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Best Air Fryers in 2018

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Do you have an Air Fryer?

Honestly, I never heard of such a thing until a couple of friends mentioned their positive experience on having it.

Then I also thought that air fryer is similar to the deep fryer and is suitable only for finger foods.

Well, it turned out that an Air Fryer could be a useful tool suitable not only for cooking fries and chicken nuggets.

Indeed, it turned out that you can make a lot of healthy foods, like zucchini and sweet potato chips, chicken drums etc.

You can also do some pastry in there too!

That sounds more healthy, right?

Well, not the pastry side, I guess…

Anyways you would find quite contradicting reviews when it comes to air fryers.

Some say it is a useful tool and help to minimize certain tasks.

While others point out that it is a useless tool based on its functions and price.

I believe that if a small kitchen appliance can make your cooking faster and can free your hands and (legs) then it is a tool you would want to have.

And it definitely will help you to prepare healthier meals, also compliant with the Paleo Diet principles.

In this review, we will first look at what is an air fryer and what are its main functionality?

We also reviewed 10 best air fryers for you!

And we found 10 best air fryers within $100 budget that have the best reviews among its users and have the best performance!

So here it is…

What Is An Air Fryer?

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Unlike a deep fryer, an air fryer cooks food using a hot air instead of oil, making it a healthier option.

The idea is similar to the conventional oven but with a little more functionality.

The key principle of its work is to cook food by circulating hot air that contains oil component around the food to provide with a crispy result.

It also results in a chemical reaction called the Maillard effect.

It occurs between an amino acid and sugar while heating. This reaction leads to the changes in color and flavor in food.

As mentioned air fryers still use oil but it usually requires a tablespoon of it (similar to what you would be using if baking your food).

By using a small amount of oil air fryer provides with similar taste and texture that the deep fryers would offer.

An air fryer considers a healthier option simply because it uses a very limited amount of fat and therefore reduces calories in the final product.

Are you getting interested in the product?

Then keep reading…

How An Air Fryer Works?

best-air-fryersWe briefly touched bases when it comes to the method of cooking with the air fryer.

But let’s see what happens inside of it to understand its full functionality.

Basically, an air fryer uses several cooking methods in just one conventional small appliance.

It has an electric coil located above the food that provides with the heat. The idea is similar to the broiler option in the conventional ovens or stove top burners.

It also has a fan positioned above the heating element that creates a stream of superheated air that flows around and in between the cooking food. Some conventional ovens have this feature as well.

On top of that an air fryer mist a small amount of oil in the air that coats the food as it circulates. This action mimics the effect of a traditional deep fryer.

And similar to the steamer, the food uses its own moisture that under a hot air creates the steam required to finish the cooking process.

So basically an air fryer combines features of a conventional oven with a fan, deep fryer, and steamer all-in-one.

Did I mention that it also reduces the cooking time compared with the conventional oven?

Keep reading to find a shopping guide for best air fryers…

Shopping Guide For Best Air Fryers

As with any other appliances you would want to consider different options available on the market.

Here we summarized for you different criteria of picking the best air fryer.

And here they are…

1. Wattage

Air fryers support a different amount of wattage. Usually between 800 to 2100 watts of power.

So make sure your kitchen outlets can support this amount, especially if you will be using a couple of small appliances at the same time.

For this review, we were looking for air fryers with the power of maximum 1600 watts.

2. Size and Capacity

An air fryer is not a big appliance. So it usually suits cooking appetizers or a portion of your main meal.

Most fryers are capable to cook between 1.5 – 2.5 pound of food at a time and come in a capacity of 3 Qt to 5.8Qt.

For the purpose of this review, we reviewed air fryers within this capacity limits.

best-air-fryers3. Settings

Most air fryers come with automatic or manual timers. We prefer the ones that have automatic options.

Also, most of the fryers are able to reach at least 360°F. Though we prefer the ones that are capable to go higher.

4. Features

These criteria are limitless.

We have mentioned that most of the air fryers are capable to set an automatic timer.

Some come with the Auto-shut off once the food is cooked (very handy for people with busy lifestyle).

Some come with the extra accessories like toaster rack and skewers!

Some have digital or manual displays.

So really depending on your needs, you could get a deep fryer, steamer, toaster, dehydrator and all in one appliance.

Did I mention that you can make gluten-free pizza in it?

5. Price

The prices on this small helpers vary depending on what features you are looking for the most.

The good quality machines will cost you somewhere between $50 and $100.

This is the price range that was used for the purpose of this review.

How Can You Use It On The Paleo Diet?

One of the parts of the meals I used to struggle with were side dishes.

The Paleo Diet excludes traditional side dishes like rice and pasta.

Starchy vegetable like potatoes should be limited as well.

Then what can we cook in the air fryer if not potatoes?

Easy.

Sweet potatoes.

An air fryer will prepare you amazing fried sweet potatoes, that would be crispy (not soggy like they sometimes turn out while cooking in the oven).

Another option I use a lot is the dehydrator. Zucchini or kale chips turn out the best with an air fryer.

And also chicken drums.

Most of the air fryers come with the recipe books to provide you with the idea of meals that could be prepared in the air fryer.

And you are more than welcome to modify the recipes based on the Paleo diet principles.

Keep reading to find the best Air Fryers on the market!

And here they are…

10 Best Air Fryers

Ready to spend less time on the kitchen and delegate come of the cooking practices to an air fryer?

Here are 10 best Air fryers currently available on the market in a segment of $100:

1. Air Fryer by Cozyna

Air Fryer by Cozyna is a powerful (1500 Watts) little helper that comes in different sizes depending on your needs:

  • Original – 3.7 Qt (manual or digital display option) – suits for a family of 2-4
  • XL – 5.8 Qt (manual display option) – suits for bigger families or bigger needs

Air Fryer by Cozina also comes with a skewer rack that allows you to make toasts or vegetable chips (for example, zucchini or kale) within just 5 minutes!

Truly high-quality product for an excellent price!

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2. Air Fryer by Secura

Classy looking powerful (1500 Watts) air fryer with the manual controller, timer and Auto-shut off.

This Air fryer comes in 3 different sizes:

  • 3.4 Qt – will suit a family of 2-4 people
  • 4.2 Qt – will suit a family of 4-6 people
  • 5.3 Qt – will suit bigger families or bigger needs

It is also equipped with a toaster rack and skewers.

It is a top quality air fryer for an amazing price.

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3. Air Fryer with 8 cooks presets by GoWISE USA

It is a programmable air fryer that comes in a size of 3.7 Qt that will cover the needs of a family of 2-4 people.

It also comes in 3 different colors such as:

  • black
  • white
  • plum

As mentioned it is a programmable air fryer with the digital display that has the following 8 presets:

  • warm
  • fries/chips
  • chicken
  • steak
  • shrimp
  • pork
  • cake
  • fish

Unfortunately, this model does not come originally with a grill pan, but it can be purchased separately if needed.

Some users found that the coating of the pan does not last long, that might be something to look into, as if the coating starts peeling off, you will not be able to use the air fryer anymore.

Other than that it is a great programmable air fryer for an excellent price!

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4. Multi-function Electric Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation Technology by SimpleTaste

Another budget-friendly programmable air fryer.

This is a small air fryer with the capacity of 3.2 Qt suitable for a family of 2-4 people.

The air fryer has 8 preset smart programs such as:

  • Warm-Up
  • Chips
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Shrimp
  • Meat
  • Cake
  • Fish

It is equipped with the digital screen and automatic and manual timer and temperature control.

The model does not come with the toaster rack.

If you are looking for a small programmable air fryer with a lot of functionality, this will be a great suit for you.

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5. Deep Air Fryer Cooker 3.7 Quart by SUPER DEAL

This is another great manual classy looking model.

It is also offered in a 5.8Qt size!

The temperature and the times are set up manually. Once the food is cooked it is equipped with the Auto-shut off function.

The model does not come with the toaster rack.

One of the best affordable air fryers currently available on the market!

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6. Electric Hot Air Fryer Oven w/ Digital Display by NutriChef

One of a few digital display air fryers under $100 price mark.

It can broil, roast, BBQ, grill & use for baking, everything that an Air Fryer can do.

It comes in a capacity of 3.4 Qt that is s standard size for an air fryer.

Unfortunately, it does not come with the toaster rack.

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7. 8-in-1 Air Fryer XL by GoWISE USA 5.8 Qt

Another amazing air fryer by this company.

It is an 8-in-1 programmable air fryer with an enormous capacity of 5.8 Qt.

It comes in 4 colors of:

  • black
  • while
  • red
  • plum

This awesome helper is equipped with the 8 built-in smart programs such as:

  • Fries
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Cake
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Fish
  • Pizza

On top of that, it will remind you to shake or check the food with the intervals of 5-, 10-, 15 – minutes.

The company offers to buy it either with or without the grill pan.

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8. Turbo Cyclonic Airfryer by Power Air Fryer

One of the best programmable air fryers that are offered in 2 sizes:

  • 3.4 Qt and
  • 5.3 Qt

It is also offered in 2 colors of:

  • red and
  • black

The air fryer is equipped with 7 Preset Programs with easy one-touch digital controls, including:

  • warm
  • fries/chips
  • chicken
  • steak
  • shrimp
  • pork
  • cake

The model does not come with the toaster rack.

It is an amazing product for a great price!

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9. Touch Control Air Fryer by FrenchMay

This is one of a few quality made air fryers that has a touchscreen and will cost you less than $100!

It comes in a capacity of 3.7Qt that will serve a family of 2-4 people.

You will be able to preset the time and temperature. Once the food is ready it will automatically shut it off.

The model does not come with the toaster rack.

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10. Electric Hot Air Fryer by VonShef

This is one stylish looking air fryer that comes in the manual or digital display.

The air fryer comes in a capacity of 3 Qt that will suit a family of 2-4 people.

The model does not come with the toaster rack.

This little helper is ideal for chips, fried chicken, burgers, steak, spring rolls, pastries, cupcakes and much more.


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8 thoughts on “Best Air Fryers in 2018

  1. Hi Anna,

    I think this is one of the most thorough reviews on any product I have seen. You cover every possible angle. Well done. I love it! And I love our air fryer. We have had one for about 12 months and I love how healthy it is.

    The food we cook tastes great and there are some great recipes out there. Thanks so much again for this excellent review.

    Kev

    • Hi Kev,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      For some reason, air fryers are not that popular among the reviewers or the ones that I saw online have very contradictive opinions.
      My purpose was to create a review that would give a great understanding of what an air fryer is and how exactly it may help you eat healthier.
      And there is nothing wrong to eat fatty foods, the idea of the air fryer is similar to the slow cooker – for the most part, to use fats that the food contains itself. It is healthier and tastes better!
      I do not know how about you but on the weekend I am too tired to cook lunches. And guess what, air fryer helps a lot with that! 10 minutes and chicken drums are ready, 5 minutes are you have a sweet potato fries!
      An air fryer can definitely help you save time on cooking. But once again, if you have already a number of small kitchen appliances you would want to think whether you really need it, as some of the functions might be crossed with the appliances you already have.

  2. This is a really good list! I eat paleo/ primal mostly, but have always loved the fat! It’s not working for my thighs tho lol, so I have been looking for ways to reduce the fat in the food I eat just recently. Buying lowfat yoghurt and cottage cheese, bt for my cooked meat and eggs I always cook in olive oil, so I think this will be a great easy alternative. And I’m on a budget so your list really helps! Thank-you. I like the look of the Electric Hot Air Fryer by VonShef, as there areonly 2 people in my house, so it should work out awesome. Cheers, Angie

    • Hi Angie,
      There is nothing wrong with eating fatty food. The only thing you should watch is what type of oil you are using.
      Fats that have a hard form at the room temperature (like coconut oil or grass-fed butter) are great in cooking. While olive oil is better to be used for cold uses like salads because it actually depletes at the heat and loses its benefits.
      If you like fatty foods, you would definitely want to move towards the Primal diet.
      Also, watch out eating low-calorie products for the most part they contain a lot of sugar. And that might be the main reason for gaining weight. Our body can process an only certain amount of carbohydrates. And we eat more than our body needs, it starts storing it in a form of fat.
      Air Fryer is a great tool that will help you cooking food faster and healthier.
      With the variety of appliances out there you definitely do not want to spend an arm and a leg on another appliance. The air fryers I reviewed have great reviews, are all quality made, will suit different sizes of families and are not over-priced!

  3. I’ve been wondering what the fuss is about air fryers for a while now. I still can’t get my head around how the food is fried but its still healthier. Won’t the hot air completely dry the food out? I understand the oil mist tries to replicate the traditional fryer but I’m a bit worried about the overall taste of it. what do you think?

    • Hi Vivek,
      Thank you for your comment and question.
      The air fryer has a heating element that is located on the top of the food. Now it also has a fan located above the heating element. What it means is that the heated air circulates in the air fryer and let it cooked evenly. The idea is similar to the conventional oven with the fan on.
      The air cooker uses the moisture that the food has itself, similar to the slow cooker. Therefore it can potentially come out dry but only if you overcook it. All of the air fryers come with instructions where the time and temperatures are provided.
      So do not worry, the food comes out with all the juices saved and very delicious!

  4. This is a great review, It is better info then what you can find on a box for anything that you might buy. You have everything covered.

    • Hi Mark,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      That was my goal to provide you with the most information about air fryers to help you make a decision on whether you want to have one or you already have something similar in your house.
      Let me know if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to help you out!

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