Our top 10 best air fryer list for 2018.
- Watch as we test
- Read as we explain
- …and finally choose from one of our best air fryers to suit any budget.
Simple honest consumer reviews with NO jargon.
While there are many air fryers out there, we decided that we wanted to know what the best air fryer for a healthier lifestyle might be.
After all, healthy eating is the goal, right?
- Read a quick overview of our top rated Uk air fryers:
- Duronic AF/1 B air fryer
Dihl KA-AFD02-RED Air Fryer
- Tefal Actifry 1.2kg model
Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer
Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer, 2100 W – Extra-Large
Tower T14004 Low Fat Rapid Air Fryer with Digital Timer
- Jet hot air fryer
Klarstein Vitair Hot Air Fryer
- Salter Ek2205 air fryer
- Vonshef low fat digital air fryer
Here Is The Latest Updated List – which Air Fryer suits you?
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|Buy on Amazon||Duronic Air Fryer AF1 /B 1500W Multicooker Mini Oven - Black - Recipe Book Included - Healthy Cooker Food Oven||Duronic||£69.99|
|Buy on Amazon||Dihl KA-AFD02-RED Air Fryer Rapid Healthy Frying Hot Grill Roast Low Fat Oil Cooker Oven Food, 4 Litre, 1300 W, Red||Dihl||£42.99|
|Buy on Amazon||PureMate® PM 1312 Air Fryer Oil Free Healthier Low Fat Multicooker Mini Oven - Recipe Book Included - Cooker Food Oven– Adjustable Temperature Control, 4 Litre, 1500W||PureMate|
|Buy on Amazon||Tefal AH950840 ActiFry Express XL Air Fryer, 1.7 kg Capacity, Black||Tefal||£174.00|
|Buy on Amazon||Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer - Black||Philips||£159.00|
|Buy on Amazon||Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer, 2100 W - Extra-Large||Philips||£183.99|
|Buy on Amazon||Tower T14004 Low Fat Rapid Air Fryer with Digital Timer, 1400 W, 3.2 L - Black||Tower||£80.98|
|Buy on Amazon||Jet Hot Air Fryer: Non-Oil/Fat Deep Fried, Grill, Bake & Roast in A Healthy Way||JML||£49.95|
|Buy on Amazon||Vitinni Digital Air Fryer 1500W 4 Litre - Low Fat Oil Free Healthy Fryer Cooker||Vitinni||£49.99|
|Buy on Amazon||Salter EK2205 Healthy Digital Hot Air Fryer, 4.5 Litre, 1400 W, Black||Salter||£62.98|
Air fryers, oil free fryers, healthy deep fat fryers and a whole heap of other names all referring to the same kind of thing – healthy deep fat frying. After spending more than 20 hours testing and cooking with a variety of air fryers our current “best air fryers” recommendation is the Duronic AF/1 Air Fryer (and it’s a budget air fryer too!!) – perfect for most peoples needs.
Come on… you know (deep down) that it’s better for you to eat healthier food.
…but it tastes so boring.. doesn’t it ?
WELL…. “not so” the case with an air fryer.
It’s really a brilliant way of cooking that offers brilliant tasting food that you will enjoy.
If you are desperately fighting that eternal battle inside of you to keep fit and healthy we do have a review of the best cross trainers for that – although truth be known using exercise equipment is a fantastic all round way of keeping fit and feeling good about yourself.. so.. let’s get back to our air fryer review.
Air Fryer Reviews you can count on!
Below are our “top 3” for high end top spec, medium solid all round, and budget friendly air fryers.
All 3 offer great air frying results. You won’t be disappointed.
What Is The Best Air Fryer?
Here are our “top of the top rated ones”.. (and our favourites for cooking perfect chips here)
Our “secret favourite” air fryer is the Duronic AF/1:
Taking the step towards a healthier lifestyle starts with a few basic steps such as changing a greasy regular deep fat fryer for one of the incredible oil free fryers, so let’s take a closer look at what we feel are the top 10 best air fryers 2018 can bring us.
You might just change your mind when you see how good they make food taste (and the health benefits are huge!)
Air Fryers? Why not! Compare air fryers using the table below.
“Growing up you kind of knew in the back of your mind that healthy eating was the way to go. Shame it was just kind of, well boring and bland”
On the other hand if you’d always had a healthier approach to eating then the thought of greasy food would probably make you screw your face up and say “eurgh!”
Well, truthfully, electric air fryers are the closest thing you’ll ever get to a deep fat fryer, minus all the fat, smell and health implications.
They’re really pretty good at recreating ultra tasty food that is way cheaper than you’d imagine.
Fancy a “full English” breakfast, air fryer style? Now you can – watch 🙂
How Does An Air Fryer Work?
So are you honestly telling me that people can deep fry food without any oil?
- Yep and yep! They’ve been around for a number of years now, and as more people look to switch to healthier eating habits, these air fryers have gained in popularity, especially as the food really does taste superb! You can read a daily mail article here that discusses this very subject.
- People have been raving about air fryers because when you cook with them the food still tastes absolutely delicious. Whenever I visit my mums house she always has her Actifry on the go and it keeps the kids happy with some tasty and healthier low fat chips!
So if you’ve not yet convinced yourself at how good they can be maybe now is the time to have a rethink.
In our quest to find the best top 10 air fryers (well, we mean oil-free or very low oil), we had to look at all air fryers and look at their features and reliability (among other things) to find out which was the best air fryer to buy.
I hope our hot air fryer reviews give you all the details you need. let’s start with….
Benefits of an Air Fryer
- Healthier food. Naturally your food will not be soaking in oil before being thrust onto your plate. In fact your food has the chance to cook and allow any oils within the foods to drain away OUT of the food, so your food is instantly healthier and less fatty!
- Less cleaning! – Nobody “really” likes the thought of cutting through layers of built up grease around the outside of a deep fat fryer (and squeezing your fingers int it each time you pick up the fryer).
- No awful smell lingering around. If you’ve ever owned a deep fat fryer you know what smell is left over once a round of chips have been cooked. It’s not nice and fills your head with images of thick gloopy grease!
- Less calories! – Naturally there are benefits health wise, but at the same time it will help you in your weight loss efforts (as long as you’re not finishing up with 4 chocolate chip muffins for pudding!)
- Hands free cooking. Choose from oil less fryers which have a paddle (that gently turns the food while cooking), or one with a basket (with a drip tray underneath to get the fatty drips). The tray versions will need a little shake halfway through whereas the paddle versions can largely be left unattended – leaving you free to prepare the accompanying food.
- Perfect for many people. From those with small cramped rooms through to young people in University looking to throw something together quickly (but healthily!). Busy people can pop something in and leave it largely unattended while tending to something else.
- Can replace different devices. With an air fryer you can cook things such as frozen food, vegetables, bake foods and even cook wet battered foods too. So many options you might find you no longer use your conventional oven. You can also reheat leftover food.
Best Oil Less Fryer
So now we know a bit more about them, it’s time to produce our findings. When looking for an oil free air fryer bear in mind as many of the points as possible and what you might be wanting to use it for.
If you simply want healthier chips then you won’t need one with too many fancy extras whereas if you enjoy creating culinary masterpieces then choose one with options you are likely to try out.
As you’d expect, enjoy premium nonstick coating inside all the machines, and look out for fancy extras such as digital touchscreen controls, and enjoy cooking pounds of food in a far healthier way (without all the oil soaked up inside it!)
Ready? let’s dive in with our top 10 best air fryer reviews
1: Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free 1500W Air Fryer Multicooker – Black – free recipe book – 2 Years Warranty included
Some manufacturers don’t really have to try and wow you with their sales patter because their products speak for themselves. This is the case with the Duronic AF1 air fryer.
Offering a great first foray into air frying, the AF1 is available in both Black and White.
How big is it?
34 x 29 x 31cm
How much can it cook?
It has a 2.2 litre capacity which is enough for 2 to 3 people however with most air fryers you’re never going to squeeze in meat, veg, potatoes etc for 3 to 4 people. Remember it needs very little oil!
What can it cook?
Pretty much most things, but the likes of:
- Chicken Wings
- Lamb Chops
- Sweat corns
- Spring Rolls
- Spring Rolls
- Fried Cod
- Roasted Vegetables
- Roasted Soups
- And even desserts!
The main features of the Duronic AF1 (taken from Amazon)
- The Duronic AF1 uses air circulating technology on your food with little or no oil making food healthier without compromising on the taste.
- Adjustable temperature control ensures food is cooked to the appropriate temperature
- Closed cooking system provides a safe odor and splatter free cooking experience with a cool touch exterior
- Dishwasher safe fry bowl and basket. Comes in Black and White
- Compact size – easily fits on a kitchen counter and blends in with existing appliances
Watch this Video to get a feel for the Duronic AF1
Pro’s and Con’s of the Duronic AF1 Jet air fryer / multicooker
Our thoughts on the Duronic AF1 air fryer / multicooker
For well under half the price of the premium branded models and with all the same great features you cannot go wrong.
The AF1 has all the style charm and cooking capabilities you’ll need for most things.
The only drawback is it is limited to 200 degrees so certain foods that require much higher temperatures may not be suited. The vast majority of foods are fine however.
We love it’s hyper drive temperature display dial – it just makes you think you’re the captain of your own spaceship setting warp factor 10!
The only real downside we consider (and it’s very minor) is that the basket may release from the tray IF you are carrying it from the unit over to a new counter top, AND you somehow managed to lift up the safety guard and press the basket release.. but it’s extremely unlikely so just take care where your fingers go.
If this is your first time with an air fryer then this is definitely worthy of attention, as is the Salter air fryer and the Berg air fryer mainly for the price points and the larger capacities.
Of course, a good air fryer wouldn’t be a good air fryer unless it had an “auto off” function and a sound timer to let you know when the food is done. This has both, so in pretty much every way you just have to decide if this is the style that would suit your kitchen the best.
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2: Dihl KA-AFD02-RED Air Fryer Rapid Healthy Frying Hot Grill Roast Low Fat Oil Cooker Oven Food, 4 Litre, 1300 W, Red
Dihl Air Fryer Review
What’s NOT to love about the Dihl air fryer?
- For a start it’s a gorgeous rich red colour.
- It enjoys a whopping 4 litre cooking capacity – enough for more generous portions or for a bigger family.
- It even has a dishwasher safe tray so cleaning up is a simple as 1,2, 3 !
- Join the Dihl recipes community and share recipes online!
It measures 33cm high, 30cm long and 28cm wide.
If you are looking for super low cost, brilliant looking and great capacity then this has to be one of the best budget air fryers currently available.
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Tefal Air Fryer Review – a rotating air fryer that has been used by millions.
Did you know? – Over 7 million actifry air fryers have been produced… ! Read about it here..
(Click here if you’d like to see our “full” review for this fryer (opens in a new window)
In at number 1 in our list is the Tefal Actifry. The latest version of what is arguably the best healthy fryer on the market – although everyone will have their favourite and own opinion, it is hard to beat the Actifry machine. This particular model is the latest and replaces an earlier model.
It’s a 1.2kg capacity electric air fryer. This means it can feed a family of four with ease.
The best Actifry bar none. Feeds generously, looks superb and works very well. This Tefal air fryer is a serious contender for the number 1 best position.
It’s not “oil free” – although frozen foods do not need any added oil. With this Tefal fryer you simply add a teaspoon of oil and that’s it – fried food without 99% of the fat!
How big is it?
The tfal actifry measures about 9.5 inches high, 12 inches wide and 16 inches long
Does it smell? Air fryer vs deep fryer
To be honest it is pretty much virtually odourless. With a teaspoon of oil you are not going to be bombarded with the smell of oil, so throw out any notions of traditional deep fat fryers and embrace the new!
Traditional deep fryers cook the food in hot oil and the smell is instantly recognizable as “deep fried” whereas a hot air fryer circulates very hot air in a very clever way so that the food cooks evenly from all angles.
Any more recipes for this?
Yes there are hundreds online with a simple search or you can go to the Tefal website to download some more.
What can you cook with the Tefal Actifry?
Pretty much anything – as is the case for most air fryers. We are not just talking about fluffy crisp tasty chips cooked with 100 times less oil, we are talking curries, chilli con carne’s, frozen meats, roast meats, vegetables and so much more. Remember it’s also way more healthier than deep fryers!
If you fall in love with an air fryer you might just find yourself using it more and more and ultimately replacing your other cooking appliances when it comes to meal ideas.
In the box you get of course:
- The Tefal Actifry 1.2kg unit
- x1 Actifry oil spoon – for popping oil in (I’m sure any spoon would do though!)
- 1 Recipe book – so plenty of meal ideas to explore such as Chicken Tikka Masala, a vegetable stir fry and even Mediterranean style calamari recipes.
- 1 Instruction book to help guide you round it and how to use it.
Cooking with the Actifry is a breeze
Pop your food in and add a spoon of your chosen oil then simply close the lid. The Actifry will cook at a constant 170 degrees C approx. All you need to do is set the timer – and the timer can be set up to 99 minutes.
When done, you’ll hear an audible timer to let you know everything is done.
Besides this 4 person version there is also a larger “family version Actifry that will feed up to 6 people (up to 1.5kg of food) – you can see that one here.
Also, if you want to throw in some extra food halfway through (such as vegetables) you can do. Simply open the lid and the Actifry will pause the cooking to allow you access, and then simply resume where it left off right after you close the lid again.
When you’ve finished, cleaning is just as simple – you can pop the removable ceramic coated pan, plus paddle and also lid straight into the dishwasher – so guess what? No hand washing needed.
Images of the Tefal Actifry:
The Tefal Actifry is a tried, trusted and tested clear winner when it comes to healthy airfry cooking. The vast majority of people who own one of these have indicated they are extremely happy with it.
What’s not to love about tasty healthier food with 100 times less oil, no smells and easy to clean?
Our thoughts on the Tefal Actifry 1.2kg cooker
Really and truly these are hard to beat. This air fryer review showcases one of the most successful air fryers to ever hit the market. The Actifry range uses a paddle that slowly moves the food round for even cooking whereas most others have the food in a pull out tray/basket or lift up tray/basket with an area below to catch drips.
Nobody can argue about the benefits of healthier eating. After all if you could eat food that tastes stunning yet is immeasurably better for you – then it really serves up as a no brainer.
Couple in the fact you can cook a mouth watering array of different foods and really there isn’t anything stopping you!
If you need something a bit bigger then splash out a bit more and opt for the 1.5kg model (known as XL) as this will feed up to 6 average people instead of 4.
There is also an Express model to consider.
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This Philips digital air fryer (model number HD9220/20) makes cooking easier than ever. Switch on, food in, half a tablespoon of oil if desired and set the timer. That’s really as simple as things get, however there are a few things to note when you get yours.
Half way through the cooking you will need to take out the tray and give the food a little shake (for cripsy chips, this is to to stop them sticking to one another).
One other thing to be aware of is that as you pull out the food drawer from the unit, there is a button on the top of the handle (it is hidden when cooking) – make sure you do not press that while removing the food tray (with food in it), as it releases the basket from the tray.
Please watch these two introductory videos that explains these points.
Video 1: General overview video:
Video 2: Cooking crispy chips with the Philips HD9220 20:
And some tips for Cooking Sausages with the Philips air fryer:
So let’s look at some facts:
- This powerful air fryer uses up to 80% less fat than a conventional deep fat fryer for the same tasting of chips, without the oil
- Fully-adjustable temperature control allows you to pre-set the cooking temperature for your food
- Integrated timer to pre-set cooking times of up to 30 minutes and auto-off function includes a Ready sound indicator (add 3 minutes to timer if it’s cold and not been used)
- Comes with a recipe booklet containing 30 recipes including brownies and quiches
- Ships in certified frustration-free packaging
How big is this?
38.4 x 28.7 x 31.5 cm
Bear in mind that this is a smaller compact version of this machine, yet it still has an 800g capacity (Actifry has 1.2kg up to 1.5kg) – more than enough for 2 to 3 people.
Pro’s and Con’s
Our thoughts on the Philips HD9220 20 healthier oil free airfryer
Overall we really loved testing this machine. It is a beautiful machine that will happily grace the counter top of many a kitchen up and down the UK.
Grill, bake, roast or fry – it’s your choice what you decide to do with this but the versatility is there at your disposal.
We did have a little hesitation when we first opened the box. Instead of saying 100 times less oil (like the Actifry) they focus on the fact it enables you to cook in a healthier way that gives you 23% fewer calories when compared to a regular deep fat fryer.
Yes, while a reduction is good, still 23% less calories is hardly groundbreaking (is it?). However we were initially looking at it wrong. We believe their marketing might have missed the point or benefits, although I’m sure someone from Philips would be keen to put us right!
At the end of the day it is an air fryer and you can (if you want) pop in a tiny bit of oil. To ease our minds we wanted to know about oil use – namely how much oil is needed. For machines that are supposed to be far healthier than regular deep fat fryers we thought this was important to know. Actifry machines are touted as using “just a small amount of oil” whereas the marketing for this Philips hot air fryer is a little different.
Philips focus on telling you other facts. Facts such as: 23% less calories. Their marketing suggests “oil free” as with most air fryers, however many recipes still suggest some oil can be added to change the taste to something more akin to what we “enjoy” (seemingly).
Well, we decided to give this machine a go without any oil. In fact some of us gave the food a light spray with frylight and came to the conclusion that the food was still very nice. Kind of crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. A little like oven chips.
So our conclusion of this machine is that for a start it is one of the best looking air fryers around. It cooks wonderfully. The timer let’s you know when cooking time is done and importantly the air fryer stops, meaning that your food won’t be overcooked if you are out out the room. Thumbs up from us!
You can cook as healthy as you want. Removing all the oil is one of the best things you can do for your health however a small touch of oil or spray oil can be added to suit your taste, and you will still be cooking in a far healthier way.
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Philips Airfryer XL Review
A third bigger than it’s baby brother at number 2 in our list, this Philips XL HD9240/90 Avance collection airfryer is bigger and chunkier enough to feed a family of up to 5. When there’s more mouths to feed this is the obvious choice.
Sure it’s bigger. It needs to be for the extra work it’s got to do. Size wise the footprint it will take up on your worktop is 42.3 x 31.5 x 30.2 cm – a nice corner would suit it. Compared to it’s baby brother though there is hardly anything in it size wise, just 3 or so cm on most sides so the additional counter top space taken up is hardly noticeable at all.
Like it’s baby brother the 9220, it has all the benefits of healthy eating but in a larger size to cook for more people or hungrier mouths (if you’ve got kids you’ll know more is always better!)
Pro’s and Con’s
Our thoughts on the Philips HD9240/90 airfryer
If you expect this machine to the the total chef for all the food for all the family you will be disappointed:
It’s a beautiful machine and the larger size is definitely more welcoming but just bear in mind that if you are seeking to feed a family of 4 to 5 with say chicken and chips there won’t be enough room in this. In realistic terms you could probably cram in about 800g chips maximum but not a deal more. Otherwise maybe 7 to 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs in around 20 to 25 minutes.
It DOES make for a great machine if you’re doing chicken and chips for 2 people – plenty of food, and you can mix your own home made chicken drumsticks with the chips in the same basket.
HOWEVER in realistic terms, as long as you are aware this isn’t a total replacement for “all your cooking methods” you’ll be fine. Use it to cook maybe the most fattening foods in it, to keep the fat content low, and do the rest in the oven, in a saucepan or in the microwave.
On the plus side, all of the above seems irrelevant when you actually get to grips with what you can cook with an air fryer. There are now thousands of recipes around for virtually any meal. Ever tried spring rolls or Moussaka cooked in one? Start experimenting and you’ll soon be cooking up an array of tasty treats and meals in next to no time. French fries? Why not. Add some Paprika to spice things up too!
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Our mid priced “air fryer” in this list by a long mile and despite this it still passes many of our tests. We wanted to include this Tower T14004 air fryer because of it’s affordability and the fact that it looks just the part of a “proper” air fryer”.
Let’s explore this.
So, first of all, it’s surprisingly good looking (just as good looking as some of the more well known brands like Philips etc.). It does the job.
Benefits of the Tower T14004 “air fryer”:
- Eliminates the need for oil for delicious sin free meals with up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer
- Uses significantly less energy and cooks three times faster
- Generous 3.2 litre capacity makes it ideal for up to 5 servings – great for large families and household guests
Set and forget with the Tower air fryer. It features a timer that extends up to 30 minutes witha bell sound to let you know when the time has passed.
Pro’s and Con’s
Our thoughts on the Tower T14004 “air fryer”
It’s never going to be a high end Philips or Tefal, BUT for a mid priced air fryer its really good looking and it cooks food nicely as long as you follow the instructions carefully.
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The JML Air Fryer – heard of it?
Next up we have the JML Jet hot air fryer. Perfect as an oil free air fryer for people on a budget.
Ever heard of JML? Well they are the mastermind of “High Street TV”, and they are behind the hundreds of products you seen advertised on TV and in thousands of stores up and down the UK. They were established in 2008, and are based in Harrogate, Yorkshire. You can check them out here.
The JML Jet hot air fryer has the following features and benefits:
- Hot, rapid air vortex technology; 360 degree rotating inner base for perfect, even cooking
- No oil or fat, just clean, hot air; get deep fried results without the frying
- Food is crispy and delicious
- Grill, bake and roast
- Basket and frying rack allows fat to leave your food and be discarded
Approximate measurements 30cm x 38cm x 28cm height
Bowl diameter 22.5cm
Capacity 2 litres
Weight out of box 4kg
Fairly similar footprint to many other hot air fryers – large enough for the needed use, and small enough to fit in a nice place on your counter top.
Let’s take a look at the JML Jet:
Is this the perfect air fryer?
Well, from a cost perspective it’s certainly competitive. The capacity of this device is 2.5 litres, which is fairly standard for an air fryer (the capacities cannot be huge as they need to be kept in a tight space for the air frying to be totally effective).
We do have some minor reservations about the build quality, as in how long the lid will last. Pretty sure with a lot of careful use it will be fine but I wouldn’t like to be too heavy handed.
Watch this video to see the benefits for yourself. It’s from an American infomercial however you can see the benefits in the first 5 minutes.
Pro’s and Con’s of the JML Jet air fryer
Our thoughts on the JML Jet oil free airfryer
For what it is, it’s a good unit. The unit is no longer listed on the manufacturers website, however it is actively sold in the United States. The customer services department do answer you when asking for replacement parts (i.e. lids) so for half the cost of other sleeker designs it’s certainly the unit to gain entry into the air fryer market.
As long as you take care with the JML jet there is no reason why it cannot live happily in your home for a long time – as long as you like Lime Green. The handle colour is not available in any other colours.
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BERG 1800W 5 Litre XXL Health Air Fryer – Extra Large (**currently unavailable**) Here is the Berg Innovations 1800 watt air fryer with it’s huge 5 litre cooking capacity. Berg Innovations are as their name suggest, highly innovative. They were even listed in one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies. We like pretty much everything about this air fryer. The capacity is the main feature that families of 4 or more would enjoy and that is why it just HAD to be included in this top 10 best air fryers list! More importantly what’s NOT to like? You can do a wide range of things, let’s explore: Features a temperature range control from 80⁰C – 200⁰C A cooking timer up to 60 minutes, 7 different cooking pre-sets : “Chips”, “Chicken”, “Steak”, “Shrimp”, “Meat”, “Cake”, & “Fish”. Safety features include overheat protection, automatic switch off, and automatic standby mode. So far so good. During our testing we cooked chips in under 30 minutes before venturing on to two salmon fillets and both servings came out absolutely delicious. In another sitting we baked a variety of Indian Bhaji’s and they received full marks once again! How big is it?
The dimensions are 30 x 28 x 36 cm Images: Pro’s and Con’s of the Berg XXL air fryer Our thoughts on the Berg 1800 watt 5 litre XXL sized family air fryer In all honesty this is one of our favourites in this list. Large capacity, perfect air frying and the price isn’t all that bad either. This proves that you are paying more for branded names with the likes of Philips and Tefal, but if you are prepared to look past that brand name, you get something that looks every bit as good, and is more suited to families than any other. Full marks Berg – you are one of our firm favourites! If you have any sort of family to cook for then this has to be your first choice. Click below to find the current best price for this.
8: Klarstein Vitair Hot Air Fryer Grill Bake Halogen Heating Healthy Oil Free (1400 W, 9 L, Easy to Clean) Purple
Just before we “dive in”, I wanted to add that this is technically not an air fryer – as in it’s not “frying” the food. Manufacturers are now releasing their Halogen ovens with convection units and infrared capabilities and calling them air fryers when technically they are not. At the end of this top 10 review list I will explain the differences between convection ovens, turbo broilers (which this is), and an air fryer.
This is actually a Turbo broiler. Also known as an oven with infrared aided heat and a convection fan.
So, that said, this machine is one one the funkiest looking units we’ve ever had the chance to review. It looks like a motorcyle helmet or some sort of futuristic spaceship perhaps?
As well as Purple, you can also view it in 3 other colours:
What’s it like?
It is extremely handsome and would look incredibly cool in any kitchen. It also makes delicious healthy food.
Even though it’s no “air fryer” it’s not to be dismissed as a healthy way to cook food, however you do need to be aware the food will not have that fried taste that true air fryers attempt to recreate (through “rapid air circulation”).
These machines are merely heat with a convection fan moving the heat round – however a rotating spit with this model enables for a more even cooking experience compared to other “turbo broilers” like the Tower T14001.
Let’s look at it in pictures
Pro’s and Con’s of the Klarstein Vitair
Our thoughts on the Klarstein Vitair “air fryer”
We ummed and arred for a long time, wondering whether or not to include this unit in this top 10 list of best air fryers as obviously it isn’t one.
Turbo broilers (i.e. Halogen ovens with added infrared) are basically compact Halogen convection ovens with the added benefit of infrared.
The downside is it simply isn’t ever going to fully attempt to recreate that fried food taste – which is kind of the whole reason for this review.
I wanted to include two of these types of machine within this list so that you are aware of the differences between the two types of machine (there is a more thorough explanation towards the end of this top 10 list that explains the distinct differences).
Sure, they are both healthier options and great machines, but a true air fryer will aim for that fried taste through rapid air circulation whereas these take their heat from a Halogen bulb and a fan that assists the flow.
The rotating spit on this model takes it that step further in an attempt to remove the issues with Halogen ovens in that you do need to turn food making this model a very positive one.
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Here is the Salter air fryer, the EK2205.
Let’s see what the benefits and features of this unit are (taken direct from the Salter website). With over 20 years experience, the Salter brand is well established and known.
- A versatile alternative to deep fat frying, the Salter digital airfryer enables you to cook using little or no oil without losing any flavour.
- Featuring 1400 W power, the fryer can heat up to 200° and uses a heat circulation method in order to cook your food incredibly quickly.
- Ideal for home-made chips or wedges as well as meat, spring rolls, stuffed vegetables and quiche, it can cook a huge variety of meals.
- Brilliantly simple to use, it has a 30 minute timer with automatic switch-off, digital touch sensitive controls and an LCD display.
- It contains an easy to clean, removable 4.5 litre non-stick cooking basket which enables you to quickly serve the food after cooking.
- This air fryer cooks just about anything you can imagine. You are only limited by your imagination
How big is it?
35.8 x 31.8 x 31.6 cm
How much power does it have?
1400 watts of power
Why should I have this?
It’s relatively cheaper than the high end Philips and T-fal air fryer models, yet it looks every bit as good, AND it comes with the larger more generous capacity. What’s NOT to love about it?
Pro’s and Con’s of the Salter EK2205 Air Fryer
Our thoughts on the Salter EK2205 air fryer
One of our favourites. The price point gives this air fryer a thumbs up, as does the extra large 4.5 litre capacity. It does what it’s supposed to and looks every bit as good as other main branded oil free air fryers so you can enjoy family portions of delicious healthy food (and a wide variety at that!) at a lower cost.
After you’ve used it, it’s literally just the one pan to remove for cleaning which makes perfect sense when it’s your turn to do the dishes, or you can pop it in the dishwasher too, so it’s a win-win all round situation.
Size wise it’s just about right so can be left out all the time, and it’s good looks contribute to it’s likeability.
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Enter the Vonshef air fryer 13/351 with a 3.5 litre capacity and 1300 watts of power
So it’s a good looking unit and seems to do all the things you’d want and the price is pretty spectacular as well (half the cost of mainstream branded products). It has an extra divider you can pop in to keep certain foods apart if you want.
Featuring a 60 minute timer and temperature options ranging from 150 to 200 degrees – perfect for most foods. Features non slip feet and a cool touch handle.
‘Forbidden’ foods previously off the menu can make a welcome re-appearance; fries, fried chicken, burgers, steak, spring rolls, sausage rolls, cakes – the list goes on! Thanks to its superb versatility, the VonShef Air Fryer will come in handy for meals throughout the day, whether you’re frying, grilling, baking, roasting or just reheating. (source amazon)
Pro’s and Con’s of the Vonshef 13/262 healthy digital air fryer
Our thoughts on the Vonshef 13 351 air fryer
Overall an excellent machine and does what is intended. We couldn’t find any real genuine issues. Pop in the desired food, set the timer and wait for it to cook. Nothing could be simpler. Like most, it is recommended to shake once or twice throughout the cooking (especially when a lot is in, such as chips).
As an affordable good looking air fryer it is hard to find any faults with this and you won’t go too far wrong if this becomes your next purchase.
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Air fryers do they work?
Well air fryers have been around for a number of years and have proven themselves to work. They cook food quicker in many cases, and use no oil (or hardly any at all depending on your taste requirements). The obvious health benefits should be immediately clear to see.
Besides the obvious health benefits, we needed to show that not all air fryers are “air fryers”.
Huh? What do you mean?
Well, in recent years there has been a big increase in the number of these healthy cooking oil free machines, and to come out into the heath industry we have Halogen ovens and Air fryers. It hasn’t helped when manufacturers often tout “similar” benefit’s to the user (i.e low fat, healthy, faster cooking times) – and the users confuse the terms and think they are similar machines.
Why not just get a slow cooker?
Well a slow cooker does cook wonderfully tasy food that oozes taste, however it is not designed to cook food as healthy as humanly possible. An air fryer on the other hand is designed to cook with hot in in a highly efficient way.
Does air fryer cause cancer?
No not at all. The confusion has come about when starcy vegetables were cooked for a long time, and a substance called Acrylamide was produced. Lab technicians injected rats with Acrylamide and it caused Cancerous tumours. This is where all the fear has come from concerning potatoes and the like. With an air fryer, food is cooked far quicker so Acrylamide is not produced. Read all the facts about this subject here where we talk about why air fryers don’t cause cancer whatsoever.
Best air fryer for chips
Honestly, there is no “clear” winner here. The Duronic air fryer has been tested thoroughly and is a natural favourite, but almost any on this list will do the job of cooking air fried chips. Air fried chips can be made in any air fryer.
If you try and shove too many chips in the cooking tray, the cooking process will be nowhere near as good as if you were to put “just enough” chips in. It’s just the same as cooking oven chips, in so much as if you pile a full bag in, then some go soggy, some burn and some are in the middle. Air fried chips aren’t quite as affected like an oven, but the point I’m trying to make is that just don’t put too many in.
Depending on how many people you want to feed, you may want a larger sized air fryer to enable more chips at once to be cooked.
They all cook, well and are typically cooked in around 10 to 20 minutes.
What is the difference between an oven, a convection oven, a “Halogen bulb based” oven and an air fryer / oil less fryer?
To know the answer to “what is an air fryer” you can check out this air fryer wiki entry for the precise details.
So traditionally people would cook in an oven. A heating element warms up to the set temperature and cooks your food.
- A convection oven features a fan within the oven which moves the warm air around the oven helping it to cook a little bit quicker.
- A Halogen oven simply cooks the food with the heat from the Halogen bulb in far less time than a conventional oven, and yes creates great tasting food. Halogen ovens with infrared in (also now named as turbo Broilers) cook better than just traditional Halogen ovens, however the heat only rises up in the same way as a convection oven.
- An air fryer uses super high speed high concentrated air waves (known as “rapid air technology”), and it also requires higher temperatures to “fry” the food, even with a small amount of oil. Specially designed flows of fast powered circulating air rapidly encompasses the food from all angles to cook things evenly and super quick.
The air fryers for home use enjoy the benefit of a nifty combination of both convection cooking and turbo broiling. Air fryers use electrical power to create their heat with a lot of forced power. Super healthy, super tasty and super efficient.
So with a Halogen oven you will find that you often see larger food capacities (for example the 17 litre Tower T14001 cooker). A Halogen oven can cook more food at the same time, however you’ll always only ever get that oven taste.
An air fryer attempts to recreate fried tasting food that is far healthier and is super cooked from all angles just by rapid hot air.
Air Fryer Power Consumption
Do air fryers use a lot of electricity?
Putting things into perspective. Plugging an air fryer into your wall socket is never ever going to make all yourt street lights flicker and your neighbours electricity to go off.
It’s a smallish appliance compared to an oven or washing machine and typically around 1300 to 1500 watts or so. The unit typically only runs for around 20 to 30 minutes then it’s done.
It’s not quite as energy efficient as a conventional deep fat fryer (because the unit is running constantly during use), and is on a par power wise with a conventional oven. If efficiency is your thing and you are after the lowest carbon footprint device you can then you’d probably err on the side of a pressure cooker, but your chips just won’t be the same in a pressure cooker.
Now let’s look at just what an air fryer really is:
So in general if it’s very large capacity it’s a Halogen oven. Otherwise it’s going to be an air fryer. 8 out of 10 in this list are air fryers. The Klarstein and the Tower are Turbo Broilers the rest are air fryers.
Air fryer accessories
So now you’ve gotten into healthier cooking with an air fryer have you considered how versatile it really can be?
There are quite a few accessories available, some of which are specirfic for your brand of air fryer, and some are “universal” (one size fits all). Although just make sure that the universal sized accessories fit your fryer.
Universal air fryer accessories:
This offering here expands your abilities and will fit up to 7 inches in diameter cooking spaces.
It fits well with the Phillips air fryers (and others). below are the accessories you get.
- 1 Pizza Pan
- x1 Metal Holder
- 1 x Skewer Rack
- A Silicone Mat
- A Pan gripper
- 1 x Food Tong
Here is another universal air fryer accessories kit for air fryers and states that is suitable for Duronic air fryers
So which are the best air fryers for 2018?
Our favourite in the list has to be the Berg, however second best would be the Philips 9240/90 with a smaller capacity but you do get the super sleek look and Philips name.
All of the ones in this list are top of their game and hands down are better (in our opinion) than all others on the market. We have chosen them based on how well they work, reliability and also cost factors as well as the aesthetic appeal.
Have you enjoyed reading our review of the best air fryers 2018 can bring to the market? It’s been extremely challenging to narrow things down to these 10 however we feel we have accomplished the goal. One of the best kitchen gadgets money can by for health conscious people. Worthy of an investment. With nonstick coatings and stainless steel components you can enjoy long lasting easy to clean cooking for a very long time.
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