The 7 Best Air Fryers to Buy in 2018

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Philips The Original Airfryer at Amazon

“A patented “starfish” design that sends the air all around the food in the basket for even cooking on top, bottom and sides.”

Best Value: Avalon Bay AirFryer at Amazon

“If you’re not constantly cooking for a crowd, or you want an air fryer for occasional snacks, ... this budget friendly unit is the right fit."

Best Large Capacity: Della Electric Multipurpose Classic Rapid Air Fryer at Amazon

“At 5.8 quarts (nearly 1 1/2 gallons) this air fryer has the capacity to cook for a crowd.”

Best Compact: Dash Compact Air Fryer at Amazon

“This petite 1.2-liter air fryer holds up to a pound of food and is perfect for cooking snacks, appetizers, or even dinner for two.”

Best Design: Big Boss 1300-Watt Oil-Less Fry at Amazon

“The cooking container is completely clear so you can check the food without losing any heat.”

Best for Easy Cleanup: Farberware Digital Oil-Less Fryer at Walmart

“No hand-washing, no hassle.”

Best Multi-Tasker: Gourmia Digital Electric Air Fryer at Walmart

“Besides air frying, it works as a grill, steamer, and rotisserie.”

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    Best Overall: Philips Air Fryer Viva TurboStar

    The new and improved Philips Airfryer has a streamlined design that is 20% smaller than the original model (but has the same 1.8 pound capacity) and boasts TurboStar technology. This technology helps circulate the hot air throughout the cooking basket for more evenly cooked food that requires less turning and less oil. It also ensures that the airfryer is ready to go in seconds, which saves you valuable time when you're trying to get a meal on the table.

    This compact unit measures 13.6" x 13.6" x 14.1" and weighs about 15 pounds. It works the same way the original model does, so you can still grill, roast, and bake. To use, put the food into the cooking basket that fits into the unit’s drawer and set the time and temperature using the dials. There’s an audible alert when the food is done, and the unit will turn off to keep from overcooking.

    For extra inspiration in the kitchen, the airfryer comes with the Philips Airfryer cookbook, which features 150 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The removable parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

  • 02 of 07

    Best Value: Avalon Bay AirFryer

    Avalon Bay AirFryer with Bonus Baking Set and Recipe Book, 2.65 Quart Capacity, Rapid Air Circulation Technology, Black, AB-Airfryer150B
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    If you’re not constantly cooking for a crowd, or you want an air fryer for occasional snacks, quick lunches, and late-night munchies, this budget friendly unit is the right fit. It holds 2.65 quarts and can be set for temperatures from 200 to 400 degrees, so you’ll be making wings, potato skins, and grilled cheese sandwiches in no time.

    This has nonslip feet that keep it stable on the counter, and a 30-minute timer that automatically switches the fryer to standby mode so you can keep the food warm without overcooking. Cooking control is easy, with one dial to set the time and the second to set the temperature. The removable parts are dishwasher safe, or easily washed by hand.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Large Capacity: Della Electric Multipurpose Classic Rapid Air Fryer

    Della XL Electric Air Fryer Button Guard & Detachable Basket - Black 5.8 QT, 1800W
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    At 5.8 quarts (nearly 1 1/2 gallons) this air fryer has the capacity to cook for a crowd. It has a 30 minute timer with an automatic standby feature, so you can keep the food warm without overcooking. The temperature is adjustable from 180 to 390 degrees, so you can cook a wide variety of foods and the detachable basket makes it easy to transfer foods to a serving plate.

    A ready light indicates when the air fryer has reached the proper temperature for cooking, and a plastic cover on the basket-release button makes it difficult to accidentally drop the food basket holder. Controls are simple, with one dial to control the time and a second dial to control the temperature.

    The removable parts are dishwasher safe, and simple to wash by hand.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Compact: Dash Compact Air Fryer

    If you have limited kitchen space or simply don’t need a large-capacity air fryer, it might seem hard to justify buying a bulky countertop appliance. Luckily there are more compact options available that cook smaller quantities and have a much less intrusive footprint. And, in the case of this Dash model, it might even be stylish enough that you don’t mind leaving it out on the counter.

    This petite 1.2-liter air fryer holds up to a pound of food and is perfect for cooking snacks, appetizers, or even dinner for two. (The smaller volume can also come in handy for portion control.) The Dash is about half the weight of a standard fryer at 5.7 pounds, and measures just 10 x 8 x 11 inches, so if you have limited storage or counter space in your kitchen, this is certainly more practical than the bulkier alternatives. The streamlined knob controls make it simple to set the temperature and timer, and it uses the same kind of convection heat as other air fryers to evenly cook your food. If you’re a forgetful chef, the Dash also has a 30-minute automatic shut-off function so you won’t burn your dinner to a crisp.

    To top it all off, the Dash’s non-stick fryer basket is dishwasher safe, so cleanup couldn’t be easier. This device comes in five stylish colors: teal, red, black, gray, and white.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Design: Big Boss 1300-Watt Oil-Less Fryer

    Big Boss 9063 1300-watt Oil-less Air Fryer, 16-Quart, Red
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    The Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer uses halogen, convection, and infrared heat to cook food, and unlike most other cookers, the cooking container is completely clear so you can check the food without losing any heat. The lid seals tight to keep the hot air in the cooker where it belongs. Two dials control cooking time and temperature. The timer goes up to 60 minutes and the maximum temperature is 480 degrees.

    Halogen promotes browning while convection circulates the air for even cooking. Meanwhile, infrared sends heat deep into the food. The result is that food cooks faster than with any single method.

    This includes two trays so you can cook different foods at the same time, and it increases the cooking space without the need to pile food on top of other food. Besides air frying, this can be used for broiling, roasting, baking, toasting bread, and steaming vegetables.

  • 06 of 07

    Best for Easy Cleanup: Farberware Digital Oil-Less Fryer

    Farberware 3.2-Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer

    Courtesy of Walmart 

     If you’re put off by the idea of hand-washing parts of your air fryer, then it’s worth looking for one that you can just throw in the dishwasher once you’re done. This model from Farberware lets you do just that — in fact, the whole thing seems to be designed to be easy to use.

    It functions just like other air fryers, using hot air convection to cook your food to crispy perfection with very little oil (or none at all). The basket has a three-liter capacity and holds up to two pounds of food so you can fry in larger batches, making it a convenient choice for families. It has an easy-to-use digital touchscreen control panel that allows you to choose a temperature between 150 and 400 degrees and set the timer. Or go for an even more streamlined approach and simply choose from Farberware’s eight pre-programmed cooking options, which let the machine automatically apply the appropriate settings. When dinner is finished, just remove the fryer basket and pop it in the dishwasher. No hand-washing, no hassle. 

  • 07 of 07

    Best Multi-Tasker: Gourmia Digital Electric Air Fryer

    Gourmia Digital Electric Air Fryer

    Courtesy of Walmart 

    If you like the idea of air frying, but you don’t think you’ll eat enough fries and wings to justify the price and storage space, this fryer might make you think twice. Besides air frying, it works as a grill, steamer, and rotisserie, so you’ll have a lot of opportunities to set it up and make some dinner.

    Like other air fryers, it circulates hot air around the food, but instead of relying on a bowl or basket to hold the food in place, this has a rotating basket that tumbles the food for even cooking. Remove the basket and use the spit to hold a chicken for rotisserie cooking.

    It has a digital pad and display for setting time and temperature. The timer goes up to 11 hours and the maximum temperature is 450 degrees. The interior is nonstick and removable for easy cleaning. This comes with the spit, basket, cooking rack, special tongs for removing the hot basket, and a recipe book.