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Best Air Fryers of 2017 Reviewed

If you love the crisp, crunchy bite of fried food, you’ll likely be thrilled to learn you don’t have to dine out to get your fix. Before you go searching for your own deep fryer, take a minute to explore the possibility that an air fryer could be a better option for you. You may be surprised to learn that healthier cooking is just one of the minor benefits to owning an air fryer, and there’s a variety of models available to fit your wants and needs. But first, how do you know if you really need an air fryer?

Is An Air Fryer Right For You?

For any fried food lover out there, an air fryer is a great way to enjoy delicious food at home, with less guilt than traditional deep-fried food made in a deep fryer. The first and perhaps most noticeable benefit to owning an air fryer instead of a deep fryer is the size. Because there’s no need to have room for oil to fry in, air fryers can come in much more compact sizes, while still making large amounts of food.

But is an air fryer really healthier than a deep fryer? Actually, it is! Frying isn’t exactly the healthiest way to enjoy food given how much oil is soaked up during the cooking process, but An air fryer is certainly a lighter way to enjoy your crispy favorites solely because of one missing ingredient. Deep fryers require a fair amount of oil and the food is dunked into the hot oil to cook. Air fryers, on the other hand, still require a basket to hold the food but instead of plunging food into oil, the food is coated with a light amount of oil before hot air is blown over it to cook the food. Air fryers with Rapid Air Technology usually require just a small amount of oil, up to 70% less than deep fryers.

Companies have taken notice of the demand for healthier cooking, so there are more, good-quality air fryers on the market today than ever before. To help you narrow things down and find one that's right for you, check out the list below of some of the best air fryers available for purchase.

Phillips Air Fryer (with Rapid Air Technology)

According to Best Reviews, the Phillips Air Fryer is the best air fryer on the market with it’s only drawback being its size. This air fryer will set you back $300 but the majority of people who have invested in one guarantee you won’t regret it. After all, it was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2016 and Gordon Ramsay even teamed up with Phillips to promote this product. With names like that connected to this air fryer, it would be hard to find a reason not to want one.

Even if you’re not exactly tech-savvy, the easy-to-use digital technology is great for just about anyone. Plus, the digital touch screen interface is just plain neat! Phillips has a few different models and while you may be tempted to go with the cheaper HDg220/26, we recommend the HD9230/26 (Digital) or the HD9240/94 (Digital X-Large). 

Big Boss Air Fryer

When time to cook with the Big Boss Air Fryer, you don’t even have to worrying about thawing your food first. It’s no surprise Best Products named the Big Boss Air Fryer number one on its list of best air fryers for 2017. Even speak highly of this bad boy. According to their air fryer review, the Big Boss offers halogen, convection, and infrared technology to cook food like some other fryers can’t. You can find a Big Boss Air Fryer for as little as $72 which means it’s super affordable as well.

GoWISE USA 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer

There’s a pretty significant chance you’re going to fall in love you air-fried food once you get your hands on a 4th generation Electric Air Fryer from GoWISE. The touch screen and sleek design, especially in red, make it visually appealing and easy to use. Perhaps most exciting would the price at just $100! As stated by Morning Chores in their air fryer review, benefits to owning the air fryer by GoWISE include size, power, and ease of use. Additional pros for this model include the automatic shut-off safety feature and the recipe book that’s included.

As for the cons to the 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer by GoWISE, the power cord may be a bit annoying for some users and complaints of the non-stick coating coming off after long-term use. However, you can still make all sorts of foods in the fryer, no matter whether you’re frying, baking, roasting, or grilling! With a 3.75 quart capacity, it makes plenty of food: for as four people at a time! The appealing red color might be enough to win you over from the very start, but the features will bring in the positive (and delicious) results.

Best Choice Electric Air Fryer

They love the Best Choice Electric Air Fryer over at Morning Chores, mainly because of its affordability. But it’s hard to deny how much you’ll be relieved when you learn there’s no set-up required for this model and the preheat time is pleasantly quick! With the Best Choice, you can fry, grill, bake, or roast thanks to its speedy air circulation system. Temperatures can’t quite reach 400 degrees like with others models, but it gets close at a maximum temperature of 392 degrees. With no cooling system, however, the model can get very hot which certainly isn’t ideal for a lot of people. Additionally, although the preheat time on this model was short, when cooking larger amounts of food, it can take longer than 30 minutes.

However, the Best Choice Electric Air Fryer is affordable, easy to use, and great for small families who want a guilt-free, healthier treat now and then.