Keep hearing about the joys of air frying? Providing a faster and healthier way to cook fried foods with little to no oil, an air fryer has become something of a kitchen staple. It works much like a convection oven to circulate hot air around your food—only it’s more compact and increases your time savings. Think guilt-free crispy chicken, homemade fries, and donuts that are not only simple to make, but come with easier clean-up compared to using a traditional deep-fat fryer.
With smaller capacity interiors to heat and shorter preheating times, an air fryer can be a quicker way to cook than your standard oven too—potentially saving you money off your energy bills if used wisely. (Just make sure it’s large enough to cook what you need, otherwise you’ll be using it multiple times—which will defeat its energy-saving purpose.) Multifunctional in design, some air fryers come loaded with preset cooking modes for baking, roasting, dehydrating, grilling, and reheating. They can tackle a range of meat, fish, and vegetables effectively, as well as sweet treats: think steak and sweet potato fries, homemade apple crisps and a warm banana loaf. Here are WIRED’s top picks to suit a range of ingredients and price points.
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