Best Air Fryer Reviews: 6 amazing fryers compared

BEST OVERALL
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COSORI Air Fryer,Max XL 5.8 Quart

The Cosori CP358-AF is our pick for the title of Best Overall Air Fryer.

This appliance is a near-perfect blend of affordability, functionality, and aesthetics. You'll find it easy to use and extremely reliable, making it a fantastic choice for air frying beginners and experts alike.

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NUWAVE BRIO 3-Quart Digital Air Fryer
  • Healthy Fried Food – The Brio uses super-heated air and unique air-flow design to cook crispy and delicious fried foods without messy oil and extra fats and calories
  • Flavor-Infusion Technology allows you to air-fry all your favorites. Even cook from frozen, without defrosting. Perfect for busy households on the go
  • Every Meal, Every Day – The Brio’s cooking technology makes it so versatile; you could use it for every meal of the day, plus dessert. With a cooking range from 100F to 400F degrees, adjustable in 5-degree increments, you can air fry, broil, roast, grill, bake, reheat and even dehydrate right on your countertop

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Air frying is one of the healthiest cooking methods as it uses very little oil (in some cases, non at all), which has helped increase the popularity of air fryers. 

The number of appliances on the market can be overwhelming for consumers to research when looking for a new device. We’re going to narrow it down by revealing our favorite six models from a range of different manufacturers.

Our top choices for the air fryer in 2020

1. Cosori CP358-AF Air Fryer

BEST AIR FRYER
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COSORI Air Fryer Max XL(100 Recipes) Electric Hot Oven Oilless Cooker LED Touch Digital Screen with 11 Presets, Preheat& Shake Reminder, Nonstick Basket, 1700W, 5.8 QT-Black
  • Award-Winning Design: Winner of the Red Dot Award for best design, the CP158-AF was designed in California and features an angled display with easy-to-use presets. In addition, the air fryer's compact size allows it to easily fit on your counter
  • Less Fat: The air fryer uses up to 85% less fat than traditionally deep-fried food while maintaining the same delicious taste, making it the perfect gift for family or friends
  • Compared with a 4-quart round basket or even smaller one, COSORI air fryer's 5.8- Quart Square Nonstick Basket can fit a 5 lbs-6 lbs whole chicken, while a small round basket can't. Buy this XL 5.8-Quart size, serves your family with at least 3-5 people

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11.8 inches x 13.8 inches x 12.6 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 12.3lbs
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 1700W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 170°F/400°F

Things To Love

  • Cooks Amazing Food: The primary function of an air fryer is to cook food that tastes great. Cosori has nailed it with this model. It produces delicious food and fast.
  • Decent Size Cooking Capacity: With just shy of 6-quarts of space in the basket, the Cosori air fryer comfortably cooks for a family of four.
  • Tilted Touchscreen: The LED has been mounted at an angle, making it more intuitive and easier to use.
  • Cooking Presets: The CP358-AF comes with cooking pre-sets. There are ten pre-programmed recipes; Steak, Chicken, Seafood, Shrimp, Frozen Food, French Fries, Vegetables, Toast, Bake, and Bacon.
  • Non-Stick Coating That Works: Many air fryers advertise non-stick coating on the baskets to help with cleaning. It doesn’t usually work, or peels off after use. With this model, it works perfectly.
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: This feature allows the user to connect their air fryer to an Alexa device for voice control; it even provides set-up via an app that lets you schedule cooking times up to four hours in advance.

What’s Not To Like?

  •   We can’t find anything se don’t like

Final Remarks

For the mid-range price tag, you get a reasonably high-end unit. It is a decent size, looks fantastic, and has a ton of practical and useful features that makes cooking meals for your family, fun, and easy.

The CP358-AF is an extremely dependable appliance, chocked full of features, and looks fantastic. And that’s why this Cosori model is our favorite air fryer on the market today. Another Cosori product has made our best air fryer toaster oven list.

Overall Score: 17/20

2. NuWave Brio 36011

BEST VALUE AIR FRYER
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NUWAVE BRIO 3-Quart Digital Air Fryer cooking package with one-touch digital controls, 6 easy presets, precise temperature control, recipe book, wattage control, and advanced functions like PREHEAT and REHEAT
  • Healthy Fried Food – The Brio uses super-heated air and unique air-flow design to cook crispy and delicious fried foods without messy oil and extra fats and calories
  • Flavor-Infusion Technology allows you to air-fry all your favorites. Even cook from frozen, without defrosting. Perfect for busy households on the go
  • Every Meal, Every Day – The Brio’s cooking technology makes it so versatile; you could use it for every meal of the day, plus dessert. With a cooking range from 100F to 400F degrees, adjustable in 5-degree increments, you can air fry, broil, roast, grill, bake, reheat and even dehydrate right on your countertop

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13 inches x 8 inches x 8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 14.6lbs
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 1300W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 100°F/400°F

Things To Love

  • Very Affordable: The Brio 36011 is the cheapest air fryer on our list, which makes it a great entry-level appliance or a good choice for people on a tighter budget.
  • Presets: Set your appliance up with the touch of a button with six pre-programmed cooking settings. The pre-sets; Fries, Frozen Fries, Nuggets, Steak, Poultry, and Fish, which are all fairly standard.
  • Reheat Setting: Who doesn’t love leftovers? Preheat them easily with the reheat setting. A single push of a button it will warm your food for 4 minutes at 360°F.
  • Auto Shut-off: This appliance comes with an auto shut-off safety feature that prevents the air fryer from operating when the pan/basket is not securely in place.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Rather Heavy: For an air fryer with such a small capacity, this appliance is hefty.
  • Text/Numbers Rubs Off The Touch-Pad Buttons: The text on the touch-pad display controls rubs away after extended use, leaving the buttons difficult to read.
  • ‘Non-Stick’ Coating Peels Away With Use: There are multiple reports of the non-stick coating that covers the basket and pan, peeling away after use and even contaminating some consumer’s meals.

Final Remarks

As appliances go, the NuWave Brio air fryer is pretty standard; nothing stands out except the price point. It’s easily the cheapest air fryer on our list and is an excellent gateway into the world of air frying.

While the basket capacity is low and the features are few and far between, the Brio 38001 does cook delicious food and has a price tag that won’t break the bank.

Overall Score: 12/20

3. Philips TurboStar HD9641

BEST PERFORMANCE AIR FRYER
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Philips Airfryer, Avance Turbo Star, Digital, Black, HD9641/96
  • Unique TurboStar Technology for healthier cooking and frying.
  • The air fryer cooks fried food 50% more evenly
  • 5 presets for most popular dishes including a keep warm function.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13.62 x 13.62 x 14.13 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 15.8lbs
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1425W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 100°F/400°F

Things To Love

  • Performance: This air fryer is likely to be the best performing appliance on the market. It is entirely reliable and consistently makes delicious food.
  • Cleaning Made Easy: Many brands claim their products are easy to clean and dishwasher safe when they aren’t. This Philips air fryer model has to be one of the best in this regard.
  • TurboStar Technology: Philip’s patented design appears to be the driving force behind this appliance’s ability to cook amazing food.
  • Looks Fantastic: This subtle yet striking design is one of our favorites.
  • Instant Heat: There’s no waiting around with the HD9641; just turn it on, and the instant heat feature will ensure it’s ready to use, well … instantly.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Very Expensive: Philips produce some of the most reliable and efficient air fryers on sale, so they command a massive price point.
  • Small Cooking Capacity: Alongside being the most expensive model on our list, it also has the lowest cooking capacity.
  • It’s Big: Despite its small basket, the overall size of this appliance is relatively enormous.

Final Remarks

The Philips TurboStar HD9641 is an excellent example of what money can buy. If you want the most reliable machine that cooks the tastiest foods, then it’s going to come with a sizeable price point, and because it’s small, it is only suitable to serve one to two people or to be used as a supplementary cooking device,

Overall Score: 16/20

4. GoWise USA GW22958 5-Quart Air Fryer

GoWISE USA 5-Quart Air Fryer with 8 Cook Presets + Recipe Book, Black, 5.0-Qt
  • A healthy way to fry: thanks to rapid air technology, you can now enjoy your favorite fried foods, without the guilt! Air fryers circulate hot air around your food, leaving your food crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside - All with little to no oil.
  • 8 preset cooking functions: 8 presets include warm, fries/chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake and fish.
  • Wide temperature range: digital LCD controls allow you to set temperature to 170°F - 400°f and cook from 1-30 minutes. This is perfect when you want to cook something without using a preset. Refer user manual for troubleshooting and cooking guide. Indicator lets you know when cooking time has been reached.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 12.07lbs
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1400W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 170°F/400°F 

Things To Love

  • Relatively Cheap for Decent Size: The GoWise USA GW22958 has a reasonable price point considering its 5-quart cooking capacity.
  • Fantastic Performance: Performance is one of the standout areas for this air fryer. It can do everything you ask of it and rarely has mechanical failures been reported.
  • Basket Divider: This simple feature allows the user to split the basket so two different foods can be cooked simultaneously without fear of cross-contamination.
  • Ceramic Coating: The ceramic coating on the basket makes this appliance easy to clean after use.
  • Small Footprint: GoWise USA has managed to take a decent-sized air fryer and cram it into a relatively small space. This appliance has the smallest footprint on our list.
  • Eight pre-set cooking functions: The pre-programmed settings include warm, pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, fries, fish, and cake. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • Shake The Basket Every 5 Minutes: We’re not sure whether GoWise suggests doing this because of non-stick issues or to help produce nicer foods, but shaking the basket every 5 minutes will become tiresome.

Final Remarks

If you’re looking for a mid-sized air fryer with a reasonable price point, the GoWise USA GW22958 is a viable option. It has a tiny footprint and is as reliable as air fryers come.

We find GoWise’s recommendation to shake the basket every 5 minutes a bit odd, but if it helps produce tasty food and minimize the cleanup, then it’s a small price to pay.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

5. Ninja AF101 4-Quart Air Fryer

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Ninja Air Fryer that Cooks, Crisps and Dehydrates, with 4 Quart Capacity, and a High Gloss Finish
  • Now enjoy guilt free food; Air fry with up to 75 percent less fat than traditional frying methods; Tested against hand cut, deep fried French fries
  • Wide temperature range: 105 degree Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat
  • 4 quart ceramic coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 pounds of french fries. Cord length (feet)- 2.6

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: H13.3 inches x W11 inches x D13.6 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 10.5lbs
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1550W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 105°F/400°F

Things To Love

  • Excellent Performance: The Ninja AF101 performs superbly well in all areas. It has reliable hardware and consistently produces delicious food for all the family (assuming there are no more than four people in your family)
  • Ceramic Coated Basket: The ceramic coated basket makes it incredibly easy to clean after use. Just pop it in the dishwasher or clean by hand with warm soapy water and a sponge.
  • Epic Appearance: The Ninja brand really took their name to heart with this model, with the overall appearance looking almost ninja-like.
  • Pre-programmed Settings: It’s quick and easy to get cooking with a touch of a button with these four pre-programmed presets.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Loud: Air fryers are naturally noisy beasts thanks to the high-speed fan that circulates the air. However, the AF101 is louder than most.
  • Timer Doesn’t Pause: Occasionally, the user will need to remove the basket to turn the contents or give it a shake; for reasons unknown, the timer continues to count down when the basket has been removed.

Final Remarks

We love the Ninja Air Fryer. It looks superb, performs admirably, is easy to clean, and is relatively inexpensive. With a slightly larger basket and an extra feature or two, this could have been our number one pick. 

Overall Score: 16/20

6. NuWave Brio 38001 14-Quart Air Fryer

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NUWAVE BRIO 14-Quart Large Capacity Air Fryer Oven with Digital Touch Screen Controls and Integrated Digital Temperature Probe; 3 Heavy-Duty NEVER-RUST Stainless Steel Mesh Racks Great for Multi-Level Family Meals; Drip Tray; Rotisserie Kit includes Skewers and Basket; 100 Programmed Presets and the Ability to Store and Recall Your Own Programs; 1800 Watts w/ Adjustable Wattage Control - 900, 1500 & 1800; Advanced Functions include PROGRAM, SEAR, STAGE, PREHEAT, DELAY, WARM, ROTISSERIE, w/ LIGHT
  • HEALTHY FRIED FOOD! The 14Q BRIO uses super-heated air and a special air-flow design to cook crispy delicious fried foods without messy oil and extra fats and calories. Flavor-Infusion Technology allows you to air-fry all your favorites. Even cook from frozen, without defrosting. It’s the perfect combination of capacity and versatility. Perfect for busy households on the go!
  • PERFECT RESULTS GUARANTEED! Using the integrated digital temperature probe means you never have to guess again! Insert the probe, set the temperature and touch and go! The BRIO cooks until your food is perfect and then shuts off automatically, so you’ll never undercook or overcook meals again! Guaranteed!
  • EVERY MEAL, EVERY DAY- The BRIOs cooking technology and large capacity means you can use it for virtually every meal of the day, and dessert! With a cooking range from 100F to 400F degrees you can air fry, broil, roast, grill, sear, bake, reheat and even dehydrate… all in one appliance right on your countertop. And with 100 preprogrammed presets and the ability to store more of your own, meals are done with just the press of a button.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: H17.75 inches x W14.5 inches x D16.65 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 22lbs
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
  • Wattage: 900W / 1500W / 1800W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 60°F/400°F (Adjustable in 5°F Increments)

Things To Love

  • Massive Cooking Space: This large appliance comes with a cavernous 14-quart cooking space, which is complemented by the rack system that gives you even more cooking capabilities.
  • Options: The sheer range of options with this appliance is magnificent. With three racks, a rotisserie, and a basket gives the user a ton of different configurations.
  • 100 Pre-programmed Recipes: One hundred (yes that wasn’t a typo) pre-sets to help with cooking almost every food you can think of.
  • Custom Recipe Settings: If by some miracle, the food you’re cooking isn’t featured as one of the 100 pre-sets, you can input it manually and save it for future use.
  • Integrated Food Probe: When cooking food, especially chicken, it’s essential to ensure it is cooked throughout before serving it up to your family. This probe helps put your mind at ease that your meal is cooked correctly. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Massive: This appliance takes up a lot of space. Of course, it comes with an enormous cooking capacity, but you need plenty of kitchen space to house this beast.
  • Door Hinge Issues: One of the very few complaints about this model is the tendency for the hinges on the door to come loose. It doesn’t happen to every model, but it does give a cause for concern.
  • Difficult To Clean: Despite being dishwasher safe, the racks are not the easiest thing to clean due to their diamond-shaped structure.

Final Remarks

The NuWave Brio 38001 is a large air fryer with vast cooking capabilities. While it is the second most expensive appliance on our list, it does represent tremendous value for money.

It has an impressive range of features and options that gives the consumer the ability to cook almost any meal imaginable. However, it is significant in size, so you’ll need the space, and it can be a pain to clean.

Overall Score: 16.5/20

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