Air fryers have gained popularity for producing crispy, evenly browned “fried” foods without the use of an actual 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, resulting in grocery savings, less clean up, and fewer calories.
Many consumers are convinced air fryers produce a superior fried finish on French fries, tater tots, and chicken wings, compared to a standard oven. They can even be used to make homemade chicken tenders and potato chips, making them worth the investment for fried snack food lovers.
Many air fryers are programmed with multiple cooking functions and can double as a toaster oven, convection oven, warmer, rotisserie, indoor grill, and more. No matter which features you’re looking for, there’s an air fryer to meet your needs. Here’s a roundup of the ten best air fryers available now.
1. Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus 10QT 7-in-1 Digital Air
You may know the Instant Pot company from their popular line of electric pressure cookers, but they also manufacture other gadgets that are useful in the kitchen. The Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven is one of their latest offerings, combining the features of a standard air fryer with features you’d find in countertop ovens.
The cooking basket rotates during cooking, so your fries or wings will tumble during cooking, so they’ll cook and brown evenly. When you’re cooking something larger, you can ditch the basket and 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 reviewer said she was able to roast a 4-pound chicken in 45 minutes and “that it tasted as good as those that are slow-roasted for an entire day.”
A drip tray keeps everything tidy and makes cleanup easier. This has a 10-quart capacity, so you’ll have plenty of room when cooking for the whole family.
2. COSORI Air Fryer Max XL
With 11 presets, a beautiful LED screen for selecting your functions, and a reminder when it’s time to shake the cooking basket, this model couldn’t be easier to use!
If you’re cooking for a large group, the 5.8-quart capacity makes this big enough for large meals and then some. It can fit a 5-6 pound chicken or plenty of wings, so it’s great for more than just after school snacks. Another great feature? This air fryer comes with a cookbook that features over 100 recipes so you’ll never run out of things to cook.
3. Ninja OP301 Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer and More
You might be familiar with Ninja’s multifunctional blenders and cookers that blur the line between cooking categories. But if you’re looking for a gadget that functions as a pressure cooker too, the Ninja OP301 is the perfect blend of an air fryer and pressure cooker. While you can’t use both functions at the same time, you can use them one after the other, or use either one separately, so you can quickly pressure cook a whole chicken, then use the air fryer function to perfectly brown and crisp the skin.
This has a 6.5 quart capacity in the cooking pot, while the Cook & Crisp Basket holds 4 quarts and can be used for both pressure cooking and air frying. A reversible stainless steel cooking rack is also included, for even more versatility.
4. Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360
If you’re looking for a kitchen gadget that has the benefits of both an air fryer and toaster oven, the Power AirFryer 360 by Chef Emeril Lagasse fits the bill. It looks like a big toaster oven, but it’s so much more than that. This air fryer boasts five heating elements and 360° Quick Cook Technology so you can produce perfect fries, meats, and vegetables with delicious flavor (and with less oil). There are 12 pre-set cooking functions, which is more than most air fryers, so you can choose how you want to cook your meal.
Other notable features include an interior light, LCD digital display, and the memory feature that remembers your last pre-set and temperature so you can repeat the cooking process without fiddling with the controls. It comes with a cookbook, rotisserie spit, drip tray, pizza rack, baking pan, and crisper tray. While the feedback for this product is largely positive, several users noted that it took longer to cook their food than other models they’ve tried.
5. GoWISE USA 2.7-Quart Electric Air Fryer Oven w/Rotisserie and Dehydrator
This handy air fryer oven offers a whopping 15 different cooking presets, which make it easy to use this oven to toast, bake, dehydrate, and much more, while the 50-recipe cookbook offers plenty of ideas for using this oven for all of your cooking and baking.
This model comes with all the accessories you’ll need for whipping up delicious meals, including two rotating baskets, a rotisserie spit, a kebab rack, and a selection of racks and trays. It has a 12.7-quart capacity so there’s plenty of space to feed a family.