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The 8 Best Air Fryers for Crispier, Healthier Meals

A woman pouring frozen nuggets in the Ninja four-quart air fryer, someone pressing a button on the COSORI Smart Air Fryer, and the Instant Pot Air Fryer Attachment on an Instant Pot.
Ninja/COSORI/Instant Pot

You’ve probably heard someone raving about their new air fryer. If you’re finally considering getting one yourself, you’ll want to figure out which is best for your cooking habits. To help you out, we’re ranking all of our favorite air fryers, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Air fryers can offer many benefits, the most noteworthy of these being safety and health. They’re much safer to use than deep fryers because you don’t have to maneuver around scalding hot oil. Additionally, because you use less cooking oil in an air fryer, you can enjoy fried foods that are less fattening and better for heart health.

Convinced? Awesome! Let’s get into all the bells and whistles on our favorite air fryers.

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Best Overall: Instant Vortex Six-Quart

A sleek and modern air fryer presented with chicken, fried shrimp and freshly air fried sweet potato wedges.
Instant Pot

The Instant Vortex air fryer tops our list as our absolute favorite air fryer on the market. What especially stands out is its ability to create crispy foods using 95% less oil than normal deep frying. If you already have an Instant Pot and love it, you’ll likely have no reservations about adding this sleek appliance to your countertop, as well.

The large six-quart capacity can hold up to two pounds of fries or a four-pound whole chicken, which means you can feed the whole family. Crunch on all those deep-fried flavors you love, while benefitting from a major slash in calories. You can whip up roast chicken, your fave veggies, potatoes in any form, or some nuggets for the kids in no time.

The Instant Vortex is simple to use and will quickly replace other kitchen appliances. There’s no need to wait for the machine to preheat. Plus, because you can close it, you can say goodbye to scalding grease flying around.

Best Overall

Instant Vortex Six-Quart Air Fryer

All the crispy fried flavors you love with a lot less fat.

Runner-Up: Ninja Four-Quart

The Ninja 10-in-1 Air Fryer sitting on a kitchen counter next to a plate of fries with catsup.
Ninja

The Ninja air fryer produces quick and healthy “fried” foods using approximately 75% less fat than traditional frying. So, it still offers a significant decrease in oil and fat, just not quite as much as our overall favorite above. Nevertheless, it will still deliver crispy fries, wings, tenders, and anything else your heart desires, without the guilt.

Another reason this one was bested by the Instant Vortex is you do have to wait a whole three minutes for it to preheat.

This air fryer also only has a four-quart basket, but that’s still plenty big enough to hold two pounds of fries. The appliance also features a touch panel with four simple functions and comes with a cookbook filled with 20 delicious recipes.

Another bonus is all the accessories are dishwasher safe, making this already convenient gadget even more so! Air Fry, roast, dehydrate, and reheat your favorite foods without ever losing that original crisp you love.

Runner-Up

Ninja Four-Quart Air Fryer

Incredibly easy and convenient to use.

Best for Large Recipes: ICONITESER 10-in-One 20-Quart

The 20-Quart air fryer sititng on a kitchen counter with the door open and five layers of different foods inside.
ICONITESER

Whether you have a big family or just love to entertain, this large-capacity air fryer is a great selection. Filling an air fryer basket with too much food can poorly impact the quality of whatever you’re cooking. However, there’s no need to worry about that with this 20-quart ICONITESER model.

This convenient appliance is an all-in-one toaster and baking oven, dehydrator, and pizza grill that always provides healthier results. All the accessories are easily removable and dishwasher safe, so it cuts down on cleaning time too.

Best for Large Recipes

ICONITESER 10-in-One Air Fryer Oven, 20 Qt.

For those who regularly feed a crowd.

Best Compact: Chefman Turbo Two-Quart

The Chefman Turbo Air Fyer sitting on a counter next to plates of various fried foods.
Chefman

If you need a smaller appliance that won’t further clutter your precious counter space, the Chefman TurboFry is your machine. It’s perfect for small kitchens, RVs, or dorm rooms, and you can easily store it in a cabinet.

It has manual controls, so you can adjust the temperature and timing to achieve your desired level of crispiness, every time. What we love most about this one is the flat basket, which holds 40% more food without adding any bulkiness to the machine.

Best Compact

CHEFMAN Turbo Compact Air Fryer, Two Qt.

Perfect for RVs, apartments, and dorm rooms.

Most Convenient: COSORI Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer

A COSORI smart air fryer complete with fresh holiday cookies and treats nicely presented in a clean and modern kitchen.
COSORI

If you just can’t get enough of the latest, greatest digital gadgets, you’ll absolutely adore this smart air fryer from COSORI. You can both control and monitor it via your phone for the most convenient approach to cooking yet! It’s perfect for busy professionals, parents, or those who work from home.

You can also enable Google Assistant or Alexa to power up this handy machine at the sweet sound of your voice. Then, you can control it via the VeSync app (iPhone or Android), which is preprogrammed with over 100 recipes you’ll be excited to try.

Most Convenient

COSORI Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer

Control it completely via voice and/or your smartphone.

Best Rotisserie Feature: Pro Breeze Large 12-In-One

A whole chicken on the rotisserie and three trays of sliced lemons in the Pro Breeze Air Fryer.
Pro Breeze

Imagine having your very own rotisserie in your kitchen to create the juiciest, tenderest dinner for your family at a much smaller cost, with incredible flavor.

This 12-in-one air fryer comes complete with eight skewers, two forks, two racks, and a “Spit Roast” function to make the tastiest dinners around. Beyond its rotisserie capabilities, this appliance also dehydrates, fries, and bakes just like its competitors.

Best Rotisserie Feature

Pro Breeze 12-in-One Air Fryer

All the same functions as its competitors and a rotisserie option.

Best Budget: GoWISE USA Five-Quart

The GoWISE Five-Quart Air Fryer in black and the red version full of French fries.
GoWISE USA

If you’re on the market for an affordable air fryer that can make more than a few fries, the GoWISE Five-Quart is our pick for you. For well under a Benjamin, you’ll have a modern, sleek air fryer that’s incredibly simple to use.

This appliance comes complete with eight preset cooking functions and a 50-recipe cookbook of yummy dishes to make. It’s a quality purchase for a solid price.

Best Budget

GoWISE USA Five-Quart Air Fryer

Save more than a few bucks while still getting air-fried deliciousness.

Best Attachment: Instant Pot Six-in-One Air Fryer Lid

The Instant Pot Air Fryer Attachment on a counter next to a casserole dish full of macaroni and cheese.
Instant Pot

If you already own an Instant Pot and have no room for yet another appliance, we have the perfect solution! You can easily turn your Instant Pot into an air fryer with this attaching lid.

The multilevel basket is designed for optimal airflow and has advanced safety features so the appliance won’t overheat. Who knew that, in addition to its many other benefits, your Instant Pot could also become an air fryer?  Just be sure to double-check that it’s compatible with your specific Instant Pot model.

Best Attachment

Instant Pot Six-in-One Air Fryer Lid

Turns your Instant Pot into an air fryer.


The crispy crunch of fried foods adds a whole new world of satisfaction to your meals. Air fryers offer that and so much more, including healthier fried options. Once you get a taste of these homemade sensory pleasures, there’ll be no turning back!

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