What is an Air Fryer?
This article will walk you through about the guidelines when purchasing for an air fryer.
Simply put, it’s deep frying without the oil — AKA deep frying without the unhealthy part. Some may tell you to just cut back on fried foods all together, but is that really the only option?
Deep fryers flash heat foods and take them from frozen to ready-to-eat in minutes by dunking them in a bath of super hot oil. This process jumpstarts the Maillard reaction, which is when food gets brown and crispy and delicious — and drenched in fat.
While your typical deep fryer needs enough oil to completely drown the food, an air fryer barely uses any (like, a tablespoon at most). Other than that, air fryers basically use the same method, using a convection fan to surround the food with hot air instead of oil. The air bounces off of the bottom of the air fryer and back up through the food, cooking it all over to create that crisping effect in just minutes — something that was previously only possible with deep frying. Not only are you getting that coveted taste and texture without the part that makes it unhealthy, but you’re getting it in half the time.
Should You Get an Air Fryer?
The following video will help you decide what kind of air fryer is best to buy.
Debating on whether you should get an air fryer or just stick to the conventional oven? Let Lesley Stockton and Michael Sullivan walk you through what these machines actually do and whether they are worth the money.
Best Air Fryers
We have conducted our research and have come up with a list. Here are the best air fryers ranked, in order:
Philips Airfryer XXL
Cuisinart Compact AirFryer
Cuisinart Airfryer Toaster Oven
Ninja Air Fryer
Dash Compact Air Fryer
Breville Smart Oven Air
GoWise 8-in-1 Air Fryer XL 5.9 Qt.
Krups Easy Fry Deluxe Digital Air Fryer 4.2 L
Farberware 3.2-Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer
Black and Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven
Krups Fry Delight
Power Air Fryer XL
Black and Decker 2L Purifry Air Fryer
Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven
NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer 6 Quart
NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven
Oster DuraCeramic Air Fryer
All About Air Fryers
Learn more about the air fryer’s functions and how long you can cook food with it.