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Best air fryer 2024 – expert tests of Ninja, Instant & more

We've reviewed the best air fryers from Ninja, Instant, Philips, Cosori and more

One of the best air fryers, an Instant Vortex Plus with Odorease and Clear Cook making salmon.
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Ninja Max XL with fried food in front

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Instant Vortex Plus
3. Best two-basket: Instant Vortex Plus Dual
4. Most versatile: Instant Pot Duo Crisp
5. Best large: Ninja Foodi Flexbasket
6. Fastest: Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 XL
7. Best value: Drew Barrymore Beautiful
8. Other options
9. How we tested air fryers
10. Meet our expert testers
11. How to choose an air fryer
12. FAQs

Air fryers are the hot topic of any kitchen conversation and they’re only getting hotter. These speedy, compact machines started off as excellent options for crispy chips. Now, they can handle everything from whole pizzas to full turkeys: even the smallest, most basic models offer bake, broil, and dehydration functions, often finished in minutes. The latest and greatest models offer flexible drawers, different doors, and countless cooking options. 

With never-ending innovations in the air fryer industry, we’ve decided to dedicate a team to covering all things air fryers. Our experts have tested well over 30 different air fryers in the process of crafting this guide, but we only think 12 are worth buying. 

These are the best of the best. We have ceramic and stainless steel options, easy non-stick designs, and ones which double up as toaster ovens too. Our list covers every shape, size, and style you can think of. We’ve also put some air frying giants head-to-head, so that you know exactly which model can cater to your needs. 

If you need to find the fast way to any foodie's heart, look no further than this list. Here are the fastest, best, most user-friendly models on the market.

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Best air fryers 2024

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Best air fryer overall

The best air fryer around

Specifications

Dimensions: 17.1 x 15 x 13.9 inches
Capacity: 6-quart
Settings: Air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate
Cleaning: Nonstick tray and basket, dishwasher-safe insert
Temperature range: 95-400°F

Reasons to buy

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Quiet and odor-free
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Even cooking at all temperatures
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Innovative viewing panel in basket
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Crisped up fries perfectly
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Preheat and reminder to turn included

Reasons to avoid

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Hand-clean only

This is the best air fryer in the world. The Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer made the best homemade fries of any air fryer I tested. They had a fluffy interior and crispy exterior, with evenly browned edges and consistent cooking throughout.

Because there is a removable air fry insert, you can also use the Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer to reheat foods like rice and pasta, which would usually fall through the slots in the air fryer tray. The 'ClearCook display' is a slightly gimmicky term for a window so that you can monitor your food, but it's an obvious idea that makes cooking a lot easier and saves you pulling out the basket to check on your food. 

The six-quart capacity is perfect for families, and it will easily cook for 5 or 6 people. My bacon was rendered perfectly, and the innovative OdorErase technology isn't just a gimmick – it hugely reduced unwanted smells in the kitchen. On top of all of that, this is also one of the quietest air fryers I've tried, and I found that the control panel is sleek and attractive, though be prepared to wipe away finger smudges. The only real issue is that you have to clean it by hand. 

My Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook and OdorErase review has more details.

Best two-basket air fryer

A huge 8-quart capacity makes this air fryer perfect for big portions

Specifications

Dimensions: 17.8 x 17.5 x 14.8 inches
Capacity: 8 Quarts
Settings: Air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate
Cleaning: Nonstick tray and basket, dishwasher-safe insert
Temperature range: 95-400°F

Reasons to buy

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Transparent doors
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Speedy cooking
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Straightforward cleaning
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Family-friendly
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

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Rather large on counter

With an 8-quart capacity that's split across two drawers, this Instant Vortex Plus Dual Basket Air Fryer is perfect for families and those who want to cook a whole meal in one appliance. The fries I made in this air fryer were amazing, and they were already starting to brown after just 10 minutes of cooking. We had to shake them up to get an even finish, but they were some of the crispiest fries we've made, and only took 22 minutes. In the other basket, I made breaded fish, which also came out deliciously crisp. 

The two baskets are 4 quarts each, which is perfect for cooking an entire meal for two people or a batch of fries or roasted vegetables for an entire family split across the two baskets. Of course, if you're only cooking something small for a lunchtime salad topper, you can just use one drawer at a time. Choose SyncFinish mode to cook your meal at two different times, modes or temperatures, but to finish at the same time. SyncCook will take the settings you've applied to one drawer and copy them across to the second drawer. Both are easy to use, and the touch controls will make adjusting your timings mid-cook easy.

We pitted this against TikTok's favorite Ninja air fryer (the 6-in-1 Dual) and the Instant still came out on top. This is nearly $70 cheaper and is still incredibly quick, with all the premium features we know and love Instant for.

The only important thing to bear in mind with this air fryer is that it takes up a lot of space on a countertop. It's more than a square foot, so you might not be easy to store. Like the smaller 6-quart version above, cleaning obsessives will find that this air fryer smudges easily. 

My Instant Vortex Plus Dual Basket Air Fryer review has more information.

Best multicooker air fryer

A multi-cooker with an exceptional air fryer function.

Specifications

Dimensions: 13.4 x 15.4 x 15.5 inches
Capacity: 6.5 qt
Presets: 13
Settings: Pressure Cook, Sauté, Steam, Slow Cook, Sous Vide, Yogurt, Warm, Air Fry, Roast, Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Proofing
Temperature range: 180-400°F (82-204°C)
Cleaning: Handwash only

Reasons to buy

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Automatic pressure release
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13 cooking functions
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Simple settings
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Easy one-pot cooking

Reasons to avoid

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Cooking pot isn’t non-stick

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp beat its predecessor to go straight in at #1 in our picks of the best Instant Pots. It truly does it all, with 11 different functions. Unlike some other Instant Pots, this appliance has a single lid for every function, halving the space you need for storage and making this appliance incredibly easy to use. 

It certainly impressed home economics expert Helen McCue. She was particularly pleased with the air fryer mode, which crisped perfect rashers of bacon in just seven minutes. She also found that this Instant Pot helped to create one of the best mac 'n' cheeses she ever cooked. Even better, the different functions meant she could do it all in one pot, hugely cutting down on cleaning afterward. 

There's also a stress-free pressure cooking function, which takes all the worry out of cooking by releasing steam automatically. That's great for curries and Chinese dishes. It has 13 functions in one appliance, so you can cook everything from whole roast chickens to curry or mashed potatoes. The only problem Helen found is that the stainless steel pot isn't non-stick, so you might need to put a little extra effort into cleaning to get it back to looking its best. 

Helen's full Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid review has all the detail.

Best large air fryer

4. Ninja Foodi Flexbasket

Best large air fryer

Specifications

Dimensions: 18.19" x 11.81" x 11.26"
Power: 1690 watts
Capacity: 7 quarts
Settings: air fry, air broil, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate
Temperature range: 105 to 400°F
Cleaning: dishwasher, hand clean

Reasons to buy

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Huge capacity
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Can also cook as two drawers
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Good vegetables
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Dishwasher safe
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Very fast

Reasons to avoid

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Can't pour the basket
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Overpowered

Our full review of this air fryer is on the way, but I felt I had to include it in this list as soon as I could. It's one of the best Ninja air fryers on the market. Like the other Ninja Foodi below, this air fryer cooks with two baskets. However, you can take out the dividing wall between the two baskets to make one large air fryer basket that's perfect for cooking larger joints of meat. 

On test, we found it very similar to the Ninja Foodi. There are sync-cook and match finish functions that make it easy to cook two different dishes at once, and it's very easy to use. It's very fast and cooks well, and I particularly liked the roast vegetables we made in this air fryer. It's dishwasher-safe, too. If you're a large family and need bigger portions, this is the air fryer you need. 

However, the unique shape of the air fryer basket is one of its biggest drawbacks; you can't tip the contents out. Maybe it's just me being lazy, but it's so much faster to be able to pull the basket out and quickly tip a load of fries onto a plate. You can't do that with this air fryer because the basket is too big. It's also so fast that it can be hard to cook. Even though I adjusted the cooking times a little and stopped the program a few minutes early, the fries we made were overdone. 

Our full review will be published soon.

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