At a capacity of 2.8 qt, this is a relatively small appliance and so cooking for 2 people is the way to go.  Food will come out crispy if desired and most customers have reported positive experiences in this regard.  We would agree with them, and although you’ll get food that is under or over cooked here and there, the unit mostly gets the job done.

CR’s take: The least expensive model in our tests, the Bella Hot Air Fryer 14538 has a capacity of only 2.5 quarts and has no preprogrammed settings. Its mechanical controls are easy to set and read, earning it a rating of Very Good in this test, but you’ll hear the appliance’s fan and the tick of its timer. The Bella is easy to clean, and the two-year warranty is generous, given the relatively low price.


On top of the flipping features, the T-fal ActiFry is also relatively easy to use and well-designed. It offers an on/off button, and a timer, which maxes out at 99 minutes. The simplicity is a double-edged sword for some -- there’s no temperature dial here. Instead the fryer heats to 338 degrees, so you’ll modify how your food is cooked more based on how long you cook it rather than the temperature you cook it at.
Like the GoWISE model, the Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer 220SS burned the fries closest to the heating element and left those on the bottom of the basket raw. The Avalon Bay model was one of the few that came with accessories in the box. But we found the included cake pan to be so small (it measures just 6 inches in diameter and 1 inch high) that it was virtually useless.

I just made these this evening!   They were amazing!    I used my Air Fryer and I pre-heated the unit as instructed.    I used chicken tenderloins instead of breasts because that is what I had on hand!    They were most and flavorfully.   I served with zucchini pasta.    Definitely making these again and again!     I have loved every recipe I have made from Gina….thank you for creating such tasty and healthy recipes.
According to a Pinterest study, this nifty new appliance is going to be a big deal in 2018, thanks to a cooking method that swaps the vat of oil for a mechanical fan to keep traditionally deep-fried delicacies low (or even completely free) of grease. Looks like dreams really do come true for those of us who really (really) like fried food but hold ourselves back because, you know, trans fats/heart disease/etc.

UPDATED REVIEW: I liked this airfryer out of the box, but after eight months of regular use, I now know I could have done better. This got the job done, but it's just too small if you want to cook more than single servings. I tried stacking food in layers, which restricted the air flow, so had to cook food in multiple batches - which took forever. Cleaning the basket is an absolute nightmare. The mesh bottom gets filled in with food debris that can't easily be soaked or scrubbed out. After about five months, the plastic exterior of the cooking pan came loose. All that being said, I did like the way this fryer cooked. I decided to go with a 5.8 quart airfryer from another manufacturer (Simple Living) and found myself much more satisfied. Despite the Philips claim that the "starfish" at the bottom of the pan on this fryer makes a difference - I have found it absolutely does not. Not only that, but the other airfryer makes much less noise and has a digital display.
A decent, simple, single-person serving size best air fryer can cost about $60 to $100. These will probably not have any accessories and will only have the ‘frying’ function, but they will get the job done. A high quality, functional, large air fryer will be between $120 to $300. These will have various accessories, cooking modes, and time-saving features.
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I ordered the Power Air Fryer Oven March 11th. The thing has never worked, it never would heat up. Wish i would have read these reviews before i got suckered into buying this. The only positive is that i purchased from Kohls and they have a hassle free return so I don't have to deal with the Power Air Fryer customer service or pay to have it shipped back to them.
A few months back, I went to a kitchen appliance trade show and was surprised by the large number of manufacturers coming out with air fryers. "Enjoy great tasting fried food"[sic] reads the cover recipe booklet for Philip's new Airfryer XXL, a lovely sounding idea. With their focus on faux fried flavor, an aversion to fat, and an emphasis on convenience in the marketing from almost every manufacturer, the rise of air fryers felt like the second coming of the George Foreman Grill.
In terms of the design, it’s fairly generic and copies the egg shape of other air fryers.  It comes with a digital screen that has 7 pre-set programs for cooking different food items.  You can also adjust the timer and temperature if you wish and it should be noted that when the timer expires, it will automatically shut off the machine so your food won’t keep cooking.  Top this off with a cool to touch handle (this thing goes up to 400 °F!) and we have a safe and user-friendly air fryer.
As a congenitally blind 65-year old cook, I’ve used all sorts of deep-fat fryers, and even pan fry. However, being a double widower, with no one to impress and cook for, I very rarely deep fry because of the setup and cleanup time. The 9220-28 or TFal seem like good candidates for me. I’ll probably use the timer on my Talking Magic Chef microwave, and can’t use digital beasties sans speech output, so analog is better than good. However, wondering which of the two might have more easily markable dial? Usually either notch outer edge of dial, or if nothing to aim notches at, mark the dials with loc-dots or highmark. Suggestions please?
CR’s take: With a 5.8-quart capacity, the high-performing NuWave 6-Quart 37001 air fryer is the largest we tested. So, depending on how many folks you’re feeding, this one will require fewer batches. Plus, our experts find its electronic controls with preprogrammed settings to be among the easiest to see and use, earning this model a rating of Excellent in this test. The inside and outside of the appliance are both a cinch to clean, but cleaning food out of the holes in the basket takes a little extra effort. This air fryer is on the noisy side—according to our measurements, the fan is as loud as a countertop microwave, so you'll hear it running. The warranty is good for one year.
The marketing materials for the scores of companies that make these hot-air blowers will tell you that they are a great way to cook that cuts down on fat. But good lord, fried is fried, and "air fried" is not that. Better to eat well most of the time then go to your favorite fried chicken place on your birthday, or do it up at home with a couple of liters of canola oil and a Dutch oven. The rare dose of perfection is far better than the consistent drip of mediocrity.

While this device does give you brown, crispy chicken every time, you don’t need to worry about your calorie intake. When chicken fingers provided by a restaurant as a starter can contain some 700 odd calories, this device brings that calorie count right down to a low of 250 calories. This healthier way of cooking, with a lower calorie count does not mean that your food cooked will not taste exquisite and delicious.

I have read so many reviews on the air fryer and thought I would give it a try. Since bringing it home, I have made fries (awesome turnout) and chicken (jerk...see pic). I also tried chicken with just seasoning (no breading) and they came out perfect. But I have one con to this contraption.....its too small. In order to make a meal for my family, I had to first cook the chicken, THEN cook the fries. I wish it had the divider like the Power Air Fryer XL. I love this thing and it's so easy for my kids. They can just throw in the food, set it and forget it. This is not great if trying to cook more than one food item, but its great for a single person or if making a quick batch of fries. I gave it 4 stars for the size, but everything else is great. I use it every day. It was a great purchase.
"When you deep fry okra it gets greasy and slimy. When you bake it it gets soggy and slimy. But when you air fry it, it kind of dehydrates it a little bit. The heat gets through the skin of the okra to crisp it up a bit and take away a lot of the sliminess." In the book, there's a recipe for charred okra with a peanut chile sauce, which gives the appealing crispy texture of that southern favorite covered in cornmeal breading and deep fried, with only a little oil and some salt and pepper.
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This past Spring I went to NYC for my cookbook tour, and I had the chance to eat at By Chloe, an excellent vegan fast-food chain that makes Air-Baked fries. I was HOOKED. These fries were light, crispy on the outside and potato-pillowy on the inside. I don’t know if By Chloe uses an Air Fryer, but I figured that whatever technique they do use couldn’t be far off, and I purchased this Phillips Air Fryer.
With air-fryers, you can get away with very simplistic controls and the T-fal has demonstrated this wonderfully.  There are some issues with the intuitive paddle implementation and non-existent auto shut-off feature but the air fryer gets the job done when it comes to cooking food.  If the simple issues mentioned were fixed this model would probably be at number 1.  As it stands, a respectable 3rd place mention is what the T-fal ActiFry deserves.

With air-fryers, you can get away with very simplistic controls and the T-fal has demonstrated this wonderfully.  There are some issues with the intuitive paddle implementation and non-existent auto shut-off feature but the air fryer gets the job done when it comes to cooking food.  If the simple issues mentioned were fixed this model would probably be at number 1.  As it stands, a respectable 3rd place mention is what the T-fal ActiFry deserves.


Adjustable Temperature: Often times, you need to adjust the temperature while cooking, or else the food will either come out under or overcooked. The Philips XL Airfryer allows you to adjust the temperature and turn it up to 390 degrees, unlike other air fryers that only have one temperature setting. This also lets you cook a variety of different foods that require a certain temperature to make perfectly.Adjustable temperature: Often times, you need to adjust the temperature while cooking, or else the food will either come out under or overcooked.
Even the best air fryers we tried prepared food that was unevenly cooked, soggy, and less flavorful compared with the same food we cooked in a convection oven or convection toaster oven. Most excelled at cooking frozen french fries only when preparing one or two servings at a time. When filled to capacity, even the best air fryers had a handful of undercooked, soggy fries mixed in (and in some cases the fries on top burned while the fries on the bottom of the basket were completely raw). Frozen finger foods came out soggy. Fresh, hand-cut french fries wound up dehydrated. Pork chops appeared pale and unappealing. In contrast, the food we prepared in the oven and toaster oven cooked more evenly, because we had placed it on sheet pans in a single layer.
“… air frying significantly reduced moisture and oil uptake. In terms of free fatty acids, peroxide values and other physicochemical changes, researchers reported greater changes in the oil extracted from traditional frying methods, in comparison to air frying. Overall, researchers concluded that using an air-fryer is, in fact, a healthier technique.”
For a price hovering around $100, you definitely get what you pay for.  The accessories are fairly limited but the cooking experience is one of the best we’ve seen, and at the end of the day, that’s the most important factor.  Compared to the following mentioned Phillips model, it’s more than 3 times cheaper and offers the same, if not better cooking ability.  For this reason it deserves to be the best air fryer we have reviewed thus far.
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I preheated the air fryer and my oven, prepped the birds and immediately ran into trouble. I had to cram the tiny chicken into the air fryer basket, and as soon as I closed the door, I could smell something burning. I'd clearly exceeded the height limit for this ride, and now dinner was running late. I fished the slightly singed chicken out, set it on a cutting board and—getting a little desperate since people were on the way over—did what must have looked like man-on-chicken chest compressions in an attempt to break the backbone, or at least flatten the thing out a bit before performing some innovative re-trussing. Surprisingly, it worked.
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