There are a few features and factors you should keep in mind if you’re in the market for the best air fryer for you.Loading. Some styles have front drawers for loading and unloading the food, while others have a flip-top lid. Our experts prefer the drawer-style models for convenience and safety.
- Ease of use. Are the controls simple to understand and operate? You might want everyone in your household to be able to use the air fryer. “A handful of people read the product manual — everybody else want to walk up and wing it,” McManus points out. It should also be easy to detach and clean the basket.
- Controls. Most models can set temperatures up to 400 degrees, but some have just one temperature setting. A lot of people like to have a reheat button for leftovers, as well as presets for foods like fish and chicken.
- Functionality can make a difference. Can you pause cooking to flip or stir your food? With some models you have to reset the time and temperature.
- Size. Most countertop models are big enough for one or two people. If you’re cooking for more, you’ll probably need to prepare more than one batch or buy a larger model, which can take up a lot of counter space. Some models combine a toaster oven and an air fryer, so you can save some space if you replace your toaster oven.