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Air fryers now used by four in 10 adults: What you can cook and best deals

  • Energy efficient air fryers can cost as little as 17p per day to run

  • Due to the cost-of-living crisis four in 10 adults in the UK now use air fryers

  • Chips, potatoes, salmon, meatballs and steak are some of the most popular foods to cook

  • You can currently save up to £60 off the gadget in the Black Friday sales

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Air fryers are a popular home appliance for rustling up healthy, speedy meals. (Ninja/Instant Pot)

As energy bills soar, it's no surprise air fryers have become a hot commodity for kitchens across the UK.

According to energy company Utilita, on average an air fryer will set you back as little as 17p a day, compared to an electric cooker, which costs around 87p a day.

That's not their only benefit, however. They also use less oil, making your favourite home-cooked meals healthier. They're easier to clean than a traditional cooker, too, given their smaller size and often dishwasher-safe parts.

The home appliance has boomed in popularity this year, with products from Tefal, Tower, Ninja and more consistently selling out. They're so popular, in fact, that research from Samsung UK has shown that four in 10 adults now use an air fryer as an healthier option to deep fry food.

So, what's the most popular dishes? According to the poll, chips take the top spot, followed by potatoes, salmon, meatballs, and finally steak. Sweet treats like cookies and doughnuts have also proven popular to cook in an air fryer for Brits.

Why we rate them

As you may already know, there's no shortage of air fryers to shop including big-name brands like Morphy Richards, Slater and Philips.

They're also handy for smaller kitchens, as some countertop designs are available in compact sizes that take up little room. Extra-large sizes are available for bigger households. You can even use them to cook pre-frozen food.

It's a good time of year to buy one as there are some cropping up in the Black Friday sales.

Best Black Friday air fryer deals 2022

Salter EK2818 3.2L Hot Air Fryer
| £49.99 (Was £99.99) from Robert Dyas

Instant Pot® Duo Crisp™ & Air Fryer, 8L | £159.99 (Was £199.99) from John Lewis

Tefal Actifry Genius in White | £163 (Was £249) from

ActiFry Genius+ Air Fryer - Black | £158 (Was £219) from Very

Salter Dual Air Fryer Large Double Basket | £251.99 (Was 279.99) from eBay

Tefal EasyFry Compact Air Fryer | £75 (Was £94) on

Ninja Foodi MAX 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker 7.5L OP500UK | £200 (Was £230) from Ninja