Air fryers are the new way to get your food crispy. No more deep frying in unhealthy oils. I also love how this allows my daughter to cook her own lunch. Easy and safe to use. Here are links to the 3 best Air Fryers to buy in 2021. I go into more detail about why I like them later on in this article.
Best Air Fryers to buy
|1||COSORI Air Fryer Max XL||Best overall|
|2||Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer||Best safety|
|3||Ninja AF101 Air Fryer||Budget friendly|
Why You Should Get an Air Fryer
As a working, single mum I am always looking for easy, no-fuss cooking methods and appliances. An air fryer is just that. It is compact and easy to use. You can now fry your favorite food with less fat and use a lot less energy in doing so. Did you forget to defrost supper? No stress, with an air fryer you can cook your food from frozen. Clean-up is easy and all smells stay inside the air fryer.
What to Look for When Buying an Air Fryer
Everyone has different preferences on what is important or not when deciding on an Air Fryer, but I want to offer my opinion on the most important things that the Air Fryer should have.
Air Fryers come in different sizes from small to large. The smaller ones are typically about 1 liters to 2 liters while the medium ones are 1.8 liters to 2.5 liters. The larger ones can be up to 5 liters or more. For a family of about 4-5 people, an Air Fryer with about 2 liters will suffice. Make sure you buy one that is the right size for your family.
You want to have sufficient control over the temperature. Higher temperatures will cook food quicker but you still want to be able to control at what temperature and how quick you want to cook your food.
Safety always comes first. Make sure the Air Fryer is well insulated and has cool touch grips so you don’t burn your hands when taking your food out. Look for a machine that has non-slip feet and won’t move around while cooking. If you are easily distracted like me, ensure there is an automatic shut-off preventing your food from being overcooked.
Air Fryer Product Reviews
Here are the reviews of the best Air Fryer.
1. COSORI Air Fryer Max XL
With 13 one touch cooking functions and rapid 360° air circulation you will have crispy food using up to 85% less oil than traditional deep frying methods. The preset function makes it easy to cook with the press of a button but if you prefer you can set the temperature and cook time for your own personal recipes.
With a large capacity, the basket can fit a 5 pound chicken and is just the right size for a family of 3-5 people. The removal baskets are dishwasher safe, PFOA free and BPA free. The basket is nonstick.
If you are not sure what to cook, you can find a recipe from one of the 100 recipes included with the machine.
- Dishwasher Safe
- Shake Reminder Function
- Preheat before cooking
2. Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer
Air-fry, broil, roast, dehydrate plus bake and reheat using customizable one touch programs or adjust the time as you prefer. The Vortex Air Fryer remembers your settings so select your favorites with a touch of a button.
The super-hot air circulates around your food ensuring your food is cooked evenly and the moisture is locked in. The basket and cooking pans are removable and dishwasher safe. Comes with built-in safety features including overheat protection and auto-off.
- Countertop-friendly size
- 6 Portion capacity – perfect for growing family or extra guests
- Little to no preheating
- It is not an Instant pot too – only air fryer
3. Ninja AF101 Air Fryer
Air fry your food with up to 75% less fat than traditional deep frying. For best results, preheat for 3 minutes before adding your food. Easy to use control panel with a digital countdown timer and 4 programmable cooking functions.
The multi-layer rack increases your dehydrating capacity. The ceramic coated crisper plate allows hot air to get under your food for all-round crisping while the ceramic coated basket has a 4-quart capacity.
The basket, crisper plate and multi-layer rack are dishwasher safe.
- Multi-layer basket included
- Dishwasher safe
- Preheat for 3 minutes
FAQ’s About Air Fryers
Here are some commonly asked questions about Air Fryers.
Is air frying healthier than deep frying?
Yes, the air fryer’s purpose is to fry without all the oil you need for deep frying. You need a very small amount to cook crispy French fries, chicken, fish and more. The result is similar to oven fried food. Don’t expect something dripping in fat.
How do I clean my Air Fryer?
The basket and drawer are dishwasher safe for many models however make sure to read the cleaning instructions on the model you buy. Otherwise hand wash with soap and water. Make sure all parts are dry before putting them back into the machine.
Does it use up a lot of electricity?
An air fryer uses a lot less electricity than an oven and there is no preheating involved. If you switch from oven to air fryer, you should be saving on electricity.
So that concludes our list of some of the best air fryer machines on the market today. Hope this helps you with your decision and building a stronger life.