They create a nice “fried” finish that your oven range can't compete with, as well as, reheating results that blow away the average microwave. Plus, an air fryer requires only a small amount of oil to make foods crispy with a fraction of the calories and fat of traditional cooking methods, like deep-frying.
Our top performers air fried food to a crispy texture with a moist interior and were easy to use with large, easy-to-read controls that barely required the owner’s manual. It scored the highest marks across the board for ease of use, thanks to its easy-to-use and -read buttons and clear owner’s manual.
During our tests, the air fryer basket slid in and out easily, which made handling a breeze. We’re fans of the basket’s slick, ceramic interior and removable tray, which makes it nonstick.
The tray also fits snugly and securely on the bottom of the basket so you don’t have to worry about it falling out when you turn the food out onto a plate. Both are dishwasher safe and easy to clean, even if you choose to hand wash.
In addition to being easy to use, The Ninja Hairdryer Max XL scored the highest in performance. The model we tested comes with a broiling rack for even quicker and juicier results and melty cheese.
The different settings are programmed with unique maximum and minimum temperatures, so you can intuitively achieve different cooking results. One thing to keep in mind is its vented basket, which promotes air circulation, also allows for dripping if you don’t empty the grease buildup between rounds.
The air fryer basket is large (6 quarts) and square, which creates more cooking space than its round competitors, making a smart home investment for a family. We tested the pictured digital version, which not only made the most evenly-colored toast, but also the crispiest air fried food in the shortest amount of time.
The rectangular 15.5 by 16-inch air fry rack offers a large cooking surface and sits atop a drip/crumb tray for easy cleanup. The Color’s 3.7-quart square basket offers a lot of cooking space, especially compared to its round competitors.
The control panel is loaded with presets that are programmed with recommended cooking temperatures and times, including a preheat option, which is not common on air fryers. In our tests, the Color scored high for ease of use, and over 800 five-star reviewers on Amazon agree.
Frozen fries required almost 10 minutes less than the manufacturer’s instructions, so keep an eye on the goodies you’re cooking. The racks stack, which allow you to air fry thin and dehydrate up to four layers at a time.
Our favorite feature of the Philips Premium Hairdryer is its compact shape that still cooks enough food for one to two portions. At 2.5 quarts, it’s the smallest of the Philips air fryers, which comes in XL and XXL sizes.
In our tests, the lid helped make crisp frozen fries that were moist on the inside, not dried out and evenly golden. It also allows for air frying greasy foods, such as sausages, which are not typically recommended in an air fryer because they can cause smoking.
In addition to the lid, the Philips is very easy to use with a user-friendly control panel and four preset settings. The Dash has a mechanical timer, which makes it a little tricky to program to the exact minute.
We love that it comes in an assortment of colors that pop, unlike most air fryers on the market. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab.
Testers made french fries in the Nu Wave 37001 air fryer to find out whether air -fried food tastes like the real thing. That's the golden promise of air fryers, and it probably explains why, in the U.S., about 4 million were sold in just a year.
That represents a tenfold increase in two years, according to the market research firm NPD Group. A fan circulates hot air to quickly cook food in the basket from the outside in.
In the lab, more than two dozen models in our air fryer ratings turned out nicely cooked food, though staffers who sampled the results weren't fooled into thinking they were deep-fried. “Even when we held cooking times and temperatures constant, the results were very similar, with no discernible differences in taste,” says Caught.
“The real difference among air fryers comes down to convenience, so we designed our tests around that.” We evaluate capacity, how easy the controls are to read and use, noise levels, and how much elbow grease it takes to clean a model.
Here's a roundup of the six best air fryers from CR's latest tests, listed alphabetically (not by rank order). It can slow down cooking and keep air from reaching all the food, giving you uneven results.
CR's take: The shape of the Elite Platinum EAF-1506D air fryer makes it seem bigger than it is; its measured capacity is 3.4 quarts. The dials are fairly easy to read and use, but the nooks and crannies of the food basket make it tough to clean.
Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use, earning an Excellent rating in our assessment. The exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies take some effort to clean, however.
CR's take: Testers found that the 3-quart Ninja AF100's electronic controls with preprogrammed settings were also among the easiest to see and use, earning a rating of Excellent in our assessment of them. Like the bigger Nu Wave, the Trio has electronic controls with preprogrammed settings that are among the easiest to see and use of the tested air fryers, earning an Excellent rating.
CR’s take: The Nu Wave 37001 air fryer boasts a measured capacity of 5.8 quarts. This air fryer is on the noisy side, earning only a Good rating in our noise tests.
For years, I've covered the increasing water and energy efficiency of washers and what it means to consumers, along with innovations in a variety of products, and whether manufacturers deliver on their promises. In this article, we will explain how an air fryer will offer you your favorite fried, crunchy food using a minimum amount of oil.
Keep reading our in-depth discussion and reviews on some of the best air fryers Consumer Reports in the market to learn more about this unique invention. COS ORI Hairdryer,Max XL 5.8 Quart,1700-Watt Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven & Oilless Cooker for Roasting, LED Digital Touchscreen with 11 Presets, Nonstick Basket, ETL Listed(100 Recipes)Headquartered in California, the US, COS ORI offers intuitive kitchen gadgets to help their customers live a healthy lifestyle.
With a square 5.8-Quart basket, you can fit an almost five to six pounds chicken and cook enough food for three to five people. Besides this, the air fryer includes 11 one-touch presets to cook some of your favorite foods with just one tap on display.
These include French fries, seafood, shrimp, steaks, frozen foods, poultry, vegetables, desserts, bread, and bacon. Meanwhile, a shake reminder option alerts you when it is time to toss the meal for an even cook.
Pros 11 presets for versatility LED touch control panel Durable design Easy-to-use features Dishwasher-friendly Ample cooking capacity Two-year warranty Included recipe book Cuisinart Hairdryer, Convection Toaster Oven, Silvers brand was initially founded in 1971 to produce its first electric processor.
Now, it specializes in the manufacture of innovative home appliances, including the high-quality Cuisinart Hairdryer Convection Toaster Oven. Its stainless steel silver body offers strength and durability to the whole unit, allowing you to use it for a long time.
Hence, it is perfect for toasting six slices of bread, baking a 12-inch pizza, or air frying about three-pounds of chicken. Moreover, the 2-in1 oven is lightweight and compact enough to fit on the countertop, allowing you to maximize space in small kitchens.
Since it contains a sizable 16-inch baking tray, heat reaches the food evenly and minimizes the need for flipping constantly. Besides this, the interior is entirely nonstick for easy clean-up and includes a convenient light to keep an eye on your food.
Pros Easy-to-use Seven presets Durable construction 2-in-1 versatility Easy clean-up Large cooking capacity Ninja Hairdryer that Cooks, Chips and Dehydrates, with 4 Quart Capacity, and a High Gloss FinishFounded in 2008, Ninja is a US-based brand that manufactures innovative kitchen appliances, including ovens, grills, cookers, blenders, and coffee makers.
Features If you want to enjoy tasty food with up to 75% less fat, then the Ninja Hairdryer is perfect for the job. Here, you can also set your desired cooking temperature between 105 to 400 °F, and program the time required for your dish.
Convection heat currents will make sure that you get crispy, crunchy food every time. Since accessories like the multi-layer rack, basket, and crisper plate are dishwasher-friendly, it will be a breeze to clean-up after your cooking.
Pros Efficient Compact size Intuitive control panel Ample cooking space Dishwasher-safe parts Four programmable settings Wide temperature range Philips Kitchen Appliances Digital Twin TurboS tar Air fryer XXL, with Fat Removal Technology, 3 Lbs, Black Philips is a multinational conglomerate company with its headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Features Their Philips Kitchen Appliances Digital Twin TurboS tar Air fryer XXL is one of the best air fryers for deep-frying. TurboS tar Technology uses a starfish design to help cook food with up to less than 90% fat.
Moreover, it uses less than a tablespoon of oil to provide constant heat to your food, minimizing the need to turn your meal. With its QuickControl dial, you can set the temperatures at 25 °F increments and the cooking time by turning the same knob.
Philip has added five presets for popular dishes, too, allowing you to grill, roast, and even bake with ease. While it has a high-grade, durable plastic body on the outside, its internal metal components can withstand high temperatures.
Pros Portable device Durable construction Keep warm mode Five presets Easy-to-clean Rubber feet offer stability Automatic shut-off Analog dial with digital display for control TurboS tar offer even heating Ample cooking capacity Nowise USA 1700-Watt 5.8-QT 8-in-1 Digital Hairdryer with Recipe Book, BlackGoWISE USA is an American brand based in Phoenix, Arizona, dedicated to manufacturing products that make your life healthier and more comfortable.
Moreover, it comes with eight different presets for ease, including fries, chicken, cake, shrimps, pork, steak, pizza, and fish. The sleek air fryer can handle about 1.5 pounds of fries or ten chicken wings for your family.
As for the sought-after crispy yet healthy food, the unit uses a powerful fan and heater to spread the heat evenly inside the chamber. The second knob, on the other hand, allows you to set the timer up to 60 minutes, and conveniently alerts you when the food is almost done.
Unlike many other air fryers, the Cuisinart Hairdryer has a large clear viewing window to keep an eye on your food too. Meanwhile, a stainless steel baking pan collects any drippings or grease from the Air Fry basket.
Pros Durable construction Easy-to-use Clear viewing window Nonstick interior offers easy clean-up Large cooking capacity Compact construction Large cooking space Quiet operation Inn sky Hairdryer, 5.8 Quart, 1700-Watt Electric Stainless Steel Air Fryers Oven for Roasting/Baking/Grilling, 7 Cooking Presets, Preheat, Appointment Function LED Digital Touchscreen, Nonstick, ETL Listed (32+ Recipe book)Inn sky is dedicated to manufacturing high-quality essential kitchen products that can help their customers live a healthy lifestyle.
Features Similar to an oven, this air fryer circulates hot air 360° inside the chamber to give you crunchy food without using excessive oil. Although the end results are similar to traditional deep-frying, the food is much healthier for you and your family.
These include classic French fries, chicken, cakes, pizza, steak, fish, shrimp, and poultry. Along with this, you can customize your settings by selecting a temperature between 180 to 400 °F to bake, grill, or roast your food.
An appointment function, on the other hand, can start cooking automatically at the set time and shut-down when your meal is done completely. Besides all this, the Inn sky Hairdryer has a 5.8-Quart capacity in a square-shaped basket, which can even fit a whole five to six-pound massive chicken with ease.
These include French fries, bacon, shrimp, fish, steak, pizza, chicken, and bake. Hence, you can grill, bake, broil, roast, or air fry using just one multipurpose kitchen appliance.
If you want more space to cook for an even larger crowd, you get a free stainless steel floating rack with the air fryer. The air fryer uses 360° heat convection currents to give you tasty, crunchy food using little to no oil.
AMORC Hairdryer, 6 Quarts, 1800W Fast Large Hot Air Fryers & Oilless Cooker w/Presets, LED Touchscreen(for Wet Finger)/Roast/Bake/Keep Warm, Suitable for Dishwasher, NonstickOMORC is a well-known brand that manufactures various cooking appliances to make cooking easier and fun for their customers. Compared to deep-frying, you can cut down your fat intake by over 85% and get the same crunchy food by using a tablespoon of oil.
These include French fries, steak, fish, shrimp, bacon, chicken, cupcakes, and a warming function to get you fresh food in no time. As a result, you can even set your temperature and cooking time for a different recipe.
Pros Durable, compact design Intuitive LED one-touch control panel Convenient knob for greasy fingers Easy clean-up Eight pre-programmed presets Large cooking capacity Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Hairdryer, 6 Quarts, 4 One-Touch Programs, Air Fry, Roast, Bake, ReheatFounded in 2009, Instant Pot is a Canadian Appliance company specializing in the production of a wide range of kitchen machines.
Besides this, the Instant 4-in-1 Hairdryer is suitable for four different functions like air frying, baking, reheating, and roasting your meal. You simply have to turn the control knob to change the settings until the digital display shows your desired temperature.
Apart from all this, the vortex fryer circulates extremely hot air inside the chamber to give you the same crunchy result by using 95% less oil than usual. Recently, people have started raving about air fryers and complimented it for replacing their unhealthy food choices with a healthier lifestyle.
Introduced by the Philips Electronics Company in September 2010, an air fryer is a healthy way to cook and enjoy your favorite fried food. As a result, this unique kitchen appliance can cut down to 85% of oil without giving up on your fried food.
To help you understand better, it is similar to an oven as it bakes and roasts foods like French fries, chicken wings, empanadas, vegetables, and fish sticks. By cutting down on excessive calories by using an air fryer, people can easily control their cholesterol and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Secondly, an air fryer contains a powerful high-speed fan that can spread the heat evenly inside the chamber. Along with this, it also includes a stainless steel perforated basket that can withstand high temperatures with ease.
After placing the food in the basket with little to no oil, and turning the machine on, the heating element warms up the air inside the unit to the set temperature. In return, this heated air is blown by a powerful fan to all corners and forms convection currents.
These currents spread the heat evenly to all the sides of the food, making them turn crispy and browning the upper layer. When the temperature rises to 320 °F, the air fryer can quickly cook food like frozen chicken tenders, French fries, and tater tots.
To ensure that the cooked food is crispy, do not overcrowd the basket as the air needs room to flow evenly inside and reach all sides. Once cool, pay attention to the outside of the machine and wipe it down with a damp cloth or a clean paper towel.
Next, remove the basket, tray, and pan of the air fryer and washed normally with warm water and soap. In the case where some grease has accumulated and hardened, soaking the basket and pan in hot water will easily remove it.
Moving on, the inside of the air fryer can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a sponge with soap by wiping it down. After purchasing a high-quality air fryer, you will never have to stand in front of a hot stove to cook a large variety of foods.
These include ravioli, boiled eggs, pork chops, and even fish like salmon. As long as the recipe you find is primarily for an air fryer, your food is bound to turn out great.
Like everything else, air fryers also tend to come with a list of their own pros and cons, which usually determine whether people buy them. Since it utilizes little to no oil, your meal has less fat and calories in it, allowing you even to control your cholesterol or save yourself from obesity.
At such events, where a variety of food may need to be served, air fryers do not have enough capacity to cater different dishes or large groups. Since it uses a minimum of oil to give the same crispy result, you can easily control your cholesterol and beat obesity sitting right at your home.
With about 11 pre-programmed presets and a 5.8-quart air frying basket, you can experiment with multiple dishes and make the most out of your appliance.