12 best air fryers in 2024 UK – we've tested over 30 air fryers to find the very best on the market

Our top 12 best air fryers have been selected from a fully tested line-up of dozens of top-rated models

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Ninja FlexDrawer
3. Best under £100: Instant 4-in-1
4. Best mid-size: Instant Vortex
5. Best colourful: COSORI Lite
6. Best dual-zone: Ninja Foodi
7. Best small: Ninja MAX PRO AF180UK
8. Best oven style: Sage Smart Oven
9. Best for 2: Instant Mini
10. Best Ninja alternative: Instant Dual
11. Best affordable dual-zone: Lakeland
12. Best versatile: Tefal EasyFry
13. Best healthy: Ninja Speedi
14. How we tested air fryers
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FAQs

The best air fryers make cooking easier than before, and more efficient. We've tried over 30 of these appliances under test conditions to curate this list of the top 12 air fryers worthy of your investment. 

Air fryers are small countertop ovens, but there's plenty of variation between models, with some able to perform up to 15 functions. You'll find in-depth reviews next to each air fryer in this guide so you can learn more before you invest.

We've been ahead of the curve reviewing a host of air fryers according to our rigorous testing protocol for over two years now, aiming to highlight models that provide truly great value for money. 

Plus we have dedicated guides for the best dual-zone air fryers and the best air fryers for a family of four if you already know you need more cooking space.

Below you'll find our standout favourites along with a breakdown of how we tested each one, our findings on their performances and answers to any questions about these super helpful appliances. 

Best air fryers 2024

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Best air fryer overall

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The best air fryer money can buy

Specifications

Size : 32.7 x 49.6 x 31.6cm
Capacity : 10.4 litres or 2 x 5.2 litres
Programs: Max crisp, air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate, prove
RRP: £269.99

Reasons to buy

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The best design on the market 
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Option to use 1 large drawer or split into 2
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No need to preheat, huge cooking power 
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Intuitive to use 

Reasons to avoid

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You can't open each side individually 
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It's pretty bulky 

The concept of the Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer is simple, but the execution is nothing less than perfect. Instead of choosing between a dual-drawer or single-drawer model, you get both thanks to this new generation of multi-zone air fryers. 

While your old air fryer might have required you to still turn on your oven, you can leave your old built-in appliance behind for good with this kind of flexible capacity. 

We found several other reasons to love this excellent air fryer during our review process. Our expert reviewer Helen mastered everything from a leg of lamb to a toastie during tests, with a perfect cook every time. And seeing as this is a Ninja air fryer, it goes without saying that it’s simple to use, with well-thought-out settings and controls.

It might be too big for single-person households unless you host a lot. And if you have a teeny kitchen, you’ll need to be prepared to find space for it, since it’s quite wide and tall. Furthermore, it’s one of the most expensive Ninja air fryers - a fact that can’t be ignored in your decision about whether to buy.

Having said that, if you’re looking to limit how often you need to turn on your big, power-guzzling oven then look no further than the Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer - it's answered every air fryer conundrum out there. 

Our Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer review has the full details.

Best air fryer under £100

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Best air fryer under £100

Specifications

Size: 32.6 x 31.4 x 37.9cm
Capacity: 5.7 litres
Programs: Air fry, roast, bake, reheat
RRP : £99.99

Reasons to buy

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Smart, sleek design
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Affordable, and you can nab it for less on sale
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Preheat and shake settings
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Excellent cooking and value for money

Reasons to avoid

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It's a little small for families 

The Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer takes the crown as the best air fryer for under £100 for good reason, thanks to its five-star performance in our tests. 

Though the price tag is low, the capabilities of this air fryer are high-end, with the option to preheat and the ability to control it on a swish touch screen. The capacity is decent on this air fryer too, packing in 5.7 litres of space. 

If you’re on a budget and looking for a medium-sized air fryer under £100, we think this one is a great choice. It might not have as many cooking functions or the viewing window that you’ll get if you buy one of the pricier Instant air fryers, but that’s to be expected given the price. 

Instead, it performs well and our expert reviewer Helen had no complaints about the cooking speed or performance, and with four cooking functions, it’s versatile too. There’s very little not to like. The negatives that we've pointed out are only minor niggles. In our opinion, it’s a cracking budget air fryer that beats the majority of similarly priced models from other brands.

Our Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer review has the full details.

Best medium capacity air fryer

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Best single drawer air fryer overall

Specifications

Size: 33 x 30 x 37.9cm
Capacity: 5.7 litres
Programs: Air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate, grill
RRP: £99.99

Reasons to buy

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Viewing window with internal light
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Dishwasher-safe cooking basket
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Large capacity
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Easy touch controls

Reasons to avoid

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Touch control marks easily
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Grill plate can be tricky to clean

The Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer with ClearCook got a rare five-star from Helen McCue, one of our expert appliance reviewers, and from the Ideal Home team during independent testing too.

Helen loved its generous capacity and found that it browned food evenly and quickly. When making chips she was able to get an even crisp in just 25 minutes, and even with the tray full of vegetables, it was able to roast in just 20 minutes. Most impressive of all, frozen chicken goujons took just 8 minutes to cook as opposed to the suggested 20 - yes, we used a temperature probe to check!

This air fryer has a touch screen with a dial to adjust timings and temperatures. The control panel has a bar that shows the cooking progress, and we like that this air fryer pre-heats. Because the touch-screen panel slopes towards you this is a great air fryer to place under kitchen cabinets. 

An innovative touch is the see-through air fryer drawer, which allows you to simply turn on the internal light to check on your food as it cooks. It has a dishwasher-safe basket and a non-stick insert that lifts away easily. Our only real gripes are the control panel and grill tray, the former of which has shiny plastic that can mark easily if you're cooking with greasy fingerprints, whilst the latter has rubber feet that can attract grease very easily, and be a bit tiresome to clean.

Our Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 air fryer review has the full details.

Best cheap air fryer

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Best affordable air fryer

Specifications

Size: ‎‎37.6 x 27.5 x 32.5 cm
Capacity: 3.8 litres
Programs: Bacon, veggies, steak, fries, chicken, preheat, shake, keepwarm
RRP : £89.99

Reasons to buy

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Cute, compact design
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Super powerful 
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Keep warm,preheat and shake settings
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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It's a little small for families 

The COSORI Lite is small, super sleek and has a lovely contrasting colour control panel, as well as being available in several great colours. And for under £100, the control panel itself holds many jewels, including access to preheat, shake and keep warm functions. 

Everything we cooked in this air fryer emerged perfectly done, which was probably helped by the range of different presets that we experimented with. If you're a newbie to air frying, these programs can help you to get to grips with frying up different foods, and COSORI has more up its sleeve too - with a comprehensive recipe book and access to an app also included. 

Our main drawback with this model? It can hold fingerprint marks on the control panel, and its size isn't optimal for everyone. If you're looking for a standout middle-of-the-road sized air fryer on a budget, however, we couldn't be more complimentary. 

Our COSORI Lite Air Fryer review has more information.

Best dual zone air fryer

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Best dual zone air fryer

Specifications

Size: 35 x 37.5 x 31.5cm
Capacity: 7.6 litres
Programs: Air Fry, Max Crisp, Roast, Bake, Reheat & Dehydrate
RRP: £199.99

Reasons to buy

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Superior air frying
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Sync or Match two useful zones
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Both drawers are diswasher-safe
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It can cook an entire meal, fish in one drawer, chips in the other

Reasons to avoid

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A large option for most kitchens

What's better than one air fryer? Two, in one. The Ninja AF300UK Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer, which is infamous by now as one of the best air fryers, comes with two distinct air frying zones that allow you to air fry your fish and chips individually, or bake a side dish such as mac and cheese while you air fry chicken. 

You can match or sync these two drawers to make sure all elements of your meal are complete at the same time. With all that going on, it's no wonder that this air fryer is the best Ninja appliance on the market right now.

Its Max Crisp setting gave us crispy chips and wedges every time and always cooked our meat through completely. We even used it to make cauliflower wings, which was an unexpected triumph. The trays can be a little deep to reach into, so make sure you use non-stick utensils to take your food out when it's done. 

The exterior stays cool even when it's cooking at 240 degrees. It is on the large side at 35 x 37.5 x 31.5cm, but if you can spare the space, it's a total game-changer. And if you're not keen on the black colourway, then good news, as you can now pick this uber-popular air fryer in a different colour, as covered in our piece on the exclusive white Ninja air fryer from Currys. 

Our Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone air fryer review has more information.

Best small air fryer

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Best air fryer for small kitchens

Specifications

Size: 36 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Capacity: 6.2 litres
Programs: Air fry, Max Crisp, Roast, Bake, Reheat & Dehydrate
RRP : £169.99

Reasons to buy

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Deceptively spacious - you get much more for the space than with the AF100UK
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Great, easy to use control panel
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Dishwasher safe inserts

Reasons to avoid

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No pre-heat setting
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Or reminder to shake

Our favourite small air fryer used to be the Ninja AF100UK and while we still think that one is pretty good, the new Ninja MAX PRO AF180UK has cleanly knocked it off its perch. 

Whilst being more compact (and easier to fit under countertops when storing) than the AF100UK, it's got so much more space for cooking - 6.2. litres compared to 3.8 litres. It retains everything that we love about Ninja air fryers in bigger forms, including an intuitive control panel, fast warm-up times and superior cooking ability, but it's also got the added benefit of a more spacious drawer. Our expert reviewer struggled to find any downsides with this air fryer at all.  

You can choose to air fry, roast, reheat and dehydrate in this air fryer, and because the basket insert can be removed, you can also reheat or cook food that has a bit more sauce or moisture without having to worry about it dripping through the grates. 

Cooking times with this air fryer were brilliant, with some of the speediest chips our reviewer has made. It's more expensive than the AF100UK with an RRP of £169.99 compared to £129.99, but if you can make use of Ninja Kitchen discount codes than you can get hold of it for cheaper. 

Our Ninja AF180UK PRO air fryer review has the full details.

Best oven style air fryer

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Best oven style air fryer

Specifications

Size: 47 x 37 x 28 cm
Capacity : 22 litres
Programs: Toast, Crumpet, Bake, Roast,Grill, Pizza, Air Fry, Reheat, Warm and Slow Cook
RRP: £329.95

Reasons to buy

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So much space for cooking for the family 
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Air fry, toast, slow cook and more
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Dedicated trays are excellent
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Stylish design 

Reasons to avoid

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It is seriously hefty 
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Also very, very expensive

Countertop-oven-style air fryers are very common across the pond in the US, where space in kitchens (or even pantries) is more ample. For that reason and others, this type of top-rated air fryer hasn't had its heyday in the UK just yet. 

The Sage Smart Oven Air Fryer might just be the thing to change that, with the functionality needed to convince you to ditch your normal oven for it instead.

We first spied this air fryer at home in Stanley Tucci's kitchen and as our cooking king, we just knew we had to try it out. During testing, though we found this oven to be very large and very expensive, its convenience for everyday cooking tasks was unparalleled. 

Instead of having to wait for your oven to heat up, or to have to bend down to reach it, you can just use the Sage Smart Oven Air Fryer instead. It gets to the temperature you need quickly, has plentiful space inside and is brimming with functionality. It excelled in cooking bacon, chips, veggies and more in our tests and can slow cook, toast and reheat. 

This air fryer makes it easy to see why Americans are so attached to their countertop ovens. If you have the cash and the space, you can't go wrong with this mega-oven.

Our Sage the Smart Oven Air Fryer review has the full details.

Best air fryer for 2 people

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Best air fryer for 2 people

Specifications

Size: 32.6(D) x 37.9(W) x 31.4(H) cm
Capacity: 5.5 litres
Programs: Fry, bake, roast, dehydrate, grill and reheat
RRP: £129.99

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Small, but the design makes the most of the space 
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Textured exterior and minimalist look

Reasons to avoid

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The handle can stick a little

The Dualit Air Fryer impressed us during testing, with a design that makes the most of the space available. With a 5.5 litre capacity, there was plenty of space during our test for portions for up to four people, and certainly for hearty portions for two.

It was able to air fry our chips evenly, and it browned our chicken nuggets without drying them out, which it's safe to say is an air fryer essential.

We think this air fryer is perfect for small kitchens. The parts to every element of it feel very high quality, and the controls are really easy to use. The one thing we struggled with was working out how to access the other functions advertised (such as dehydrate mode), but came to realise that you'll just have to program to a temperature to carry out those functions yourself.

The display itself is very intuitive and can be controlled with touchscreen settings. The only con? We found the basket was quite difficult to remove throughout our testing process.

Our Dualit Air Fryer review has the full details.

Best Ninja alternative

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The best alternative to the Ninja

Specifications

Size: 38.4 H × 40.3 W× 31.7 D cm
Capacity: 7.6L
Programs: Air fry, Roast, Grill, Bake, Reheat or Dehydrate
RRP : £219.99

Reasons to buy

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ClearCook means you can monitor progress
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Fantastic cooking results 
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Enviable design 
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Available in stainless steel or black

Reasons to avoid

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Temperature doesn't go as high as the Ninja 

This pick is a real contender to the Ninja Dual Zone for the crowning glory of being the best air fryer out there, with a design that is understated, clever and maybe even better looking than the Ninja (or so we think).

The front of both baskets has those magic see-through windows that allow you to check on the progress of whatever is inside without losing any heat, a feature that the Ninja doesn't have. The interface is a dream to work with - and during testing, we've loved how easy it is to set up.

Like the Ninja, this air fryer has five other functions, and all of them are perfect for everyday cooking. The bake function is ideal for bread, the reheat function works for leftovers and you can even dehydrate fruit or veg inside with the ability to set the temperature low for a long period (up to 12 hours). 

This is the air fryer that our Ecommerce Editor Molly now uses every single day, saying that it is a miracle for midweek meals. User reviews agree that this air fryer is a genius buy too, with many saying that they are impressed with the high quality of the appliance, as well as the range of different foods they can experiment with cooking inside.

Our Instant Vortex Dual Zone air fryer review has the full details.

Best affordable dual zone air fryer

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Best affordable dual zone air fryer

Specifications

Size : 32.5 x 40 x 42cm
Capacity : 2 x 4 litres
Programs: steak, chicken, seafood, fish, pizza, fries, bake, vegetables
RRP: £129.99

Reasons to buy

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Cook at 2 different temperatures at the same time 
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Reasonably priced 
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Large capacity 
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Great viewing windows 

Reasons to avoid

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Short power cord
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Cooking times can be a little longer 
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Not dishwasher safe 

This air fryer offers plenty of bang for your buck. It’s a great price, especially given that it includes features like the viewing windows in the doors. Admittedly, it took our reviewer Helen slightly longer to cook some foods in it compared to her usual air fryer, but otherwise, she had only a few complaints.

Her main issue after testing was that the control panel was less intuitive than others on the market. But that being said, after she'd tried it out for over a week, she started to get used to it and felt it was a minor negative that was outweighed by the value for money this air fryer offers.

It’s worth remembering that it lacks any cooking modes other than air fry and the baskets can’t go in your dishwasher. But if that doesn’t bother you, it’s a great dual-basket air fryer.

Our Lakeland Dual Basket with Easy View Air Fryer review has the full details. 

Best versatile air fryer

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The air fryer from Jamie's Air Fryer Meals

Specifications

Size : 30.5 x 41.8 x 40.2 cm
Capacity : 7.8 litres
Programs : Air fry, grill
RRP : £199.99

Reasons to buy

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This is the air fryer straight from Jamie Oliver's Air Fryer Meals
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Has one larger and one smaller drawer
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And you can fit an entire chicken into the larger one!
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The controls are easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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It's pretty hefty on your worktop 

Feeling inspired after watching Jamie Oliver's Air Fryer Meals? As we covered in our explainer on the exact model he uses, this one from Tefal with two unevenly sized drawers is the one if you want to copy his recipes. The large drawer, as tested by our expert reviewer Helen, can fit a whole chicken while the smaller one is absolutely perfect for cooking for one. 

Our reviewer found the capacity to be great for family cooking when you need the extra space too, and air-fried sausages, sprouts, tomatoes, fishcakes and more to great success. In the show, Jamie uses it to spruce up frozen fish fillets and even magic up a curry. 

According to our reviewer, it's got a great amount of power and did a good job across the board. It is pretty pricey at £199.99, but the versatility of the uneven drawers is definitely worthwhile if you want a dual zone air fryer but also occasionally want to save some pennies by just using the small drawer. 

Our Tefal Easy Fry Dual Air Fryer & Grill review has the full details. 

Best for the health conscious

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The best air fryer for the health conscious

Specifications

Size: 32.5 x 41.5 x 27 cm
Capacity: 5.7 litres
Programs : Speedi Meals, Steam Air Fry, Steam Bake, Steam, Grill, Air Fry, Bake/Roast, Dehydrate, Sear/Sauté and Slow Cook
RRP: £79.99

Reasons to buy

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Can air fry and steam at the same time
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Family-friendly capacity 
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Super fast - makes a whole meal in 15
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Steam and grill for healthy meals

Reasons to avoid

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The design is less than appealing

If you want a large air fryer and you’re more likely to use the steam and grill functions than the components that can help you make fried chicken and chips, this will be the one for you.

The USP of the Speedi is that it can do two of those functions at once, in the same unit. While on the top you can air fry salmon, or any other protein, to perfection, on the bottom you can perfectly steam rice, veggies or anything else you'd like. During testing, we found it to be just about the most useful multi-functional addition to a kitchen you could imagine, with good results across the board.

If however, you don’t think you’ll get much use from the steam and grill functions then it may be unnecessarily bulky. It's also not a very pretty appliance, unfortunately. 

What you will get from this appliance is an appliance that can whip up healthy meals for the whole family in just 15 minutes and a great air fryer function to boot.

Our Ninja Speedi review has the full details.

How we test air fryers

Every air fryer in our roundup has been tested hands-on by the Ideal Home team for a minimum of two weeks in line with our testing protocol. Our explainer on how we test air fryers has all of the details if you want to learn more. 

We've written full, in-depth reviews of 32 air fryers over the last two years to narrow this list down to the very best 12 models, with plenty more that we've taken for a spin at our test centre. 

This allows us to compare air fryers directly when compiling our top 12 list, and it also helps us when deciding which air fryers will be the right pick for different living situations. 

Because all air fryers claim to do very similar things, it's important to us that we put them through their paces before recommending any air fryer to our readers. We used a standard recipe for air-fried chips, bacon, broccoli and asparagus across all air fryers, recording the cooking timings and considering how evenly the foods come out, as well as how well cooked they are.