Not everyone has the luxury of preparing a delicious meal for themselves after a long day and convenience store food goes stale quick. Be it for energy reasons, economic reasons or just a general lack of motivation to cook for oneself, there are a million reasons to welcome the air fryer into your kitchen.
The reasons to use an air fryer start with convenience but don’t simply end there. I’m sure many of you are similarly plagued with a postage stamp sized kitchen and/or an outdated oven, and if you are, you know how terrible it is to have a sheet pan of vegetables going at the same time you are trying to fry some chicken while your dog takes up as much space as possible beneath your feet. And if you don’t have a dishwasher, you know how easy one or two pans can take over the entire kitchen, leaving you claustrophobic and wholly uninterested in cooking for yourself again in like 18 hours.
But because the human body needs fuel to do the things it does, you have got to do it. Hand over your anxieties and labor to the air fryer. Simplify your clean up. Have your fresh food prepared in the time it usually takes to reheat your leftovers in the microwave. It’s fine—better even. You won’t look back.
Below you’ll find five of the best air fryers currently available on Amazon.
At 5.8 quarts, you can make enough fries to feed your whole house in one fell swoop. And if that’s enough to entice you into buying such an appliance, how about making two pounds of chicken available in under half an hour without having to preheat an oven? If chicken is not your thing, or you’ve already eaten it too much this month, enter Tidylife’s recipe book of over 32 air fryer recipes. No oil necessary.
Like the above, this air fryer also comes in the perfect extra large option of 5.8 quarts. The beauty of this particular appliance is its multifunctionality. It comes equipped with 7 cooking presets including fries, ribs, shrimp, chicken, steak, fish and even cake. The touch screen adds to the intuitive nature so rest assured that your new gadget will not take long to get used to. With the heat preservation setting, you can start your dinner as soon as you walk through the door and keep it warm for up to 120 minutes as you shower, vacuum, walk the dog and do whatever else needs to be done at the end of a long day before you eat your hot and home cooked meal.
If you’re unsure if you are ready to jump feet first into the air fryer lifestyle, you can start with a more affordable option and upgrade later, if necessary. Like other options, this air fryer is multifunctional in that it can grill, roast and bake your favorite foods. It shuts off automatically when it’s done and comes with a free cookbook to get your creative juices flowing as you adjust to the ease of cooking.
This one is touted as an XXL option, but at 4 quarts, it has the smallest capacity of all air fryers on this list. So if you don’t need a prepare a humungous amount of fries at once, your family is smaller, you’ve had lesser air fryers before or you just prefer a name brand option from a legacy tech-company, the Philips airfryer might be the way for you to go. Equipped with a Quick CLean basket and removable non-stick mesh, cleaning is quick and easy and even dishwasher safe.
Again if name recognition is your thing, the Ninja air fryer might be a good option for you. With a wide temperate range of 105°F–400°F, you can cook pretty much anything you would in a traditional oven. The 4-quart non-stick basket can fit up to 2 pounds of fries as well as work as a dehydrator for jerkie or vegetable crisps. As is standard with air fryers these days, this one is also dishwasher safe.