Sometimes the fastest way to a home cook’s heart is a shortcut, and the ever-present air fryer has proven that true. They aren’t the sleekest appliances, nor the typical chef’s darling like the cast iron skillet or the sous vide cooker, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t find a great use for this decade’s must-have kitchen tool.
Our years of testing, researching, and judging more French fries than we can count (not that we’re complaining) have brought us to this point in selecting the best air fryers. After over 50 models tested, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly (read: soggy Brussels sprouts and grayish chicken wings), so we know a great air fryer when we see one. We’ve pored over countless air fryer reviews, tried dozens of machines, and can confidently say: We might know too much about air fryers — and we’ve distilled that knowledge here, so you don’t have to do the same.