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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 and less clean up.
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 best air fryers available now.
Best Overall: Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus 10QT 7-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven
Seven features in one
Cooks quickly and quietly
Easy to clean
Interior is small considering the appliance’s overall size
Included instructions are limited—look for the full manual online
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.
Capacity: 10 quarts | Power Rating: 1500 watts | Dimensions: 13.23 x 13.23 x 14.37 inches | Warranty: 1 year
"As an avid Instant Pot user, my expectations for the Instant Vortex Plus were admittedly high … luckily, it didn’t just live up to my expectations—it exceeded them." — Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester
Best Digital: Cosori Pro Air Fryer CP158-AF
Wide flat basket for great airflow
Presets for common foods work well
Compact footprint for its capacity
Sometimes takes two hands to insert/remove basket
Relatively new brand
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. This model is also available in a 3.7-quart capacity.
The inner and outer baskets feature a nonstick coating, which our tester said made cleanup easy. 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.
Capacity: 5.8 quarts | Power Rating: 1700 watts | Dimensions: 11.7 x 14.2 x 12.6 inches | Warranty: 1 year
"The cooking basket is wide enough to accommodate food in fewer layers for better airflow, and it’s easy to shake food if it needs to be rearranged during cooking." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Air Fryer Oven: Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360
12 versatile cooking presets
Bright interior light
Easy-to-read and operate LCD control panel
Large and hard to store
Tricky to clean
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 preset 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 preset 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.
Our tester noted it was powerful, but loud and difficult to clean. It has some drawbacks as an air fryer and isn't the cheapest option on the market, but if you're looking for an all-in-one appliance, its versatility is top-notch.
Capacity: 930 cubic inches | Power Rating: 1500 watts | Dimensions: 15.1 x 19.3 x 10.4 inches | Warranty: 60 day money back guarantee
"I was pleased to see the fries turned out better than they do in my standard oven." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Splurge: Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro
Fits a large amount of food
Eight different rack positions
Functions are very versatile
Some settings are noisy
Has a large footprint
Breville is known for manufacturing high-quality appliances that will last for years, and the Breville BOV900BSS Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air is no exception. It offers two airspeeds so you can choose to cook faster or slower depending on what you're making. It also has six separate heating elements so your food will cook evenly whether you’re roasting, reheating, or frying.
There are a total of 13 different cooking functions to choose from, including everything from proofing bread dough to toasting the finished slices. It’s a large oven that will let you toast 9 slices of bread at once or roast a 14-pound turkey, and it can accommodate most 5-quart Dutch ovens, 9 x 13 baking pans, and 12-cup muffin pans, as long as they don’t have extra-large handles.
Like your oven, this model has an internal light that turns on when the cooking is done so you can see the finished product or just monitor the cooking progress.
Capacity: 1 cubic foot | Power Rating: 1800 watts | Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.5 x 12.7 inches | Warranty: 2 years
Best With Rotisserie: GoWISE USA 12.7-Quart Electric Air Fryer Oven w/Rotisserie and Dehydrator
Has several racks to use at one time
Small footprint on your countertop
Crisps food well
Loud beeps while programming
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.
Capacity: 12.7 quarts | Power Rating: 1600 watts | Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 12 inches | Warranty: 1 year
Best With Toaster Oven: Cuisinart TOA-65 Digital Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer
Large air fryer basket
Easy to clean
Temperature runs a little hotter than the setting
Your regular toaster oven just got smarter with this compact toaster oven and air fryer in one. It can air fry up to 3 pounds of food, it can roast a 4-pound chicken, and it can bake a 12-inch pizza—and that’s just the beginning. It’s also an efficient toaster that heats from both the top and bottom for even browning whether you’re making toast for breakfast or baking chicken.
This oven isn’t just for high-heat cooking, though, since it also has low heat settings ideal for proofing bread dough or dehydrating fruit and meat for homemade snacks. The digital display looks modern and is easy to set, too.
Capacity: 0.6 cubic feet | Power Rating: 1800 watts | Dimensions: 15.5 x 16 x 14 inches | Warranty: 3 years
Best Budget: Chefman 3.7-Quart TurboFry Air Fryer
Easy to clean
Quieter than other air fryers
Temperature cannot be set above 400 degrees
Cooking basket can be tricky to insert
If you want to try air frying, but don't think you'll do it often enough to justify investing in a more pricey model, the Chefman 3.5 Liter Air Fryer is worth considering. Its dome shape is compact to save counter space, but the basket easily fits enough food for several people. The black finish is sleek and the matte model resists fingerprints so it's easy to keep looking new.
There are both digital and analog versions of this air fryer. We tested the digital version and found the touch controls simple and intuitive to use. The temperature can be set from 200-400°F and the timer up to 60 minutes, which is plenty of cooking range for most air fried recipes and basics like frozen fries and tots.
If you're interested in using an air fryer to dehydrate snacks, you might want a model that allows you to set the timer for longer.
Capacity: 3.5 liters | Power Rating: 1000 watts | Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 12 inches | Warranty: 1 year
"This has become my go-to air fryer. It barely takes up any space on my countertop, has basic, intuitive controls, and turns out crisper frozen fries and tater tots than my standard oven." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Design: Philips Premium Airfryer XXL HD9650
Designed to drain fat away from food
Built-in cord storage
Available in digital or analog
Keeps food warm up to 30 minutes
Add-on accessories are pricey
Some reviewers note basket rusts after several months
Philips Airfryers are available in compact, XL, and XXL sizes. Each size is also available with your choice of digital or analog controls. If you have more space to dedicate to an air fryer and more than just one or two people to feed, we recommend trying the XXL digital model.
The cooking basket on the Philips Airfryer XXL can hold 4-quarts, which is big enough for a 4-ish pound whole chicken or 2 bags of frozen fries. It has cooking functions to air fry, bake, grill, roast, toast, dehydrate, and reheat, along with give cooking presets for some of the most popular air fried recipes, including frozen fries, meat, fish, whole chicken, and chicken drumsticks.
There's also a keep-warm function that runs up to 30 minutes after cooking to make sure your food remains warm until you're ready to serve.
The proprietary Fat Removal technology refers to the unique starfished shaped bottom of the air fryer that helps drain excess fat away from food for crisper finished food. There’s a downloadable app that has hundreds of recipes designed for the air fryer to help inspire you.
Cooking parts are dishwasher safe and there are lots of add-on accessories for making pizza, dehydrated snacks, and baking in the air fryer.
Capacity: 4 quarts | Power Rating: 1750 watts | Dimensions: 15.55 x 15.55 x 15.67 inches | Warranty: 1 year
Best With Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Pro Crisp + Air Fryer
Inner pot has handles
Inner pot is stovetop- and oven-safe
Few app recipes using both cooking options
Fans of multi-functional kitchen appliances will want to check out this air fryer option from Instant Pot. It comes with two lids—one for air frying and one for pressure cooking—that enable the pot to function both an air fryer and the classic multi-cooker the brand is known for.
The pot holds up to 8-quarts, which is enough room to air-fry a whole chicken, and is equipped with 11 cooking functions which are sorted by which lid they should be paired with. The pressure cooking lid functions are: pressure cook, saute, slow cook, steam, and sous vide, and the air fryer lid functions are warm, air fry, roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate.
Our tester noted the inner pot has some upgraded features compared to other Instant Pot models, including side handles and a flat bottom for even cooking. It can also be used on stovetops and is oven-safe.
It comes with a number of accessories, including a multi-use cooking rack, nonstick air fryer basket, dehydrate/broil tray, a protective pad for the lids, and a storage cover. The accessories fit inside the cooker for compact storage.
Capacity: 8 quarts | Power Rating: 1500 watts | Dimensions: 14.75 x 12.5 x 15.5 inches with air fryer lid | Warranty: 1 year
"Right out of the box, this Instant Pot looks more upscale than its peers, with an all-black exterior, but the buttons and display should look familiar to users of other models of Instant Pots." - Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Two-Basket: Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer
Dual cooking zones
Smart Finish for coordinated finish time
Extra space for large batches
Takes up a lot of counter space
Large batches cook longer
With two separate cooking baskets and heating zones, this air fryer enables you to cook different foods with different cooking times and temperatures at the same time. You won't have to choose between air frying wings or fries on game days and can prepare a complete meal—like air fried chicken with crispy Brussel sprouts or sweet potato wedges on the side.
The magic lies in the "Smart Finish" feature, which lets you program the air fryer with two cook times and temperatures for different foods. The air fryer will automatically start the basket with the shorter of the two cook times so both baskets are finished cooking at the same time.
There are 6 cooking presets, including air fry, air broil, roast, bake, reheat, and dehydrate. Our tester found this air fryer cooks faster than other models and the cook time on most recipes needed to be shortened for best results.
Each cooking basket has a 4-quart capacity for a total of 8-quarts, which equates to roughly 4-pounds of fries or wings. If you're cooking a double batch of a single recipe, the "Match" feature quickly pairs both cooking baskets to the same settings so you don't have to enter settings twice.
Capacity: 8 quarts | Power Rating: 1690 watts | Dimensions: 15.63 x 13.86 x 12.4 inches | Warranty: 1 year
"One thing to note—and it’s not intuitive—is that when both baskets are used, the cooking time for both is longer than if a single basket is used." - Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Quiet: TaoTronics Air Fryer TT-AF001
Rectangular-shaped basket design
Large 6-quart capacity
Doesn’t have a full touchscreen
Presets need some adjustment
Large countertop footprint
Love air-fried food, but not the noisy fans that accompany many air fryers? This model is well-rated for being ultra quiet. In fact, our product tester said she could barely hear it when it was turned on.
Like most air fryers, the cook can manually select the cooking time and temperature or use one of 11 cooking presets to prepare fries, steak, bacon, fish, shrimp, vegetables, chicken, potatoes, bread, cake, or thawing frozen snacks. The cooking baskets holds 6-quarts, is nonstick, and dishwasher safe.
The square-shaped design of this model gives you more room to fit food in the cooking basket compared to smaller fryers with rounded baskets. Our product tester noted the basket shape helps spread food out a bit more versus piling it on top of each other which can lead to less crisp cooking results.
Capacity: 6 quarts | Power Rating: 1750 watts | Dimensions: 11.73 x 13.39 x 11.73inches | Warranty: 1 year
"When I first started testing it, I actually turned it off and on a few times, because it was so quiet, I didn’t think it was working." - Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester
Best Small: Philips Kitchen Appliances Avance Digital Turbostar Airfryer
Digital screen is easy to use
Substantial 2.75-quart basket
You don’t have to rotate your food while cooking
Doesn’t shut off when you open it
Housing gets hot
For a reliable and attractive option, we recommend the Philips Air Fryer Viva TurboStar. Philips isn't as well known as Cuisinart or Breville, but they were one of the first manufacturers to bring air fryers into home kitchens.
The TurboStar has four preset functions for cooking popular meals (meat, fish, fries, and drumsticks), dishwasher safe parts, and a keep-warm function that makes sure your food remains warm and ready to serve while you finish other aspects of the meal. The digital display makes it easy to see the settings that are all controlled with a simple knob.
The proprietary TurboStar technology is also designed to cook foods evenly so you won’t have to stop cooking to shake the basket of fries for the perfect poutine. Our reviewer cooked french fries, chicken tenders, and apple chips and everything came out exactly as expected. To make cooking even easier, there’s a downloadable app that has 200 recipes designed for the air fryer.
"The air fryer’s 1425 watts of power proved plenty strong enough and everything cooked evenly; the fries were nice and crisp, the chicken still moist, and the apple chips were uniformly toasted." — Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester
The Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven is our top pick because it's both well designed and reasonably priced. Plus, it performed exceptionally well in all of our tests. If you want something a little smaller than this 10-quart appliance, try the Cosori 5.8 Qt Electric Air Fryer (view at Amazon). It can fit a five-pound chicken with ease.
What to Look for in an Air Fryer
Are you frying a small batch of wings, or do you want to make french fries for the family on burger night? Make sure the fryer you choose can handle the amount of food you want to cook. Also, make sure to consider a fryer's overall size—more capacity might mean that it needs more storage space when it’s not in use.
A wider range of temperatures will give you more options for cooking different foods. Generally, fryers that can achieve higher temperatures can cook faster and brown foods more easily—which is perfect if you plan on making wings and fries since you might not need to cook at low temperatures.
Timers are always handy, and most air fryers include some type of timer. Do you want an audible alert or a fryer that can turn off automatically? Do you need a timer that can be set for long cooking times or will all your air-fried recipes cook for a short time? Think about your needs and choose accordingly.
How does an air fryer work?
Air fryers don't fry food in the traditional sense. Instead of oil, air fryers use hot air to crisp and brown foods. All air fryers contain a heating mechanism and fan that keeps the heated air circulating around the food. The process is similar to a convection oven.
Air fryers contain a perforated or mesh basket that allows air to move around the food. for even cooking. The only downside to this design is you can only air fry breaded foods since battered foods would drip through the perforated air fryer basket.
How do you preheat an air fryer?
Not all air fryers need to be preheated, while others automatically preheat before starting the cooking timer.
To preheat, select the preset preheat function if your air fryer has one or just set the cooking temperature and let the air fryer heat for 3 to 5 minutes before adding your food.
We've tested models that automatically preheat and ones that let you get cooking without any preheating. In our tests, we found foods cooked similarly whether we preheated or not. Some air frying guides recommend preheating for better results when air frying meat you want to get a nice sear on, like steak and chicken breasts.
Can you put foil in an air fryer?
Yes, it's safe to use aluminum foil in an air fryer. Lining the bottom of an air fryer basket with foil may make cleanup easier and help you remove food from the basket when it's done cooking. You'll want to make sure the foil doesn't block air circulation, though.
How do you clean an air fryer?
Most removable parts (i.e. the cooking basket, tray, and any other cooking accessories) on most air fryers are dishwasher safe. Check the owner's manual of your air fryer for which parts, if any, are ok to run through the dishwasher.
These parts are also easily cleaned by hand with warm, soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge. If there's any particularly difficult to remove grease or stuck-on food, let the parts soak in hot, soapy water first.
The interior and exterior of the air fryer can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, but should never be submerged in water since it contains electrical components.
If the heating element gets dirty, you can wipe it with a damp cloth when the unit is turned off, cooled, and unplugged.
Why Trust the Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a cookbook author who reviews products and writes roundups for The Spruce Eats. Currently, she has no less than five air fryers in her house. She's partial to air fryers that have multiple functions and her go-to right now is the Ninja Foodi because she likes the pressure cooker option.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who happily makes space for any gadget that make cooking faster and easier. She has tested and reviewed several air fryers for The Spruce Eats, including the Chefman TurboFry Air Fryer and Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360 on this list.