Because the list of air fryers is endless, we compared top-selling air fryers for you. We reviewed and researched their features, wattages, and more. We also compared ratings to give you suggestions to make air frying shopping easier.
While we talk about the best air fryers here, we also have a great article titled "What is an Air Fryer" that goes over the basics of air frying.
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Comparing Air Fryers
There are SO many air fryers out there and it's really confusing to know what to look for, especially if you've never used one before.
To begin the choice of picking your air fryer you first need to decide a few things.
- How much counter space do you have for your air fryer?
- What functions will you use on your air fryer?
- What is your budget?
- How many people are you feeding?
We came across so many amazing air fryers, and while there are a lot of good ones out there, we are just recommending a few that we think are the best air fryers.
- Dash Air Fryer
- Wattage: 1000W
- Size: 2.6 quart
This air fryer is small but can get the job done. It is great for making side dishes, but can also cook meals if you have small space or are looking to feed a small family.
One of the features is a dial instead of digital buttons. And it comes with an auto shut-off. It is compact, lightweight, and comes in fun colors to match any kitchen.
If you are a beginner, or just looking to try before you invest in a larger air fryer, this one will be perfect.
The Dash is an affordable air fryer, that doesn't take up a lot of space. It can easily handle making meals or side dishes for one or two people.
Cosori 5.8 Air Fryer Max XL
- Cosori Air Fryers
- Size 5.8: quart
The Cosori is a great size for a small family of 4 people or less. It has a basket large enough to fit a 3-4 pound chicken. The Cosori has presets to make cooking easy, or you can choose you're cooking style with easy buttons.
This unit also works with Alexa, or Google assistance. It comes with a basket that is dishwasher safe and very easy to clean, making it easy to use.
The square basket is large enough to fit an 8 inch springform pan for baking cheesecake. It has several cooking options and preset options to take the guesswork out of cooking. It is also a great air fryer if you like gadgets and technology. Great value for the price.
- Cosori Air Fryers
- Size: 6.8 quart
It is very highly rated with online users. The square basket is large enough to fit an 8 inch springform pan for baking cheesecake, and has several cooking options and preset options, which takes the guesswork out of cooking.
This Cosori is a great size for a family of 4-6. It has a basket large enough to fit a 5 pound chicken. The Cosori has presets to make cooking easy, or you can choose you're cooking style with easy buttons.
The Cosori 6.8 quart air fryer has dual heating elements to cook both sides of your food evenly, eliminating the need to flip or shake! It has 12 customizable functions including a "keep warm" function, which is genius.
It also works with Alexa, or Google assistance. The basket includes a crisper tray, and doesn't seem to scratch or peel. It also is very easy to clean.
- Ninja Air Fryer Max XL
- Wattage: 1750
- Size: 5.5 quart
The Ninja Max XL has a ceramic coated, easy to clean, 5.5 quart basket. This basket can fit up to 3 pounds of fries, and crisps easily and quickly! With temperatures up to 450 degrees F, it has a lot to offer without taking up a lot of counter space.
The Ninja Max is a great sized air fryer for families, with a ceramic coated basket that is nonstick and dishwasher safe. It has several features like broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate.
- Ninja Foodi 6 in 1
- Wattage: 1690
- Size: Each side is 5 quarts for 10 quart capacity
The Ninja Foodi 6 in 1 includes nonstick cooking baskets that are dishwasher-safe and have crisper plates. Each side is 5 quarts, allowing you to make a main dish and a side at the same time for quick, large family meals.
Because we like to have options, this air fryer also has features like broil, roast, bake, reheat, and dehydrate, which gives you a variety of ways to use this air fryer.
This air fryer provides up to 10 quarts of air frying at the same time, making it perfect for larger families, without taking up too much counter space. It also has features built in allowing both baskets to air fry at the same temperature for the same amount of time, OR at different start times and temperatures!
Another amazing bonus with this air fryer is the built in thermometer, which helps ensure food reaches safe temperatures, without over cooking.
Ninja Foodi 9 in 1
- Ninja Foodi 9 in 1
- Wattage: 1400
- Size: 8 quart
The Ninja Foodi 9 in 1 gives a lot of options. It can steam, broil, dehydrate, as well pressure cook and slow cook. It has a large ceramic coated pot, and is easy to hand wash.
Perfect for making meals for larger families, this basket can fit up to a 7 pound chicken.
Kalorik combines several appliances into just this one, easy to clean, and is perfect for a large family.
- Kalorik 26 QT Digital Maxx Air Fryer
- Wattage: 1700
- Size: 26 quart
It is amazing that this air fryer does the work of up to 10 different appliances, making it a kitchen powerhouse. It has several presets for cooking, and can cook up to 500 degrees.
Because it is so large, you can fit a whole chicken to roast, or cook an entire meal at the same time, with room to spare. It also comes with accessories and a cookbook, which is really helpful for easy use.
Impressively, it seems to be able to do everything, including toasting. It also comes with accessories that are useful, and can heat up to 500 degrees, over most other air fryers topping at 400 degrees.
- NuWave Brio 15.5-Quart Large Capacity Air Fryer + Grill
- Wattage: 1800
- Size: 15.5 quart
This air fryer has almost everything you need. It has room for an entire chicken, and the racks make for easy baking. It has 100 presets, making this a very easy to use air fryer.
It also comes with a built in temperature probe, which will ensure you don't overcook or undercook your food. It can also grill, bake, broil, and dehydrate, if those are features you need.
The NuWave Brio has very high ratings from consumer reporting groups. Along with all of its features, it also has dishwasher safe trays and racks, making for easy clean up.
Looking for more? Check out the article "clearly you don't own an air fryer" for more information to help you decide which air fryer will work best for you.
Air Fryer Tips and Secrets
Some of the most popular questions that we see are really about troubleshooting. To help you learn more about air frying, we put together a couple of suggestions to follow when you're cooking food:
- Do not over fill your basket. Foods can't cook properly if they are stacked or overlapping.
- For a crispy coating, coat foods with a light coating of olive oil, egg wash, honey, BBQ, Teriyaki, or other sauce.
- Shake or rotate and flip vegetables or meats. If one side is closer to the fan source it may help even cooking with a quick flip halfway through the process.
- When trying a traditional oven recipe in the air fryer, you must lower the temperature and cooking time.
- Be sure to clean the basket after each use. This will help food cook more evenly, and will preserve the life of your air fryer. You can also use items like foil and parchment paper in the air fryer to help with clean up!
Did you know your air fryer can cook this?
I really enjoy trying new recipes, and converting old recipes, to make them air fryer friendly. Did you know your air fryer can bake a cake, cheesecake, and bread? Just like it can make amazing greaseless onion rings and French fries.
If you are a beginner, or you are just somewhat intimidated by the air fryer, we have an e-cookbook with basic beginner recipes!