The best air fryers you can buy right now

The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

Foods like french fries and fried chicken sure are delicious, but with all the extra calories and oils, they aren’t very good for you. Instead of going to McDonald’s or KFC, there’s a cooking gadget you can use to get delicious and crunchy foods with just a fraction of the calories. What is this magical device? It’s an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of deep frying while only using just a little bit of oil.

While you still get that crispy, golden exterior and the soft, fluffy center, we should stress that you shouldn’t expect the exact same results as you would get using a deep fryer, as an air fryer does not actually “fry” anything. It cooks your food with electric heat that’s circulated by powerful fans, and that hot air helps get the surface of the food dry and crispy while keeping the inside moist. Some air fryers include other features and functions. You might see an air fryer that also has a dehydrating function or a convection feature, for instance. If you’re in the market to try an air fryer as a calorie-saving alternative to traditional frying, we rounded up the best air fryers on the market. If you’re looking for the best convection ovens, you can check out our list of the best of those as well.

Breville Smart Oven Air

The Breville Smart Oven Air does everything from toasting to dehydrating to air-frying, and anyone without a lot of counter space to spare can get this one appliance that performs the tasks of many.

With 13 cooking functions, this gadget can do just about everything you’d want to do in the kitchen. It can accommodate nine slices of bread and toast them to a golden crisp. It can cook a 13-inch pizza or 12 muffins in a tray. It can even roast up a 14-pound turkey (Thanksgiving, we’re looking at you). When it comes to air-frying, the device offers two different fan speeds, an easy-to-program timer, and preset functions for different foods. The high heat maximizes airflow, so your “fried” foods are perfectly crispy. This one appliance can single-handedly replace your toaster, dehydrator, slow cooker, and maybe even your regular oven. You can check out our review of the Breville Smart Oven Air here.

Buy it now from:

Philips Avance Collection Digital Turbostar Airfryer

The Philips Avance Collection Digital Turbostar Airfryer is a solid option for anyone looking to try air frying for the first time.

This foolproof air fryer is much more user-friendly than most models, thanks to its digital display, programmable timer, and intuitive interface. This appliance is also good at what it does — it cooks fried foods 50% more evenly than other brands. You’ll likely experience some trial and error when cooking air-fried foods for the first time, but the four presets for popular dishes will help start you out on the right foot. The air fryer also comes with a recipe book and app that includes hundreds of recipes to choose from.

If you want a more inexpensive option, Philips Viva TurboStar Airfryer is similar to the digital model, but it has a different display, and fewer bells and whistles.

Buy it now from:

Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer

Not a fan of digital displays and touchscreens? This air fryer keeps it old school in the best way and is perfect for those who prefer manual controls and a traditional vibe.

The Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer is a simple option for those who just can’t stand digital displays, touchscreens, and other modern shenanigans. It has 1,800 watts of power for fast heating, and it’s extremely quiet. The controls are easy to use and the seven preset functions make this a versatile addition to your kitchen counter space. Whether you’re frying some chicken, roasting a turkey, or cooking up some asparagus, this Cuisinart toaster oven and air fryer has you covered in one convenient package.

Buy it now from:

Gowise Electric Air Fryer

how to clean an air fryer gowise electric thumb

Looking to dip your toe into the world of air frying without making a dent in the wallet? This is for you. The Gowise Electric Air Fryer delivers effective air-frying for a lower price than most brands.

For the price, this device air fries foods well. Accommodating a maximum of 3.7 quarts, it has a smaller capacity than most. The basket is removable and easy to clean, and the user-friendly touchscreen offers preset programs for your favorite recipes. Now you can try air frying without spending an arm and a leg.

Buy it now from:

T-Fal Actifry Airfryer

This device is perfect for those who are looking for that perfect french fry crisp without excess oil.

The T-Fal Actifry Airfryer is a standout option that will air fry foods perfectly without breaking the bank. The most unique aspect of its design is a rotating “arm” that moves the food around inside the fryer while it’s cooking, which ensures all sides get equal exposure to the hot air and equal crispiness. While some users may see this as a pro, others will find that the arm ends up mangling more delicate foods, such as fish.

The secure lid guarantees you won’t splatter oil everywhere, and the filter ensures your kitchen isn’t left with odor for days. Plus, the ceramic-coated nonstick pan is removable and easy to clean. The relatively lower price point and the efficacy of the appliance make it a great gift option.

Buy it now from:

Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker

best air fryers guest 0274f62f 424d 4930 8b23 26f96068b10c

If you want to save counter space or money by getting two appliances in one, this pressure cooker from Ninja doubles as an air fryer. You can pressure cook a rotisserie-style chicken and then crisp it afterward in the same device.

The TenderCrisp function cooks foods quickly, giving you the option of whipping up creations with a perfectly crispy, wonderfully golden finish that will make you forget you’re actually eating a healthier version of your favorite fried snacks. The 6.5-quart pot is a good size for pressure cooking, while the 4-quart one is perfect for air-frying. Both are ceramic-coated and nonstick. Because this appliance does double duty, you can start off with the pressure cooker function to seal in those savory juices, then finish it off with a golden-brown crisp. Plus, you can also steam, roast, and broil foods — talk about a multipurpose kitchen tool.

The Ninja Foodi has a few different model and price options. The main difference between the models is that some of the pricier models have a dehydrate function for making recipes like beef jerky, while lower-priced models like the OP300 don’t include a dehydrate function. Check out our full review of the Ninja Foodi here.

Buy it now from:

Smart Home

Walmart slashes the price on the Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center grill

Backyard grills and smokers dominate outdoor cooking, but when a novel and versatile Cuisinart patio cooker turns up, especially on sale, we pay attention. Walmart just dropped the price of the Cuisinart 360 Griddle Cooking Center.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Amazon takes a huge bite out of the price of the 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi Cooker

The versatile Ninja Foodi combines pressure cooking, air frying, and crisping. Amazon just took a massive price cut on the 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi OP-302, the model that adds dehydrating to its repertoire.
Deals

The Ninja Air Fryer AF101 gets a steep 31% discount on Amazon

Whether you are a health-conscious snack seeker or a fried-food fan, you will find love with the Ninja Air Fryer AF101. Normally $130, it is now available for only $90.
Smart Home

Rescuing pizza: New life and new uses for your microwave oven

Leftover pizza slices can be a treat, but they're just not the same as when they're hot and crispy fresh from the oven. A new product could help pizza lovers resurrect leftover slices to nearly their original taste and texture.
Smart Home

Food wish fulfilled? Genie launches next-gen pod-based cooking system

Microwaves were innovative and Keurig coffee pods are handy, but a new cooking system called Genie promises to create healthy, tasty, and affordable meals in just 3 minutes using a chef's process.
Smart Home

We tested anti-snoring devices on our loudest friends. Here’s what worked

If your partner snores and it keeps you up at night, you may be interested in the latest anti-snoring technology. We tested out a few different gadgets to find out what they do and whether they work or not.
Deals

Eliminate excess moisture this summer with these dehumidifier deals from Walmart

Moisture isn't just an ugly word, it's unhealthy in excess, especially in your home. Dehumidifiers are an excellent way to expel excess moisture, and now at Walmart, you can score discounts on five different models of all sizes and prices.
Smart Home

Best Prime Day smart home deals: Expect Google Home and Echo special offers

Amazon hasn't revealed the exact date, but a leaked PR email indicates it starts July 15. If you have significant electronics purchases on your wish list, holding off till Prime Day could save a bucket of cash.
Health & Fitness

Best Buy focuses on fitness with new range of high-tech gym equipment

Best Buy is focusing on fitness with the launch of new in-store spaces featuring a range of connected health-boosting equipment. The new sections, which will be staffed by experts, will open at 100 Best Buy stores this year.
Smart Home

Make a better morning cup with the best coffee makers of 2019

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Buying Guides

The best washing machines of 2019, from front-loaders to those with smarts

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

The best smart thermostats let you stay cool without wasting money

The right thermostat can do more than just adjust the temperature of your home, it can also learn about you and help you save money. Check out our picks for the best smart thermostats on the market right now.
Smart Home

Getting down to the nitty-gritty: The best vacuums you can buy

Our expert reviewers took some vacuum cleaners for a spin to see which worked best. Whether you're looking for a traditional upright, stick, or robot vacuum, check out our picks for the best vacuums on the market.