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Air fryers are going viral right now - These are the best ones to shop during Black Friday

Women's Health UK Logo By Jess Denham, Amelia Bell of Women's Health UK | Slide 1 of 14: Huge fan of crunchy, deep fried foods, but conscious that they should be consumed mindfully and in moderation? Then one of the best air fryers deserves a place on your wish list this Black Friday.If you've seen one of the thousands of IG videos, then you'll know the drill – these powerful machines fry food to a tantalisingly crispy finish by blasting hot air around a sealed basket or oven. No more than a tablespoon of oil is required, if that, making your meals less oil-heavy than traditional deep fried foods, but every inch as delicious. From snacks (hello, spicy, crispy chickpeas) to vegetable side dishes (beautifully fried asparagus and broccoli) and weeknight dinners (quick chicken kiev, anyone?) there's no limit to the concoctions you can create. In fact, our winning Ninja air fryer claims to use up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods. The most versatile models can also be used to roast and bake, with some featuring dehydrate, rotisserie, grill and reheat functions. This means many different foods can be cooked in an air fryer, from chips to cakes.How do I choose an air fryer?Type: There are two main styles of air fryer: basket and oven. Basket models feature one or two drawers that hold food during cooking, while bigger oven options tend to come with rotisserie accessories for roasting a whole chicken. Some fryers on our list are multi-cookers that double as health grills, slow cookers or dehydrators. Consider how you’ll use yours before you buy, as the do-it-all appliances usually cost more.Size: Even the smallest air fryers are fairly bulky, so check you have the necessary worktop space. Once that box is ticked, choose a model that will serve everybody in your household, be that a small flatshare or a growing family.Clean-up: This is always the worst stage of cooking, so make life easier for yourself by choosing an appliance with dishwasher-safe parts and/or removable doors. Do air fryers use a lot of electricity? It’s cheaper and more eco-friendly to use an air fryer than a conventional oven as they’re far more energy efficient. They preheat and cook much faster and don’t emit much heat. In short, they’re a win-win.How we test air fryersOur Women’s Health Lab team tested a number of air fryers to find the best models you can buy. Firstly, they cooked chips, looking for crunchy skins, fluffy inners and speedy delivery. Next, they either roasted a whole chicken or cooked chicken kievs, depending on the fryer’s capacity and type. They timed how long it took for the chicken to reach a safe 75°C and noted whether its meat was moist and its skin golden and crispy.Lastly, they baked fairy cakes, looking for well-risen, light in texture results that reflect an even and efficient air flow. Our testers then considered each fryer’s overall performance, design and ease of use before deciding which models to recommend.

Huge fan of crunchy, deep fried foods, but conscious that they should be consumed mindfully and in moderation? Then one of the best air fryers deserves a place on your wish list this Black Friday.

If you've seen one of the thousands of IG videos, then you'll know the drill – these powerful machines fry food to a tantalisingly crispy finish by blasting hot air around a sealed basket or oven. No more than a tablespoon of oil is required, if that, making your meals less oil-heavy than traditional deep fried foods, but every inch as delicious. From snacks (hello, spicy, crispy chickpeas) to vegetable side dishes (beautifully fried asparagus and broccoli) and weeknight dinners (quick chicken kiev, anyone?) there's no limit to the concoctions you can create.

In fact, our winning Ninja air fryer claims to use up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods. The most versatile models can also be used to roast and bake, with some featuring dehydrate, rotisserie, grill and reheat functions. This means many different foods can be cooked in an air fryer, from chips to cakes.

How do I choose an air fryer?

Type: There are two main styles of air fryer: basket and oven. Basket models feature one or two drawers that hold food during cooking, while bigger oven options tend to come with rotisserie accessories for roasting a whole chicken. Some fryers on our list are multi-cookers that double as health grills, slow cookers or dehydrators. Consider how you’ll use yours before you buy, as the do-it-all appliances usually cost more.

Size: Even the smallest air fryers are fairly bulky, so check you have the necessary worktop space. Once that box is ticked, choose a model that will serve everybody in your household, be that a small flatshare or a growing family.

Clean-up: This is always the worst stage of cooking, so make life easier for yourself by choosing an appliance with dishwasher-safe parts and/or removable doors.

Do air fryers use a lot of electricity?

It’s cheaper and more eco-friendly to use an air fryer than a conventional oven as they’re far more energy efficient. They preheat and cook much faster and don’t emit much heat. In short, they’re a win-win.

How we test air fryers

Our Women’s Health Lab team tested a number of air fryers to find the best models you can buy. Firstly, they cooked chips, looking for crunchy skins, fluffy inners and speedy delivery.

Next, they either roasted a whole chicken or cooked chicken kievs, depending on the fryer’s capacity and type. They timed how long it took for the chicken to reach a safe 75°C and noted whether its meat was moist and its skin golden and crispy.

Lastly, they baked fairy cakes, looking for well-risen, light in texture results that reflect an even and efficient air flow.

Our testers then considered each fryer’s overall performance, design and ease of use before deciding which models to recommend.

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