If you’ve been thinking about buying an air-fryer for a while, you certainly aren’t alone.
The popularity of this kitchen appliance is growing as home cooks discover the increasing number of recipes that can be cooked quickly and easily - in a healthier way.
But the difficult part isn't deciding what to cook, it's how to choose one. There are plenty of options on the market, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the best air-fryer that'll be used to whip up dinner or a dessert.
Here are the key things to consider when choosing an air-fryer and five of the top-rated models on the market.
One of the most important considerations is the capacity of an air-fryer. You don’t want to purchase one that is too small to feed your family, or too big if you only use it every so often.
Air-fryer baskets capacities range from 1.5 litres to 7.3 litres. While smaller models won’t be big enough to cook a meal for four people, bigger models will give you less counter space. There are larger models available with 22 litres capacities, but they don’t cook in a basket.
They may also require more attention when cooking, such as tossing food regularly to ensure even cooking.
It’s important to note that some baskets may fit less food in them than the box claims.
Be sure to check the specifications on the model you choose carefully to ensure that you are getting exactly what you are after.
Depending on what you plan to use your air-fryer for, different models will come with different controls.
Basic air-fryers will have functions like setting the temperature and time.
Advanced models will feature more functions including a digital or touch display, timer, pre-programmed food settings and heating elements.
We recommend you invest in a recipe book, because once you start - you'll get addicted to using the handy gadget.
Using less oil means that cleaning your air-fryer isn’t as messy as other frying kitchen appliances, but they still need to be cleaned after every use.
Most air-fryer baskets are dishwasher safe, however, some have a non-stick surface which is best to hand wash.
Always check the manufacturer’s cleaning tips on the box.
Top Air Fryers
This gadget has been called ‘brilliant’ by fans around Australia. The large capacity means it can hold a whole bag of french fries or chicken wings - and at a fraction of the price, it gets the job done just as well as more expensive models.
This air fryer takes smart cooking to a new level. With a digital display and features such as smart sensing technology which automatically adjusts time and temperature during cooking.
It also features rapid hot air technology helping food to fry faster and has a Keep Warm mode which keeps food at an ideal temperature for up to 30 minutes after it is finished cooking..
For the price tag, this air-fryer is great value. It not only gets food cooked perfectly without oil, but fans also said it was great at reheating food (particularly veggies) without leaving them soggy or dried out. It has an 8-kilo capacity and a timer.
If you have a crowd to cook for, this air-fryer is for you. The 10-litre capacity holds a whole chicken so you can cook for the masses.
Plus it’s easy to use with a one-touch control panel, LED display to show time and temperature and a viewing window to monitor your meal. Perfect!
This well-known kitchen brand offers up one of the more expensive air-fryer options, but it’s well worth the investment.
If you plan on doing a lot of cooking in an air-fryer or don’t have an oven, this is a great option. With a 22 litre capacity, 10 preset functions, LCD display and interior oven light, this air-fryer is an all-in-one kitchen appliance.
The Aldi air-fryer is another top-rated appliance but is only available periodically as part of Aldi’s Special Buys.
The product recently sold out within minutes, with customers saying they were extremely impressed with the 8-litre air fryer which retails for $99. It can be used for cooking, grilling and frying.
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