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 AF100UK
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 narrow: Instant Slim
13. Best healthy: Ninja Speedi
14. How we tested air fryers
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FAQs

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

Air fryers are small countertop ovens, but there's plenty of variation between different models, with some able to perform up to 15 functions at once. You'll find in-depth reviews linked next to each air fryer in this guide if you want to learn more about a particular one 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, with a particular emphasis on finding models that provide truly great value for money. 

We've tested, and continue to test, all of the air fryers from popular brand names, such as Ninja and Instant, alongside lesser-known brands such as COSORI and Dreo. 

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 top-rated, value-for-money air fryers, along with a thorough breakdown of how we tested each one, our findings on their performances and answers to any questions you may have about these super helpful appliances. 

Best air fryers 2024

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Best air fryer - the quick list

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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 first-timers

Specifications

Size: 36 x 25 x 32cm
Capacity: 3.8 litre
Programs: Air fry, roast, reheat, dehydrate
RRP : £129.00

Reasons to buy

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Dishwasher-safe inserts
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Simple and great for beginners
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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No pre-heat setting

The Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer is Ninja's cheapest air fryer, and it's also the smallest. It has a cooking capacity of 3.8 litres and a circular basket, which will be fine with most meals but could struggle if you're cooking bacon rashers or chicken breasts. The air fryer is fast, easy to use, and comes with four pre-sets that won't be too overwhelming for first-time air fryer users.

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. The exterior is simple, small, and grey, which may not be the most attractive addition to your kitchen but it will be very easy to store if you want to put it in a cupboard.

Cooking times with this air fryer were brilliant, with some of the speediest chips we've made. It's a simple model that seems reasonably priced with an RRP of £129.99 - even less if you make use of Ninja Kitchen discount codes - and we were impressed by the cooking times: 23 minutes for homemade chips, and just five minutes for back bacon.

Our Ninja AF100UK 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