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10 Best Air Fryers (2020)

Air fryers are all the rage right now and with so many different brands and products to choose from you may become overwhelmed, so we have curated a list of the best air fryers for 2020.

Through our research we have determined that the best overall air fryer is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer, with the Ninja Foodi FD401 Air Fryer coming in at a close second due to its higher price. If you are on a budget we recommend the Chefman Digital Air Fryer which is smaller in size but has a nice price.

An air fryer is the perfect small kitchen appliance for those who need a quick and easy way to whip up a nice dinner or snack for the family. It is also perfect for people who hate cooking.

Most people who invest in an air fryer end up using it as their main cooking appliance for the most part as it doesn’t only cook fried foods, most can also roast, grill and even bake.

You will see many of the air fryers on this list are also considered to be another appliance such as a pressure cooker. These are known as multi-cookers and come in very handy, replacing most of your current cooking appliances by providing cooking methods for almost everything.

With easy to use interfaces, quick cooking, and versatility that produces just about any food you can think to cook in a regular convection oven and little to no need for oil during cooking, you can bet an air fryer is a smart buy!

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BEST OVERALL

Instant Pot - Duo Crisp & Air Fryer 11-in-1 (8 Quart)

- 11 built-in smart programs
- 8 quarts
- 5 dry cooking methods
- 6 wet cooking methods
- 10+ built-in safety features
- Dishwasher safe
- Not as expensive as its main competitors
- PTFE-free
- PFOA-free
- BPA-free

BEST BUDGET

Chefman Digital Air Fryer (3.6 Quart)


- 3.6 quarts
- Dishwasher safe
- BPA-free
- Auto shut-off
- Flat basket for more space vs round baskets


The 10 Best Air Fryers (2020)

Our first pick is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 air fryer which is made by Instant Pot, a well known Canadian brand of multi-cookers. 

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp boasts an impressive 11 built-in smart programs that cover your cooking needs and allow you to put your cooking on autopilot. 

The 8 quarts (~7.5 Litres) cooking pot provides plenty of cooking space to feed your family. 

You will be provided with 2 detachable lids, the air fryer lid for dry cooking and the pressure cooker lid for wet cooking. 

The air fryer lid covers the following 5 dry cooking methods: 

  1. Air fry
  2. Roast
  3. Bake
  4. Broil
  5. Dehydrate

The pressure cooker lid covers the following 6 wet cooking methods:

  1. Pressure cook
  2. Saute
  3. Steam
  4. Slow cook
  5. Sous vide
  6. Warm

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp also includes a delay start function so you can set and forget.

There are 10+ built-in safety features including overheat protection, an easy to seal safety lock and more to ensure safe pressure cooking.

The pot, drip pan, cooking tray and basket are all dishwasher safe so cleaning up is a breeze.

Multi-level air fryer baskets, dehydrating and broiling tray accessories are available for purchase to suit your needs.

With easy to use controls, bright displays and a moderately inexpensive cost compared to other large air fryers and multi-cookers, you can bet the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Multi-cooker is a great value purchase!

Pros
  • Inexpensive compared to other large air fryers and multi-cookers like the Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 air fryer
  • Easy and intuitive controls
  • Easy cleanup and dishwasher safe
  • 11 cooking functions
  • Less power hungry competitor in second place
  • PTFE-free
  • PFOA-free
  • BPA-free
Cons
  • Have to swap out lids for dry and wet cooking
  • May be a little heavy for some who will store it and get it out every time you cook
  • Having to clean out the other appliances that this beauty will replace
  • The sous vide function is not the most reliable in terms of temperature

Up next is the Ninja Foodi FD401 9-in-1 air fryer. A very popular product that, like the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, is a multi-cooker.

The Ninja Foodi is made by a company based in USA called SharkNinja.

This 8 quart (~7.5 Litres) multi-cooker can hold a 7 pound chicken so you know this is perfect for families and entertaining guests.

Also included is a 5 quart cook and crisp basket allowing you to place your food in the perfect position for crisping using the air frying function.

The 9 cooking functions provided include:

  • Air frying
  • Pressure cooking
  • Sauteing and searing
  • Baking
  • Broiling
  • Steaming
  • Slow cooking
  • Dehydrating
  • Yogurt

The nonstick ceramic coating makes it very easy to clean so you won’t have to break your back over the kitchen sink scraping tough bits of food off the cooking pot.

The Ninja Foodi FD401 provides a stay warm function for up to 12 hours so you don’t have to worry about your food going cold if you miss the end time.

Pros
  • Perfect for large families or entertaining
  • Easy to cook
  • Easy to clean and the cooking pot and crisper rack are dishwasher safe
  • Nonstick
  • PTFE-free
  • PFOA-free
  • BPA-free
Cons
  • Higher power consumption compared to the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer
  • The air fryer lid doesn’t detach which means if you are using the pressure cooker lid, the air fryer lid sticks straight up, taking up lots of vertical space
  • Slightly heavier than the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer
  • Some people find the noise to be a little too loud, others say its not bad
  • Vents push air directly backwards so you can’t put it close to the wall

The COSORI CP158-AF air fryer is ranked #1 on Amazon in the air fryers category, so you know it’s good.

Just like the others, it has 11 cooking functions that make it easy for you. However this time the cooking functions aren’t based on the type of cooking you want to perform such as air fry or pressure cook, but instead they are based around different types of food. 

The cooking features included are:

  • Steak
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Frozen foods
  • French fries
  • Vegetables
  • Bread
  • Desserts
  • And a preheat function

The COSORI CP158-AF uses a nonstick teflon coated square basket that is dishwasher safe.

The nonstick basket is also PFOA-free and BPA-free.

This air fryer also includes a shake reminder so that you don’t have to watch the clock, waiting until the cooking time is half way elapsed before shaking the food for the best results.

The square design of the basket and the 5.8 qt (~5.5L) capacity is able to fit a 5-6lb whole chicken and is able to feed 3-5 people depending on the food.

Pros
  • As cheap as the Ninja AF101 4 qt air fryer
  • 11 cooking functions
  • Easy to clean nonstick basket that is dishwasher safe
  • PFOA-free and BPA-free
  • Has a shaker reminder
  • Great design with square nonstick basket
  • Includes a keep warm function
Cons
  • Similar power consumption to the 8 qt Ninja Foodi FD401 despite being a small machine
  • Steam vent is in rear so you will want to give it to some room from the wall

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer is great for cooking meals for 1-2 people. Perfect for dorm living or couples who want the fried food without the mess of a deep fryer.

You can fit approximately 2 pounds of french fries or 6 frozen fish fillets in the 4 quart (~3.8 litre) basket at one time.

This air fryer sports 4 programmable cooking functions:

  • Air frying
  • Roasting
  • Reheating
  • Dehydrating

The Ninja AF101 is easy to clean and it is dishwasher safe.

Pros
  • Easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts
  • Ceramic coated nonstick basket
  • Easy to use and has intuitive controls
  • Stylish design, looks good on the counter
Cons
  • Fan can be loud (slightly louder than a microwave)
  • Doesn’t automatically pause when you take the basket out

Next up is the Philips TurboStar Technology Air Fryer HD9641/96. Philips is a well known brand and provides quality products (including this one).

This Philips air fryer has a capacity of 2.75 qt which works well for serving sizes meant for one person. 

While Philips does provide good quality products, the downside is it becomes expensive pretty quickly.

This product is expensive, costing more than our #1 pick (the Instant Pot Duo Crisp), but what’s even more expensive is that this air fryer only comes with a standard basket for cooking. 

Many of the accessories such as a splatter shield to prevent grease from foods like bacon from splattering onto the burner, double layer cooking shelf to allow more space for food and a greater capacity cost quite a bit too. This can get very expensive, very quickly.

With all that said, the product gets the job done and does it well with Philips unique TurboStar Technology.

There is also a handy keep warm function.

Pros
  • Very low noise
  • Very easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe
  • Great, well known and trusted brand with high quality products
Cons
  • Only allows temperature increments of 25F
  • Low capacity compared to other air fryers although larger models can be found in the Philips air fryer range
  • Expensive
  • Only comes with the standard basket. Accessories are available for purchase which can become very expensive for an already expensive product

The Chefman digital 3.6 qt air fryer is a nice budget option for those not looking to spend the big bucks for a great quality product like the Philips HD9641/96.

This air fryer includes many of the usual features that the more expensive air fryers include such as simple digital touch controls, a flat basket for extra space, auto shutoff, and dishwasher safe parts.

With its 3.6 qt flat basket you will be able to cook for two people but not much more than that.

The Chefman digital will look great on your countertops with a slick design and glossy finish made from BPA-free materials.

This air fryer is perfect for a couple looking for a budget air fryer.

Pros
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Has Auto shut-off
  • Flat basket for more space compared to round baskets
  • BPA-free
  • Digital touch controls
Cons
  • You can’t adjust the timer during cooking, you will need to stop the cooking process first and then change it
  • Some people have trouble with inserting the basket in the air fryer and need to try multiple times to get the machine to recognize the basket is connected
  • Not the best quality but makes sense for the price

The BELLA 14734 air fryer is a good addition to your kitchen. 

With its stainless steel design, easy to use interface and its digital touchscreen, you can be sure it won’t be an eyesore on your kitchen counter.

You can air fry, grill, roast and bake, and it has 8 digital preset menu options to make your life easier, including:

  • French fry
  • Roast
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Fish
  • Cheese melt
  • Bacon

BELLA 14734 has a capacity of 5.3 qt which will allow you to cook your favorite meals – up to 4.4 pounds of fried chicken, grilled steak, onion rings, and even bread.

With its nonstick coating and dishwasher safe parts, cleanup is a breeze.

This air fryer includes an easy check function which pauses cooking so you can check your meal at any time and shake the food around for the best crispiness quality.

BELLA 14734 will automatically shut off after 60 minutes just in case you forget to turn it off.

Pros
  • Digital touch screen
  • Easy to clean
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Square shaped basket
  • Easy check function that pauses when you pull the basket out mid cook
  • Simple, digital interface
  • 8 Presets
  • BPA-free and PFOA-free
Cons
  • Shallow basket so it can’t cook something like a whole chicken
  • Loud
  • Power hungry compared to other air fryers

The Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 air fryer, coming in at 10 qts, is the largest capacity air fryer on this list and designed more like a toaster oven despite being marketed as an air fryer.

The perks of owning this air fryer oven is the accessories included include a baking tray as well as an air fry basket, and a rotisserie spit and forks.

The rotating basket allows you to tumble-fry foods and acts as an auto shake function for the best crispiness.

The rotisserie spit can hold up to a 4 pound chicken, but the Instant Vortex Plus can cook larger chickens if you place them on the baking tray.

You can fit multiple trays in this air fryer at the same time

Like other air fryers on this list, the tray, basket, rotisserie spit and forks are safe to clean in the dishwasher. It also includes a drip tray to ease cleaning the machine.

The door is removable to make cleaning even easier.

The Instant Vortex Plus has overheat protection.

The smart programs for each cooking mode saves your last used time and temperature for each mode.

All-in-all this is a pretty good air fryer and multi-cooker however the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is better by a long shot.

Instant Vortex Plus has 7 cooking functions including:

  • Air fry
  • Rotisserie
  • Roast
  • Broil
  • Bake
  • Reheat
  • Dehydrate
Pros
  • Large capacity
  • Many accessories included
  • Rotisserie style cooking available
  • Has air fry basket and trays
  • Very easy to clean, dishwasher safe
  • Overheat protection
Cons
  • When using both shelves, the bottom shelf doesn’t cook as well as the top shelf
  • Takes up a lot of space on the countertop
  • Loud
  • Doesn’t come close to the Instant Pot Duo Crisp
  • Air fry basket and rotisserie accessories get very hot which can be problematic when removing them from the machine

The Instant Vortex 4-in-1 air fryer would be a nice addition to your kitchen. 

Its 6 quart capacity allows can handle a 2 pound bag of fries or a 4 pound chicken.

You get 4 cooking features which includes:

  • Air frying
  • Roasting
  • Baking
  • Reheating

The easy to use, intuitive controls include one-touch preset programs for each type of cooking method.

Its stylish look and black heat-resistant exterior works well with any kitchen.

Pros
  • Digital touch screen for the smart programs
  • Basket is more flat compared to other air fryers
  • ETL certified
  • Dual time and temperature displays
Cons
  • No recipe book included
  • Basket is not as deep as other air fryers

The GoWise GW22731 8-in-1 digital air fryer includes a full digital display and includes 8 built-in smart presets which includes:

  • Fries/chips
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Shrimp
  • Cake
  • Fish
  • Pizza

Sporting cool-touch housing and handle makes checking on your food mid-cycle a breeze.

The GoWise GW22731 allows you to pause cooking and readjust the time and temperature during the cooking cycle. 

It also has an alarm function that can be set in 5, 10, or 15 minute increments.

The 5.8 qt size allows you to cook for your family of four, possibly more so nobody misses out on your delicious food.

The nonstick coating is FDA certified and PFOA-free. 

Included is a recipe book of 50 air fryer recipes that have been tested.

Pros
  • Can change the time and temperature during the cook cycle
  • Shake alarm that reminds you to shake your food in 5, 10, and 15 minute increments for best results and to take the guesswork out of cooking
  • Nonstick coated basket
  • FDA certified and PFOA-free
  • Touchscreen menu
Cons
  • Temperature changes in 10 F increments
  • Timer only goes up to 30 mins while the most air fryers allow 60 minutes

How Does An Air Fryer Work?

An air fryer circulates hot air around the food at high speed, cooking whatever food is in the tray, and ending up with a crispy browned layer of deliciousness. 

This method of cooking is similar to a convection oven and an air fryer is sometimes considered to be just a smaller version of a convection oven that cooks faster, preheats quicker, and is easily moveable.

How Well Does An Air Fryer Cook?

If you own a good air fryer you can cook almost anything you could cook in a convection oven or deep fry.

For the foods you can deep fry, they don’t taste exactly the same because when deep frying in oil, the oil seeps into the food and adds to the flavor. With the air fryer, you have little to no need for oil and so you don’t get the flavor from your oil of choice. 

Some recipes ask you to coat them in a small amount of oil such as for the french fries to get an extra crispy exterior while still keeping the inside light and fluffy.

Air fryers are not only good at frying, you can also reheat leftovers, you won’t have to eat soggy leftovers heated in the microwave anymore.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the 10 best air fryers available in 2020 so far.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comment section below and I will answer then when I get the chance.

 

6 thoughts on “10 Best Air Fryers (2020)”

  1. I thank you for your article on the best air fryers, you have been such a great help narrowing down the best air fryers for me to consider purchasing. You see I have been wanting one of these for a long time, but there were so many to choose from I just became overwhelmed which ones were my best buys.

    Jeff

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  2. Hey, thanks for putting this comparison list together.

    I’ve been thinking of an air fryer for a while, but I didn’t know that they could do so much more than just fry!

    Now I’m going to get one. I’m tempted with your top choice, the Instant pot duo crisp and air fryer.

    It looks as if I won’t need to be going within a mile of my cooker once I get this! As a person who doesn’t enjoy making meals, this machine is going to make my life a lot easier.

    Thanks again.

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  3. Hey,

    I have never had an air fryer or ever used an air fryer. I love your post, very informative and insightful.

    I may invest in an air fryer following your advice, and I know that my two friends will definitely invest in one. So, I have forwarded your post onto them and I have advised them to comment and also if they have any questions then they should get in touch with you.

    If I end up buying one, I will let you know what I think.

    Thanks for sharing, and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

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