Of all the air fryers we tested, the Philips HD9641/96 had the smallest footprint, measuring approximately 14¼ by 10½ by 11 inches, length by width by height. That said, it’s still bulky, and it takes up ample space on a kitchen counter. But it has the least offensive design, unlike the huge T-fal air fryer we tested, which at about 17 by 12½ by 8 inches looked like something out of an ’80s sci-fi movie.
People are enthusiastic about air fryers these days, but we think that’s because they don’t realize they already have appliances in their home that will create the same (or better) results. Given that all air fryers do is blow hot air around, we don’t think any of the ones we tried are worth the money—especially if you already have a convection oven or toaster oven. Here’s a full rundown of air fryers’ flaws.
- Whole Chicken (6lbs) - I just cooked this last night, and OMH!!! I rinsed the whole chicken and patted dry and then rubbed with a tiny bit of oil and seasoned with Johnny's Seasoning Salt (Google it, you'll be glad you did!) and black pepper. Then place in AirFryer basket breast-side down and cook at 370 for 35 minutes. Then I flipped it over to breast-side up and cooked an additional 30 minutes. When I saw the skin was to my desired crispiness, I covered it with foil and cooked it for another 10 minutes, and then removed the foil and cooked another 5 minutes more. The result was the tastiest and juicy chicken! My kids actually wanted to eat the skin. Note: If the liquid comes up above the fry basket holes, then carefully dump out some of the juice and continue cooking. Also, you'll want to use the silicone trivets under the fry basket to keep it from making contact with the bottom basket.
There are plenty of air fryers out there, but there are also plenty of reasons why the Philips HD9641/96 is the best one. For starters, most users argue that the device is able to cook food nice and evenly, which is pretty important. Not only that, but the interface of the Philips HD9641/96 is relatively easy to use thanks largely to its so-called “QuickControl” dial, and features a relatively small footprint compared to many of the other air fryers out there.
In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook sausage in oil 2 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to crumble, until no longer pink; using slotted spoon, transfer to medium bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Add beaten eggs, salt and pepper to drippings in skillet; cook until eggs are thickened but still moist, stirring frequently. Stir eggs into sausage in bowl. Cool 5 minutes.
While all three specimens were reminiscent of special treats mom would make for my sister and me when we were kids and she didn't want to cook, they were in no way as good as real French fries. If a perfect paper cone full of Belgian fries eaten on a Brussels sidewalk is a 10 and excellent fries at your favorite bar are a seven, then the oven fries were a two, the convection oven version was a two point five and the air fryer a three. With a bit of tweaking, like preheating the sheet pan for the oven version, I guessed I could bring each of those home-cooked numbers up a point, but none of the fries I'd made were terribly compelling.
We tested chips – the staple food of the air fryer. The recipe book that comes with the unit recommended a temperature setting of 450 °F and a timer of 20 minutes. At the end of the time (including flipping the chips over midway) we found the chips on the edge of the mesh basket to be cooked more than the ones in the center. We had to cook the chips for 5 minutes longer to get all of them to a good level of crispiness. It’s not a huge deal, but other air fryers like the Phillips XL and Black and Decker obviously have a better way of circulating the hot air more evenly. Luckily there is a 60 minute timer which we feel is needed since food is probably going to take longer then you expect with this unit.
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.
What if our top-rated toaster oven added the ability to air fry? Well, you'd get the Breville Smart Oven Air. You will pay top dollar for this handsome hunk of brushed stainless-steel, but you'll get the performance you'd expect to come along with it. In air fryer mode, it consistently turned out crispy food and chicken nuggets that tasted fried. It also sports intuitive and accurate digital controls (sorely missing on the Philips and Krups), along with automatic preheat and a bright oven light.
Bought oven in June of this year, used about 4-5 times. Cooking French Fries on the french fry timer and the inside glass on the door shattered. Contacted Seller only to be treated like I did something wrong. Sent me a postage paid return label and I had to box up and take it to Fed Ex to return. Now they want me to sign a Release Form that basically relinquishes them for any wrong doings for the old oven as well as the new oven before they will send me a new oven that I already paid for. Totally Ridiculous! One step away from calling Better Business Bureau.
Wished we would have read the reviews before purchasing. When in use it has this burning plastic/rubbery smells up the area and comes out on the food. Its gotten to the point where our kid refuses to eat anything cooked in it. I thought she was just being difficult as most 13 year olds are but yeh, its pretty terrible. Hubby really wanted it and is super disappointed. Its made from cheap plastic and I feel we will die from some disease if we continue to use it. Looking to purchase another one from another company. Do not buy.
Most importantly, it WORKS. Are air fryer fries or chicken tenders identically to their oil-saturated brethren? No. They’re quite as crunchy and certain don’t have that gross but satisfying pop of grease. But they are noticeably crunchier and crispier than anything I’ve ever made in an oven. The air fryer also manages to texturize the outside of the food, while keeping the inside much more M-O-I-S-T than any other cooking method.
Most air fryers have temperature and timer adjustments that allow more precise cooking. Food is cooked in a cooking basket that sits atop a drip tray. The basket and its contents must be periodically shaken to ensure even oil coverage. Some models accomplish this by incorporating a food agitator that continuously churns the food during the cooking process, while others require the user to perform the task manually.
Whether you're looking for a healthy way to cook and prepare your favorite indulgence foods, or simply want to save more time in the kitchen, the Modernhome Digital Touch-Activated Air Fryer Oven makes enjoying your favorite foods faster and healthier. It features a bright, clear led touch screen to adjust time and temperature anytime or select from built-in presets for common meals. Enjoy consistent, mouth-watering vegetables, french fries, chicken, meats, seafood, baked desserts, and more. Enjoy perfectly-prepared meals in less time, all without the excess calories and saturated fat that come from traditional deep frying. A built-in timer and standby mode give you more confidence in the kitchen as well. The Modernhome Digital Touch-Activated Air Fryer Oven is a practical, multi-functional appliance that uses incredibly hot air and rapidly circulating fans to evenly cook your food from all angles, without using extra oil or grease. This leads to deliciously crispy food in a snap with less fat, calories, grease, and harmful chemicals. Almost any food that can be prepared in a conventional, microwave, or convection oven can be fried, baked, roasted, or grilled in your new air fryer.
If you don’t have experience with an air fryer but are willing to give it a try, the GoWISE USA 3.7 could be the best one, to begin with. First of all, it is very easy to use thanks to the intuitive display and the 8 convenient pre-installed cooking programs. Also, it is sold with a detailed recipe book to get you started and try out the wide variety of options this wonderful kitchen appliance offers.
While buying yet another gadget for your kitchen might sound like a bit much, if it’s something that can make everything from breakfast potatoes to burgers to blueberry crumble, we’re thinking this is one hot trend to look into. Plus, it saves time, is healthier, and makes for easier cleanup. What’s not to love? These 25 air-fryer recipes show you how to faux-fry your way to healthier eats, from breakfast to dessert.
If you’re OK with an air fryer taking up a lot of space, than the Philips XL comes with our recommendation. With a price exceeding the $200 mark, it is a fairly expensive piece of equipment but it does cook food to a very high standard and is well built and usable. Included in this price is a free app and recipe book with more than 150 recipes. You’ll also have the option of purchasing a grill pan and double layer rack with skewers as additional cooking accessories.
“This worked very well, and I would recommend it to anyone who cooks in small amounts and doesn’t want to heat up the big oven or use an oil fryer. It’s big enough to hold dinner for two: eight to ten wings, or a couple of small salmon fillets on one side and a handful of frozen fries on the other, using the divider included with the product … I would not call the foods ‘fried’ per se, rather they are very nicely roasted. I will still use my oil fryer to make real fried foods (battered), but this air fryer will see a lot more use for roasted vegetables, fish, chicken, etc. I like it very much.”
The NuWave Brio air fried more evenly than most from one end of the basket to the other. Also, this machine adds a level of multitasking and ease of use that sets it apart. The Brio can air fry, bake, roast, broil, toast and grill right out of the box, and it has a smart interface and a compact design. Cleaning the wire basket is a little bit of a pain, but the level of crispiness was worth it.
Are you dreaming of changing your unhealthy lifestyle but do not know what to start with? We have got a really great solution for you – Gourmia air fryer. This is not just an ordinary kitchen appliance; this device can change your life drastically. How? When you buy it, you will forget about the junk food you used to eat, as from that very moment you will have kitchen helper that can cook various dishes without excessive fats or even without oil at all! This is not a dream anymore; with this device, you can cook crispy but healthy wings without remorse. Gone are those days when you had no choice! You had to give up on junk food because it is deep-fried and harmful to your body!
The price for the Power AirFryer Oven is $169 (here’s my affiliate Amazon link). It’s an oven, a rotisserie, dehydrator and air fryer, all in one. I’m giving away my Philips Air Fryer and keeping this one. Despite some quirks of the appliance, I really think it’s the best air fryer on the market. I don’t have pictures of the rotating basket for fries, but it works amazing. The fries were evenly cooked and so crispy, with just a spritz of oil.