One of the current most used gadgets in our kitchen is the multi-cooker. It’s perfect for setting things going and leaving them, with a timer to count down.
Countless one pot recipes have turned out perfectly with minimal effort, being able to air-fry is an added bonus.
Southern Fried Chicken and Chips – dinner sorted;
Breaded fish and chips – no sweat
And beyond stir-frying and air frying, there appears to be really no limits as to the recipes and types of food that can be cooked in the air fryer – multi-cooker; baking cakes, crustless quiches, roasting nuts.
If you’re considering adding the Air Fryer to your family of kitchen gadgets, we have shortlisted some of our favourites here. If in doubt, get the largest size possible. If nothing else, it does mean you would be able to bulk cook in advance.
And if you’d like some ideas and inspiration for the endless possibilities your air fryer has, check out this Facebook Page for the Phillips Airfryer
Top 5 Best Air Fryers
Here is an overview of our line-up. For an idea of size, check out the volume of the cooking pan:
- T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry Low-Fat Healthy Air Fryer [2.9L / 2.55Qt / 2.2lbs / 1kg]
- Philips XL Airfryer, The Original Airfryer HD9240/94 [2.65lbs / 1.2kg / 3.2Qt]
- BLACK+DECKER HF110SBD Air Fryer [2L / 1.76Qt]
- GoWISE USA GW22631 XL Electric Air Fryer 5.8 Qt [5.8Qt] – BIGGEST CAPACITY
- Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 QT Deluxe [5.3Qt]
- Capacity: 2.9L or 2.2pound capacity
- Simple on/off switch and digital countdown timer with buzzer for easy monitoring
- Removable ceramic-coated nonstick pan (PTFE and PFOA free) for easy clean up
- Secure lid for safe splatter-free cooking; stay-cool exterior; filter for odorless cooking
- Color recipe book (38 recipes) and measuring spoon included; dishwasher-safe parts for quick cleanup
Also known as the Philips Advance XL HD9240, the healthy air fryer has a digital touchscreen display with settings for fries, grills, bakes and roasts using just a tablespoon or less of cooking oil. It uses unique and patented starfish design that circulates hot air around the entire unit, around the food to make sure that it is evenly cooked. No stirrer or paddle so one less moving part to worry about.
- Capacity: 1.2kg capacity (2.65 pounds of frozen french fries)
- Digital touch screen controls, on-off buttons with timer countdown 60 minutes
- Adjustable temperature up to 390 degrees, dishswasher safe parts.
- Non-stick coated pan
- includes recipe book and free app with more than 150 recipes
- Capacity: 2L Capacity- The 2-liter (about 8-cup) capacity can fit snacks or main dishes. There’s room to fry two potatoes or up to eight chicken wings
- Dual Convection Fans– The exclusive cooking element combines heat with a powerful dual fan convection system to circulate hot air around food for fast, crispy results
- 60-Minute Timer- allows for precision cooking on a wide range of foods. The unit will automatically turn off when the timer is up
- Variable Temperature Control- Find the best frying temperature for everything from frozen vegetables to pizza rolls. The temperature control ranges from 175-400 Degree F
- Indicator Lights- One light shows when the unit is powered on, and the other turns off when the preheat temperature is reached
- Little to No Oil Needed- Circulating hot air adds a crispy touch to your favorite fried foods, and requires little to no oil depending on your taste preferences
This 4th generation electric comes with touch screen display, button guard and detachable basket.
- Capacity: 5.8Quartz
- Touch screen technology with 7 built-in smart programs: chips, meat, chicken, steak, shrimp, fish or manual. Detachable basket equipped with a button guard to prevent accidents.
- Adjustable temperature from 170°F – 400°F and timer up to 30 minutes for cooking a variety of food from crispy fries to juicy wings. The air fryer will automatically switch into standby mode when the time is up.
- Quick and Easy clean up: nonstick coating on the basket and pan makes it easy to clean grease and stuck on food. It’s also dishwasher safe!
- Recipe book included. Colour Options: Black, Red
- Capacity: 5.3 Quartz
- 6-in-1 Cooking Features
- Rapid Air Technology- Roast, Air Fry, Bake, Steam, Sauté, and Grill
- Digital easy one touch panel– one touch settings make cooking a breeze
- Uses no or less oil- Cook healthy without butters or oils
- Cooks up to 400 degrees– fry and cook almost anything/ 1700 Watts
- Includes 3 Piece kit includes a Baking insert, Pizza Pan and Cooking Tongs.
Not quite an air fryer but a deep fryer with a difference. For those who can’t totally give up on fat frying and believes that nothings beat the crush and crispiness of a truly fat fried french fries or chicken, the DeLonghi rotating deep fryer lets you do that with half the oil using a titled rotating basket. There is also a quick and easy way to drain the oil when you are done for eacy cleaning.
- Capacity: 1-1/2 lb food capacity Achieve crispier and tastier results with only half the oil usage by using the tilted rotating basket
- No longer deal with messy, hot oil with the patented easy clean oil draining system.
- Check the frying progress while safely avoiding hot oil with the outer cool touch handle.
- Adjustable thermostat and indicator light; the temperature can be set between 300 and 370 degrees
- Don’t worry about over-frying, just set the digital removable timer and the alarm will go off to remind you to check the food
This GoWISE USA air fryer is a compact air fryer with 2.75 Quartz capacity. Still it has a detachable basket from the pull out try for ease of moving the food and button guard to avoid accidentally detaching the basket. Available in black or red (shown below).
- Capacity: 2.75 Quartz
- Fry, Bake, Roast, and Grill to make fries, steak, chicken, and more.
- Manually manage time with the cooking guide found on top of the fryer. Included is a detachable basket equipped with a button guard to prevent accidental detachment of the basket along with a recipe booklet.
- Adjustable temperature from 175°F – 400°F and adjustable timer up to 30 minutes. Cook worry free with the fryer’s automatic standby feature that automatically switch into standby when the cooking time is up.
- Nonstick coating on the dishwasher safe basket and pan makes it easy to clean grease and food. Wipe down the outside of the air fryer with a damp cloth and it’ll look just like new.