Air fryers are so “hot” right now, because people have discovered it to be the best and healthiest alternative to a deep fryer.
Air frying is the best way to enjoy the foods you love without the excessive fat and calories.
More and more air fryers are being released, which might make it difficult for you to decide which one to choose.
We have done the legwork for you and researched dozens of hot air fryers and found the best air fryers 2018. This list will be updated every month to stay up to date with any new releases.
5 Best Air Fryers 2018
These are the best air fryers right now. This list is continually being updated to reflect the latest models.
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- 5 Best Air Fryers 2018
- Philips HD9220 AirFryer
- GoWise USA GW22631
- GoWISE USA GW22621
- Philips XL Airfryer – Best Large Air Fryer
- Best Small Air Fryer – Dash Compact Air Fryer
- Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 Qt Deluxe
- How Do We Choose The Best Air Fryers?
- What to Consider When Buying An Air Fryer?
Philips HD9220 AirFryer
The Philips AirFryer HD9220 is still one of the best air fryers available. People love the ease of use and the delicious food they can cook with this hot air fryer.
Actually you can fry, grill, bake and roast with the Philips HD9220 Airfryer and with the optional accessories you will have a fabulous multi cooker!
The temperature controls can be adjusted up to 390 degrees and the timer can be set up to 30 minutes. The 1.75 cooking capacity of the basket allows you to cook 1 bag of fries.
The removable parts, like the cooking basket, are dishwasher safe making cleaning up afterwards a breeze.
There is a drawback to this air fryer though: If you have a family of 3 or more people you will have to cook your food in batches.
The fact that this air fryer was launched more than 3 year ago and is still getting 5 star ratings today clearly says it all.
GoWise USA GW22631
It does offer a lot of the same features and has many happy customers already, so it does make sense. If you’re looking for a large air fryer at a much much friendlier price go check it out or read our review here!
GoWISE USA GW22621
The GoWise GW22621 is a very popular choice for people, because they offer the same features as the higher priced air fryers like Philips, but at a much lower price.
Features for this air fryer include manual and preset cooking options, wide range temperature control (175F-400F) and a 30 minute timer.
Read reviews for all GoWISE USA air fryers here.
Philips XL Airfryer – Best Large Air Fryer
The Philips AirFryer XL is the best large air fryer for families. The basket capacity of this air fryer is 2.65 lbs, which is sufficient for a family of 4-5 people.
This air fryer can handle a lot more: 5 lb chickens, steaks, egg rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches and more! You are only hampered by your own imagination.
Need some inspiration for air fryer recipes? A recipe booklet is included when you buy this air fryer or check out these air fryer cookbooks .
Best Small Air Fryer – Dash Compact Air Fryer
Small air fryers are suitable for people who are single, live in a small apartment, college dorm room, senior couple or just picky eaters.
Traveling in RV or motor-home usually means a lot less kitchen space, so this is where a small air fryer would really come in handy.
This Dash Compact Air Fryer features a 30 minute timer with automatic shut off, non-stick basket, cool-touch housing and handle.
Analogue controls ensure this no frills air fryer is easy to use and to clean. Available in a range of colors including the aqua color pictured above!
Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 Qt Deluxe
A relative newcomer on the air fryer market is the Power Air Fryer XL. This air fryer is slightly smaller than the GoWise USA XL air fryer, but still very suitable for larger families.
Features of the Power Air Fryer XL include:
- 7 Preset programs
- 400 degrees/1700 watt
- Automatic shut off
- Roast, Air fry, bake, grill, sauté and steam using rapid air technology.
- Available in black or red.
- Cool touch handle for extra safety
- Deluxe version comes with pizza pan, baking insert (for cakes etc.) and a pair of tongs
- Includes a recipe book
How Do We Choose The Best Air Fryers?
When it comes to buying air fryers, there’s an overwhelming choice at the moment and people do get confused with all the options.
We categorize and rate certain aspects of an air fryer like the following:
Features – The air fryer controls (analog vs digital), are there any accessories or other colors available, any other unique features?
Capacity – How many people can you feed, air fryer heating times, does it need preheating, can you prepare several foods in one go?
Quality – Are there any known issues with the air fryer, does the air fryer come with a warranty?
Customer reviews – Real customers reporting issues.We particularly pay attention to recurring issues, where several customers report the same problem.
What to Consider When Buying An Air Fryer?
“Which air fryer to buy” is one of the most asked questions. I usually answer: What are you looking for in an air fryer?
Before you buy an air fryer consider the following features:
An air fryer can cost anywhere from $50 to well over $300. You can certainly buy a good air fryer for $50, but it will have less features than a high end model.
Of course prices change over time, the longer a model is on the market, the cheaper it gets.
The cheaper air fryers are usually smaller and have only analog controls. This can work really well for a small family or a student living in a dorm room.
The high end air fryers usually come with a larger capacity, digital controls (with preset programs) and extra accessories.
Such air fryers are best for large families or people who entertain a lot of guests.
Air fryers range in capacity from 1 quart to almost 6 quarts.
A small air fryer with a 1 quart capacity suits a 1-2 person household and prepares 1-2 servings of French fries or a few chicken wings.
Large air fryers suits families of 5-6 persons and can make 5-6 servings of fries or a whole chicken.
So work out the size of your family and how much food you will be preparing. Also consider any guests you might be entertaining on a regular basis.
If you have a small household, but you entertain a lot of guests on a regular basis, it still makes sense to buy a large air fryer! It will be a time saver!
Analog vs digital controls: it’s all a matter of personal preference and one is not necessarily better than the other!
Analog controls are really easy to manage, because there are usually 2 knobs: 1 for temperature and 1 for time.
People who don’t like all the fuss of a digital display will prefer the manual controls.
Digital controls have more options to master, but can be huge time-savers.
Options like presets for popular foods like French fries, fish, meat and more.
Some air fryers have the possibility to enter your custom presets for the foods you prepare the most, so you can just pop in the food and press the button!
Air fryers range in power from 1200 to 2000 watts. The higher the wattage the faster the food will be ready.
A lower wattage air fryer usually heats up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, while a higher wattage air fryer can heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ease of Cleaning
Air fryers are usually easy to clean.
Removable parts like the frying basket and the basket drawer can be popped into the dishwasher.
The base unit can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Don’t use any abrasive sponges!
Most air fryer models have non-stick coating that prevent food sticking to the surface. Any residue can be easily removed without scrubbing.
Always consult the manual of your air fryer for the best advice on how to clean it.
Want to know more about air fryers and how they work? Check out our Air Fryer FAQ’s here!
Want to know if an air fryer is the right appliance for you? Check out Air Fryer Pros and Cons here!