Top 11 Best Air Fryers of 2018

Best Air fryers of 2018

 

Air Fryers have become more and more popular over the last few years, and for good reasons. As an Air Fryer cooks food using circulated hot air instead of oil, it makes it a very healthy alternative to the deep fryer, and a must-have appliance in any modern kitchen. This versatile little machine gives you the perfect balance between taste and health, and also makes cooking very easy and fun.

As all air fryers aren’t made equal, it might be difficult trying to find the best air fryer on the market, or one that suits all your needs, as this would require you to do a lot of research. To save you a bit of time, we’ve taken care of the research-part for you, as we’ve spent a lot of hours on researching and comparing the various units currently on the market, ending up with a list of what we believe is the best air fryers of 2018.

Model:User Interface:Capacity: 
1. Philips HD9240/94 Avance XL Air FryerDigital2,65lb / 1,2L (food capacity)Our Fave
2. GoWISE USA GW22731 Air FryerDigital5.8-QTBest Value
3. FrenchMay Air FryerDigital3.7-QT
4. BLACK+DECKER Purify HF110SBD Air FryerAnalog2L (basket capacity)
5. Secura Air FryerAnalog4L (basket capacity)
6. SimpleTaste Air FryerDigital 3.2-QT
7. Cozyna Air Fryer Analog3.7-QT
8. Simple Living XL Air Fryer Digital5,2L (basket capacity)
9. Avalon Bay Air Fryer 100B Digital / Analog3.7-QT
10. T-fal FZ700251 ActiFry Air Fryer Analog (digital countdown)2,2lbs / 1kg (food capacity)
11. Farberware Air FryerAnalog3.2-QT

 

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

Before we start getting into the reviews, lets take a closer look at how the air fryer works. The short explanation of its process is that the air fryer circulates hot air evenly around your food, making the outside layer of the food crispy, while leaving it chewy and moist on the inside. This is done by using just a little of oil, if any at all. Inside the air fryer, there’s a little fan that makes the air circulate and flow around and under the food. When the fryer circulates the hot air properly, it converts the small amount of oil used into fine mist that coats the food. As the hot air flows, the moisture of the food creates the needed steam for finishing the cooking process.

 

Air Frying vs Deep Frying – What’s the Benefits?

Homemade Potato Fries

Because of the small amount of oil used in air fryers compared to deep fryers, it reduces the calorie intake by almost 70-80 percent on average, which is a significant improvement, especially if your priority is to avoid heavily fried food and saturated fats.

Air fryers is also much easier to clean and maintain than traditional deep fryers. The cooking basket of most air fryers can be cleaned and washed in the dishwasher or by hand in between uses. Having the whole house smell of fried food for hours is also something you won’t have to worry about when using an air fryer instead of a deep fryer. For some that are picky about eating their vegetables (kids especially), air frying is a great way to make the vegetables tastier, by crisping them up.

Although, overall, air frying has more benefits, there’s also some downsides. One drawback is that some may start to eat “fried” and unhealthier food more often. Some might also be disappointed about the dryness and lack of flavor in air fried foods compared to deep-fried.

 

Power Range and Capacity

The air fryer’s power range and capacity is important factors to take into consideration when making a selection. The wattage power of the air fryer, combined with its capacity basically determines the duration with which the food is cooked. Air fryers could require between 800 – 2100 watt, and you should make sure that your kitchen outlet supports this kind of wattage.

When it comes to capacity, most fryers can cook between 1,5 pounds (0,6 liter) to 2,5 (1,1liter) pounds of food at a time, which should be sufficient in most households.

 

Best Air Fryers Reviews

As there’s quite a few factors to take into consideration when it comes to these machines, it could be quite tricky to select the best air fryer. Here are some other factors we consider to be very important when it comes to finding the best air fryers on the market:

  • Cooking ability of the machine – Does the food get crispy and cooked evenly? Is the machine’s air circulation and ability to contain heat satisfying?
  • Functionalities – Does the air fryer come with pre-sets functions? Is it digital or analog manual displays and controls? Does it have the ability to adjust the temperature and time in an easy way?
  • Maintenance and cleaning – How easy is it to remove any remaining oil or food left in the bottom of the unit? Could some parts be placed in the dishwasher or do they need to be hand washed?
  • Accessories – Does the air fryer come with any additional accessories to make it easier to cook and handle different types of foods?
  • Price – Does the price justify what you’ll get? Will you get value for your money?

All the factors above (plus some more) have been taken into consideration in our ranking of the best air fryers of 2018. Below you will find reviews of our best picks, and we hope we’re able to help you make the right purchasing decision. If you’re still not convinced about getting an air fryer, check out: Is an Air Fryer Worth Buying.

 


 

1. Philips HD9240/94 Avance XL – Our Fave Air Fryer


Specifications:

  • Capacity: 2,65lb/3,5qt (1,2l)
  • Item weight: 15,4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Wattage: 1750W
  • Dimensions: 16,6 x 12,4 x 11,9 inches (42 x 31 x 30 cm)
  • Color: Black
  • Temperature Range: 150°F to 390°F
  • Timer: 60 minutes
  • User Interface: Digital touchscreen
  • Model: HD9240/94
  • Technology: Rapid air
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Included: Recipe book and appCheck Price Here
9.5 / 10 Our Overall Rating
Pros
  • Excellent cooking abilities (fries, grills, bakes and roasts)
  • Large capacity
  • 60-minute timer
  • Digital touchscreen interface
  • Preset button that allows you to store the settings (time and temperature) of your most frequently cooked items
  • Easy and quick to clean (dishwasher safe basket)
  • Auto shut-off
  • Cons
  • Quite large and heavy. Takes up a lot of room
  • A bit pricier in comparison to some of the other units in our list
  • Summary
    If you’re in the market for an air fryer with a large capacity, the Philips HD9240/94 Avance XL is definitely one to consider. This machine’s food capacity of 2,65lb (1,2l), makes it able to feed up to four persons, making it a perfect choice for those who have a family to prepare food for. The Philips XL Air Fryer uses a digital touchscreen that lets you easily customize the settings of the machine (temperature range of 150°F to 390°F), allowing you to cook your food exactly the way you want it.
      The touchscreen also offers a small preset button, which gives you the chance to let the machine remember the settings for your most frequently cooked items. Another convenient thing with this fryer is that it comes with a 60-minute timer with an automatic on/off setting, which means you don’t have to worry about overcooking your food, no matter which of the device’s abilities you use (fry, roast, grill or bake).
        The Philips XL uses rapid air technology to make the heated air circulate and cook your food evenly. This is all done, using only a tablespoon or less of oil in the process, giving similar results as a regular deep fryer, but with 75% less fat. When it comes to cleaning, this air fryer has a detachable basket and a removable drawer that is dishwasher safe.
          As you can see, there is a lot to love here, and it is easy to understand why the Philips XL Air Fryer is one of the most popular air fryers on the market, as it can do it all, and in large quantities as well. If you’ve got no problem with having an air fryer that takes up quite a lot of space in your kitchen, then the addition of the Philips XL Air Fryer is a no-brainer. If you’re not 100% sure of how to use it, it comes with a cookbook with lots of recipes, and an app, to help you get started with air frying. If you would rather go for a Philips air fryer with a lower capacity, you should check out its “cousin”, the Philips HD9220/28 2.75-QT.
            Cooking Performance10
            Controls & Settings (and ease of use)10
            Build Quality10
            Ease of Cleaning9.5
            Warranty8
            Bottom Line: Solid and dependable air fryer which can cook all kinds of delicious food, in large quantities.


             

            2. GoWISE USA 5.8-QT GW22731 Air Fryer


            Specifications:

            • Capacity: 5.8-QT
            • Item weight: 16,6lbs (7,5kg)
            • Wattage: 1700W
            • Dimensions: 13,5 x 12,5 x 11,5 inches (34 x 31 x 29 cm)
            • Color: Black
            • Model: GW22731
            • User Interface: Digital touchscreen
            • Technology: Rapid air
            • Temperature range: 180°F to 400°F
            • Timer: 30 minutes
            • Warranty: 1-year limited (30 days on accessories)
            • Included: Recipe bookCheck Price Here
            8.9 / 10 Our Overall Rating
            Pros
          • Large capacity (5,8-QT)
          • Low price
          • Very easy to use digital display
          • Comes with 8 pre-set cooking options
          • Easy to clean
          • Auto shut-off
          • Cons
          • Limited warranty (Frying basket only warranted for 30 days)
          • Takes up a lot of room as it's quite large and heavy
          • Summary
            If you’re looking for an air fryer that gives you a lot of value for your money, the GoWISE GW22731 is definitely one to check out. This machine can cook food fast, and in large quantities, making it able to feed a family of 4 or more. GoWISE uses a very user-friendly and sleek digital touchscreen, that allows you to customize its settings (temperature from 180°F – 400°F and time from 0 to 30 minutes) and have your food cooked exactly the way you want to have it cooked. This air fryer features 8 cooking pre-sets – pizza, fries, chicken, pork, shrimp, cake, steak and fish.
              You can cook basically anything with it, while using only minimal amounts of oil, if any at all. The rapid air circulation technology used in the GoWISE makes sure that the heat is circulated properly, and that your food is cooked evenly, with a delicious and crispy result. This machine also has an alarm that reminds you to turn or shake the food when it’s time to do so. When the cooking is completed, a beep sound will go off, and the unit will switch over to standby mode. This air fryer comes with a detachable basket equipped with a “cool touch” handle, and a button guard to prevent you from accidentally detaching the basket when in use. When it comes to cleaning, the parts that needs to be cleaned are the detachable basket and drawer, which can be done easily by using a cloth with warm water.
                If you’re looking to buy a smaller air fryer, GoWISE also has other models (2.75-QT and 3,75-QT) that you should check out, if you’re not in the need of an air fryer with a large capacity, or if you just want something that doesn’t require as much space as the 5.8-QT. Overall, the GoWISE GW22731 is a very good choice, as it’s solid and looks great, is easy to use and versatile, giving you a lot of value for money. It also comes with a recipe book filled with 50 recipes specifically made for GoWISE air fryers, making it very easy to get started with cooking delicious meals from the get-go.
                Cooking Performance9
                Controls & Settings (and ease of use)9.5
                Build Quality9.5
                Ease of Cleaning8.5
                Warranty8

                Bottom line: Versatile and easy to use air fryer, that gives you a lot of value for money

                 


                 

                3. FrenchMay 3.7-QT Air Fryer


                Specifications: 

                • Capacity: 3.7-QT
                • Item weight: 13,4lbs (6kg)
                • Wattage: 1500W
                • Dimensions: 14,1 x 11,4 x 12,2 inches (35 x 29 x 31 cm)
                • Color: Black
                • User Interface: Digital touchscreen
                • Model: A370
                • Technology: Dynamic AirFlow
                • Temperature: Up to 400°F
                • Timer: 60 minutes
                • Warranty: 1-year
                • Included: Cookbook with recipesCheck Price Here
                8.9 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                Pros
              • Stylish and neat looking design
              • 7 pre-sets that makes it easy to cook a variety of different foods
              • Easy to use touchscreen
              • All removable parts are easy to clean and dishwasher safe
              • 100% risk free purchase (60 days) and a good warranty
              • Cons
              • As it's a newer brand, it has a rather unknown track record
              • Summary
                The FrenchMay air fryer is one of our favorites as it's a very solid and dependable unit, and it comes with a lot of useful functionalities. This elegant and stylish machine comes with a 3.7-QT capacity, enough to feed a family of 3 people. Its versatility and its multi-functionalities gives you a lot of options, and the 7 pre-set features - fries, meat, cake, fish, steak, fish and chicken, makes it very easy to cook all your favourite foods. The touchscreen of the FrenchMay air fryer lets you customize the settings (time - 60 minutes and temperature - up to 400°F ) in a very easy way, and it also has a very convenient auto shut-off, which makes it possible for you to set it on and walk away.
                  When it comes to air circulation, this unit uses Dynamic AirFlow technology, which forces the hot air to circulate rapidly, and cook the food evenly, while using less time and with only a little, to no oil. The easy slide basket, is another thing we really like about this air fryer, as it's built in metal and got stainless steel parts, and it is super easy to clean, as it's dishwasher safe. Another cool feature is the cool-touch housing, which allows you to handle the pan and basket without having to use oven mitts.
                    As you can see, the FrenchMay air fryer is very versatile and got a lot of features that allows you to cook all kinds of foods, in a simple and healthier way. Its stylish and neat-looking design also makes it an aesthetic addition to your kitchen space. If you need some ideas or recipes, the FrenchMay comes with a cookbook, with a lot of good recipes for air fryers in it. You'll basically get a very good air fryer for a decent price, and as an extra safety, you could return it and get your money back within 60 days, if you're not happy with the purchase. FrenchMay also offers you a one-year warranty, meaning that if your air fryer fails in any way during the first year, you'll get a replacement, without any hassle.
                    Cooking Performance9
                    Controls & Settings (and ease of use)9
                    Build Quality8.5
                    Ease of Cleaning9.5
                    Warranty8.5

                    Bottom line: Neatly designed and solid unit that comes with a lot of functionalities

                     

                    Full review of the FrenchMay Air Fryer 

                     


                     

                    4. BLACK+DECKER Purify HF110SBD Air Fryer


                    Specifications:

                    • Capacity: 2 Liters
                    • Item weight: 12,4lbs (5,6kg)
                    • Wattage: 1200W
                    • Dimensions: 11,1 x 9,8 x 11,5 inches (28 x 25 x 29 cm)
                    • Color: Black / White
                    • User Interface: Analog
                    • Temperature Range: 175°F to 400°F
                    • Timer: 60 minutes
                    • Model: HF110SBD
                    • Technology: Dual fan convection system
                    • Warranty: 2-year limited
                    • Included: Instruction manual with recipes and tipsCheck Price Here
                    8.8 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                    Pros
                  • Dual convection fans technology gives you excellent and crispy cooking results
                  • 60 minute timer with auto shut-off
                  • Comes with a basket divider that makes it possible to cook multiple foods at once
                  • All removable parts are dishwasher safe and easy to clean
                  • Attractive and neat looking design with stainless-steel finishes
                  • Gives you good value for money
                  • Cons
                  • Additional accessories are limited
                  • It requires a bit of practice to get the desired cooking results
                  • Summary
                    "Black and Decker" is a household name in the appliance industry, and a brand that is known for its quality products and excellent designs. Their Purify HF110SBD air fryer is no different in that regard, as it is very solid built and stylishly looking unit, and it also delivers when it comes to cooking delicious foods. This air fryer's capacity of 2L can comfortably feed 2 persons, and its non-stick basket comes with a partition that allows you to cook multiple foods at once. When it comes to air circulation, this unit combines heat with powerful, dual convection fans, to keep the temperature consistent, and to get the best results.
                      The Black and Decker Purify HF110SBD has manual controls, making it possible for you to set the time (60 minutes) and the temperature (175°F - 400°F). The timer begins the cooking process once it's activated, and it shuts the machine down automatically when the cooking is done. On the top of the unit, there is two indicator lights, one that lets you know when the machine is on, and one that lets you know when the preheating is complete.
                        When it comes to cleaning, the non-stick basket and divider, and the bottom drawer are all very easy to clean and dishwasher safe. It also comes with a "cool touch" handle, that ensures that the part you are grabbing won't get uncomfortably hot.
                          Overall, this is a very solid and dependable air fryer for a low price and it would be a good addition to any kitchen. If you're looking to feed more than two people, you might want to check out air fryers with larger capacity, but if you don't need anything bigger, this is definitely one of the best units out there. The Black and Decker Purify HF110SBD has a limited warranty period of two years, and in case of any defect, you can ask to have the entire product replaced.
                          Cooking Performance8.5
                          Controls & Settings (and ease of use)8.5
                          Build Quality9
                          Ease of Cleaning9
                          Warranty9

                           

                          Bottom line: Well-built and dependable unit, perfect for serving up to 2 people

                           


                           

                          5. Secura 4.2-QT Air Fryer


                          Specifications:

                          • Capacity: 4.0 Liters, 4.2-QT
                          • Item weight: 10,3lbs (4,7kg)
                          • Wattage: 1500W
                          • Dimensions: 14,8 x 12,5 x 13 inches (37 x 31 x 33 cm)
                          • Color: Black
                          • User Interface: Analog
                          • Temperature Range: 180°F to 390°F
                          • Model: TXG-DS15
                          • Timer: 60 minutes
                          • Technology: Hot air circulation
                          • Warranty: 2 years
                          • Included: Recipes, toaster rack and skewersCheck Price Here
                          8.5 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                          Pros
                        • Affordable
                        • Its large capacity makes it possible to feed up to four people
                        • Allows you to adjust the temperature and time, and the timer will automatically shut off when your food is done
                        • Good overall cooking performance, and the included accessories enables a variety of approaches
                        • The circulating fan works more quietly, compared to most other air fryers
                        • Cons
                        • Takes a bit of time to learn what's the optimal settings
                        • Some reports of a slight plastic smell while in use the first few times, but this don't affect the taste of the food
                        • Summary
                          Secura is a North-American manufacturer that has been one of the leading small-appliances brands for years, with a lot of top selling products. Their 4.2-QT air fryer has become one of the most popular air fryers on the market, and it is easy to understand why. Its 4 liters capacity makes it able to feed up to 4 people at once, and the high-speed air circulation combined with the hot air, will give you a speedy, yet delicious result, while only using a little oil if any at all.
                            The temperature (180°F to 390°F) and time-settings (60 min) on it are easily adjustable, using the analog interface, and the timer comes with an automatic shut-off for convenience and safety. It also has two indicator lights for power and heating. This unit makes it possible for you to cook all kinds of foods in it, everything from potatoes, meat and vegetables to snacks and deserts, and it is easy to clean after use, by using warm soapy water. A toaster/grilling rack and skewers are included accessories, and it comes with a recipe book, which will give you some ideas of what to cook. This Secura air fryer comes with a 2-year limited warranty which will cover any repair or replacement, if you're in the minority that encounters any trouble with the product.
                              Overall, the Secura 4.2-QT provides all the necessary functions, while being easy to use and giving you great results. If you're in the market for a versatile, high-capacity air fryer at a reasonable price, this unit is definitely one to consider purchasing. If you're looking for something with a smaller, or higher capacity, it also comes in a 3.4-QT or 5.3-QT version.
                              Cooking Performance9
                              Controls & Settings (and ease of use)8
                              Build Quality8.5
                              Ease of Cleaning8
                              Warranty9

                              Bottom line: Versatile and solid air fryer with large capacity

                               


                               

                              6. SimpleTaste 3.2-QT Air Fryer


                              Specifications:

                              • Capacity: 3.2-QT
                              • Item weight: 11,3lbs (5,1kg)
                              • Wattage: 1400W
                              • Dimensions: 11,8 x 12,6 x 11,8 inches (30 x 32 x 30 cm)
                              • Color: Black
                              • Temperature Range: 170°F to 400°F
                              • Timer: 30 minutes
                              • User Interface: Digital and Manual
                              • Model: 714NA-0001
                              • Technology: Hot air circulation
                              • Warranty: 1-yearCheck Price Here
                              8.3 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                              Pros
                            • Stylish and nice looking design
                            • Comes with 8 preset smart programs that makes it easy to cook all kinds of foods
                            • The time and temperature display console allows you to automatically or manually adjust settings
                            • Cool-Touch technology makes for easy and safe handling
                            • Cons
                            • Doesn't come with any additional accessories (sold separately) or a recipe book
                            • Not dishwasher safe
                            • Summary
                              The SimpleTaste air fryer's stylish design and multi-functionality, will make it warrant a special place in your kitchen counter. This machine comes with a 3.2-QT capacity, enough to hold food for 3-4 people. Because of the rapid air circulation technology that is used, you'll have your food cooked fast, with a very good end result. This unit comes with a digital display which allows you to adjust the timer (30 min) and temperature settings (170°F - 400°F) manually. The SimpleTaste 3.2-QT air fryer also comes with 8 preset smart programs - warm-up, chips, chicken, meat, steak, shrimp, cake and fish, making it really easy for you to cook all kinds of foods, with very little, to no oil.
                                The basket and cooking shelf can be washed by using hot water and dish soap. You also won't have to worry about handling the machine with bare hands, as this unit uses the Cool-Touch technology for safe handling. Another great thing about this machine is that its timer comes with an automatic shut-off, for safety and convenience. It also has a cancel-button next to the start button, if something were to come up and you have to stop the cooking program before the time elapses. One tap on this button will make the air fryer switch off in twenty seconds. Unfortunately, it doesn't come any accessories with this air fryer, but you will get a one-year warranty, in case something were to come up.
                                  In our opinion, the SimpleTaste 3.2-QT is one of the better air fryers out there, and its capacity and versatility allows you to do more than just frying, as it also steams, roasts, grills and even bakes, which gives you a lot of opportunities while cooking for friends and family. Its preset programs really makes it easy to cook a variety of foods.
                                  Cooking Performance8
                                  Controls & Settings (and ease of use)9
                                  Build Quality8.5
                                  Ease of Cleaning8
                                  Warranty8

                                  Bottom line: Multi-functional and solid unit, that’s very easy to use

                                   


                                   

                                  7. Cozyna Air Fryer 3.7-QT


                                  Specifications:

                                  • Capacity: 3.7-QT
                                  • Item weight: 11 lbs (5kg)
                                  • Wattage: 1500W
                                  • Dimensions: 13 x 12,2 x 11,5 inches (33 x 31 x 29 cm)
                                  • Color: Black
                                  • User Interface: Analog
                                  • Model: 613-01
                                  • Temperature: Up to 400°F
                                  • Timer: 30 minutes
                                  • Technology: Rapid Air Circulation
                                  • Warranty: 2 years
                                  • Included: 2 exclusive cookbooksCheck Price Here
                                  8.3 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                                  Pros
                                • Two capacity options, 3.2-QT or 5.8-QT
                                • Warranty of 2 years, and you'll get a 30 days buy and try period. Some are also reporting that this manufacturer's customer service are top notch
                                • Very easy to clean, and all parts are dish washer safe
                                • Two cookbooks with over 50 recipes
                                • Cons
                                • Some reports of cosmetic defects
                                • Doesn't have Cool-Touch
                                • Summary
                                  The Cozyna Air Fryer comes in three varieties, the original 3.7-QT with analog interface, a 3.7-QT with a digital interface (slightly more expensive) and a 5.8-QT XL. The capacity of 3.7-QT makes it able to feed around 2-3 people in one serving. The original Cozyna Air Fryer has an analog display that allows you to adjust its settings in an easy way. The timer on this unit can be set from 0-30 minutes and the temperature up to 400°F. The rapid air circulation technology used in this machine, speeds up the cooking and makes your food well cooked and with a crispy texture. You can fry, grill, roast and even bake with the Cozyna Air Fryer, using only a little oil in the process.
                                    The cleaning of this unit is very easy, and can be done by hand washing, using hot and soapy water, or you could put it in the dishwasher, as all parts dishwasher safe. Another good thing about the Cozyna Air Fryer is that it comes with two cookbooks, with over 50 recipes, giving you lots of ideas and tips on things that you maybe even didn't know was possible to cook in your air fryer. The warranty of 2 years that you get after purchasing this machine is one of the better offered on the market, and indicates a quality build.
                                      Overall, this is a good and solid air fryer, but it's not quite at the level of the other models above it in the list. It cooks food to a reasonably high standard, but like with most other air fryers, you'll need to test it a bit to get the optimal cooking experience. As you're offered a 30-days "trial period" with this air fryer, you won't lose your money if you find out that you don't like it.
                                      Cooking Performance7.5
                                      Controls & Settings (and ease of use)7.5
                                      Build Quality8
                                      Ease of Cleaning9
                                      Warranty9.5

                                      Bottom line: Versatile and solid unit, with a great 2-year warranty


                                       

                                      8. Simple Living XL Air Fryer


                                      Specifications:

                                      • Capacity: 5,2L
                                      • Item weight: 13,3 lbs (6 kg)
                                      • Wattage: 1800W
                                      • Dimensions: 12.6 x 15.8 x 14.6 inches (32 x 40 x 37 cm)
                                      • Color: Black
                                      • User Interface: Digital display
                                      • Model: SL-AFD-5L
                                      • Temperature Range: 180°F to 400°F
                                      • Timer: 60 minutes
                                      • Technology: Rapid Hot Air Circulation
                                      • Warranty: 1-year
                                      • Included: Recipe book and 3 piece accessory setCheck Price Here
                                      8.2 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                                      Pros
                                    • Huge capacity. Can cook for up to 7 people in just one setting
                                    • Very easy to use. Comes with 7 one-touch easy presets for cooking a variety of foods
                                    • A 3-piece accessory set (deep dish barrel, frying pan and a layered cooking rack), and a recipe book is included
                                    • It is easy to clean, and dishwasher safe
                                    • Manufacturer provides great customer service
                                    • Cons
                                    • It requires a bit of space, as it's quite big and heavy
                                    • Summary
                                      The Simple Living XL Air Fryer is a solid and well-made unit, that can cook a lot of food at a time. Its capacity of 5,2 liters makes it able to cook for up to 7 people in one setting. This machine uses advanced Rapid Hot Air Circulation technology, and combined with 1800-watt capability, it makes this air fryer very efficient, as most foods will be cooked in under 30 minutes, and you don't have to use any oil to get good results. The Simple Living Air Fryer has an easy-touch digital control panel display, that allows you to adjust the timer (60 minutes) and temperature settings (180°F to 400°F). If you're not comfortable with using your own settings, you could use any of the 7 presets that this unit features - fries, chicken, meat, ribs, shrimp, cake or fish. When you've selected your cooking mode, the air fryer heats up instantly, meaning that no "heat-up" is necessary.
                                        When the timer is done, the machine's automatic shut-off stops the cooking cycle, which means you'll never overcook or burn any meal. This unit uses Cool-Touch technology on its housing and handle, to prevent you from burning yourself while in contact with it, and it also prevents your kitchen from being heated up. The Simple Living Air Fryer comes with a 3-piece accessory set - deep baking dish, layered cooking rack and a frying pan. You'll also get a recipe book, to give you some ideas of what to cook. This air fryer is very easy to keep clean, and it is dishwasher safe. The warranty on this unit is one-year.
                                          As you can see, the Simple Living XL Air Fryer is very versatile, easy to use and it can cook food for the whole family, plus some more. If you don't mind having a device like this taking up some space in your kitchen, we would definitely recommend you to check out the Simple Living XL.
                                          Cooking Performance7.5
                                          Controls & Settings (and ease of use)8.5
                                          Build Quality8
                                          Ease of Cleaning8.5
                                          Warranty8.5

                                          Bottom line: Solid and well-made air fryer with huge capacity and a lot of convenient functions

                                           


                                           

                                          9. Avalon Bay Air Fryer 100B


                                          Specifications:

                                          • Capacity: 3,7-QT
                                          • Item weight: 12,5 lbs (5,6 kg)
                                          • Wattage: 1400W
                                          • Dimensions: 13.5 x 11 x 12.8 inches (34 x 29 x 32 cm)
                                          • Color: Black / Red / White
                                          • User Interface: Analog / Digital
                                          • Model: AB-Airfryer100B
                                          • Temperature Range: 180°F to 400°F
                                          • Timer: 30 minutes
                                          • Technology: Rapid Air Circulation
                                          • Warranty: 1-year limited, 90 day guarantee
                                          • Included: Recipe book and Airfryer baking setCheck Price Here
                                          8 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                                          Pros
                                        • Solid, and very easy to use (especially the digital version)
                                        • Less expensive than many of its competitors, giving you good value for money
                                        • 8 preset modes that makes it easier to cook different foods
                                        • Comes with a non-stick baking pan, a multi-use rack and a cookbook
                                        • Stylish and modern design
                                        • Cons
                                        • If you don't use the presets, you will have to experiment a bit to find the right settings for the best cooking result
                                        • Analog interface is a bit more difficult to use
                                        • Summary
                                          The Avalon Bay Air Fryer is a compact and stylish looking unit with a well-rounded cooking ability for healthy eating. Its capacity of 3.7-QT, makes it a good choice for smaller families or for just one person. This unit uses Rapid Air Circulation to cook the food and distribute the hot air, which allows you to cook your food using only minimal amounts of oil, if any at all. Avalon Bay offers an analog and digital version of this product, with the main difference being that digital version comes with 8 presets for cooking various foods. The analog model is slightly cheaper in price, and the time (0-30 min) and temperature (180°F to 400°F) is easily adjustable, but not at the same precision-level as the digital model.
                                            When the food is cooked and the timer is done, you'll hear an alert sound, and it also has an auto shut-off feature that turns off the air fryer, for convenience and safety. The Avalon Bay Air Fryer 100B comes with a non-stick baking pan, a multi-use rack, and a cookbook with over 50 pages, helping you make varied and delicious foods. This unit is easy to clean, using hot water and dish soap, or it could be cleaned in the dishwasher, as most parts are dishwasher safe. As an extra safety, Avalon Bay offers you a 90-day guarantee, which means you could return the air fryer if you are not satisfied with it. You'll also get a one-year limited warranty.
                                              To sum things up, The Avalon Bay Air Fryer 100B will provide you with a healthier and simpler way to cook your favourite foods, and it won't break your budget, as you'll get good value for money. We would recommend the digital version of this air fryer, as it is a bit more accurate and easier to use, but the analog version is still a solid pick. You could also get this air fryer with a 2.65-QT capacity, with a digital interface.
                                              Cooking Performance7.5
                                              Controls & Settings (and ease of use)8
                                              Build Quality7.5
                                              Ease of Cleaning8.5
                                              Warranty8.5

                                              Bottom line: The Avalon Bay 100B offers a lot of nice features and good value for money

                                               


                                               

                                              10. T-fal FZ700251 ActiFry


                                              Specifications:

                                              • Capacity: 2,2 lbs (1kg)
                                              • Item weight: 10,9 lbs (4,9kg)
                                              • Wattage: 1500W
                                              • Dimensions: 19.1 x 11.8 x 15.6 inches (48 x 30 x 40 cm)
                                              • Color: Black
                                              • User Interface: Digital countdown timer, on/off switch
                                              • Model: 1510001181
                                              • Technology: Hot air circulation, Heat Pulse System
                                              • Temperature: Up to 338°F
                                              • Timer: 99 minutes
                                              • Warranty: 1-year
                                              • Included: Recipe book and measuring spoonCheck Price Here
                                              7.9 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                                              Pros
                                            • Large capacity, can cook for 3-4 persons in one setting
                                            • Easy to clean, and all detachable parts are dishwasher safe
                                            • The paddle system flips over food, meaning you won't have to do it manually
                                            • Steaming free viewing window
                                            • Gets the job done, and with good results
                                            • Cons
                                            • No automatic switch-off feature when the timer expires
                                            • Not possible to adjust temperature
                                            • Some are reporting that the paddle may crush soft and small food and cause a jam
                                            • Summary
                                              The T-fal FZ700251 ActiFry is one of the most sold air fryers on the market. This unit has got a rather unique and elegant design, making it stick out from a lot of other air fryers that looks very similar to each other. The T-fal ActiFry has also got a feature that separates it from most other air fryers - you won't have to take out the basket midway through cooking to flip over the food, as this machine uses a slowly rotating paddle that cares of the flipping for you. The T-fal ActiFry can cook up to 2,2lbs (1kg) of food at a time, making it possible to serve up to 3-4 people in one setting. When it comes to air circulation, the T-fal air fryer uses ActiFry, which is a patented heat pulse system for optimized hot-air circulation, meaning you will only have to use a tablespoon or less of oil, if any at all.
                                                This unit has only an on/off button and a timer control that displays a digital countdown of the timer, which you could set up to 99 minutes. The buzzer sets off once the timer expires, but there's no auto shut-off that will stop the machine, as it will continue to cook the food until you turn it off manually. The temperature will heat up to 338°F and stay there, as there is no temparature dial on this device. A good thing about this air fryer is that it has a transparent and steaming free viewing window that allows you to keep an eye on the progression of your cooking.
                                                  Cleaning this device is also very easy, as the pan, lid and paddle all are detachable and dishwasher proof. The T-fal FZ700251 ActiFry comes with a recipe book with 32 recipes, for great meal ideas, and a measuring spoon. If anything were to go wrong with your unit, you will get a warranty of one-year from the date of the purchase.
                                                    To sum things up, the T-fal ActiFry has very simplistic controls, but it's still a very good and solid air fryer, and it gets the job done when it comes to the cooking, which obviously is the most important.
                                                    Cooking Performance8
                                                    Controls & Settings (and ease of use)7
                                                    Build Quality8
                                                    Ease of Cleaning8.5
                                                    Warranty8

                                                    Bottom line: Simple, yet very effective air fryer that cooks delicious food

                                                     


                                                     

                                                    11. Farberware Air Fryer


                                                    Specifications:

                                                    • Capacity: 3.2-QT
                                                    • Item weight: 11,7 lbs (5,3 kg)
                                                    • Wattage: 1400W
                                                    • Dimensions: 26.6 x 14 x 13.2 inches
                                                    • Color: Black
                                                    • User Interface: Analog
                                                    • Timer: 30 minutes
                                                    • Temperature Range: 175°F to 400°F
                                                    • Technology: Rapid hot air circulation
                                                    • Included: Recipe book
                                                    • Warranty: 2 yearsCheck Price Here
                                                    7.9 / 10 Our Overall Rating
                                                    Pros
                                                  • Gives you the chance to bake, fry, grill and roast
                                                  • It is very easy to use, and it can be easily cleaned, as the holder and basket are both dishwasher safe
                                                  • Comes with an auto shut-off feature
                                                  • 1400 watts of frying power
                                                  • 2-year warranty
                                                  • Cons
                                                  • It is a bit more expensive than some of its competitors
                                                  • The power cord is a bit short
                                                  • Summary
                                                    The Farberware Air Fryer is an easy to use, and versatile unit that comes with a 3.2-QT capacity, enough to feed around 3-4 people in one setting. This unit cooks the food evenly and with good results, while using little to no oil, thanks to its rapid hot air circulation system. The analog interface of the Farberware Air Fryer contains an easily adjustable temperature control (175°F to 400°F and a timer (0-30 minutes). It has also got an alert and a convenient auto shut-off, that turns off the machine when the timer expires, meaning you won't have to be around when the cooking is near to be completed. This machine could be used for frying, baking, grilling and roasting, leaving you with a lot of options of what to cook in it.
                                                      The Farberware Air Fryer comes with a recipe book that will give you lots of ideas and help you make some great and varied meals. The cleaning of this unit is also super easy, and can be done by using soapy, warm water, or you could put in your dishwasher, as its basket and holder are both dishwasher safe. This Farberware air fryer comes with a 2-year warranty, which indicates that the product is well-made and durable.
                                                        If you're in the market for a unit that is affordable and solid, and that can prepare different types of food, you can't go wrong, choosing the Farberware Air Fryer. If you would rather have something more fancy, you might want to go for an air fryer with a digital interface, but this machine does the job.
                                                        Cooking Performance7.5
                                                        Controls & Settings (and ease of use)8
                                                        Build Quality7.5
                                                        Ease of Cleaning8
                                                        Warranty8.5

                                                        Bottom line: Versatile and easy to use air fryer, that comes with a long warranty


                                                         

                                                        Frequently Asked Questions About Air Fryers

                                                        Q: What can you cook in an air fryer?
                                                        A: All kinds of foods can be cooked in an air fryer. Anything from fries, nuggets, vegetables, to raw meat or fish. The possibilities are basically limitless, as any of the best air fryers gives you the chance to fry, roast, grill, and even bake. The air fryer also makes it really easy to prepare frozen foods.

                                                        QIs it possible to cook more than one food item at the same time?
                                                        A: Yes, it is possible, if the capacity of your air fryer allows it. Many models also comes with dividers to keep the food separate during the cooking cycle. To get the best results, it is recommended that you only combine foods that require similar temperature and preparation time.

                                                        Q: How will the food taste compared to deep-frying?
                                                        A: The taste will be very similar to deep-frying, and some people even find it to taste better than deep-frying, but this will depend on taste buds, and the air fryer that cooks the food. Knowing that it is way healthier than deep-frying, also “helps” making it taste better.

                                                        Q: Can I use aluminium-foil or baking paper in an air fryer?
                                                        A: Yes, you could use baking paper or aluminium-foil. You just have to make sure that it won’t block the hot air from circulating properly.

                                                        Q: Can I add more ingredients during cooking time?
                                                        A: This is dependent on the model. Many air fryers allow you to pull out its basket, and stir the food or add seasoning, during the cooking cycle. The air fryer should automatically shut off if it has got this feature. When adding ingredients, you need to be fast, as a lot of heat loss will lead to added cooking time. We’d recommend you to read the user-manual that comes with the air fryer, if you’re not sure if your air fryer allow you to add ingredients.

                                                         

                                                        Summary

                                                        As you can see, there is a lot to love about air fryers. All the air fryers included in our Best Air Fryers of 2018 -list has got their own unique features, which makes it a bit challenging knowing which one to choose, as any out of these would be a good addition to any kitchen. They all got one thing in common though – they all use very little, to no oil in the cooking process, which means they will cook much healthier food than the traditional deep fryer.

                                                        Overall, we found the Philips HD9240/94 air fryer to be the best pick, because of its cooking ability and versatility, and the solid build-quality and easy to use digital touchscreen.

                                                        As already mentioned, it’s your individual requirements that should determine which of these air fryers that will suit your needs, but hopefully we’ve been able to make it a bit easier for you to make a decision.

                                                         

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                                                        6 comments on “Top 11 Best Air Fryers of 2018

                                                        Furkan

                                                        I like PHILIPS and it is something that I can use it for long years. Since I can make a lot of different food recipes with it. You said that it is large and I actually think of getting it and bring it with me to Thailand. I know that it is a bit weird question but do you think is it the ideal air fryer for it?

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                                                        Fave Appliances

                                                        The Philips XL Air Fryer is quite large in size and weighs quite a bit, but if that isn’t an issue for you, then sure, why not… 🙂

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                                                        Ann

                                                        Thanks for taking the time to write this very comprehensive review of the eleven best air fryers. As I’ve been thinking of buying one of these gadgets for a while this information helps a lot in my decision making process.
                                                        I didn’t totally understand how air fryers work so your additional explanation on this is great.
                                                        Your best value recommendation is appreciated as is your info on smaller capacity model, the GoWise 2.75qt as I have limited space in my kitchen

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                                                        Fave Appliances

                                                        Glad you liked our review 🙂 If limited space is an issue, then you should definitely go for an air fryer with a smaller capacity. The GoWise 2.75-QT is significantly smaller in size than the 5.8-QT model, and would be a great addition to your kitchen.

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                                                        Taylor

                                                        I’ve been thinking about getting an air fryer but never knew how it worked or where to get one, etc. Super interesting and it actually seems pretty healthy. I’m a bit of a health nut so im always skeptical.

                                                        Thanks for providing the honest reviews and recommendations, I think I’ll have to break down and get one

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                                                        Fave Appliances

                                                        Thanks for your comment. 

                                                        Air fryers are great for making healthy, fast meals. Hopefully you’ll find an air fryer that works well for you.

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