Best Air Fryer

An air fryer is all you need to make delicious yet healthy fried food from home.

Philips TurboStar Technology Air fryer
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Considering purchasing an air fryer? Smart idea. This handy kitchen appliance should have pride of place in every kitchen. It's the only way to enjoy naughty but nice food without feeling guilty. The air fryer requires just a drizzle of oil and the results are as incredible and if not tastier than that of a deep fat fryer. They're also easier to use and much nicer to clean than a deep fat equivalent. Think of the doughnuts, chicken wings, crispy bacon and fries...

An air fryer does what it says on the tin – it air fries food. Some basic models do just that, no-frills. However, others, such as our top pick – the Philips TurboStar Technology Airfryer – can grill, roast and even bake. All in one machine. Keep scrolling for more of our top picks, of which are friendly on the wallet, easy to use and multifunctional. See below.

Best Air Fryer

Philips TurboStar Technology Airfryer

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Philips TurboStar Technology Airfryer

An incredible air fryer from a top brand

For evenly cooked food, healthy treats and a fast turnaround, this is the best air fryer you can buy.

Pros:

  • KeepWarm function
  • No preheating
  • Easy to use
  • Grills, bakes and roasts as well
  • Compact
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Recipes available on app

Cons:

  • Smallish capacity

The Philips TurboStar is our pick of the best air fryer you can buy. It can also grill, bake and roast food, too. It's incredibly easy to use with just one QuickControl dial –turn and set your temperature then click, turn and set your timer then click to start cooking. Thanks to TurboStar technology, this air fryer is instantly hot and ready to use. The same technology also ensures food is crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. And there's a KeepWarm function to keep food ready for up to 30 minutes after it's finished cooking.

With a 2.75 qt capacity, this air fryer can feed up to four people comfortably. It'll also fit in your cupboard or on your worktop with ease. Its removable, non-stick drawer and food basket are both dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, too.

Best Compact Air Fryer

Dash DCAF200GBGY02 Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer

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Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer

A great pick for smaller kitchens

Limited workspace? Big on cooking? This is the air fryer for you.

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Comes in range of colours
  • Great for small families or couples
  • Affordable
  • Auto-shut off
  • Basket is dishwasher safe
  • Lightweight
  • Comes with recipe guide

Cons:

  • Basic

The Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer is a great buy for tiny kitchens, small households or dorm rooms. It also comes in four different colors – black, white, red, aqua – so you needn't worry about it being an eyesore. This air fryer has a capacity of 2.6 qt making it both compact and lightweight. It's easy to use – simply select a temperature, set the timer and wait.

The 2.6 qt basket is nonstick as well as dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. And the machine features an auto-shutoff function for added safety. The best part? This air fryer works fast – in less time than it takes to pre-heat an oven – making it super energy efficient.

Best Air Fryer for Large Families

Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer

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Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer

Large family? This Big Boss air fryer was made for you

Feeding the 5,000? This air fryer has a large capacity of 16 qt so you needn't do the job two or three times. Easy stuff.

Pros:

  • Large capacity
  • Transparent glass bowl
  • Can cook two different foods simultaneously
  • Comes with a recipe book
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Not the best looking
  • No auto-shut off

Aptly named the Big Boss Air Fryer, this kitchen appliance has an extendable capacity of up to 16 qt which is large enough to cook a full turkey come Thanksgiving. It's also very easy to use with one dial to set a timer and another to select a temperature. Thanks to the two shelf set (included) it lets you cook two foods simultaneously. Chicken in the bottom and chips on the top. Less time, less faff.

The transparent glass bowl means you can see if your food is cooked without opening the cooking chamber and letting heat out. This glass bowl is dishwasher safe, too. 

Best Luxury Air Fryer

Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer

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Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer

A top of the range air fryer that can do it all

If money is no object, opt for this top-notch air fryer. It's worth the hefty price tag!

Pros:

  • Fast working
  • 6 programmes
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Heats up quick

Cons:

  • No auto-shut off

The Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer can not only air fry but roast, broil, bake, reheat and dehydrate food, too. All in one handy machine. This air fryer has a 6 qt capacity and is easy to use thanks to its one-touch operation. With little to no preheating time, your food will be ready in a flash. Not only does this appliance clearly play the part but it also looks the part too. 

Its air fryer basket is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, as are the cooking pans, too. EvenCrisp technology ensures a tender inside and crispy outside, and, best of all, you can ask Alexa for Instant Pot recipes and she'll read them out to you.

Best Looking Air Fryer

Dash DFAF455GBWH01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

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Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

This air fryer will look the part on your kitchen worktop

Little cupboard space? Sit this lovely looking air fryer on your worktop and it'll blend in seamlessly. It comes in four different colors!

Pros:

  • Four different colors
  • Easy to use
  • Large capacity
  • Auto-shutoff
  • Cool touch handle and housing

Cons:

  • No preset programmes

The Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer will definitely look the part on your kitchen worktop. It comes in four colors – white, black, red and aqua – so will fit in with your decor no problem. It has a 6 qt capacity which is perfect for serving four to six people. Set your temperature, the timer and you're ready to use. It's that easy!

Its removable basket is non-stick and dishwasher safe and it features AirCrisp Technology for crispier results. There's an auto-shutoff mode to prevent overcooking and it's safe to use around little ones thanks to its cool touch housing and handle.

Our Verdict

The best air fryer you can buy is the Philips TurboStar. If you're on the lookout for a compact option, choose the Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer. Large family? Opt for the Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer. Low budget? The NuWave 36011 Brio is your best bet. The Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer is a great luxury option while the best looking air fryer is, without a doubt, the Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer. Just want something that's easy to use? Try the Best Choice Products Digital Family Sized Air Fryer out for size.