The portable kitchen gadget has been hugely popular this year with four in 10 adults in the UK owning one
Read on to find out how it works, what the reviews say and where to buy one
It’s no surprise that we’ve gone air fryer-crazy in the UK – these energy-efficient kitchen marvels cook healthy, but tasty food fast and use less energy.
Recent research from Samsung UK says that four in 10 adults now use an air fryer to cook healthier meals. Plus, energy company Utilita, has revealed that 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.
Needless to say, retailers have been struggling to ensure they’ve got enough air fryers to meet the demand.
Luckily, one of the most popular brands in the UK, Ninja, has just done a massive restock of some of its most popular and affordable air fryer options.
Not only are they backed up by hundreds of five-star reviews, they could also save you up to 55% on your energy bill. All of them are dishwasher-safe, too, with easily removable parts.
Popular Ninja air fryers back in stock
Shop now: Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK | £129.99 from Ninja
This is Ninja's most affordable air fryer but that doesn't mean it has any less punch, with over 500 five-star reviews.
It uses up to 55% less energy than an oven, so you can save energy while enjoying everything from chips to crispy chicken wings and roasted veg – all cooked using little to no oil.
It has four cooking functions: air fry, roast, reheat and dehydrate – so you can create everything from mains to side dishes or even reheat leftovers.
The gadget has a generously-sized 3.8L non-stick basket, which is equal to four servings.
This Ninja air fryer also has great results if you cook from frozen (no need to wait to defrost). With a 3.8L non-stick basket, you can feed the entire family quickly, with no hassle. The air fryer also has one-touch controls, variable heat settings and two fan speeds.
Shoppers say it's "clear and straightforward display" means it's very easy to use.
While one customer said it was the “best thing I ever bought! Quick tasty meals, perfect for 1 or 2 people, my electric oven which is inefficient and takes forever to heat up is now redundant!”
Shop now Ninja Air Fryer MAX AF160UK | £149.99 from Ninja
This air fryer has a larger 5.2L capacity, which retailers for £149.99. It also comes with six features: air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate and max crisp.
The Max Crisp Technology allows super fast air-flow that circulates to evenly cook and crisp food from frozen.
It has not only been named one of BBC Good Food’s tried and tested star buys of 2022, but it also is backed up by hundreds of five-star reviews.
"Cuts my cooking time as most things need 20-25mins and cooks food perfectly. I would definitely recommend this Ninja Airfyer" said one happy customer.
While another said: "What took me so long to buy one? Wish I’d got one sooner. Love using it, which is most days. Huge time and effort saver and of course low electric usage."
Shop now: Ninja Foodi MAX Health Grill & Air Fryer AG551UK | £249.99 from Ninja
It has six features, the same four as above, plus bake and grill and is especially great if you're a meat lover.
It has a Smart Cook system for perfectly cooked meat and fish (simply choose your desired finish, and the Foodi will do all the work).
The Digital Cooking Probe also monitors your food’s temperature precisely and gives you the nod when it’s ready to remove and rest.
It uses 45% less energy than a convection oven, so a little less than the above option, but that's because it's bigger and can cook up to six portions with its large capacity grill.
It also has over 500 five-star reviews: “We have had this now for 2 years, and use it at least once every day... I do roasts, spatchcock chicken, salmon, sausages, bacon, toast... the list goes on. If I have tempted fate and it breaks now, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a replacement!”
Shop now: Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer- AF300UK | £199 from Ninja
This spacious air fryer has two independent cooking zones so you can whip up an entire meal for the whole family with ease.
Making double the amount of food, you can select different cooking programs, times and temperatures across both drawers.
From mouth-watering fajitas to fluffy roast potatoes, it can cook almost anything and promises to work up to 75% faster than a fan oven.
Alongside its air-frying functionality, it can roast, bake, dehydrate and reheat, with an easy to navigate control panel and countdown timer.
There's over 1600 five-star reviews singing its praises. One shopper said: "Absolutely fabulous. Cooks to perfection and love the dual cooking features. Saves money. Also very versatile for what you can use it for. Would highly recommend."
Shop now: Ninja Foodi Max Health Grill Air Fryer AG551UKDBCP | £249.99 from Ninja
You can get style and substance with this chic and expensive looking limited-edition copper model – which also comes with five stainless steel skewers (perfect for cooking kebabs) and an apron.
It has all the same features as the air fryer above including being big enough for six people, a temperature controlled grill plate and cool-air zone to reduce smoke.
It also has over 500 five-star reviews, with customers saying, "I’ve used it pretty much every day since it arrived!”
Shoppers “particularly love the grill function", which they use for everything from chicken kebabs and bacon to cheese toasties.
"It is so much quicker than cooking by traditional methods and meat is so tender/ perfectly cooked. It’s great for those who are nervous over meat cooking times as the meat thermometer allows for more precision cooking. The air fryer function is also great, the basket could feed a big family no problem.”
Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker 6L OP350UK | £179.99 (Was £199.99) from Ninja
If you want something even more versatile, have a look at Ninja's multi-cookers.
It has a whopping nine cooking functions including pressure cook, air fry, slow cook, steam, bake, roast, sear, sauté, grill, yoghurt and dehydrate functions.
The Ninja Foodi can cook enough food for four people so a great size for families, it can even roast and crisp a 2kg chicken.
With over 500 five star reviews, shoppers say it's an "Absolutely brilliant device, cuts down the time needed for cooking along with the diverse functions it really is the perfect addition to any kitchen."
Others say they upgraded from an air fryer to a multi cooker and won't look back: "I had an air fryer, upgraded to this Ninja - love it - have grilled, roasted, slow cooked, pressure cooked and baked".