From there, I tried another recipe in the Philips recipe booklet: shrimp on lemongrass skewers with sweet potato fries. The idea is that you're supposed to cook it all in batches, a detail that subtly pops up on the very last line of the recipe. My estimate is that you'd have to do the fries in (at least) two batches, followed by the shrimp in two, turning it into 60 minutes of cooking time. Compare that to cooking the fries in the oven (there wasn't much difference in taste in the fries between the three methods), then blasting the shrimp under the broiler. Don't get me wrong, the results of all three methods for the shrimp were excellent, but the oven and broiler gave me more options and slightly superior results, and, thanks to the relatively luxurious amount of space in my oven, I could cook much more food in about half the time.
But after a few trusted colleagues raved about air fryers, I decided to reconsider. At my local home goods store, I eyed the futuristic, egg-shaped appliance with skepticism. Air fryers are basically compact convection ovens that rapidly blow lots of hot air onto food to cook it. I was intrigued but hesitant to commit due to its small capacity. I went home empty handed; I needed a little more convincing.  

Unlike the others, the Oster DuraCeramic Air Fryer is round and has a see-through lid, so you can watch what’s cooking. It has a detachable handle that clips on the bowl to remove it after air frying; we found it tricky to use. For cooking items like fries, there’s a mechanism to use the fryer in a tilted position to eliminate the need to shake or toss during cooking. In our cook-off, the Oster took the longest to cook and gave the least crispy results of all we tested.
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.
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:

We put this to the test with chicken pieces, chips and fish, all of which came out crispy and equally browned on all sides.  Of course, as recommended by most recipes, we also flipped the food items midway through cooking.  Don’t expect the same results if you don’t do this.  Overall, it was clear all sides of the food were exposed to the hot air circulating around.


It's an oven, dehydrator, rotisserie, air fryer and can even do your taxes. Ok maybe not the taxes part. What I love about this unit is how easy it is to use. The settings allow you to do so much. It's spacious enough for a whole chicken, yet compact enough to have on your kitchen counter space. The dehydrator is perfect for making healthy fruit and veggie chips. The air fryer is great for french fries, fish sticks, and chicken nuggets without the guilt. You can even stick a whole chicken in it, set it, and it'll do it's thing. Cleaning is also a breeze where you can take out the racks and trays to wash separately. Love this great addition to any kitchen. * I am writing this review as part of a contest.
And, don’t let it sit there dirty for a days. “Not cleaning is a big mistake. Just about every recipe I've ever made leaves some debris or crumbs behind. If those food particles stay in the unit they will burn quickly the next time you fire up the machine,” she says. This can not only smoke and smell but also ruin whatever new dish you’re cooking up.
Most air fryers come with accessories that are sold separately, such as a cake pan or grill pan, but we found them to be gimmicky add-ons that didn’t prove useful. Most manufacturers, such as Philips, sell several accessories separately. However, we can’t justify spending $20 to $40 on additional pieces when each air fryer model is already exorbitantly priced.
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In addition to delivering crispy delights, your air fryer makes a pretty awesome countertop pizza oven. Whole-wheat pitas make a great fiber-forward crust, baking up nice and crisp. Opt for roma tomatoes; their smaller size makes them a good fit for these personal pizzas. Swap out toppings to customize your pizzas; since these cook in just 5 minutes, you can prep the next one while the first is baking.

It takes a lot of oil to cook eggplant well—and then a lot of paper towels to soak up all the excess so it’s not drowning in grease, thanks to its sponge-like texture. In the air fryer, the high heat of the fan crisps the outside at the same time it almost inflates the insides. The result: a creamy interior and a crunchy exterior. It’s better than in a deep-fat fryer, and you help by saving at least one tree from getting cut down in the process.


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.

If you're ever craving shishito peppers, but don’t have the heirloom wok and jet engine burner of your local Japanese restaurant to attain that fire-kissed char, don’t fret! The air fryer does the job just as well and in no time at all. They’ll be done by the time you slice the lemon wedge and gather the sea salt to rain down over them while they’re piping hot.
Some air fryers claim to be oil-free, meaning you don’t need to use any oil while cooking as opposed to the commonly suggested 1 tablespoon. While you don’t technically have to use oil in these products for functionality purposes, we recommend using some oil if you’re going for the traditional fried food texture. Some sources we read suggested using a spray-on oil instead of just drizzling it directly on the food. This can help spread the oil over a larger area more evenly, crisping up the food more effectively.
After seeing the wild response to our Air Fryer video — and learning Pinterest saves for Air Fryer recipes were up 1,809 percent this year— we realized we needed to test the limits of this device, with a roundup of the most incredible things you can make in one. From mains to sides to desserts and snacks — they've got all the crisp, and none of the oil. Live your healthiest life, because it now includes fried food.
Obviously, this makes it a cleaner and healthier cooking alternative, compared to deep frying or other traditional cooking methods. This is especially beneficial if you are on a low-fat diet. Does the air fried food taste the same as deep fried? If you ask me, I’d have to say no. But the food still tastes great and you may use 80 percent less oil using air fryer vs other cooking methods.
It's an oven, dehydrator, rotisserie, air fryer and can even do your taxes. Ok maybe not the taxes part. What I love about this unit is how easy it is to use. The settings allow you to do so much. It's spacious enough for a whole chicken, yet compact enough to have on your kitchen counter space. The dehydrator is perfect for making healthy fruit and veggie chips. The air fryer is great for french fries, fish sticks, and chicken nuggets without the guilt. You can even stick a whole chicken in it, set it, and it'll do it's thing. Cleaning is also a breeze where you can take out the racks and trays to wash separately. Love this great addition to any kitchen. * I am writing this review as part of a contest.
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