does offer some nice features, including an on/off switch, digital countdown timer/buzzer, dishwasher-safe parts, colorful recipe book, and a transparent, steam-free lid. Like other fryers on our shortlist, the T-Fal prepares low-fat foods that require little to no oil, including vegetables, risotto, meats, and seafood.
The Air Fryer with Digital Programmable Settings By Good Cooking markets itself as a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods. This machine "fries" foods so that they have a crispy exterior and a tender interior -- but without all the oil. This model's features include both manual and pre-programmed settings (although, as we noted earlier, the length of the pre-programmed settings are sometimes less than they need to be). The cooking space is enclosed, which eliminates messy splatter, and the dishwasher-safe basket greatly reduces cleanup time. We did encounter a few complaints about the instructions that accompany this model; several customers thought the Air Fryer's written guidelines could have been more "simple" and "straightforward."
Like the other models on our shortlist, this fryer uses hot air to cook food in a fast, healthy manner with little or no added fat. The Kalorik's halogen heating system makes cooking even more precise than some other models, ensuring fast and accurate cooking times for a variety of foods. This fryer comes with a viewing monitor so you can see what's happening inside the appliance while you're cooking. Satisfied owners tell us Kalorik food is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.
A price tag of $304 makes the Philips HD9240/94 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology one of our most expensive options. For the money, this fryer offers an impressive blend of features and quality performance, including a digital touch screen interface that lets users adjust the temperature up to 390 degrees and a double-layer rack that maximizes cooking surface area. We particularly like how the fryer uses little to no oil, requiring one tablespoon at most per meal. One drawback for people with smaller kitchens/limited space is the fact that this deluxe machine is rather large and bulky.
Given all of the features that it offers for the price, the GoWISE is an exceptional deal at $86. This fryer features Rapid Air Circulation technology for low-fat cooking, a 2.5 quart cooking capacity, and eight cooking presets. The temperature control, which ranges from 176 to 392 degrees, accommodates most of your cooking needs. However, some owners mention that the accompanying timer, which reaches up to 30 minutes, does not always offer enough time for thorough cooking.
The T-fal FZ700251 ActiFry's $153 price tag makes it a decent but not great deal. Highlights include a 2.2-pound cooking capacity, dishwasher-safe parts, and the ability to deliver low-fat meals using little to no oil. The product comes with a colorful recipe book, but some users told us they would have liked a more comprehensive recipe source, especially for this higher price. Also, this fryer has been criticized by some for not producing the "crispy" results that other air fryers do.
At a price of $99, the Air Fryer with Digital Programmable Settings By Good Cooking is one of the most affordable fryers on our shortlist. For the money, you get both manual and pre-programmed controls, a 2.5-quart food capacity, and an appliance that will "deep fry" foods without oil — or with just small amount of oil — for healthier eating. Customers report a few flaws with this product: for one thing, the pre-programmed time settings are not always accurate. For another, the instructions can be a bit hard to understand at first glance.
The Kalorik Convection Air Fryer comes at $129, another affordable option on our shortlist, and it offers more cooking space (4.2 quarts) than some other models. Like all of the air fryers on our shortlist, this machine promotes healthier cooking without the use of oil. Convection air cooks and fries food easily and precisely, and the viewing monitor lets you keep an eye on your food as it cooks.
The Philips HD9240/94 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology's features and reliable results earn it our "Best of the Best" award. A price tag of $304 makes it quite an expensive air fryer, but in the case of the Philips, you get what you pay for.
High customer ratings, coupled with numerous handy features and a history of durability, make this air fryer a useful addition to any kitchen. We particularly like the double-layer rack that maximizes this fryer's cooking surface area and the digital touchscreen that allows you to adjust temperature up to 390 degrees. What's more, when you're done preparing your food, dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup easy and quick, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your meal.
Speaking of food, the Philips has a knack for producing delicious, delectable sustenance without the added calories and fat of fried food. According to the manufacturer, total fat content is reduced up to 70 percent when prepared in this appliance. Best of all, customers tell us that air-fried Philips food has the taste and texture of fried food -- but without the guilt! If you're looking for an appliance that will assist you in creating scrumptious, healthy recipes, you can't do better than the Philips Digital AirFryer.
A generous mix of features and positive performance ratings prompt us to give the GoWISE USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer our "Best Bang for Your Buck" award. At a cost of $86, you get a lot from this machine, including low-fat, great-tasting food. The GoWISE can handle everything from meat to vegetables, and best of all, its cooking method keeps you eating healthy without sacrificing delicious taste and food quality.
Do you like the taste and texture of fried food? Most people do, but fried food can clog your arteries and raise your cholesterol. With the GoWISE's Rapid Air Circulation technology, you get the taste and texture of fried food without the added fat and calories. You can also opt to grill, roast, or bake food with this appliance; it's a versatile addition to any kitchen. And while it's true that a few discerning customers told us they don't like the taste of air-fried food, most people we talked to found the GoWISE to be an excellent cooking solution.
The GoWISe includes several important safety features, including a removable pan with a cool-touch handle, overheat protection, and automatic switch-off. When you consider the attention to detail GoWISE USA has given to this product -- great taste, healthy food prep, safety features, and a low price to boot -- it's hard to deny that the GoWISE USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer really is the best budget-friendly air fryer on the market today.