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Best Air Fryer TechnoBuffalo 2021

If you want to eat a healthier diet without giving up simple pleasures like chips, consider investing in an air fryer. An air fryer's hot air technology removes the need for cooking in oil, meaning 80% less fat than traditional cooking methods. Air frying food is also up to 70% faster than cooking in a conventional oven, so you will also be saving energy. Our best overall choice, the Tower T17005, can cook a portion of sausages in as little as 10 minutes.

Best Overall: Tower T17005 Air Fryer

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The Tower fryer uses proprietary "VORTX" frying technology to maintain a rapid air circulation system that you can set with the adjustable dial to between 80 and 200 degrees.

There's a family-sized 3.2-litre capacity and a built-in timer that can be set for up to 30 minutes after which point the machine will turn itself off.

Pros:

  • 80 - 200 degrees Celsius
  • 30-minute timer
  • Dishwasher safe basket

Cons:

  • Only 1,350 watts

Best Overall

Tower T17005 Air Fryer

Tower power

Good capacity and simple controls make this fryer a family favourite.

Best Design: Philips Viva HD9220/20 Fryer

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The sleek black Philips Viva air fryer allows you to set the temperature to anything up to 200 degrees, then set the timer for anything up to 30 minutes.

The bundled recipe booklet contains international meal ideas that encompass using the machine to grill, roast and bake. When you've finished cooking, both the basket and drawer can go through the dishwasher.

Pros:

  • 1,425 watts
  • 30 minute timer
  • 80 - 200 degrees Celsius

Cons:

  • 0.8kg capacity

Best Design

Philips Viva HD9220/20 Fryer

Viva achiever

A best-seller, this tidy option from Philips is a capable cooker for healthier air fried food.

Best Capacity: Pro Breeze 4.2L Air Fryer

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This cooker has an exceptionally spacious 4.2-litre capacity, so it is ideal for larger households. There are handy pre-programmed modes for commonly cooked food such as chips, chicken, fish, lamb chops, steak, prawns and even cake.

The digital LED display is easy to read and lets you control the cooking temperature and time if you don't want to opt for a pre-set. The large fry basket is removable and can go through the dishwasher.

Pros:

  • Seven preset cooking modes
  • 4.2-litre capacity
  • 1,400 watts

Cons:

  • Large footprint

Best Capacity

Pro Breeze 4.2L Air Fryer

Big basket

Large capacity makes this an excellent choice for larger households.

Best Pre-Set Modes: Power Air Fryer XL

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This air fryer covers you for five different cooking methods — air fry, grill, bake, saute, roast and steam. Also, there are seven pre-set functions for popular food items, or you can use the digital LED control panel to set your own time and temperature.

This comes with a baking tray as well as a fry basket with a detachable divider, all of which can go in the dishwasher.

Pros:

  • 3.2-litre capacity
  • Seven pre-set functions
  • Bundled baking tray

Cons:

  • Large footprint

Best Pre-Set Modes

Power Air Fryer XL

Foolproof food

If you're not a confident cook, the Power air fryer has your back with pre-set modes.

Best Hands-Free Cooking: Tefal Actifry Original Air Fryer

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A few nifty features make this the perfect air fryer for busier cooks who don't have time to stand over an appliance during cooking. These are the fryer's stirring paddle which moves food around to help it cook evenly and stop the need for shaking and the detachable timer that you can take with you into another room.

Elsewhere there are 1,400 watts of power, a one-kilogram capacity and a companion app with over 250 recipes.

Pros:

  • Stirring paddle
  • Detachable timer
  • Lid, bowl and stirring paddle are dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • High cost

Best Hands-Free Cooking

Tefal Actifry Original Air Fryer

Hassle-free

Multitasking cooks will appreciate this fryer's hands-free cooking functionality.

Best Looking: Swan SD90010N Air Fryer

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Unlike rival products, this Swan air fryer is available in other colours with a red and a cream option also on sale.

This air fryer is another simple-to-operate appliance as you just need to set the temperature from between 80 to 200 degrees and then set the up-to-30-minute timer.

Pros:

  • 3.2 litre capacity
  • 80 - 200 degrees Celsius
  • 30 minute timer

Cons:

  • No pre-sets

Best Looking

Swan SD90010N Air Fryer

Fry high

Simple to operate and available in three colours, Swan's air fryer is an attractive option.

Hot air flair

Depending on the size of your household, you need to consider which capacity will suit you. Our overall pick, the Tower T17005 air fryer offers a family-friendly 3.2-litres, but for an even larger option, the Power air fryer ups that to 4.2 litres.

Another consideration is whether pre-set cooking programmes will help you out. These cover commonly cooked food that means you can just press a button for the correct settings. The Pro Breeze and Power models both offer pre-set modes for less confident cooks.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author:

Amy-Mae Turner As someone who would have chips with every meal if she could get away with it, Amy-Mae was an obvious choice to investigate air fryers.

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