How to Choose The Best Oil-Less Air Fryer
Picking the right appliance for your needs can represent a challenge, particularly if it’s an appliance you’ve never used before. Oil-Less Air Fryers are very popular because they offer home cooks a way to get the flavor and consistency of fried foods without overloading on fat and cholesterol.
This article will help you determine how to choose the air fryer that’s right for you.
Air Fryer Features to Consider
If you’ve never used an oil-less air fryer before, you may be uncertain about which features are the most important to have when you buy one. Here are some things that you should keep in mind as you evaluate your options.
Most air fryers use convection cooking to obtain results, meaning that they circulate hot air around the food to achieve the even cooking and crispy texture that we associate with fried foods. Convection cooking tends to be quicker than a conventional oven.
Some units use other methods either alone or in combination with convection cooking, including halogen power and infrared cooking. A combination of methods may result in faster cooking than one option alone – something to keep in mind if speed is important to you.
Another thing to keep in mind is the capacity of the air fryer you get. Do you have a large family or a small one? Many of the models on the market are relatively small, with a capacity that’s limited to about 2.75 pounds. In real terms, that means they can cook a large bag of fries.
If you want an option that’s large enough to cook a chicken or other big items, you’ll need to look for one of two things: a model that has a large capacity, or one that comes with an extension option to help it accommodate large items.
What do you want your air fryer to do? If all you need is a way to cook delicious French fries and chicken nuggets without added oil, then a fairly basic model might suit your needs. On the other hand, if you would prefer the option to bake, grill, or roast, then you’ll need a model with multiple options.
There are models on the market that can do everything from making crisp French fries to baking cookies, to roasting a whole turkey. Give some thought to your personal needs before making a decision so you can make sure to get a unit that will give you what you want.
Do you want the ability to program your oil-less fryer, or do you think you’ll be using it in a fairly limited capacity? It’s important to ask that question up front because there are options to suit both needs.
Some models come with a lot of bells and whistles, including the ability to set a timer using a mobile app so that your dinner is ready as soon as you walk in the door. Others require manual settings and can only be turned on when you’re there.
It’s also important to ask if you would prefer to have pre-set options for easy cooking or if you want the ability to set cooking times and temperatures yourself. Some models offer a hybrid of both.
How will you clean your oil-less fryer once you buy it? That’s an essential question to answer because some models are far easier to clean than others. For example, some models come apart and are safe to put in the dishwasher, while others are only partially dishwasher safe or must be wiped down and cleaned by hand.
If you don’t want the hassle of having to clean your new oil-less fryer by hand, you’ll have to take the cleaning methods into consideration before you buy. By far the easiest clean-up is being able to put the parts of your air fryer into the dishwasher.
Extras and Accessories
The final thing to consider is whether the model you are considering comes with any extras or accessories. For example, some models come with cookbooks. Others include attachments such as fish baskets, rotisseries, and kebab trays.
Check to see whether the attachments you want are included with the model or require additional purchases.
Brands to Consider
Once you’ve taken a look at the features you want, the next thing you should consider is the brand you buy. Some brands are better than others. Here are the main brands that we like to recommend:
Other brands on the market include NuWave, T-Fal, and Farberware. In addition to looking at brand’s overall reputation, it’s also a good idea to check out their customer service options. There’s no point in buying an off-brand model if you can’t get help when you need it.
The Bottom Line
The information included here can help you figure out how to choose the air fryer that suits your particular needs and desires. There are many models and brand available, so take your time, read our reviews, and pick the one that’s most likely to deliver the results – and the food – you crave.