If you still think the only way to replicate the satisfying crunch of diner-style french fries is through deep frying, you’ll be pleased to learn about the powers of the air fryer. Instead of submerging your food in hot oil, these “fryers” work by circulating hot air like a convection oven to make crispy treats. With most air fryers, you’ll only need to use about a tablespoon of cooking oil or spray oil for a more even coating.

Check out quick info below on the top five air fryers, then scroll farther for buying advice and full reviews of these models plus other high-ranking options.


What to Consider Before You Buy An Air Fryer

Most air fryers have a pod shape with a removable basket to hold your food and a capacity between two and six quarts. With this design, you’ll need to check and toss your food regularly to ensure even cooking. You also won’t want to fill the basket to capacity to make sure there’s enough space for air to circulate, so it’s best to size up if you want to feed a large family. Most air fryers come with removable, dishwasher-friendly components that allow for easy cleanup, and some have additional accessories like racks and baking pans. Consider the types of meals you plan to make before selecting one.

While many people love their air fryer and use it regularly, you should keep in mind that most models are fairly large for small appliances. Because they can take up over a cubic foot of your kitchen counter or storage space, you might want to reflect on how many meals you might reasonably cook in an air fryer. If you’re concerned about space in your kitchen, you may also prefer to purchase a more multi-purpose appliance like a toaster or convection oven that also has an air fryer setting—though some of these may not perform as effectively and efficiently as dedicated air fryers.

How We Selected and Rated Them

To select the top seven air fryers, we researched six expert sources like Taste of Home, CNET, and Wirecutter and considered about 100,000 consumer reviews. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of people who bought and rated the product at least four out of five stars on retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.


—HIGHLY RATED—

Cosori Premium 5.8-Quart Air Fryer

Consumer Score: 93% give it 4 stars or more
The Cosori’s excellent design boosts cooking capacity without increasing its footprint.

Capacity: 5.8 quarts | Watts: 1,700 | Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 12 in. | Weight: 15 lb.

Premium 5.8-Quart Air Fryer

Cosori
amazon.com

$119.99

$107.98 (10% off)

Over 40,000 reviews on Amazon confirm that this Cosori air fryer is one of the best to add to your kitchen. In addition to its midrange price, we especially like its size and design. It has one of the largest basket capacities at 5.8 quarts while maintaining overall dimensions as small as some models that only offer three-quart baskets. While many air fryers have round basket designs, the Cosori is more square to help add more cooking space without increasing its footprint on your countertop. It also comes with 11 presets for a variety of meat, seafood, vegetables, and even bread and dessert—though you may not even require that many cooking options. CNET’s testing also confirmed that it could cook a variety of foods to a crisp and that it wasn’t too loud.


—PREMIUM—

Philips Digital Air Fryer HD9741/99

Consumer Score: 89% give it 4 stars or more
This Philips air fryer consistently ranks at the top for even and crispy cooking.

Capacity: 3 quarts | Watts: 1,425 | Dimensions: 14 x 13 x 13 in. | Weight: 15 lb.

Premium Digital Airfryer HD9741/99

Philips
amazon.com

$249.95

Philips’s new HD9741/99 is equipped with a patented “star fish” design at the bottom of the basket, which the brand claims circulates air for the best crispy results. Tests by Wirecutter, Taste of Home, and others back that up, finding that the air fryer can cook more efficiently and evenly than others. This unit has a simple digital display with a QuickControl dial and five cooking presets that make it easy to use. Philips also includes a recipe book for inspiration, but the $250 price tag of this premium model may not be worth the splurge to many new to air frying.


—BEST VALUE—

GoWise USA 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

Consumer Score: 92% give it 4 stars or more
A functional and stylish option, the 8-in-1 has plenty of capability for the price.

Capacity: 5 quarts | Watts: 1500 | Dimensions: 14 x 13 x 13 in. | Weight: 13 lb.

8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

GoWise USA
amazon.com

$69.99

The 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer is available in fun color options like red and plum, but it will stand out on your counter for more than just its looks. Its sleek touchscreen menu displays eight cooking presets, and the built-in alarm will remind you to shake your ingredients for more even cooking at five-, 10-, and 15-minute intervals. This GoWise also has manual controls, so you can dial it in if you prefer. Plus, the basket is large enough for families, and it comes with a divider for you to cook two separate portions at once.


—FOR SMALL KITCHENS—

Dash Compact Air Fryer

Consumer Score: 87% give it 4 stars or more
This retro-looking unit will fit snugly where space is tight.

Capacity: 2 quarts | Watts: 1,000 | Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 11 in. | Weight: 6 lb.

Especially if you have limited kitchen storage space, you may prefer your appliances to not be complete eyesores. Fortunately, the Dash Compact flaunts a retro style in several colors, while also not taking over the limited counter space you may have. Its small, two-quart capacity means it’s best for one to two people, but the compactness and light weight make it well suited to small apartments and college dorm rooms. Size aside, its analog dials allow you to simply set the temperature and timer instead of choosing between many cooking presets.


—MULTIPURPOSE—

Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven

Consumer Score: 91% give it 4 stars or more
Cuisinart’s versatile appliance can serve as several kitchen essentials.

Capacity: .95 cubic feet | Watts: 1,800 | Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 12 in. | Weight: 32 lb.

Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Oven

$279.99
bedbathandbeyond.com

More than just an air fryer, the Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven is also, yes, a toaster and a convection oven that bakes, broils, and toasts. Its controls are fairly simple to use: just scroll through 15 preset cooking modes with the dial, and hit the manual buttons to turn on convection or dual cook settings, switch on the oven light, add 30 seconds to your cooking time, and start or stop. The one cubic foot of capacity translates to nine pieces of toast, a 13-inch pizza, or two 9 x 13-inch baking pans. Though it’s large and pricey, this option might save you more money and space in the end than if you were to buy separate toasters, convection ovens, and air fryers. Wirecutter even recommends that most people buy this model instead of traditional air fryers because it can do everything one of them can do and more.


—MORE OPTIONS TO CONSIDER—


Chefman Digital Square Air Fryer

Consumer Score: 93% give it 4 stars or more

Capacity: 4.5 quarts | Watts: 1,200 | Dimensions: 11 x 12 x 13 in. | Weight: 9 lb.

With a 4.5-quart capacity, this Chefman gives you an impressive amount of cooking space for its price. The digital display allows for more precise selection of time and temperature, and we’re impressed that its timer goes up to 60 minutes and has an LED shake reminder to ensure even cooking. While the Digital Square Air Fryer doesn’t boast quite as much capacity as the big Cosori, it’s still large enough to feed a family, with slightly smaller overall dimensions, as well as a lower cost.


Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven

Consumer Score: 92% give it 4 stars or more

Capacity: 10 quarts | Watts: 1,500 | Dimensions: 18 x 16 x 16 in. | Weight: 20 lb.

Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven

Instant
amazon.com

$119.00

You may know the Instant Pot name for its versatile pressure cookers, but the brand also brings multi-functionality to other small kitchen appliances, like this air fryer. The 10-quart Vortex Plus has a much larger cooking capacity than the standard air fryer. Its design appears to combine that of a typical pod-shaped air fryer with standard toaster oven: the glass door folds down to reveal multiple trays, which can be used to air fry, bake, broil, roast, or dehydrate. Plus, it even comes with rotisserie accessories—all of which are dishwasher-safe. While this model is a bit bigger and heavier than other standard air fryer options, we think it’s worth the footprint if you’re looking for an all-in-one device to replace your toaster, convection oven, and dehydrator.