The 10 Best Air Fryers To Choose From This Year

Mark Preston

With many of us kept indoors due to Covid-19 restrictions during 2020, a lot of us have tried our hand at improving our skills in the kitchen. We’ve seen all sorts of new gadgets hit the market to help us out, but one of the most popular appliances is the air fryer. We were drawn in by low prices and stayed for the comfort food we could make with them. Here are the top 10 picks from this year and the hot products of 2021 to enjoy. 

Number 1: Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

By far one of the best products in this area we’ve seen this year, the Ninja Max XL Air Fryer looks set to remain a firm favorite for the foreseeable future. More than just a fryer, this appliance can also roast, broil, bake and reheat a whole host of meals, and has been proven to cook with 75% less fat than ordinary frying methods, so you can enjoy it guilt-free! It’s very competitively-priced too and comes with a generous 5.2-liter cooking capacity.

Number 2: Cosori Air Fryer Max XL

We love the customization options and settings on offer with the Cosori Air Fryer Max. Not only does it have 11 one-button presets for cooking delicious steaks, french fries, seafood, and bacon, but you’ll also get a free recipe book with more than 100 ideas to try out. It’s so simple to use you’ll have no excuse not to mix it up at mealtimes. As an added bonus, every owner gets access to the excellent, California-based customer service team that’s happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Number 3: Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven 7 in 1 

The Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer packs a lot of punch for its size and even manages to squeeze in a small rotisserie basket in its box of tricks. The fryer itself gives a beautiful, golden crispness to french fries, while the roast features can prepare you a delicious dinner in half the time of a conventional oven. It’s one of the bigger options on our list, with a hefty 9.4-liter capacity, making it an ideal family choice. 

Number 4: Cuisinart TOA-65 Digital Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer

Not every appliance has to come with a range of fancy settings, and the Cuisinart TOA-65 Digital Convection Oven Air Fryer specializes in toasting. Perfect for pizza, wings, bagels, nuggets, snacks, and the humble slice of toast, this is a great choice if you do a lot of entertaining and your guests have the munchies. With temperature settings between 80 and 450 degrees fahrenheit, you can slow cook or go for a quick blast option if you’re short of time. 

Number 5: Philips Premium AirFryer XXL 

At the luxury end of the market, we find the Phillips Premium AirFryer XXL and its patented fat removal technology. It’s currently the only brand that captures and removes excess fat, and even has some recipes that don’t require using any oil at all. It’s large enough to feed a family of six and has enough space to roast a whole chicken inside.

Number 6: Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

For the more compact end of what’s out there, we find the Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer. It makes an ideal accompaniment to any house party and can cook you up a batch of french fries or chicken wings in no time. Speed and convenience are the selling points here, and Dash makes bold claims of being able to cook your meals faster than it takes to preheat a traditional oven. It’s one of the cheapest options on our list and will work well in any household.

Number 7: GoWise USA 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

The GoWise 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer might just become your go-to appliance for cooking in large batches. It’s incredibly simple to use, has a large cooking capacity of up to 5.8 quarts, and uses an intuitive touch-screen display. If you download the GoWise app, you can access updated recipes, get useful maintenance tips, and control the device from anywhere in the home. 

Number 8: Aria AAO-890 Oven Air Fryer

An absolute beast of a device, the giant Aria AAO-890 Oven Air Fryer might just be on course to replace your family oven. With multiple levels, a 10-quart capacity, space for multiple 12-inch pizzas, and built-in rotisserie, it’s easy to see why many have now turned to this air fryer. It’s an incredibly reliable product, and Aria is the only company to currently offer a no-strings lifetime warranty.

Number 9: Tefal Actifry Oilless Air Fryer

Here’s another sizable machine. The Tefal Actifry produces some of tastest, healthiest roast vegetables we’ve ever tasted. This might be because the appliance underwent 10 years of dedicated research and development on top of Tefal’s decades of experience in the frying industry.

Number 10: Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Digital Air Fryer

Topping off our list is the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Digital Air Fryer. We’ve been really impressed with it this year due to its simplicity and range of presets. The fry pan basket is surprisingly deep and you can cook up a large batch of fries or onion rings in no time. Sign up for the free Nuwave cooking app and you can get even more out of your fryer than you thought possible.