Everybody loves fried foods, even people who are concerned about their health. If you’ve struggled with ways to enjoy your favorite foods while remaining healthy, you’ve likely come across an “air fryer.” With these amazing cooking appliances, you’re able to enjoy your favorite fried foods with up to 75% less fat content.
If you’ve been looking for an Air Fryer as a healthy alternative to fried foods but aren’t sure which model is best for you and your family, our review of the Top 5 Air Fryers of 2017 is just what you need. We’ve taken a look at the various models currently available on the market and sorted out the ones you should consider. In this guide, you will find all the information you need to make a wise (and therefore healthy) decision for your air fryer.
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How Do We Rate Air Fryers?
So, when it comes to determining which are the best air fryers on the market in 2017, how do we go about it? In measuring fryers, we use a set of five criteria.
- We look at the overall features offered by the manufacturer relative to how expensive the machine is.
- We survey and review customer ratings on a variety of platforms to determine the greatest customer experience.
- We consider to what degree consumers report problems with their machines relative to the severity of those problems.
- We consider how durable the machines are and to what degree the manufacturer’s warranties provide for the longevity of the machine.
- We consider any value-added bonuses offered by the manufacturer relative to other bonuses from other producers.
Given these criteria, what are the top 5 air fryers in 2017? Let’s take a look.
1. Philips XL Airfryer
By far the most popular and highest-rated air fryer on the market is the Philips Airfryer. You may have come across this model because it was featured as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in 2016 or because it comes endorsed by master chef Gordon Ramsay.
You should always be a little cautious when looking at products just because they have celebrity endorsements, but our research shows that the Philips Airfryer deserves all the praise it receives. It uses a “Rapid Air Technology” to circulate high-temperature air through the basket for even distribution and thorough saturation.
The first thing to notice about the Philips is the power. At 2,100 watts, it is the most powerful air fryer on our list next to the #3 GoWISE and #5 Cozyna, which are each rated at 1,500 watts. With this much power, you will want to ensure that you operate the Philips Airfryer on a circuit that can handle the load. It would not be unusual for this much wattage to trip a breaker in your home. With 2,100 watts, this model has more than enough power to ensure that even if you completely fill the basket with food, it will all be cooked thoroughly.
Speaking of filling the basket, the Philips Airfryer can accommodate a generous amount of food at one time. The basket will hold up to 2.65 pounds of food, which is enough to fry up several servings of French fries. This is a larger capacity than the #2 T-fal ActiFry on our list, which only has a capacity of 2.2 pounds. The difference of 0.45 pounds may not seem like much, but if you are cooking for a large family, it might mean the difference between everyone getting a generous portion and someone not getting enough.
Another great feature of the Philips Airfryer is that it has an adjustable temperature setting. While the #2 T-fal ActiFry on our list comes with only one temperature setting, the Philips can be customized up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. This control allows you to adjust the air fryer for different types of foods, which is necessary since not all foods cook the same way. And even though the inside of the fryer is reaching such high temperatures, with the Philips’ “stay-cool” handle, you can remove the basket from the fryer with your bare hands and not have to worry about burns.
The one-touch digital interface makes programming the Philips Airfryer easy. There are no complicated settings to worry about. It comes with a built-in timer that can be programmed up to 60 minutes and automatically shuts off the machine. This is not quite as long as the #2 T-fal ActiFry on our list, which can run for up to 99 minutes uninterrupted. However, with the 390-degree temperatures of the Philips AirFryer, there should be no question that it can cook all your foods within 60 minutes.
The Philips XL Airfryer is also the heaviest model on our list. Coming in at 18.98 pounds, the closest to the Philips is the #4 Avalon model, which weighs 14.2 pounds. The greater bulk of the Philips is due to its unique Rapid Air Technology, which enables it to cook food with the greatest speed and best results.
With an MSRP of $399 (though you can often find it for much less on sites like Amazon), this is also the most expensive model on our list. The nearest to this price tag is the #5 Cozyna model, which has an MSRP of $199. However, given the overall performance of the Philips Airfryer, most people will find it is worth a few extra dollars.
With color options in both black and white, the Philips Airfryer is the “best of the best” when it comes to delicious fried foods without all the fatty cooking oils.
2. T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry
Number 2 on our list is the ActiFry by T-fal. This air fryer has a sleek design and uses a similar technology to that of the #1 Philips AirFryer. The ActiFry uses a very small amount of oil, which is poured over your favorite foods.
A uniquely designed paddle then stirs the foods in rhythm with a pulsating heat to air-fry foods just as if you deep-fried them in oil. With an MSRP of $159, it can be upwards of $150 less expensive than the #1 Philips AirFryer, but this will depend on any deals or discounts you might find.
The T-fal ActiFry has a decent-sized food capacity. With an interior capacity of 2.9 liters, it will comfortably cook up to 2.2 pounds of food at once. This should be more than enough for large families. However, it does not have quite as much capacity as the #1 Philips AirFryer, which can cook up to 2.65 pounds of food at one time. Unless you are seriously concerned with absolutely everyone getting enough at a party, the T-fal ActiFry should be able to accommodate your family.
The T-fal ActiFry also does not have quite as much power as the #1 Philips AirFryer. With a strength of 1,450 watts, the only air fryer it beats out for power is the #4 Avalon model, which has 1,400 watts. Most people will probably not notice a difference between these two models. And with 1,450 watts, the ActiFry is capable of cooking all your foods thoroughly given its other settings.
The T-fal also only heats up to a temperature of 338 degrees Fahrenheit, while the #4 Avalon can get up to 400 degrees. The temperature on the T-fal model also cannot be adjusted. It is a simple “on/off” operation. However, to make up for this, the T-fal ActiFry comes with a built-in timer that can be programmed up to 99 minutes. This is much longer than the 30-minute timers of each of the #3 through #5 models on our list.
At only 10.9 pounds, this air fryer is much lighter than the 18.98 pounds of the #1 Philips AirFryer and will take up less space on your countertop. If you are concerned with storage and lifting the air fryer into position, then this lighter weight will certainly be appealing.
To make cleaning up easier, all the internal components on the T-fal ActiFry are dishwasher-safe. You’ll never have to scrub a dirty fryer to get delicious fried foods. It also comes with a cookbook containing 38 different recipes you can use to cook foods with the air fryer, as well as a measuring cup.
If you are looking for a simple, less expensive air fryer for your frying needs, then the ActiFry by T-fal is an excellent option.
Number 3 on our list is the 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer from GoWISE USA. Like other models on our list, this little fryer uses a unique rapid air circulation technology to simulate the effects of traditional deep frying. With an MSRP of $119 (though we’ve found you can often find it for significantly less), this is the least expensive model on our list.
The closest to the #3 GoWISE price is the #2 T-fal, which is around $40 more. For its price, the GoWISE Electric Air Fryer is the best bargain air fryer on our list.
With a power output of 1,500 watts, this model will handle a full tray of food without any difficulty. It does not have nearly the output of the 2,100 watts of the #1 Philips AirFryer, but 1,500 watts is sufficient to thoroughly cook food. Most users would probably not notice much of a difference between the overall power performance of these two models.
Like the #1 Philips AirFryer model, the #3 GoWISE Electric Air Fryer comes with an adjustable thermostat. This allows you to fine-tune your settings for the best results. Other models, like the #2 T-fal ActiFry, cannot be adjusted, but with the #3 GoWISE, you can adjust the temperature from 176 to 392 degrees. This amount of heat will rapidly pulse through and around your foods to ensure an even distribution of cooking.
The timer on the #3 GoWISE model can only be set up to 30 minutes. At its highest temperature setting, this should be enough to cook many of your favorite foods; however, multiple sessions may be needed. Where the GoWISE really stands out is in its built-in settings. While the #2 T-fal has a simple “on/off” function, the #3 GoWISE comes with 8 preprogrammed settings. This makes it even easier to get the right temperatures and times for the food you are cooking. And the large LCD display makes it easy to program and to see what setting you have selected. If you prefer to fine-tune the settings yourself, you can also do this with the display. All the options are at the tip of your fingers.
And with a 3.7-quart capacity, you will have more than enough space to cook large portions of servings. This capacity is larger than both the #4 Avalon and #5 Cozyna models, which offer a capacity of 3.2 liters. So, with the GoWISE Electric Fryer, you will be able to cook more food at one time than with these other models. The basket of the GoWISE also comes with a cool-touch handle attached so that you can easily remove and pour out your foods without having to worry about burning your hands.
At only 11 pounds and about 9 inches around, this is one of the smallest models on our list. It will sit nicely on countertops or store easily. It also features an overheat sensor that will shut the machine off automatically if it overheats, and it will automatically go into standby mode if you forget to shut it off.
With these safety features, programmable settings, and the small price tag, the GoWISE 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer is a great little machine.
4. Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer
Number 4 on our list is the Digital Air Fryer by Avalon Bay. This model uses a slightly different method than a few other air fryers on our list in that it removes the need for any oil whatsoever. The Avalon Bay technology begins with a fan that extracts the natural oils and fats from the food you are cooking and collects them in a drip basket below the food.
It then uses rapid air technology (like other models on our list) to circulate the oils and cook the food thoroughly. The result is crispy food that mimics the effects of traditional deep fryers.
The Avalon Bay model is on the lower end power-wise. At only 1,400 watts it has the lowest output of any of the fryers on our list, but even compared to the 1,450 watts of the #2 T-fal, you will hardly notice the difference. This power is plenty to properly cook most foods if prepared correctly. There has been no testing result which indicates that food has been undercooked by the Avalon Bay Air Fryer.
While this model has a smaller output, it does have a generous capacity for cooking large amounts of food. With a basket size of 3.2 liters, it is larger than the 2.9-liter capacity of the #2 T-fal ActiFry. That means you can accommodate larger serving sizes and serve more people if you are planning on using your air fryer for parties. The Avalon Bay air fryer will be able to meet higher capacity demands.
Another nice feature of this model is its digital touch-screen controls. Like the #3 GoWISE model, the #4 Avalon Bay comes with preprogrammed settings to make cooking easier, though the GoWISE model comes with one additional program. This takes some of the guesswork out of cooking with an air fryer, which is a nice feature since these machines are likely to be unfamiliar to many users. The Avalon Bay model can heat foods up to 400-degrees and has adjustable temperature control options. This allows for just another level of customization if you like to fine-tune your settings.
The Avalon Bay features “no-slip feet” on its bottom to ensure that the air fryer does not slide around during use. It also comes in 3 colors: black, white, and red (depending on availability). With an MSRP of $180 (though, of course, you can often find it for less), this is a “mid-range” priced model. It costs around the same as the #2 T-fal, but is not nearly as expensive as the $399 price tag of the #1 Philips Air Fryer. If you are looking to save some money and like the adjustable preprogrammed features of the #1 Philips, then the #4 Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer is a great option.
5. Cozyna Air Fryer
Number 5 on our list is a simple, straightforward air fryer by Cozyna. This air fryer is easy to use, has all the essential features you would want from a decent air fryer, and comes at an affordable price. Though it is not the least expensive model on our list, the MSRP of $199 means that it is still significantly less expensive than the #1 Philips AirFryer. Plus, most retailers will offer the Cozyna Air Fryer well below its MSRP, so it’s a good idea to check for current prices.
At 1,500 watts, the Cozyna Air Fryer delivers more power than several other models on our list. Both the #1 T-fal with 1,450 watts and the #4 Avalon Bay with 1,400 watts do not have quite the strength of the Cozyna. However, as we’ve pointed out before, you are not likely to notice too much of a difference between a few hundred watts. The Cozyna is certainly strong enough to cook all your food thoroughly.
The capacity of the Cozyna is also on par with other models on our list. With a basket size of 3.2 liters, it has a larger capacity than the #2 T-fal model, but not quite as much as the #3 GoWISE fryer. With the larger capacity, you will be able to cook more food at once. This should be something to take into consideration if you plan on cooking for large groups.
The cooking process of the Cozyna Air Fryer is the same as several other models on our list: it uses a very small amount of oil and rapid air circulation to cook your food at high temperatures and get that deep-fried result. The Cozyna model will cook all your food at 392 degrees Fahrenheit and cannot be adjusted. Other models like the #1 Philips AirFryer and the #3 GoWISE come with temperature control options, but the Cozyna is a simple “on/off” machine. Neither does it come with any digital display, but instead, it uses a simple dial timer to turn on and off. The time can be set up to 30 minutes.
This simple “on/off” operation and the inability to control the temperature may mean that certain foods will require a little less or a little more time in the fryer to cook properly. Like other models on our list, this model comes with a recipe book to give you some ideas for how to use your air fryer in creative ways.
One area where the Cozyna Air Fryer stands out from all the rest is in its warranty. Whereas all other models on our list come with a standard one-year limited liability warranty, the #5 Cozyna Air Fryer comes with a two-year warranty. No other air fryer comes with this kind of guarantee. The warranty terms will cover any issues arising from manufacturer errors or parts defects that occur within two years of the date of purchase. It will not cover abuse or accidental damage. In addition, some retailers like Amazon offer extended warranty options to increase the longevity of your air fryer.
If you are looking for a very simple machine, the Cozyna Air Fryer is a great option. You will not have to worry about any programming features or timer settings.
There you have it, our Top 5 Air Fryers of 2017. If you are looking for only “the best of the best” and price isn’t an issue, you will not find a better air fryer than the #1 Philips Air Fryer. It has earned its reputation and high ratings for good reasons.
If the price of the Philips model is a bit too high for you, but you would still like similar features, both the #3 GoWISE and #4 Avalon Bay come close. While both have less power, they come with similar preprogramming features, the ability to control the temperature, and digital interface displays. The #3 GoWISE is by far the least expensive model on our list, and while the #4 Avalon will cost a little more, its overall performance might be worth those few extra dollars to you.
If you are looking for simple machines without any preprogrammed settings, then both the #2 T-fal ActiFry and the #5 Cozyna Air Fryer are great options. Neither of these models has adjustable temperature settings. They both operate on a simple “on/off” switch. However, the T-fal fryer can be set to up to 99 minutes and has a digital display, while the Cozyna can only be set to 30 minutes and has a dial.
Whichever air fryer you decide is right for you, we’re sure these machines will be a great alternative to the deep-fried, fatty foods you’re used to. And with these fryers, you won’t have to sacrifice those great foods entirely, but you will be able to enjoy them in moderation without all the added fat of cooking oils.