Air fryer shootout: Which of these top-rated air fryers is right for you?

Air fryers are all the rage. And why not? They promise the oh-wow-I-can’t-resist richness of fried food, but without the unhealthiness associated with frying.

Do they work as advertised? It depends who you ask. Some people REALLY dislike like air fryers, claiming you can’t get the same results as with actual frying. On the other hand, there are hordes of positive reviews on air fryers as well as whole groups on social media channels singing their praises. So maybe it’s a matter of personal taste.

If you do decide to buy an air fryer, the number of choices can be very confusing. To help you choose one that’s right for you, we’ve picked out 4 fryers that have positive reviews overall on Amazon.com–plus we’ve summarized their key features as well as their pros and cons.

Nestsplus Air Fryer

Price: $103.49

Cooking capacity: 3.7 QT

Weight: 14 lbs.

Warranty: 1 year

A good choice for you if: You typically cook for only 1-3 people.

Features:

  • 6 cooking presets: frozen fries, fries, nuggets, steak, poultry, and fish.
  • digital touchscreen
  • Cooking basket has a non-stick inner surface

Pros:

  • Touchscreen, presets and auto-off make it easy to use
  • Basket is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe
  • Compact–doesn’t take a lot of counter space
  • Comes with a basic recipe book
  • Overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon.com

Cons:

  • 3.7 QT capacity may be too small for larger families or for entertaining
  • Styling may not appeal to everyone

Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL

Price: $124.95

Cooking capacity: 5.8 QT (3.7 QT also available)

Weight: 17.5 lbs.

Warranty: 12-month 100% satisfaction guarantee when purchased on Amazon

A good choice for you if: You need more capacity and like free accessories

Features:

  • 7 cooking presets: fries, chops, shrimp, baked goods, chicken, steak and fish
  • digital touchscreen
  • Cooking basket has a non-stick inner surface

Pros:

  • Touchscreen and presets make it easy to use
  • Good cooking capacity
  • Non-stick basket is easy to clean
  • Includes a nice accessory package (see it here)
  • Comes with a recipe book and cooking timetable

Cons:

  • Larger and heavier than some other air fryers
  • Some reviewers have reported quality and durability issues

Homia Droid

Price: $127.20

Cooking capacity: 3.4 QT

Weight:  15 lbs.

Warranty: 3 years

A good choice for you if: You want to avoid germs and bad odors

Features:

  • Detachable and dishwasher-safe heating element
  • Dishwasher-safe frying pot
  • 13-piece accessory set included
  • digital touchscreen
  • memory function to save settings

Pros:

  • Ability to remove and clean heating element to reduce germs/odors
  • Useful accessories included
  • Memory function to save settings
  • Lengthy warranty
  • Head-turning design (some people will love it)

Cons:

  • Relatively small cooking capacity
  • No cooking presets
  • Head-turning design (some people may hate it)

TaoTronics Air Fryer

Price: $119.99

Cooking capacity: 7.4 QT

Weight:  14.55 lbs.

Warranty: 12 months

A good choice for you if: You want a lot of cooking capacity

Features:

  • Digital touchscreen
  • 9 cooking presets: Warm, Chicken, Potato Chips, Ham, Shrimps, Drumsticks, Fish, Steak, Cake
  • Includes a recipe book

Pros:

  • Touchscreen and presets make it easy to use
  • Very large cooking capacity
  • Non-stick basket is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean
  • Reasonably priced considering large capacity

Cons:

  • No accessories included
  • Fairly large unit takes up counter space
  • Some reviewers have cited issues with construction and performance