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Air Fryer Reviews 2020

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Ava Flores
• Monday, 26 October, 2020
• 13 min read

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. When we first tested air fryers, in 2017, most of the models we found were small, pod-shaped appliances that looked like they’d be more at home in a sci-fi movie than on a kitchen counter.

It also comes with more useful accessories than any air fryer we tested, because it includes a baking tray, a ceramic pizza stone, and two oven racks. You don’t need to buy any special equipment to bake in the Cuisinart toaster oven, as you do with air fryers.

It has a relatively small footprint, is easy to use, and cooked food more evenly than similar models (though we’d still call the results acceptable, at best). But you may want a small, pod-shaped air fryer like the Philips if you lack sufficient counter space, or if you plan to make only one or two servings of food at a time.

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I’ve spent more than 100 hours over the past two years researching and testing air fryers for this guide. And they worked much the same as today’s air fryers and convection toaster ovens do: A small fan inside the oven circulates hot air around the food to cook it, crisping the outside in a way that mimics deep-frying.

Photo: Sarah Hobos Air fryers fall mainly into two camps: small, pod-shaped models (which usually resemble weird, futuristic dinosaur eggs waiting to hatch) and larger models that look like a typical high-end convection toaster oven. Photo: Sarah KobosPod-shaped air fryers have a single fan and heating element positioned on top of the oven cavity.

But after testing six pod-shaped air fryers in 2017 and nine toaster-oven-style models in 2019, we’ve concluded that the pods aren’t worth getting. We found that pod-shaped air fryers often had more-powerful fans, but this wasn’t necessarily a good thing, since they could produce dried-out foods and overcooked cakes.

Even filled to capacity, they could fit only a couple of servings of food at a time, which isn’t practical for larger households. In general, we found that pod-shaped air fryers didn’t cook as evenly as the toaster-oven models because their cramped interiors didn’t allow heat to fully circulate around the food, even when we shook the basket periodically.

Some toaster-oven air fryers, such as the Cuisinart TOA-60, have a fan positioned above heating elements on top of the oven cavity. Pod-shaped air fryers, like the Philips HD9641/96 (above), have a single fan and heating element positioned on top of the oven cavity.

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Some toaster-oven air fryers, such as the Cuisinart TOA-60, have a fan positioned above heating elements on top of the oven cavity. Pod-shaped air fryers, like the Philips HD9641/96 (above), have a single fan and heating element positioned on top of the oven cavity.

And most offer more cooking options, such as pre-programmed settings for making toast, dehydrating fruit, or baking pizza. Most toaster-oven air fryers come with better accessories, too, like a baking pan, an air fryer basket, or multiple oven racks.

That said, even though the toaster-oven air fryers performed much better than the pod-shaped air fryers, none of them were better than our favorite toaster oven with convection, the Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven. On average, it takes a few minutes longer to cook food in the Cuisinart, but we think the superior results (and the capacity to cook more food at once) are well worth the brief wait. For our 2019 update, we decided to begin testing the toaster-oven air fryers as we would regular toaster ovens.

We filled each model with as many slices of white sandwich bread as they would allow and used the toasted results as a heat map: Uneven browning alerted us to any hot spots in each oven. We also made batches of frozen french fries and tasted them to see whether any pieces ended up under- or overcooked.

We also baked frozen breaded chicken tenders and fish sticks to see whether they browned evenly or ended up with soggy bottoms. The chickens we roasted in the finalist models (from left to right): the Outer Black Countertop Toaster Oven with Air Fryer, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1, the Freeware Air Fryer Toaster Oven, and the Philips HD9641/96.

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The chickens we roasted in the finalist models (from left to right): the Outer Black Countertop Toaster Oven with Air Fryer, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1, the Freeware Air Fryer Toaster Oven, and the Philips HD9641/96. We stuck an air probe thermometer inside each oven to see how well each maintained a set temperature.

We also used all the controls to see how easy they were to navigate and how accurate the cooking guidelines were for preparing common foods like french fries and fish sticks. Additionally, we compared the cooking capacity of each model, and we took note of any egregiously noisy fans or annoying beeps.

Photo: Michael HessionThough not specifically billed as an air fryer, the Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven TOB-260N1 remains the best appliance we’ve tested for air frying food. The Cuisinart’s two-speed fan, combined with its spacious interior, allowed it to cook food more evenly than the competition.

It also has the best accessories of any model we’ve tested, including a 13-inch ceramic pizza stone, two oven racks, and an enamel-coated steel baking pan. The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 is better than other toaster-oven air fryers partly due to the size and speed of its fan: It’s not so powerful that its force disturbs cake batter (creating rippled, overcooked layers), but it’s also not so weak that you’re left with a mountain of soggy french fries.

We’d recommend using this setting anytime you want extra-crispy results, especially when preparing frozen finger foods and french fries. Photo: Michael HessionThough it took the Cuisinart a few minutes longer than most models to cook frozen french fries, the fries didn’t come out dry and dehydrated, like the ones we prepared in the Instant Vortex Plus Hairdryer Oven, or soggy, like the ones we made in the Nu Wave Bravo XL Hairdryer Smart Oven.

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Chicken fingers and fish sticks that were baked in the Cuisinart also turned out golden brown and crunchy on the outside. Even though many of the air fryers we tested cooked food faster than the Cuisinart, the results weren’t necessarily better.

Some ran so hot and had such powerful (and not adjustable) fans that vegetables came out burned on the outside and still raw in the center. In contrast, the vegetables we roasted in the Cuisinart were caramelized and tender, and cake layers were golden and moist, which we think is well worth the slightly slower cooking time.

The Cuisinart comes with a ceramic baking stone and can fit up to a 13-inch pizza in its spacious oven cavity. The Cuisinart comes with a ceramic baking stone and can fit up to a 13-inch pizza in its spacious oven cavity.

The Cuisinart makes for easier cleanup, too, because you can throw dirty pans directly into the dishwasher. Most air fryer accessories are nonstick, and even though manufacturers say they’re dishwasher-safe, you should really wash them by hand to extend the life of their coating.

Even if you do wash your toaster oven pans by hand, air fryers are a much bigger pain to clean. Grease and baked-on bits of food cling to the fryer basket screen, and gunk gets in grooves and crevices of the pan.

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Bits of food stuck to the fryer basket, and there was a pool of grease at the bottom of the container, which made it more cumbersome to clean. Bits of food stuck to the fryer basket, and there was a pool of grease at the bottom of the container, which made it more cumbersome to clean.

Due to the Cuisinart’s large interior, it took this model about five minutes longer to cook frozen french fries (when using the speed convection setting) than it took some smaller air fryers we tested. Since the Cuisinart isn’t marketed as an air fryer, it doesn’t come with a cooking chart for commonly air -fried foods.

We did find that when you’re air frying vegetables with lots of moisture, like eggplant and zucchini, it’s best to chop them into 1-inch or smaller pieces, to prevent them from getting mushy. The Cuisinart’s baking pan may warp slightly when it’s roasting at high temperatures, but this in no way affects its cooking performance.

Photo: Michael HessionOver the past few years, we’ve received some strongly worded feedback about our decision not to recommend a pod-shaped air fryer in this guide. The most obvious reason is lack of space: The pod-shaped models hog less room on a kitchen counter.

Smaller households that plan to make only one or two portions of food at a time may also find a larger machine to be superfluous. When filled to capacity, it also cooked food more evenly than other models of the same style, though we still discovered a handful of underdone fries and some soggy patches on fish sticks and chicken fingers.

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For the record, you can get similar air fried” results when cooking food in a full-size oven with convection. The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 toaster oven preheats almost immediately, making it the better choice if speed is part of what appeals to you about an air fryer.

In theory, the rotisserie basket (which rotates food automatically while cooking) is a good idea, but in practice it can hold only a couple of handfuls of fries at a time, and you can’t sample a fry for oneness without removing the entire basket from the oven. The rotisserie spit worked well and produced a nicely roasted chicken, but you have to know how to truss a bird in order for it to cook evenly.

The cake we baked was too dark and rose unevenly because the lip on the oven rack tilted the pan. The cake also came out rippled on top, apparently from the force of the fan, which was incredibly loud while running.

The rotisserie spit on the Instant Vortex Plus worked well, but you have to know how to truss a chicken in order for it to make a full rotation and cook evenly. Photo: Sarah Soothe Cuisinart TOA-60 Hairdryer Toaster Oven cooked fries quickly without drying them out, though some were slightly dark.

But the chicken fingers and fish sticks we cooked were pale all over and had soggy undersides. Like the larger model above, the Cuisinart AFR-25 Compact Hairdryer was good at cooking fries quickly.

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The rotisserie spit in the Email Agassi Power Hairdryer 360 struggled to make a full rotation while roasting a chicken. The Email Agassi Power Hairdryer 360 struggled to make a full rotation while roasting a small, 3-pound chicken.

Of all the pod-shaped air fryers we tested, the Philips Advance Collection HD9641/96 Air fryer had the smallest footprint and did the best job of cooking food evenly when the basket was filled to capacity. Larger birds will touch the heating element, producing billows of smoke potent enough to set off a fire alarm (as it did in our tests).

When we prepared a whole bag of frozen french fries (that’s about 32 ounces) in the Philips, many came out underdone, while others were so cardboard-dry they seemed dehydrated. In our tests, the two devices performed similarly, but we think the larger model is impractical for most people because it takes up a lot of counter space and is very expensive.

The Outer DuraCeramic Hairdryer, which looks straight out of a sci-fi movie, has a tilting mechanism and a rotating oven cavity so you don’t have to toss food manually. In our tests, however, the paddle mutilated and broke apart fish sticks and breaded chicken fingers.

Photo: Michael HessionThe french fries we cooked in the Nowise USA GW22621 turned out badly burned at the top of the cooker and undercooked at the bottom. Also, when you reinsert the basket, the air fryer slides across the counter, because it doesn’t have enough weight or grip to stay in place.

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