The best air fryer deals for December 2020: Instant Pot, Ninja, and Dash

This is a good week for excellent deals on air fryers. Air fryers use only a fraction of the cooking oil needed for deep frying. Often a few squirts of an oil-based cooking spray are all you’ll need. We found super deals on air fryers from Instant Pot,  Chefman, Dash, Ninja, and more. If you’re wondering about air frying and convection cooking (they both cook with hot air), we cover that, too, below the deals. You probably clicked on this post to see the best air fryer deals, so scroll down to find them.

Today’s best air fryer deals

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Instant Vortex 6 Quart Air Fryer

$59 $99
Instant Pot's Instant Vortex has four functions controlled by a digital LED touchscreen. You can air fry, roast, bake, and reheat.
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Farberware 3.2 Quart Oil-Less Multi-Functional Air Fryer

$50 $99
This 3.2-quart air fryer can grill, bake, roast or air fry all your favorite foods like french fries, chicken tenders, and more. It fits up to two pounds of food, and it's easy to clean.
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Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Toaster/Pizza Oven - Stainless Steel

$400 $500
Breville's Convection Oven and Air Fry combination oven has two convection fan speeds and six quartz heating elements. The Breville has 15 functions in all, from toasting to dehydrating.
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Ninja OP301 Foodi 8-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer and More, - 6.5 Quart

$180 $200
This countertop workhorse is an 8-in-1 cooker that air fries, crisps, pressure cooks, slow cooks, roasts, bakes, and more. Elevate your home cooking with pro-grade results.
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Cosori 3.7-Quart Digital Air Fryer

$80 $100
The Cosori 3.7-quart Digital Air Fryer has a digital control menu with an LED touchscreen to change temperature and time, and to select from 11 presets.
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Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 6-Quart Pressure Cooker

$79 $129
With an air fryer lid providing a slew of new cooking features in the kitchen, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a marvelous tool for any home chef, combining 11 different ways to cook in one fine package.
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Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer, Toaster Oven, and Rotisserie Oven

$89 $150
The Instant Vortex Plus air fryer also can bake, toast, roast, broil, dehydrate, and rotissierie cook.
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Ninja - Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Smokeless Air Fry Electric Grill

$200 $230
Combination 5-in-1 Ninja Foodi can bake, roast, air fry, dehydrate, and grill. No need to flip food with Surround Searing.
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GoWISE USA 1,700-Watt 5.8-QT 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

$80 $110
Digital controls enable eight cooking functions with the 5.8-quart GoWise USA air fryer. Presets for fries/chips, pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, cake, fish, and pizza.
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COSORI Air Fryer Max XL 5.8 Quart Digital

$86 $120
Cosori's Max XL 5.8-quart digital hot air fryer and oil-less cooker has an LED touchscreen wtih 11 presets.
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DASH Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker 3-Qt

$70 $90
This Dash air fryer helps reduce added fat by 70 to 80% by using air to crisp food instead of oil. The 3-quart capacity makes it large enough to fit enough ingredients for a family.
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Ninja Air Fryer

$120
The easy and healthy way to indulge in a variety of crispy fried foods. With a 4-quart basket that can fit up to 2 pounds of French fries, large family meals are now a breeze.
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Cosori Air Fryer, Max XL 5.8-Quart, 1700-Watt Electric Hot Air Fryer Oven

$76 $90
Enjoy healthy cooking with up to 85% less fat than traditional frying. The Cosori Max XL 5.8-quart manual air fryer has a temperature and time control knob.
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer

$90 $185
The Cuisinart Air Fryer has cooks up to 2.5 pounds of food and has a viewing window so you can watch the progress.
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Chefman Digital 6.5 Liter Air Fryer Oven

$82 $96
Large size 6.5-quart ChefMan Digital Air Fryer and Oven lets you cook much larger quantities of family favorites to serve more people or for larger servings.
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Power XL 5 qt. Vortex Air Fryer

$60 $100
Enjoy snack food in a healthier way with this air fryer. A true versatile kitchen device, it can also broil, roast, bake, and dehydrate.
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Dash DCAF200GBAQ02 Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer + Oven

$50 $60
Lightweight and half the size of many fryers, 2.6-quart model is great for RVs, a second unit, or a single person or couple.
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Dash DFAF455GBBK01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker

$80 $100
The Dash 6-quart air fryer with air-crisping feature fries food with all the flavor but with 70% to 80% less oil.
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Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer

$200
With the BTU cooking power of an outdoor grill, the Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill and Air Fryer brings the searing and char flavors right to your countertop. The best part? This deal includes bonus gifts!
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GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator

$96 $120
GoWise USA's 5-quart air fryer and dehydrator has three stackable racks for making your own dried fruit or veggie snacks or jerky. LED digital controls with eight presets.
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Dash DMAF360GBAQ02 AirCrisp Pro Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker

$73 $100
Prepare healthy air fried food with the Dash AirCrisp Pro Electric Air Fryer and Oven. It has digital controls with eight cooking presets.

How do I choose the right air fryer?

With the growth of air fryer popularity, the variety of models on the market has grown to the point that choosing the best model for your kitchen can be confusing. The primary considerations in shopping for an air fryer are capacity, controls, added air frying features, and additional cooking functions.

In general, you’ll find air fryer baskets that range from about 3 quarts to 6 quarts. For a single person or a couple or if you want to heat some wings and fries, smaller is just fine. If you’re going to be preparing dishes and full meals for a family with an air fryer, even if only once in a while, buy a larger model.

Air fryers with manual controls usually have two settings: Cooking temperature and cooking time.  As long as you know the desired settings, turn the dials to the proper temperature and time and let it cook. Digital air fryers are usually pretty easy to use, but they are more complicated than manual models. If the fryer you’re looking at also roasts, bakes, broils, dehydrates, and more, chances are it will have a digital control panel, often with several presets for various cooking modes or types of food.

Single-purpose air fryers do one type of cooking. If you already have a countertop full of other appliances, including a toaster, convection oven, and perhaps an indoor grill, a multifunction air fryer is just duplication. If, on the other hand, counter space is at a premium in your kitchen, a multifunction model is a smart buy because one appliance can serve several purposes. One common and desirable feature for air fryers is the ability to crisp the outside of food. Typically crisping is the last step in the air frying process and may require a separate add-on component.  Because traditional deep-fried foods usually have crispy exteriors, an air fryer with a crisping function isn’t considered a multifunctional cooker. It’s just a complete air fryer.

As you saw above, you can spend from $50  to $200 or more for air fryers. Larger models with digital controls and multiple cooking functions cost more than smaller air fryers with manual controls solely for air frying time and temperature.

Is air frying the same as convection cooking?

Air fryers have become so popular in the past few years you wouldn’t be alone in thinking it’s a new cooking technology. The core technology for air frying has been used in cooking for more than 70 years. It was and still is called convection cooking. Air fryers and convection ovens both cook food by using fans to circulate hot air.

While the underlying technology is identical, the implementations differ, at least in their purest senses. A simple air fryer usually resembles a squat cylinder. Convection ovens generally have a rectangular shape with a door that opens in the front to reveal one or more removable trays. Food cooked in an air fryer sits on a rack on the bottom of a removable basket. You put food on trays or shelves to cook in convection ovens.

Convection ovens generally have a larger capacity than air fryers so the ovens can hold more food to cook at the same time. Because air fryers don’t have to fill as much space with hot moving air, air fryers usually cook food faster than convection ovens. Often, air fryers are louder than convection ovens they use fans to circulate hot air around the cooking area.

You can find multifunction cookers that claim to be both air fryers and convection ovens. Based on the size and shape, you can tell which of the two variations on the same them the device more closely resembles. Both forms often have settings for baking, roasting, broiling, and dehydrating food, but at heart, they’re either an air fryer or a convection oven.

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