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 bestir 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. If you're a fan of convenience cooking and crispy foods, you may have found yourself perusing articles like, well, like this one, wondering if you should get yourself an air fryer (a.k.a.
On the other, they're incredibly efficient at heating (or reheating), and getting foods quite crispy and delicious without a lot of oil or mess. Though they're not necessarily for everyone, many home cooks swear by their air fryers and get daily use out of them.
To figure out which air fryers are worth the investment, which features are worth seeking out, and exactly how much counter space it's worth devoting to one, the Country Living editors dug through the dozens of air fryers and air -fry-capable devices out there, and then selected seven of the most highly rated or best -selling ones, to test, and to figure out what we loved (or didn't love), to help you decide which, if any, to buy. Then we put each air fryer through a series of tests, seeing how long it took to get frozen French fries perfectly crispy, and how well and evenly it heated foods.
If you're regularly cooking for a family of five or prefer an uncluttered kitchen free from countertop devices, an air fryer probably isn't for you. In order to heat up quickly and cook foods fast, the basket or tray sizes tend to be small, and though it takes much longer to preheat, you can cook more food all at once in the oven you probably already have.
In fact, they're great for when you're looking to cook something relatively quickly, but you want it to end up a little crunchier than it typically would in a microwave. Additionally, foods you might typically pan-sear like chicken thighs and pork chops cook quickly and end up tasting delicious when made in an air fryer.
Are better than you can make baked, cook lightning quick, and need just the barest spritz of oil. Some air fryers come with lots of bells and whistles, like a Bluetooth app that lets you control the with your phone, or the ability to do things like dehydrate or even proof bread.
In general, we've found that the bells and whistles tend to distract from an airfryer's primary purpose. However, if there are deal-breaking features you can't live without, it's best to take note of them before buying.
Amaranths bluetooth-enable smart fryer has a generous-sized basket, and takes up a little more than a square foot of counter space. It heats up roaring fast, and you may want to watch that it doesn't overcook food when using it.
Built like a classic toaster oven, this device doesn't actually claim to air fry at all. For the price, this sturdy, simple air fryer is one of the easiest and most robust choices out there.
Though the basket is designed more for one person than for two or three, it heats fries to a crisp quickly, cooks foods fast and thoroughly and has one of the smallest footprints out there. Without a digital dial, it's hard to be accurate with the timer and temp settings.
Amazon Cuisinart's official air frying convection cooker, this mini-oven boasts nice big dials, “bake” and “warm” functions, and can even broil. As the only machine with an internal light, it could even be used for proofing bread dough.
The basket glides out smoothly, the digital dial is precise and easy to use, and it cooks food quickly and evenly. This is one of the few machines that can easily cook for a family, too; we found it made four chicken thighs without crowding.
Williams-SonomaWolf is known for very high-quality appliances, and this countertop oven comes with all the features you might expect at such a hefty price. Billed as more of a convection oven than an air fryer, it also has the ability to proof bread, roast meat, bake pies, broil, toast, and keep food warm (the timer can be set for up to four hours).
Our tests found it crisped food relatively slowly but heated meat quickly and accurately. If you're looking for a countertop replacement for an oven and money is no object, this is your tool.
Gliding trays make removing food easy. Our tests found it heats foods quite quickly (the insulation of the pot likely helps) and it still chips fries in a relatively speedy time, if not the fastest.
We found it easier to clean than many other air fryers (baskets are dishwasher safe) and it comes, as you'd expect, with a bevy of other functions, such as broil, roast, reheat, and even dehydrate. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
), and the manufacturer claims that this air fryer can cook food 30% faster than an older Ninja model. And form meets function here: A gorgeous design, ceramic interior, and removable, dishwasher-safe tray only add to the appeal.
Yes, it's a little more expensive than the other models you'll find on this list, but you'll find it's a worthwhile splurge: The Philips Digital Turbo star Hairdryer is a powerful, dependable, well-reviewed choice with dishwasher-safe parts and a design that would look beautiful on just about any kitchen counter. Five preset settings are included, as well as a recipe book with more than 200 tutorials and a “keep warm” function.
The stunning exterior, stainless steel dial, and large buttons are just a few of our favorite aspects. Much like the original Instant Pot, this device also offers six cooking settings (air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate).
Opt for the Chef man Turbo fry Hairdryer, which boasts even results and a sleek, compact design. Admittedly, the temperature regulation and time selection on this model is less precise than its digital equivalent.
Walmart.common only can you air fry many of your favorite recipes within this beauty, but you can also use it to bake, toast, and broil. But back to the air frying element: With this device, Cuisinart claims you'll be able to cook an entire four-pound chicken with only about a teaspoon of oil.
Walmart.Comte square basket might seem like a minor design choice, but it's actually incredibly practical: As with the Instant Vortex Hairdryer, that geometric shape offers a lot of extra cooking space. The control panel here is also loaded with pre-programmed options (in addition to the manual tools), each of which features recommended cooking temperatures and times that can be quickly accessed for faster meal prep.
Tailgates and dinner parties are no match for its roomy, oblong basket and three stackable racks. You may want to invest in this smaller air fryer from Dash, which fries up single-person portions for delicious, healthy weeknight meals with very little oil.
The aptly named gadget uses highly concentrated, powerful, circulating hot air to give your food a crunchy exterior, and requires just a fraction of the oil relied on by traditional frying methods. With plenty of great options to choose from, you really won't have to compromise too much to find the model that makes the most sense for you and your family.