For too long, the option for home frying was clunky. You could fill a pot with a gallon of oil, bring it to a very specific temperature, and drop your food in while avoiding splashes using a pot lid for a shield. Now the kitchen gadget powers that be have graced us with air fryers, which have changed the home frying game. Using less oil than deep frying, and giving you the crisp that oven-baked can’t, an air fryer is the quicker, healthier, more nimble option to fulfill your frying dreams. Even more than that, these home chef-friendly units will change your cooking forever, offering ways to roast, bake, reheat, and more, all without turning on your oven.

Most counter-chic: DASH Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

Comes In Multiple Colors

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When you’re thinking about your kitchen, I’m sure you’re thinking as much about the look of your counterscape as you are about what takes up your counter space. Luckily, this DASH air fryer is highly rated and comes in trend-friendly colors so that when you keep this out on your counter—which you know you’ll do, because you’ll find yourself reaching for this appliance more than you think—it’ll be pleasing both to your eye and stomach.

Most versatile: Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, and Air Fryer

Multiple Cooking Functions

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Speaking of counter space, we recognize that can be limited at times. If you’re looking to maximize your cooking techniques with as few tools as possible, this Ninja 9-in-1 option does more than just air fry. Instead, use this fryer to pressure cook, bake, boil, sauté, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, make your own yogurt. This particular XL fryer comes with a deluxe rack so you can further save time by making your chicken fingers and french fries simultaneously. The main frying space can fit up to a 7-pound full chicken.

Starter pick: Chefman Turbo Fry

Basic With Tasty Results

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This user-friendly fryer comes with the capabilities of all air fryers but in a smaller, more manageable size. This is the fryer for those who are on the fence about just how much they will actually fry. Great for a small space, or a chef working on a budget, this 3.6-quart fryer can be the first step to exploring a whole new way of home cooking.

Sturdiest option: Philips TurboStar Technology Airfryer

A Choice That Feels Just Right

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The air fryer market is vast. Like goldilocks figuring out what to eat and where to sleep, you have to find the one that is just right. That’s where this Philips air fryer comes in. This 2.75-quart fryer comes with five presets to make the experience seamless and a function that will keep your food warm if you aren’t ready to eat.