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Top 5 Air Fryers – Best Air Fryers of 2018 Reviewed

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Finally, healthy chips (just don’t add cheese!)

For years the only way to get deliciously moreish chips at home was to have a smelly, greasy deep fat fryer lurking in the corner of your kitchen. But no more – now, guilt-free, delicious chips can be yours whenever you desire.

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 a massive 80% less fat, depending on the fryer. It doesn’t have to be chips, either. Air fried chicken, fish, burgers, and even pastries can all be successfully cooked in a fryer, and taste delicious. There are several points to consider when choosing your air fryer:

  • 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?
  • Will it fit in the space available?

It’s been a real hardship to review these fryers – how many chips can I eat? Actually, more than I ever thought possible and just don’t talk to me about doughnuts!

So, let’s have a look at the top Air Fryers on the market:

1) HOLSEM Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation System, 3.4 QT Capacity, Black/Stainless Steel, 1500W (LED Display)

Overview

Unpacking this fryer, I was surprised by how much was included, Holsem 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.

I remained impressed as I put it through its paces. First, the chips – 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.

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

Features

  • 6 in 1 Multiple Functions: Fry, bake, steam, grill, roast and unfreeze
  • Package contains 1×air fryer, 1×removable basket, 1×cook book (bonus), 1×pot holder (bonus), 1×kitchen tong (bonus), 1×mini grill (bonus), 6×cake mould (bonus); 30-day no-hassle return & refund guarantee, worry-free 12-month warranty(card).
  • Smart Temperature and Time Control: With a temperature range of 175-400 and a 30-min timer with automatic standby feature switches the fryer into standby mode upon completion.
  • Non stick Basket & Flexible Extension Cord: An easy to load non stick aluminium basket and a convenient extension cable.

The Good

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.

Needs Improvement

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

Final Verdict

I really like this product, and after trying it out, several friends have now ordered their own. The extras that come with it are well thought out and useful, and I really felt that I was getting a great fryer for a good price.

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2. Chefman Air Fryer w/Rotisserie Function, Rack & Frying Pan Accessories, 6.5 Quart Capacity, 1200W, Black

Overview

I am wowed; it appears that the only thing this air fryer can’t actually do is eat the food it cooks. It can do everything else – roasting, frying, re heating, and baking, all viewed through a handy window just 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.

Features

  • Rapid Roasting
  • Versatility: This rotisserie oven is great for cooking a variety of food – chicken, sausage, fish, shrimp, pizza, vegetables, cake, and much more!
  • Large Capacity
  • Added Safety Measures: The detachable flat basket, cool touch exterior and auto-shutoff ensure added safety and security.
  • Includes: Stainless frying basket. Double-stack rack. Rotisserie spit attachment. An extra-large 6.5 Quart capacity roasting basket with non-stick coating
  • Enjoy Club Chefman: Includes access to Club Chefman for tailor made step-by-step recipes, tutorial videos, cookbooks and more!

The Good

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

My roast chicken was moistly delectable, with an evenly browned crispy skin. Chips were just right, and seemed to have a lot of more flavour than the other fryers (I used the same oil throughout). Even the chocolate cake that I whizzed up out of sheer desperation for a chocolate fix cooked quickly, rose well, and the lightness of it belied the weight I gained as a result of that particular fix.

Needs Improvement

The worst thing with this fryer is the appearance. The glossy black plastic looks cheap, and shows up every single mark, or smear. It would be so much more practical and stylish in brushed steel – and less like a Star Wars baddie.

Final Verdict

This is an excellent product, with abilities beyond just frying, however I couldn’t get past the plastic look. I felt this dragged an excellent machine right down, and gave it the air of one of those eighties music stereos – good, but not good enough to have on display.

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3. 8 QT Family Sized Power Air Fryer Oven Plus- 7 in 1 Cooking Features with Professional Dehydrator and Rotisserie

Overview

This Air Fryer functions as an oven too, and also a dehydrator for vegetables, beef jerky and so on.

On opening the box, it seemed daunting with a busy looking touch screen and many pages of instructions. However, it’s pretty self explanatory and I didn’t need to read most of the instructions – phew!

Switching on the Fryer caused an impressive light display to dance across my ceiling and, overhead, several large planes started to engage landing gear. After playing with the touch screen, these lights calmed down to a sequence informing me that I could now fry, bake, or dehydrate.

Features

  • Choose from 2 sizes 6 QT or the Family Sized 8 QT -Includes- 3 Air Flow Racks, 10 Stainless Skewers, XL Rotating Mesh Basket, Rotating Rotisserie Spit, Oil Drip Tray, 3 Recipe Books
  • All-in-One 1700W Air Fryer, Rotisserie & Pro-Grade Dehydrator-State of the Art Touchscreen with Eight 1-Touch Pre-Sets
  • Drip Tray Catches Extra Fat & Oil for Guilt-Free Frying-Air Flow Racks For All Over, 360° Air Crisp Circulation
  • Dehydrate Fruit, Veggies & More— with No Added Sugar!

The Good

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

However……………

Needs Improvement

………….. let’s talk dehydrating.

I thought I’d try to dehydrate some apple rings to snack on – healthy, tasty and apparently easy in my lovely Power Air Fryer. Yes, easy if you are happy to wait until next Christmas for them. They did dry eventually, but it took a lot longer than the suggested time, although they were delicious and I should have made more!

Final Verdict

All in all, this is a very pleasing product (unless you want dried apple rings). I had the black model, but it comes in a variety of colourways, each with matching lights. It cooks well, has the capacity to feed a large family, is easy to clean, and can double as disco lights for an impromptu party. What more do you want?

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$180.00 $219.99

4. Secura 4 Liter, 4.2 Qt, Extra Large Capacity 1500 Watt Electric Hot Air Fryer and additional accessories; Recipes,Toaster rack and Skewers

Overview

This is one of the cheaper models I 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.

Features

  • The Secura 4-liter electric hot air fryer uses hot air in combination with high-speed air circulation
  • Extra Large 4.0 liter basket, more capacity than most other air fryers.
  • 60 Minute Cooking Timer With Auto-Shut Off.
  • Heating & Power Indicator Lights
  • Accessories include a recipe booklet, toaster rack & skewers
  • Cord Length: 3feet 8inches

The Good

I 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 I would happily buy for a friend, and, like me, I’m sure they would find themselves using it every day.

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

Needs Improvement

Okay, there are a couple of things that could do with re thinking, but for me they aren’t deal breakers.

Smooth knobs – what can I say, they need to be ridged or ribbed, for easy turning and positioning. Also the only power knob is the timer. This means that every time you peek at your food, you have to set it back to zero. While this is annoying, it hasn’t hindered any cooking.

Final Verdict

As you may have guessed, I like this fryer. It’s unobtrusive, makes great food, isn’t full of self importance, sticks to its promises, and my mother likes it! Seriously, my life is complete!

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5. Power Air Fryer XL 3.4 QT Red Deluxe – Turbo Cyclonic Air Fryer Including Baking Insert, Pizza Pan, Tongs And Recipes Book

Overview

This happy little fryer comes in two colours, and two sizes – I tested the smaller 3.5 qt model in a shiny, slick bright red, with brushed steel fittings. It’s stylishly good looking, and satisfyingly rotund. It comes with a baking insert, pizza pan and cooking tongs in a brushed copper finish. A lot of thought has gone into this design.

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

Features

  • Non-Stick Coating Surface for an easy clean-up
  • 7 Preset Programs with easy one-touch digital control
  • ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS-100% PFOS, PTFE and PFOA-free
  • Super Heated Air heats up to 400°
  • 1500 Watts of Turbo-Cyclonic Power
  • Manual Time and Temperature programming options
  • Cool to the touch easy grip handle
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Included: Baking Insert, Pizza Pan, Cooking Tongs
  • Choice of Capacity – 3.4 or 5.3 QT

The Good

This fryer is so simple to use – with 7 one-touch, pre-set programmes it can fry, bake, grill, or roast. It also does a mean sautéd pepper, which the majority of fryers miss out on. The instruction manual had plenty of easy to follow diagrams making it practically impossible to go wrong.

You really can plug in and cook with this fryer!

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

Needs Improvement

I would recommend buying the larger capacity – 5.3 right from the get go. You’ll only end up upgrading when everyone starts dropping round for your delicious fried chicken or doughnuts.

It’s not the quietest model tested, but I feel that’s a small price to pay for the speed of the Turbo Cyclone, which the manufacturers describe as a whirlwind of superheated air. You’d expect a smidgen of sound emanation, then – whirlwinds aren’t known for their subtlety.

Final Verdict

 It’s red and shiny, curvy and efficient – what’s not to love?

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