There are so many reasons to buy an air fryer, but we've whittled them down to ten. If Black Friday deals have got you wondering 'should I buy an air fryer?', then this is everything you need to know. Here at Real Homes we love a good air fryer, and as the small appliance editor I've tested many of the best air fryers on the market. This time last year I didn't own an air fryer, but ever since making the investment, it's completely changed the way I cook.
Air fryers make cooking a lot quicker, with speedy pre-heats that will cut back on the amount you use your oven. With Holiday season approaching, you'll also enjoy the added cooking space these machines offer. If you want to make homemade french fries or roast potatoes, you'll find that an air fryer makes unbeatable crispy potatoes, and it can also be used for slow roasting or making tender chicken for your dinner.
I could go on, but seeing as I've promised just ten reasons to buy an air fryer, here is everything you need to know...
1. It is easy to find a great air fryer deal
Ninja DZ401 Foodi 10 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone XL: was $219, now $199 at Amazon (save $20)
US deal: The latest air fryer launch from Ninja, the Ninja DZ401 Foodi 10 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone XL is a large capacity and smart air fryer. It has two drawers that can be synced for speedy cooking.
Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1: was £284, now £151 at Amazon (save £133)
UK deal: The Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1 is our favorite for hands-free cooking. Make delicious fries with the paddle that keeps ingredients moving while cooking for a perfectly even finish.
Because there are so many air fryers on the market, it is easy to find great air fryer deals. Top brands such as COSORI, Philips and Ninja will be vying for your attention with great deals and record-low prices. It is possible to pick up top air fryers for way less than $100, and some of the top ones can even be bought for around $50.
2. They make frozen food taste so. much. better.
We’ve all got a bag of frozen fries or chicken nuggets in our freezer, but the hype is real when it comes to the difference air frying can make. Oven fries really don’t come close to your favourite takeout, but air fryers use a basket to circulate hot air around your food, distributing what little fat and oil is in your oven fries evenly and recreating the taste and texture of fried food. The difference really is noticeable, I promise.
3. Air frying is a healthier way to cook
How healthy is an air fryer? Well, that depends on what you cook in it. What cannot be disputed is that you don’t need to use nearly as much oil when air frying when compared to frying in a pan or even cooking in an oven tray. Cooking chicken wings or oven fries? Placing them in an air fryer basket allows the fat to drain off and into the drawer below, which not only helps to crisp your food evenly, but it also means you will end up not eating that fat when you tuck into your meal. If you want to cut down on the amount of fat you consume, buying an air fryer is a great way to do it.
4. They speed up the cooking process
Air fryers take almost no time to preheat, in contrast to your fan oven or pan. Simply press to start the cooking process and add your food, and you already got a jump start on your meal prep time. Then there’s the fact that most air fryers I’ve tried have significantly sped along the cooking process. Oven fries that are described as taking 25 minutes to cook only take 15, fishcakes that would take 40 minutes in an oven are often ready in 25. If you want a device to make mealtimes faster and more convenient, this is it.
5. Cleaning an air fryer is easy
It takes only a few minutes to clean an air fryer, and many of the top models you can buy are also dishwasher-safe. Simply place the basket and tray into the dishwasher after each use and you’ve just saved yourself a whole lot of cleaning.
6. Air fryers are great for winter
'Tis the season to eat comforting, warming meals. An air fryer is perfect for this, because it can make everything from crispy brussels sprouts to a speedy mug cake. An air fryer is a winner for fast cooking, so if you want a hunger fix in minutes, it's a great choice for this time of year.
7. There are so many different types to choose from
The top air fryers I’ve tested come in a range of designs and sizes. My absolute favorite is the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone, because you can cook two elements of a meal simultaneously, in different drawers and even in different modes. Some air fryers are more like miniature ovens, such as the Tower air fryer I’ve tested that not only had multiple layers for cooking different elements of a meal at once, but also had an attachment to rotisserie a whole chicken. Truly, delicious.
8. You can do so much in an air fryer
My favorite air fryer has settings for grilling, roasting, reheating, and even baking. In fact, when you buy an air fryer you’re really not restricted to just cooking food you would usually fry. Things I’ve cooked in my air fryer include tray cakes and even air fryer hard boiled eggs. I have also seen people make cheesecakes, toast, and muffins in their air fryers, so you can get plenty of use out of an air fryer all year long.
9. There is a size for every kitchen
I have a relatively small kitchen, so I have enjoyed testing out a variety of air fryer sizes. The top small air fryer I’ve tested was the Philips Essential which had a modest footprint and lightweight design, but on the other end of the scale Philips also does an extra large air fryer that can fit an entire chicken and cook enough fries for a family of six.
10. They just keep getting smarter
Air fryers offer convenience but they also actively try and make your life easier. One such example is the Proscenic T21 Smart Air Fryer (I’ve tested this one too) which not only comes with Alexa-enabled controls, it also has an app that can suggest recipes and pair with the air fryer to select the right timings and temperature settings for your specific meal. That’s super smart.