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Best Of 2021

We Reveal the Top 5 Air Fryers Your Money can Buy

Finally, Healthy Fried Food That Tastes Amazing!

For years the only way to get deliciously moreish fries at home was to have a greasy deep fryer lurking in the corner of your kitchen. But no more! Now guilt-free and delicious fried foods can be yours whenever you desire. Check out the best bread machines if you’re interested in making healthy, home-made bread, too!

How do air fryers work?

Air fryers cook by coating food in a very thin film of oil and circulating hot air. This produces that tasty, crispy layer that’s so synonymous of traditionally fried foods, but with an incredible 80% less fat, depending on the fryer. It doesn’t have to be fries, either. Air fried chicken, fish, burgers, and even donuts can all be successfully cooked in a fryer, and taste delicious. There are several points to consider when choosing your power air fryer ovens:

  • Capacity – The average fryer can cope with approximately 2lbs of food in one go; however some models have a larger capacity, suited to a large family.
  • Controls and Features – Does it have a timer, or temperature control? Can you switch between different cooking modes?
  • Multitasking – Many air fryers do a whole load of other things than cook fries and chicken. Some grill, steam and even bake cakes!
  • Is it dishwasher safe?
  • Will it fit in the space available?
  • Smart Enabled? – A few manufacturers are designing air fryers with smart features, controllable through Alexa products and other smart devices. You select the recipe you want from an app, which then sends instructions to the air fryer, which cooks the food to perfection, alerting you when it’s done.

It’s been a real hardship to review these fryers – how many healthy fries can we eat? Actually, more than we ever thought possible.

Introducing the best Air Fryers on sale in 2021:

1) Chefman Air Fryer

Chefman TurboFry 2 Quart Air Fryer, Personal Compact Healthy Fryer w/ Adjustable Temperature Control, 30 Minute Timer and Dishwasher Safe Basket, Black

Overview

We’re wowed; there’s not much this popular airfryer can’t do. It roasts, fries, re heats, and bakes, all viewed through a handy window to wake up the taste buds.

It’s sleek, and although it bears more than a slight resemblance to something worn by a Storm Trooper, it is well worth giving this more-than-just-an-air-fryer space in your kitchen.

What We Like

Sometimes when a gadget attempts to multi task, it’s merely a jack of all trades; however, the Chefman masters everything thrown at it.

Our roast chicken was moistly delectable, with an evenly browned crispy skin. Everything seemed to have a lot of more flavor than the other fryers (we used the same oil throughout). Even the chocolate cake that we whizzed up out of sheer desperation for a chocolate fix cooked quickly.

What Needs Improving

The Chefman itself exceeded our expectations; however, after 40 or so uses, the coating started to come off the basket. This isn’t a deal breaker for us at all. The food was still delicious, and the fryer still performed perfectly.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is an excellent product, with abilities beyond just deep frying. No wonder so many air fryer reviews are crazy about it.

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Features

  • HEALTHY FRYING: Achieve perfect fried results with little or even no oil! Temperature range from 200°F - 400°F allows you to cook at your desired temperature, achieving a healthy, crispy, fried finish using at least 98% less oil than traditional fryers.
  • SPACE SAVING COMPACT SIZE: The personal size air fryer saves space on your counter and in your cabinet; perfect for any small kitchen, dorm, office, RV trips, and more!
  • VERSATILITY: Manual temperature control & 60-minute integrated timer lets you air-fry everything from frozen veggies, chicken & even reheat yesterday's dessert! The detachable BPA-Free basket, cool touch exterior, & auto-shutoff ensures added safety & security.
  • EASY CLEAN: The 2-Quart fryer basket and tray are removable and top rack dishwasher safe, so your meal is as easy to clean as it is healthy and delicious. Basket is nonstick, so no cooking spray is required!
  • RESOURCES: cETL approved with advanced safety technology for long lasting durability, & 1-year warranty provided by Chefman, so you can purchase worry-free - we've got your back! For information on how to use your product, scroll down for a PDF User Guide. – RJ38-2LM

2) DayPlus Air Fryer

Image 5 - XL 5.8QT Digital Electric Air Fryer with LED Touch Display 6 Functions + Recipes

Overview

Unpacking this fryer, we were positively surprised by how much was included. DayPlus have thought of everything. There are baskets, an extra grill, tongs, cake moulds, and even replacement little rubber feet so that it never marks your surfaces. The recipe booklet is glossy and full of yummy looking ideas. First appearances count and in this case, they were impressive.

What We Like

We remained impressed as we put it through its paces. First, the fries – crispy outside, fluffy in, and cooked to perfection using the timer. Next, chicken. The large basket can hold enough for several hungry people, and again, delicious.

We tried several recipes, giving it a full workout, and this fryer performed well every time, and was easy to clean afterwards.

That this fryer is sleek and stylish is obvious, but it works well too, with the ability to create a lavish feast for guests, or a quick guilt free supper for one.

The timer is really useful and easy to set. If you want to check how your food is doing, just pull out the basket, there’s no need to alter the timer as it automatically adjusts once the basket is slotted back.

What Needs Improving

The instructions could be a little clearer – sometimes we had to guess what to do. Luckily, it’s simple to use, so we got along just fine, but maybe, DayPlus, they could be a little better.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This fryer produces awesomely crisp and tasty food. It tackled everything with ease, looks great, and can multitask like a pro. Happy to recommend!

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1 x hot air fryer. - Low in oil and fat - deep-frying, grilling, roasting and even baking. - With the 5 liter cooking basket you can prepare enough food for the whole family in one go! - Touch operation.


3) COSORI Air Fryer

Overview

This ETL-certified air fryer is a great all-rounder.

It cooks in 360 degrees and the perfect crisp system ensures that everything comes out crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. On top of that, you get +100 recipes to inspire your air cooking.

What We Like

The features possessed by this Fryer perform up to expectations. It produced the perfect roast chicken, we have fried eggs, made kebabs, chips and muffins – every single item has come out just as we desired, and in half the time of a conventional oven.

What Needs Improving

The basket is a little smaller than anticipated. It may not be able to cater for a huge family but if that’s not an issue, you’ll love it.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a smart air fryer that delivers everything you need it to. We're not only happy to recommend, but happy to enjoy what comes out of it, too.

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Features

  • STRESS-FREE COOKING: Meet the Pro 5.8-Quart Air Fryer, the highly-efficient tool that brings healthier fried flavors to your countertop.
  • PERFECT RESULT: An NTC sensor sends accurate information to the air fryer, which automatically adjusts temperatures to keep fluctuations under 5°F for evenly cooked meals.
  • ONE-TOUCH COOKING: Choose from 13 convenient cooking functions with a single touch, each finely tuned by COSORI chefs to product the tastiest results. You can also choose your preferred temperature and time for your personal recipes.
  • LARGE CAPACITY: The air fryer's spacious 5.8-quart square baskets can fit a whole 5-pound chicken. Additionally, the corner spaces provide more cooking capacity and flexibility than round designs. Cook the perfect amount of food for 3–5 people in one go.
  • 100 INCLUDED RECIPES: Find inspiration for every meal with 100 original, COSORI-chef-created recipes that include size, cook time, and temperature. Even beginner chefs can cook with confidence.

 


4) Secura Air Fryer

Overview

This is one of the cheaper models we tried, but don’t let that put you off. It doesn’t come with the impressive extras of the Holsem, or the disco lights of the Power Air Fryer, but this is a user friendly, no frills fryer. It does what it says on the box, and it does it well.

What We Like

We like this air fryer – it’s honest, very simple to use, and doesn’t take up much room, yet still has a decent family-size capacity. It’s also quiet to use, and easy to clean. It’s the fryer we would happily gift to someone special.

The longer length cable makes for easy positioning, and it never gets even the tiniest bit warm on the outside.

What Needs Improving

Ideally, the knobs should be ridged or ribbed, for easy turning and positioning, but this isn’t a major issue for us.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

As you may have guessed, we're big fans. It’s unobtrusive, makes great food, isn’t full of self importance and sticks to its promises.

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Features

  • Healthy & flavorful cooking for your entire family - 1700W power air fryer basket holds up to 5. 3 quarts (5. 0 liters) (one of the largest fryers on the market)
  • All-in-one convenience cooker - use it daily to fry, roast, bake, reheat or grill - it does it all and heats up in 3 minutes
  • Faster, more energy efficient, & less mess - convection technology uses rapidly circulating heated air for fast and even frying with little to no oil
  • User-friendly, easy-to-read, adjustable controls - temperature settings from 180° to 400° for a wide variety of recipes | 60-minute timer with auto-shut off alerts you when food is done | power and heat indicator lights
  • Bonus a collection of delicious air fryer recipes (contained in the user manual) to get you start

 


5) GoWISE USA Air Fryer

Overview

This happy little fryer is one of Amazon’s Best Sellers year after year. We tested this model in a shiny, slick black with brushed steel fittings. It’s stylishly good looking, and satisfyingly rotund. It comes with a non-stick FDA-certified and PFOA free pan and detachable basket. A lot of thought has gone into this design.

What We Like

This fryer is so simple to use – with a range of pre-set programs it can fry, bake, grill, or roast. It also does a mean sautéd zucchini, which some others fryers fail on. The instruction manual had plenty of easy to follow diagrams making it practically impossible to go wrong.

The Air Fryer’s looks are more than just skin deep though, and its performance is equally admirable. Putting it through its paces, we were impressed with how simple it was to use, and to clean afterwards.

We like the fact that the manufacturers have considered the environmental impact when designing this fryer – the only one we tested that appeared to do so.

What Needs Improving

We would recommend buying the larger capacity from the get go. You’ll only end up upgrading when everyone starts dropping round for your delicious fried chicken or doughnuts.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

With an excellent selection of cooking functions and a smart exterior, this air fryer flew through our in-house tests making it one of our top scorers.

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Features

  • This air fryer lets you cook your favorite foods with little to no oil. Thanks to rapid air technology there is no need to add oil to prepare fried foods. This technique uses the hot air circulating within to make healthier versions of your favorite fried foods.
  • Comes with presets to make cooking easier. There are a total of 8 presets featuring: Warm, fries/chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake, and fish. Just press one and you're done.
  • The digital screen allows you to set temperature from 170F to 400F and cook from 1-30 minutes. This option is perfect for those who tend to cook their own recipes or from recipes found online.
  • Indicator lets you know when cooking time has been reached. The timer will beep 5 times to let you know when your food is ready. The air fryer fan will stop after approx. 20 seconds.
  • Includes recipe book: This recipe book is filled with 50 recipes specifically made for GoWISE USA Air Fryers. Choose from a variety of meals to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.


Air Fryers are good for making any type of meal and retaining the taste with no oil or a small amount of oil, whether the meal is steamed veggies or lamb meat.

If you still want more info on how air fryers work and why they’re good for you, what it can cook and how well it can do so, check out some impressions on using air fryers!


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