The intuitive design almost hits a home run but falls short on the timer implementation.  Once the timer expires, there is no auto shutoff with only a buzzer sounding.  It means the unit will continue cooking your food until you manually turn it off.  Whist this job is made easier due to the steam free viewing window, it’s still a relative annoyance that you need to be around when the cooking is nearing completion.
This Air Fryer is one of the best! I read some reviews of others before buying and I have had no trouble with it at all. I have used it numerous times since getting it for Christmas. Most things you have to shake halfway through as stated in the instructions. Frozen or precooked anything comes out great, except precooked greasy hamburgers. I like it because it removes some of the grease from the frozen items that you cook in it. I am extremely happy with it.!
My husband bought me this Air Fryer for mother's day this year and I absolutely loved it. I used it all the time and even told friends and family about it and encouraged them to purchase one.... Then, two nights ago, it came on by itself in the middle of the night while we were sleeping and got so hot that it melted the plastic on the back of the unit by the vent. We were lucky in that it set off the smoke detectors in the house and we were able to remove the basket and unplug it before it caught anything on fire!! If you are going to buy this product (or already have it), I would highly recommend that you UNPLUG it when not in use and keep it in an area away from anything else that is flammable when in use. I am planning to buy another air fryer, but will definitely look for a brand that at least carries a warranty for more than 60 days!!
Jennifer,
I did a lot of research before deciding to purchase an air fryer. First they aren't cheap and would I really use it or would it just sit on my counter? I ended up purchasing the Sarki Air Fryer for many reasons but for me, I loved the idea that this was the only air fryer on the market that had a stirring paddle in the bottom pan (it can be removed to cook without it) and would stir the food itself. It really does stir the food and cooks whatever you've put in there evenly! The Sarki is also huge compared to the other air fryers in the market. I can cook a whole meal for my husband and I without taking any other pans out of the cabinet. The Sarki has many preset buttons to choose from and is very easy to use. I love my Sarki! If I had a complaint, it would be that it doesn't come with a cookbook, only a users manual. But I've gotten great results from everything I've cooked in it. I probably cook in my Sarki at least 5 nights a week and am so happy with my purchase.
Good luck,
Lisa

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best dining room decor items, coffee makers, knife sets, Japanese coffee brewer, charcoal water filter, and drinking glasses for water and more. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

Best Air fryer are machines that allow you to fry foods with little to no oil. The machine coats the food with a thin layer of oil and heats it up, essentially frying it by circulating hot air in an enclosed space. This allows you to cook up delicious, crispy fried food with up to 80% less fat than traditionally deep-fried dishes, which are high on cholesterol and are unhealthy.
The egg-shaped Black + Decker 2L Purifry is not all that much smaller in size than other air fryers but has a much smaller basket. B + D only recommends that you cook a half pound of fries or one burger at a time. While it gives good results, it seems like if you’re dedicating so much counter space to an appliance, you should be able to cook enough food for four at once. Plus, the basket didn’t glide in and out easily. Like many, it doesn’t have digital controls so it’s hard to set precisely. But our biggest complaint is that the numbers are so small that we literally needed to use a magnifying glass to set the temperature. Finish available in black and white.
Comfort food just got quicker and easier courtesy of your air fryer. These crispy "baked" potatoes may seem indulgent, but smart portions of bacon, cheese, and sour cream add big flavor while keeping calories and sat fat in check. The secret is the center-cut bacon—it cooks up nice and crispy, and yields just enough pan drippings to make these potatoes really shine. 
If you’re truly looking for a healthy alternative to frying, why not try a convection toaster oven? They employ the same exact technology, but have the added bonus of being something you already use all the time for a million other foods that aren’t frozen fries or chicken fingers. They’re leaner, cleaner, and endlessly more useful than their mysterious fryer cousins. Oh, and most models are the same price if not cheaper. If you step up to investing in an entire convection oven, your capacity issues disappear completely, and you can fake-fry, bake, and broil to your heart’s content.
More and more, research is starting to show that we absorb more nutrients from foods that we crave — and, vice versa, that we crave foods with essential nutrients. So while you may appreciate deep-fried mozzarella sticks for a little while, you’re not going to want to eat them every day for three months. Instead, an air fryer can let you switch things up, giving you many different crispy foods while not giving you a deep-fat flavor.
So I got mine just before christmas. Came earlier than expected. No scratches, no damage. Tried chicken first filled 3 racks and it was great. Next try was frozen nuggets and fresh fries nuggets were great. Fries ( havent figured them out tried all kinds of ways, just end terrible ) made jerky used all 5 trays almost 5lbs worked great. I am not impressed with the recipe books still searching for more recipes. Gonna try burgers today. Also drip pan began to flake away and I called customer service and they shipped me a new one No charge. But I've not given up yet have to learn how to use still times are funny. No setting and forgetting on this one. But overall it does make the best chicken as long as you have a meat thermometer.
We can thank the dual convection fans that circulate hot air evenly around the food.  The fact that it is also a relatively small unit at a 2 pound capacity – don’t expect to cook for more than 2 people – also contributes to each piece of food getting the ‘air-time’ it deserves.   Worried that your food might get burnt when your not around?  Black and Decker have solved this tanks to an auto shut-off feature that turns the machine off when the timer expires.  Check out this cool video which compares this unit to the very popular (and more expensive) Phillips XL Airfryer – the results speak for themselves.
Of course you can cook this oil free, but you’ll get a much better result if you lightly spray with a bit of oil. This is the oil sprayer I use. Basically it’s easy to clean and it was highly rated. I have Mistos but I really don’t like them since they are hard to clean and remember any oil residue will get rancid…YUK. One or two quick sprays on both sides is all you’ll need.

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.
Ease of use. If you are a tech minded millennial, you will most likely be looking at air fryers with a digital touch screen interface. Personally, that’s always my choice, as I’m always afraid to break the control knob. On the other hand, for those of us more traditionally inclined in our gadget choices, there are air fryers with an analog interface.

The 7-in-1 Power AirFryer Oven was designed as an all-in-one multi-use kitchen powerhouse. Not only can you fry food using super-heated air with little to no oil, you can cook tender, delicious rotisserie chicken, kebabs, and more or dehydrate your favorite meats, fruits, and veggies. You get the mouthwatering meals you love in just minutes without added oil or expensive restaurant bills. With very little clean-up time!
×