This wildly popular air fryer is 30 percent off during the Amazon Cyber Weekend sale — plus 8 other air fryer deals
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Want to score big thanks this gift-giving season? Then we have two words to help you win: air fryers.
The gadgets have been immensely popular over the past few years, and for good reason: An air fryer lets you crisp food while using very little, if any, oil. That’s not only healthier but it’s a lot less messy as well.
An air fryer is essentially a countertop convection oven with a powerful fan that can generate and circulate hot air around the food. There are several different air fryer designs: basket-style models, oven-style ones that can also toast, bake and broil, and there’s even some that combine a pressure cooker and air fryer in one.
Below are the best air fryers on the market that also happen to be part of the weekend-long Amazon Black Friday sale. Even a model with 20,000 five-star reviews is deeply discounted! No matter which model you choose, it will be sure to please when it's unwrapped.
Ninja AF161 Max XL Air Fryer
The Ninja AF151 Max XL Air Fryer boasts a roomy 5.5-quart capacity plus a ceramic-coated nonstick basket that can fit around 3 pounds of fries or chicken wings. It goes up to 450-degrees Fahrenheit, which can help crisp up foods in no time. It can roast, broil, bake, reheat and dehydrate as well. Bonus: The aforementioned ceramic basket is dishwasher-safe.
One shopper even said that, depending on the food, the Ninja produces results that are just as good as regular deep-frying: “I’m a pretty decent cook and have cooked tater tots in the oven and in the fryer (hot oil), and I’ll be perfectly honest, they never tasted as good as when I cooked them in this air fryer.” He also tried it with frozen fries and battered chicken: “Not only did they cook much faster than any way I’ve cooked them previously, but the only mess from cooking both was just having to wipe out the bucket. No hot oil to deal with after cooling, no pots, baking pans or utensils to have to clean, just the bucket [...] This is an amazing machine.”
$160 at Amazon
Instant Vortex Plus 6-quart Air Fryer
The Instant Vortex Plus 6-quart Air Fryer is one of the best Black Friday deals available this weekend with a 25 percent discount.
It features an easy-to-use touchscreen that shows each stage of cooking, a non-stick dishwasher-safe basket, super-fast preheating time, and a compact space-saving design. It can air-fry, broil, roast, dehydrate, bake and reheat foods as well. Plus, it has one-touch customizable smart programs for favorite foods like chicken wings, roasted vegetables, cinnamon buns, and more.
“I've bought many kitchen gadgets and small appliances over the years. The Instant Vortex 6 Qt air fryer may be the best of them all!” raved a reviewer on Amazon, wondering why they didn’t buy it sooner. “I've made ‘fried’ chicken, Swedish meatballs, crispy new potatoes, reheated pizza, and even warmed donuts from the cider mill with great success! And, I've only had it for a couple of weeks. I can't recommend this air fryer enough! If you're thinking about buying one I don't think you can go wrong with this one.”
$120 at Amazon
COSORI Air Fryer
The COSORI Air Fryer features 11 one-touch presets that let you cook everything from steak to desserts with just one tap of a button. Pressing one will automatically set a temperature and time specific to that ingredient. You can of course choose your own settings too, and the COSORI’s simple icons and angled digital LED display lets you do that easily. The square baskets are easy to clean and the overall device is quite lightweight, making it pretty portable.
“ I love cooking bacon in it because it is easy and cleans up easily and does not make a big mess like frying in a skillet,” said a reviewer on Amazon. “Also it renders the bacon fat that I preserve to use in things like green beans. The frozen food setting makes the best tater tots ever. It also does a great job on anything frozen like fish sticks, shrimp, french fries, chicken nuggets or strips, breaded okra and mushrooms, and any other frozen prepared food that is not too large. It cooks hamburger patties and I put raw bacon on top. I also like the way you can cook different foods together. I will put in fish sticks, tater tots, and okra together and I will have a meal in 10 minutes.”
$100 at Amazon
Philips Premium Turbostar
The Philips Premium Turbostar is not only a fantastic air fryer, it looks good on your countertop as well. It has an attractive pod-like shape that won’t take up too much real estate in your kitchen either. The Philips Premium Turbostar can not only air-fry but bake, grill, roast and reheat dishes as well. Features include a Fat Removal tech that separates and captures excess grease plus a Rapid Air tech that circulates the air around seven times faster for extra crisp results.
“I LOOOOVE this air fryer,” said a reviewer on Amazon. “I’ll be honest, I’ve mostly cooked fish in it because I love the results I get in just 12 minutes. My salmon is moist and cooked perfectly. If I put a nice honey mustard glaze on it, I get those perfect sweet crunchy edges. I’ve made meatballs and chicken breasts that come out perfect every time… It’s perfect for just hubs and I but if you're looking to do larger quantities, maybe go to a bigger unit. Cleanup is a cinch. Every piece goes right into the dishwasher and I love that.”
$250 at Amazon
GoWISE USA Air Fryer
GoWISE USA’s Air Fryer is one of the most popular air fryers on this list, with over 20,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It comes in three different capacities — 5 quart, 5.8 quart and 7 quart — so you can get the one that best fits your family. Like other air fryers, you can also bake, grill and roast foods in it. It has a sleek and modern look with a touch screen menu, plus it has eight presets for fries, pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, cake, fish and pizza. It can go from 180 all the way to 400 Fahrenheit. You can change the time and temperature in the middle of a cook cycle, and there’s a built-in alarm telling you when to shake the basket.
“Best dang thing since sliced bread,” said a shopper. “I literally wanted to throw all my other appliances away after using this the first time for steaks, man this thing is a sweet, steaks, fries, wings, egg rolls, chicken, pork chops, beef jerky, I am loving the digital front screen and the presets are helpful, I use this for 2 people and it works really well. [...] I could keep going but now I'm hungry and want fries. You won't be disappointed.”
$90 at Amazon
Dash Compact Air Fryer Oven
For an air fryer with a decidedly retro sensibility, check out the Dash Compact Air Fryer Oven. It comes in five different fun colors and you control the temperature and time by spinning a dial. Plus, it’s half the size of a normal fryer, so it won’t take up a lot of counter space. The 2-quart capacity might not hold much food, but it’s great for one or two people, and the smaller size also means it heats up pretty quickly.
“This little gadget is awesome!” said an Amazon review. “I purchased it for my office at work, as I used to cook my sweet potato fries in a convection oven where I would have to go into the break room multiple times to flip my fries and reset the timer for additional cooking. This air fryer has made my life so much simpler and has eliminated all of that! [...] Clean-up also couldn't be easier! It's adorable and a simple tool, I am very happy with my purchase!”
$50 at Amazon
Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro
If you have the space to spare, why not get a full-size countertop convection oven that can air fry as well? Breville’s Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro is exactly that, and it can do pretty much everything your regular oven can do, but more efficiently. In air fryer mode, the oven essentially goes into double convection mode, which circulates even more hot air than normal, resulting in crisper foods. It can even toast bread and bagels, bake, roast, dehydrate, reheat, and even proof dough.
“I've had this oven for eight months, and I love it!” said an Amazon shopper. “I live on a boat, so this is my only oven. I've baked a full size homemade apple pie, biscuits, roasts, bbq ribs, bbq chicken, turkey breast, the best homemade pizza, and really good cakes. Even with the fan to the side, it still bakes evenly. Although I still do the recommended turn of the pan when reminded. The air fry basket works great for chicken tenders and French fries, and you can use the setting of a regular sheet pan to reheat wings or rotisserie chicken that will be better than when you first bring it home. The air fry setting crisps the skin or coating even better than when first deep fried.”
$500 at Amazon
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer
The Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer has a lot of fans — over 13,000 people gave it a five-star rating on Amazon. It’s a combination premium toaster oven and air fryer but it doesn’t take up a ton of counter space. It’s large enough to toast six slices of bread, bake a 12-inch pizza or roast a 4-pound chicken. It can air fry, bake, broil, warm, toast and of course there’s also a convection mode that’ll circulate hot air around the food, thus making it crisper.
An Amazon shopper raved that it could “do it all”: “This model has everything. It's a toaster, oven, broiler, convection oven and my favorite feature an air fryer. It works great, looks good. [...] Buy it, you won't regret it.”
$160 at Amazon
Instant Pot Duo Crisp
Right now you can save $80 on the multi-purpose Instant Pot Duo Crisp during the ongoing Black Friday sale at Amazon. It’s a combination pressure cooker that also comes with an air fryer lid, giving it nearly 11 different functions all in one device. It can saute, slow cook, pressure cook, make yogurt, steam, sterilize, warm food, roast, bake, air fry and dehydrate. Seeing as it has over 21,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, a lot of people seem to love this all-in-one kitchen wonder.
“This machine is incredible, I'm being honest,” said a review on Amazon. “We roast vegetables for almost every dinner and this air fryer lid shaves half the time off of that process and doesn't make the entire kitchen hot. Our oven takes about 10-12 minutes to get to the right temperature, then roasts for 20 minutes, then takes another hour to cool down. The air fryer option on the Instant Pot takes about 2 minutes to heat up, only needs to cook for about 10-12 minutes tops, then cools down very quickly. It's truly a fraction of the time and frees up the oven for the main course!”
$200 at Amazon
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