Best Air Fryers of May 2017: Reviews & Buyer Guide

Frying Oil.

I hate it. It’s stinky, it’s messy, and it hurts like heck when it pops onto your skin!

I began doing research awhile back to find the best air fryer to purchase, and so far I am pretty pleased. An air fryer is a great alternative to traditional frying, and best of all it requires no oil. This results in your food actually being healthier while tasting just as good.

What Are The Benefits?

Saves You Money
Air fryers are an interesting concept. They save you money because they do not require canola oil or whatever your desired oil is. They are capable of frying, grilling, baking, and roasting reducing the cost since you will no longer need to purchase those appliances.
They're Healthier Than Traditional Frying
That’s right. Since they do not use oil they are lower in fat and produce less calorie dense food with the same fried taste.  

Top 5 Air Fryers

Philips HD9220/26: The Best Overall Option

31V+f6J25nL._AC_AC_SR98,95_Among the post popular of the Philips Air Fryer series, this unit is highly popular amongst health conscious folks who are not interested in sacrificing the taste an texture of a fried food. It features an adjustable temp setting that allows you to max out temperature adjustment at 390F. Another key feature is that you have the ability to set a timer (30 minute maximum), that means no longer having to continually monitor your cooking.  When your timer threshold is reached the device automatically disabled to prevent over cooking.

Philips Rapid Air Technology allows your food to cook at a much more rapid speed. This happens due to the hot air flowing above and below the product via a high pressure system. This same system is key to equal food doneness. After cooking is complete, you simply removal all the parts, load them in the dishwasher, and call it a night! Specs sit at 1.8 lbs weight.

  • Cooks evenly
  • Uses Philips Rapid Air Technology

  • Baking tray & double layer rack not provided free
  • Timers under 5 minutes to not beep at completion

Dad’s Note: This is the air fryer I have tried out. The food tastes great, although slightly different when compared to traditional frying. The reason for this is the oil typically assists in providing some flavor (especially peanut oil).

Cozyna Air Fryer: The Budget Friendly Option

41kZd0MHLxLWe consider this the budget friendly option when comparing prices against the competition. The Cozyna air fryer is very well received, and we’re happy to note that overall purchasers continue to be pleased. It features a large cooking capacity capable of holding up to 3.2 liters (perfect for larger families). Cozyna also includes a free cookbook with each purchase that includes 25 recipes so that you can begin to use your new device immediately (assuming you have the desired ingredients on hand of course).

Keeping inline with other competitors, it is very easy to detach and disassemble for placement within the dishwashing machine. Like its competitors it too features a 30 minute timer and can cook foods up to 392 degrees.

  • Very afforable
  • Dishwasher safe & non-stick lining

  • Relatively basic compared to more expensive models
  • Monitor for Teflon flakes over time

Dad’s Note: Our suggested budget friendly option. Overall feedback has been good, but keep an eye out for the Teflon flakes and peeling paint. It’s not exciting, but it gets the job done for less money.

What Is An Air Fryer?

At its most basic level it takes hot air and circulates it around your food at very high pressure speeds, Philips has coined this as “Rapid Air Technology”. The goal is to evenly heat all sides of the food, and make sure to avoid the uneven cooking that a traditional oil fryer or grill may provide. Feedback has also said that utilizing the Rapid Air Technology produces a high quality crunch on the outside while locking in moistness within the internal parts of the food.

There are two main technologies that represent this system:

  • Exhaust System – controls temperature of the fryer by means of internal pressure. Essentially it increases and decreases excessive air in order to produce the proper end result. The built in cooling fan aides in circulation of air around the fryer.

What To Look For When Purchasing?


Price is obviously a very important factor with any purchase, however the main thing we want to note here is that you should compare against units within your price range. If you have a budget of $120, don’t go purchasing a $200 unit. This is generally what we recommend filtering by first as it will allow you to clearly see all units that you can afford from the get go.

Food Capacity

What do you plan to be cooking? Will your recipes involve large pieces of meat? If so, it’s important to make sure that the air fryer comparison you’re doing factors this in. If you’re only cooking small things like baby carrots, then you should be pretty set with just about any option.

Max Cooking Temperature

You need to know ahead of time what ingredients you plan to cook with. Once you know that, make sure the unit can get to a hot enough temperature that will fully cook the ingredient to make it moist and tender. Max cooking temperature is also important to consider for recipes you will be working with.


Last but not least, we have features. Features make or break a unit, but that depends on what units in the same price range offer as a feature set. Example features included automatic stop timer, touch screen monitoring, easy pause button, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of food can an air fryer make?
There is no restriction. If you have a desire to cook it, it can be done. This goes for Poultry, meats, vegetables, and even desserts! We do not recommend trying to steam a vegetable in the air fryer though.
Can you add more ingredients after frying has started?
Yes, you absolutely can. With that said, it’s important to understand that every time you do this it makes cooking uneven and releases the generated heat and air circulation pattern.
Can I use aluminum foil or baking paper inside the air fryer?
Yes, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you do decide to go this route, please make sure you are leaving room for the air to fully circulate around whatever you are cooking.
Do you need to pre-heat an air fryer before usage?
No you don’t. Built in timers account for full cooktime, so there is no need to pre-heat unless your recipe calls for it.
Russ Kannigan

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