Why does something so bad have to taste so good?
I always wondered that with fried food. Was there a better way? I almost imagined that there was nothing I could do except suffer through the deliciousness of fried food by having to well deep fry everything. It wasn’t until I discovered Air Fryers that I learned there was a better way. So here I am to help you also discover air fryers and find the best air fryer on the market.
The problem is when companies started coming out with air fryers there were so many to choose from, so how do you know what to buy? Well find the best air fryers is what we are going to examine in this ultimate post.
So before you go out and buy an air fryer, be sure to read our guide for information on what to get and what to look for.
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Table of Contents
- 1 What is an Air Fryer?
- 2 Quick Buyer Guide
- 3 Why use an Air Fryer
- 4 Who Should Get an Air Fryer
- 5 Cooking with an Air Fryer
- 6 What to Look for in an Air Fryer
- 7 Best Cheap Air Fryer
- 8 Top 10 Air Fryers 2018
- 8.1 Philips Airfryer XL Review (HD9240)
- 8.2 NuWave 33201 Deluxe Air Fryer
- 8.3 GoWISE USA GW22621 Air Fryer Review
- 8.4 Power Air Fryer Review
- 8.5 Black and Decker Air Fryer (HF110SBD) Review
- 8.6 T-fal Air Fryer Review (FZ7002)
- 8.7 Kalorik Air Fryer Review
- 8.8 De’Longhi FH1363 MultiFry Extra, Air Fryer
- 8.9 Philips Avance Air Fryer (Turbo Star)
- 8.10 Elite Platinum 3.2Qt Digital Oil-Free Air Fryer
- 9 Healthiest Air Fryer
- 10 Commercial Air Fryer
- 11 Best Air Fryer Review
- 12 Best Home Fryer
- 13 Best Large Capacity Air Fryer
- 14 Best Oil less fryer Reviews
- 15 Air Fryer Accessories
- 16 Air Fryer Recipes
What is an Air Fryer?
You’ve probably seen them in the stores or on TV and wondered, what’s an air fryer? I know I did the first time I saw one.
Air fryers use a small amount of oil and a lot of hot air that circulates through the machine to give you a crispy exterior with a fully cooked yet tender interior. The hot air is very hot, up to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit).
For those who want to really geek out, these machines achieve this crispy exterior via what is called the Malliard Reaction. This is similar to effects on steaks, toasted marshmallows, coffee roasting etc. This browning is caused by rapid heating of the exterior and without the added effect of any enzymes. The temperatures required exceed 140 degrees Celsius. Higher temperature and longer cooking may additionally cause caramelization to many types of foods as well.
Quick Buyer Guide
|Name||Image||Capacity||Rating * / 5||Price|
|Philips XL HD9240||2.65 lb||4.8||$$$|
|Nuwave 33201||3.5 Qt||4.4||$|
|GoWise GW22621||3.7 Qt||4.6||$$|
|Power Air Fryer XL||3.4 - 5.3Qt||4.7||$$|
|T-fal FZ7002||2.9 L||4.4||$$|
|Kalorik Air Fryer||3.2 Qt||4.3||$|
|De'Longhi FH1363||2 L||4.5||$$|
|Philips Avance Turbo Star||1.8 lb||4.7||$$$|
|Elite Platinum EAF-05||3.2 Qt||4.5||$|
Why use an Air Fryer
You are probably wondering, what is the value of an air fryer?
Have you ever tried to deep fry food at home and have the oil splash around? Or end up spilling it or wasting oil that sat too long in the machine?
Do you ever decide “not” to fry something because it is just such a hassle to fill it, cook it, and clean it? Should it really be so much oil and effort for a single serving of french fries?
Well, this is where an air fryer comes in handy.
An air fryer is for those of us who want the taste of fried food without all the hassle. The best air fryers provide a great compromise between taste, time, and inconvenience. Additionally using less (or no) oil not only saves you calories but also saves you money and mess.
Win / Win indeed
Are Air Fryers healthy?
Look, when you are dealing with the foods you generally fry, nothing is really all that healthy. Shoot you wouldn’t want them fried perhaps if they were the healthiest of foods. So if you want to know is an air fryer healthy than it is perhaps simply a situation of relativity. If you are looking for healthier ways to make your favorite foods, then a hot air fryer may be the right tool for the job.
Difference between an Air Fryer and a Deep Fryer
Some people like to think of them as an air deep fryer but to be honest they are not an exact replacement for a deep fryer. Air Fryers are great, but if you are expecting the exact same results as you would from a deep fryer than you may be disappointed.
Some of the higher end air fryers are able to achieve a really crispy exterior while some of the cheaper ones may produce a bit soggier results. Also, some foods depending on size, density, and perhaps level of frozenness may work better in a deep fryer than in an air fryer.
But if you are looking for an oil less fryer, note that most air fryers do in fact use “some” oil. However, the amount of oil they use is far less than any deep fryer. Deep fryers may use a quart or more of oil in the machine while an air fryer may only use a tablespoon or two. There are in fact oilless air fryer options from some vendors which we will cover later in this guide. So while an air fryer is not an oil free deep fryer it is the closest perhaps you may be able to get.
Who Should Get an Air Fryer
You are probably wondering who is an air fryer for, and why should you buy one of these devices? Actually, the air fryer is one of the most versatile devices you can have in the kitchen. It can make a lot of foods in place of many of the other kitchen appliances you may use.
An Air Fryer is great for:
- People who live in small apartments, particularly urban ones. An Air fryer can bake, grill, fry, and do lots of things that you would normally need many other devices
- Those who love deep fried foods but would prefer healthier alternatives (like me). The air fryer can act as a no oil deep fryer in your home
- Students in dorm rooms
- Mom’s or Dad’s on the go. You can cook really fast with an air fryer as opposed to an oven you need to heat
- Baking small cakes and such without dealing with an oven
- Grilling Kabobs, Chicken, Fish without the need for a grill or to fire up the grill
- People who don’t like the mess or cleanup of bigger appliances
All in all an air fryer is an incredible machine, one of those you would imagine couldn’t possibly do as much as it says it does. But actually, it does so much more than you would probably imagine it could do! It can cook rice, fish, chicken, vegetables. We have used it for sautéing, steaming, and baking.
It’s not the perfect appliance but it is darn near close!
Cooking with an Air Fryer
If there is one thing that is an issue with the air fryers is the learning curve necessary when cooking with an air fryer. It is a new appliance and a new category so it won’t mimic other appliances in your kitchen in terms of cooking times or methods. Actually, my biggest early frustration was that I needed trial and error to find the perfect amount of time for various different food items. And if they were frozen I had to calculate that into the equation too!
Most of the air fryers do have a included “recipe” guide included in the air fryer and I found them to be at least a good reference in terms of figuring out how long to cook each type of food. If you like things crispier or warmer you might adjust based on your own preferences as well.
No Oil Frying or Low Oil Frying
One of the other big decisions is whether or not to cook with any oil. Early air fryers seemed to require some oil when making food in them. The newer models generally work as an oil free fryer as well. Personally, I find my tastes tend to lean towards “some oil” in my food. I sprinkle some of the oil over the various items and I find that the added oil helps with the crispness that fried food is meant to have.
Now, that doesn’t mean that oil less frying is bad or not tasty. On the contrary, as the air fryers have improved it has certainly gotten hard to distinguish between no oil and low oil frying.
What to Look for in an Air Fryer
When doing reviews for air fryer one of the most important things is to look at the various features. You can’t compare air fryers if you don’t know what to compare them against!
Air Fryer Size
You need to determine whether you want a small air fryer or a large air fryer. This is an important point, especially if you have a family. The small air fryers are exceptionally good for quick snacks and smaller portions or for those who live on their own.
A large air fryer is great for families. Some can easily make food for a family of five if you need that. However, these do take up a lot of space and tend to draw a lot more power and cost a lot more too. So if you think you’ll be using an air fryer a lot you might want to invest in a bigger machine.
Durability and build quality
As the saying goes, “I’m not rich enough to buy cheap stuff”. You often do get what you pay for in terms of quality and build. However, sometimes a more expensive model is not actually better but only advertised more. Buying something that will hold up to the wear and tear of use is important. However, if you only make air fried food occasionally then maybe saving some money here might be ok for you. Personally, I think quality is key if you want it to last a long time.
If you are going to make big portions or cook certain foods having timers that have a longer duration are important. Most air fryers come with a 30 minute or a 60minute timer. I prefer the 60minute timer.
Oil Free or Oil less Fryer
Some of the fryers do require some oil for operation. Actually, I do recommend generally a tablespoon of oil when using the air fryer on the frying option. However, for many of them, you can, in fact, fry without oil. If you want something that acts like an oil free fryer it is important to find ones that are the best in this category.
Great oil free fryers require high consistent temperature and good air circulation to produce crispy and delicious results. Actually, it would be more appropriate to call it a hot air cooker than something resembling a hot air deep fryer.
The best oil less fryer tends to be a bit more expensive if that is a consideration for your budget.
What does an Air Fryer Cost?
You can find air fryers for under $100 dollars to several hundred dollars so figuring out your budget is important. Overall though if it is something you will use regularly I think spending a bit more for quality and features will save you trouble in the long term. However, you know your budget and planned usage better than anyone else but as with anything, price is always a factor.
Our Guide will show you great choices for various different budgets and price points.
Odd, not all air fryers on the markets allow you to change the temperature as broadly as needed for all the foods you might make. Be sure to look at the maximum temperature allowed for the foods you might want. I prefer to have as much power and temperature range as I can get so that I can experiment with different foods and results.
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Best Cheap Air Fryer
The best cheap air fryers are not just the ones that are the lowest cost. In terms of evaluation, we looked at the best “bang for the buck”. One that does a great job but may eschew some of the higher end options of some of the other air fryers. We looked at ones from reputable brands as well as ones that still offered a decent sized tray for cooking. Most of the really large air fryers tend to be rather expensive, so the best price air fryers tend to be more mid-range in their tray size.
To evaluate we tested and scoured the stores and the internet to find the best deals on air fryers and I think we are happy with the one we chose as our top cheap model. Our choice for the best deal on an air fryer is the NuWave 33201 Deluxe Air Fryer. While it is not a cheap air fryer in terms of absolute cost, it is aggressively priced for the value it provides.
We love all the modern features you’d expect in an air fryer from high temperature, to auto-off safety features, and slick digital controls. If we had to find fault it would be in the rather small basket size. This is a great air fryer for snacks or a single person or couple, but for those with families, you might want to splurge a bit more and get one with a larger basket to reduce the number of loads you’d need for a family.
However barring that, if you are looking for a great snack machine, this will certainly fill that void without requiring too large of an investment. You can read more about our review of the NuWave later in this guide.
Top 10 Air Fryers 2018
To help save you the trouble we had with finding the best air fryers, we wanted to go through and evaluate some of the best options on the market. To review air fryers we looked at an extensive list of features and needs that we had documented earlier in the guide. It is important to do air fryer comparisons when you are looking for the best option for you home. I would not recommend doing what we did and needing to return several (and dealing with that frustration) or trying to give them away to friends or family. At least some of them got some great useful gifts…right?
In terms of where to buy an air fryer, we recommend avoiding some of the discount stores. We found that they offer a very limited selection or an inferior model of a name brand compared to ones you can purchase online. If you like any of the ones we recommend, we recommend you using the specific one we linked to since some in stores may appear similar but actually be a different model and missing key features.
So here are reviews of the top ten air fryers on the market.
To use, I generally find about a tablespoon of oil is all you need even for larger loads. Actually, I found this to be large enough for most meals I would want to make. It’s great for everything from french fries to onion rings, chicken wings. I’ve had friends who’ve made fish in this as well which is incredible. Never would have imagined it would work so well for so many different items.
The fryer works as a low oil fryer or even a no oil fryer which is impressive. I prefer “some” oil with my food as I find it crisps the exterior better and overall better results. even with the low oil it is so much healthier than the deep fried options.
The non-stick pans are great, but you need to be careful to maintain those as they can over time wear off. I recommend washing the tray by hand instead of by the dishwasher to increase lifespan. Some friends with bigger families have argued that the “XL Model” should be larger. It cooks rather quick (about 24mins I found for chicken wings, about 12-14mins for fries, etc.).
- 2.65-pound capacity (about 2 bags of fries)
- Temperature Control up to 390 Fahrenheit
- 60-minute digital timer
- Weight: 29 lbs.
- You can cook even frozen food in this device well. The air fryer heats very well and evenly which is good
- The non-stick coating makes for easy cleaning and maintenance
- Large tray for lots of food for the family
- Non-stick coating could be better, there are complaints of easy wear depending on care
- The tray is large but can be problematic for some of the “larger food item” such as chicken fingers. Often have to do multiple batches (especially for an XL model)
- As with most air fryers, requires some trial & error to get right temp / cooking time for different food items.
- Definitely a premium price
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The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer is one of the best, most versatile options on the market. Featuring a large 3.5 QT basket and beautiful bright digital display, it is one of the best, low cost Air Fryers on the Market. The device has a temperature range from 100 F to 390 F one of the largest ranges available on the market. However, generally I find that 100F is a bit low for most of the cooking I would want to do. The digital device has a built-in auto-shutoff for safety and accuracy when cooking your food. The safety features also make sure you only operate it when the basket are connected properly. Also, it has a great accuracy of temperature across the basket compared to other budget air fryers. The NuWave also has a great accessory pack that you can buy along with the fryer for more versatility in cooking. However, this can add significantly to the air fryer price.
The NuWave was our Choice for the best Budget Air Fryer on the Market!
Watch the NuWave Brio in Action!
- Temperature Range from 100 F to 390 F (5-degree increments)
- 3.5 QT Basket capacity
- Bright digital display
- Safety Features (Auto-Off, Basket Detection)
- Weight 8 lbs.
- Great price point for features
- Beautiful, bright, easy to use display
- Available accessory pack built for this model
- Lighter than many other comparable models (smaller footprint)
- Smaller basket than some of the other air fryer options
- Accessory pack is good but pricey
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The GoWise is a great affordable air fryer that allows for both manual as well as programmed operation. The program operation is great for taking the guess work out of cooking various food options. The detachable basket is a great plus for easy transfer of hot food items between the fryer and table. The one issue with the basket though is that it can sometimes difficult to reattach until you get used to the fryer configuration. The basket also has a non-stick coating as well for easy cleaning.
The bright digital air fryer is a great addition to your kitchen. It has a large basket for its size in relation to comparably sized air fryers. The pre-programmed settings are great for various food types but you’ll often need to manually input if you go outside the included options. The one reviewed was the 4th generation model. You can possibly save a few dollars by going with an earlier model, but I prefer the added features of the newer version.
- 1400W Power
- 3.7 Quart Capacity
- 30 Minute Timer
- 175 – 400 Fahrenheit Temperature Range
- 7 Built in Program Modes for different food types
- Detachable Basket
- Weight 12 pounds
- Detachable Basket
- Reasonable Price Point
- Pre-programmed options for popular food choices
- Basket can be a bit of a pain to slide in and out
- Only a 30-minute timer
- Non-stick coating could be better
- Digital Display is a bit crowded, could be better organized
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The power fryer is one of the most asked about and popular air fryers on the market. Actually, it is a great compromise between cost and performance and sits in that sweet spot between the low budget options and the higher priced varieties. One of the things I really like about the power air fryer is the high power rating and the large basket (5.3 QT) on the larger variety. This works really great for those with families who need the added capacity.
The device gets a bit hotter than I would have anticipated with all the venting out of the back. You need to leave room between the wall and the back of the device for that reason. It is a bit larger and heavier than some options so I find I need to keep this away when not in use to conserve counter space. Not really a feature but for those looking for a red air fryer, this one comes in red as well as black.
Overall this is a great mid-range Air Fryer option. and among the top rated air fryers available.
- 1700 Watts
- Temperature control up to 400 F
- 5.3 Qt Capacity (smaller 3.4 Qt available)
- 60-minute Timer
- Weight 16.2 lbs.
- Available “Deluxe” package with cooking accessories
- Low to Mid range price options
- Large Capacity Available
- Two sizes for those who want large or small
- 1700 W Power Rating
- 6 Presets available
- 60 Minute Timer
- Back venting of heat causes area to get hot around device
- Some of the extra modes (such as baking) are not as good as advertised
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The black and decker is one of the most popular small air fryers on the market. It has quite a few advanced features as well as some that seem a bit out of date as well which makes it an odd choice for some and a great choice for others. The Dual convection fans do a great job of evenly circulating the air to cook your food evenly and quickly. The device has a temperature range from 175 – 400F.
The non-digital display is a bit of a throwback to some of the earlier models. One of the benefits though is that there is less to break, but you can’t set delays nor set programs for normal cook items like you can in other models. It is priced as a budget model but lacks some of the features of some of the other air fryers in its price range.
For me, the basket is a bit small but it is great for those who live in small apartments, dorm rooms, or just don’t use it enough to justify a large appliance.
- Temperature Range from 175 – 400F
- 2L (2.1 Qt) Basket Size
- Analog Controls for Temperature and Timer
- 60 Minute Timer
- 1200W Power
- Top Loading Basket
- Weight 12lbs
- Dual-Convection fans cooks evenly and quickly
- Low-Mid Price Point
- 60minute timer
- Top Loading Basket easier to insert and remove than many front loading baskets
- Non-Digital Display
- Cannot set timer delays
- Dial numbers are small and difficult to read
The Tfal air fryer was one of the first air fryers I had the chance to use. One of my friends bought one of these for his house and I was just completely amazed by this thing. The T-fal Air Fryer is huge, at least as a table footprint goes. It is wider than many of the other air fryers and has a top loading basket. The air circulation works well but I’ve had some issues occasionally with it not flipping over the food properly
The air fryer has really simple controls for the device. You basically just set the time and it goes. It cooks rather well and fast but I do find the newer models with more control to be a better choice. However, my friends who have this device love the simplicity and great cooking ability of it. So that is something to take into consideration as well. It’s personally not my favorite air fryer but it certainly holds up to lots of wear and tear and use.
- Removable Ceramic non-stick pan
- 2.9 L capacity
- Weight 11Lbs
- Easy access to food for flipping or checking on as it cooks
- Easy put items in and take them out from top loading tray
- Really Simple Controls
- Smaller Capacity than many other fryers for the cost
- Cover over tray needs cleaning often. Usually, takes more time to clean than other fryers
- Wider base takes up more counter space
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The Kalorik Air Fryer is not the most popular but it is a great option with some interesting features. It comes with a dual layer tray standard which is fantastic for cooking different types of items and keeping them separated. You can get tray fitters for some of the other air fryers but having it standard is a great feature.
The device is budget and very well priced. It lacks some of the new features of some of the other higher end such as a digital display. You have temperature controls up 400F but you don’t have the ability to set very specific temperatures with the dial control Only includes a 30minute timer.
If you are looking for a good cheap air fryer with a good set of features and a large capacity air fryer tray then this may be a great option for you.
- 30 Minute Timer
- Temperature Control up to 400F
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Dual layer rack
- Capacity 3.2 Qt.
- Weight 14 lbs.
- Budget priced
- 3.2 Qt basket is large for the price range
- Dual-layer tray included
- Small device
- Only a 30minute timer
- Temperature controls are limited
- Lacks more modern features such as digital displays, programming, etc.
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The De’Longhi Air Fryer is one of the more unique models on the market. It has a similar shape to the TeFal option but a bit more advanced features. This model has a top loading fryers with easy to remove baskets. Also included are automatic mixing paddles which help to move the food around to obtain more even cooking across the food items. Great for cooking heavier items such as rice that need to be constantly mixed.
The 2L capacity is larger than it appears to be and can cook about to about 3lbs of French fries. The two heating elements with the mixing ability is what allows you to load it up easier and better than some of the other “higher capacity models” while still maintaining great results.
Overall it’s a great option for an air fryer that allows you to cook more than the average air fryer. It is high priced for the lack of features and controls however which is a negative. If you are looking for an air fryer that is incredibly versatile than this would be a great option.
- Dual Heating Elements
- Clear window to keep an eye on food cooking inside
- Top-Loading Tray
- 2L Capacity
- 1200 W
- Weight 11.6 lbs
- Mixing paddles are great for keeping food moving and consistently cooked
- Mixing paddles allows you to easily cook foods from rice to vegetables that would be difficult without mixing
- Dual heating elements cook food evenly
- Easy to remove tray
- Only 4 Power levels limits the temperature controls
- Smaller capacity than other models in its price range
- Louder than I would like
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The Philips Avance Air Fryer is one of the newest fryer models on the market from Philips. This one was one of the toughest for me to get a chance to test out and I don’t have regular access to one, so the review is a bit more cursory. However, I found that it tends to fall into the same quality category as the other Philips Air Fryers which is great.
One of the best things I enjoy about this air fryer is that they reduced the overall size and footprint of the device. The basket though is a bit smaller than some of the other devices which is a problem for those who need a bit device. However, the “turbo” part is really interesting. It does cook faster than the older Philips machines and very evenly indeed.
- 60-minute timer
- Temperature control up to 400F
- 1.8 lb. Capacity
- Weight 15 lbs.
- Great new digital display
- 20% smaller than previous generations
- Easy to clean, non-stick tray
- Front tray still sticks a bit but is better than the previous generation
- Smaller basket than I would personally like
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The Elite Platinum Digital Air Fryer is one of the least known but better air fryers on the market. Featuring a large 3.2 Qt capacity it can actually go up to nearly 4Qts if necessary without the included basket. The basket is easy to insert and remove which is great for transferring food between device and plate.
The Elite Air Fryer has an easy to read digital display that allows you to set timers and temperatures. Temperature controls range from 140 – 400 F which is one of the better ranges for temperature controls on the market.
It may not be a household name but the Elite Air Fryer packs a lot of features in a reasonably priced package. You can get a lot more than you would get with a bigger brand name air fryer. Construction could be a bit better but it seems to hold up rather well to wear and tear. Overall for those looking for a lot of features with a good size and good price point, this would be a great option for you.
- 60-minute timer
- Temperature control 140 – 400F
- 3.2 – 4Qt Capacity
- Easy to read Digital Display
- 1400 W Power
- Weight 12 Lbs.
- Great Budget Price
- Large tray. You can even use without the tray inserted for more space
- Simple Design
- Switching back and forth between temp and time sometimes is frustrating on the digital display
- Lacks some of the finesse of higher end models
- Lacks some of the newer features of higher end models, may take more time to cook as well compared to a pricier alternative
- Build quality could be better (but good for price range)
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Healthiest Air Fryer
This is probably one of the toughest categories to find the best fit for. Everyone wants to know first is an air fryer healthy? Well, that clearly determines the foods that you cook in it. Also if it is able to easily cook your favorite foods without oil as well as the diversity of healthy option modes. So in our chase to find a healthy air fryer among the choices we looked at those that went above and beyond the normal air fryer operations.
First, if all you are looking for is something that would act like a “healthy deep fryer” than almost any solution can achieve this goal. However, if you are wanting more from your air fryer than it would certainly narrow your choices.
In terms of the healthiest option, we picked the incredible De’Longhi FH1363 MultiFry Extra, Air Fryer. This air fryer not only does a great job acting as a healthy deep fryer alternative it actually does a fabulous job cooking a huge variety of other foods. We loved the paddles which do a great job for cooking things like rice, pastas, vegetables, and other foods that need constant movement while cooking. No other air fryer on the market has the diversity of healthy food options as this one does.
Commercial Air Fryer
This is something I get asked a lot about from folks visiting the website, if there are commercial air fryers and what is the best option. Actually, surprisingly there really isn’t a great option yet for those who are looking for an air fryer for a commercial business. I find it odd that the companies have not really invested in a commercial air fryer unit, perhaps they don’t believe it can compete with the commercial fryers (or supplant the fryers in the market).
In all honest, I think this is a market that is woefully underserved and untapped. I think it is a matter of time before some commercial kitchen company finally comes out with a worthy heavy duty commercial option. I think this might be great as well for those with very large families who want the durability and output a commercial unit could provide.
Be sure to check back here with us regularly. We will certainly work to review any great options that enter the market. If you find or her of anything too, please let us know and we will work to review them whenever possible.
Best Air Fryer Review
If you are looking for the best rated Air Fryer on the market today you really can’t go wrong with the options available from Philips. They are not only the creator of the Ai Fryer technology but they are the market leader for a good reason. Our Favorite is the Phillips Air Fryer XL HD9240. The Philips XL Air Fryer is versatile, large, with a beautiful easy to use touch screen and all the features and functions you would expect from a top of the line model.
For those who don’t need the digital screen or the larger basket, you can get the same cooking technology in a cheaper package with the Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220 which is still a great machine. However, in the HD9220 price range, you may be able to find a better, newer technology model that works better for you.
Is this Philips Digital Airfryer perfect? No, it definitely does have flaws. However, they don’t detract from the overall quality of the machine especially in comparison to all the other hot air fryers on the market. This is why it is our top rated air fryer for 2018. Surprisingly it was rated the best air fry 2016 as well, which means manufacturers need to really step up with releasing new models!
Wanting to see if this is the best air fryer for you? Be sure to check all of our reviews on air fryers earlier in this guide as well. Click here to jump over to all of our hot air fryer reviews 2018.
Best Home Fryer
We tried to find the ones we thought would be the best for a home, especially homes of many different sizes. If I had to pick an air fryer from scratch today and was looking for one that was both high powered, with lots of features, and took up a smaller footprint my number one choice would be the Philips Avance Air fryer Turbo Star. The Philips has the great features of the Philips Air Fryer XL with a smaller footprint.
The smaller size does come with some tradeoffs however which is why our choice for the best hot air fryer goes to it’s older brother ( the Philips Air Fryer XL HD9240). However, the “Turbo” feature does make it more of a rapid air fryer so you can do cook your food in less time. The overall reliability of this fryer is still undetermined as it is so new to the market, but given the Philips brand reputation, we expect it to last for many years to come.
Best Large Capacity Air Fryer
The best among the large air fryers that we found was the Power Air Fryer XL. Featuring a large 5.3 Qt basket, this was, in fact, one of largest you can find around. Sure there are a few large models generally floating around out there, but they seem to have some more significant flaws than the Power XL. We love the great digital display and the high power rating of the machine helped with cooking quickly and for the lifespan of the air fryer.
My wife definitely liked the fact that we were able to cook a large amount in the huge 5.3 Qt basket which was enough for the whole family without us needing to portion out the food into separate batches. The digital air fryer display on this model is easy to read and use and the pre-programmed modes work very well too. If you are looking for more information, we reviewed this machine earlier in this guide.
Note: We evaluated both the smaller and larger power air fryer but the 5.3qt was the best among the power airfryer reviews we conducted.
All in all a great machine for family level cooking.
Best Oil less fryer Reviews
One of the promises of an air fryer was the ability to fry without oil. Now, most of the fryers do in fact perform well with at least a little oil but to achieve great results as a fryer without oil is something special. Great Oil less fryers require very hot heating elements as well as good fan circulation to produce crispy and tender results.
Now all the options have the ability to cook without oil. Some of the older air fryers had issues if you didn’t have some oil in them in terms of crispiness of the results. In terms of what we felt was the best among the fryers as an oil less air fryer we picked the Black and Decker Air Fryer (HF110SBD). We found that the dual-convection fans did the best job of cooking fast and evenly and still gave us that crisp exterior that we craved. Heck, why would you want an oil free air fryer if it didn’t give you the desired results?
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Air Fryer Accessories
Many of the air fryers do have models that come with an added set of accessories if you are willing to pay the extra money. For instance for those looking for Philips Airfryer accessories, many of the models have one that has great accessories that are included. For Power Air Fryers for example there is a Deluxe model that has accessories as well. A few of the models such as the Kalorik have included options in every model they sell.
Do I recommend buying the packages or buying your own accessories? If you don’t buy the package deals there I a risk that your specific accessories may not fit the desired model you want. There are several companies however that do create accessories that fit a few of the models out there
Actually, Amazon Basics has a great Set of Air Fryer Accessories that fits several Philips, GoWise, and other models. Just be sure your specific model fits the specific sizes, as well as some large or smaller models from the same brand, may, in fact, be different.
I would recommend getting the grill racks if you are looking for recommendations on what types of accessories to get. Baking dishes are also a great option too for those who want to test out baking in an air fryer. I found that baking results actually come out quite well and without the hassle of using an oven (or for those in an apartment without ovens).
Air Fryer Recipes
You are probably wondering, now that you have an air fryer, what do you make with it. Actually, since the advent of air fryers there has been an explosion in cookbooks on the market. So if you are looking for an air fryer cookbook we wanted to review some of the ones available. Because we know that you don’t have time to buy all of them and just want to find the best air fryer cookbook for your money.
Note: If you are looking for just information on how to cook simple things such as air fryer fries your air fryer should come with a small cookbook. The following books are for those looking to maximize the usage of their air fryer.
This is probably one of our favorite cookbooks on the market for Air Fryers. We love Linda and her simple and easy to follow recipes. She does a great job explaining air fryers, how they work, cooking types and techniques for various types of foods. The recipes are great, and many of them recipes you would normally cook with a huge variety of other devices that you can then easily cook with your air fryer.
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My wife and I both Love this book. The amount and diversity of recipes are just incredible and we have yet to find a bad recipe in the bunch. The book is beautiful illustrated and all the hints she shares are great for getting the most from your air fryer and the included recipes. For some of the recipes, you’ll need various accessories though to make the most of your air fryer. However, if you are going to be serious about air frying I’d recommend you buy accessories anyway.
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I didn’t even now there were possibly that many recipes for an Air Fryer, but Jeff really goes all out in terms of finding great recipes for the Air Fryer. Some of the recipes were a bit “odd” for me, although it really has helped to extend my pallet beyond the typical fare I’m used to. My wife and I have been trying to do at least one new recipe a week or month from this book so that we can expand the items that we like and the foods that our family enjoys.
One of my friends said this was the reason he ran out and an air fryer too after realizing all that he was missing out on from having an air fryer in his home.
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Air Fryers on YouTube
One of my favorite things is to find great recipes and cooking information on YouTube. It would be too hard to list and go through all the great videos on the YouTube. My favorite are those from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.
I agree with him that Air is the new Oil.
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