The 9 Best Air Fryers of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

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Best Air Fryers

The Spruce Eats / Tamara Staples

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Tested & Approved

After extensive testing, the overall winner is the Philips Premium Airfryer XXL HD9650 for its high-level performance, user-friendly controls, and ease of cleanup. If you're looking for a budget option, a good choice is the Chefman 3.7-Quart TurboFry Air Fryer, which not only was quiet and compact but also easy to use. 

Air fryers have gained popularity for producing crispy, evenly browned "fried" foods without the use of a deep fryer. They work by circulating hot air around food, similarly to a convection oven, and eliminate the need for much (if any) cooking oil. Many air fryers are programmed with multiple cooking functions and can double as a toaster oven, convection oven, warmer, rotisserie, indoor grill, and more. Even the most basic air fryers can cook a wide range of foods, save space and energy in the kitchen, require little to no time to preheat, and can fry, roast, and heat up foods with minimal cook time and cleanup.

We tested the top-rated air fryers in our Lab and compared them side by side. We also sent several models to our experienced at-home product testers to gather more insights straight from real-life kitchens.

Here are the best air fryers, based on our extensive testing insights.

Best Overall: Philips Premium Airfryer XXL HD9650

5
Philips Premium Airfryer

Williams Sonoma

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.9/5
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Versatility
    4.9/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.8/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Designed to drain fat away from food

  • Built-in cord storage

  • Available in digital or analog

  • Keeps food warm up to 30 minutes

What We Don't Like
  • Add-on accessories are pricey

Who else recommends it? NBC News and Tom's Guide both picked the Philips Premium Airfryer XXL.

What do buyers say? 89% of 2,200+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.The Philips

Premium Airfryer XXL outperformed the competition in all of our Lab tests. Philips Airfryers are available in compact, XL, and XXL sizes, each with your choice of digital or analog controls. If you have the space and more than just one or two people to feed, go for the XXL digital model, which is the one we tested. It has cooking functions to air fry, bake, grill, roast, toast, dehydrate, and reheat, along with presets for some of the most popular air-fried recipes, including frozen fries, meat, fish, whole chicken, and chicken drumsticks—and it's extremely user-friendly.

The drawer-like cooking basket on the Philips Airfryer XXL can hold 7 quarts, big enough for a 4-pound whole chicken or 2 bags of frozen fries. We tested both in our Lab, and it cooked up the fluffiest French fries out of all the models, with more than one tester proclaiming them the best of the bunch. The chicken took 45 minutes, with the only flip happening at the half-hour mark. When it was done, our testers were pleasantly surprised with crispy skin and juicy meat, declaring it the perfect roast chicken.

This also performed extremely well when we baked cornbread, creating an evenly cooked middle with a great crust. With the chicken, we were able to test the proprietary Fat Removal Technology, a unique starfished-shaped bottom that helps drain excess fat away from food for crisper results. All of the fat that cooked out was stored there, away from the food.

We also enjoyed the keep-warm function that runs up to 30 minutes after cooking to make sure your food remains warm until you're ready to serve. All the removable dishwasher-safe parts were easy to clean, though the plastic fat removal rack needs to be hand-washed with hot, soapy water. There are lots of add-on accessories for making pizza, dehydrated snacks, and baking.

Price at time of publish: $349.95

Philips Airfryer XXL

The Spruce Eats / Tamara Staples

Capacity: 7 quarts | Power Rating: 1750 watts | Dimensions: 15.55 x 15.55 x 15.67 inches | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"The Philips impressed in nearly every test we threw its way. One of the best rotisserie chickens, chicken tenders, and French fries. We loved the Philips for its very consistent browning, and how user-friendly the machine is from setup to preheat alerts." Collier Sutter, Food and Drink Review Editor

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus 10QT 7-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven

4.9
Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven

 Courtesy of Walmart

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.8/5
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Versatility
    4.9/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.9/5
  • Value
    4.8/5
What We Like
  • Seven features in one

  • Stellar performance

  • Cooks quickly and quietly

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Small interior compared to overall size

  • Instruction booklet is limited—full manual online

Who else recommends it? Forbes and Mashable both recommend Instant Pot's Instant Vortex Plus 10-Quart.

What do buyers say? 89% of 30,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

You may know the Instant Pot company from its popular line of electric pressure cookers, but it also manufactures other gadgets that are useful in the kitchen. The Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven is one of the latest offerings, combining the features of a standard air fryer with features you’d find in countertop ovens. In addition to all of those features and the trusted brand name, its performance did not disappoint in testing.

The cooking basket rotates during cooking, so your fries or wings will tumble during cooking, meaning they’ll cook and brown evenly. When you’re cooking something larger, you can ditch the basket, like when you're rotisserie cooking a 4-pound chicken or a roast, or you can use the two cooking trays for foods that shouldn’t tumble or spin. Our tester was able to roast a 4-pound chicken in 45 minutes and said "it tasted as good as those that are slow-roasted for an entire day."

While there is a slight learning curve, especially for the initial setup of the rotisserie basket and spit, the controls are user-friendly in general. Our tester really appreciated the ability to save settings so that once you perfect chicken nuggets, for example, you can recreate the dish with just a touch of the button. A drip tray keeps everything tidy and makes cleanup easier, and all of the accessories are dishwasher safe. You can even slide the door off of the appliance to wipe it down. This has a 10-quart capacity, so you’ll have plenty of room when cooking for the whole family, although you'll be somewhat limited in terms of the size of your rotisserie chicken.

Price at time of publish: $149.99

Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven

The Spruce Eats / Lindsay Boyers 

Capacity: 10 quarts | Power Rating: 1500 watts | Dimensions: 13.23 x 13.23 x 14.37 inches | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"As an avid Instant Pot user, my expectations for the Instant Vortex Plus were admittedly high … luckily, it didn’t just live up to my expectations—it exceeded them."Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester

Best Smart: Cosori VeSync Pro II Smart Air Fryer

4.8
Cosori VeSync Pro II Smart Air Fryer

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.8/5
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Versatility
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.9/5
  • Value
    4.9/5
What We Like
  • Wide basket for better airflow

  • App with recipes

  • Easy cleaning

What We Don't Like
  • Baskets might not fit well in dishwasher

  • App could use more recipes

The Cosori VeSync Pro II is an upgraded version of the Cosori Pro, which we previously tested, with one major difference: a highly functional app. This means you can control the settings, look up recipes, and monitor cooking all from your phone. There is also voice control. Design-wise, it's a sleek device that won't take up too much counter space and if you're cooking for a large group, the 5.8-quart capacity makes this big enough for large meals and then some.

With 12 presets that you can customize—steak, chicken, shrimp, seafood, frozen foods, French fries, bacon, vegetables, toast, bake, preheat, and keep warm—our tester found it very intuitive to use. It performed just as well as the non-smart version. Our tester had great results with grilled cheese, potato wedges, wings, frozen fish, burgers, and even air-fried cannoli.

Our reviewer would like to see even more recipes included in the app but likes that they can be customized. Plus, the app may update in the future, adding to the value. Currently, you'll find recipes like prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, chicken satay, stuffed French toast, and blackened catfish. The perforated basket and the outer basket have a nonstick coating that makes cleanup easy (and they're dishwasher-safe!).

Price at time of publish: $139.95

Cosori- Air Fryer Review

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Capacity: 5.8 quarts | Power Rating: 1700 watts | Dimensions: 13.9 x 12.7 x 11.8 inches | Warranty: 1 year (limited)

What Our Testers Say

"From the ability to preheat the fryer with a voice assistant to the app with recipes to the open-basket warning, this fryer makes cooking much much easier." Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Two Basket: Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer

4.8
Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer
Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.8/5
  • Performance
    4.6/5
  • Versatility
    4.7/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.5/5
  • Value
    4.9/5
What We Like
  • Dual cooking zones

  • Smart Finish for coordinated finish time

  • Extra space for large batches

What We Don't Like
  • Large countertop footprint

  • Large batches cook longer

If you're looking for added space and the convenience of cooking two different foods at the same time, our reviewers highly recommend this model. With two separate 4-quart cooking baskets and heating zones, this Ninja air fryer enables you to cook different foods with separate cooking times and temperatures at the same time. You won't have to choose between air frying wings or fries on game days and can prepare a complete meal, like air-fried chicken with crispy Brussels sprouts or sweet potato wedges on the side. Even with the "high-tech" feel of it and the multitude of options, our testers found it user-friendly.

The magic lies in the "Smart Finish" feature, which lets you program the air fryer with two cook times and temperatures for different foods. The air fryer will automatically start the basket with the shorter of the two cook times so both baskets are finished cooking at the same time. If you're cooking a double batch of a single recipe, the "Match" feature quickly pairs both cooking baskets to the same settings. There are six cooking presets, including air fry, air broil, roast, bake, reheat, and dehydrate.

Our home tester and those in the Lab found this air fryer cooks faster than other models and the cooking time on most recipes needed to be shortened for best results. The Lab testers enjoyed evenly cooked chicken tenders and crispy French fries. The testers raved about the Smart Finish, though they did observe that the left basket cooked a little hotter and faster than the right when using mirror cooking. It's also important to note that when both baskets are used, the cooking time for both is longer than if a single basket is used. The baskets and crispers trays are dishwasher safe but can also be washed by hand fairly easily.

Price at time of publish: $199.99

Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 8-Quart 2-Basket Air Fryer

 The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Capacity: 8 quarts | Power Rating: 1690 watts | Dimensions: 15.63 x 13.86 x 12.4 inches | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"With Smart Finish, the cook can set separate cooking times and temperatures for each basket, then let the machine handle starting the shorter cooking time so the two items finish at the same time." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Budget: Chefman 3.7-Quart TurboFry Air Fryer

4.8
Chefman 3.5-Liter TurboFry Air Fryer

Courtesy of Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.8/5
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Versatility
    4.5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.9/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Space-saving design

  • Intuitive controls

  • Easy to clean

  • Quieter than other air fryers

What We Don't Like
  • Temperature cannot be set above 400

  • Cooking basket can be tricky to insert

If you want to try air frying, but don't think you'll do it often enough to justify investing in a more pricey model, the Chefman 3.7-Quart TurboFry Air Fryer is our budget pick. Its dome shape is compact to save counter space, but the basket easily fits enough food for several people. The black finish is sleek, and the matte model resists fingerprints so it's easy to keep looking new.

There are both digital and analog versions of this air fryer. We tested the digital version both at home and in the Lab, and all the testers found the touch controls simple and intuitive to use. The temperature can be set from 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit and the timer up to 60 minutes, which is plenty of cooking range for most air-fried recipes. Our Lab testers found that this produced amazing French fries and crispy chicken tenders. The taste and texture outmatched several pricier models. Cleaning is also easier than others. The basket and several other parts can be put in the dishwasher, though the metal racks have to be carefully hand-washed.

The downsides here come when you're looking for a versatile machine. It wasn't able to bake cornbread and definitely couldn't roast a chicken. If you're interested in using an air fryer to dehydrate snacks, you might want a model that allows you to set the timer for longer.

Price at time of publish: $66.41

Chefman 3.5 Liter Digital TurboFry Air Fryer

The Spruce Eats / Sharon Lehman

Capacity: 3.5 liters | Power Rating: 1000 watts | Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 12 inches | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"This has become my go-to air fryer. It barely takes up any space on my countertop, has basic, intuitive controls, and turns out crisper frozen fries and tater tots than my standard oven."Sharon Lehman, Product Tester

Best With Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot 8-quart Multi-Use Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer

4.8
Instant Pot Pro Crisp + Air Fryer

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.8/5
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Versatility
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.8/5
  • Value
    4.9/5
What We Like
  • Inner pot has handles

  • Inner pot is stovetop- and oven-safe

  • Convenient vent/pressure toggle

What We Don't Like
  • No preset cooking programs

Fans of multi-functional kitchen appliances will want to check out this air fryer option from Instant Pot. It comes with two lids—one for air frying and one for pressure cooking—that enable the pot to function as both an air fryer and the classic multi-cooker the brand is known for.

The pot holds up to 8 quarts, which is enough room to air-fry a whole chicken, and is equipped with 11 cooking functions that are sorted by which lid they require. The pressure cooking lid functions are pressure cook, saute, slow cook, steam, and sous vide, and the air fryer lid functions are warm, air fry, roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate. The pressure cooker performed well with pork ribs, steamed cauliflower, and sauteed potatoes in tests, while air-fried eggrolls and fries were also a success.

Our tester noted the inner pot has some upgraded features compared to other Instant Pot models, including side handles and a flat bottom for even cooking. It can also be used on stovetops and is oven-safe. It comes with a number of accessories, including a multi-use cooking rack, nonstick air fryer basket, dehydrate/broil tray, a protective pad for the lids, and a storage cover. The accessories fit inside the cooker for compact storage. Most of the accessories are dishwasher safe and the rest of the appliance is easy enough to clean.

Price at time of publish: $269.99

Instant Pot Pro Crisp Pressure Cooker + Air Fryer

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Capacity: 8 quarts | Power Rating: 1500 watts | Dimensions: 14.75 x 12.5 x 15.5 inches with air fryer lid | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"Instant Pot has so many different models, it’s hard to remember the differences, but the Instant Pot Pro Crisp + Air Fryer stands out from the crowd thanks to its sleek black exterior, its handy vent/pressure toggle, and the innovative inner pot that adds to the versatility of this machine." - Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best With Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer

4.7
Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Our Ratings
  • Features
    5/5
  • Performance
    4/5
  • Value
    4/5
  • Size
    5/5
  • Attractive Design
    4.5/5
What We Like
  • Excellent performance

  • Multifunctional

  • Large capacity

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Glass door gets very hot

The Breville Smart Oven might be pricey, but it does a great job as toaster, broiler, dehydrator, and pizza oven in addition to air fryer. It offers a huge capacity: It can fit nine slices of bread, a 13-inch pizza, or nearly an entire bag of frozen french fries. (It helpfully comes with custom-sized pizza and baking pans along with its large air-fry basket and oven racks.) The controls are simple to use, with a light-up display and simple dial to control the time, as well as a large-type display that's easy to read, even from across the room.

With all these different functions (it has 11 presets), you might worry that this unit wouldn't do a great job with any of them, but our tests found quite the opposite. It can make a huge batch of crispy, golden fries and then turn around and bake cookies without missing a beat.

Not only were our Lab testers impressed with this appliance's performance, but they also commented on how easy it is to clean, too: A removable crumb tray collects any stray bits of food, and each of the oven pieces comes out for cleaning with a simple wipe-down. None of the pieces are dishwasher safe, but they are easy to hand wash.

This thing may be one of the most expensive air fryer/toaster/ovens out there, but it really can replace all three, which might make the price worth it. It's even available in seven different colors to match your kitchen decor.

Price at time of publish: $349.95

breville smart oven air fryer pro

The Spruce Eats / Tamara Staples

Capacity: 0.8 cubic feet | Power Rating: 1800 watts | Dimensions: 18.5 x 15.8 x 11 inches | Warranty: 2 years

Lab Test Takeaway

"It is a great air fryer—the fries were very crispy and cooked up perfectly. The baking setting worked really nicely, and I was pretty happy with the broiler, as well. All in all, I would use this machine for all the functions that it offers."

Best Quiet: TaoTronics Air Fryer TT-AF001

4.7
taotronics-air-fryer

Courtesy of TaoTronics

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Performance
    4.8/5
  • Versatility
    4.5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.8/5
  • Value
    4.8/5
What We Like
  • Rectangular-shaped basket design

  • Large 6-quart capacity

  • Whisper quiet

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t have a full touchscreen

  • Presets need some adjustment

  • Large countertop footprint

Love air-fried food, but not the noisy fans that accompany many air fryers? This model is well-rated for being ultra-quiet. In fact, our product tester said she could barely hear it when it was turned on. Like most air fryers, the cook can manually select the cooking time and temperature or use one of 11 cooking presets to prepare fries, steak, bacon, fish, shrimp, vegetables, chicken, potatoes, bread, cake, or thawing frozen snacks. The cooking basket holds 6-quarts, is nonstick, and is dishwasher safe.

The square-shaped design of this model gives you more room to fit food in the cooking basket compared to smaller fryers with rounded baskets. Our product tester noted the basket shape helps spread food out a bit more versus piling it on top of each other, which can lead to less crisp cooking results. In tests, this air fryer heated quickly, cooked evenly, and was extremely efficient. Our tester did warn that it does take a little practice playing around with settings to get the perfect amount of doneness.

Price at time of publish: $149.99

taotronics-air-fryer

The Spruce / Lindsay Boyers

Capacity: 6 quarts | Power Rating: 1750 watts | Dimensions: 11.73 x 13.39 x 11.73inches | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"When I first started testing it, I actually turned it off and on a few times, because it was so quiet, I didn’t think it was working." - Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester

Best Small: Dash 2-Quart Compact Air Fryer

4
Dash 2-Quart Compact Air Fryer

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Performance
    4/5
  • Versatility
    3.5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.9/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Easy to clean

  • Stylish

What We Don't Like
  • Analog controls

  • Unitasker

  • No preheat function

If you're low on storage space or buying an air fryer for a small kitchen, the compact Dash Air Fryer could be the right fit for you. At 2 quarts, it's the smallest capacity found among air fryers, though it has some of the same features as larger models. This includes auto-shutoff, a nonstick basket, and analog temperature control.

When we tested this in our Lab, everyone was very impressed with the results. The French fries came out extra crispy with a "steamy, soft, mashed-like potato" interior. This was unlike the papery skin found with other tested models. Though we could only fit two large chicken tenders in the basket, they were evenly baked and crispy. It's worth noting that when we sent this model home to a tester, she wasn't as impressed with the fries, saying some came out really crispy and others completely soft. She also didn't fare well when attempting apple chips. However, it seems like with enough trial and error you can perfect how your food is cooked—it's just not as intuitive as models with preprogrammed options. You really have to keep an eye on your food with the Dash.

The lack of a preheat preset and a timer is another downside. It was a bit of a guessing game to know when it's ready to cook, and when it's done. It's also limited in terms of versatility since it can't bake cornbread, roast vegetables, or cook a chicken breast. However, the nonstick interior and basket made cleaning this simple and extremely easy. If you're looking for a stripped-down, small air fryer that can produce fries and chicken tenders, this is a great option at an affordable price.

Price at time of publish: $49.95

Dash compact air fryer

The Spruce Eats / Tamara Staples

Capacity: 2 quarts | Power Rating: 1000 watts | Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.1 x 11.4 inches | Warranty: 1 year

What Our Testers Say

"The small interior delivers concentrated hot air that cooks frozen fries and frozen chicken tenders close to the texture and taste we looked for." Collier Sutter, Food and Drink Review Editor

Compare

Overall Rating Ease of Use Performance Versatility Ease of Cleaning Value
Philips Premium Airfryer
Best Overall:
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL
5
4.9 4.9 4.9 4.8 5
Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven
Runner-Up, Best Overall:
Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus
4.9
4.8 4.9 4.9 4.9 4.8
Cosori VeSync Pro II Smart Air Fryer
Best Smart:
Cosori VeSync Pro II Smart Air Fryer
4.8
4.8 4.9 5 4.9 4.9
Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer
Best Two Basket:
Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer
4.8
4.8 4.6 4.7 4.5 4.9
Chefman 3.5-Liter TurboFry Air Fryer
Best Budget:
Chefman 3.7-Quart TurboFry Air Fryer
4.8
4.8 4.9 4.5 4.9 5
Instant Pot Pro Crisp + Air Fryer
Best With Pressure Cooker:
Instant Pot 8-quart Multi-Use Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer
4.8
4.8 4.9 5 4.8 4.9
Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer
Best With Toaster Oven:
Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer
4.7
4 4
taotronics-air-fryer
Best Quiet:
TaoTronics Air Fryer
4.7
4.5 4.8 4.5 4.8 4.8
Dash 2-Quart Compact Air Fryer
Best Small:
Dash Compact Air Fryer
4
4.5 4 3.5 4.9 4
Final Verdict

The Philips Premium Airfryer XXL HD9650 and Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven are our top picks because both are well-designed, easy to use, and versatile. Plus, they performed exceptionally well in all of our cooking tests. If you want something a little smaller and more affordable, go with the Chefman 3.7-Quart TurboFry Air Fryer, which is also quieter than most options on this list.

Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven

The Spruce Eats / Lindsay Boyers 

How We Tested

We tested 11 of the top air fryer models in our Lab by seeing how French fries, chicken tenders, and carrots fared in each machine. If possible, we also baked cornbread and roasted a small chicken. The testers cleaned each machine repeatedly and placed any dishwasher-safe parts through a few washing cycles. All of our reviewers evaluated the air fryers on ease of use, performance, performance, versatility, cleaning, and overall value.

We also sent a handful of air fryers to the homes of our experienced food writers so they could spend weeks testing their capabilities. They used the air fryers to cook a variety of dishes, tried out all the functions and features, cleaned them, stored them, and ultimately decided what their strengths and weaknesses were.

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Testing Air Fryers for Capacity, Ease of Use, and Versatility

Other Options We Tested

  • Cosori Pro Air Fryer: A previous version of this roundup included the Cosori Pro Air Fryer, which earned high marks from our product tester for its design, heating, performance, and versatility. Cosori since launched a second version of the air fryer, which we have not yet tested, as well as a smart version that we did test. After testing the Cosori VeSync Pro II SmartAir Fryer, which retails for around $30 more, we have to give the nod to the smart version because it performed equally as well and we feel the added convenience of the app and voice control are worth the price. However, if you're looking to save and don't care about the smart capabilities, we still think the Cosori Pro Air Fryer is an easy-to-use, high-performing option.
  • Instant Vortex 5.7-Quart Large Air Fryer Oven Combo: We tested this 4-in-1 air fryer in the Lab and were pleased by its easy-to-use interface, the preset cooking programs, and ease of cleaning, and generally found that there wasn't much of a learning curve out of the box. But the food results were inconsistent. Sometimes everything was cooked evenly, and other times, there were limp fries and cold spots.
  • Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart Air Fryer: This is another air fryer from Instant Brands that we tested in the Lab. It had a lot of the same positives as the Vortex, with more versatility and a faster preheating time. Again, the final food results were disappointing, though. An unevenness and inconsistency appeared with every batch, with the chicken tenders and French fries ending up dry and dehydrated.
  • GoWISE USA 7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator: This air fryer comes with three stackable metal racks that fit snugly in the basket, an attractive blue LED display, and multiple functions. Our Lab testers found it to be lightweight for its size and very easy to clean, but that's where the positives ended. The display was hard to read and none of the food was remarkable, with the chicken tenders coming out crispy but very dry.
  • Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360: This combination air fryer toaster oven, made popular by TV infomercials, boasts the ability to replace your toaster, toaster oven, convection oven, standalone air fryer, deep fryer, slow cooker, food dehydrator, and microwave. While our home tester found that it serves its purpose as an all-in-one appliance, she was disappointed in how loud it was on air-frying mode as well as how tricky it was to clean. The air fryer worked well—although she found some recipes took longer than the instructions said—but she wasn't super impressed with any of the other functions. In the end, we determined it's a steep price to pay unless you really plan to replace several major kitchen appliances with this one device.
  • Breville BOV900BSS Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro with Super Convection: Breville's answer to the toaster oven/air fryer combo has a lot of useful features including marked rack guides, a range of presets, and an easy-to-read digital display. While our Lab testers loved the versatility of the machine, we found air-frying across the board was uneven. Some French fries were close to browned, while others were almost undercooked, and a fair amount of breading came off the chicken tenders. When roasting a chicken, the unevenness continued, with as much as a 10-degree difference between different parts of the oven. It's also expensive, especially for such lackluster performance.
  • Instant Omni Pro 18-Liter Toaster Oven and Air Fryer: Our Lab fully tested Instant Brands' only combination air fryer toaster oven. It had a lot of great features including an intuitive interface, window tray guides, and an impressive amount of cooking functions. Of those, we liked the rotisserie feature for our roast chicken test, which came out looking like grocery store chicken, though there is a learning curve to placing the spit. The final flavor of all of our food tests, though, left a little something to be desired, and cleaning was exceptionally hard.
Air fryers French fry test

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What to Look for in an Air Fryer

Capacity

Air fryers come in all shapes and sizes, from 2-quart to 10-quart options. Are you frying a small batch of wings or do you want to make French fries for the family on burger night? Make sure the fryer you choose can handle the amount of food you want to cook. There are also options that have two baskets that can cook two different foods simultaneously and at different settings. Also, consider a fryer's overall size—more capacity might mean that it needs more storage space when it’s not in use.

Ease of Use

When it comes to air fryers, there are basic models and ones with all the bells and whistles, but a fancy one won't do you any good if its complicated interface detracts from its convenience. Many have preset programs that allow you to whip up a batch of fries, bake cornbread, or roast veggies with one touch of a button. There are also analog and digital models to choose from, as well as models with smart functions and access to an app full of recipes.

Timers are always handy, and most air fryers include one—but not all. Timers with an audible alert or a fryer that can turn off automatically will add to the appliance's ease of use. These days, there are so many air fryers on the market that the list of additional features can be overwhelming. Sometimes more features mean more complicated so be sure to look at the interface and controls before making a decision, especially if you are a beginner.

Versatility

First, look at the temperature range on an air fryer. A wider range of temperatures will give you more options for cooking different foods. Generally, fryers that can achieve higher temperatures can cook faster and brown foods more easily. Beyond temperature, take a look at the other functionalities of an air fryer. There are many all-in-one-type air fryers on the market today that can toast, bake, roast, dehydrate, and more. If those added functions can replace another small appliance in your kitchen it may be worth additional cost.

Cleaning

For the easiest cleaning, look for nonstick baskets and air fryers with parts that are all dishwasher safe. It's usually fairly easy to wash the parts by hand or stick them in the dishwasher (if they fit), but if ease of cleaning is at the top of your list, nonstick is the way to go. Rotisserie racks and models with lots of accessories can be tricky to take apart/put back together, which will also add to your cleanup time.

Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 8-Quart 2-Basket Air Fryer

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FAQs

Air air fryers healthy?

Dietitian and therapist Corrie Van Horne, founder of Omni Counseling and Nutrition, says "Air fryers can be a quick and convenient way to create a balanced and nutrient-dense meal or snack. Each individual has different nutritional needs and desired health outcomes, so whether cooking with low or no added fat is optimal will depend on the individual. The air fryer can be a helpful tool in meeting nutrient intake and health-oriented goals."

In other words, what's optimally healthy for you will depend on your individual needs, but air fryers can be helpful whether you're aiming to add more or less dietary fat into your diet.

How does an air fryer work?

Air fryers don't fry food in the traditional sense. Instead of oil, air fryers use hot air to crisp and brown foods. All air fryers contain a heating mechanism and fan that keeps the heated air circulating around the food. The process is similar to a convection oven.

Air fryers contain a perforated or mesh basket that allows air to move around the food for even cooking. The only downside to this design is you can only air fry breaded foods since battered foods would drip through the perforated air fryer basket.

How do you preheat an air fryer?

Not all air fryers need to be preheated, while others automatically preheat before starting the cooking timer.

To preheat, select the preset preheat function if your air fryer has one, or just set the cooking temperature and let the air fryer heat for 3 to 5 minutes before adding your food.

We've tested models that automatically preheat and ones that let you get cooking without any preheating. In our tests, we found foods cooked similarly whether we preheated or not. Some air frying guides recommend preheating for better results when air frying meat you want to get a nice sear on, like steak and chicken breasts.

Can you put foil in an air fryer?

Yes, it's safe to use aluminum foil in an air fryer. Lining the bottom of an air fryer basket with foil may make cleanup easier and help you remove food from the basket when it's done cooking. You'll want to make sure the foil doesn't block air circulation, though.

How do you clean an air fryer?

Most removable parts (the cooking basket, tray, and any other cooking accessories) on most air fryers are dishwasher safe. Check the owner's manual of your air fryer for which parts, if any, are ok to run through the dishwasher.

These parts are also easily cleaned by hand with warm, soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge. If there's any particularly difficult to remove grease or stuck-on food, let the parts soak in hot, soapy water first.

The interior and exterior of the air fryer can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, but should never be submerged in water since it contains electrical components.

If the heating element gets dirty, you can wipe it with a damp cloth when the unit is turned off, cooled, and unplugged.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

This roundup was written by Sharon Lehman, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who happily makes space for any gadget that makes cooking faster and easier. She has tested and reviewed several air fryers for The Spruce Eats, including the Chefman TurboFry Air Fryer and Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360.

The Spruce Eats Editor Siobhan Wallace compiled testing data from our official Lab as well as insights from our home tester's full product reviews to update this roundup.

This roundup was updated by Katya Weiss-Andersson, a writer and editor who has nearly a decade of experience as a professional chef. Katya started out as an air fryer skeptic, but it is now the most beloved appliance in her kitchen.

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Donna Currie is a food writer and blogger specializing in recipes and kitchen gadgets. She covers kitchen tools and gadgets for The Spruce Eats and is the author of Make Ahead Bread.
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