But it’s important to get the right air fryer as poor ones can leave you with soggy, bland food at the bottom of the machine – and sometimes throughout – and you can also wind up with a machine that is difficult to work or clean.
First off, consider the capacity – you don’t want to wind up with a machine that’s too small (or big) for your family.
With a three-litre capacity, it feeds three to four and you can bung the parts in the dishwasher.
Buy now We found this smart-looking machine easy to use, thanks to the intuitive LCD display, and the automatic switch-off makes it relatively low-maintenance too, while the 4.5-litre capacity is enough for a large family.
Buy now We fell in love with the Tefal Actifry Express XL, which is a dream to work and produces delicious crispy foods, although if you want something smaller, the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9621 is another fantastic buy.
We have a few very slight grumbles about both but nothing that stops us making them our top recommendations.
Check the space the machine takes up – they come in all shapes and sizes and can take up a lot of room on your worktop. Some machines multitask and are able to grill, roast and reheat – sometimes even more besides. And finally, are the parts dishwasher-safe – and do you need them to be?
It’s noticeably quieter than most other machines we tested and all the parts are easy to both operate and clean (it’s dishwasher proof). Buy now We’re a bit confused why this is called ‘XL’ when it is 3.2-litre capacity but it does tick all the right boxes – quick, easy to work, simple to clean and it’s also versatile as it air fries, grills, bakes, sautées and roasts, with seven preprogrammed cooking functions and automatic shut-off. Buy now Another multitasker, this can fry, bake, roast and grill and is 20 per cent smaller than its predecessor (yet still with 800g capacity – enough for four), with dishwasher-safe parts that we found came out looking like new every time.
Cooking up to 800g of food in the non-stick basket, it does a decent job of frying, baking, grilling, roasting and reheating – although the crispiness of food on the outside isn’t quite on par with pricier models.
But it comes up cleaner than some of its more expensive contemporaries when washing by hand or in the dishwasher.
The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.
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