Eating a healthy diet is essential to living a good life. Unfortunately, that means saying goodbye to a lot of delicious foods… or at least, it did until the air fryer came about. This countertop, vertical convection oven allows you to still enjoy deep-fried foods without all the unhealthy fats you get from the vat of oil you cook it in.
And yes, you read it right. It works very much like a convection oven so it’s not only for deep-fried goodies. You can roast, grill, and even bake using this appliance. The question now is, which one do you buy? Well, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best air fryers in the market today and reviewed each one to help you out.
Top Air Fryers Reviewed in 2018
- Top Air Fryers Reviewed in 2018
- 1. Philips XL Airfryer
- 2. BLACK+DECKER HF110SBD
- 3. Avalon Bay Digital AirFryer
- 4. Air Fryer by Cozyna
- 5. Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer Avance Turbo Star
- 6. GoWISE USA GW22621 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer
- 7. Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer
- 8. T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry
- 9. Glip AF800 Oil-Less Air Fryer
- 10. NutriChef Digital Electric Oil-Free Air Frying Cooker
- How to Choose an Air Fryer
1. Philips XL AirfryerAir Fryer with a Large Capacity
One of the most expensive air fryers in the market also happens to be number one on our list. Why? Well, you definitely get what you pay for with the Philips XL. You get loads of space – enough to feed a family of 4. You get a smart preset button which allows you to keep the setting for your favorite food. You’re able to customize the settings. The temperature reaches 390 degrees. And this high quality machine comes with not just a recipe book but a free app as well that has over 150 recipes!
- Smart Preset Button
- Large cooking surface
- Digital touchscreen that’s incredibly user-friendly
- Takes up a lot of space on your counter
- very expensive
- accessories sold separately and are also very expensive
2. BLACK+DECKER HF110SBDAir Fryer Under $200
If you’re looking for something that’s more affordable, you may want this next one on our list. It’s definitely not on the high-tech side because it lacks a touchscreen as some of our other picks. But at half the price of the XL, you still get a top quality air fryer that does the job at also half the power (only 1220 Watts). The size is smaller which makes it perfect for small kitchens. And it comes with dual convection fans to speed up cooking time.
- dual convection fans means faster cooking time
- easy to clean
- a bit noisy
- can’t cook for a large group
- the numbers on the dials are very small/hard to read
3. Avalon Bay Digital AirFryerAir Fryer With Accessories
Avalon Bay’s Digital Fryer is a certified crowd-favorite for many reasons. Aside from the fact that it’s over $100 cheaper than the Philip XL, consumers love that it comes with a non-stick baking dish, a metal roasting rack, a removable mesh metal basket, 30-minute timer, and a 52-page Avalon Bay Cook Book. The temperature ranges from 200 to 400 degrees. It’s also easy to use and clean. Best of all, it has a safety automatic off feature.
- automatic off feature
- easy to clean
- comes with 2 accessories + a cook book
- not good with cooking raw meat
- the control panel labels on the air fryer wear off
- can’t cook for more than two people at a time
4. Air Fryer by Cozyna
Unlike other air fryers on our list, Cozyna’s Air Fryer comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. That by itself makes this the perfect pick for consumers who want to find out if air frying is for them. Aside from that fun feature, you also get 2 cookbooks filled with over 50 recipes for you to try during that first month. As for specs, the Cozyna has a temperature range that reaches 392 degrees, a 30-minute timer, an automatic shut off feature, and is dishwasher-safe.
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 2 recipe books with more than 50 recipes
- more affordable
- non-stick coating can chip and flake
- exterior of the air fryer sometimes heats up
- takes up a fair amount of space on your countertop
5. Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer Avance Turbo Star
One of the features that clearly stand out to us about this Philips air fryer is the presets. You get 4 cooking presets for chicken, frozen fries, meat, and fish. This makes cooking a little bit easier for someone new to the air frying trend. In addition to that, you also get over 200 recipes from an app and a free recipe book. While it is 20% smaller than the XL, it still uses the same technology which means you’ll get crispy, fried results every time.
- comes with preset programs for frozen fries, meat, fish, and chicken
- comes with an app and free recipe book (a total of over 200 recipes)
- Easy to clean
- can only cook for 2-3 people at a time
- instructions aren’t detailed
6. GoWISE USA GW22621 4th Generation Electric Air FryerAir Fryer For The Money
If you’re smart about your money, you’ll definitely GoWise. For less than $100, you get a top quality air fryer that has a 30-minute timer, a temperature range of 175 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, a touchscreen, and seven presets. No more guesswork needed when it comes to your favorite foods! Once you’re done cooking, the air fryer goes into standby mode so you don’t have to turn it on again if you need extra cooking but it also doesn’t continue heating up.
- 7 built-in smart programs for favorite foods
- really affordable
- large enough to cook one whole chicken
- non-stick coating may chip and flake
- no rack for creating cooking layers
- can only cook small amounts of food at a time
7. Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer
While most of our other picks don’t allow you to see the food as it cooks, the Big Boss does. Made mostly out of clear glass, you can see your fries, chicken, fish, or whatever slowly turn into something crispilicious. Not that you need to watch it because this air fryer comes with a temperature and timer dial.
There are recommended time & temperatures for certain popular foods right beside the dials plus one light to let you know when the air fryer is turned on and another to let you know when it’s heating up. Another feature you might want to know about this air fryer is the fact that you can stack two types of foods using the air fryer’s trays and cook them both at the same time!
- allows you to see what’s happening inside
- can cook 2 different types of food at the same time
- hard to clean
- too bulky/big to leave on the countertop
- takes too long to cook
8. T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry
The T-fal Actifry is a popular choice among consumers because it delivers exactly as it promised – you can cook all your favorite fried food with only one tablespoon of oil (or less!). It even includes a measuring spoon for you. Like the Big Boss, you can also check the food while it cooks through a steam-free viewing window.
And if you’re likely to be busy preparing other things in the kitchen while your food cooks, the ActiFry comes with a buzzer that alerts you when the food is done. As an added bonus, this air fryer also comes with a filter to ensure odor-free cooking!
- steam-free viewing window
- enough space to cook 2.2 pounds of food
- lid and the ceramic-coated nonstick pan are both dishwasher-safe
- takes up a lot of space on your countertop
- doesn’t produce a “deep fried” taste as much as other models on our list
- expensive but not feature-rich
9. Glip AF800 Oil-Less Air Fryer
Most of our picks for the best air fryers are sleek and modern in design. The Glip AF800, on the other hand, has a retro/vintage look that may appeal to those who like this style. While the control dials are in this period style (which is incredibly cool to look at, by the way), it doesn’t detract from the model’s ability to perform as desired. Some of the features include a 30-minute timer, a temperature gauge that reaches 400 degrees Fahrenheit, a heat insulated handle, and cool-touch housing.
- cool retro design
- easy to use
- fast cooking time
- can’t cook for a large family
- no accessories except for the roasting plate
- basket case is not pure stainless steel
10. NutriChef Digital Electric Oil-Free Air Frying Cooker
The NutriChef Digital Air Fryer is the most affordable option on our list. It’s also one of the easiest to use. Simply place the food in the basket, push the on/off button, choose the time and temperature (or use one of the built-in pre-programmed cooking modes), and wait for the your favorite food to finish air frying. Other features of this model includes a safety automatic shut off function, a non-stick Teflon basket, and a 30-minute timer. One thing you should take note is that your food’s flavor is better if you do use a bit of oil.
- very affordable
- easy to use
- easy to clean
- vague instruction manual
- no cookbook
- limited cooking space
Some other air fryers you might also want to check out include the Power Air Fryer XL, NuWave Brio Air Fryer, the Kalorik Convection Air Fryer, and the Gourmia GCR1700.
How to Choose an Air Fryer
There’s no question that you love fried food. Who doesn’t, right? But eating a healthy diet means eliminating all that fried goodness from your meals… or does it? Fortunately for you and me, air fryers can create the deliciously crispy foods we love without using the same amount of oil. But before you rush out to get yourself one of these magical devices, you might want to consider several important factors that will help you choose which one will work best for you. Take note that all air fryers use the same basic technology – using the circulation of hot air – to cook food so this shouldn’t factor in your choice.
This may be everyone’s number 1 concern because these babies don’t come cheap. The most affordable one in our list, NutriChef Digital Electric Oil-Free Air Frying Cooker, still requires you to shell out almost $100. The GoWISE USA GW22621 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer which is also under $100 costs a few dollars more than the NutriChef but gives you more bang for your buck. If you’re willing to shell out more, you might be interested in the higher end models from Philips which cost over $200 but most consumers swear they’re worth the price.
Naturally, you want to be able to cook enough food to feed the people inside your house. Most air fryers have a capacity for 1.5 to 2.5 pounds of food inside the basket at a time. Perfect for those fries, chicken wings, or nuggets that you want to cook for snack time. Or for single people who simply want to cook healthier. But if you have a large family, you might want to go for an air fryer that can cook more at one go such as the Philips XL Airfryer.
This is an issue that you need to consider because of two things – storage and counterspace. An air fryer needs space at the back for the hot air to come out and sort of a “runway” space in front for when you pull out the basket of food. If you plan on leaving it on your countertop, storage won’t be a problem. But if you plan on putting it away after use, you may want to check if there’s space enough in your cabinet for the air fryer.
Air fryers usually require around 800 to 2,100 watts of power, depending on the model. You’ll need to make sure that the outlet in your kitchen can support this.
This is an essential feature because different foods cook at varying temperatures. You might also want to consider a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit to give you even more versatility. Most of our picks have this maximum temperature point.
Digital or Analog
How techy are you? Some people prefer turning dials while others prefer a touchscreen.
You may want to consider a unit that offers this feature because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of your hands. If not a preset program, you might want to look for an air fryer that comes with recipes to make learning how to use it much easier.
Other things you might want to consider when checking out air fryers include warranty, alert features, included accessories, and maintenance.
While our top picks are supposed to help make your choice a lot easier, it won’t always be true since improvements are bound to turn up in the future. The important thing to remember is to consider all your needs and your current lifestyle so that you end up making the right choice.