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Last updated: 23 April 2018

What do you do when your household loves hot chips and nuggets, but not with a side serve of health problems? Buy an air fryer! 

These machines use a very small amount of oil to turn out tasty, crispy, and much healthier (in comparison) fried foods. Some models even do a lot more than fry – they can grill, roast and bake, too. 

Our air fryers buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test air fryers reveals what goes on in the CHOICE kitchen lab.

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Which air fryers perform best and offer the best value for money? We test and review 15 models, priced from $139 to $499, to find out which ones:

  • cook frozen chips, homemade fries and chicken nuggets best
  • are easiest to use and clean
  • cost the least to run.

Our interactive comparison tool will help you see which brands came up trumps, and which to avoid.

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Whether it's a pull-out drawer type or has a lid and lift-out pan. The EasyCook is a glass benchtop oven with an air fryer insert.

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