The 14 Best Air Fryers To Buy In 2023

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Invented in the Netherlands by Fred van der Weij, the air fryer has become a kitchen staple. In fact, Allied Market Research believes the air fryer market will exceed a whopping $1.4 billion by 2026. 

Easy to use, quick to cook food, and generally cheaper to use than an oven, air fryers are a seriously handy gadget to have around. They give the taste and texture of fried food, but use minimal oil, so are a healthier alternative as well. 

Since their invention, air fryer models have evolved, from the early days of analog timers to fancy touchscreen displays. Some are still relatively simple with one or two functions, while others offer a huge range of cooking options. Of course, there are still mistakes to avoid when using an air fryer, but in general, you'll be able to turn out delicious dishes from air fryer bacon to air fryer "fried" chicken, and air fryer chickpeas to a perfectly poached egg cooked in your air fryer. There are even some air fryers you can roast an entire chicken in.

We've combed through numerous brands and models to find the absolute best of the best. From high-end Ninja models to affordable products for college students and inexperienced cooks, here are 14 air fryers that should be on your radar.

1. Ninja AF161 Max XL

For $169.99, the Ninja AF161 Max XL is one of the best air fryers on the market. Ninja has made a great name for itself in the kitchen gadgets world, building a great line of pressure cookers, juicers, indoor grills, cookware, and blenders. Its air fryers, however, outshine them all. One of the most popular and best rated air fryers is the AF161 Max XL, a nonstick, dishwasher-safe air fryer that cooks food up to 30% faster than the Ninja AF100.

There are seven different cooking options on the AF161, including frying, roasting, broiling, and dehydrating. It hits a maximum temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit and cooks crispy treats with almost no oil. Customers think it's great, with the majority of the thousands of reviews for the AF161 on Amazon giving the full five-star rating.

Although it's not the cheapest air fryer on the list, it's really great value for a top of the line air fryer. The ceramic coated basket holds up to 5.5 quarts, which means you can cook 3 pounds of wings or fries. Plus, the appliance comes with a special wing and french fry crisper plate, and a chef-inspired recipe book.

2. Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8-Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket

The Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8-Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket air fryer is a home cook's dream appliance. It's as close to a restaurant-grade cooker as you can get, with two baskets you can use at the same time, all with the same high quality of a single-basket fryer.

At $199.99, the Foodi 2-Basket comes with six features, including broiling, roasting, baking, reheating, and dehydrating. Its components are dishwasher safe and the air fryer has a wide temperature range of 105 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The DualZone technology comprises two features: Smart Finish and Match Cook, which let you cook two different foods at different temperatures, and ensures the two foods will finish cooking at the same time.

The best part of the Foodi 2-Basket is its immense capacity. The basket holds up to eight quarts, which is two-and-a-half more than the AF161. The capacity is one of the aspects loved by reviewers, with most of its 16,500 ratings on Amazon clocking in at five stars. If you want to expand your cooking capabilities, the Foodi 2-Basket air fryer is a great, premium option.

3. Cosori Pro II Smart Air Fryer

The Cosori Pro II Smart Air Fryer has a cooking capacity of 5.8 quarts, which may appear smaller compared to some of the other air fryers on this list, but it can still fit a whole five pound chicken, so space shouldn't be an issue. It's one of the most-reviewed and best-reviewed air fryers on Amazon, with 84% of its 27,000 ratings labeled as five star. With 12 one-touch cooking options for steak, seafood, fries, vegetables, and toast, the cooking possibilities here feel infinite. It also comes with a cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes.

The air fryer uses what the company calls AdaptIQ technology to create a 360-degree air circulation to heat dishes quickly, make your food crispy, and ensure everything is cooked evenly. Like other air fryers, the Cosori Pro II requires very little oil for cooking. One perk the Cosori air fryer has over other options on this list is the built-in shake reminder. You'll never forget to turn your food over again. The Cosori Pro II's $129.99 price tag makes it a great value option compared to its competitors.

4. Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer Convection Toaster Oven

At $299.95, Cuisinart has made a great, efficient, 1800-watt toaster oven combined with all of the components that make air fryers a must-have in any modern kitchen. With the Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer, you can bake, broil, toast, roast, and dehydrate, just like many other air fryers. What sets this model apart, however, is the large viewing window, oven light, and oven rack. The baking components are dishwasher safe and nonstick, and you get a three-year warranty.

The large digital display is easy to read and navigate, and the oven has a temperature range of up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer is not as big as a normal toaster oven, but it has all of the same features in a smaller package, and can still fit an entire 12-inch pizza, or a four pound chicken. On Amazon, 68% of the 3,900 reviews are five-star ratings.

5. Dash Compact Air Fryer

The Dash Compact Air Fryer is a great, low-cost option for anyone who needs a starter air fryer, or wants to see what all the fuss is about. It makes for a great addition to a college student's kitchenette, or a small apartment space. Though its two-quart capacity is small, Dash's air fryer is mighty in efficiency, with a lightweight shell and an auto-shut off feature.

The Dash model doesn't have a touchscreen, but it does have an adjustable timer. It's not glamorous, but for $69.99, what's not to love about an affordable air fryer in an era where the appliance can cost hundreds of dollars? The Dash air fryer also comes in five different colors: teal, black, red, white, and gray.

With 16,000 reviews on Amazon, 74% of them are rave, five-star ratings. For an air fryer some people might consider cheap, especially compared to other products on this list, it's clear Dash has made an appliance that makes the cost more than worth it.

6. Instant Vortex Plus ClearCook

Like the name suggests, the Instant Vortex Plus ClearCook is a traditional air fryer with a see-through basket that lets you watch your food turn crispy and delicious. The model comes in various quart sizes, including eight and 19, but it's the six-quart version that is the best option.

It's not a dual basket model, but it does have a built-in progress bar that allows you to track how close your wings or fries are to being done. The temperature control has a large range of 95 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Like many of its competitors, the components inside are nonstick and dishwasher safe. The Vortex ClearCook has six cooking options, including roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate.

What makes the Vortex ClearCook a must-have is its quick preheating capabilities. There's no need to defrost your chicken nuggets, as the Vortex will make them golden-brown and perfectly cooked. Customers are really pleased with the Instant Vortex: 83% of its 12,400 reviews on Amazon are five-stars, while the $139.99 price tag makes it cheaper than most of its competitors.

7. GoWise USA 7-Quart

The GoWise USA 7-Quart air fryer might look like a standard model, but it's one of the best bang-for-your-buck products available. It's a single basket air fryer, but it also has a crisper tray for fries and vegetables, and three stackable racks for dehydrating things like jerky and fruit. There are eight different cooking settings, including roast, broil, grill, bake, reheat, and dehydrate, all of which are easily accessible through the large, touchscreen control panel. It also comes with a recipe book featuring more than 100 step-by-step ideas.

GoWise's air fryer has a temperature range of 180 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, while the built-in dehydrator ranges from 90 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. The nonstick basket isn't dishwasher safe, but the PFOA-free coating improves the air fryer's longevity. For $119.95, you're getting a solid option, with 81% of the 15,200 ratings on Amazon giving this air fryer the full five-stars. It's great to see an affordable air fryer that stacks up well with the likes of Ninja, Cuisinart, and Philips.

8. Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Smart XL Air Fry Oven

One of the more expensive items on this list, the Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Smart XL Air Fry Oven is a heavyweight, convection air fryer. While most Ninja air fryers are limited to finger foods like chicken wings or french fries, the Foodi 10-in-1 has an oven rack for making pizza or cooking a whole chicken.

This air fryer evenly cooks every side of your dish at a max heat of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Its many capabilities, which include roasting, broiling, toasting, dehydrating, and pizza baking, make it a very diverse air fryer. That kind of performance doesn't come cheap, though, as it costs $349. However, it's very well rated, with 82% of the Foodi 10-in-1's Amazon ratings hitting five stars.

It's a perfect accessory for any food lover's kitchen. It's well-built and can tackle cooking for larger gatherings, but is also perfect to use when cooking for one as well. According to Ninja, the Foodi 10-in-1 cooks food 30% more quickly than a traditional full-size convection oven.

9. Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill

Though the Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill isn't the most versatile air fryer on the market, it's one of the more unique offerings. If you don't want to brave the outdoors, and don't want to shell out hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for an outdoor grill, this $299.99 indoor option could be the one for you.

The Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill has five built-in functions (as the name suggests), including air crisp, dehydrating, roasting, and baking. Its selling point is the grill feature, which gives you chargrilled results between 105 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're tired of making chicken wings or french fries, the Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill can also cook steak, salmon, and grilled chicken.

The Pro 5-in1 Indoor Grill is smoke-free, and it has a great digital display that makes cooking accessible and easy. Out of 29,000 reviews on Amazon, 87% of them are five-star ratings.

10. PowerXL 6-Quart 12-in-1 Indoor Grill Air Fryer

One of the cheaper air fryers on this list at $141, the PowerXL 6-Quart 12-in-1 Indoor Grill Air Fryer Oven is a sleek, 1550-watt, stainless steel option. Out of 2,450 global ratings on Amazon, 78% of them are five stars, so customers are clearly impressed.

You can cook everything in this model, from salmon filets to burgers, plus wings, fries, and vegetables. There are 12 presets to choose from, including slow cook, saute, sous vide, and simmer. This model also acts as an indoor grill, and can give your food those desired grill marks. For such an affordable price point, the PowerXL air fryer is really versatile and has a temperature control that goes up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

A downside to the PowerXL is that its components are not listed as dishwasher safe, but with the amount of features you're getting for such a reasonable price, spending a few extra minutes scrubbing down the nonstick basket and crisper pan isn't all that bad.

11. Philips Airfryer 5000 Series XL

The Philips Airfryer 5000 Series XL is your standard removable basket, touchscreen air fryer. Philips was the first company to introduce air fryers to the world, beginning in 2010 when it debuted the appliance at the International Funkausstellung industrial exhibition. The Airfryer 5000 Series XL model features Philips' patented "starfish" design, and also comes with wi-fi and Amazon Alexa. It has almost 1,000 global ratings, with an impressive 76% of them at five stars.

The Airfryer 5000 Series XL has many of the same features as other air fryers, including seven digital touch presets and a keep-warm function. It can also reheat food. For $199.95, this product is in the middle in terms of price, and offers reliability and a well-established brand name. You can also pair this air fryer with an app, which will take you through recipes step-by-step, so you can create all sorts of treats using this handy little gadget. There are hundreds of recipes available, and apparently as you cook your way through them, you will get better personalized options, which is a helpful feature.

12. Chefman 8-Quart TurboFry Touch Air Fryer

The rival to Ninja's 8-Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket, Chefman's 8-Quart TurboFry Touch Air Fryer is a great option for dual cooking. The basket comes with a divider so you can make two different foods at the same time with little to no oil.

The Chefman TurboFry's stainless steel design fits perfectly among other modern appliances, and its dishwasher-safe components make cleaning a breeze. The air fryer has four one-touch presets for cooking meals, along with a controlled temperature range of 200 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Its cooking area is big enough to make a plethora of dishes, from fried vegetables to pizza, and frozen dinners to fries. It also comes with a helpful shake reminder.

Compare its $129.99 price tag to Ninja's $199.99 price point and you'll see you can get many of the same perks for a chunk of money less than the Ninja. Customers are impressed with its capabilities, too, with a 76% five-star rating average out of more than 21,000 reviews on Amazon. Investing in a Chefman air fryer is a smart choice that won't break the bank.

13. Breville Smart Oven

The Breville Smart Oven is one of the best smart air fryers out there. It's a reliable product with some great technology. The people who've purchased the oven agree, too, with 84% of the Breville Smart Oven's thousands of reviews on Amazon reaching five-star merit. For $269.95, you can spend without stress knowing you're getting one of the best toaster oven air fryers around.

The Breville Smart Oven has a lot of room for cooking, and is capable of squeezing in up to nine slices of bread and a 14-pound turkey, so it's easy to feed the whole family in one go. It also offers 13 cooking functions, from slow cooking, to proofing, reheating, and of course, air frying.

Amazon notes the interior oven light that automatically turns on when a cooking cycle concludes as a selling point. On top of that, the LCD display makes cooking accessible with easy-to-read digital measurements.

14. TaoTronics Air Fryer

The TaoTronics 6-Quart 1750W Air Frying Oven is a great, affordable option. The appliance has a one-touch smart program that makes cooking programs customizable and easy to access. With a five-star rating from more than 1,300 reviews on the TaoTronics website, the 1750W model is a reliable, cost-effective air fryer with many of the same attributes as bigger-named brands, like a convection heating component, nonstick frying basket, and dishwasher-safe parts.

With a 360-degree air convection system, you can cook meals quickly and evenly. There are 11 preset menus, and variable time settings which are easy to control and manage. Although there are bigger options on the market, the TaoTronics' six-quart basket can make enough chicken or french fries for a whole family. It's also incredibly affordable at $59.99, making it a really good air fryer for anyone who is just starting their journey through the beautiful world of quick, crispy delights.