Best Air Fryer –
Before you buy an airfryer you might want to consider that you could already own a halfway decent air fryer in your home without knowing it…
When we first tested air fryers, in 2017, most of the models we found were small, pod-shaped appliances that looked like they’d be more at home in a sci-fi movie than on a kitchen counter.
They couldn’t hold much food, and they yielded mediocre results. If you really want an air fryer, we found that the Philips Avance Collection Airfryer HD9641/96 is better than most (though not great).
But since air frying is really just convection baking, we think most people would be better off with a convection toaster oven, such as our top pick, the Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven (TOB-260N1), which does everything an air fryer can do, plus more.
We found that pod-shaped air fryers often had more-powerful fans, but this wasn’t necessarily a good thing, since they could produce dried-out foods and overcooked cakes. And the “fryer” baskets in pod-shaped models were too limited. Even filled to capacity, they could fit only a couple of servings of food at a time, which isn’t practical for larger households. In general, we found that pod-shaped air fryers didn’t cook as evenly as the toaster-oven models because their cramped interiors didn’t allow heat to fully circulate around the food, even when we shook the basket periodically.