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The Best Air Fryers of 2019 – I must admit. A few years ago I had heard of the term air fryer and rolled my eyes. Why do I need a new appliance for these 2 whole recipes I found on the Internet?
Is it really worth the cost? Turns out it is… and they’re not as expensive as they once were (plus there are SO many recipes to cook now)!
I’ve put together a list of the best air fryers depending on your family’s needs, so you can be happy with your purchase.
Honestly, you would be happy with all of these, but finding the right size and features will make you just THAT much happier.
Tips to Pick The Best Air Fryer For You
The Bigger The Air Fryer, The More You Can Cook
Most people who want to dip their foot in the water with an air fryer start with a smaller one. They are adamant they will just cook in batches if they need more.
Well, if you’re looking to make french fries for 4 people (they’re amazing) in an air fryer made for 2 people, it could take up to 45 minutes to do it! As a busy mom, that’s not something I want to wait for.
About 6-12 months later, most people end up upgrading to a larger air fryer because they love it so much but wish it was bigger. I recommend starting with a bigger one from the start. You will save money in the end and you will love all the food you can cook.
If An Air Fryer is More Expensive, It Doesn’t Mean It’s Better
We are prone to think just because one air fryer is $250, it must be better than the $75 that’s the same size. That isn’t always the case. All of these air fryers are great ones to start with or even upgrade to.
Just read through the descriptions on what each air fryer includes to know if it’s a feature you want to use or could want to use in the future.
I have personally never spent more than $110 on any air fryer I have bought and I currently have 3.
Not All Air Fryers are Made Equal
Each air fryer has different features. Some can do a rotisserie chicken, double as a toaster oven, or have different shelves to work with. If those are features that intrigue you already, go for it.
Air Fryers also have different wattages. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook.
Otherwise, you’re going to love your air fryer so much, you’ll be back to buy one of those within a year. Trust me, I’ve seen it time and time again.
You’re Going to Love It, As Long As You Know What to Cook
The one disappointment I hear people make about an air fryer is they just don’t know what to make. I recommend buying at least 1 cookbook to get you started.
You will be surprised to find out the variety of foods you can make. You can even bake a cake! Here are the Top 7 Air Fryer Cookbooks on the Market to get you started off on the right foot.
If an air fryer cookbook is not in your budget, check out our new air fryer recipe site Everyday Family Cooking for each air fryer recipes and tips.
Still not sure what to do now that you’re getting an air fryer? Here are some articles to help you out:
The Best Small Air Fryer for 1-3 People
BELLA Electric Hot Air Fryer
The Bella Air Fryer may be a smaller air fryer, but it is perfect for the small budget-conscious family. Yes, that means it’s cheaper than most on the list. It holds up to 2.5 liters of food, or about 2.64 quarts. The two dials on the front make it so easy to use. This air fryer can cook enough for a family of 2 or a family of 4 in batches.
This was my first official Air Fryer and I absolutely loved it. The basket never had chipping issues and the food cooked perfectly. If you are looking to experiment with an air fryer for 1-2 people, this is a great first option.
My only complaint was after using it day after day (even multiple times a day) for more than a year, the dial started to wear a little bit, but if I didn’t upgrade to a bigger air fryer, I would have just found a way to make marks to note certain temperatures.
Avalon Bay Air Fryer
The Avalon Bay Air Fryer is slightly bigger than the BELLA at 3.7 quarts but sells for approximately the same price. The dials are very similar with two dials to keep things easy.
This air fryer can make enough for about 2-3 people in one batch and even comes with 2 accessories!
Philips HD Air Fryer
This Philips Air Fryer holds 2.75 quarts of food, a perfect size for 2 people in one batch, or 4 people in batches. You might notice this brand is a little more on the pricier end, but for good reason.
The screen is digital, meaning no numbers rubbing off the front after wear and tear of the appliance. The brand also contains Turbostar technology that claims to cook food 50% more evenly than other air fryers without that technology.
Average-Sized Air Fryers for 4-6 People
Cosori Air Fryer
The Cosori Air Fryer is blowing up on Amazon right now and for good reason. It’s 5.8 quts and is designed in a square format rather than the normal circle. This allows for a little more surface area for longer foods.
It has a digital interface with presets, including a preheat option that helps cook food more evenly.
Power Air Fryer XL
The Power Air Fryer XL holds 5.3 quarts of food. It features Rapid Air Technology to surround the food to give it a fried taste, but healthier.
This air fryer has 7 presets built into it for roasting, steaming, air frying, and more. This edition comes with a baking insert, pizza pan, and tongs, so you can get more bang for your buck!
You can also get the air fryer without the accessories for a lower price here.
Power Air Fryer Oven
If you look closely at the Power Air Fryer Oven, you will notice one feature that most air fryers don’t have. A rotisserie option. That’s right. You can roast a whole chicken in this thing!
It holds up to 6 quarts of food, perfect for a family of 4. It even has its own cookbook dedicated to it.
The Power Air Fryer Oven also comes with 3 different racks for food, which is great when cooking more than one thing or wanting to get a full crisp on the foods you are cooking without shaking the basket.
Go Wise USA Air Fryer
The Go Wise Air Fryer includes a touch screen menu to choose between 8 different presets. Those include chicken, pizza, cake, fries, and more. It takes the guessing out of how to cook these, negating the trial and error method.
There are 3 different sizes with the biggest being 5.8 quarts. Unlike most air fryers, this brand comes in different sizes to help match your kitchen. It will feed a family of 2 at the lowest size up to a family of 4 with the biggest size.
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Best Large Air Fryers and Air Fryer Ovens for 6+ People
Ninja is known for great quality, so it’s no surprise the Ninja Foodi is on the list. It’s not only an 8 qt. air fryer, but it’s also a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, broiler, and more. It even has a dehydrator option!
With so many extra features, it does come with a higher price tag, but if you’re someone who loves pressure cooking and multi-use appliances, it’s a great choice. There are smaller versions of this air fryer available as well.
Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer
The first thing you will notice about the Big Boss Air Fryer is its look. It looks NOTHING like the other air fryers on this list. There’s no basket to shake and no drawer to pull out. The Big Boss holds 16 quarts of food. Yep! 16 quarts. It’s huge. You can even cook a small whole turkey in it.
This air fryer is geared toward a family of 4 or more. You can cook two items in it at once with its 2-shelf set. Think entree and side all in one appliance. That means fewer dishes and less time cooking.
The Big Boss is a great option when looking for a large air fryer set to do everything all at once.
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer
I know what you’re thinking. The Cuisinart Convention Toaster Oven Air Fryer says toaster oven, so it’s not an air fryer. Cuisinart has done something no other air fryers have done yet. They’ve combined two different products.
Let me tell you, this thing is HUGE!
It holds up to 3 POUNDS of food and can even cook a 12-inch pizza and 4lb chicken (at different times of course). It contains different racks that make it easier for cleaning. This is a great air fryer if you have a large family or just want fewer appliances around the house.
When you buy your air fryer, you are now setting yourself up for kitchen success! You’ll be eating restaurant-quality french fries with barely any oil and cooking basically EVERYTHING in it. Trust me, I do it too.
I would love to hear what air fryer you went with and why, and what’s your favorite thing to cook in it!