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Best non-toxic air fryers 2024: our safest tested options

After speaking to medical experts, our team selected the best non-toxic air fryers on the market based on our expert testing.

One of the best non-toxic air fryers on the market, the Ninja MAX XL on countertop being used to cook fires
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Lots of people are worried that air fryers are toxic after viral claims on TikTok. When I consulted experts, their responses were incredibly reassuring. Used correctly, air fryers aren’t toxic, but the experts suggested that we can take measures to mitigate some of our most immediate concerns.

Many air fryers use non-stick materials such as Teflon. It's very unlikely, but these non-stick surfaces use chemicals which can be harmful if you ingest them. The only way that this can happen is If your air fryer is chipped or damaged. If you're at all worried, however, medical experts advise that you buy air fryers that use stainless steel parts or are coated with ceramic.

Fortunately, our team of air fryer experts have tested the best air fryers on the market and found that plenty of them are non-toxic. These range from single-function and compact models to multi-functional air fryer ovens. Different models will suit different households, but they all set our minds at ease. 

Are Air Fryers Toxic?

When I covered 'are air fryers toxic?' I found that air fryers can be toxic in certain limited situations. Medical experts suggest that there are two main ways in which air fryers could be potentially harmful. The first is that we might ingest some of the non-stick coating. Nonstick air fryers that use materials like Teflon have chemicals that can be associated with health risks. However, experts say that you can only be exposed to these chemicals if your air fryer is damaged. It's best to choose an air fryer made without non-stick chemicals, such as ceramic or stainless steel.

The other risk is how hot they get. This is not exclusive to air fryers, but heating starchy foods to high temperatures can cause potentially carcinogenic chemicals to form. That's why almost all air fryers have Prop 65 warnings in California. However, this doesn't mean they're toxic. These chemicals, acrylamides, are a risk whenever you fry or toast above 338°F. That's pretty much any time you fry or toast anything. Foods at risk on the Prop 65 list include everything from potato chips to roast peanuts to coffee and even toast. While the industrial use of acrylamides has been shown to be carcinogenic, the tiny amount of naturally occurring acrylamides in air fried food has not been conclusively linked to cancer. 

In short, air fryers can be toxic in certain limited situations, but it's very rare, and only if they use certain non-stick materials.

Best non-toxic air fryers 2024

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Best stainless steel air fryer

Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid siloH&G gold badge

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Best stainless steel air fryer

Specifications

Power: 1,500 watts
Dimensions: 13.4 x 15.4 x 15.5 inches
Capacity: 6.5 quart
Modes: pressure cook, steam, slow cook, warm, air fry, roast, broil, bake, dehydrate

Reasons to buy

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Compact, one-pot cooking
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13 functions
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Easy to use
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Stainless steel basket

Reasons to avoid

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Not the easiest to clean
Buy it if

✅ You like one-pot cooking: you can cover a range of functions in one pot

✅ You need to save space: this combines a range of appliances into one 

✅ You're new to pressure cooking: there's an automatic pressure release, so you don't need to worry

Don't buy it if:

❌ You don't like hand washing: without non-stick, this will need soaking

❌ You're not techy: all the instructions are only accessible via a QR code

❌ You're not a foodie: whilst we love versatility, this could be overkill for some

The bottom line

🔎 Instant Pot Duo Crisp combining air frying with pressure cooking and much more, this versatile multicooker is great for foodies, but overkill if you don't need many functions

This is our number one best Instant Pot, and its excellent air fryer mode means it’s no surprise that this is also in our roundup of best air fryers. It’s compact and versatile and helped our expert, Helen McCue, to create one of the best mac 'n' cheeses she’s ever cooked. 

The pressure cooking function automatically releases steam, making it super easy to handle. With 13 different types of cooking, from broil to bake to rehydrating, it goes far beyond just air frying. As a one-pot option, even cleaning up is easy.

We love stainless steel as a quality alternative to non-stick coatings, but it needs a little more effort than normal to clean. The best way to clean this is to leave the pot to soak and soften for a little. I also think this might be overkill for some air fryer uses. If you make a lot of curry or Chinese food the pressure cooker will be amazing. If you just want to quickly bake some tater tots for a midnight snack you probably need something less complicated, like the Ninja Max XL.

You can read more in our full review of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid.

Best non-toxic air fryer toaster oven

The KitchenAid countertop oven on a white background with the stainless steel air basket in front with fried food onH&G gold badge

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Best oven with air fry function

Specifications

Size: 16 x 17 x 11.3 inches
Temperature ranfe: 80-450°F
Weight: 21 pounds
Power : 1800 watts
Cord length: 2.6 ft

Reasons to buy

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Versatile
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Stainless steel air fry basket
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Easy to use
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Generous capacity
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No-flip air frying

Reasons to avoid

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Exterior gets hot
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Alerts are quite quiet
Buy it if

✅ You want a multifunctional appliance: this is sold as a toaster oven, but it can do so much more

✅ You want less involved air frying: the useful basket means you won't have to flip food

✅ You love to bake: we used this to make cookies and to proof bread

Don't buy it if:

❌ You have kids or pets: the outside can get hot, so hands and paws need to stay clear

❌ You live in a loud home: the alerts are quiet and easy to miss

❌ You want quick cleaning: the wire mesh is particularly fiddly to leave sparkling

The bottom line

🔎 KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven a hard-working toaster oven with excellent air frying functions, but weaker at toasting

This is the pick for one of the best toaster ovens on the market because it can perform so many different functions so well - dehydrate, proof, bagel, boast, bake, broil, warm, and, of course, air fry. 

It looks smart on the countertop, so, even though you’ll probably need to have it on show, it will look good. The air frying basket is generously sized, doesn’t require a mid-fry flip, and didn’t pool grease when we cooked turkey bacon, fries, tater tots, or fried chicken. Rather than use non-stick chemicals, the air fry basket is made from stainless steel.

This can get hot to touch quite quickly, which isn’t ideal in a kitchen. As with the Instant Pot, stainless steel isn’t the easiest to clean and can’t go in the dishwasher. As a result, you’ll need to handle the whole process carefully to avoid the oven overheating or your food overcooking and causing a mess on your stainless steel.

You can read more in our full review of the KitchenAid Countertop Oven.

Fastest ceramic air fryer

Ninja air fryer

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Fastest ceramic air fryer

Specifications

Capacity: 5.5 quarts
Modes: Air fry, max crisp, air roast, air broil, bake, reheat, dehydrate
Temperature: 105°F–450°F
Size : 14 x 11 x 14.75 inches
Weight: 11.7 pounds
Power : 1750 watts
Cord length : 2.6 ft

Reasons to buy

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Compact
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Dishwasher safe
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Feels sturdy
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Ceramic coated basket

Reasons to avoid

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Less effective at lower temperatures
Buy it if

✅ You want a compact air fryer: this is one of the smallest models on the market

✅ You want a quick clean up: this can go in the dishwasher

✅ You often cook from frozen: this is quick with freezer food - it halves chicken goujon time

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're new to air fry timings: this doesn't have a pre-heat function, so timings aren't always consistent

❌ You want to slow cook: this is better around 400-450°F

❌ You'll keep this on the countertop: there are more attractive models on the market

The bottom line

🔎 Ninja Max XL although this is compact, it still has 5.5 quart capacity, so it's perfect for families who need speedy meals

Ceramic is one of the best alternatives to non-stick chemicals, so the fact that this basket is ceramic coated was a relief to us. We already loved this air fryer for its compact, lightweight frame which makes it easy to store. The 5.5 quart storage is the perfect size for two portions and, because it’s smaller, it’s a lot quicker at air frying foods. 

Even though this is a compact appliance, the Ninja can perform a range of tasks from air frying, to roasting, baking, reheating and dehydrating. Our expert tester liked that it could be paused too.

This is a lightning-fast air fryer, but when we tried it on slower cooks and lower temperatures, it was less effective.

You can read more in our full review of the Ninja Max XL air fryer.

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