Air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate your food with the Ninja 4 quart air fryer. The cooking basket is made from a nonstick ceramic for ease of cleaning. Includes a crisper plate and a multi-layer rack for additional cooking options. The Ninja has a digital display and is programmable as well. The temperatures can range as low as 105 degrees and up to 400 depending on the setting chosen providing a wide range of cooking options. One critique is that the machine will not auto-shutoff when the basket is removed, however this is likely to ensure you can check on and adjust food as needed while cooking. Just don't pull the basket out and expect it turn off before the preset time has elapsed. The four quart capacity does limit your ability to cook lots of food at one time but is a great choice for someone making meals for a smaller family. The Ninja's low temperature setting is ideal for dehydration, a feature you won't find on many products on the market.
The 5.8 quart COSORI comes with an LED digital touchscreen and 11 presets for regularly cooked foods. Alternatively, you can set it to a temperature and time of your choosing using the manual entry option. The larger 5.8 quart model should be able to cook five to six pounds of food at one time. Temperatures range from 170 to 400 degrees. The basket is made from a nonstick material and the basket separates into two pieces for easy cleaning and can be placed in the dishwasher. The squared off design is intentional, working to maximize both counter space and cooking area. One critique is that the basket can be difficult to operate at times. However, special features such as the "Keep Warm" and "Shake" indicator make this product stand apart.
The Ultrean 4.2 quart air fryer is a great option for those that prefer simple, straightforward settings as it has only five buttons: one for "power", two for temperature, and two for time. Set the desired temperature and time and you are on your way. No need to stress over -- or pay for -- additional features. In addition to the five simple buttons is a small LED screen to display the temperature and time. This fryer will heat between 180 and 400 degrees for a range of food options. Not only will it air fry, it will also grill, roast, and bake, all using fewer fats than traditional cooking. The pan is made with a nonstick surface and is dishwasher safe for quick cleanup. The smaller 4.2 quart basket will limit the amount of food that can be prepared at one time, but is great for smaller households.
The Yedi air fryer definitely strives to be an all-in-one appliance for the modern kitchen. The accessory kit that comes with the air fryer will have you cooking everything from pizza to cake to egg bites using the included cake and pizza pans, silicone cupcake and egg bite pan, and even a rack with skewers. These extras may not be needed for everyone, so if you are looking for a simple fryer for traditionally fried foods such as french fries and chicken, then you may not need the added frills of this particular fryer. However, if you are looking to transition to using a new appliance to either partially or fully eliminate the need to use your oven on a regular basis, the Yedi has you covered. The basket is nonstick and dishwasher safe, and at 5.8 quarts, is large enough to feed the entire family.
Oola's own Allison Hederman who is also a personal trainer and diet coach uses the Farberware in her own kitchen. "This air fryer has completely replaced our toaster, toaster oven, and is used over our oven and microwave in most cases. It’s our daily go-to for warming up leftovers, making crispy chicken wings, healthy and flavorful pork tenderloin and potato dinners, and even crisping the kids’ PopTarts." The Farberware air fryer is one of the smaller units we reviewed at 3.2 quarts, so this unit is not recommended for large families but great for small batches and can handle between one and two pounds of food at a time in general. Additionally, this model is super simple to use; simply turn both the temperature and cook time dials to the desired amount and the fryer will do the rest! While the basket claims to be dishwasher safe, you can likely prolong the life of your fryer by hand washing as some users have noticed that the nonstick coating on the basket may begin to peel over time.
GoWISE USA's 5.8 quart 8-in-1 air fryer is a great option for larger families needing to cook more food at once. The touchscreen display allows you to easily use presets for regularly made foods, or enter a manual temperature and time. This unit will heat food anywhere from 180 to 400 degrees and comes equipped with a "Start/Stop" button if you decide you need to change the temperature during the cooking cycle. The system has a built in alarm reminder to to shake or flip your food for optimal even cooking. While some users have admitted to using the dishwasher without issue, the product does not claim to be dishwasher safe so you may be better off hand washing to prolong the life of the basket's nonstick coating.
Designed to feed between five and ten people, the Paula Deen 9.5 quart air fryer is the largest of the units reviewed by our team. The basket is made from a nonstick ceramic material that will not flake over time and is dishwasher safe. Rather than a touchscreen, this unit opts for manual knobs to adjust the temperature and cook time which in theory makes the product simple to operate for most users. However, some have noticed that the timer knob does not turn back easily if you need to reduce the amount of time needed for cooking. Overall, its spacious cooking basket and ease of cleaning make this product a great buy.
Don't let the process of selecting an air fryer overwhelm you; Oola is here to help highlight the key factors you need to consider when deciding between the various products on the market. From size to construction to added features, make sure you are an informed consumer before making your next purchase.
One feature of every air fryer on the market are the heat vents that ensure the unit does not overheat while cooking. Afterall, air fryers can heat up to 400 degrees which needs to go somewhere. It is crucial to remember that these can put out a significant amount of heat, so ensure you have plenty of clearance around the unit while it is in use, and make certain there is nothing that can melt near this vent such as plastic.
It is important to consider two different sizes when making your purchase: counter space needed and the internal basket capacity. You will want to purchase a fryer that has enough capacity to feed your household in as few batches as possible while limiting the amount of coveted counter space it will take up when in use, or shelf space when in storage. Larger fryers are great for larger families but also come with a larger product that will need somewhere to live. Fryers generally range between just under four quarts to nearly ten, so choose wisely what will work best with your kitchen.
Most air fryers on the market today come with a nonstick basket, however not all nonstick options are created equally. If possible, opt for a nonstick ceramic basket over more common nonstick coatings. While some products claim their nonstick coatings are dishwasher safe, this can be risky as most will peel in the long run. However, nonstick coatings can save you money overall and if cared for well, can last quite a while without issue.
Air fryers come in one of two main control setups: manual buttons/dials or a touchscreen. Both are great depending on the user. Manual dials and buttons are great for those who prefer a simple set up: just set the time and temperature and walk away. Others prefer the more modern feel of a touchscreen, most of which include preset configurations for regularly cooked items such as chicken or french fries. Manual controls tend to come equipped on the less expensive models offering a way to save a few dollars if you are looking for an economical option.