These Are the Best Air Fryers for Every Type of Cook
If you haven't hopped on the air fryer train yet, what are you waiting for? This buzzy appliance is more than just hype; it's a major multitasker and allows you to make crispy fried foods without all the oil and mess of a deep fat fryer. Air fryers come in a variety of sizes and price points, with optional bells and whistles depending on what you're looking for.
For Carolyn Nguyen, owner of Revolution Taco in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, simplicity and well-rounded features are key requirements for an air fryer. Her choice is a convection-style air fryer, which will be easiest to use and clean and allows you to see your food while it's cooking. She uses her air fryer to roast vegetables and fish. "A convection air fryer yields great baking and roasting results; with modern air fryers, you get better frying results," Nguyen explains. "The convection air fryer operates similarly to a traditional convection oven except it doesn't require as much electricity, time, or space."
As you shop for your perfect air fryer, it's also important to keep in mind how much space you have in your kitchen, how many people you're going to be cooking for, and what you're planning on using your air fryer for. "If you are generally cooking for two or heating up something simple, you don't need to buy the most expensive, the biggest, or a more complicated air fryer," Nguyen says.
Best Compact Air Fryer
If kitchen space is limited or you're just cooking for one or two, this air fryer from Dash is a solid option. It comes in a variety of fun colors and the controls are simple and straightforward, with one dial for temperature and another for time. It has an auto shut off function that helps to prevent overcooking, plus a cool touch handle for safe, easy use. This air fryer features a redesigned crisper basket with more surface area so that you can get crispier food faster.
Shop Now: Dash Tasti Crisp 2.6-Quart Air Fryer, $55, amazon.com.
Best Splurge-Worthy Air Fryer
With over a dozen preset functions (including toast, bake, roast, broil, proof, dehydrate, and air-fry) and a roomy oven, the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro is for the home cook that wants it all. You can use it for everything from making homemade jerky to baking frozen pizza. It comes with a 13-inch nonstick pizza pan, two heavy duty oven racks, a broiling rack, an enameled baking pan, and a basket for air frying or dehydrating.
Shop Now: Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro $399.95, williams-sonoma.com.
Best Budget-Friendly Air Fryer
Not too big or too small, the size and price is just right on the Ultrean Air Fryer. It has just a handful of buttons to adjust cook time and temperature, plus an auto off timer. What's more, this air fryer has a nonstick pan and a detachable dishwasher safe basket, which makes for easy cleanup when you're done using it. It also comes with a recipe book to help you familiarize yourself with cooking fried food, snacks, and more with an air fryer.
Shop Now: Ultrean Air Fryer, $69.99, amazon.com.
Fan-Favorite Air Fryer
It's clear the COSORI Air Fryer Max X is a fan favorite. It has a 4.7 star rating from more than 50,000 Amazon reviewers. With 13 one-touch cooking functions, a preheat function, and a keep warm function—plus the option to manually set the temperature and cook time for your own recipes—you can understand why it's so beloved. Its spacious 5.8-quart square basket can make enough food for three to five people at a time and can even fit a five-pound chicken.
Shop Now: COSORI Air Fryer Max X, $89.95, amazon.com.
Best Toaster Oven Hybrid Air Fryer
This toaster oven-meets-air fryer appliance is a sleek multitasker. It can air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast with a convenient window and interior light that lets you actually look at your food while it's cooking. The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven comes with an oven rack, a baking pan, an air fryer basket, and a 60-milliliter oil spray bottle.
Shop Now: Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $199.95, surlatable.com.
Best Large Capacity Air Fryer
If you're feeding a crowd (or even just a few hungry teenagers), look no further than this massive air fryer. The Philips Premium Airfryer XXL has a three-pound (or seven-quart) capacity, which makes it large enough to cook a whole chicken or enough French fries to feed six people. Like other Philips air fryers, it uses a patented starfish shape that's designed to optimize heat circulation and quickly fry food using little to no oil.
Shop Now: Philips Premium Airfryer XXL, $379.95, williams-sonoma.com.
Best Air Fryer for Rotisserie
From the makers of Instant Pot, this air fryer is a versatile appliance. It sets itself apart from our other picks with a built-in rotisserie program—and it even comes with a rotisserie spit. The Instant Vortex Pro 9-in-1 Air Fryer Oven can cook fresh or frozen food and reheat leftovers. With a quick preheating time, you can get dinner on the table faster than using a conventional oven with the added bonus of not heating up your entire kitchen.
Shop Now: Instant Vortex Pro 9-in-1 Air Fryer Oven, $149.95, surlatable.com.