Guilt-free fries. Myth or reality? Believe it or not, with the invention of the air fryer, it’s now possible to produce the same “fried” food you love but using little to no oil. This, of course, makes these dishes much healthier than before. Even though it may sound too good to be true, the news only gets better. Air fryers have plenty of other advantages over their oil-using compatriots.
Air fryers work by passing hot air (up to 400° Fahrenheit) over food from every angle, producing a very similar outcome to deep frying without as many negative health implications. These kitchen appliances are a perfect answer for fried food lovers who want to improve their diet without giving up their favorite fried foods like fried chicken, fries and other crispy delights. Additionally, air fryers use next to no oil, which means the post-cooking clean up is minimal. Unlike using home deep fryers, air fryers leave no piles of grease behind and some are even dishwasher safe, leaving you more time to enjoy your meal and less time scrubbing oil from every surface in the kitchen.
You’ll also be surprised by the variety of meals it’s possible to prepare in these advanced cooking devices, with many of the fryers on our list including settings for vegetables, fish, steak and even desserts. Check out our top pics for air fryers and join the healthy frying revolution.
1. COSORI Air Fryer
The COSORI boasts the ability to fry your food using 85% less fat over deep frying options and offers a full menu of cooking choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The COSORI’s easy touch options allow users to choose between Steak, Poultry, Seafood, Shrimp, Bacon, Frozen Foods, fries, Vegetables, Root Vegetables, Bread, Desserts, and a Preheat setting. Cleanup is easy with the COSORI thanks to the removable nonstick baskets that are dishwasher safe. Plus, the sleek device is available in red, black and white, allowing you to choose the color that’s right for your kitchen.
Pros: The COSORI comes with a free recipe book that features over 100 recipes to try.
Cons: The COSORI offers the same model but with WiFi capabilities, which this model does not include.
2. Harbor Air Fryer
For a compact air fryer that won’t take up too much room on your counter but is still big enough to prepare dishes for 2-4 people, we recommend the Harbor Air Fryer. The Harbor features user-friendly tech and controls, including clearly labeled Mode, Timer, Off and On switches and a large LED screen that shows users their options. The 4.2-quart fryer is large enough to cook two pounds of fries, pumpkin pie, cookies, and chicken pieces. The FDA-certified fryer gives users the option to fry, roast, bake and more, with a temperature range of 275-400° Fahrenheit. We also like that the Harbor has a 60-minute timer that makes timing large meals easy.
Pros: Like the COSORI, the Harbor also features a non-stick basket that is safe for use in the dishwasher.
Cons: The Harbor reduces fats in food by 80 percent, while the COSORI reduces fat by 85 percent.
3. Bagotte Programmable Hot Airfryer Oven & Oilless Cooker
Using smart air circulation, the 3.7-quart Bagotte Programmable Hot Airfryer Oven & Oilless Cooker reduces fat while sealing in the taste of fried food. The touch-screen instruction pad makes it easy for users to select the best options for their dish, choosing the temperature, start time, and cooking mode, which features fried foods like fries, frozen fries, nuggets, steak, poultry and fish. The BPA-free removable basket is dishwasher safe and the Bagotte features an Auto Memory Function for commonly used settings. We also like that the Bagotte comes with a three-year warranty and a recipe book.
Pros: The Bagotte has several built-in safety features, including a cool-touch handle, independent vents that ensure a smoke-free cooking experience, and an auto shut-off that turns the Bagotte off as soon as the food has finished cooking.
Cons: The Bagotte has a max temperature of 380° Fahrenheit, the lowest of all the full-size air fryers on our list.
4. OMORC Air Fryer
Feed a large group at once with the six-quart OMORC Air Fryer, the largest option on our list. With enough space to cook food for up to eight people, the OMORC can handle large side dishes, desserts, and even a six-pound chicken. The BPA-free fryer reduces oil use by 85 percent and runs on a 120 V outlet with 1,800 Watts, quickly reaching a max temperature of 400° Fahrenheit. The OMORC’s basket and pot are both dishwasher safe and the air fryer is available in black, purplish-red and seafoam green.
Pros: The OMORC has smart cooking functions including a touchscreen and knob that is easy to access even with messy hands covered in food. We also like the Keep Warm function that ensures food stays warm even after its done cooking.
Cons: The OMORC has the largest cooking capacity on our list, but that also means it has the largest footprint and takes up ample counter space, measuring 16.5” x 13.5” x 15” and weighing more than 13 pounds.
5. Dash Compact Air Fryer
Cooking for one doesn’t mean you have to use a giant air fryer. Save space in small kitchens with the Dash Compact Air Fryer, a two-quart air fryer that weighs less than six pounds and still delivers the reduced oil, crispy taste that you love from full-sized air fryers. With an affordable price point that also makes it a great entry into the air fryer world, the Dash still cooks food 80 percent faster than a convection oven and includes smart features, like a 30-minute timer and auto-shutoff. The 1,000 watt air fryer reduces oil use by up to 80 percent and comes with a helpful recipe book.
Pros: The Dash is small enough to sit out on a counter even when not in use and it’s attractive, with the small air fryer available in standard black and white, as well as aqua, grey and red.
Cons: The Dash has a knob that lets users select the temperature and cook time, but it doesn’t include the food-specific cooking modes that the other air fryers include.