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The 5 Best Rated Air Fryers to Buy in 2019

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#1 Philips HD9641/96 Air Fryer

Philips invented the air fryer, and its HD9641/96 model is our current favorite on the market.  It has a capacity of 1.8 lbs, features an analog-style knob and digital display, has five presets, and is super easy to use. 

  • Large capacity
  • Philips is a trusted brand name
  • Keep warm function ensures your food stays warm
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#2 Yedi Houseware Air Fryer

Looking for the biggest air fryer you can get? Check out the Yedi Total Package XL Air Fryer. It can hold 5.8 quarts (about 17.65 lbs),  has seven presets, and can be increased in 10 degrees Fahrenheit increments.

  • Low Price
  • 1-year warranty
  • 7 preset food items
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#3 BELLA 2.5 Liter Electric Hot Air Fryer

Looking for top quality, low price air fryer? You can’t go wrong with the BELLA 2.5 Liter Electric Hot Air Fryer. It features an analog interface, has a capacity of 2.2 lbs, and a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Price is significantly lower than most air fryers on the market
  • Increases in 25-degree increments
  • 2-year warranty
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#4 Dash Compact Air Fryer

Short on counter space and looking for a small-sized air fryer? The Dash Compact Airy Fryer is our top choice. It’s one of the smallest air fryers on the market with a 1.2 liter capacity and even comes in a variety of colors.  It stands 14 inches high, weights less than 10 lbs, and has a footprint of 11.4″ 13.2″. 

  • 2.5 liter capacity
  • Maximum temperature of 400 degrees Farenheit
  • 60-minute timer with automatic shutoff
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#5 GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable Air Fryer

The GoWISE air fryer is a great multipurpose air fryer. It comes with 7 preset functions and heats up between 175 degrees Fahrenheit and 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the cheaper models on the market, too!

  • Affordable price
  • Large capacity (3.7 quarts)
  • 7 preset function: Chips, Meat, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp and Fish
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Love the taste of deep fried food but hate the grease, the calories, the mess, and that stale stench of dirty oil that traditional deep fryers leave in your kitchen? If you haven’t heard of (or tried) an air fryer yet, let us introduce you to your new favorite kitchen appliance.

What Is An Air Fryer?

Air fryers have been around for about 10 years but seem to be trending more and more lately. They produce (nearly) the same delicious results as deep fryers using just hot air and a small amount of oil.

Even better? The fried food you whip up with your air fryer will have up to 75% less fat than the same fried food cooked in a traditional deep fryer!

How Do Air Fryers Work?

Air fryers are compact and similar to countertop convection ovens. The top section is comprised of a heating mechanism and a fan and the lower section holds a fryer-style basket. When turned on, the top section pushes hot, rapidly circulating air down and around the fryer basket, cooking its contents and making the food crips and fried tasting.

While you can’t use a liquid batter in an air fryer, they’re great for battered and frozen items such as french fries, fried chicken, fried fish, onions rings, and more.

Interested in purchasing an air fryer but don’t know where to start? Here are are a few of the best air fryers on the market:

Editor's Choice: Philips HD9641/96

Philips air fryer

Philips invented the air fryer in 2010, so it should be no surprise that they’re the Cadillacs of the air fryer market, with the Philips HD9641/96 model our editor’s choice for best overall air fryer.

This model has a capacity of 1.8 lbs, which is large enough to accommodate meals for two people (or snacks for four). It features an analog-style knob and digital display, has five presets, and is one of the easiest to use air fryers we’ve come across.

Highlights also include a “keep warm” function that starts when the timer goes off and keeps your food warm for up to 30 minutes. And of course, its removable basket and drawer feature a non-stick coating and are dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.

Pros

  • Large capacity
  • Philips is a trusted brand name
  • Easy to use
  • Keep warm function ensures your food stays warm
  • Non-stick and dishwasher safe components
  • 2-year warranty

Cons

  • More expensive than competitors
  • Temperature increments are only at 25 °F increments, which can make cooking or following recipes more difficult
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Best Value: BELLA 2.5 Liter Electric Hot Air Fryer

Bella air fryer

Air fryers aren’t terribly expensive and there are a lot of good, affordable units on the market. Our top choice? The BELLA 2.5 Liter Electric Hot Air Fryer.

This air fryer features an analog interface, which is perfect for those who prefer old fashioned dials to digital screens. The temperature reaches up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and increases in 25-degree increments. The capacity is 2.2 lbs, and it comes with a 2-year warranty. 

Pros

  • Price is significantly lower than most air fryers on the market
  • Analog interface
  • Maximum heat of 400 degrees
  • Increases in 25-degree increments
  • 2.2 lb capacity
  • 2-year warranty
  • Non-stick and dishwasher safe components
  • Automatically shuts off after use

Cons

  • Customers report a plastic smell after the first use (which goes away upon further usage)
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Best Small Size: Dash Compact Air Fryer 1.2 L Electric Air Fryer

Dash air fryer

If you’re short on counter space but just can’t live without an air fryer, check out the Dash Compact Air Fryer. Not only is it one of the smallest air fryers on the market, but it comes in four great colors that aren’t your basic black: aqua (as seen pictured above), red, white, grey. And yes, it still comes in black as well.

This Dash model has a 1.2 liter capacity. It stands 14 inches high, weights less than 10 lbs, and has a footprint of 11.4″ 13.2″. It can heat up between 175 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and has a 60-minute timer that automatically shuts off. Plus, the basket is removable and dishwasher safe making cleanup a cinch.

Pros

  • Small in stature but not in capacity; stands 14″ high and has a footprint of 11.4″ 13.2″
  • 2.5 liter capacity
  • Maximum temperature of 400 degrees Farenheit
  • 60-minute timer with automatic shutoff
  • Basket is dishwasher safe
  • Comes in five different colors

Cons

  • Some customers have been surprised at how small it is; make sure you are okay with the capacity before purchasing
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Best Large Size: Yedi Houseware Air Fryer

Yet air fryer

Do you love to cook for friends and family? If so, you’ll likely want to invest in a large air fryer with a sizeable capacity so you can try and cook all your favorite fried goodies in one batch as opposed to multiple. If capacity is your number one priority with an air fryer, our top pick is the Yedi Total Package XL Air Fryer.

This air fryer can hold 5.8 quarts, which is about 17.65 lb and larger than most on the market. It has seven presets for various food items (ex: fries, fish, etc), can be increased in 10 degrees Fahrenheit increments, and has a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s super easy to use and is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • 1-year warranty
  • 7 preset food items
  • Temperature increases in 10-degree increments, with a max temperature of 400 degrees
  • Includes deluxe accessory cooking kit, which includes: a divider for the cooking basket, an 8-inch pizza pan, 50 perforated parchment steaming papers, an 8-inch cake carrel, multi-purpose rack with 3 stainless steel skewers, cupcake silicone pan, and rubber mat.

Cons

  • Timer maximum is 30 minutes
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Best Multipurpose: GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable Air Fryer 

GoWise Air Fryer

Whether you’re a seasoned chef who is a pro with the air fryer or a newbie who needs a bit of help and inspiration, the GoWISE 3.7 quart air fryer is a great pick thanks to its large capacity and ease of use.

The GoWISE air fryer comes with 7 preset functions: Chips, Meat, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp and Fish. Don’t know what to make? It also comes with a book of 50 air frying recipes, including cake. It features a button that helps prevent the basket from accidentally detaching.  It heats up between 175 degrees Fahrenheit and  400 degrees Fahrenheit and has a 30-minute timer featuring an automatic standby feature. This safety feature means that the air fryer will go into standby mode once the timer goes off. What’s more? This is one of the cheaper models on the market, too!

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Large capacity (3.7 quarts)
  • 7 preset function: Chips, Meat, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp and Fish
  • Heats up between 175 degrees Fahrenheit and  400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 30-minute timer
  • Features an automatic standby feature once the timer is complete
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Includes a book of 50 air frying recipes

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Types of Air Fryers

There are two main types of air fryers: pull-out drawer air fryers and flip-top air fryers. Both are top quality, but the key difference is capacity. Pull out drawers are typically easier to use as well, which makes them safer. Not that all of our top choices are pull out drawer air fryers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great flip-top air fryers on the market. Let’s look at the differences a bit more:

Pull Out Drawer Air Fryer

pull out drawer air fryer

Air fryers with pull out drawers are typically vertical. Inside is a fry basket with a handle, and to use it you simply grab the handle and unhook the basket. Typically, these air fryers are safer and easier to use than flip top fryers because the heating element is hidden. On the other hand, they tend to hold less than flip-top. Thus – if safety and ease of use are your main priorities, a pull out drawer air version may be the best air fryer for you.

However, if you prefer an air fryer that can hold as much as possible, you may want to check out flip-tops.

  • Pros
    • Easier to use than flip-top air fryers
    • Safer than flip-top air fryers
  • Cons
    • Less capacity than flip-top air fryers

Flip-Top

Flip top air fryer

Flip-top air fryers are built for capacity and thus tend to be larger than those with pull out drawers. They’re a bit trickier to use, as you’ll need to ensure there’s open space above the fryer when opening the lid (ie, it’s not easy to push it back on the counter below your kitchen cabinets). The heating element is also typically exposed, which makes them harder and riskier to use.

If capacity is your priority, you have ample kitchen counter space and feel confident in your ability to safely use an air fryer, then a flip-top may be the best air fryer for you.

  • Pros
    • More capacity than pull-out drawer air fryers
  • Cons
    • Harder to use than pull-out drawer air fryers
    • Take up more kitchen counter space than pull-out drawer air fryer

Now that we’ve covered the two main types of air fryers as well as the pros and cons of both, let’s dig a bit more into air fryers and what you should look for when purchasing a new one.

Air Fryer Buyer’s Guide

French fries in an air fryer

Looking to invest in the best air fryer for your cooking needs but don’t know where to start? We’re here to help. The best air fryers vary in terms of features, price, and ease of use. When looking for the best air fryer to suit your needs, we suggest looking at capacity, ease of use, wattage output, maximum temperature, number of preset cooking programs, safety, durability, cleaning and maintenance, price, and warranty.

Capacity

What’s your favorite fried food? Do you cook it just for yourself or for family or friends? The answers to these questions will help you determine the size air fryer you need.

If you want to fry large items like chicken breasts or fish fillets for you and your family, you’ll likely want an air fryer with a large capacity. Of the air fryers we looked at, the Yeti Houseware Air Fryer had the largest capacity, holding 5.8 quarts or 17.65lbs. On the other hand, if you just to make french fries, tater tots, and other smaller items and tend to cook for a party of one or two, an air fryer with a smaller capacity may be just fine to suit your needs.

Ease of Use

If you have what experts consider the best air fryer on the market but don’t know how to use it, then it isn’t the best air fryer for you, is it. This isn’t a trick question.

Appliances aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of product, so when looking at air fryers, make sure to take a good look at the control panel and hardware to make sure you understand how to use and that it’s easy for you to use. Otherwise, you’ll have another appliance that you never use (we all have one of those). Take a look at the size, weight, and settings. Is it too heavy for you to move? Is the lid too hard to lift or the basket too tricky to insert? What about the user interface: do you understand what the dials and preset buttons do? If not, are you confident in your ability to learn?

Number of Preset Cooking Programs

GoWise air fryer preset options

In our opinions, the number of preset cooking programs directly correlates to ease of use. For some, too many options may be overwhelming and end up making the air fryer harder to use. For others, the more preset programs the better!

Common preset programs (like the ones shown in the GoWise Air Fryer pictured above) include:

  • French Fries
  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Steak
  • Shrimp
  • Smart preset (this allows you to program your own so you can make your favorite dish again with the same time and temperature setting)

Wattage Output

We’ll be upfront: air fryers won’t necessarily save you more energy than other cooking methods. In fact, air fryers may actually use more energy than traditional deep fryers and even crock pots or other slow cookers. But if you’re looking to purchase an air fryer, we’re guessing your goal is to make delicious food, not necessarily find an energy efficient alternative to other cooking methods.

Take a look at the below cooking wattage stats to see how common kitchen appliances stack up to the air fryer:

  • Deep fat fryer running for 14 minutes for two portions of french fries: 0.41 KWh
  • Small slow cooker on low for 8 hours: 0.56 kWh
  • Large regular oven for 1 hour: 0.6 kWh
  • Large slow cooker on high for 4 hours: 1 kWh
  • Large slow cooker on low for 8 hours: 1.4 kWh
  • Hot air fryer for 30 minutes: .7 kWh

As you can see, the hot air fryer actually uses the same amount or more energy than other appliances would to make the same products.

Maximum Temperature

You’ assume that all air fryers heat up to the same temperature, right? You assume wrong (as did we). When looking at the best air fryers on the market, we realized that some get hotter than others, some enable to you adjust the temperature, and other just heat up to one maximum temperature no matter what you’re cooking. The majority of air fryers we looked at top out at 400 degrees, some get as hot as 450 degrees, and others don’t break 350 degrees.

Think about what you’ll want to air fry and see how hot you’ll need the fryer to be. If your favorite fried dishes are okay getting crisp at 350 degrees, then maximum temperature likely isn’t a concern. However, if you like your dishes extra crunch and would benefit from as much heat as possible, this should be one of your key considerations.

Safety

We’ve all heard (or experienced) horror stories that come with deep frying food: oil burns, kitchen fires, and worse. We’ve also heard of tragedies incurred due to unsafe appliances. Thus, when looking at new appliances, safety should be one of your number one priorities.

Most air fryers come with safety measures such as automatic shutoff after a set amount of time (typically 30 minutes). Additional features you can look for include: automatic shutoff after fry basket is removed, “cool touch” exterior, and non-slip feet. If you have children in the house, the best air fryer for you is likely one that encompasses the most safety features.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Chicken in an air fryer

In our minds, the best thing about air fryers when compared to deep fryers is the reduction of calories and grease. The second? The difference in clen up! Cleaning a deep fryer is a major pain. Not only do you have to figure out what to do with all that leftover grease, but your counters are likely covered with splatters and require mega scrubbing as well.

Air fryers are a relatively easy appliance to clean, but are drastically better than clean and maintain than traditional deep fryers. In addition to the lack of oil and grease, most air fryers have removable parts (ex: fryer basket) that are both non-stick and dishwasher safe.

Price

Are you a fast food fan and love McDonald’s? You’ve probably noticed the prices of your favorite Super-Sized Value Meals have increased over the past few years. Air fryers are a great way of making your favorite fast food items at home and at an affordable cost. And when you do the math of the cost of an air fryer versus a few value meals (especially if you have to purchase them for an entire family), you’ll realize you much you’re really saving!

Air fryers aren’t terribly expensive; depending on your budget and your needs, you can find a great one for less than $75 (that’s less than ten McDonald’s Number 3 Value Meals, in case you were wondering). Of course, the cheaper models typically have fewer features, but if price is your top priority, you can still find a great air fryer and not break the bank.

Durability

When investing in a new kitchen appliance, durability is important. Afterall, you want something that’s going to last rather than die after just a few times’ use. Some air fryers are more durable than others. One key attribute that adds to durability is a metal inner housing rather than plastic.

A common issue with air fryers is for the digital controls to go bad after a while because of the amount of heat they are exposed to. Others have halogen light bulbs that are not able to be replaced and thus have shorter lifespans.  In general, the more you use something the more wear and tear it will show; if you’re concerned about the durability of your air fryer, make sure to check out its warranty and also see if the retailer offers an extended warranty.

Warranty

If you’re worried about the durability of your air fryer, consider investing in one with a longer warranty. Most air fryers that we looked at have a one or two year manufacturer’s limited warranty and some retailers offer an extended warranty (usually one or two additional years to the manufacturer’s warranty).

Tips For Using An Air Fryer

Air fryers aren’t difficult to use, but if you’ve never used one before you probably don’t know these common tips:

  • Shake It Up: Make sure you open the air fryer a few times during the fry process, as fry items such as chips and french fries can compress.
  • Give Space: Don’t overcrowd your air fryer, otherwise, the air won’t be able to effectively circulate.
  • Spray Your Food Well: Make sure to lightly spray your food with cooking spray (or add a bit of oil) to ensure they don’t stick to the basket
  • Dry is Best: If marinating your food, pat everything well before cooking to avoid splatter and smoke.
  • Try Other Options: Air fryers aren’t just for frying! Check out non-fried recipes such as baked items, roasted meats, grilled veggies, and more. Salmon is a top choice for many.
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