The £11 air fryer cooking essential our in-house experts swear by

This little purchase makes a world of a difference

Image of Instant Vortex 6 in 1 on countertop
(Image credit: Future Photostudio / Philip Sowels)

Our experts swear by these must-have essentials to purchase alongside the best air fryer so you can maximise and streamline your cooking experience.

We're comfortably into 2023, and air fryers are still the talk of the town. Following the holiday period and its seasonal air fryer deals, we're pretty certain that a lot of people are proud owners of a new or pre-loved model – and with new owners comes a need for new, quick tips to give you a helping hand when navigating this new kitchen territory.

Image of Instant Vortex 6 in 1 on countertop

(Image credit: Future Studios/Phillip Sowels)
Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Molly is the Ecommerce Editor for Ideal Home and is always on the lookout for the next must-buy product for your home. Covering all things appliance related, with an emphasis on floorcare and air fryers, she regularly joins Millie at Future's Test Facility in Reading to thoroughly put products through their paces. She's the proud owner of the Tower T17072 Vortx Vizion Digital Air Fryer, and uses it every single day while cooking at home. 

If you've done your research on things to look for when buying an air fryer, then it only makes sense that you're also here to hunt down that one thing to buy that our in-house experts swear by to maximise your shiny, new kitchen appliance.

black air fryer with draw open containing chips

(Image credit: Future PLC/Philip Sowels)

'The essential purchase I made when I first started using an air fryer was a glass spray bottle like this one from Amazon. I fill it with olive oil and then spritz it directly into my air fryer drawers to make the process so much easier and quicker,' explains Ideal Home's Ecommerce Editor, Molly Cleary.

'Before I would have to add oil to a bowl and add it to whatever I was cooking or try and spread the oil around with utensils. There's no fuss with using a spray bottle as you can get such great coverage and get the oil to exactly where you need it.'

black air fryer drawer with chips inside and tongs placing chips on white plate

(Image credit: Future PLC/Philip Sowels)

Utilising a spray bottle when cooking with an air fryer is an easy way to avoid making the air fryer mistake of using too much oil. Having the ability to control exactly where the oil goes is something you'll thank yourself for later down the line, especially when the task comes of having to clean your air fryer. Best to minimise the clean-up and mess now while it's early.

As it's become a lot easier to find air fryers in stock, so come a lot of new users finally being able to make the long-awaited purchase, eager to learn the ropes. We hope that these quick little tips will help you get the hang of it just that tad faster.

Jullia Joson
Junior Writer

Jullia Joson is a Junior Writer at Ideal Home. She's always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham where her love for journalism blossomed following her internship at ArchDaily. Now focused on home tech, Jullia works on writing features and explainers to help people make the most of their home appliance investments. When she isn't writing, she loves exploring the city, coffee shop hopping, and losing hours to a cosy game.