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This Highly Recommended Compact Air Fryer Is Now Under $100

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If you’ve been curious about air-frying, today should be the day you finally take the plunge: The Crux 3.7 Quart Air Fryer, recommended in our story on the best air fryers, is nearly 40 percent off.

It’s the model Ben Mims, a Los Angeles Times cooking columnist and the author of a cookbook devoted to the appliance, has used in his own home for years. “It cooks as great as can be,” he says. “To this day, I use it at least once a week, if not more, mostly to roast veggies.” If you’re (somehow still) unfamiliar, the air fryer works as a mini convection oven with a fan-and-exhaust system that blows hot air all around your food for even cooking, browning, and crisping. (That’s why in the early days of their popularity, they were mostly known for making foods seem deep-fried without all the oil.) “A lot of them require you to preheat, but the Crux does not,” Mims says. “I don’t own a dishwasher, and it’s really easy to clean. It’s the Goldilocks size, enough for me and one other person, which is perfect.” Even more ideal is the price, now a very reasonable $63, for all the vegetable-roasting you could dream of (including French fries).

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This Highly Recommended Compact Air Fryer Is Now Under $100