The Best Air Fryers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like knife sharpeners), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, frying pans and skillets, cookware sets, electric griddles and indoor grills, and even microwaves, here we’re rounding up the best air fryers you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best electric air fryer with preprogrammed settings

SimpleTaste 1400W Multi-function Electric Air Fryer
$100, Amazon

“Always wanted to try an air fryer because it’s a healthier way of cooking and preparing foods. After reading so many reviews, I found this fryer to be extremely [attractive], therefore I decided to give it a try. It is a 1,400-watt fryer with eight preset smart programs for basically all of my needs. You can fry, steam, grill, roast, and even bake with it! The timer and temperature can be set to be automatic, but if you preferred to manually check your food you can do that as well. This air fryer causes no smoke while preparing foods because it uses rapid air circulation to create heat that goes up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit … The cleaning is a breeze since there is not much residue. I am really satisfied with this air fryer and will definitely recommend it to my other friends.”

Best as-seen-on-TV air fryer

Power Air Fryer XL (3.4 QT, Red)
$159, Amazon

“Honestly, I had my doubts. I kept seeing it on TV and decided, Why not, I could always return it. But to my surprise, I can’t imagine life without it! I didn’t expect these results at all! The very first thing I made with them were Buffalo chicken wings. They were so good. Crispy skin, perfectly cooked and much, much healthier than fried wings. I then tried fries, homemade fried chicken, tater tots, spring rolls, bacon, potato chips. The options are endless — and they all turned out perfectly. I even made fried mac-and-cheese bites with some leftover mac and cheese I had. Rolled in flour, then egg and some panko, and they were divine! This is by far one of the best purchases I have ever made.”

Best Philips air fryer

Philips Airfryer, the Original Airfryer
$155, Amazon

“I purchased this air fryer during the lightening sale because Gordon Ramsay endorses this model. It arrived and at first I was a little intimidated by it — then I thought I’ll start with potatoes. I used some gold potatoes I had at home for baking and cut them into identical sized French fries, soaked them in water for 30 minutes before air frying, sprayed the basket with cooking spray, placed the soaked potatoes in the air fryer, and 22 minutes later had the best French fries of my life! … My family has loved everything I’ve cooked in it.”

Best-rated air fryer for $50

Gourmia GAF355 Compact Hot Air Fryer
$50, Amazon

“Would give ten stars if possible. This product is amazing. I was skeptical about the whole air-fryer process, but it truly works. It is so easy and makes a ton of different things! I have made frozen French fries, fried chicken, and even monkey bread. And every item came out perfectly. You do have to watch the items closely the first time you use it to get an accurate time frame, but once you have it down, you are good to go. And the cleanup is the best part. No mess, no oil! Definitely recommend this item to everyone.”

Best-rated hot air fryer under $75

Simple Chef Air Fryer
$89, Amazon

“Finally bought one of these and have not regretted since. One of the best kitchen tools on my countertop. Easy to use, easy to clean, and the best thing are all the healthy foods. No more greasy French fries. One of the nice features of this fryer is that the basket is quite large compared to the other brands I was looking at. It will easily hold enough fries for three to four people to eat. I’ve been experimenting with food items I thought I would never fry. Just add one to two teaspoons of olive oil, add the items, timer for 20 minutes, and you’re done. I’ve done eggs, wings, fries that you would ‘normally’ fry. But I’ve also done egg noodles (like pan-fried noodles in Chinese restaurants). I tried deep-fried Twinkies even. Didn’t come out exactly like the deep-fried Twinkies from the fairs, but it wasn’t horrible either. Overall, my family enjoys having this fryer. It really is a good way to make the normally unhealthy fried foods less unhealthy.”

Best-rated hot air fryer under $100

Avalon Bay Air Fryer
$80, Amazon

“I can’t believe how convenient this appliance is to use. I just pull out the basket, throw in some food, then set the temperature and timer according to the directions printed on the top of the unit. As long as I remember to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time, I get consistently great results. French fries don’t have that super-crispy fried taste, but they’re pretty darn good. We get the Ore-Ida Simply Olive Oil and Sea Salt fries, and they come out with a taste and texture very similar to what you’d get at Wendy’s. But these have got to be much healthier, as you’re adding no fat in the cooking process! … My teen is already asking if he can take one with him to college!”

Best air fryer for one to two people

Black+Decker Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer, White/Black, HF100WD
$85, Amazon

“This worked very well, and I would recommend it to anyone who cooks in small amounts and doesn’t want to heat up the big oven or use an oil fryer. It’s big enough to hold dinner for two: eight to ten wings, or a couple of small salmon fillets on one side and a handful of frozen fries on the other, using the divider included with the product … I would not call the foods ‘fried’ per se, rather they are very nicely roasted. I will still use my oil fryer to make real fried foods (battered), but this air fryer will see a lot more use for roasted vegetables, fish, chicken, etc. I like it very much.”

Best digital air fryer for one to two people

GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable Air Fryer
$77, Amazon

“My husband bought this for me, and I love my new toy … This is so much better than a regular toaster oven. I made chicken wings using the preprogrammed mode, but reduced the time to 14 minutes. The wings were so juicy and the skin was crispy. I tried Costco frozen egg rolls in the fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit [for] 15 minutes, and it was perfect. I’ve used it to bake banana bread and it was good. This is perfect for the two of us because the capacity is just right. I love it.”

Best air fryer for a family of four

Della Electric Multipurpose Classic Rapid Air Fryer Dual Dial Temperature & Timer Controls
$66, Amazon

“My new Della 5.8-Quart Air Fryer is my new go-to for a healthier alternative method of getting the crisp from the food I crave without the guilt. Chicken came out crispy and crunchy, with no oil! I did spray down the basket with olive-oil cooking spray and parboiled nine chicken legs in four cups of seasoned chicken stock for about ten minutes before cooking in my Della. The large size is perfect for my family of four … I’m honestly considering purchasing a second unit to roast veggies. It would be AWESOME to be able to have a complete meal prepared together, all made in the Della. Must-have! You won’t regret it. I’ve already recommended it to several people.”

Best air fryer with automatic mixing paddle

DeLonghi FH1363 MultiFry Extra
$177, Amazon

“Wow — I love this MultiFry! My first test was to overload it with half-moon-cut potatoes and onion slices for pan-fried potatoes. I was merciless and loaded it up with three pounds of potatoes. Enough for six people. I used about five tablespoons of olive oil and set on four, with the bottom burner on. Forty minutes later, was I ever pleased. Beautiful, crispy bites of potatoes that I could monitor easily through the see-through cover, and the little stir paddle flipped and stirred to perfection while I was busy doing other things, like making ribs in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. So next night I made some catfish fillets and shrimp without the paddle. Perfection once again! I own the Power Air Fryer XL, and this outperforms it hands down.”

Best NutriChef air fryer

NutriChef Electric Hot Air Fryer Oven With Digital Display
$95, Amazon

“Our friends have been raving about air fryers for the longest time. We were always intrigued, but never went through with the purchase. Well, we finally gave in … If you’re going to eat fried- or crispy-type foods anyway, might as well make it healthier, no? This thing is convenient, quick, easy-to-use! You get crispy, delicious foods with less guilt than you normally would. We’ve done the fried frozen foods, and raw wings, chops, and Thai ribs. EVERYTHING TASTES SO. DARN. GOOD. We haven’t quite perfected sweet-potato fries yet, but we’ll get there soon. Sometimes the presets are good, sometimes not so good. If it’s not to our liking, we just add more or adjust the next time — it’s not too bad.”

Best Cozyna air fryer

Air Fryer by Cozyna
$80, Amazon

“This is a great addition to your kitchen. I do think calling it a ‘fryer’ is a little misleading. I know that all these companies are calling them fryers, but really, this seems more like a countertop convection oven. It does everything your oven does but faster. It won’t heat up your entire house or kitchen, and it uses less energy. However, it also cooks in smaller quantities than your oven. It’s incredibly easy to use and clean. I’ve used it almost every day since I took it out of the box, and I’ve played around with cooking all sorts of different things in it. We are a family of four, and to cook a whole meal in it requires cooking things in shifts. If you’re doing part of a meal in it, it’s perfect, or if you were a couple or single person cooking for yourself, this would be a great alternative to using your big oven. I definitely am glad I purchased this air fryer and will continue to try cooking all sorts of new items in it.”

Best FrenchMay air fryer

FrenchMay Air Fryer
$90, Amazon

“Love this thing! First off, the food tastes amazing! Second, it’s so easy to operate, even my hubby uses it (and he can’t boil water — sorry, Joe). Third, it cuts cooking time in half of baking time — and you don’t have to preheat! And last, it cleans up so easily! I never leave appliances out on my counter — except for this baby. Can’t imagine not having one for the rest of my life!”

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The Best Air Fryers, According to Amazon Reviewers