Want fried food with all of the taste and none of the guilt, then look no further then our best air fryer list to find the fryer of your dreams. Indulge in all of your guilty pleasures, with a healthy smile on your face. Air fryers don’t believe in dietary restriction, hell no!
Air fryers believe in treating your taste buds while being kind to your waste line. I get asked all the time, what is the best air fryer for french fries? Who makes the best air fryer? So here it is, our list!
- 1 Best Air Fryer 2017
- 2 Philips XL Airfryer (The Original Airfryer) – Best Air Fryer
- 3 Avalon Bay Air Fryer – Best Value Air Fryer
- 4 Stove & Brick Air Fryer – Best New Comer
- 5 GoWISE USA 2nd Generation Digital Air Fryer
- 6 Della Air Fryer
- 7 Rosewill Air Fryer – Best Cheap Air Fryer
- 8 Louise Sturhling Advanced Air Fryer
- 9 Gourmia Air Fryer
- 10 NuWave Brio Air Fryer
- 11 NutriChef Air Fryer
Best Air Fryer 2017
|Brand||Capacity||Max Temp Deg|
|Philips XL Airfryer |
Best Air Fryer
|Avalon Bay Air Fryer Best Value Air Fryer!||3.2 qt.||400|
|GoWISE USA 2nd Gen||2.75 qt||400|
|Della Air Fryer||3.2 qt.||400|
|Rosewill Air Fryer Best Cheap Air Fryer||3.3 qt.||400|
|LOUISE STURHLING Air Fryer||3.5 qt.||400|
|Stove & Brick Air Fryer||3.2 qt.||400|
|Gourmia Air Fryer||4.2 qt.||392|
|NuWave Brio Air Fryer||3.5 qt.||390|
|NutriChef Air Fryer||2 qt.||400|
What’s the Big Deal With Air Fryers Anyway?!
- We’re not really frying, this class of appliance circulates extremely hot air like a miniature convection oven, creating heat that when food is prepared correctly, crisps like it was fried.
- While you can use oil in most of them, the only thing you need to crisp your food up is super low calorie cooking spray. No one ever believes I’ve fried chicken in one an air fryer. It comes out that good!
- This is awesome because it means this is not a one-use appliance. You can cook pretty much anything your heart desires in an air fryer. Veggies…check. Fried apples…check. Cakes…yes cakes…check. These items can be cooked with no oil, which is critical for those of us looking for great taste and low calorie food preparation.
- Clean-up is super easy with an air fryer. One of the stipulations in our best Dutch oven review and buyers guide, was that clean up should be convenient in any kitchen item we use. All of these fryers have non-stick baskets which allows for an easy soap and water rinse. There’s no splashing of oil on your countertop when opening the air fryer to check progress.
Air fryers all around kitchen champs and that’s why we created the definitive best air fryer list.
Philips XL Airfryer (The Original Airfryer) – Best Air Fryer
Philip XL Airfryer is the granddaddy of them all, touted by Philips as the one that started the air fryer craze. Whatever its position in the air frying pantheon, it’s performance speaks for itself. This thing can cook foods from a deep freeze to edible delights in no time flat. And while you’re probably thinking yeah great, but why does it cost so much more than the other units in this review, one only has to look at the size of the XL to understand the difference. You can truly cook a meal for your family in this unit, as it’s that big.
The Philips Airfryer doesn’t just come in one model, but four distinct units. We’ll concentrate on the Avance XL HD9240 model which has a 2.65 lb capacity. What’s this mean in terms of cooking? Well fries for everyone, allowing you to cook two bags of fries at once. Many times, when I’m using the Nuwave Brio, I’m the last to eat since I’m cooking and serving up batches. You can basically double your output with this air fryer which is a huge bonus. This is also one of the few fryers that suggest using a teaspoon of oil during operation. That oil helps make some damn good wings I must say.
Not only is the best air fryer for large family, it’s the Best Air Fryer for the money hands down. Yes it’s a little more expensive then it’s smaller less feature rich cousins, but you can cook massive quantities of food in the XL at once. You also get the Philips quality control, as well as the reputation that comes with the brand.
Avalon Bay Air Fryer – Best Value Air Fryer
Avalon Bay is not a name I’m familiar with, but this air fryer comes highly touted. Right off the bat I like the size of the basket in this air fryer. It seems to be a bit bigger than some of its competitors in the allowable cooking area, while retaining the compactness one would expect from a portable air fryer.
The looks of it are kind of plain and reminiscent of some of the other models in this category. As we all know many of these “brands” come off of the same line…well now some of you learned something new today. The Avalon Bay air fryer comes in three colors; red, black, and white allowing you to blend with current décor or add a nice contrasty color splash.
This particular fryer is totally oil-less using their rapid air circulation technology, which achieves temperatures of up to 400 degrees. Combined with a good cooking spray, this is more than enough heat at 1400w to achieve a nice crispness to whatever food your cooking. It has a nice wire basket, convenient for fries and the like, which is removable giving you even more room to cook in.
The unit has a big fan inside that makes a ton of noise. You can expect noise with every one of these units, as the fan helps to remove the oil from the food as the unit cooks. Avalon Bay has a winner here and is a nice addition to make the list of best air fryer. We’ll be keeping an eye for their other appliances.
Stove & Brick Air Fryer – Best New Comer
I like the name of this company, and I really like the Digital Air Fryer made by Stove & Brick. I’m always a fan of a good-looking product, and this fits in with my other slick portable countertop appliances well. The first thing you’ll notice about the Stove & Brick unit is it’s square shape. I don’t know why more units don’t embrace this design. It takes up no more surface space then it’s eggy shaped brethren, and the basket definitely allows for more room for cooking inside. I was able to fit 7 drumsticks in this unit comfortably. Well maybe not comfortably for the 3 and half chickens whose legs they use to belong to, but you get the drift.
The control panel on the unit is super slick, and reminds me of a heads-up display from a sci-fi flick. I never knew that cooking chicken could make me feel like I was the pilot of Prometheus, but that’s what you get as you navigate the controls here. The unit heats up to 400 degrees, standard fare, and it heats very quickly and cook’s food evenly. Fries were nice and crisp and I had nearly enough room for one go around. Biggest gripe on all units is that the cook will be the last to eat, it’s just the nature of these units due to the size of the basket.
One function that is super nice, but not common among fryers is defrost. Should you deem it necessary you have an option to defrost your items before cooking. Honestly, it’s not going to be necessary in most cases if you are using this to cook the food. Very nice unit and impressive design.
The GoWise Air Fryer is always a hot commodity in this class of fryer. If you’ve never heard of them, let the consistent out of stock notification tell you a lot of what you need to know, we’ll tell you the rest. It’s a tiny power house ready to “fry” anything you can fit in its 2.75 qt basket. That may seem small, but you can do a dozen wings in one batch no problem. You can conveniently and easily cook for two people in this fryer, quickly. Fill the basket with frozen fries and set the timer to about 10 minutes to receive crispy restaurant goodness. Wings, sandwiches, you name it can be cooked in no time in this fryer.
The temperature control ranges from 175 to 400 degrees, and you’ll never have to worry about losing heat between batches thanks to the standby function on the unit. There is of course a timer that has a maximum limit of 30 minutes. I’ve yet to cook anything in one of these fryers that needs that much time. This unit is oil-less, but you can use a bit if you’d like to add some for added crispness. I usually cook a little longer than normal and find that whatever I cooked it crispy, while retaining the moisture you expect from an oil fryer. The basket is dishwasher safe and has a safety release so you never have to worry about it coming loose accidentally.
Love Della. And the Della Air Fryer is no exception to my growing admiration for this company. We reviewed to Della Ice Makers on our best ice maker list with the DELLA 048-GM-48222 Deluxe Ice Maker making our best bargain on the list. The Della air fryer is striking for two reasons; firstly, its price considering the features it has, and then it’s looks. This is a great looking machine, as I’m a sucker for the high tech functional LED display on any portable countertop appliance. A few more colors would have people purchasing for the looks regardless of performance.
Fortunately, you don’t have to skimp on performance. Even with its slightly more limited temperature range, the Della cooks fast and thorough from frozen. Single people, or couples will love the ability to cook a healthy meal for two without the oil and grease. Those of you without a chef bone in your body will love the extensive timer functions, which make this air fryer almost fail proof in cooking things to completion without incinerating your food. The Della will fit nicely next to your Keurig, or Nuwave oven leaving room to spare. Another excellent air fryer for consideration as the best on the best air fryer list.
Rosewill Air Fryer – Best Cheap Air Fryer
The Rosewill air fryer is almost homely in its simplistic aesthetic. It will do nothing to enhance your countertop or compliment your other portable appliances. What it will do however is save you a boatload of money, as it is priced significantly less than its competitors. It’s nice to see a company price according to the features offered. And while you receive none of the LED goodness of some of the other units, you do get a capable fryer. The Rosewill air fryer is the best air fryer value around.
You get control of up to 400 degrees with a simple nob on the front of the Rosewill in the top center. I almost couldn’t find it upon first inspection. A center dial gives you a timer with an old school grandma’s kitchen feel to it. The only thing missing is the loud ticking as it winds down. Stick your food into the basket and go.
Food comes out as good as the other units in our list, which is why this cheap air fryer is on our list. The basket is 3.3 quarts, which is a bag of fries, 10-12 wings, or 4-5 drum sticks. The shape and dimensions are standard to this device class, fitting comfortably on your countertop next to your other appliances. The non-stick tray is dishwasher safe.
This is a capable unit that would be great to toss into the camper or car for a weekend trip. You wouldn’t have to worry about damaging it and you can have a great little air fryer ready to cook for the family wherever your travels take you. By far the best cheap air fryer on the market.
The Louis Sturhling air fryer comes from a brand I’ve never heard of. Their home page doesn’t tell us much about the company, and the only products that they offer as of now are air fryers in black and white. A nice little addition to this particular fryer is a cookbook published by them. One thing I like about their product literature, is the touting of all of the things that air fryers are capable of cooking. While most of us worry about fries and wings, there are many awesome recipes to explore.
The Louise Sturhling fryer has a nice egg shape that looks like it would rice out of your countertop. The digital display is nice, and the controls are easy to understand without cracking the manual open. The temp is a max 400 degrees, with a max value on the timer control to 30 minutes.
The basket is 3.5 quarts which equates to roughly 3 boneless pork chops for frying. The fryer offers a preheating option, but heats so damn fast that it’s really unnecessary. Play with the temperature controls, it’s pretty hard to overcook anything but French fries on this unit.
The cookbook is a nice added touch, but offers nothing you can’t find online. Still the effort is appreciated. Looking forward to what else Louise Sturhling brings to the table in the near future.
Ahh, we have a Gourmia air fryer. Love the Gourmia portable appliance brand, and we’ve reviewed them here and here. They always land on our lists because while maybe not the best, they are consistently good. There air fryer is no different. Don’t look for high tech digital displays with this one, as Gourmia has gone for simple in it’s design which can sometimes be a good thing when looking for the best air fryer. The fryer comes in one color option, black. Two knobs control the temperature and timing on this air fryer. The temperature range is an odd 176 to 392 degrees, which is more than enough heat, but would love to hear the reasoning for this temperature set.
Gourmia’s fancy name for their air frying technology is RadiVection 360 Degree technology, which is claimed to cook 50% faster than conventional frying. Even if true, the small basket inherent in this design means you’re cooking up to 70% less food than you can place in some conventional fryers. None of that matters if this machine does not perform well, and it doesn’t disappoint in that department. It cooks all of the standard fare well. Fries are crispy, wings were crispy, I even did a burger that was juicy and evenly cooked throughout.
No bells and whistles, but it gets the job done. I might give a slight nod to the Rosewill which has a similar, if not identical feature set for a lot less money.
The NuWave Air Fryer is a machine I own. I pretty much love any product they put out, as they are always well priced and capable portable appliances. But even that love doesn’t mean it will be the defacto best air fryer. The Nuwave is standard in both it’s design as well as it’s instrument feature set. It has a digital LED with temperature controls that range from 100-390 degrees, drawing a standard 1400w of power.
I admittedly have a love & hate relationship with the machine, especially after comparing the Nuwave Brio Digital Air Fryer to some of the other units. What’s my beef? Fries. I have never had a batch of fries I’m completely satisfied with cooking in this air fryer. It doesn’t matter the cooking spray, or how many times I shake the basket, there is a small window of error to having crisp deliciousness, or something that is near inedible.
The basket size is standard fitting 10-12 wings, and a little under a full bag of fries. Chicken crisps nicely, and my favorite recipe to cook in this unit is chicken tenders with a pork rind batter egg mix. It is LCHF deliciousness at its finest.
You’d think I’d have more to say about my personal air fryer, but it’s left me kind of meh as I go back and look at my notes. I may be moving on from my NuWave Brio…never thought I’d say that.
If you’re not familiar with NutriChef, just know that they are the purveyors of all kinds of nifty countertop kitchen gadgets, with a focus on health. That’s why it was no surprise to come across the NutriChef Air Fryer. This is a no-frills unit that comes in one color, black. Is that a bad thing? Not at all, because at the end of the day it’s about one thing, frying that chicken.
The Nutrichef fryer is indeed competent when it comes to cooking food. The unit heats to the industry standard of 400 degrees, which is more than needed in most cases. It’s equipped with a nice LED control panel that lets you set the temperature, and timing functions of the unit. You also have the option to preheat the fryer, but I often don’t even bother.
The size and volume of these units make them hot near instantaneously. The basket size is not large, but you can cook about 5 drumsticks, which is what I decided to test the unit with. I had to turn them a couple of times to get them to crisp. For some reason when facing down in the basket they didn’t seem to get enough air.
The unit comes bare bones without so much as a recipe book, which is why the price is so low. You can always grab a cook book anyway, or google air fryer recipes which will yield results equal to or better than most books. Not a bad fryer.
Buyers Guide – What to Look For In An Air Fryer
- Basket capacity is one of the first things to consider when looking for an air fryer. The size you seek should be proportional to the size of your family. The king in this category is the Philips XL, and for it’s size alone it is our favorite out of the bunch.
- Price is always a consideration, and while we love the Philips air fryer, it doesn’t mean you should run out and purchase one if it’s out of your price range. The Gourmia has a more than adequate basket size, as does the Brick & Stove with it’s crazy square shape. This list is here to give you options, so bigger may be better, it may not be best for your budget.
- Oil or oiless? These fryers give you the option of using a small amount of oil, which will totally be up to you and your taste buds. Some foods just will not crisp up without tossing them in a little oily goodness. Homemade fries immediately come to mind in this regard. Not to mention there are plenty of healthy oils out there for you to choose from which will enhance your air frying experience, and provide you with a healthy serving of oil.