Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about kitchen essentials before — including the best coffee machines, the best rice cookers, and the best kettles — here, we’ve rounded up the best air fryers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall air fryer
Cosori’s air fryer was the best-rated thanks to the overwhelming number of reviews, 81 percent of which are five stars (it was also the best-rated on our sister site, too). The drawer-style air fryer features 11 preset options, which were mentioned in 235 positive reviews. They offer suggested temperature and timer settings for everything from fish to French fries (there’s even a defrost option), but several customers wrote that these can be adjusted to personal tastes, including one person who preferred their chips extra-crispy. Thirteen reviewers noted that the quality was just the same as in a conventional oven — in fact, one customer said they have cooked everything from croissants to keto-friendly pizzas in this. The Cosori is notably one of the larger options at 5.5L in size — several reviewers say this makes enough food for four to six people, with one specifically comparing it in size to an espresso machine. It was considered easy to clean by 185 customers, and although abrasive cleaners must be avoided, many customers said a soapy dishcloth was able to remove even the toughest stains from slow-cooking. Fifty-six reviewers said they would recommend this to anyone on the fence about getting a slow cooker. One woman even said she couldn’t imagine life without hers.
Best-rated (less expensive) air fryer
Tower’s air fryer has less bells and whistles than the Cosori, but comes at a fraction of the price and features 74 percent five-star reviews. One hundred and forty-four reviewers said they would recommend this model, which features two manual dials to change the time and the temperature respectively. Happy customers included a couple who were given it as a wedding present and were particularly impressed at how easy it was to make healthier onion rings. One man said that, after getting this model eight months ago, he now uses it three to five times a week (and has since thrown out his deep-fat fryer). Many customers said it was particularly good at cooking food from frozen — with 48 customers recommending it over oven cooking, as it cut the time down by about half.
Best-rated air fryer with paddle
This fryer by Tefal has 84 percent five-star reviews, and while it has many features seen in other models (such as nine presets and a clear screen), the standout feature was the paddle. This removable device turns the food in the oven, ensuring it cooks evenly. According to one reviewer, this made sweet potato fries impossibly crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Another noted that the paddle was more substantial and durable than his older model’s, a Breville, but it can also be removed for cooking wetter dishes such as curries. Several customers said the paddle can break up softer foods (for roast potatoes, several customers removed the paddle halfway through the cooking cycle, ensuring they were cooked but not mushed up too much). The effect of the paddle, according to one junk-food fan, was food that tasted as if it had been deep-fried (but was actually healthy). Tefal doesn’t specify the liquid capacity of this air fryer, but defines it as an “XL”-sized fryer that can serve eight portions of food.
Best-rated air fryer with rotisserie basket
This air fryer oven by Yedi comes with 74 percent five-star reviews and features a rotisserie skewer that 101 customers say ensures their chicken cooks more quickly than in a conventional oven. It also features a mesh basket and drip tray, which, unlike a drawer-style fryer, ensures the food doesn’t need to be turned manually. Reviewers said hot wings and French fries were shatteringly crispy after being cooked in this air fryer, and 12 customers wrote five-star reviews about their kebabs — one person said their homemade chicken doner was just as good as their local takeaway. Eighty-nine reviewers called this easy to clean, thanks in part to the oven-style door, although several customers wrote that the splatter guard — which sits at the top of the oven, above the food — was unable to withstand messier foods. The oven also comes with wire racks, which customers used for everything from cooking salmon to dehydrating homemade beef jerky. One hundred and twenty-seven customers said it was easy to use, too, with 18 presets (including highly specific options, like cake or nuts), adjustable temperatures of up to 200 degrees, and a 12L capacity.
Best-rated multi-cooker with air fryer
As well as having an air-fry function, this multi-cooker by Ninja can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and steamer, and has 88 percent five-star reviews. It comes highly recommended by 55 reviewers, including one customer who liked it so much they threw away their old slow cooker and air fryer to save room in their cupboards. One reviewer, a self-confessed novice in the kitchen, bought it after being sent to work abroad for six months, and said they could now make restaurant-quality food at home without relying on delivery every night. Another said the frozen chips they cooked in the air fryer were the best they’d ever tasted. Though it saves on space and is something of a Swiss army knife when it comes to kitchen tools, this had drawbacks; in one review, a customer writes that the air fryer’s nondetachable splatter guard gets in the way when using the product as a pressure cooker. It’s also heavy, with several customers saying they leave it out on the counter as it can be cumbersome to lift in and out of cupboards (one customer even said their Amazon driver seemed to struggle carrying it to the door). But if you’re looking to upgrade from an inexpensive fryer to something more substantial, 12 reviewers called it a game-changer.
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