To have crispy golden and healthy fries, you need a quality air fryer. Besides, who doesn’t like fries? This food so much appreciated by young and old. We distinguish, among other things, two ways of achieving this kind of cooking.
The old way of frying is to fully immerse the food in a large amount of oil, while flat frying is the one that imprints the pan system as if to simmer vegetables and fish. If at the base, frying requires oil, this process has been improved over time.
Why you should buy an air fryer?
Now you can have fries without having to use much oil. In any case, the air fryers are both economical and healthier, because the fries obtained are devoid of fat. In addition, consumers are turning more to oil-free fryers. Consequently, we decided to make a comparison of the best air fryers on the market as well as some buying guides to better guide you in the choice, maintenance and use of this device.
VonShef 5L Air Fryer
For those who are used to frying in large quantities.
With a surprisingly low price, VonShef 5L Air Fryer is multifunction that offers the basic options: frying, roasting, roasting, baking and even gratin.
All this with a bucket much larger than usual in this type of appliances (5 litres), so if you were used to a fryer with oil, the VonShef 5L Air Fryer is exactly what you were looking to replace it.
Of course, since the bucket is so large, make sure you leave room for the air to circulate (do not fill it up) and stir every ten minutes to ensure homogeneous cooking. It also has that space is greatly reduced if you use the frying basket.
The material of the bucket allows it to be put in the traditional oven, in case you want to finish the recipe with some type of extra preparation.
The operation is very simple, with a thread for the temperature and another for the timer, which reaches up to 60 minutes.
The glass lid allows controlling at all times the state of the food, to see if it is necessary to remove or not. It also includes a silicone base to protect the countertop and bucket to move the food without damaging the lining of the container.
In addition, next to the instructions comes a book with 50 recipes, so that you get the most out of your VonShef 5L Air Fryer.
Power Air Fryer XL 3.2 Litre
For those who have never had an air fryer and want to start taking advantage of this type of appliances.
This fryer without oil from High Street TV allows not only to fry but also to bake, roast and prepare any type of food.
However, the shape of the appliance and the type of bucket are more reminiscent of a traditional fryer in which, of course, we eliminate the oil. That is his main objective, to which we are going to take more advantage.
If you are a newbie using an air fryer, have the cooking instructions on hand to control the time needed according to the type of food. Once you get the hang of it, the truth is that the operation of the screen (LED and touch) is simple: on, play/pause, temperature, time, and +/- buttons. It is impossible to make it more intuitive.
The temperature is regulated between 80 ° and 200 °, but the outer casing is protected so that we can touch it safely even when it is working.
The timer (maximum cooking time) lasts up to 60 minutes and does not allow deferred programming. That is, we have to be home to prepare the food.
The removable bowl, with non-stick coating, and the basket (traditional fryer style) can be put in the dishwasher.
With a little more capacity (3.2 l) and power (1,500 W), this other Aicok model has very similar features, although the timer can only be programmed for 30 minutes.
Princess Digital Air Fryer XL
A compact and versatile fryer that takes full advantage of the cooking space.
With a surprisingly compact design, the Air Fryer XL 182020 occupies less space in the kitchen than expected. This is important because with 5 kg of weight it is necessary to look for a more or less habitual hole: it is not a device designed to keep in a closet when it is not used but to have it in view and use it in a habitual way.
Of course, it is one of those appliances with which one wonders how I did not buy it before? The Aerofryer is specifically designed for frying without oil, but also allows baking, roasting, cooking and roasting, and even heat the food more appetizing than a microwave.
The digital panel is simple to use. If you do not want to complicate the programming of temperature and time, it has eight pre-programmed settings depending on the food, so you can really prepare the food by giving it a single button.
This air fryer has a removable basket and a drawer with a non-stick coating. Both elements hold the dishwasher well. Even so, cleaning by hand is less aggressive and lengthens the life of the pieces so that maybe compensates; by not using oil it is cleaned in a moment.
Includes a grid to cook on two levels, making the most of space and heat.
Air fryer Duronic AF1
For small families and singles who value the design.
With a beautiful retro design, the Duronic AF1 air fryer can be found in two colours, white or black, so it fits well in any kitchen.
The maximum power is 1,600 W. It is fairly high power in relation to its capacity, but this does not necessarily mean that it will consume a lot: by achieving high temperatures in a very short time, it reduces the cooking minutes and therefore the time we have to keep the machine running.
The closed cooking system avoids odours and keeps the outside cold, so you can touch it safely even when it is working.
The baking control is done manually, with a temperature selector up to 200 ° and a timer of up to thirty minutes. Once the programmed time has elapsed, the fryer switches off automatically emitting an audible signal to warn that the food is ready.
The air fryer includes a basket for grilling meats or fish, or steamed vegetables simply by adding a little water to the bottom of the bucket. Both the rack and the bucket can be put in the dishwasher.
The bucket does not have a large capacity, but that is precisely why it does not occupy much either. It is more than enough for people who live alone or couples.
Tefal Fry Delight FX1000
A very simple handling fryer, with a brand guarantee.
Although this air fryer has a design very similar to a traditional fryer, the Tefal Fry Delight allows you to choose between four cooking modes -frying, grill, roast, bake-, adjusting the temperature to each specific case.
The timer goes up to 30 minutes, more than enough to prepare delicious chips (two servings in 15 minutes), cook meat, vegetables or fish, bake a sponge cake or roast a few pieces of chicken. Of course, everything with nothing or almost no oil.
The instruction manual, although the operation is so intuitive that you will use it a little. The timer is a thread that rotates to mark the time, and the temperature is a button that is regulated from right to left. As easy as that.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is to remove the tray halfway through cooking to remove the food, which means that you have to be minimally aware during the preparation.
Although it reaches a temperature of up to 200 degrees, the touch is always cold and can be handled without problems. The pieces (bucket and basket) are easily disassembled and can be put in the dishwasher.
Although it has no extra accessories or delayed programming, the Tefal Fry Delight is a simple appliance that delivers what it promises: frying or cooking healthy dishes, eliminating oil and accelerating cooking times.
Philips Air Fryer HD9220 / 20
For those who do not renounce the fried, and also seek design and comfort.
Like all appliances of this type, the Philips Air Fryer HD9220 / 20 goes far beyond a simple healthy fryer and allows you to roast, bake and toast a wide variety of dishes.
The bucket can be divided in two by a piece, to cook certain foods separately.
It has time and temperature control in the form of a thread: up to 30 minutes and 200 degrees. When the timer goes off the fryer emits an audible warning and automatically turns off.
The basket for food is very ergonomic and comfortable to hold. If you have to remove the food, just remove the bucket and give a wrist to shake the basket. It is not necessary to stain a spoon or fork.
A small detail that will make life much easier is the cable catcher. As with most electrical appliances of this type, the cable is not very long (0.8 m) but it is not really designed to be used and stored, but rather to keep it fixed in some corner of the kitchen.
Precisely for that reason, it is appreciated that they have taken care of the design, much more beautiful and clean than the typical fryer with oil.
Includes book of recipes and the possibility of downloading the free application Philips Airfryer, with more than two hundred guided recipes step by step, ranging from the most basic to the advanced level; plus tips and tricks for cleaning and maintaining your appliance.
Turbo Cecofry 4D Air Fryer
For those who seek much more than a fryer and dare to take full advantage of the heat of convection.
The great novelty of the Turbo Cecofry 4D, from the Cecotec brand, is that it allows you to choose the way in which it emits heat: above, below, or in 360-degree mode.
Thus we can raise the plate almost as in a traditional oven, using only the grill or looking for fast and integral cooking.
The bucket, with the ceramic coating with stone, helps even more to distribute the temperature and also prevents the food from sticking.
The timer reaches up to 90 minutes, allowing you to cook large meals. However, this time can reach up to 16 and a half hours at low temperature in yoghurt mode. It is a great function to prepare homemade dairy products, much richer and healthier than the industrial ones (and thus eliminate the yoghurt maker from the list of dishes to be stored in the kitchen).
This is one of the 8 pre-configured programs, designed to facilitate the usability of this appliance, although of course it can be programmed manually if we control the list of times and temperatures well.
It has a grid that distributes the space to cook two dishes at the same time or several elaborations in more complex recipes. In the lower part, there is a shovel that removes the food so that it does not have to be done by hand, opening the bucket and losing heat in the process.
Tefal Actifry Express Snacking
For lovers of fried and battered, who do not want to give up flavour or texture.
With all the features of a fryer without basic oil, the air fryerTefal Actifry Express Snacking goes a step further, incorporating functionalities that healthy food lovers can take advantage of.
It has an Express function for frying, which reduces cooking times and allows, for example, more than a kilo of chips in less than 30 minutes. It also has electronic temperature control that self-regulates to cook faster and more efficiently.
Includes a Snacking accessory: a tray with a grid to place light fried, battered and tempura. It is great to make croquettes, nuggets, squid, etc., without breaking or damaging the coating.
One of the things that are most appreciated is the transparent lid, to be able to see the cooking state without having to open the cuvette, avoiding the loss of heat and energy. The mixing blade, which continuously removes the ingredients, is also very useful. This way you make sure that all the ingredients are going to be cooked equally, compared to other fryers that force you to be aware and open half-cooked to remove by hand.
It includes a book of recipes and the possibility of accessing the My ActiFry application, with more than 450 recipes. If you do not want to download the app, all the information is available on your website as well.
Philips Air fryer XXL
For those who seek to escape from fats at all costs.
True to its name, the Philips Air fryer XXL is a high-capacity fryer, designed for large families or to organize meals with guests. In the bucket, for example, a whole chicken, or almost a kilo and a half of potatoes.
The screen is digital, with 5 predetermined programs to facilitate cooking depending on the specific food. Among them is the “keep warm” function, which keeps the food hot for thirty minutes, with minimum energy consumption.
But its strong point is the technology Twin TurboStar, exclusive of the brand, which converts hot air into a small tornado, making the most of the heat and getting a crispy texture very similar to that of a fryer without oil.
However, the most interesting thing is that it extracts up to 40% more fat from food than a fryer without normal oil, achieving a much lighter and healthier cuisine. The fat is stored in the lower tray, which has a relief in the form of a spiral to help move the air and deposit the excess oil.
In addition to the fast-frying basket, it also includes a grill pan for vegetables, fish and meat.
In the box, we find a book of simple recipes, which helps to familiarize with the machine in a very short time, and the free app provides more recipes, tricks and tutorials to make the most of this investment.
Tefal ActiFry 2in1
To make the most of the heat, cooking two dishes at a time.
The name itself already gives us the clue: the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 allows you to cook two dishes at the same time almost independently.
For this, the bottom part works as a frying pan, to make for example the typical garnishing chips, while the upper tray allows preparing steaks, fish or roast meat.
The two cooking zones are controlled by the digital LCD screen, which also includes four pre-programmed menus to get the engine running even faster.
With a surprisingly low weight, the bucket is large capacity and allows cooking at the same time for up to six people.
The lower tray has a rotating shovel that avoids having to open the bucket in half preparation to remove the food, since being continuously rotating ensures a good distribution of heat and homogeneous cooking. The upper tray does not have a shovel, but it also rotates so that the cooking reaches all parts of the food.
The air fryer also includes a spoon to dose the oil, calculating just enough to ensure rich and healthy cooking.
It is a model very similar to Tefal Actifry Express Snacking, but the two-tray system is much more versatile, which justifies the difference in price.
The cheapest air fryer: VonShef 5L
It’s so cheap that it’s hard to believe. For only about 40 pounds you can save yourself the expense of oil, calories, odours and dirt in the kitchen.
In that spirit, the trough is greater than most healthy fryers, which allows that mountain of chips to which you are accustomed, but eliminating the root guilt and substituting rich and low-fat food.
If you have to put a but, it does not stop convince us the insulation, which lets heat to the outside of the appliance when it is working. However, we believe that the price compensates for this inconvenience.
Of course, there are more complete fryers on the market, even without leaving the VonShef brand itself, but if you only want to eliminate fried foods from your diet and use the oven function in a timely manner, you do not need much more than the VonShef 5L Air Fryer
The best air fryer in quality-price: Princess Digital Aerofryer XL
Although perhaps Princess is not well known in the UK, it is not a white-label, but a Dutch company with more than twenty years of experience in the manufacture of small appliances.
With that guarantee, the Princess Digital Air fryer XL offers a great value for money. This oil-free fryer has the most functions offered by the best-known (and most expensive) brands.
We speak of course of air convection technology to cook food with minimum oil and maximum efficiency. This means that it not only replaces frying but also allows you to bake, roast, bake, toast and heat dishes. The digital panel that controls these functions is very simple to use, but it also has eight pre-programmed settings in case we want to solve everything with a single button.
We are also convinced by the large volume of the bucket (3.2 litres) and the different accessories such as the frying basket, or the grill for meat or fish that allows cooking on two levels, making better use of the space.
Once cooked, all the pieces are easily disassembled and cleaned in a moment.
Maybe we miss some extra function, such as removing the food during cooking to avoid having to be aware of doing it manually. But the truth is that for that price Princess Digital Air fryer XL exceeds its function and allows us to take full advantage of not only the fryer but all the functions of oven and heat. You can not ask for more.
The best air fryer: Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1
The number one on our list has convinced us for several reasons, but above all for the possibility of cooking two dishes at once. It is true that other multifunction fryers allow incorporating a grid to cook in two floors, but the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 is the one that has a more achieved system and allows to play with both levels almost independently.
The transparent glass lid prevents us from having to open all the time to see how the cooking goes. We also avoid opening to stir the food thanks to the revolving blade of the lower tray, which removes continuously softly and not very aggressively (does not break the food), making sure that the heat reaches all areas well. And if we put the upper tray, it also rotates, guaranteeing homogeneous cooking.
The capacity of the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 is quite large (up to 1.50 kg) but it takes advantage of space so well that it does not occupy much more than other fryers of smaller capacity.
For the rest, it has all those little extras that make it much more manageable: cable harness, LCD screen, measuring spoon, elements compatible with the dishwasher.
In short, the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 is much more than a hot air fryer. It can perfectly replace both the usual oven and the pots or pans that you put in the fire. With all the possibilities it offers, it can completely revolutionize your way of cooking.
Comparative table of Air fryers on the UK market
We have prepared for you a selection of the best healthy fryers that can be found right now in the market, comparing technical features, functionality and comments from users.
A fryer that fries without frying? What prodigy is that? Let’s clarify basic concepts from now on.
It really is not a fryer like the ones you’re used to seeing, with its bucket full of recycled oil and its dripping grid. The truth is that these appliances are a kind of mini-oven capable of browning food to give them the appearance of fried.
Because the truth is that frying is a culinary technique that is difficult to replace, if not impossible.
As you know, frying is cooking a food submerged in fat at high temperature, which gives the external part that nice golden tone that we find so attractive. Our oil-free fryer is capable of reproducing that super appetizing appearance. It is no small thing, we all know to what extent it “eats by the eyes”, valuing the food for its appearance.
It must be recognized that our “frying” without oil does not have exactly the same taste as the original, but in turn, it enhances the food in question much more. With the advantage that it eliminates all the fat. If you put everything in a balance you will see that it compensates, and much, to have a fryer without oil for the day today.
Fry without oil? How do you do it?
Ok, there goes the trick: with air. Although there are variants between some models and others, the technology used has been more or less the same. They emit high-temperature air that is distributed throughout the receptacle, a system similar to that of furnaces with fans. A good device will keep the air circulating constantly and quickly.
The foods are cooked uniformly and-theoretically-there is no need to turn them over to be done everywhere. In practice, our recommendation is that you give it a half-cooked turn, which ensures that the heat is distributed throughout the meal. There are some fryers that already stir the food alone, but if yours does not, put an alarm every 10/15 minutes and do it by hand.
Take for example how the most typical food is prepared, in which you are surely thinking: the fries.
As we have recalled, frying, in its traditional sense, is to submerge food in hot fat, while what the air fryers do the cook with hot air a food that you have previously impregnated with a little oil, in a very superficial way. This achieves the characteristic golden aspect without the need to dunk the food in the fat.
That is if you can use some oil, in your hand is how much you want to throw or if you want to do without it completely, although that will reduce the golden colour and the crunchy texture. With a teaspoon is enough for most dishes. Another option is to buy a spray and spray the surface of the food. We do not have to say what you save on fat. In your hand is to limit in more than 80% the oil you use.
Why are you interested in an air fryer?
Let’s summarize the advantages so that you have them clear at first glance:
Because you want to eat healthily
Your health interests you And to take care of yourself, the first thing is to ensure that your diet is as healthy as possible. Fritters are allowed when you go to your town party and you buy a dozen churros, that is, sporadically, but living with fried foods is an attack against your health, and you know it.
More arguments you will have if, in addition, you are on a diet or you are one of those who has to control cholesterol. There, you have nothing to think about.
Because you do not give up-almost anything
With an air fryer, the food has the same appetizing appearance, intensifies its flavour and avoids all the damages of frying.
Because you do not want your house to smell like frying
Well, it is another detail to keep in mind, that the smells are over. That unmistakable fragrant aroma that can be appealing when you go down the street at lunchtime but so unpleasant when you have it at home. End. Forever. These devices do not leave an odoriferous trace in the environment or if they leave it, it goes with the first current of air thanks to the filters that are incorporated.
Because it’s cleaner than a traditional fryer
If you know the others, you will know that in the best of cases, and doing a lot of cleaning, they end up being a bit of oil, yes or yes. This appliance is easy to clean. Most appliances are removable and even have parts that go directly to the dishwasher.
We really promise you that you can keep it clean after each use, which was an impossible mission with the fryers of a lifetime. After scrubbing everything still splash appeared. is it or is not it?
Because you save energy
Of course, you will spend less than a traditional oven. Study your model, the higher the energy efficiency, the more guaranteed savings.
Because you have little time
The programmer has arrived to save your life. Congratulations! You are already discovering all the possibilities. If your air fryer has a programmer, once you learn to control time and measurements, your life will change radically. And you do not know how much!
What can you cook with your new air fryer?
Let’s take a quick look at the possibilities, so you can make your mouth water while you read. How about some ribs marinated in 25 minutes? And a fried fish in 20? Rice with squid? Tuna patties? Meatballs in a sauce? Stuffed zucchini, at its baking point? And of course the queens of the party: the chips.
And beware, we have not reached the candy. Some homemade doughnuts, flan, roasted apples, all the cakes imaginable. With this you have an idea, right?
Things to keep in mind to choose well
All the models have some particularity or add interesting extras, but there are a few basic things that you have to take into account to ensure a good purchase. Think well of your purchase do not pay for what you do not need and not be short for not adding features that you will miss later. Attention to these points:
Look at the list of functions well. You have to specify that you can fry, roast, roast, bake au gratin.
Be careful with this point. To more power, generally, more charge on the electricity bill. Most models usually fluctuate between 1,100 and 1,650W.
However, there are powerful models with high energy efficiency. This means that, although they spend more, they need less time to cook, so the account is balanced.
Virtually all air fryers have the main bucket and a basket or rack in the style of traditional fryers. In this way, the little oil that can be left drains into the large compartment, easier to clean.
When we talk about sizes, it is normal to refer to the large bucket, but if you use the grid, think that this capacity will be reduced a little. Between 1.5 and 3 litres is the usual measure, although for large families there are models of up to 7 litres. The logical thing is to look at the volume that admits, but there are models that give you the reference in grams: 600/800 grams of capacity could be considered suitable for two people.
Calculate according to your needs. Do not buy something huge if you do not take advantage of its possibilities later, it will end up being a weapon in a corner. And if you fall short you will also end up not using it. It is important that at this point you are spot on.
Easy to use
That is easy to dismantle is essential, because that way you will be less lazy to disarm it to clean it well. The cuvette has to be separated in a couple of steps to be comfortable. You should also look if the parts of your model are suitable to put in the dishwasher. More comfort to keep it clean.
Virtually all oil-free fryers have a very intuitive operation, either with a digital display or with screw mechanisms and buttons. And many incorporate preprogramming so you only have to hit a button.
It does not hurt that you do the calculation of how much you will occupy in the kitchen, whether you are going to have it on the countertop or keep it in a closet, so you can check if it fits in the space available. There are very compact, easy to store in small holes, but others are quite large. Do not take a scare when I get home, in a plan, and now where do I keep this? You would not be the first to fall for this.
Other things that may interest you
There are models with a transparent cover that allow you to see how the cooking of the food progresses, which is not essential, but we love it. Others have a double tray, that is, they include the possibility of cooking two foods at the same time and separately. Double saving of time and energy.
Some brands give a recipe book and even offer you the possibility to download an application to keep up to date with new possibilities. This is interesting because the cooking times, which can vary from one model to another due to the different characteristics (power, etc) will be adjusted to the model you have purchased.
As for safety, it is interesting to make sure you have some kind of protection against overheating, such as automatic shutdown for example, and in any case that the grip always stays cold to handle it comfortably and without risk at all times.
We have put at the end, not because it is unimportant, but because it will be defined as go deciding what size you need, what features, etc. Keep in mind that this appliance is an investment that will give you many joys and that is destined to last, so maybe, in this case, it suits you to choose a good model even if it is a little more expensive. That’s if your pocket allows it, of course.
The truth is that a fryer without oil is an appliance of those that when they enter the house door become essential. It takes a time of mutual adaptation, that’s true, try recipes, adjust times and above all get acquainted with a new concept of cooking. But once that is done, when you have mastered the possibilities of your fryer without oil, you are going to take a game that you can not imagine.
You will enjoy some crunchy chicken wings, very tasty tempura and you will savour the fried potatoes without remorse, golden on the outside and tender inside, at their exact point.
And one last tip: as in the case of other famous appliances or robots, there are a lot of fans delighted with their air fryer who collect, invent and share cooking recipes. Apart from that, you get creative when it comes to cooking, it does not hurt to be inspired by the experience of others to compose dishes full of flavour. Like everything, it takes a while to get the point, but once you do it you will know that you have changed your way of cooking forever.