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Best air fryer 2022: for low-fat home cooking

We have reviewed the 10 best air fryers you can buy for two people or large family meals, from Ninja, Instant, Philips, Cosori and more

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There are many on the market, but our reviews are here to help you find the best air fryer. Air fryers are ideal appliances for those who want to speed up their cooking times or replicate the consistency of homemade fried food with just a fraction of the oil. Air fryers can be used to make fries, cook food from frozen, and crisp up chicken wings with no need for deep frying. They often come with easily cleaned inserts and a few of the best air fryers we tested come with two cooking drawers to cook two elements of a meal at once. 

In this guide we have reviewed all ten of the best air fryers on the market right now, to give you our unfiltered thoughts on which could be the right one for your kitchen. They vary in size, design, and features, but if it's made its way into our guide, we think an air fryer is worth considering. Below you can read our reviews of air fryers from Ninja, Instant, Cosori, and Philips, and we have tested these air fryers in-house to directly compare their cooking results and ease of use. 

Air fryers function like miniature convection ovens that sit on the top of your kitchen counters. They have fans that circulate hot air around your food as it cooks, which is a great way of cooking your favorite foods in record time, and achieving that crisp exterior that's reminiscent of fried foods, but with a fraction of the fat. 

Most of the air fryers in our guide come with drawers that can be added and removed from the main cooking unit with just a handle, perfect for shaking up your fries midway through a cooking cycle. Other options feature in our guide to the best toaster ovens, with different racks that can cook vegetables on one level and fish on another, all at the same time and temperature. 

Best air fryer 2022: our top picks

Instant air fryerH&G gold badge

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Best air fryer you can buy

Specifications

Dimensions: 17.1 x 15 x 13.9 inches
Capacity: 6-quart
Settings: Air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate
Cleaning: Nonstick tray and basket, dishwasher-safe insert
Temperature range: 95-400°F

Reasons to buy

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Quiet and odor-free
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Even cooking at all temperatures
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Innovative viewing panel in basket
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Crisped up fries perfectly
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Pre-heat and reminder to turn included

Reasons to avoid

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Hand-clean basket
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Only goes up to 400°F

We found that the Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer made the best homemade fries of any air fryer we tested. They had a fluffy interior and crispy exterior, with evenly browned edges and consistent cooking throughout.

Because there is a removable air fry insert, you can also use the Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer to reheat things such as rice or pasta, which would usually fall through the slots in the air fryer tray. 

The six-quart capacity is perfect for families, and it will easily cook for 5 or 6 people. Our bacon rendered perfectly, and the innovative OdorErase technology really did help in preventing cooking odors in the kitchen. This is also one of the quietest air fryers we've tried, and we found that the control panel is sleek and attractive, just be prepared to wipe away finger smudges. 

Our Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook and OdourErase review has more details

Ninja air fryerH&G gold badge

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Best air fryer with two drawers

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.63 L x 13.86 W x 12.4 H
Capacity: 8 Quarts
Settings: Air broil, air fry, roast, reheat, dehydrate, and bake
Cleaning: Removable parts are dishwasher-safe
Temperature range: 105°F–450°F

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use and clean
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Cook two dishes at once 
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Generous capacity

Reasons to avoid

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The controls are a little fiddly
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No pre-heat 

What's better than one air fryer? Two, in one. The is incredibly versatile, so prepare for it to replace your oven. 

There are six modes: air broil, air fry, roast, reheat, dehydrate, and bake. We found that the air fry mode is great, especially when you use the removable crisper plates, and you can use one in one drawer to air fry chicken while baking or roasting vegetables in the other drawer to make fajitas or simply a balanced meal. 

We enjoyed the fact that you can sync the two drawers so every element of your meal will finish together. When you're done you can place both drawers and the crisper insert into the dishwasher, so not only is it easy to use, but it's easy to clean, too. 

You can choose between smart finish, which allows you to cook at two different modes simultaneously with them finishing at the same time, or match cook, where the settings in drawer 1 are automatically applied to drawer 2. 

This air fryer was a consistent performer, with a high temperature limit which meant it was one of the fastest air fryers we tested when cooking bacon and frozen chicken. There is no pre-heat though, so it loses heat for precision. 

Our Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer review has more details

Ninja AF100 Air FryerH&G silver badge

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Best Ninja air fryer

Specifications

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.1 x 11 inches
Capacity: 5.5 Quarts
Settings: Max Crisp, Air Fry, Roast, Air Broil, Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate
Cleaning: Removable parts are dishwasher-safe
Temperature range: 105°F–450°F

Reasons to buy

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Dishwasher-safe
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Compact enough for families
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Sturdy build
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Cooked frozen food in record time

Reasons to avoid

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Max Crisp mode is not adjustable
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Less good at lower temperatures

Despite being one of Ninja's smaller air fryers, the Max XL really impressed us when we put it to the test. For a start, it's lightweight and easy to move around the kitchen, and its small frame won't dominate the kitchen counter. 

The 5.5-quart capacity is smaller than some, but it's perfectly sized to make two portions of homemade fries or a platter of snacks for easy entertaining. Everything we made at higher temperatures crisped up beautifully, from bacon to roasted vegetables, and the cooking time sped up significantly because of the circular, more compact basket. We did find that it wasn't strong when it came to cooking at lower temperatures. 

The control unit has modes for max crisp, air frying, roasting, baking, reheating, air broil and dehydrating, and there are also easy controls for temperature and timing to toggle as your food cooks. There is also a pause button, which we really like. However, unlike air fryers from Instant which will pre-heat before telling you to add your food, this one has a countdown timer from the beginning. 

Our Ninja Max XL Air Fryer review has more details

Instant Vortex Plus Dual BasketH&G gold badge

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Best air fryer for large servings

Specifications

Dimensions: 17.8 x 17.5 x 14.8 inches
Capacity: 8 Quarts
Settings: Air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate
Cleaning: Nonstick tray and basket, dishwasher-safe insert
Temperature range: 95-400°F

Reasons to buy

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Transparent doors
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Speedy cooking
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Straightforward cleaning
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Family-friendly
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

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A very large choice

With an 8-quart capacity that's split across two drawers, this Instant Vortex Plus Dual Basket Air Fryer is a brand new model that's designed for families and those who want to cook a whole meal in one appliance

The fries we made in this air fryer were amazing, and they were well browned after just 10 minutes of cooking. We did need to shake them up to get an even finish, but they were some of the crispiest fries we've made in just 22 minutes. 

In the other basket, we made breaded fish, which also came out deliciously crisp. The two baskets are 4 quarts each, which is perfect for cooking an entire meal for two people or a batch of fries or roasted vegetables for an entire family split across the two baskets. Of course, if you're only cooking something small for a lunchtime salad topper, you can just use one drawer at a time. 

Choose SyncFinish mode to cook your meal at two different times, modes or temperatures, but to finish at the same time. SyncCook will take the settings you've applied to one drawer and copy them across to the second drawer. Both are easy to use, and the touch controls will make adjusting your timings mid-cook easy. 

Our Instant Vortex Plus Dual Basket Air Fryer review has more details  

Ninja SP101 Digital Air Fry Countertop OvenH&G silver badge

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Best air fryer toaster oven

Specifications

Dimensions: 19.72 x 7.56 x 14.96 inches
Capacity: 4-lbs air fryer basket
Settings: Cooker unit, crumb tray, air fry basket, sheet pan, wire rack
Cleaning: Diswasher-safe removable parts

Reasons to buy

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Very versatile
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Easy to store
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Inner light for easy viewing
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Quick pre-heat

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to clean

The Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Flip Mini Oven is one of our favorite toaster ovens. It has a compact profile that folds up and away out of sight when not in use. 

When air frying in the Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Flip Mini Oven we really enjoyed the size of the tray, which is more generous than many drawer-style air fryers. It made distributing meat or french fries across the oven easy, which in turn sped along the cooking time. 

The air frying insert is dishwasher-safe, but you need to put a tray underneath it to prevent any liquids from dropping onto the bottom heating element and burning. 

You can easily illuminate the Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Flip Mini Oven from the inside using a button the main control panel, which means you can check on your food as it cooks without opening the fryer. 

As well as air frying, the Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Flip Mini Oven can air broil, air roast, bake, dehydrate, toast, toast bagels, and switch over to a keep warm setting. The bottom of the oven opens up for easier cleaning access, but there are still some areas that are tough to clean by hand. 

Our Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Flip Mini Oven review has more details. 

Philips Essential Airfryer Best air fryer for small homesH&G silver badge

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6. Philips Essential Airfryer

Best air fryer for small kitchens

Specifications

Dimensions: 13.31 x 13.31 x 13.98 inches
Capacity: 1.8lb
Settings: 7 cooking modes, reheat
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe basket
Temperature range: Up to 392F

Reasons to buy

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A top option for compact kitchens
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Easy to clean
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Preset cooking modes for convenience
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Well-made

Reasons to avoid

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Modes are a little confusing

We were impressed by the air frying in the Philips Essential Airfryer. It has a unique 'starfish' base that makes sure the air circulates around the entire basket, for even results. 

We found that the Philips Essential Airfryer had a lot of smart preset cooking modes, but they were a little confusing. They all have specific timings, when you may well be cooking very different sizes of cuts of meat in one mode. 

That said, it chooses the right temperature, which means you won't have to worry about guessing the correct setting for your food. Our homemade fries also came out looking very crispy and evenly cooked, and they were finished about 10 minutes ahead of when we'd usually expect them to be ready. 

The compact design is perfect for small homes. It's lightweight too, so you can move it in and out of cupboards without straining too much. Smaller households or those with less kitchen space to spare will love the Philips Essential Airfryer, but it is expensive for the capacity. 

COSORI Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer best value air fryerH&G silver badge

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7. COSORI Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer

Best value air fryer

Specifications

Dimensions: 11.8 x 14.3 x 12.7 inches
Capacity: 5.8 Quarts
Settings: 13 cooking functions, keep warm, pre-heat
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe drawer
Temperature range: 170°–400°F

Reasons to buy

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Specific cooking presets
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Great recipe book included
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Remind to shake included 
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A range of color options

Reasons to avoid

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No removable inserts

The COSORI Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer only air fries, so it's great for those who want a budget-friendly investment without the add-ons of reheating and baking that you'll find from Ninja and Instant air fryers. 

The 13 cooking presets make it easy to get the process started. Choose from steak, seafood, fries, frozen food, veggies, and even cake and bread settings. You can also opt for a keep-warm setting that switches on once your food is finished cooking, so if your side dish isn't finished yet, you won't have to worry about your chicken wings getting cold. 

The drawer and basket can go through the dishwasher, and the basket lifts right out, so you can pour out your food onto your plate as soon as it's finished cooking. This does mean you can only cook dry foods in the COSORI Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer, because it doesn't have the option of removing the air fry insert. 

Ninja OL501 Foodi 6.5 Qt. Pressure CookerH&G gold badge

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Best steamcrisp air fryer

Specifications

Dimensions: 5.39" L X 14.21" W X 14.25" H
Capacity: 8 Quart
Settings: Pressure Cook, Steam & Crisp, Steam & Bake, Air Fry, Broil, Bake/Roast, Dehydrate, Sear/Sauté, Steam, Sous Vide, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Keep Warm & Proof
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe removable parts
Temperature range: 105°F–450°F

Reasons to buy

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14 cooking modes with one lid
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Can steam air fry 
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75% less fat

Reasons to avoid

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A hefty model

With a newer take on multi-cooking, the Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Pressure Cooker makes it easier than ever to air fry in your instant pot. The lid has a slider that will allow you to adjust the lid for all different cooking modes, including a new one: steam air fry. 

The controls are intuitive and modern, and the air fryer basket is large enough to fit a whole chicken (although it struggled with a very large one we tried). 

The basket has handles that mean you can shake up potatoes or vegetables as they're air frying, and the dials to the right and left of the display will allow you to increase the temperature or the timer. 

There are 14 cooking modes: Pressure Cook, Steam & Crisp, Steam & Bake, Air Fry, Broil, Bake/Roast, Dehydrate, Sear/Sauté, Steam, Sous Vide, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Keep Warm & Proof. You can even proof and then bake a loaf of bread in the one cooking pot. 

Steamcrisp cooking is a new feature: it will cook potatoes, vegetables, and even cakes with steam and then crisp them up using the air fry mode. 

Our Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL review has more details. 

Instant Vortex 4-in-1 best small air fryerH&G gold badge

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9. Instant Vortex Mini 4-in-1

Best air fryer for two people

Specifications

Dimensions: 13 x 12.15 x 12.14 inches
Capacity: 2 quarts
Settings: Air fry, roast, bake, reheat
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe drawer
Temperature range: 95-400°F

Reasons to buy

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Removable air frying insert
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Speeds up cooking times
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Four fun color options
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Easy to clean in the dishwasher

Reasons to avoid

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Capacity isn't large enough for more than two people

The Instant Vortex 4-in-1 air fryer has modes for baking, roasting, air frying, and reheating food. It's got a smart control panel at the top of the machine with a dial to increase time and temperature. 

We tried the Instant Vortex 4-in-1 in the red color, but it comes in aqua, white, and black. It's very neat and easy to move around the kitchen, so if you want an air fryer to speed up meal times without being an eyesore or taking up an entire kitchen counter, this is a top choice. 

The fries we made in this air fryer came out very evenly cooked despite the compact basket, but you will struggle to make servings for more than two people in it at any one time. We really enjoyed it for easily heating up leftovers. Because the air fry insert is removable you can put different food such as rice or even dishes with sauce in to heat up for quick lunching. 

The drawer is dishwasher-safe and so is the removable insert. Because it's so small it is also very easy to clean by hand too. Another thing we enjoyed (which is also down to the small capacity) is how quickly this air fryer preheats, so it's not only a sweet option, it's also very speedy.

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Best Instant Pot air fryer

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.35 x 12.57 x 14.78 inches
Capacity: 8 Quarts
Settings: Pressure Cook, Sauté, Slow Cook, Steam, Sous Vide, Warm, Air Fry, Roast, Bake, Broil, Dehydrate
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe removable parts
Temperature range: 95-450°F

Reasons to buy

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Air fryer basket fits a whole chicken
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Smart and easy controls
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We love the sleek black finish

Reasons to avoid

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An expensive choice when compared to standalone models

While it's not the best choice for those who are simply looking for an air fryer, if you want to double down on functions (or, multiply them by 14) the Instant Pot Pro Crisp is a genius device. It has 14 presets in total and can be used as one of the best slow cookers when it's not making delicious homemade fries. 

We were able to air fry things we'd never tried before in the Pro Crisp. It has a very generous basket that slots into the stainless steel pot, and we were able to use this to pressure cook a chicken for just 20 minutes before air frying until crisp. All we needed to do was switch lid midway through. 

Cleaning is easy, too, because most of the parts are dishwasher-safe. The air fryer lid cannot go in the dishwasher, but the pressure cooker lid actually can. We do find that having an extra lid that's constantly spare can take up additional space in your kitchen, so this is the best air fryer for those who want to replace numerous appliances in one machine. Overall, it takes up far less space than an air fryer and slow cooker would separately. 

The basket is round, and the lid is quite high, so there is a lot you can cook in this device. Note that the capacity is relating to the stainless steel pot, though, and while you can air fry without the air fryer basket, the air circulation won't give you the best results. 

You do need oven gloves to lift the air fryer basket out of its cooking pot. It's great for giving your food a shake-up midway through the cooking mode though, and the display shows your progress on a handy chart. See our guide to the best Instant Pots for more options. 

Our Instant Pot Pro Crisp review has more details

How did we choose the best air fryer? 

A range of air fryers alongside eachother for testing

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Each and every air fryer in our best air fryer guide has been tested by our Small Appliances Editor, Millie Fender. Millie has used each of these air fryers in her own kitchen over the course of at least a few weeks, meaning she is able to compare directly on key factors such as taste, user experience, cooking times, and ease of cleaning.

Millie used standardized recipes across all the machines she tested, cooking streaky bacon to see how fast it and evenly it would crisp up, and cooking homemade potato fries to see how well the air fryers can handle large servings. Because she used them in her own kitchen for weeks at a time, Millie also cooked an assortment of home recipes while working from home and making lunchtime salads.

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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When testing, Millie took into account the following factors:

Noise: The noise of an air fryer can impact your ability to use it. Perhaps you like to cook while listening to the TV, or you live in a smaller home and the noise of an air fryer running would distract you as you work. If an air fryer is noisy, we make a note of it. 

Speed: Air fryers promise to speed up cooking times, so when testing them we used standardized recipes to see how long they will take to cook classic recipes. While potato fries would typically take around 25 minutes in the air fryer, the speediest air fryers we tested have taken as little as 12 minutes to make crisp, evenly-cooked fries. 

Looks: It's going in your kitchen counters, so it has to look the part. You might not mind a less attractive air fryer as much as some other users, but any bulky features or unattractive elements such as smudging or busy display panels were noted during testing. 

Cleaning: Cleaning an air fryer should be easy. Most have baskets that can go in the dishwasher, and it's rare to find on without a non-stick inside. If we ran into any difficulties cleaning, we marked it down. 

Some of the air fryers in our guide have been reviewed on other Future Homes websites, but they have all been reviewed by the same Editor, meaning she can still bring you all her inside knowledge even if you can't click through to read the full review on Homes & Gardens. 

Different types of air fryers

Instant Dual Air fryer

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There are a few different types of air fryer to choose from, but all of them work in a similar way. You can choose between two main types:

Drawer air fryers have inserts with handles that can be easily lifted out of the cooking unit and shaken up to evenly cook your fries or chicken without having to turn using a spatula. 

They are a very popular design because they often have an insert that elevates your food to allow air to circulate inside the air fryer basket as it cooks. You can sometimes even lift this filter out of the main basket, which contains oil and juices as they drip away from your food, to make sure none of it ends up on your plate. 

Ninja SP101 Digital Air Fry Countertop Oven

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Mini oven air fryers are the second and less common type. We feature many of them in our guide to toaster ovens, because they come with layered designs that can be used to bake and roast as well as air fry. 

Some even come with rotisserie functions that can be used to cook kebabs or whole chickens, but because they don't have a drawer that can be easily pulled out, they can be more fiddly to operate. 

How to decide on the best air fryer

Cosori

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The best air fryer for you will depend on your budget the the size of your household. While it's tempting to get a smaller air fryer that won't take up so much space, opting for one with at least a 5 quart capacity will really pay off if you plan on cooking for four or more people. 

We tested every single air fryer in this guide for its ability to make tasty and low-fat air fried potato fries, so we were able to compare the results directly. We also made all sorts of frozen food from chicken nuggets to fish cakes in order to see how well they crisped up breaded foods. 

If all you want is the best air fryer to make fries and frozen food, every option in our guide will suit, but choosing something with removable inserts will allow you to also bake, roast, dehydrate, reheat, and even slow cook. This adds real versatility to your kitchen counters, so we would recommend a Ninja or Instant air fryer if you want to make the most of your investment. 

Is air frying healthy? 

Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart 6-in 1 Air Fryer with ClearCook and OdorErase

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Many love the best air fryers for how well they work with a low-fat diet. Unlike deep fryers, which require you to immerse your potato chips in oil, air fryers make the most of even a tablespoon of oil to circulate it around the fries, and if you cook bacon or chicken, fat will render and drip away from the meat and stop it from making its way onto your plate. 

So while air fryers don't necessarily make your diet healthy, because it depends on what you cook in them, they really can help. 

Millie Fender is the Small Appliance and Cooking Editor on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. All of Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own kitchen, the way they're designed to be used. Millie is from Bath, England, and she grew up surrounded by classic Georgian architecture and interiors. She dreams of buying her own house and filling it with antiques, but for now, she lives in a sunny London flat with a very busy kitchen.