Air fryers have the amazing ability to make chicken wings, nuggets, fries and more crispy with just a little bit of oil. Using a tiny amount of oil is much healthier than deep frying, so it’s no surprise air fryers have become a new popular addition to the home chef’s kitchen. We’ve already chosen our top picks for 2019’s best air fryers, but we thought we’d help out those that are on a budget find a great one for under $100. Here are our picks.
The Gowise Electric Air Fryer was on our list of top all-around air fryers, and was the only one that came in at under $100. It does a great job at air frying your favorite foods, without a big price tag. Plus it has an easy-to-use touchscreen that is flat so it wipes clean easily. If you’re forgetful, the built-in alarm reminds you to shake the basket so that all of your food gets evenly crispy. The Gowise holds a maximum of 3.7 quarts, which is on the larger end for our budget-friendly picks.
The versatile superstar
The Black & Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven is a different breed of air fryers. In addition to air frying, it can also be used as a toaster oven, which is super economical for those that need their appliances to be multi-functional. No need to buy several different appliances when this one can do it all. The Crisp ‘N Bake features five different cooking functions. It can air fry, bake, broil, toast, and keep foods warm. Given the versatility it offers, it may be the one small appliance to replace them all in your kitchen.
Dependable and affordable
It looks like the Death Star from Star Wars, but the Elite Platinum EAF-1506D is friend, not foe. It can cook up a batch of crispy fries in no time in its 3.5 qt. basket and has six different menu functions. The best part is the touchscreen. It is completely flat so any spills can be easily wiped clean. Plus, it’s one of the easiest fryers to cook with. Yes, the Death Star may incinerate entire planets with its laser, but the Elite Platinum EAF-1506D can air fry your food with enough crisp.
Easiest to use
The Farberware 3.2 Quart Oil-Less Multi-Functional Fryer has one of the smallest baskets at only 3.2 qt. capacity, but it does its job well. The only drawback that that it has knobs instead of a touchscreen, which can make clean-up a little more difficult. Though, the dials do make this air fryer easiest to use out of the box.
The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer has the smallest capacity since it only holds 3 qt., but has more features than many of the air fryers we’ve listed. In addition to air frying, it can preheat and reheat foods, for example. The basket is also pretty special. It has a patented design that lets more air flow through the food as it cooks.
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