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Air Fryer’s popularity peeked in 2010, but the healthier-frying kitchen gadget’s mass appeal has undoubtedly endured. In fact, air fryers were on of the most popular gifts this year. But you’re still wondering what it is, allow me to further explain to help find the best air fryer for the price and your specific needs. Basically, an air fryer is a compact electric convection oven, which means it’s an electric oven that distributes heat evenly throughout its cooking chamber by circulating air.
The effect of high heat evenly distributed in a small space creates foods that taste, well fried, but with far less fat and calories. Sure, you do add a bit of oil for many air fryer recipes, but you’re not sinking your mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, cauliflower steaks, tofu chunks, fries, and on it goes down into a hot bath of cooking oil.
Over the course of the past few years, both as a pretty avid cook and as a guy who does a lot of product testing for my job, I’ve tried out quite a few different air fryers, and I have come to know well that while all use that basic formula of hot circulated air in a small space, not all air fryers are created equal.