Best air fryers: The reviews, best features and money-saving potential

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If you've recently moved or are looking to refresh your culinary skills, an air fryer is a modern kitchen essential.

These handy appliances circulate hot air around the machine to bake food, requiring a small amount of oil, meaning cooking chips will be healthier, but still delicious.

The biggest selling point of air fryers is how versatile they are. With the right machine, you can use it to cook meat, fish, vegetables, cookies, and even cakes.

That's not all. They can be easy to clean, compact enough to store in the smallest of kitchens and can be enjoyed by big and small families.

We've done the hard work for you and handpicked the best air fryers you can shop now - and they're flying off shelves. From leading brands such as Tefal, Philips, Ninja and more, our round-up spans a range of budgets and cooking needs. We'll see you at the checkout...

Best air fryers

Lakeland Digital Compact Air Fryer | £79.99 from Lakeland

Lakeland Digital Compact Air Fryer
This Lakeland digital compact air fryer is perfect for smaller kitchens.

If you have a smaller kitchen with less surface space, try this Lakeland air fryer for size. Neat and compact, it's ideal if you're cooking for up to two people, needing just one teaspoon of oil and a simple interface to navigate.

Instant Pot Vortex 6 Family Sized 4-in-1 5.7L Air Fryer | £99.99 from Robert Dyas

Instant Pot Vortex 6 Family Sized 4-in-1 5.7L Air Fryer
This family-sized air fryer comes with a non-stick basket that's easy to keep clean.

This family-sized air fryer can serve up to six portions and helps minimise grease, oil and mess when cooking. It can whip up chips, roast chicken, bake pastries and reheat leftovers - it's the perfect all-in-one kitchen gadget. Not only that, it also comes with great reviews from Robert Dyas shoppers. One said: "I am very pleased with my air fryer. It’s easy to use and energy saving which is very important right now." We couldn't agree more.

Morphy Richards 480003 Air Fryer | £99 (£109.99) from Amazon

Morphy Richards 480003 Air Fryer
This Morphy Richards design can do it all, whether you want to cook meat, fish or vegetables.

For perfectly-cooked chips, steak, fish or vegetables, this Morphy Richards air fryer does everything you need for easy, quick dinners that don't compromise on flavour. It uses less oil than a traditional deep fat fryer, and the rapid air technology means less saturated fat in your meals.

Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK | £129.99

This under £150 option comes with glowing reviews.
This under £150 option comes with glowing reviews.

This nifty Ninja design is on the more affordable side and is backed up by over 500 reviews. It can create meals fast and easily, using up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods too. Customers also say it's very easy to use and clean.

Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone Air Fryer AF400UK
| £199.99 (Was £229.99)

Shoppers say they rarely use their oven or microwave since buying this.
Shoppers say they rarely use their oven or microwave since buying this.

If you're part of a busy home, this dual air dryer will cook two different types of food alongside each other and they'll both finish at the same time. The air fryer has six ways to cook; Max Crisp, Roast, Bake, Reheat, Dehydrate and Air Fry.

Russell Hobbs 20810 Purifry Air Fryer | £64.99 from Amazon

Russell Hobbs 20810 Purifry Air Fryer
This Russell Hobbs air fryer has a 60-minute timer, dishwasher safe parts and two drawers for cooking two meat and vegetables simultaneously.

If you're looking to use less oil in your cooking, this Russell Hobbs air fryer is the best place to start. It has a two-litre capacity, a 60-minute tower with an automatic switch off and dishwasher safe parts, so it's a no-brainer to use. Our favourite feature, however, is the two drawers which allow you to cook meat, fish and vegetables separately at the same time.

Philips HD9252/91 Air Fryer | £150 from Currys

Philips HD9252/91 Air Fryer
This Philips can cook a meal for up to four people.

This Philips air fryer fits four portions in an easy-to-clean device that has a non-stick surface and dishwasher-safe parts. Need some inspiration for your mealtimes? You can use the NutriU app to create personalised recipes and save meal plans all in one place, so deciding what to have for dinner every day won't be a chore.

Tower T17039RGB Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer | £249.99 from Amazon

Tower T17039RGB Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer
With this Tower air fryer you can air fry, dehydrate, bake and roast food.

This design from Tower is the number one best-selling air fryer on Amazon with more than 5,000 reviews. It can be used for air frying, dehydrating, baking and roasting in 11 litres of space, making it perfect for larger families. Additionally, it can cook food 30% faster than a conventional oven, so mealtimes will be easier.

Salter EK2818 Air Fryer | £76.99 from Salter

SALTER EK2818 Air Fryer
This Salter air fryer has a 3.2 capacity and can be used for small dishes and main meals.

From side dishes to main meals, this Salter air fryer is on hand to create delicious food ranging from fried chicken, fish fingers, chips and more. It has a 3.2 litre capacity – all you need to do is choose the right temperature and set a timer, then put your feet up while it does all the cooking for you.

Tower T17025 Vortx Compact Air Fryer | £44.99 from Amazon

Tower T17025 Vortx Compact Air Fryer
This Tower air fryer has a 30-minute timer so dinner will always be speedy and simple.

Another popular choice from Amazon shoppers is this smaller air fryer, coming in at 1.5 litres. Reasonably priced with the ability to fry, roast, grill and bake, there's an abundance of meals you can make with it. Fast to cook and easy to clean, it's perfect for single households.

Power Airfryer XL Health Fryer | £90 from Argos

Power Airfryer XL Health Fryer
Most of the parts in this Power XL air fryer are dishwasher safe and non-stick.

This five-litre air fryer from Argos heats up to 400 degrees and can lock in flavour and moisture while keeping chips crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. It also has an odour filter too, along with six cooking functions to air fry, grill, bake, sauté, roast and steam. Best of all, it has non-stick, dishwasher safe parts so keeping it clean will be a doddle.

Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2-in-1 YV970840 Health Air Fryer | £200 from Amazon

Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2-in-1 YV970840 Health Air Fryer
This Tefal model has two separate sections so you can cook an entire meal in one go.

If you're time-conscious when it comes to dinner, look no further than this Tefal Actifry 2-in-1. There are two separate trays, so you can use one for chips, the other for chicken – or whichever combo you like. As a result, everything will cook together and can be ready at the same time, without needing to keep an eye on an oven timer.

Air Fryer 7L | £231.46 from Amazon

Air Fryer 7L
This 7-litre air fryer from Amazon can cook six portions, perfect for bigger families.

This touch-screen air fryer is slick and stylish. There are seven presets, a seven-litre capacity and multiple cooking functions. Allowing you to cook for six people, the removable frying basket is easy to clean and it has a memory function to enable you to save your favourite meals.

Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer | £130 from Argos

Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer
This Ninja air fryer has many five-star ratings for its ease and convenience.

Ninja has an array of air fryer designs for large and small families. This particular model has five-star reviews from Argos customers, one said: "This method of cooking takes food to another level, I just bought the air fryer to be a bit more environmentally friendly, but what a bonus to have my evening meal tasting so good."

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