If you are looking for a way to fry up potato chips, chicken wings, pastries, and other delicious snacks, but want to avoid using the massive quantities of oil that typical deep fryers utilize, then one of these three air fryers should be on your shopping list. With trusted brand names and high-quality engineering, each of these fryers ensures that you can eat healthier without sacrificing the delectable taste of fried foods.
Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology
There aren’t many product types where both consumers and reviewers give the title of “best on the market” unanimously to one product alike. The Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology is one of the few products to accomplish the feat. Ask anyone with considerable experience with air fryers about what product you should purchase, and the Philips HD9230/26 is almost guaranteed to be their first or second recommendation. Powerful, efficient, and large enough to meet the average consumer’s frying needs, the HD9230/26 is well worth the money.
Philips says that the HD9230/26 yields 1,425 watts of power, which results in faster cooking time than you get with most other fryers on the market. The temperature can reach a maximum of 390 degrees. The “Rapid Air Technology” mentioned in the product name allows for quicker circulation of hot air, which only expedites the cooking process further while also ensuring delicious, evenly cooked food. In other words, with the Philips HD9230/26, you ensure great taste and crispiness and get faster cooking speeds, all while using 70% less oil than the average deep fryer.
In addition to cooking quickly and healthily, the HD9230/26 also just makes every step of the frying process easier than its market counterparts. There is a double layer cooking rack, which allows for more “surface area” than you usually get elsewhere. According to Philips, the result of this extra surface area is that you can cook up to 1.8 pounds of food at a time—a decent amount for any party, if not the highest capacity on the market.
Add an intuitive digital touchscreen—perfect for the smartphone generation—and dishwasher-safe parts, and the HD9230/26 is an easy-to-use, efficient option that will suit just about any buyer looking for an air fryer. The one con is the price, which, at around $300 here, is more expensive than almost every other air fryer on the market.
GoWise USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer
Another air fryer that pops up quite frequently on lists of the best air fryers on the market, the GoWise USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer is a good beginner’s choice for air fryer buyers. At less than half the price of the Philips (available at this listing for just over $100), the GoWise 8-in-1 is a smart choice if you are just trying out air frying for the first time and aren’t sure exactly how frequently you plan on using your appliance.
Interestingly, the GoWise 8-in-1 is more powerful and higher capacity than the Philips HD9230/26. The fryer can provide 1,500 watts of power and holds up to 2.5 quarts of food—or more than five pounds. The size makes the GoWise 8-in-1 and ideal machine for more demanding frying needs.
However, if you choose this appliance, you will need to be careful when selecting the cooking temperature and setting the time. Some buyers indicate that the GoWise is actually too powerful and sometimes cooks faster than expected. The timer, meanwhile, is finicky and too easy to reset, which can result in users accidentally burning food.
The best thing about the GoWise 8-in-1 is the eponymous presence of eight preset cooking functions. With presets for preparing commonly fried foods (chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, other meat, and cake, plus a warm-up function) the GoWise 8-in-1 has a generous learning curve that makes it easy to use for first-time fryers.
Homeleader Oil-less Air Fryer HLK58-004
Though not as popular as the Philips or GoWise fryers, the Homeleader Oil-less Air Fryer HLK58-004 is a worthy product if you are willing to venture a bit off the beaten path. The big selling points to this fryer are the price (frequently on sale here) and the fact that it uses no oil at all. While both the Philips and the GoWise fryers use minimal oil—especially compared to standard deep fryers—this product from Homeleader is one of the few fryers on the market that is genuinely oil-less.
Instead of using oil or water for broiling and frying, the HLK58-004 uses steam and hot air to cook foods. While it might seem like such a cooking method would be less effective, reviewers and consumers alike have generally been impressed with what the HLK58-004 can do for frying, broiling, roasting, grilling, and baking.
The food tastes good, and the more “natural” cooking method results in healthier fat-free frying and less grease to clean up later. Homeleader also says that, because the HLK58-004 uses no oil, it creates virtually no odors during cooking—a plus for smaller or less well-ventilated kitchens.
Probably the biggest drawback with the Homeleader HLK58-004 is that the appliance just doesn’t look that impressive. The Philips HD9230/26 and the GoWise 8-1 are both very sleek, modern devices that look great on the counter. In comparison, the Homeleader looks a bit clunky, with no digital touchscreen or timer (there’s a wind-up timer, instead). If you don’t care about aesthetic, though, or are looking for the healthiest fryer on the market, then the HLK58-004 is a solid and affordable option.