Best air fryers in 2024 tested and rated

The best air fryers can help you cook delicious meals effortlessly within a matter of minutes. These mini convection ovens use a fan to circulate heat around your food to create crispy, yet tender results without needing tons of oil. They’re popular because they're easy to use and make healthier meals. But, not all air fryers are equal — so how can you tell which to buy? That’s where we come in. 

We’ve tested and reviewed a range of air fryers as well as toaster ovens with air fryer functions, to find the best options out there. To assess the performance, we cooked up a range of recipes, scoring each for browning, crisping, evenness, tenderness and moistness. Recipes included French fries (both frozen and from scratch), chicken wings, breaded chicken, hamburgers, and Brussels sprouts. For toaster ovens, we had to assess alternative functions too, which allowed for even more tests, ranging from baking yellow cake to roasting a whole roast chicken. On top of this, we factored in the overall design, including the intuitiveness of the control panel, external surface temperature, and ease of cleaning.

We then compiled our results to form the below list, with recommendations for different scenarios. Whether you need a compact design, or a smart toaster oven with all the bells and whistles, these are the best air fryers you can buy.     

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The best air fryers you can buy today

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The best air fryers you can buy today

an image of the Cosori Pro II 5.8-Quart Smart Air FryerTom's Guide Awards 2022 logo

Cosori Smart Wifi Air Fryer  (Image credit: Cosori)
Best air fryer overall

Specifications

Type: : Digital
Size: 11.8 x 13.9 x 12.7 inches
Weight: 11.9 pounds
Capacity: 5.8 quarts
Dishwasher-Safe Parts: Yes
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: Yes
Reacipes: Booklet included

Reasons to buy

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Excellent at air frying
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Excellent at roasting a chicken
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Exterior stays cool to the touch
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Baskets are nonstick and dishwasher safe
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Connects to Wifi for remote control and connection to digital assistants

Reasons to avoid

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Poor at toasting
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Controls are a bit sluggish

The Cosori Smart Wifi Air Fryer is the best air fryer for most people, and because of that it won the Tom's Guide 2022 Award for Best air fryer. It consistently browned and crisped everything from frozen crinkle cut fries to brussels sprouts. It also quickly and superbly roasted a chicken and broiled hamburgers with a lot less of the fuss and mess you get from a traditional oven. 

The Cosori has electronic controls with preset programs for commonly cooked foods. During cooking it stays cool enough to touch without risking a burn. The baskets are not only nonstick, they can be popped in the dishwasher. If you like technology, you’ll appreciate the ability to control this appliance and search for recipes from your mobile device or give it orders with a digital assistant.

This air fryer is also one of the best gifts for home cooks this holiday season. Check out our guide for more inspiration.

Read our full Cosori Smart Wifi Air Fryer review

Best budget

GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart 8-in-1 Air Fryer reviewbest value

GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart 8-in-1 Air Fryer (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
Best value air fryer

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 10.5 x 12.5 x 12 inches
Weight: 13 pounds
Capacity: 3.7 quarts
Dishwasher-Safe Parts: No
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: No
Recipes: Booklet included

Reasons to buy

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Very good at air frying
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Excellent at roasting a chicken
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No preheating necessary
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Exterior stays cool to the touch

Reasons to avoid

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Timer can only be set for 30 minutes
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Baskets are not dishwasher safe

Don’t let the low price of the GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart 8-in-1 Air Fryer fool you. It’s no slouch at air frying and comes with the digital controls and preprogrammed settings you’d expect from a much more expensive machine. Although the basket is smaller than in many models and could only hold 3 burgers in one layer at once, it was able to roast a 4-pound chicken. 

You don’t have to preheat the GoWise, which is a timesaver, and as it cooks, it doesn’t get too hot to touch so you don’t have to worry about an accidental burn. While the baskets aren’t dishwasher safe, they are coated with a nonstick finish for easy hand cleaning. To give you inspiration as to what to cook, the GoWise comes with a cookbook full of recipes. If you find black appliances boring, the GoWise also comes in bright red and purple. If you’re on a budget, the GoWise is the best air fryer for you.

Read our full GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart 8-in-1 Air Fryer review.  

Best dual zone air fryer

Ninja Foodi DualZone Air Fryer DZ701 on kitchen counter

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Best air fryer for families

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 18.2 x 11.8 inches
Weight: 17 pounds
Capacity: 7 quarts
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: No
Recipes: Booklet included

Reasons to buy

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Two cook zones can prepare foods different ways simultaneously
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Removable divider gives full access to 7 quart Mega Zone that fits whole chicken
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No preheating necessary
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Baskets are dishwasher safe

Reasons to avoid

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No reminder to flip your food at the halfway mark

The Ninja Foodi DualZone Air Fryer is perfect for serving families with a diverse pallet. Its generous 7 quarts of cooking space can be divided into two baskets in which you can cook two different items like salmon and steak at the same time at different temperatures; the machine makes sure they’re both ready simultaneously. The included divider ensures meals and their juices don't touch. Remove it and you get the full 7 quarts of cook space to roast a whole chicken unlike standard dual basket air fryers which waste their space.

This is a well-thought out and easy-to-use machine that doesn't require pre-heating to cut down your cooking process. With that said you won't get a halfway alert to tell you to flip your foods if you're someone who's about maximizing the crispness on every inch of their proteins. However, even without flipping, this air fryer produces great results, particularly for meats such as strip steak, salmon and chicken wings. With its matte black finish, the Ninja looks sleek and comes in around the size of a small microwave. This takes up minimal countertop space considering how much food this can cook and is light enough to stow away in a cabinet or closet.

Best toaster oven

Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven cooking food inside with a tray of fries and fried chicken beside it

Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven (Image credit: Cuisinart)
Best air fryer toaster oven

Specifications

Type: Analog
Size: 16 x 14 x 13.5 inches
Weight: 21 pounds
Capacity: 3 pounds
Dishwasher Safe Parts: No
Easy to Clean: No
App Control: No
Recipes: In manual

Reasons to buy

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Very versatile
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Good at air frying
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Excellent at roasting a chicken
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No preheating necessary
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Very quiet in operation
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3 year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Exterior gets very hot to the touch
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Accessories are not dishwasher safe

We think the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is the best air fryer if you want the functionality of several appliances in one package. In addition to air frying, it can crisp up bagels, roast a 4-pound chicken, and bake a 12-inch pizza. There’s no preheat required which adds to the cooking time but saves you a step. As it cooks the Cuisinart is very quiet so it won’t prevent you from chatting in the kitchen or having a phone conversation. 

Unlike most air fryers, the Cuisinart isn’t housed in plastic and it’s not shaped like a space capsule or giant egg. Instead, it’s constructed of stainless steel and has a boxy design. Not only will it fit neatly on your countertop, it will actually look good. The controls aren’t digital which means they’re very straightforward to operate — you simply set the well-marked dials. However, there are no  pre-programmed settings so you have to refer to the manual for air frying temperatures and times.

Read our full Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven review.   

Best compact

Dash Compact Air Fryer in aqua blue color with tray showing fries inside

Dash Compact Air Fryer (Image credit: Dash)
Best air fryer for small families

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 8.1 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
Weight: 5.7 pounds
Capacity: 2 quarts
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: No
Recipes: Booklet included

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Compact size
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Baskets are dishwasher safe
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Available in a range of colors
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Great for chicken wings

Reasons to avoid

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Can't be used for roasting a whole chicken
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Hot exterior

The best air fryer for small families is the Dash Compact Air Fryer. It's not much bigger than a coffee maker and does a good job of cooking up an air-fried chicken dinner or hamburgers for just one or two people. With a pair of dials, one for temperature and one for time, it couldn’t be easier to program. When you use the Dash, you may find air frying times are a little on the long side and you will want to be vigilant about tossing your French fries and turning over your chicken cutlets to get evenly browned and crisped results. 

Thanks to its petite, cylindrical shape and glossy finish, the Dash Compact Air Fryer is adorable. In addition to black and white, it also comes in red and aqua. The basket is safe for dishwasher cleaning and because it’s small, it won’t hog too much of your precious rack space.   

Read our full Dash Compact Air Fryer review.  

Most versatile

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro showing front control panel and window

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro (Image credit: Breville)
Most versatile air fryer

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 21.5 x 16 x 12.7 inches
Weight: 38.9 pounds
Capacity: 13 pound turkey
Dishwasher Safe Parts: No
Easy to Clean: No
App Control: No
Recipes: eBook available to download

Reasons to buy

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Versatile
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Large capacity
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Excellent at roasting a chicken

Reasons to avoid

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Exterior gets hot
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Accessories are not dishwasher safe

The Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro is a handsome appliance that does a lot more than air fry, but it comes with a huge price tag. We think it’s worth the splurge though. Large enough to roast a small turkey, it can just about replace your full-size oven for everyday cooking and serve as a second one at the holidays. On the LCD panel, in addition to the air frying, toasting, baking, and broiling settings you expect from a toaster oven, there are ones for slow cooking, dehydrating, proofing, and reheating among others. 

The controls are intuitive to operate and we found that it excelled at roasting a chicken and frying breaded chicken. The brushed stainless steel surfaces give the Breville a professional look but they do get excessively hot during cooking, reaching 252°F during our tests, although the towel bar handle and controls stay cool to the touch. With this oven, you get several racks and pans for pizza and baking which you will have to store when you’re not using them. Breville doesn’t recommend placing them in the dishwasher and the air fryer rack in particular can take a bit of work to get clean. 

Read our full Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro review.  

Best smart toaster oven

Breville Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro on counter

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The best toaster oven with smart connectivity

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 21.5 x 17.3 x 12.8 inches
Weight: 23 pounds
Capacity: 13 pound turkey
Dishwasher Safe Parts: No
Easy to Clean: No
App Control: Yes
Recipes: Joule App recipe assistant

Reasons to buy

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Great selection of functions 
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Plenty of accessories 
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Companion app comes in handy 
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Makes an excellent roast chicken 

Reasons to avoid

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Exterior gets hot
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Accessories are not dishwasher-safe 

You might notice something familiar about this toaster oven — it looks very similar to the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro. In fact, the Joule Oven is the upgraded version of this model and we consequently found the design, accessories and cleaning instructions were along the same lines. There were however some minor differences in performance, which is why this upgrade ranked slightly lower. 

First, we loved that this toaster oven comes with smart connectivity. Simply download the Joule App recipe assistant and you get step-by-step guidance to create some delicious dishes. Plus, with 13 settings at your disposal on this toaster oven, the possibilities are pretty endless. You can also use Alexa or Google Assistant to change settings or set timers remotely, although we found this was a bit unnecessary. 

In terms of performance, the Joule Oven exceeded its Smart Oven predecessor when it came to making toast. It was also slightly better at frying up chicken wings as well as frozen French fries. However, the Smart Oven came out on top when cooking French fries from scratch and breaded chicken. On the whole, recipes emerged beautifully cooked from the Joule Oven and we were particularly impressed by the roast chicken it produced. This model still gets hot to the touch, particularly on the glass, and it’s by no means a cheap investment, but if you love all things tech and you want your toaster oven to make a statement, it’s worth considering. 

Read our full Breville Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro review.  

Best for feeding a crowd

Philips Premium Airfryer XXL in black with LED control display

Philips Premium Airfryer XXL  (Image credit: Philips)
Best air fryer for feeding a crowd

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 12 x 16 x 12 inches
Weight: 19 pounds
Capacity: 3 pounds
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: No
Recipes: Booklet included

Reasons to buy

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Solid construction
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Very good at air frying
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Excellent at roasting a chicken
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No preheating necessary
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Baskets are dishwasher safe

Reasons to avoid

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Noisy compared to other air fryers
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Heavy to move around

The Philips Premium Airfryer XXL is one solidly built machine with a sky high price tag. In our tests, it was one of the only air fryers that could crisp up two pounds of French fries to perfection. In fact, your kids might just be  convinced that they came from their favorite fast food restaurant. However, other foods, like chicken wings and French fries made from scratch, came out less evenly browned and crunchy. It did broil burgers well and turned out an impressive crispy-skinned roast chicken though. The Philips doesn’t require preheating, which saves a step, but it does take longer to cook than other air fryers as a consequence.  

On this model you’ll find digital controls and a dial to select the setting, temperature, and time. The basket glides out on a track, but when you lift it out, it can drip on the countertop or floor and it’s a little tricky to replace. Because the Philips is so heavy, you won’t want to store it away between uses so we suggest you make sure you really want an air fryer before investing in this expensive machine. If you feed a lot of people who love French fries often, it’s definitely the best air fryer and is worth the expense. 

Read our full Philips Premium Airfryer XXL review. 

Easiest toaster oven to use

Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven DT201 roasting a turkey inside and roast vegetables at the top rack

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Easiest to use toaster oven

Specifications

Type:: Digital
Size:: 17 x 20 x 13 inches
Weight: : 34 pounds
Capacity:: 9 slices bread, 12 pound turkey
Dishwasher Safe Parts:: Yes
Easy to Clean:: Yes
App Control:: No
Recipes:: Cookbook included

Reasons to buy

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Makes perfect toast
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Bakes and roasts well
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Innovative easy to use digital controls 

Reasons to avoid

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Exterior gets very hot to the touch
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Noisy when operating 

The Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven DT201 will deliver exceptional results, no matter which setting you’re using. The display and controls can all be found on the handle, which means this oven is making the most efficient use of its space — this puts the controls in an easy-to-read position as well. It can fit nine slices of bread at once, or a 12 pound turkey and comes with 10 cooking settings including roast, bake, broil and air fry. Two oven racks are also included, which can fit two 12-inch pizzas at once. 

When put to the test, we found it was brilliant at baking yellow cake as well as browning toast and air frying chicken wings. Our only real complaint about the design was how hot the glass door grew in use, reaching temperatures as high as 282°F. It’s not the quietest of toaster ovens either, with noise readings of 61.3 dBa. All of the parts are dishwasher safe though for easy cleaning, and the manual couldn’t be more thorough in terms of guiding you through multi-rack cooking.

Read our full Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven DT201 review.

Best mid-range

Gourmia 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer in black with chrome basket and handle

Gourmia 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer (Image credit: Gourmia)
All-round good choice

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 11 x 12.5 x 13.9 inches
Weight: 11.92 pounds
Capacity: 5.8 quarts
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: No
Recipes: Booklet included

Reasons to buy

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Very good at air frying
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Excellent at roasting a chicken
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Basket is top-rack dishwasher safe
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Hot exterior
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Not great for fresh French fries

We think the Gourmia 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer is one of the best air fryers out there. When it comes to crisping and browning foods while keeping them moist and tender, it’s a close runner-up to our top pick, the Cosori. Plus, it can also be used for broiling and roasting without leaving you with spatters and messy pans to clean up. The only test we found it struggled on was fresh French fries, which just weren’t up to scratch compared to others.  

The electronic controls have preset cooking programs to give you an idea what temperature and time to use for foods that you’re most likely to air fry. Once you set the Gourmia, it automatically goes into a preheat mode and then, halfway through the air frying process, alerts you with an onscreen prompt that it’s time to turn your food over. The basket goes in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. Our only gripe with the Gourmia is that it’s not a particularly attractive product, but we’re big believers that function is more important than design. 

Read our full Gourmia 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer review. 

Fastest air fryer

Instant Pot 6 Quart Vortex 4 in 1 Air Fryer Oven showing LED control display

Instant Pot 6 Quart Vortex 4 in 1 Air Fryer Oven (Image credit: Instant Pot)
The fastest air fryer

Specifications

Type: Digital
Size: 11.5 x 13 x 12.8 inches
Weight: 12.1 pounds
Capacity: 6 quarts
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes
Easy to Clean: Yes
App Control: No
Recipes: Not provided

Reasons to buy

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Gives cri