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Best Air Fryers in The Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best air fryers in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

An air fryer is a great and healthy alternative to the deep fryer. Interestingly, it is not capable of just frying food but also bake, grill, and roast it. So, an air fryer also eliminates the need for an appliance that is good at baking.

If you are finding it challenging to buy the best air fryer of 2021, this buyer’s guide will help you out.

UPDATED

9/24/2022

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Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer

Cosori

Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer

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Shake reminder
Control settings, monitor cooking and browse recipes using your smartphone
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35.3 x 29.9 x 32.2 cm
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3 to 5
77°–204°C
1 to 60 minutes
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Cosori

Pro Air Fryer

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Cook with 85% less fat than traditional deep-fry dishes
One-touch selection
Auto shut off
Shake reminder
°F to °C unit switching
33.7 x 27.1 31.2cm
4.6
3.5
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1 to 60 minutes
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Philips

Airfryer Essential L - HD9200/91

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Auto shut off
Patented Rapid Air technology
Cook with 90% less fat than traditional deep-fry dishes
Fry, bake, grill, roast, and reheat possible
Two years guarantee
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1 to 60 minutes
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Tefal

Easy Fry Precision EY4018

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Air Pulse technology
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XL capacity in a compact, modern design
Fry, bake, grill, and roast possible
Audible ready alert
33.3 x ‎27.8 x 32.85 cm
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Princess

Digital XL 182020 Air Fryer

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BPA-free material
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Suitable for five portions of fries
Easy to clean
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Airfryer Premium XXL-HD9650/90

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Rapid Air technology
Integrated cord storage
Cook with 90% less fat than traditional deep-fry dishes
Suitable for fry, bake, grill, roast, and reheat
43.3 x 32 x 31.5 cm
7.99
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5 to 6
80°C to 200°C
1 to 60 minutes
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Tristar

FR-6980 Mini Crispy Fryer

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Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer


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Buyer’s Guide - Best Air Fryer in The Netherlands

Best fries are homemade!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for an air fryer

What features you must look for when buying a new air fryer?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for an air fryer

Best practices for air fryer usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best air fryers

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for an air fryer

1.1 Types

Usually, air fryers have the same functions. They might vary in design and their additions, but that’s it. In principle, you can distinguish an air fryer into the following types:

  • Air Fryer With Stirring Feature

Hot air fryers with this function have a stirring arm that is located inside and regularly stirs in the frying basket. It relieves you of manual stirring. Also, the results are more even with a stirring arm since there is no human intervention. You can use this type of fryer for chips or vegetables, but not for foods such as steak. Moreover, the stirring arm takes quite a space in the frying basket.

This feature also affects the price as air fryers with a stir function are usually more expensive than those without. On top of it, more power consumption by this type of fryer only adds to the expenses.

  • Double Heat Air Fryer

The double heat air fryer has two heat sources, one is below, and the second heat source is at the top of the unit. 

The advantage of this type of air fryer is that two different temperatures can be set simultaneously. The roasting basket is divided, and you can prepare two separate dishes like meat and vegetables simultaneously. 

The disadvantage is a higher price and higher power consumption. It is worth investing only when you need a second heat source.

Usually, air fryers have the same functions. They might vary in design and their additions, but that’s it. In principle, you can distinguish an air fryer into the following types:

  • Air Fryer With Stirring Feature

Hot air fryers with this function have a stirring arm that is located inside and regularly stirs in the frying basket. It relieves you of manual stirring. Also, the results are more even with a stirring arm since there is no human intervention. You can use this type of fryer for chips or vegetables, but not for foods such as steak. Moreover, the stirring arm takes quite a space in the frying basket.

This feature also affects the price as air fryers with a stir function are usually more expensive than those without. On top of it, more power consumption by this type of fryer only adds to the expenses.

  • Double Heat Air Fryer

The double heat air fryer has two heat sources, one is below, and the second heat source is at the top of the unit. 

The advantage of this type of air fryer is that two different temperatures can be set simultaneously. The roasting basket is divided, and you can prepare two separate dishes like meat and vegetables simultaneously. 

The disadvantage is a higher price and higher power consumption. It is worth investing only when you need a second heat source.

1.2 Types of Pans and Baskets

There can be three types of frying baskets. One, you can open it like a drawer in which you open the pan, and from below, it is supported by rails. The second one is a fully removable pan with the frying basket attached. A third type is where the frying basket is the pan and is completely removable. Let’s read further to know the difference in detail.

  • Drawer Type

This is basically an extendable pan that opens like a drawer. You pull the lever towards you to open the pan drawer. You can let go of the pan entirely as the pan and the frying basket (which hangs in the pan) are supported below by rails. You can easily open and close this with one hand. Also, there is no risk of the pan slipping out of the air fryer and falling. The only drawback is cleaning. Since it is not removable, it gets difficult to clean the pan on which you often find crumbs, fat, moisture fallen from the basket’s mesh bottom.

  • Removable Inner Pan

The majority of air fryers come in this category. The pan and frying basket are attached, but you can altogether remove it as a whole thing. Once the entire thing is out, you can detach the basket from the pan with the help of a safety catch (located on the handle). Since the pan is removable, it is not supported by rails. The advantage of a completely removable inner pan is that you can scoop up the dish from the frying basket without making a mess.

The downside is that sometimes it is difficult to open it with a single hand. Also, some people find it difficult to slide the pan straight into the air fryer and at the right angle.

  • Removable Frying Basket

Some air fryers only have a frying basket that acts as an inner pan. The basket is 100% removable and not supported by rails. The two advantages are that it takes less time to clean and takes up less space in your dishwasher.

Unfortunately, this style is not ideal for shaking or serving the dish as the basket has openings all around, including the bottom, which leaves room for moisture or fat to flow out of the basket. 

There can be three types of frying baskets. One, you can open it like a drawer in which you open the pan, and from below, it is supported by rails. The second one is a fully removable pan with the frying basket attached. A third type is where the frying basket is the pan and is completely removable. Let’s read further to know the difference in detail.

  • Drawer Type

This is basically an extendable pan that opens like a drawer. You pull the lever towards you to open the pan drawer. You can let go of the pan entirely as the pan and the frying basket (which hangs in the pan) are supported below by rails. You can easily open and close this with one hand. Also, there is no risk of the pan slipping out of the air fryer and falling. The only drawback is cleaning. Since it is not removable, it gets difficult to clean the pan on which you often find crumbs, fat, moisture fallen from the basket’s mesh bottom.

  • Removable Inner Pan

The majority of air fryers come in this category. The pan and frying basket are attached, but you can altogether remove it as a whole thing. Once the entire thing is out, you can detach the basket from the pan with the help of a safety catch (located on the handle). Since the pan is removable, it is not supported by rails. The advantage of a completely removable inner pan is that you can scoop up the dish from the frying basket without making a mess.

The downside is that sometimes it is difficult to open it with a single hand. Also, some people find it difficult to slide the pan straight into the air fryer and at the right angle.

  • Removable Frying Basket

Some air fryers only have a frying basket that acts as an inner pan. The basket is 100% removable and not supported by rails. The two advantages are that it takes less time to clean and takes up less space in your dishwasher.

Unfortunately, this style is not ideal for shaking or serving the dish as the basket has openings all around, including the bottom, which leaves room for moisture or fat to flow out of the basket. 

1.3 Basket Bottom Material

The material of the bottom of the basket varies with brands. For example, Philips fryer has a fine mesh frying basket that ensures sufficient hot air circulates through the frying basket. On the downside, it is difficult to clean, especially if fat or cheese residues have got stuck.

Other brands frying basket consists of a piece of metal that is coated with a Teflon or non-stick coating. This type of frying basket is much easier to clean.

The material of the bottom of the basket varies with brands. For example, Philips fryer has a fine mesh frying basket that ensures sufficient hot air circulates through the frying basket. On the downside, it is difficult to clean, especially if fat or cheese residues have got stuck.

Other brands frying basket consists of a piece of metal that is coated with a Teflon or non-stick coating. This type of frying basket is much easier to clean.

1.4 Contents

Content means the capacity of the air fryer, which is measured in litres. An air fryer comes in different sizes and formats.

For a family of 2 or 3, an air fryer with a capacity of 1.5 to 2 litres will be sufficient. A large family can buy a 9-litre capacity air fryer. In addition to the capacity, you must consider the dimensions of the appliance so that it fits well into your kitchen. 

Content means the capacity of the air fryer, which is measured in litres. An air fryer comes in different sizes and formats.

For a family of 2 or 3, an air fryer with a capacity of 1.5 to 2 litres will be sufficient. A large family can buy a 9-litre capacity air fryer. In addition to the capacity, you must consider the dimensions of the appliance so that it fits well into your kitchen. 

1.5 Payload

Payload is nothing but the capacity of an air fryer, but it is measured in kilograms. The most common payloads available in the air fryer market are 1.2 kg, 1.4 kg or even 1.5 kg. If you are alone or couples, you don't need an air fryer that has a payload of more than 1 kg. A family of two to four people can get a 1 kg to 1.25 kg payload air fryer. For 3 to 5 people, a fryer with a 1.3 kg or more capacity payload will do.

Payload is nothing but the capacity of an air fryer, but it is measured in kilograms. The most common payloads available in the air fryer market are 1.2 kg, 1.4 kg or even 1.5 kg. If you are alone or couples, you don't need an air fryer that has a payload of more than 1 kg. A family of two to four people can get a 1 kg to 1.25 kg payload air fryer. For 3 to 5 people, a fryer with a 1.3 kg or more capacity payload will do.

1.6 Energy Consumption

Power consumption plays an essential role in buying the right fryer. It is measured in watts, and more power simply means a faster device. The number of watts is also related to the maximum temperature that can be reached. On the downside, more power means more electricity bills, as more power means higher power consumption. To strike a balance between everything, get an air fryer that consumes 1400 – 1600 watts.

Power consumption plays an essential role in buying the right fryer. It is measured in watts, and more power simply means a faster device. The number of watts is also related to the maximum temperature that can be reached. On the downside, more power means more electricity bills, as more power means higher power consumption. To strike a balance between everything, get an air fryer that consumes 1400 – 1600 watts.

1.7 Ease of Use

Referring to customer reviews is the best way to find out how easy to use an appliance is. Of course, it will take time to get used to the settings of an air fryer. However, after some weeks, if you still have trouble setting the right program, then that can cause a lot of frustration. Ease of use is mined by features like automatic programs, pre-programmed programs, adjustable temperature, and timer.

Referring to customer reviews is the best way to find out how easy to use an appliance is. Of course, it will take time to get used to the settings of an air fryer. However, after some weeks, if you still have trouble setting the right program, then that can cause a lot of frustration. Ease of use is mined by features like automatic programs, pre-programmed programs, adjustable temperature, and timer.

1.8 Safety

Good artistry and high quality are important deciding factors. The kitchen appliance must be well insulated against heat, and the basket better has a non-stick coating.

If your air fryer has an inspection seal or is certified, that ensures it is safe to use. Apart from that, you must look for specific safety features. For example, a feature allows you to remove the frying basket only when it is ready, and no more hot steam can escape. Also, you can choose a model that has overheating protection. 

Good artistry and high quality are important deciding factors. The kitchen appliance must be well insulated against heat, and the basket better has a non-stick coating.

If your air fryer has an inspection seal or is certified, that ensures it is safe to use. Apart from that, you must look for specific safety features. For example, a feature allows you to remove the frying basket only when it is ready, and no more hot steam can escape. Also, you can choose a model that has overheating protection. 

1.9 Control

An air fryer comes with either analogue control and digital control. Analogue control is about rotary knobs, using which you can set the temperature and the baking time. An air fryer with analogue control is easy to use as the buttons are well-arranged. The downside is that these models look less luxurious, and smart functions like automatic programs and smart sensors are not there.

A digital air fryer has more extensive functions with various pre-programmed settings. The time and temperature are automatically set based on the cooking process. They can either have touch buttons or a rotary knob to control the settings.

An air fryer comes with either analogue control and digital control. Analogue control is about rotary knobs, using which you can set the temperature and the baking time. An air fryer with analogue control is easy to use as the buttons are well-arranged. The downside is that these models look less luxurious, and smart functions like automatic programs and smart sensors are not there.

A digital air fryer has more extensive functions with various pre-programmed settings. The time and temperature are automatically set based on the cooking process. They can either have touch buttons or a rotary knob to control the settings.

1.10 Pre-set Programs

An air fryer can be used for just more than frying the food items. It can be used as a convection oven. So, besides frying, you can use it for roasting vegetables, roasting potatoes and even baking cakes. The task of frying gets more convenient when the fryer has different programs to choose from. This way, you do not have to select the time or temperature.

An air fryer without pre-programs works just as well, but you will have to experiment with the cooking time and temperature yourself.

An air fryer can be used for just more than frying the food items. It can be used as a convection oven. So, besides frying, you can use it for roasting vegetables, roasting potatoes and even baking cakes. The task of frying gets more convenient when the fryer has different programs to choose from. This way, you do not have to select the time or temperature.

An air fryer without pre-programs works just as well, but you will have to experiment with the cooking time and temperature yourself.

1.11 Cool Wall

An air fryer with a cool wall means that the outside of the appliance does not get hot. That way, you can move the fryer quickly even when it is very hot.

An air fryer with a cool wall means that the outside of the appliance does not get hot. That way, you can move the fryer quickly even when it is very hot.

1.12 Extra Features

Extra features primarily include temperature settings and timers.

Some air fryer models have adjustable temperature settings, while others have preset temperatures. The preset temperature is nothing but pre-set programs. For instance, if there is a pre-set program for finger chips, you just need to select that and not timer or temperature, nothing.

If the timer option is separately given, then it would be either 30 minutes or 60 minutes.

You can choose a fryer as per your requirement. Ultimately, the appliance must be easy to operate.

Extra features primarily include temperature settings and timers.

Some air fryer models have adjustable temperature settings, while others have preset temperatures. The preset temperature is nothing but pre-set programs. For instance, if there is a pre-set program for finger chips, you just need to select that and not timer or temperature, nothing.

If the timer option is separately given, then it would be either 30 minutes or 60 minutes.

You can choose a fryer as per your requirement. Ultimately, the appliance must be easy to operate.

1.13 Technologies

There are three types of technology used in an air fryer, and a brand can use any one of the following.

  • 3D Air Pulse technology:  In this technology, the heating element is located at the top of the pan, and just one tablespoon of oil is required for even cooking. You will find this technology in Tefal air fryers.

  • RapidAir technology:  In this also, the heating element is placed at the top, and the hot air is blown downwards to the double bottom of the pan. At the bottom of the pan, a star-shaped element distributes the air evenly throughout the pan. One tablespoon of vegetable oil is enough for this as well. Philips use this technology the most.

  • TurboStar technology:  Another technology that is most used by Philips. In this, all the fat released during frying is immediately drained and ends up at the bottom of the fryer. Also, this technology doesn’t call for air fryer preheating; the motor and heating elements are powerful enough to heat the fryer very quickly.

There are three types of technology used in an air fryer, and a brand can use any one of the following.

  • 3D Air Pulse technology:  In this technology, the heating element is located at the top of the pan, and just one tablespoon of oil is required for even cooking. You will find this technology in Tefal air fryers.

  • RapidAir technology:  In this also, the heating element is placed at the top, and the hot air is blown downwards to the double bottom of the pan. At the bottom of the pan, a star-shaped element distributes the air evenly throughout the pan. One tablespoon of vegetable oil is enough for this as well. Philips use this technology the most.

  • TurboStar technology:  Another technology that is most used by Philips. In this, all the fat released during frying is immediately drained and ends up at the bottom of the fryer. Also, this technology doesn’t call for air fryer preheating; the motor and heating elements are powerful enough to heat the fryer very quickly.

1.14 Expansion Options

Some air fryers are compatible with some expansion set like a baking tray, roast, grill. However, these sets don’t come with a fryer. You can buy the sets as per your need. The advantage is, if you have them, then there will be no need to purchase the appliances that do the respective job. For example, if you get a baking tray for cake, you might not need an oven.

Some air fryers are compatible with some expansion set like a baking tray, roast, grill. However, these sets don’t come with a fryer. You can buy the sets as per your need. The advantage is, if you have them, then there will be no need to purchase the appliances that do the respective job. For example, if you get a baking tray for cake, you might not need an oven.

1.15 Weight

The range of weight in the case of air fryers is large. Even with the same size fryer, the weight can differ enormously. If you have a fixed place for a fryer in the kitchen, the weight factor can be ignored. However, if you need to often carry it from one place to another, weight plays a crucial role.

A small size air fryer usually weighs around 2.5 kg to 3.5 kg. The range for XL air fryer is 4.5 kg to 7.5 kg, and anything above this weight category falls under XXL size.

What makes it easy to carry an air fryer is the design of the fryer. So, if the air fryer has notches for your fingers, prefer that fryer.

The range of weight in the case of air fryers is large. Even with the same size fryer, the weight can differ enormously. If you have a fixed place for a fryer in the kitchen, the weight factor can be ignored. However, if you need to often carry it from one place to another, weight plays a crucial role.

A small size air fryer usually weighs around 2.5 kg to 3.5 kg. The range for XL air fryer is 4.5 kg to 7.5 kg, and anything above this weight category falls under XXL size.

What makes it easy to carry an air fryer is the design of the fryer. So, if the air fryer has notches for your fingers, prefer that fryer.

1.16 Cable Length

Shirt cable is nothing but annoyance because it limits the places to keep the appliance. You will have to place it near the socket or use an extension cord. Usually, air fryers have a cable length of 100 cm or even less.

Shirt cable is nothing but annoyance because it limits the places to keep the appliance. You will have to place it near the socket or use an extension cord. Usually, air fryers have a cable length of 100 cm or even less.

1.17 Keep Warm Function

The high-end air fryers have a keep-warm function that lets you keep your dishes nice and warm for 30 minutes after the preparation time. 

The high-end air fryers have a keep-warm function that lets you keep your dishes nice and warm for 30 minutes after the preparation time. 

1.18 Cleaning

You must pay attention to the cleaning aspect of an air fryer because this is not a kitchen appliance that is smooth to clean and maintain. It is better if maximum parts can be disassembled a that will make cleaning easier. If your air fryer model has dishwasher safe parts then it is even better. Simply put everything in the dishwasher, and the job is done. Your efforts will be very low, and there will be no extra work.

You must pay attention to the cleaning aspect of an air fryer because this is not a kitchen appliance that is smooth to clean and maintain. It is better if maximum parts can be disassembled a that will make cleaning easier. If your air fryer model has dishwasher safe parts then it is even better. Simply put everything in the dishwasher, and the job is done. Your efforts will be very low, and there will be no extra work.

1.19 Price

Price is the decisive factor for many while buying a product. Usually, a high price indicates a better quality, but you can also find a decent appliance at a reasonable price. First of all, you must decide the features you want in an air fryer. Besides functions, price is also linked to the brand. Many brands charge a higher because they are known for their quality. However, there are air fryers brands that can give you the same quality for a lower price.

Price is the decisive factor for many while buying a product. Usually, a high price indicates a better quality, but you can also find a decent appliance at a reasonable price. First of all, you must decide the features you want in an air fryer. Besides functions, price is also linked to the brand. Many brands charge a higher because they are known for their quality. However, there are air fryers brands that can give you the same quality for a lower price.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is similar to a compact oven that works on hot air. It is compact and lightweight as compared to an oven and uses a basket, pan, grid, etc. To fry or bake a dish in an air fryer, you don’t really need not use oil or fat. Therefore a meal prepared in an air fryer is considered healthy, especially compared to one made in the deep-fat fryer.

An air fryer is similar to a compact oven that works on hot air. It is compact and lightweight as compared to an oven and uses a basket, pan, grid, etc. To fry or bake a dish in an air fryer, you don’t really need not use oil or fat. Therefore a meal prepared in an air fryer is considered healthy, especially compared to one made in the deep-fat fryer.

2.2 Which oil should I use for a hot air fryer?

For cooking food in an air fryer, you don’t really need oil or fat. However, by using one, you will undoubtedly enhance its taste. We recommend using vegetable oils or oils like sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and coconut oil.

The fat or oil you should avoid is margarine, butter or olive oil as these are not heat resistant. Animal fats should also be avoided because they are not neutral in taste and cause unpleasant odours.

For cooking food in an air fryer, you don’t really need oil or fat. However, by using one, you will undoubtedly enhance its taste. We recommend using vegetable oils or oils like sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and coconut oil.

The fat or oil you should avoid is margarine, butter or olive oil as these are not heat resistant. Animal fats should also be avoided because they are not neutral in taste and cause unpleasant odours.

2.3 Which food I can prepare in an air fryer?

An air fryer is better known as the healthy alternative to a deep fryer since you can fry anything from veggies to chicken. And since the frying doesn’t need oil, air fryers are considered healthier. However, air fryer utilisation isn’t limited to just frying. In fact, it is a small convection oven which means you can even bake cake and cookies in it. If you are getitng an air fryer for just frying, then you may settle for any air fryer. However, if you want to use it for baking, you buy the best air fryer. It’s acceptable if the appliance takes two minutes longer than stated on the package, but it works differently with cake. After all, the centre has to be raw, while the outside has to be brown.

An air fryer is better known as the healthy alternative to a deep fryer since you can fry anything from veggies to chicken. And since the frying doesn’t need oil, air fryers are considered healthier. However, air fryer utilisation isn’t limited to just frying. In fact, it is a small convection oven which means you can even bake cake and cookies in it. If you are getitng an air fryer for just frying, then you may settle for any air fryer. However, if you want to use it for baking, you buy the best air fryer. It’s acceptable if the appliance takes two minutes longer than stated on the package, but it works differently with cake. After all, the centre has to be raw, while the outside has to be brown.

2.4 Is there any alternative for an air fryer?

An oven with a convection feature is an excellent alternative to a hot air fryer. It won’t make the food as crispy as the air fryer, but it is suitable for baking large portions.

If your focus is more on frying, then a deep fat fryer will be the best alternative.

An oven with a convection feature is an excellent alternative to a hot air fryer. It won’t make the food as crispy as the air fryer, but it is suitable for baking large portions.

If your focus is more on frying, then a deep fat fryer will be the best alternative.

2.5 How much does an air fryer costs?

An air fryer is undoubtedly more expensive than a deep fryer. A good deep fryer will cost you just 50 euros, but a decent air fryer starts from 70 euros. The average value of an air fryer is 100 to 150 euros, and high-end devices can cost 500 euros.

An air fryer is undoubtedly more expensive than a deep fryer. A good deep fryer will cost you just 50 euros, but a decent air fryer starts from 70 euros. The average value of an air fryer is 100 to 150 euros, and high-end devices can cost 500 euros.

2.6 How does an air fryer work?

An air fryer works in the same way as a convection oven, and that’s why it is also called a hot air fryer. The air is hot and it continuously rotates through the pan for even cooking.

An air fryer works in the same way as a convection oven, and that’s why it is also called a hot air fryer. The air is hot and it continuously rotates through the pan for even cooking.

2.7 What determines the preparation time of an air fryer?

The preparation time of an air fryer is determined by three features - power, content, and amount of dishes. 

The preparation time of an air fryer is determined by three features - power, content, and amount of dishes. 

The best-known air fryer brands are Philips, Inventum, Princess and Tefal. Small manufacturers like Domo, Moulinex, Ninja, Nova, Tristar and even Blokker also provide decent quality air fryers.

The best-known air fryer brands are Philips, Inventum, Princess and Tefal. Small manufacturers like Domo, Moulinex, Ninja, Nova, Tristar and even Blokker also provide decent quality air fryers.

2.9 What are the advantages of using an air fryer?

An air fryer has many advantages when it comes to frying, grilling, roasting, or baking compared to a deep-fat fryer or oven.

For a deep fryer, you need to be concerned about the fat quality because otherwise, your fries and snacks will fry less well and might not be that tasty. Also, the odour you smell while using a deep fryer is unbearable for many. On top of it, let’s not talk about how unhealthy that fried food is.

When it comes to air fryers, you eliminate all these issues.

An air fryer has many advantages when it comes to frying, grilling, roasting, or baking compared to a deep-fat fryer or oven.

For a deep fryer, you need to be concerned about the fat quality because otherwise, your fries and snacks will fry less well and might not be that tasty. Also, the odour you smell while using a deep fryer is unbearable for many. On top of it, let’s not talk about how unhealthy that fried food is.

When it comes to air fryers, you eliminate all these issues.

2.10 What are the disadvantages of an air fryer?

An air fryer takes more frying time than a deep fryer. Also, it is a bit expensive than a deep-fat fryer.

An air fryer takes more frying time than a deep fryer. Also, it is a bit expensive than a deep-fat fryer.

2.11 Which air fryer is easy to clean?

Any air fryer with gauze in it is hardest to clean, and most Philips fryer has it. Pick all the crusted mozzarella from between the mesh is not an easy job.

A frying basket with one whole is much simpler, and maximum brands use such a basket. For example, Inventum or Princess’s frying basket is made of a sheet of metal covered with a non-stick coating. The basket already has a perforated bottom and openings around the basket that ensures good air circulation.

And cleaning is not something you can leave for the next time. If you do not clean the pan and the basket after each use, the stuck food residues will result in smoke formation because they will burn due to the high temperature in the air fryer.

Any air fryer with gauze in it is hardest to clean, and most Philips fryer has it. Pick all the crusted mozzarella from between the mesh is not an easy job.

A frying basket with one whole is much simpler, and maximum brands use such a basket. For example, Inventum or Princess’s frying basket is made of a sheet of metal covered with a non-stick coating. The basket already has a perforated bottom and openings around the basket that ensures good air circulation.

And cleaning is not something you can leave for the next time. If you do not clean the pan and the basket after each use, the stuck food residues will result in smoke formation because they will burn due to the high temperature in the air fryer.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for an air fryer

3.1 How to use an air fryer?

An air fryer is similar to a small convection oven. Some air fryers need to preheat, and others you can use immediately. Also, you need to set the temperature and timer for your dish to bake it perfectly if your air fryer doesn’t have a pre-set program for your desired dish.

An air fryer is similar to a small convection oven. Some air fryers need to preheat, and others you can use immediately. Also, you need to set the temperature and timer for your dish to bake it perfectly if your air fryer doesn’t have a pre-set program for your desired dish.

3.2 How to clean an air fryer?

It is a great advantage that an air fryer gets less dirty than a deep fryer because the dishes in the air fryer do not call for much oil. Nevertheless, it is crucial to clean the air fryer from time to time. Below are the two ways to clean an air fryer:

1. Wash The Fryer

If any part of the fryer is dishwasher safe, do not think twice and put it in the dishwasher. However, if you wish to clean any of the inside parts manually, then use soapy water and a soft sponge to get most of the dirt off. Clean the outside with a warm damp cloth and then let it dry naturally or use a dry cloth.

2. Clean With Lemon or Lemon Juice

If it isn’t that dirty, you can skip the first step and instead try to eliminate just the odour. You can use either lemon or lemon juice to get rid of the unpleasant smell.

Place a piece of aluminium foil on the bottom of the container and put a little water on it. If the basket is also to be cleaned, you can put that as well here. Place a lemon (cut into 4 pieces) on the bottom of the air fryer. Set the air fryer at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Later, you will see that the fat has been collected by the aluminium foil. Simply wipe off the residue with kitchen paper.

It is a great advantage that an air fryer gets less dirty than a deep fryer because the dishes in the air fryer do not call for much oil. Nevertheless, it is crucial to clean the air fryer from time to time. Below are the two ways to clean an air fryer:

1. Wash The Fryer

If any part of the fryer is dishwasher safe, do not think twice and put it in the dishwasher. However, if you wish to clean any of the inside parts manually, then use soapy water and a soft sponge to get most of the dirt off. Clean the outside with a warm damp cloth and then let it dry naturally or use a dry cloth.

2. Clean With Lemon or Lemon Juice

If it isn’t that dirty, you can skip the first step and instead try to eliminate just the odour. You can use either lemon or lemon juice to get rid of the unpleasant smell.

Place a piece of aluminium foil on the bottom of the container and put a little water on it. If the basket is also to be cleaned, you can put that as well here. Place a lemon (cut into 4 pieces) on the bottom of the air fryer. Set the air fryer at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Later, you will see that the fat has been collected by the aluminium foil. Simply wipe off the residue with kitchen paper.

4. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about air fryers

4.1 AIr fryer doesn’t fry the food but bakes it.

4.2 Air fryers can help you reduce weight due to food being not fried.

4.3 You need not spend a fortune to buy the best air fryer.

4.4 Air-frying food can reduce acrylamide by a maximum of 90% as compared to deep-frying. 

4.5 Unlike microwaves, air fryers do not emit any radiation, due to which they are safe to use.

4.6 Air-frying food reduces acrylamide formation, but it may lead to the formation of aldehydes, heterocyclic amines, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

4.1 AIr fryer doesn’t fry the food but bakes it.

4.2 Air fryers can help you reduce weight due to food being not fried.

4.3 You need not spend a fortune to buy the best air fryer.

4.4 Air-frying food can reduce acrylamide by a maximum of 90% as compared to deep-frying. 

4.5 Unlike microwaves, air fryers do not emit any radiation, due to which they are safe to use.

4.6 Air-frying food reduces acrylamide formation, but it may lead to the formation of aldehydes, heterocyclic amines, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best air fryers

Our focus was on features like capacity, power, safety, and the number of pre-programs. They were the main features based on which we shortlisted the products. The features like a removable basket, anti-slip feet, keep warm function, payload further helped us in finalising the top seven air fryers.

Our focus was on features like capacity, power, safety, and the number of pre-programs. They were the main features based on which we shortlisted the products. The features like a removable basket, anti-slip feet, keep warm function, payload further helped us in finalising the top seven air fryers.

5.1 Cosori Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer

  • Our comparison has the maximum number of programs - 11.

  • The 11 customisable cooking functions include steak, chicken, seafood, shrimp, frozen foods, french fries, bacon, vegetables, toast, bake, and preheat.

  • Even the power consumption is great at 1700 watts ensuring quick heating time.

  • The rapid air circulation technology cooks meals with up to 85% less fat than traditionally fried foods.

  • You can control it via the VeSync app to choose recipes, select settings, receive notifications, and more right from your smartphone.

  • The cooking time is quick due to high-speed air circulation. The food cooks up to twice as fast as traditional ovens.

  • With a 5.5L capacity, you can feed up to 5 people or fit an entire rotisserie chicken in the frying basket.

  • It comes with a cookbook with original Cosori recipes plus more in-app pre-programmed recipes.

  • Thanks to the detachable basket and dishwasher safe parts, it is easy to clean the appliance.

  • It has a digital display and elegant airbrushed surfaces which remain smudge-free even after regular use.

  • It is made from PFOA-free and BPA-free materials, making them safe for your food.

  • The fryer comes with one year warranty.

  • Our comparison has the maximum number of programs - 11.

  • The 11 customisable cooking functions include steak, chicken, seafood, shrimp, frozen foods, french fries, bacon, vegetables, toast, bake, and preheat.

  • Even the power consumption is great at 1700 watts ensuring quick heating time.

  • The rapid air circulation technology cooks meals with up to 85% less fat than traditionally fried foods.

  • You can control it via the VeSync app to choose recipes, select settings, receive notifications, and more right from your smartphone.

  • The cooking time is quick due to high-speed air circulation. The food cooks up to twice as fast as traditional ovens.

  • With a 5.5L capacity, you can feed up to 5 people or fit an entire rotisserie chicken in the frying basket.

  • It comes with a cookbook with original Cosori recipes plus more in-app pre-programmed recipes.

  • Thanks to the detachable basket and dishwasher safe parts, it is easy to clean the appliance.

  • It has a digital display and elegant airbrushed surfaces which remain smudge-free even after regular use.

  • It is made from PFOA-free and BPA-free materials, making them safe for your food.

  • The fryer comes with one year warranty.

5.2 Cosori Pro Air Fryer

  • Our runner up is also from the same brand as our comparison winner.

  • It also comes with 11 pre-programs but 1500 watts.

  • The 11 presets include steak, poultry, seafood, shrimp, bacon, frozen foods, french fries, vegetables, root vegetables, bread, and desserts.

  • The 360° rapid air circulation technology cooks meals fast, with up to 85% less fat than traditionally fried foods.

  • The non-stick frying basket is entirely detachable, dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to clean.

  • The 3.7-qt basket is capable enough to feed up to 3 people.

  • The fryer comes with a 100-recipe cookbook.

  • The air fryer is made using PFOA-free and BPA-free materials, making the appliance safe for cooking.

  • The fryer comes with one year warranty.

  • Our runner up is also from the same brand as our comparison winner.

  • It also comes with 11 pre-programs but 1500 watts.

  • The 11 presets include steak, poultry, seafood, shrimp, bacon, frozen foods, french fries, vegetables, root vegetables, bread, and desserts.

  • The 360° rapid air circulation technology cooks meals fast, with up to 85% less fat than traditionally fried foods.

  • The non-stick frying basket is entirely detachable, dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to clean.

  • The 3.7-qt basket is capable enough to feed up to 3 people.

  • The fryer comes with a 100-recipe cookbook.

  • The air fryer is made using PFOA-free and BPA-free materials, making the appliance safe for cooking.

  • The fryer comes with one year warranty.

5.3 Philips Airfryer Essential L - HD9200/91

  • If you are a family consisting of two or three members, then this Philips Airfryer Essential L - HD9200/91 will do the job.

  • Thanks to rapid air technology, you get your meal on time.

  • The latest technology keeps the food’s nutrients intact, and you get healthy food that's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

  • It is a smart kitchen appliance. Just download the NutriU app and get hundreds of tasty recipes every day.

  • It is a compact air fryer that uses high-speed air convection to bake, fry, roast and grill.

  • It has a digital display and touchscreen control. From selecting the temperature to any pre-program, all can be done with a single touch. The maximum temperature can be up to 200 degrees.

  • It is equipped with 60 minutes timer.

  • All removable parts are dishwasher-safe, and the basket has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning.

  • It comes with two years worldwide warranty.

  • If you are a family consisting of two or three members, then this Philips Airfryer Essential L - HD9200/91 will do the job.

  • Thanks to rapid air technology, you get your meal on time.

  • The latest technology keeps the food’s nutrients intact, and you get healthy food that's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

  • It is a smart kitchen appliance. Just download the NutriU app and get hundreds of tasty recipes every day.

  • It is a compact air fryer that uses high-speed air convection to bake, fry, roast and grill.

  • It has a digital display and touchscreen control. From selecting the temperature to any pre-program, all can be done with a single touch. The maximum temperature can be up to 200 degrees.

  • It is equipped with 60 minutes timer.

  • All removable parts are dishwasher-safe, and the basket has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning.

  • It comes with two years worldwide warranty.

5.4 Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY4018

  • Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY4018 has XL capacity, which makes it ideal for preparing six portions (4.2L) of delicious food.

  • You can use it not just for frying but also to grill, roast and bake.

  • Air Pulse technology provides a hot cyclonic airflow that prepares your crispy meal in no time.

  • It is an effortless job to prepare a meal in this air fryer thanks to the eight preset menus: fries, cutlet, shrimp, cake, pizza, fish, grill, roast.

  • It is a compact fryer with a modern design and a large digital touchscreen panel.

  • The high precision temperature of 80°C to 200°C gives accurate results every time.

  • The 60-minute mechanical timer and automatic shut-off ensure complete safety. Also, there is an audible ready alert (bell) at the end of the cooking time.

  • It has dishwasher-safe parts, which make it easy to clean.

  • Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY4018 has XL capacity, which makes it ideal for preparing six portions (4.2L) of delicious food.

  • You can use it not just for frying but also to grill, roast and bake.

  • Air Pulse technology provides a hot cyclonic airflow that prepares your crispy meal in no time.

  • It is an effortless job to prepare a meal in this air fryer thanks to the eight preset menus: fries, cutlet, shrimp, cake, pizza, fish, grill, roast.

  • It is a compact fryer with a modern design and a large digital touchscreen panel.

  • The high precision temperature of 80°C to 200°C gives accurate results every time.

  • The 60-minute mechanical timer and automatic shut-off ensure complete safety. Also, there is an audible ready alert (bell) at the end of the cooking time.

  • It has dishwasher-safe parts, which make it easy to clean.

5.5 Princess Digital XL 182020 Air Fryer

  • The Princess Aerofryer XL 182020 makes it possible to fry, bake, grill, cook and roast healthy meals for 4 to 5 members.

  • With the capacity of 3.2 litres, you can make up to 5 portions of crispy and delicious fries in one go.

  • The digital display and the eight preprogrammed settings are there only to make your job easier.

  • The newest hot air circulation technology ensures that you can fry without any oil, and you don’t have to worry anymore about the foul smell.

  • It is an easy to use appliance. The removable frying basket makes it easy to serve the food.

  • The dishwasher safe removable basket comes with a nonstick coat which ensures easy cleaning.

  • The aero fryer remains stable on the countertop due to nonslip feet.

  • Overheating protection is another safety measure that makes sure the fryer doesn’t get too hot.

  • It is equipped with pre-programs, but you can always have your own temperature and time settings.

  • The Princess Aerofryer XL 182020 makes it possible to fry, bake, grill, cook and roast healthy meals for 4 to 5 members.

  • With the capacity of 3.2 litres, you can make up to 5 portions of crispy and delicious fries in one go.

  • The digital display and the eight preprogrammed settings are there only to make your job easier.

  • The newest hot air circulation technology ensures that you can fry without any oil, and you don’t have to worry anymore about the foul smell.

  • It is an easy to use appliance. The removable frying basket makes it easy to serve the food.

  • The dishwasher safe removable basket comes with a nonstick coat which ensures easy cleaning.

  • The aero fryer remains stable on the countertop due to nonslip feet.

  • Overheating protection is another safety measure that makes sure the fryer doesn’t get too hot.

  • It is equipped with pre-programs, but you can always have your own temperature and time settings.

5.6 Philips Airfryer Premium XXL-HD9650/90

  • The Philips Airfryer XXL is the largest capacity fryer on our list, with 7.3 litres.

  • You can cook meals for 5 to 6 people at one go.

  • It is a smart fryer that does the thinking and cooking for you. Thanks to Smart Sensing technology, it automatically adjusts time and temperature during cooking for perfectly cooked dishes. This is done in two quick steps - choose a food type and press the button to cook.

  • It comes with five pre-programs.

  • Professional chefs designed the air fryer under Philips' Smart Chef programs, and you can use it to fry fresh or frozen fries, drumsticks or a whole chicken and even a whole fish.

  • You can even save your favourite dish, and it will prepare it just the way you like, every time.

  • It is ideal for making healthy fried food that’s crispy on the outside and tenders on the inside with up to 90% less fat.

  • Its Fat Removal technology separates and captures excess fat making the food healthy.

  • The rapid air creates 7x faster airflow so that you can enjoy crispier and delicious food quickly. The technology cooks the food 1.5 times faster than in an oven.

  • The capability of the air fryer is not limited to frying the food, but you can use that appliance even for bake, grill, roast and even reheat your meals.

  • The Keep Warm mode keep your food warm and at an ideal temperature for up to 30 minutes.

  • A few features of the frying basket, such as complete removability, non-stick mesh insert and dishwasher-safe, makes cleaning non-fussy.

  • You can browse hundreds of delicious recipes on our NutriU app.

  • It comes with two years worldwide warranty.

  • The Philips Airfryer XXL is the largest capacity fryer on our list, with 7.3 litres.

  • You can cook meals for 5 to 6 people at one go.

  • It is a smart fryer that does the thinking and cooking for you. Thanks to Smart Sensing technology, it automatically adjusts time and temperature during cooking for perfectly cooked dishes. This is done in two quick steps - choose a food type and press the button to cook.

  • It comes with five pre-programs.

  • Professional chefs designed the air fryer under Philips' Smart Chef programs, and you can use it to fry fresh or frozen fries, drumsticks or a whole chicken and even a whole fish.

  • You can even save your favourite dish, and it will prepare it just the way you like, every time.

  • It is ideal for making healthy fried food that’s crispy on the outside and tenders on the inside with up to 90% less fat.

  • Its Fat Removal technology separates and captures excess fat making the food healthy.

  • The rapid air creates 7x faster airflow so that you can enjoy crispier and delicious food quickly. The technology cooks the food 1.5 times faster than in an oven.

  • The capability of the air fryer is not limited to frying the food, but you can use that appliance even for bake, grill, roast and even reheat your meals.

  • The Keep Warm mode keep your food warm and at an ideal temperature for up to 30 minutes.

  • A few features of the frying basket, such as complete removability, non-stick mesh insert and dishwasher-safe, makes cleaning non-fussy.

  • You can browse hundreds of delicious recipes on our NutriU app.

  • It comes with two years worldwide warranty.

5.7 Tristar FR-6980 Mini Crispy Fryer

  • The Tristar FR-6980 Mini Crispy Fryer is a compact air fryer that you easily take even to a campsite.

  • It is the only analogue air fryer on our list.

  • The fryer does more than just frying. You can even roast, bake, and grill the food in it without using oil.

  • This 2 litres capacity fryer is suitable for preparing meals for 1 to 2 people.

  • The control of this mini fryer is effortless. The turning dial allows you to set the time and temperature. Unfortunately, it comes with zero pre-programs.

  • The temperature can be set from 80⁰C to 200⁰C, and the timer limit is up to 30 minutes.

  • The high-speed air convection always gives crispy results by consuming only 1000 W power.

  • The fryer has a nonstick coating, so no issues with burning or cleaning.

  • It is equipped with overheat protection, so overheating of the fryer is not going to happen. Another safety feature is the cool-touch handle. Finally, it will stand stable on your countertop, thanks to the nonslip feet.

  • The Tristar FR-6980 Mini Crispy Fryer is a compact air fryer that you easily take even to a campsite.

  • It is the only analogue air fryer on our list.

  • The fryer does more than just frying. You can even roast, bake, and grill the food in it without using oil.

  • This 2 litres capacity fryer is suitable for preparing meals for 1 to 2 people.

  • The control of this mini fryer is effortless. The turning dial allows you to set the time and temperature. Unfortunately, it comes with zero pre-programs.

  • The temperature can be set from 80⁰C to 200⁰C, and the timer limit is up to 30 minutes.

  • The high-speed air convection always gives crispy results by consuming only 1000 W power.

  • The fryer has a nonstick coating, so no issues with burning or cleaning.

  • It is equipped with overheat protection, so overheating of the fryer is not going to happen. Another safety feature is the cool-touch handle. Finally, it will stand stable on your countertop, thanks to the nonslip feet.