Air fryer

Air fryers 101: Everything you need to know about the benchtop game-changer

From the Thermomix to the Pie Maker we really love our appliances, and there's another kitchen tool we're in love with that makes eating healthy so much easier; the beloved air fryer.

An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around the food using the convection mechanism.

The technology circulates the air to temperatures up to 200°C and the cooking chamber keeps the food close to the heating elements, allowing your food to be cooked in 10 to 20 minutes.

Extremely easy to use and in addition to making the process of frying easier, it also results in healthier and tastier results.

Read on for some of the benefits that come with using the versatile appliance – plus our top picks of the best air fryers to shop in Australia.

Advantages of an air fryer

This versatile appliance is a major winner for families because it:

  • is easy to use with a simple design and little prep needed

  • provides a healthier alternative, using far less oil than a deep fryer (up to 80 per cent less) whilst managing to still achieve a crispy texture

  • cooks food in a short time

  • provides an even result as the air fryer cooks from all angles

5 best air fryers in Australia to invest in

Philips Essential Compact white air fryer, $149 (usually $199), Myer

Fry, bake, grill, roast, or reheat with ease, all while enjoying up to 90 per cent less fat thanks to innovative Rapid Air technology. With its sleek design, this Philips air fryer seamlessly elevates any kitchen aesthetic.

Key features:

  • Compact design

  • RapidAir technology

  • Compatible with the NutriU app for personalised recipe recommendations

  • Two-year warranty

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Tefal Easy Fry Classic air fryer, $99 (usually $199), The Good Guys

Forgo the woes of under or overcooking your food with this simple and reliableTefal model that features adjustable heat settings.

Key features:

  • Fry, roast, grill and bake capabilities

  • Dishwasher-safe removable parts

  • 60-minute timer with auto ring bell

  • Patented basket system

  • Repairable at fair price for 15 years

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Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, $299, The Good Guys

A sleek addition to your benchtop, this Ninja air fryer has two cooking baskets for easy and efficient air frying.

Key features:

  • Max crisp, air fry, air roast, reheat, dehydrate and bake cooking modes

  • Digital control

  • Dual zone technology

  • One-year manufacturer warranty

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Instant Vortex mini air fryer, $67.15 (usually $73.73), Amazon

An affordable yet reliable mini air fryer, the Instant Pot Vortex is an excellent choice when it comes to side dishes or snacks like crispy fries, chicken, onion rings, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.

Key features:

  • Compact, bench-friendly design

  • Four cooking programs

  • Available in red, white and black

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Breville The Air Fry stainless steel compact oven, $503.20 (usually $629), Myer

Want the best of an oven and an air fryer in the one appliance? The Smart Oven air fryer from Breville does just that with its intense heat and maximised air flow.

Key features:

  • 10 cooking modes and heat settings

  • LCD display

  • Element IQ cooking technology

  • Clear convenient glass door design

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