Best Air Fryer America’s Test Kitchen 2022

November 9, 2022 | By Tabi Michel | Filed in: Air Fryer.

Air fryers are all the rage right now and with so many different brands and products to choose from you may become overwhelmed, so we have curated a list of the best air fryers for 2022.

Through our research we have determined that the best air fryer reviews is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer, with the Ninja Foodi FD401 Air Fryer coming in at a close second due to its higher price. If you are on a budget we recommend the Chefman Digital Air Fryer which is smaller in size but has a nice price.

An air fryer is the perfect small kitchen appliance for those who need a quick and easy way to whip up a nice dinner or snack for the family. It is also perfect for people who hate cooking.

Most people who invest in an air fryer end up using it as their main cooking appliance for the most part as it doesn’t only cook fried foods, most can also roast, grill and even bake.

You will see many of the air fryers on this list are also considered to be another appliance such as a pressure cooker. These are known as multi-cookers and come in very handy, replacing most of your current cooking appliances by providing cooking methods for almost everything.

With easy to use interfaces, quick cooking, and versatility that produces just about any food you can think to cook in a regular convection oven and little to no need for oil during cooking, you can bet an air fryer is a smart buy!

Best Air Fryer America’s Test Kitchen 2022

1. Instant Pot – Duo Crisp & Air Fryer 11-in-1 (8 Quart)

Instant Pot Duo Crisp XL 8Qt 11-in-1 Air Fryer & Electric Pressure Cooker Combo with Multicooker Lid that Air Fries, Roasts, Steams, Slow Cooks, Sautés, Dehydrates & More, Free App With 1300 Recipes

Our first pick is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 air fryer which is made by Instant Pot, a well known Canadian brand of multi-cookers.

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp boasts an impressive 11 built-in smart programs that cover your cooking needs and allow you to put your cooking on autopilot.

The 8 quarts (~7.5 Litres) cooking pot provides plenty of cooking space to feed your family.

You will be provided with 2 detachable lids, the air fryer lid for dry cooking and the pressure cooker lid for wet cooking.

The air fryer lid covers the following 5 dry cooking methods:

  • Air fry
  • Roast
  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Dehydrate

The pressure cooker lid covers the following 6 wet cooking methods:

  • Pressure cook
  • Saute
  • Steam
  • Slow cook
  • Sous vide
  • Warm

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp also includes a delay start function so you can set and forget.

There are 10+ built-in safety features including overheat protection, an easy to seal safety lock and more to ensure safe pressure cooking.

The pot, drip pan, cooking tray and basket are all dishwasher safe so cleaning up is a breeze.

Multi-level air fryer baskets, dehydrating and broiling tray accessories are available for purchase to suit your needs.

With easy to use controls, bright displays and a moderately inexpensive cost compared to other large air fryers and multi-cookers, you can bet the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Multi-cooker is a great value purchase!

What We Like

  • Inexpensive compared to other large air fryers and multi-cookers like the Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 air fryer
  • Easy and intuitive controls
  • Easy cleanup and dishwasher safe
  • 11 cooking functions
  • Less power hungry competitor in second place
  • PTFE-free
  • PFOA-free
  • BPA-free

What We Don’t Like

  • Have to swap out lids for dry and wet cooking
  • May be a little heavy for some who will store it and get it out every time you cook
  • Having to clean out the other appliances that this beauty will replace
  • The sous vide function is not the most reliable in terms of temperature

2. Ninja Foodi FD401 – Deluxe XL Cooker – Air Fryer & Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (8 Quart)

Ninja FD401 Foodi 12-in-1 Deluxe XL 8 qt. Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer that Steams, Slow Cooks, Sears, Sautés, Dehydrates & More, with 5 qt. Crisper Basket, Deluxe Reversible Rack & Recipe Book, Silver

Up next is the Ninja Foodi FD401 9-in-1 air fryer. A very popular product that, like the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, is a multi-cooker.

The Ninja Foodi is made by a company based in USA called SharkNinja.

This 8 quart (~7.5 Litres) multi-cooker can hold a 7 pound chicken so you know this is perfect for families and entertaining guests.

Also included is a 5 quart cook and crisp basket allowing you to place your food in the perfect position for crisping using the air frying function.

The 9 cooking functions provided include:

  • Air frying
  • Pressure cooking
  • Sauteing and searing
  • Baking
  • Broiling
  • Steaming
  • Slow cooking
  • Dehydrating
  • Yogurt

The nonstick ceramic coating makes it very easy to clean so you won’t have to break your back over the kitchen sink scraping tough bits of food off the cooking pot.

The Ninja Foodi FD401 provides a stay warm function for up to 12 hours so you don’t have to worry about your food going cold if you miss the end time.

What We Like

  • Perfect for large families or entertaining
  • Easy to cook
  • Easy to clean and the cooking pot and crisper rack are dishwasher safe
  • Nonstick
  • PTFE-free
  • PFOA-free
  • BPA-free

What We Don’t Like

  • Higher power consumption compared to the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer
  • The air fryer lid doesn’t detach which means if you are using the pressure cooker lid, the air fryer lid sticks straight up, taking up lots of vertical space
  • Slightly heavier than the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer
  • Some people find the noise to be a little too loud, others say its not bad
  • Vents push air directly backwards so you can’t put it close to the wall

3. Cosori Premium 5.8-Quart Air Fryer CP158-AF

COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo 5.8QT Max Xl Large Cooker (Cookbook with 100 Recipes), One-Touch Screen with 11 Precise Presets and Shake Reminder, Nonstick and Dishwasher-Safe Square Design Basket, Black

The COSORI CP158-AF air fryer is ranked #1 on Amazon in the air fryers category, so you know it’s good.

Just like the others, it has 11 cooking functions that make it easy for you. However this time the cooking functions aren’t based on the type of cooking you want to perform such as air fry or pressure cook, but instead they are based around different types of food.

The cooking features included are:

  • Steak
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Frozen foods
  • French fries
  • Vegetables
  • Bread
  • Desserts
  • And a preheat function

The COSORI CP158-AF uses a nonstick teflon coated square basket that is dishwasher safe.

The nonstick basket is also PFOA-free and BPA-free.

This air fryer also includes a shake reminder so that you don’t have to watch the clock, waiting until the cooking time is half way elapsed before shaking the food for the best results.

The square design of the basket and the 5.8 qt (~5.5L) capacity is able to fit a 5-6lb whole chicken and is able to feed 3-5 people depending on the food.

What We Like

  • As cheap as the Ninja AF101 4 qt air fryer
  • 11 cooking functions
  • Easy to clean nonstick basket that is dishwasher safe
  • PFOA-free and BPA-free
  • Has a shaker reminder
  • Great design with square nonstick basket
  • Includes a keep warm function

What We Don’t Like

  • Similar power consumption to the 8 qt Ninja Foodi FD401 despite being a small machine
  • Steam vent is in rear so you will want to give it to some room from the wall

4. Ninja AF101 Air Fryer (4 Quart)

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer, 4 Qt, Black/gray

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer is great for cooking meals for 1-2 people. Perfect for dorm living or couples who want the fried food without the mess of a deep fryer.

You can fit approximately 2 pounds of french fries or 6 frozen fish fillets in the 4 quart (~3.8 litre) basket at one time.

This air fryer sports 4 programmable cooking functions:

  • Air frying
  • Roasting
  • Reheating
  • Dehydrating
  • The Ninja AF101 is easy to clean and it is dishwasher safe.

What We Like

  • Easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts
  • Ceramic coated nonstick basket
  • Easy to use and has intuitive controls
  • Stylish design, looks good on the counter

What We Don’t Like

  • Fan can be loud (slightly louder than a microwave)
  • Doesn’t automatically pause when you take the basket out

5. Philips HD9641/96 TurboStar Technology AirFryer (2.75 Quart)

Philips Airfryer, Avance Turbo Star, Digital, Black, HD9641/96

Next up is the Philips TurboStar Technology Air Fryer HD9641/96. Philips is a well known brand and provides quality products (including this one).

This Philips air fryer has a capacity of 2.75 qt which works well for serving sizes meant for one person.

While Philips does provide good quality products, the downside is it becomes expensive pretty quickly.

This product is expensive, costing more than our #1 pick (the Instant Pot Duo Crisp), but what’s even more expensive is that this air fryer only comes with a standard basket for cooking.

Many of the accessories such as a splatter shield to prevent grease from foods like bacon from splattering onto the burner, double layer cooking shelf to allow more space for food and a greater capacity cost quite a bit too. This can get very expensive, very quickly.

With all that said, the product gets the job done and does it well with Philips unique TurboStar Technology.

There is also a handy keep warm function.

What We Like

  • Very low noise
  • Very easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe
  • Great, well known and trusted brand with high quality products

What We Don’t Like

  • Only allows temperature increments of 25F
  • Low capacity compared to other air fryers although larger models can be found in the Philips air fryer range
  • Expensive
  • Only comes with the standard basket. Accessories are available for purchase which can become very expensive for an already expensive product

How Does An Air Fryer Work?

An air fryer circulates hot air around the food at high speed, cooking whatever food is in the tray, and ending up with a crispy browned layer of deliciousness.

This method of cooking is similar to a convection oven and an air fryer is sometimes considered to be just a smaller version of a convection oven that cooks faster, preheats quicker, and is easily moveable.

How Well Does An Air Fryer Cook?

If you own a good air fryer you can cook almost anything you could cook in a convection oven or deep fry.

For the foods you can deep fry, they don’t taste exactly the same because when deep frying in oil, the oil seeps into the food and adds to the flavor. With the air fryer, you have little to no need for oil and so you don’t get the flavor from your oil of choice.

Some recipes ask you to coat them in a small amount of oil such as for the french fries to get an extra crispy exterior while still keeping the inside light and fluffy.

Air fryers are not only good at frying, you can also reheat leftovers, you won’t have to eat soggy leftovers heated in the microwave anymore.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the 10 best air fryers available in 2022 so far.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comment section below and I will answer then when I get the chance.


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