There will never be a real substitute for deep-frying. It simply can’t be done. If you’re willing to make a small compromise on taste though, you can make deliciously crispy food with a small fraction of the calories you consume when you eat deep-fried foods. Air fryers cook up crispy food without all the oil and grease you get from deep-frying. A good air fryer is absolutely a must-have, and you’ll find all of your best options right here.

Best medium-sized option

People with small or medium-sized families will find that the GoWISE USA GW22639 3.7-Quart Programmable Air Fryer is a fantastic option. It’s a wonderfully consistent air fryer that crisps thoroughly, and it also has eight different presets for common foods like chicken, steak, and fries, so it’s easy to get a perfect fry every time.

Best XL option

If you have a larger family — or if you’re just REALLY hungry — the GoWISE USA 5.8-Quarts 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer XL is a terrific upgrade from out medium-sized recommendation. It’s just as consistent as the smaller model and it also has simple presets for things like chicken and fries, but it has an extra 2 quarts of capacity as well.

Best all-around option

Those looking for the best possible air fryer experience will find it in the Oster Dura Ceramic Air Fryer, a higher-end model that’s packed with unique features. A special tilting mechanism combines with multi-source heating to crisp perfectly and evenly every time, and this model has titanium-infused nonstick coating that is 8 times more durable than other nonstick surfaces. What’s more, it has several cooking modes in addition to air frying such as baking, grilling, and roasting. That’s right, it’s the Instant Pot of air fryers!

More options:

  • DASH Compact Electric Air Fryer. DASH is known best for its rapid egg cooker that cooks perfect eggs with the push of a button, but its compact air fryer is just as impressive and easy to use.
  • Chefman 3.5 Liter/3.6 Quart Air Fryer. This is another good option for anyone in search of a medium-sized model at an affordable price point.
  • BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer. With just two dials used to operate it, things don’t get much simpler than the Purify air fryer.
  • Ninja Air Fryer. Ninja has become a top brand when it comes to kitchen gadgets and this multi-function 4-quart air fryer is a great reminder of why.
  • COSORI Air Fryer. This model has a large 5.8-quart capacity, 11 different cooking modes, and it even comes with a free cookbook packed with 100 different recipes.

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