Making healthy choices is difficult when the foods that taste so yummy are the worst for you. Ahh, but the taste of french fries and chicken wings…
If you’re in love with those foods, you’ve come to exactly the right place. This list of the best oil-less fryer products took several weeks to create, research, and test.
But, we’re certain we’ve got it just right. Everything from budget options to the largest Philips Airfryer can be found here. And our top pick for best air fryer gave us some pleasant results.
Air frying is indeed the future. And, it’s much better for your waistline and overall health if you make that switch now. Depending on the oil-less air fryer you choose – and the foods you put in it, you can cut the fat in your food somewhere between 60 and 75 percent.
You should know that air fryers aren’t completely oil-less; it’s often recommended to add a teaspoon or two to your food. Still, that’s a lot better than the six to eight cups you might use to fry a bag of fries. Now, on to the list of the best air fryers!
Comes with multiple trays which can be used on multiple levels for different cooking styles, includes a rotating basket, and produces high-quality flavors - cooking evenly and locking in moisture.
Usage instructions are somewhat minimal, features a relatively small frying basket (not ideal for larger familes), and the frying basket is not detachable like with some of the other options on our list.
Manual or Digital: Digital, with a nice touchscreen that allows you to easily change settings (fry/roast/bake/reheat) as well as timing and temperature.
Presets and Programs: Has 4 built-in smart programs in this single appliance so you can air fry, roast, bake, and reheat. You can also save your presets so you can use them again quickly in the future.
Capacity: Available in 6-quart or 10-quart sizes, 4 One-Touch Programs. Overall this item has a large capacity - even the 6-quart size basket can accommodate a 2 pound bag of fries or a 4 pound chicken.
Noise: Average – not overly noisy.
Temperatures: Heats up very quickly (usually less than 5 minutes).
Timers: Appears you can set a digital timer for your food using the touchscreen the same way that you can change settings and temperature.
Multitask Ready: Yes! This fryer is versatile and convenient so you can prepare tasty foods with the quick touch of a button. 4-in-1 fryer designed to air fry, roast, bake, and reheat.
Cleaning: Easy cleanup.
Additional Features: Includes a broil, roast, reheat, and dehydrate feature. Very versatile kitchen gadget – you can make anything from calzones to cinnamon rolls to chicken or crispy french fries.
Warranties are only available upon request to the manufacturer (which you can do online at Amazon.com).
This is a $200 air fryer currently on sale for $99...um, can you say bargain? At that price you can definitely afford to give this air fryer a try.
Achieves practically the same results as traditional deep frying in an exceptionally healthier manner, without sacrificing the tastes you crave - which we love! Features 2 dials (1 for time, 1 for temperature), both simple to use, and it comes with a recipe book containing 30 super fun ideas for things to make with your new air fryer.
Bit of a learning curve figuring out proper cooking times for different foods (but prior users say once you get the hang of it it’s a go-to, favorite kitchen gadget – worth the time it takes to get your timing down right). Also, it does not include a separator for the cooking basket and there were also some complaints about customer service.
Manual or Digital: Manual, 2 dials for time and temperature – but both simple to use.
Presets and Programs: Includes a non-slip feed and a non BPA plastic and detachable basket making food transfer quick and easy. Not much in the way of presets.
Capacity: Features a 3.7 quart capacity with 1400 watts of power.
Noise: Runs quietly.
Temperatures: Capability to reach temperatures ranging from 180 – 400 degrees.
Timers: Includes a 30-minute timer.
Multitask Ready: Only intended to mimic deep frying.
Cleaning: Cleanup is fast and easy – you just need some hot soapy water!
Additional Features: Attractive design (you can purchase it in black or red – red seems to be a fan favorite, at a slightly higher price). Heats up quickly, easy to operate, cooks food much faster than traditional oven or stove methods. Also, it doesn’t cause unwanted smoke like what can result from trying to fry the same foods on a stove or cook them in your oven.
If you’re not entirely satisfied with this fryer you can return it within 90 days of receipt for a full refund, which provides reassurance of this item’s value.
This fryer runs between about $85-$95 new (depending on color), however, you can find it for closer to $70 if bought used. This is a pretty reasonable price for a good quality fryer - currently an “Amazon’s Choice”.
Compact and currently available at a great price.
Sucks power and reviewers report some quailty control issues. Also, watch out for the limited warranty on certain parts.
Manual or digital: It’s almost surprising that you can get such a quality digital air fryer for this price. Operation is via LCD touchscreen, but you may need to spend just a bit of time getting to know the controls.
Presets and programs: Fries, pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, warm - and cake. What more could you ask for?
Capacity: You can fit 3.7 quarts of food in this baby. That’s a fair size, especially given the outer dimensions of this fryer and its cost.
Noise: 57 DB
Temperatures: Variable between 175-400°F.
Timers: 30 minute timer with automatic standby feature that switches the fryer into standby mode upon completion.
Multitask ready: Yes, just take a look.
Cleaning: The pot and basket are removable and can be dumped in the dishwasher. That’s such a big help, isn’t it?
Additional features: It’s the pre-set programs that wow us here. You really don’t get much else in the way of features.
There are a lot of things to love about this air fryer. The size and weight of the appliance make it a perfect addition for even small kitchens. And yet, the cooking capacity is better than average. It’s also available in some cool color options. The pre-set programs make it easy to operate, even if it claims it will only fry (unlike many other models). But, it is a serious drain on power and creates a fair amount of heat (and cooking smells).
Hardly – at least most of the time. Its MSRP is more than $250. But, you’re going to pay a lot less – closer to $100. And, sometimes, you’ll find it even less than that. Nice.
Very reasonably priced, does the job of a bunch of appliances in one, and has a larger cooking capacity than most items on our list.
The timer is pretty simple and the fryer basket only has a 30-day warranty - which some users report experiencing issues with outside of that time period.
Manual or digital: Digital
Presets and programs: 8 presets: fries, pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, cake, fish, and pizza.
Capacity: 5.8 quarts, but there's also a smaller size available.
Noise: No one seems to have any complaints about this aspect; then again, they don't have any compliments either. You should expect something relatively soundless.
Temperatures: Variable between 180-400°F.
Timers: Only a simple 30-minute countdown, though the shake reminders are also useful.
Multitask ready: Yes, to some extent; you can bake a cake in this fryer.
Cleaning: You'll need to hand wash everything, but most people don't experience any problems. You may want liners, depending on what you cook.
Additional features: In addition to the Start/Stop button which is used to change time and temperature while cooking, there. Dons an alarm function that reminds you to shake your food.
Warranty: 1 year
This airfryer is easily one of the biggest out there and sold at such an attractive price point. Indeed, the whole thing is rather easy on the eye. In addition to presets and digital controls, there are reminders to flip your food if you need it.
We love that it heats up quickly and cooks just about anything you can throw in it (and does so wih ease, might we add).
Plus, the price is totally right for something with this capacity alongside its small footprint.
The only real concern we have is the basket which has a short warranty; once you unwrap this baby, get ready to start cooking to make sure everything works within that 30 day warranty period.
Hardly! The MSRP is $100 and you'll usually find it for less.
Features a cord wrap, most of the inserts and accessories are dishwasher safe, and features a built in oil filter - plus, changing oil is a breeze.
There's no automatic shutoff or preset programs (which could be a pro for some users). For being on the pricier side we were a little surprised by that.
Manual or digital: This is a strange combination of manual and digital operation. There’s a large LCD screen, but the only thing you can control is a timer that’s operated by a single button. It’s simple and super easy to operate.
Presets and programs: With a single temperature, you're really only going to make use of the timer function, but that's really all you need.
Capacity: 2.2 pounds (4 servings)
Noise: 67 DB
Temperatures: There’s a single, high temperature. So users have no control over that.
Timers: You shouldn’t expect anything more than a simple countdown clock.
Multitask ready: Nope, it only does what it does. Sorry.
Cleaning: Wonderful! Almost the entire fryer can go in the dishwasher. And the bits that can’t won’t need much more than a wipe.
Additional features: This features a cord wrap. But, there isn't an auto shutoff.
There’s something you need to know before you read any further – this air fryer doesn’t offer as much of the deep-fried taste as the other models on this list. Sorry. But, it is remarkably easy to use. More than that, it does the best freaking fries ever.
It offers a transparent lid so you can see what’s happening with your food. That’s wonderfully handy.
Of course, you also need to balance the outer dimensions (huge) with the inner cooking capacity (also big). Even better, this is a set it and forget it model with a built-in stirring arm. Alternatively, splash out on the extra bowls and inserts that will keep those delicately coated foods in shape.
The price is a little on the steep side, but there's a lot to recommend this airfryer, including easy cleanup.
It’s not exactly cheap, but it’s not terribly expensive either. With a price point of $180, it does offer plenty of possibilities.
This air fryer does pretty much everything; air frying is just part of it. It features a super large capacity and some of the parts are dishwasher-safe.
Definitely not the cheapest, and you need to be certain it's positioned not too close to walls for safety reasons.
Manual or digital: Combo
Presets and programs: There are 13 pre-programmed settings - all of which are pretty solid.
Capacity: Huge; you can fit a 14-pound turkey inside.
Noise: Not unreasonable for the size and functionality of this appliance.
Temperatures: Variable between 80-480°F.
Timers: Yes - and digitally controlled too.
Multitask ready: Oh yes! It does bagel, bake, broil, keep warm, pizza, reheat, roast and toast in addition to airfrying.
Cleaning: The parts that need frequent cleaning are easy to clean - though you'll need to do it by hand; but this is a bigger unit than most and will require care.
Additional features: Auto shut off in addition to all the amazing cooking methods and huge capacity.
Warranty: 2 years
Let's be honest, this isn't an airfryer; it's a multi-purpose appliance masquerading as a toaster oven. It just so happens to do a good job at airfrying (as well as toasting, roasting, dehydrating, and more) and you might be tempted to allow your regular oven to rot to rust when you work out the full capabilities of this machine.
You'll need to spend a little bit of time working out the specifics of how to cook things and for how long (which may irritate you a little given the price), but users love it and urge newbies to get through that stage quickly.
Luckily, all the bells and whistles are in the right place, allowing you to use the product easily and efficiently. Price, it seems, might be the only drawback.
Well, it's definitely not cheap, but you could just have this and skip every other appliance in your kitchen.
Surprisingly big, easy to clean and use, and Philips is known as the "original" airfryer - so you know you can't go wrong there.
For the price, you might expect digital control and there's no on/off switch.
Manual or digital: Combo
Presets and programs: Not really as far as the manual version is concerned; we'll need to see what the digital version brings.
Capacity: 4 quarts
Noise: Seemingly quiet.
Temperatures: Variable between 175 - 400°F.
Timers: It's a 60-minute dial timer, though a digital model will be released soon.
Multitask ready: Yes, you can also grill, bake, and roast
Cleaning: All removable parts are dishwasher safe. Yay!
Additional features: There are plenty of add-on accessories to buy, but you're going to find this is rather streamlined and feature-free.
Warranty: 1 year
Given the standing of the brand, you might have thought this particular model was going to sit at the top of the list - and we definitely wanted it to.
But, given the better features and lower prices of some of the other models, we just couldn't do it.
Don't get it twisted, we're definitely not saying this is a bad appliance (if it was, we wouldn't include it here) - in fact, it does the job really well. And, it does it faster than it's competitors.
Bottom line is that we rather love this machine, but the price does put it a little out of range for some buyers.
It's definitely not the cheapest, but it is the original. If you can afford it, you may just want to consider it.
Digital control, plenty of presets, and 2-sizes available.
Even the smaller size is a bit big and bulky, and the price isn't for everyone.
Manual or digital: Digital
Presets and programs: There are 7: roast, airfry, bake, steam, sauté, and grill. You can also manually set the time and temperature.
Capacity: 3.4 quarts
Noise: 56 DB
Temperatures: Variable up to 400°F.
Timers: Digital with an automatic shut-off.
Multitask ready: Yes! It's very versatile.
Cleaning: You'll need to take care of it, but users find it super easy to clean and maintain.
Additional features: Auto shut-off, which is great, but it's the controls that make this a dream - and it does come with (or you have the option of buying) good accessories.
Despite the short warranty on this oilless airfryer (only 60 days), this is a clear winner as far as real users are concerned. You can choose between 2 sizes (3.4 or 5.3 quarts) which means that you can balance between the size (both are slightly bigger than you might expect) and your food prep needs. It's easy to clean, quiet, and really easy to operate.
Most importantly, food tastes AMAZING in this airfryer. Really, you can put just about anything in it and expect it to come out crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and bursting with flavor in every bite.
While it's not the absolute cheapest, it definitely carries our value-for-money seal of approval. We could keep raving, but you'll find that reviewers do that well without us.
Basically, this this an amazing cooker - and a wonderfully versatile one too.
This airfyer moves you from the budget to the mid-range of prices. You can pay more or less, but this one makes the grade without making too big of a dent in your wallet.
Who doesn’t love fried food? It’s just so… um… addictive. Given the number of fried food joints across the globe - it’s easy to see how popular it is. But, the rising number of healthier options for fast food is a key indicator as to unhealthy fried food really is.
Rather than giving up on fried foods, the powers that be decided it would be nicer to invent machines that cut the fat while keeping the flavor: the air fryer.
And, there are plenty of other benefits too - as long as you choose the best oilless air fryer for your household.
Healthier foods that hold the delicious crispiness of fried goodness is the obvious reason for turning to an air fryer.
The amount of oil fat you can cut from a meal depends on the foods you cook (and the quantities you eat), but most reputable air fryers claim to cut as much as 80% of the fat you would find in foods prepared in other types of fryers. That includes foods deep fried in your wok - or an electric deep fryer.
Now, air fryers can’t eliminate fat from foods that already contain it. Even the best fryers (or other cooking methods) aren’t going to get the fat out of sausages (nor can they make carrots taste like burgers).
And, you still need to add a little oil to most foods to get both the flavor and that fryer crisp that you love so much. But, rather than dropping cups or gallons of oil into a traditional fryer, you can get away with a spray or a tablespoon of oil (whatever you deem most healthy).
The mechanical operation of air fryers also allows for the retention of nutrients within food (they’re not lost to the pot), though the type of food determines how much of these vital elements are transformed at high heats.
It’s no secret that healthier diets contribute to overall improvements in physical and mental well-being. And the more smart choices you make, the less susceptible you’ll be to cancers and heart diseases. At the very least, opting for air fried foods over oil fried foods makes it easier for your kidneys and liver to do their job.
Healthier foods aren’t the only benefit behind these appliances. There are plenty other reasons you may want to consider investing in an air fryer.
Quick cooking - While cooking times vary based on the air fryer you choose, most are exceptionally efficient and can cut the time you spend preparing meals. Cooking times are variable, however, based on the food and quantity. And, you’ll definitely save time on the oil heating process. Many models can reach temperatures between 200 and 300 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Energy efficiency - Air fryers were developed at a time when people had already begun to consider energy costs. As such, they typically operate with lower consumptions than stand alone-oil fryers. And, often, these appliances require less energy to run than heating a pot of oil on the stove. With a range of air fryers, you can opt for more efficient fryers if that’s important to you.
Easy cleaning - Okay, every additional kitchen utensil and appliance you have does mean you will need to spend some time cleaning and maintaining it. But, without hot oil bubbling all over, you can expect to spend significantly less maintenance time than with traditional fryers.
If cleaning after cooking (anything) is an irritation, you should consider this and choose one with dishwasher-safe baskets and inserts. That said, never stick something in the dishwasher without the manufacturer’s go ahead; you’ll likely ruin your appliance while invalidating your warranty.
Save some money - Listen, if you’re out getting fried chicken every other day, it’s easy to see how you’ll save (same as Starbuck’s addicts making coffee at home). But, even home cooks will save some money in oil costs if fried foods are often on the menu.
If you’re just craving a new kitchen gadget or wish you could eat more fried foods without the negative health consequences, you can still get an air fryer - you just won’t be able to claim it as a saving.
Safer and easier - Without the hot oil, some of the safety improvements are obvious. Some models incorporate additional safety measures such as auto shutoffs and locks which you may want to consider if you have younger cooks in the kitchen. Placing food in the basket is typically a straightforward, easy process - and touching a button is always easier than a deep fryer basket.
Once you’re sold on the benefits, you’re going to start wondering how these babies work.
It’s a lot simpler than you may think. Oilless air fryers use something known as Rapid Air Technology to circulate really hot air at a really high speed.
It’s easiest to think of it this way: the oil in a deep fryer doesn’t cook your food, the heat does. The air in an air fryer doesn’t cook your food, the heat does. No matter what type of cooking you do, you need to get the heat to the food - air fryers just do it more efficiently than many other methods.
In the case of air fryers, the heating element is located just above the basket where you place your food. A fan circulates this heat (that’s the rapid air bit), and the process is aided by the smaller chamber and the resulting increase in pressure.
As a self-contained unit, an exhaust system with cooling fans occupies the upper levels of an air fryer. This keeps the internal mechanisms cool as well as the released air.
Both air coming in and going out passes through an air filter to ensure your kitchen doesn’t smell like a fast food restaurant - and to cleanly cook your food.
Different brands will use different specifics (especially as the first releases came out of Europe and Australia which operate at higher input voltages than found in the US), but you’ll find that most models will provide you with clear operational schematics so you can make a solid decision if engineering is important to you.
There are more oilless air fryers on the market than you might suspect. As with every product, you can expect to trade off a few features for those that are most important to you. And, that will vary based on your eating preferences and the number of people you must feed; there’s no single golden standard here.
Capacity - How much food will you need to tuck into your air fryer? Obviously, the bigger your household, the larger the capacity you will want (unless it’s only for after school snacks). There’s a wide variety here - usually somewhere between 1.8 and 2.5 pounds of food - and some work with volumes (quarts) instead of weights, but the more food it can hold, the more you should expect to pay.
Size - Different from capacity, this is the amount of space your air fryer consumes in the kitchen. It’s always a good idea to measure the space you have (both counter and storage if you plan to pack it away from time to time) and then look for an air fryer. But, if you really want one, you’ll find a space for it. You should know, though, that some are real beasts.
Manual or digital control - You can find both, and you already know which is more expensive. But, the digital options usually give you significantly more control. If you’re on a strict budget, however, it’s not a bad idea to compromise here for better features elsewhere.
Temperature control - There is a huge range of temperatures that vary with the air fryer you choose. You should expect something between 200 and 400 degrees, but some reach as high as 500 degrees F. The more control you have over the temperature, the wider range of foods you can cook - but you will definitely pay more for this feature as it taxes the motor and therefore the cooling mechanisms (so you’ll need stronger parts).
Cleaning - Air fryers typically include durable non-stick coatings (because they’re trying to reduce the amount of oil and fat in the cooking process), but that means only some of the parts are truly dishwasher-safe. You should expect a combination of hand wash and dishwasher-friendly components. Although this will be a concern for some users, there aren’t any current ways around it.
Cooking methods - Most people that invest in an air fryer already have a complete kitchen with an oven and a handful (or more) of cooking gadgets. But that doesn’t mean you should discount the additional cooking methods available with some of the better oilless air fryer models.
Sure you can roast and bake in your oven, but air fryers can halve the time and your energy consumption - and may cook more evenly than a conventional convection oven. So, even if you don’t need these options, you may still want to consider them.
Additional features - We’re talking preset programs and auto shutoff in addition to timers and the like. Different brands focus on different features - and the more you have, the more you’ll pay. We strongly suggest safety features over functionality if there are children in your home. But, this is, of course, up to you.
Price - You can expect to pay anywhere between $100 and $400 for most quality air fryers, though there are many in the $120 to $160 range. And you can find solid models under $100 if you skimp on flexibility and features.
Warranties - If you have any choice at all, opt for a product with a warranty - and get the extended warranty if you can. The less often you think you’ll use this machine, the longer the warranty should be as it takes time for some appliances to reveal their glitches.
Brands - While Philips is the clear leader among air fryers, there are plenty of other brands out their and Philips hardly owns the technology. There’s no reason to walk away from a brand unless actual users recommend that you do so.
The best tips for using your air fryer will come from the manufacturer itself. Yes, reading the instruction manual will help. But, there are some general hints that will make cooking with your air fryer that much easier.
Leave space - No matter where you store your air fryer, you need to ensure there is at least 5” of space around the air vent when using it.
Pre-heat your fryer - You wouldn’t normally place food in the oven without pre-heating it; follow the same rule of thumb here. If you’ve gone for a basic model (without a set pre-heat function), allow 2-3 minutes for this process.
Make use of oil or water - Spraying a little oil onto non-fatty foods will help cook them with the proper crisp. If you’re air frying fatty foods (think sausages or burgers), add a little water to the drawer under the basket (if you have a traditional model) to stop the smoking that occurs when grease becomes too hot.
Don’t crowd the basket - Your air fryer is designed for a maximum amount of food. If you add more, you won’t get the results you want. It’s usually better to avoid crowding the food whenever you cook. It goes quickly, so cooking in batches shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Flip and shake - With any cooking method, you’d flip burgers and stir the fries around - you need to do the same with your oilless air fryer.
Don’t be afraid to check - You’re likely to become concerned when you can’t see what your food is doing. Luckily, most air fryers totally allow you to check mid-cooking cycle. But, you should first ensure the manual doesn’t advise otherwise.
Clean and maintain - It’s critical to clean your air fryer and all the little pieces after every use. Grease from last night’s meal might just start to smoke on the next use if you leave it - and then you’re ruining your food and your appliance. Make sure all pieces are completely dry before closing and storing your machine.
And, of course, you need to be careful when removing food from your air fryer. Remember to remove the basket from the drawer before flipping food out of it (or you’ll get all the drainage with it). And, it will, of course, be hot.
As easy as they seem to be, air fryers aren’t always the most intuitive cooking devices. In addition to paying attention to the instruction manual, there are a few common troubles new users run into.
Smoking - If it’s white smoke, it means the grease is too hot in the drawer, and you need to add water. If it’s black smoke, there’s probably food stuck on the heating element, and it will need to be gently removed.
Food doesn’t crisp - There’s a good chance you’ve added too much food - or you became a little overzealous with the small amount of oil you should have added.
The machine doesn’t stop - It will seem frightening at first, but before you unplug it or begin randomly pushing buttons, check the instruction manual to ensure your appliance doesn’t have a delayed shut-down to ensure proper cool-down. It probably does.
Now, what are you waiting for? Crispy fries and chicken (not to mention super fast cupcakes and broiled beef) are waiting for you…