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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, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of kitchen appliances — including the best blenders, the best rice cookers, and a mini waffle maker — here, we’ve rounded up the best air fryers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated air fryer

Cosori Air Fryer

Close to 2,000 reviewers give this air fryer five stars, and over 750 reviewers describe it as “easy to use.” “I found the fryer of my dreams,” one reviewer declares. “Soooo easy to use and soooo easy to clean too! I’ve cooked 40 pounds of chicken wings in it since I got it. Italian sausages, hamburgers, fresh French fries, Cornish hens, biscuits, eggs, stuffed mushrooms, pizza, tater tots, fish, I can go on.” Reviewers give it top marks for its large size, as well. “We love the larger 5.8-quart size and it’s non-stick and cleans super-easily, which is great for someone like me who hates to wash dishes,” one customer writes, while another says that for a family of five, “it holds plenty, yet it has a low profile and fits nicely under my kitchen cabinet.” One even says, “I need a large basket for walleye, and this is the largest I could find (10x10), which was a selling point,” but adds, “ However, there are so many benefits. The programmed options, the ease of cleaning, the safety button on the basket, the price, just to name a few.” As one user concludes, “This machine cooks like a dream, I love it, and now wonder how I lived without it.”

Best-rated (less expensive) air fryer

Dash Compact Air Fryer 1.2 L

“Where has this little guy been my whole life?!” a reviewer asks, one of hundreds who describe this as “little” or “compact.” And that small footprint is a big selling point for many. “I never wanted an air fryer because I do not like how big the unit is and I wanted it to fit in a cabinet,” one user writes. “This is the perfect size for me and my family. “ Another says, “I have the small one but it is the perfect size for one person … to give you an idea, I was able to cook 10 chicken drumettes at one time.” One even writes, “I will say it is small, for reference it fits maybe 4 chicken drumsticks or two crab cakes at once,” but adds, “it’s super-easy to use, easy to clean, and compact enough to leave on a counter.” Dozens mention the ease of cleaning this, with one noting, “I throw the detachable parts in the dishwasher.” One reviewer finds that it’s compact and unobtrusive enough to cook sweet-potato fries at the office: “My frozen sweet potato fries now only take 15 minutes to cook, I can keep the fryer in my office, and after about 5 uses, I can say it cooks very well and gives my fries (and tots) a delicious crisp, fried taste. I have already encouraged several of my co-workers to purchase one.”

Best air fryer with temperature control

Reviewers appreciated that they could customize their cooking process more, thanks to the built-in temperature control on this Dash air fryer, which is much better suited for families than the compact version, above. After looking at other options “that didn’t have the fine-tuning temperature this one does,” one customer bought this one specifically because of the “temperature-control dial with a complete range.” And many think this dial actually ensures their food will be cooked properly. As one reviewer notes, it comes with “a chart that tells you exactly what temperature to set for what kind of food and the weight. Food is never dry or overcooked.” She made pork chops with “no butter or oil added” and thinks “they came out better than if they were fried in a pan.” A third reviewer bought this to get her family to eat healthier, especially her husband, whom she describes as “man who loves all things fried.” She says the food turns out well, he was on board, and she actually enjoys using the air fryer. “It’s so easy to use, cleans super easy, and food comes out sooo good,” she writes. She’s made “country potatoes and chicken cordon bleu,” and adds, “My husband raved about how good they were, despite being way lower in fat than how I’ve previously made these dishes.”

Best easy-to-use air fryer

GoWISE USA Programmable Air Fryer with 8 Cook Presets

“Honestly, I think this air fryer changed my life,” one reviewer writes of this model, noting how easy it is to cook with it. In fact, the word easy comes up in a quarter of all five-star reviews. “This model is so very easy to turn on and use, it’s ‘dummy’ proof!” Another writes, “This particular model is very easy to use with several preset buttons and it’s easy to read the digital display.” Others praise it for being particularly good for cooking meat and warming up leftovers. “The sweet-potato fries were good and my chicken tenders were perfect,” one user writes. “Crispy outside, moist inside.” Another says, “ I had a leftover chicken cutlet (cooked the day before, the old-fashioned way) and tossed that in for 5 minutes to crispy it up and I had a great meal.” As for the size, many note it’s small and good for one or two people. For scale, this user says, “I can comfortably fit 3 chicken legs and thighs or 2-3 nice sized pieces of fish.”

Best large easy-to-use air fryer

GoWise 1700-Watt 5.8-QT 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

This air fryer is essentially the same as the 3.7-quart air fryer from GoWise — and over 500 people describe it as “easy” — but it’s much bigger and therefore better for larger families. One reviewer with a bunch of kids (with two being under the age of 2) calls it a time-saver, especially when feeding her toddlers. “We’ve cooked so much in it. So far we’ve made: wings, cookies, sweet-potato fries, bloomin’ onion, and my favorite STEAK (the best steak I’ve ever made).” It’s not only easy to use, but it’s also easy to clean thanks to the nonstick lining. “Just wipe down with a napkin and wash with a nonabrasive sponge,” writes one customer. And even with all the additional features, many reviewers just appreciate how great the food comes out. One customer cooked fried chicken with it and reports, “When I tell you it was so crispy that the crunch would knock you down, I am not kidding.” And one first-time user who thinks he may even use this more than his Instant Pot, adds, “I use my air fryer at least 3-4 times a week. Chicken, fish, steak: all fabulous. French fries, frozen chicken, corn dogs, chicken nuggets: so crunchy.”

Best air fryer with ceramic basket

Ninja Air Fryer

Nearly 90 percent of reviewers give this air fryer five stars, and many praise it for its ceramic-coated basket. “I bought this because it’s the only air fryer with ceramic coating inside, so I don’t have to worry about the coating chip off,” one writes. One experienced air fryer says, “I’ve had numerous brands of air fryers and so far this is the best I’ve ever bought,” adding, “LOVE this air fryer, especially the ceramic coating and how fast it cooks.” Another says, “The Ninja has excellent controls and a single ceramic dishwasher-safe easy-to-clean basket — an important time-saving feature.” Hundreds of reviewers agree that the design makes it easier to clean. “I was concerned about the design as this one doesn’t have a basket, but instead a raised ‘plate’ that sits in the bottom of the bowl,” admits one skeptic, who was pleasantly surprised: “Turns out, it’s a WAY better design than the ones with a basket. It’s significantly easier to clean.”

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