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We cook with many different air fryers, all different brands. Our three test kitchens use them around the clock for testing and refining our recipes.  We definitely have our favorites and talk about each one. From there you can decide what model and size works best for you or your family.

  • Size matters, especially if you’re needing to feed a family of four to six hungry people.
  • We’re mostly cooking for two during the busy weeknights and the 3 qt size fryers is great for us.
  • If you’re wondering what size of air fryer to get our recommendation is the 3-4 qt sizes for 2-3 people (or if you don’t mind cooking multiple batches) and the 5-6 qt for families of 4-6 (you’ll still cook somethings in batches, but not as much as the smaller air fryers).

Here’s our–> Helpful “What is Air Frying?” Guide when you make the purchase! 

Review of Best Air Fryers

There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt range & the 5-6 qt. range. There’s also extra large air fryers that are great for cooking whole turkeys & other big cooking needs. Here’s our favorites:

Cosori 3.7 qt.– “That’s a stylish one” was said as we unboxed the Cosori. Beyond being stylish, it has cooked great. The basket is not as tall and wider than most in its size group, which is perfect. You’ll have a lot better results in an air fryer with single layered, spread out foods, then with ones piled high and thick. The larger 5.8 qt. Cosori is a great buy too, especially for those who are frequently cooking for 3-5 people.

Ultrean 4.2 qt – Simple functional panel. Solid basket design that is less likely to come unscrewed or break like other designs frequently do after a few months of repeated use. Great price for the size. They have several color options for the design-minded user.  

Ninja 4 qt. – This one has a great ceramic coated basket, one of the longest lasting we’ve used. It’s very easy to clean. The super powerful fan that will often cook recipes even faster than other air fryers. We initially returned our first one because we thought we wouldn’t like the single basket style. After reconsidering, we bought another and are super glad we did. This is a great air fryer.

Good Larger Air Fryers

Tiluxury Air Fryer 5.8 qt Tiluxury 5.8 qt. – It’s a good larger air fryer capable of cooking for larger families, especially when you need to cook more food. It’s great for cooking bigger batches (ie 4 salmon fillets instead of 2 or 2 lbs. of fries instead of 1). We like the non-stick basket (non-wire base). Makes for less sticking for delicate meals (ie baked fish fillets).
Philips Premium XXL – Philips is one of the original innovators for home Air Fryers. Their Twin Turbo Star Technology gives a unique tornado-like air flow. Has a 4 qt. – 3 lb. capacity.
Gourmia 6 qt. Digital– This is quickly becoming one of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size, good controls, cooks nice. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites. We’ll often find it as Costco at a great price too!

Good Alternate Style Fryers –

These Air Fryers are great for specific moments, especially for turkeys, ribs, & other big cooking needs. They might not be the first to grab for daily use, but can be game changers for your big gatherings. They’ll take care of the big stuff or bring the cooking outside while freeing up your oven or kitchen for cooking everything else.

Big Easy Propane Turkey FryerChar-Broil Big Easy Oil-less Propane Turkey Fryer – For outside use only. This type of oil less air fryer is fueled by a propane tank. It cooks a great turkey and you can ready our write up about it here. 
Masterbuilt Oil Free Electric Roaster – Roasts a turkey up to 18 lbs. Has a wood chip box to add a nice smokiness if desired. Thermostat controlled. Great electric oil free turkey roaster.
Big Boss Infared Air Fryer Big Boss 16 qt. Halogen – The most popular brand for the Halogen/Infared style air fryers. Will cook a whole turkey up to 16lbs and it’s amazing. Check out our recipe for a whole turkey in the Big Boss, with our original gravy technique too!

What is your favorite air fryer? Let us know in the comments below! 

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