Of recent kitchen appliance revolutions, no other is more lauded than the air fryer.
All the crispy, delicious taste of fried food, yet cooked with a fraction of the oil? We’re here for it.
And it seems you are too, because sales of the unassuming-looking machines have been through the roof as more of us discover its convenient, low oil, high-crunch attractions.
The machines use convection heat which operates with a high-powered fan to circulate piping hot air at dizzying speeds, creating a heat vortex. This ensures food that’s crisped from all angles, leaving you with a pleasingly crunchy outer and perfectly cooked inner with next to no oil or added fat.
We’re talking crisped chips and veg, juicy chicken and fish that is tender inside with a golden surface - even restaurant-level steak is possible (with the bonus that you can leave it to cook without constant supervision, unlike the pan-fried method).
Air fryer owners are so evangelical about the virtues of their air fryers that there are plenty of cooking ideas, blogs and social media accounts dedicated to showcasing recipes that can not only be cooked in a healthier way, but faster and tastier too.
Thanks to the cost-of-living crisis, there’s been a lot of noise about this recently. The hype is real: air fryers are more economical to run than a conventional oven and use around half the energy per hour, so when it comes to running costs, you may find a drop in your bills too.
According to Uswitch, an air fryer costs around 56p a week to operate (based on an hour and a half usage), while a gas hob costs £2.76 to run for a week for 2.5 hours.
An oven costs 56p to run per week based on three hours usage, but you’ll need to account for pre-heating whereas the heat-up time for an air fryer tends to be significantly shorter, if not non-existent entirely. They also cook ingredients in half the time, so you’ll be using it for far shorter periods than you would an oven. Pick the right air fryer, and you can almost render the rest of your cooking appliances obselete.
So, if you’re in a smaller household and choose an energy efficient model that heats up fast, you may find your costs are much lower.
From multi-cooking appliances that include air frying in its function list, to basic models that won’t hog too much room on your kitchen countertops, we’ve rounded up the best on-sale air fryers to buy right now.
Cease the umming and ahhing - and find the hottest deals on air fryers for this month below.
Air frying is just the tip of the iceberg with these all-singing, all-dancing countertop machines.
NINJA Speedi ON400UK 10-in-1 Rapid Cooker & Air Fryer - was: £249, now: £199
NINJA Foodi MAX 15-in-1 SmartLid OL750UK Multicooker & Air Fryer - was: £319.99, now: £269.99
Russell Hobbs 26520 SatisFry Digital Air Fryer and Multicooker - was: £164.99, now: £134
Duronic Air Fryer AF24, 9L - was: £219.99, now: £129.99
Tefal EasyFry 3-in-1 XXL Digital Air Fryer, Grill and Steamer - was: £189.99, now: £139
Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer 11-in-1 Electric Multi-Cooker - was: £189.99, now: £179.99
NINJA Foodi 11-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker 6L - was: £299.99, now: £252
Keep it simple with a dedicated air fryer, perfect for small or single households.
NINJA Foodi MAX Dual Zone AF400UK Air Fryer - Black - was: £249.99, now: £199.99
LOGIK L72AFB23 Air Fryer – was: £219.99, now: £89.99
Daewoo 2L Single Pot Air Fryer - was: £44.99, now: £39.99
Salter EK2817 1000W Compact 2L Hot Air Fryer with Removable Frying Rack - Black/Silver - was: £79.99, now: £32.99
Daewoo SDA1032RD 17L Halogen Air Fryer Low Fat Oven - Black - was: £89.99, now: £29.99
Tower T17024 Digital Air Fryer Oven - was: £79.99, now: £54.99
COSORI Smart Air Fryer Oven 5.5L - was: £129.99, now: £119.99
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