We talked to three chefs and fried turkeys on a propane burner and in an electric fryer to find the Bayou Classic Aluminum Stockpot paired with the Bayou Classic Single Burner patio stove is the best turkey fryer for most people. The aluminum stockpot heats oil more quickly than stainless steel options, which helps keep temperature steady after adding a turkey, and the patio stove is solidly built and more stable than the stands packaged in kits.
There are a handful of different air fryers on the market ranging from $70 to $200. I used the Gourmia GTA2500 model for the testing. When I opened the box, the amount of parts and accessories involved was a little overwhelming. It took a while to sort through everything and figure out what parts I actually needed and what was superfluous. Once assembled, the air fryer literally looked like a mini spaceship. Rather bulky and dome-like, I’m not entirely sure how I’d feel about having this live on my kitchen countertop—but I digress. I ended up using only the cooking rack and fry basket for the air fryer.
Cooking results ranged from acceptable to mediocre. When we cooked 28 ounces of frozen french fries at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in the Philips HD9641/96 for 25 minutes, most turned out evenly cooked, but a handful of fries were still underdone. However, the Philips air fryer fared better than others we tested, such as the GoWISE USA GW22621 and Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer 220SS, which burned the fries closest to the heating element and left the ones on the bottom of the basket completely raw. The hand-cut fries we cooked in the Philips HD9641/96 using ½ tablespoon of oil were evenly browned, but they had a dried-out, dehydrated texture. Some of the fish sticks and breaded chicken tenders were soggy in places and not as crispy as we had hoped, even after we increased the cooking time. And though the pork chops we cooked in the Philips HD9641/96 had nice color around the edges, the centers were pale and unappetizing. The edges of the meat were browned, but the surface was almost completely pale, and the result didn’t hold a candle to the glistening, evenly browned pork chop you can get from cooking in a skillet. Is a device that cooks food so poorly worth $250? Nope, it isn’t.

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I'm Ashley Clarke Thompson. And I'm Ry Crist. And we're here at the CNET applicanes office to talk about what has been on our mind and in our stomachs for the past two weeks. Which is air fryers. Yeah, so air fryers, the thing you have to understand about these things, is that they aren't really frying anything. It's just blowing hot air over your food in this kind of small, contained space and that makes them sort of a small, counter top, convection oven And nothing that you cook in them is gonna be much different than what you get out of a convection oven. It's just kind of a different way of doing it. And you know, it has good marketing. It's all about, like you can fry up foods healthier, you know? But at the end of the day, we really weren't Too impressed with most of these. Yeah, I mean, it's the same difference between frying and air frying as frying and baking. If I just put a bunch of frozen french fries out on a baking sheet and baked them, I'm not using oil, I'm not deep frying them in their own juices or anything. It's just going to be what we get out of an air fryer. Which is just this, golden brown, kind of crispy, kind of dry. Frozen fries. And these are perfectly reheated, these are snackable. I enjoy these fries, it's fine. But a lot of these new fryers cost $200, $300 and that just feel absolutely ridiculous. I wouldn't spend more than a $100 for a Unitasker like this that's just heating up frozen stuff. You know, I honestly couldn't especially for the more expensive fryers that we tested. I mean, some of them the MSRP is $300. Which for me was a lot of money for something that essentially does one thing really well. I mean, as somebody who tests small appliances, I think you would be better off with a toaster oven. It can do the same thing, especially if it has convection in the toaster oven, and it can toast, which these cannot. Yeah, thank you for talking while I was chewing by the way. Now it's my turn. Your turn, yeah. The one that we have here, the Simple Chef, is just 70 bucks. So it's the cheapest we tested. Did a fine job with fries, did the cheese sticks and pizza rolls and frozen snack tests pretty well Didn't do great with fresh fries, and burgers, and chicken wings. It was okay. But again, nothing better than you'd get out of your oven. So if you understand that you're not getting a special cooking appliance that's gonna unlock some new recipes and really just Convenient oven for your counter top, I think this one is fine. But I wouldn't spend much more than that. Yeah, I agree. I mean, if you have just some spare money and a love of pizza rolls and mozarella sticks then sure, 70 bucks, not too bad.
We wanted to know how air-fried food tastes, so we gathered staffers in the lab to try fare that the owners’ manuals recommend—french fries, chicken wings, and chicken nuggets. We cooked batches of the same foods in many of the air fryers and, for comparison, a deep fryer. “Staffers weren’t told which cooking method was used for each food, yet everybody could tell which foods were deep-fried,” says Larry Ciufo, the CR engineer who runs our air fryer tests.

Good afternoon, Ben,
I really liked your recipe ideas and can't wait to try many of them (still not eating Quinoa, lol) like the okra, sweet potatoes and eggplant. I'm also looking forward to trying your recommendation of the baking powder added to my spices for making wings crispy. Thanks so much for that tip! I have recently purchased the Sarki air fryer and put my wings is the bottom pan with the stirring blade in motion. They come out somewhat crispy and they are pretty darn good for not being oil fried. But the really big payoff for me is the reduction of calories.
My husband and I are recently empty nesters and the air fryer idea came to me to help me reduce the amount of food I'm used to preparing for our family. You can only stuck so much in there, right?
Our favorite thing I make in it is chicken tacos. I take a pack of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut it into bite sized pieces, and put the chicken in a bag with any brand taco seasoning, and also a package of guacamole mix (dry seasoning), about 3/4 of an onion, and some jalapeno chopped up, then adding a small amount of oil just enough to get all the ingredients to blend nicely together. Then I just let that sit in bag inthe fridge all day.
When I'm ready to cook supper, I spray my pan with a little Crisco, pour the prepared chicken yumminess into the bottom pan with the spinner blade (it turns the food the entire time it's cooking so it cooks uniformly) press a few buttons (350-375°) and in about 15 minutes, I've got delicious taco meat ready for a tortilla or shell. Tacos aren't just for Tuesday anymore 😉
Thank you so much for writing this informative article about cooking in an air fryer.

The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer 6 Quart is on the large size and has a big capacity. In our tests it cooked more unevenly and gave less browning and crisping than others. Thanks to digital controls that are easy to read and program, we did find it particularly convenient to use. It has a built-in preheat setting and preprogrammed settings for things like fries and nuggets that you’re likely to cook. A divider for the basket is included so that you can air fry two foods at once and keep them from mingling. In the manual, there’s a slew of recipes to help you get good use out of your air fryer. While the parts are dishwasher safe, top rack only is recommended and the basket may be too large for the upper shelf.
The other night I was going to cook corn dogs and it ran for maybe a minute, or a minute and a half. It shut off and I still cannot get it to work, I called and talked to someone and asked if I could get just the oven, as I didn't need double of everything else. He was very rude and said I had to buy the whole works. I would love to speak to someone from the company. I don't like leaving negative feedback on anything but I will if I don't get a decent answer. It should last longer if they are as good as they say. To say the least, I am not happy!
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.
The Cozyna 3.7 QT is a perfect small and yet very powerful convection oven which you can use to cook just about anything faster and without the mess involved in traditional frying, roasting, baking or grilling. After you are done, you can quickly take it apart and pop it into the dishwasher. It is a great kitchen appliance which doesn’t take up too much space, and which uses minimal amounts of oil for preparing your meals.
The way this device works is that in order to cook your food efficiently and uniformly, there is an in-in-built exhaust system that controls the temperature and pressure at which the food cooks. This exhaust system releases the necessary air in order to do so, but ensures that this air is properly filtered first. As a result, this device is not only safe to use for yourself, but also for the surrounding environment too.
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.
Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like knife sharpeners), 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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, frying pans and skillets, cookware sets, electric griddles and indoor grills, and even microwaves, here we’re rounding up the best air fryers you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Multifunction air fryers eat up more countertop real estate, but they’re designed to be kitchen workhorses. The Power AirFryer Oven air-fries, dehydrates, and roasts big batches, features easy-to-use digital controls, but puts out a lot of heat. The well-insulated Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer (pictured above) bakes a beautiful batch of cookies and air-fries tortilla chips to a lovely crisp, but the old-school manual dials make precision timing tricky.  
Sure, there’s something nice about the crispiness of a fry right out of the deep fryer. However, if you’re looking to make a chicken, a steak, or an apple pie, you’re not going to turn to a deep fryer. More than likely, you’ll be turning to the conventional oven for those things. With an air fryer, you get the best of both worlds, so you can cook all of those things in one appliance.
So, we try this Power Air Fryer Oven, okay. Four easy payments of $49.99 = $199.96 + 6-year Protection Plan $29.96 + 2 "free" Skillets $14.99 (S&H) + $14.69 tax = $259.60. I hated it the moment I got it. Which 7 appliances is this thing supposed to replace? The 6-Qt Elite is as small as my toaster and I can't bake biscuits in it! So, I call to get a return authorization, and they offer to reduce the cost by $30, when I say I don't want it, they offer to reduce the cost by $60. I say I just don't want it, do I send "free skillets" back with the oven? Nope, keep the skillets. Which by-the-way, I paid $14.99 shipping for, but okay, the skillets are nice. I went to Walmart and bought a beautiful Oster Digital Convection Countertop Oven for $99. I can bake biscuits and "air fry" my fries in it if I must "air fry" them!

We purchased our air fryer oven from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, utilizing the 20% odd coupon. The first recipe called for chicken pieces, to be coated with herbs and corn starch. There was corn starch everywhere. What a mess. The second attempt was cooking a 2 1 / 2 lb. Pork loin on the rotisserie. The book said it would handle up to 3 lbs. I ended up cutting the loin in half. My main problem is that after I shut it off, the was a loud bang. Our corian counter top split. There is so much heat generated they need to issue a warning. We'll be calling the company in the morning and returning the unit.

This air fryer had the best controls of all the ones we tested. We set it up and started making food quickly. It was noticeably easy to use in almost every way. Details like a built-in cord wrap to cut down on clutter and a chime that informs you when the basket is in place and ready to cook are part of what sets it apart from other air fryers. It was hard to tell if the basket was in the right spot in other air fryers.
We soon found that the majority of air fryer brands on the market carry essentially the same internal cooking technology — circulating hot air around the food — only really differing in their external designs and features. Philips and T-fal were the exceptions, and we discovered that both companies hold patents on air-frying technology. From there, we narrowed down our search by researching the technology, reading cooking blogs, and sifting through customer reviews to find top-performing brands and top air fryer models. That left us with a list of seven products. Philips dominated the list, but we brought in a few other recommended brands to see if anything could stand up to Philips’ models.

If money is no object AND you are sure you will use it enough, then buy the Phillips. It’s sturdy, it’s got a few bells and whistles, such as a sliding rack to hold the basket, a preheat feature etc. even though, oddly, it only goes up in 30-degree increments. The bottom basket cleans easily, and the larger grid and higher wattage means even cooking and less need to flip. The larger grid does mean small things fall down. Get it HERE.
Hi! I’m Cathy. I’ve escaped from a peculiar Northern California college town that built an underground tunnel to save toads from the potentials of vehicular frog-slaughter. I now live in Mcminnville, Oregon where my husband and I have planted a vineyard, started a winery and make wine in the heart of Oregon wine country. I love mayonnaise, butter and Jewish men. Barry, Jerry and Larry come to mind. Gluttony is my sin of choice. Welcome to my weird and wonderful world.
The T-fal came out on top for having some of the best and most consistent cooking across all of our tests, at half the price of its closest competition. Instead of the usual rapid air-circulation tech that keeps hot air constantly moving around the food, the T-fal uses pulsating heat technology to pump hot air periodically throughout the food, maintaining the temperature without drying things out. We initially thought the pulsating-heat tech was marketing nonsense, but we couldn’t argue with the results.
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.
I grew up just about an hour South of Buffalo, New York and I have definitely consumed my fair share of Buffalo Wings. We would eat them every Friday night and everyone in town had their opinion on who made the best wings in town. In our house, the wings almost always came from The Cherry Lounge. But, I’ve never actually been there… Being that it was a “lounge” and I was in high school, I was never actually allowed in. So, my mom would just get a to-go order and bring them home for us. I love them super spicy, and they have to be served with icy cold celery sticks and blue cheese (not ranch). text
Your life will become easier if you choose to purchase a Philips air fryer. You can quickly prepare a meal and then clean up without too much effort. This may be a more expensive choice than some of the rest, but it is definitely worth the investment if you are looking for a top-quality, efficient and versatile model which cooks delicious and healthy food!
You don’t want to overcrowd the airfryer so it’s not great for large batch cooking. For meats, I found that you really want to keep everything in 1 layer to get the most golden results. This meant I could only fit in 4 drumsticks or 5 chicken tenders. If I was cooking for a crowd, I honestly would have just baked or broiled in an oven on big sheet pans
I bought this in September and finally used it last week. First off, it is very big so you will need ample storage space to hide it away when you are not using it. My first use of this product was to “Fry“ french fries. The fries came out crisp and delicious with no greasy feel. Sure, you can bake fries in the oven but I’ve never had them come out so crisp from an oven.
I received my Air Fryer Oven Elite and found I was missing the basket handle and the air fryer diffuser. I called customer service. The guy said I would have to return it at my expense. I called again. The guy said they would ship the handle but the air diffuser was optional, and I would have to purchase it separately. I asked how much it cost. He told me it was out of stock and had no idea when it would be available, no price quoted. All I want is what was promised me when I ordered. For $199.00 it should have everything. I hate companies that show one thing and then they don’t deliver the goods. Shame on you Tristar Products. How about sending me all the missing parts?
Hi Helen–I would try oiling the basket of the fryer but brush it with regular oil and don’t use Pam. I didn’t have to do this with this chicken, but a good method for getting breading to stick to whatever you’re cooking is to make sure that the flour is almost like paste–which should happen here because of the buttermilk soak, but if you refrigerate the breaded pieces for about an hour, the breading will adhere. This is messy, I won’t lie, but it does work. Only other thing I can think of is you may have crowded the basket. Many people swear by the parchment rounds they sell to line the fryer basket. I bought them off Amazon but to be honest, I find them more trouble than they’re worth, but your mileage may vary.
As is with MOST As Seen On TV junk, this item is exactly that. I am taking a pretty good guess that 50% of their units are junk even before they leave their factory. Kind of like fall-apart Kmart junk. After unit internal parts fail even before the warranty expires, you have to pack it and return it at YOUR cost. There are absolutely NO phone numbers to call for ANY assistance for purchasing even the light bulb for it, which a majority of the machine needs to be taken apart just to get to it. Parts rust within a few weeks even when hand washed. SquareTrade's extended warranty backed by Allstate Ins. Co. is also just as worthless!
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SO GOOD! We eat these a lot in my house – with the almond flour. They are super crispy and delicious! My gluten free kid and grain free husband love them! Sometimes I get some paleo buffalo sauce and brush both sides of the chicken tender and bake them for 5 minutes at 350 after air frying to make buffalo chicken tenders – a trick I am pretty sure I learned from another Lexi recipe 😉
Recent standout releases include Clear TV, the Copper Chef lineup, as well as other products bearing the Power Air Fryer brand name. In fact, since they use the same Rapid Air cyclonic technology and pre-set functionality, it’s worth pointing out that we performed an in-depth review of the Air Fryer, which could help provide some meaningful insight into some of what you might expect:

Because it offers so much, the device is quite a bit larger than other air fryers. That may not be a bad thing considering it can replace more than one device on your counter. The TOA-60 boasts a 0.6 cubic foot interior, an adjustable thermostat, 60-minute timer, and the necessary accessories to make use of all its functions. Most users love it too -- it currently has a 4.5-star average on Amazon, across 225 reviews.
Hi! I’m Cathy. I’ve escaped from a peculiar Northern California college town that built an underground tunnel to save toads from the potentials of vehicular frog-slaughter. I now live in Mcminnville, Oregon where my husband and I have planted a vineyard, started a winery and make wine in the heart of Oregon wine country. I love mayonnaise, butter and Jewish men. Barry, Jerry and Larry come to mind. Gluttony is my sin of choice. Welcome to my weird and wonderful world.

Notes: One of the beauties of the air fryer is that it's so easy to pop something back in for a minute if you want it cooked longer. You can also open it while it's cooking to make sure it's not overdone. I always set my timer for a little less so I can check on how things are coming along so I don't overcook an item. Things cook so fast sometimes a minute more is all it needs.


Ultimately, I was really pleased with the results from the air fryer. The chicken was beautifully browned, with crispy edges, but still very moist inside. And it was ready for the table before the oven batch (which took around 35 to 40 minutes). When I pulled the chicken from the oven, it was a little less crispy, but was still quite moist on the inside. I tossed both of the batches in a sweet peach barbecue sauce to finish. For me, the takeaway pro of the air fryer in this round of “frying” was that it technically cooked the chicken faster; the big con is that I could only fit half the amount of chicken as compared to using the oven.

As stated above, an air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses hot air circulation to cook food placed in the removable tray. The device’s oversized cooking chamber can heat air up to 400 °F, allowing you to prepare a variety of foods using it. Heated air is then passed through the food by to the exhaust fan located above the cooking chamber. This way heat is evenly spread around the food. Temperature can be adjusted manually or automatically if you are using preset programs.
So how does this work?  Well, the infrared heats up the food from the inside out whilst retaining internal moisture.  The halogen and convection part works similar to a halogen convection oven and uses a halogen lamp to produce heat which is then spread via a fan.  It is therefore possible to cook food 3 times faster than a conventional oven.  Now, the most important question, how does this technology combine to cook food?
Who doesn’t love a corn dog? These whimsical, perfect little bites of smoky hot dog goodness come with a crunchy cornflake coating—thanks to the air fryer—that will make party guests smile. Look for high-quality uncured hot dogs at upscale grocery stores such as Whole Foods. Mustard is best friends with corn dogs, so pick out your favorite to serve with these fun and festive snacks.
You MUST work quickly and likely will have to do this in batches.  Lightly spray a guacamole ball in olive oil to help them get “sticky,” then dip it in almond flour, then the egg mixture, then panko crumbs. Repeat ONLY until you have enough guacamole balls to fill the air fryer basket (while giving them ample space to breathe), then place the rest of the balls (without coating) back in the freezer.
CR’s take: The As Seen on TV Power AirFryer XL has a 5.3-quart capacity—one of the largest in our ratings—and is easiest to clean, in part because of the basket’s nonstick coating; it rates Excellent in our cleaning tests. The digital controls and preprogrammed settings are a snap to read and use. This model is on the noisy side, about as loud as a typical countertop microwave. That’s not a big drawback if you’re cooking something that takes just a few minutes. But the sound might prove annoying for longer tasks. The Power XL’s warranty is the shortest of the bunch—just 60 days.
Thankfully, all those functions are pretty easy to use -- the SimpleTaste 1400W Multi-Function Air Fryer features dedicated buttons for each mode on the front, along with a display to tell you exactly what temperature the air fryer’s at, in case you want a little more manual control. Speaking of temperature, the fryer can circulate air at between 170 and 400 degrees.
I give this appliance a big fat O ! First one they sent us was a display model. Couldn’t use it. No cord, couldn’t open it, came with nothing. Took at least a month for them to refund our money . My hubby ordered another one for me for Christmas 2017. Used only 4 times and it stopped working. Trying to get our money back again now. DONT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!
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