Looking for an air fryer that will fit in your small kitchen or make food for one? Small air fryers are compact enough to fit and store in tight spaces while cooking just enough of your favorite dishes. However, if you've never used an air fryer, you're probably unsure of how to select one.
You can start with our top 10 list for ideas about some of the better compact air fryers. Our number one pick, the DASH Aircrisp Pro, is available in three different colors, has an auto-shut-off feature for safety, and comes with a recipe guide. And, if you need some additional guidance on what to look for in a small air fryer, our buying guide will show you.
Choosing a small air fryer is similar to other kitchen appliances like blenders and toasters. You'll first want to factor in the size of your kitchen and counter space. What you'll be cooking and how often will be important, along with any desired features and product warranties.
|Size||13.9 x 10.1 x 9.9 in.|
|Size||9.75 x 9.75 x 12.5 in.|
|Size||11.02 x 8.5 x 10.75 in.|
|Size||10.7 x 9.4 x 8.7 in.|
|Size||12.4 x 9.6 x 9.6 in.|
|Size||14.6 x 10.7 x 10.7 in.|
|Size||13 x 13 x 15 in.|
|Size||11.81x 9.13 x 12.28 in.|
|Size||9 x 9 x 11 in.|
|Size||10.23 x 8.26 x 11.14 in.|
Aircrisp Pro Compact Air Fryer
TurboFry Air Fryer
Personal Air Fryer
Maxi-Matic Personal Air Fryer
Turbo Cyclonic Airfryer
Air Fryer Vortex
Purify Air Fryer
Air Convection Fryer
Digital Air Fryer
A Safe, Simple, and Versatile Air Fryer
Dishwasher-Safe Flat Basket Design
Cook Healthier With Extra Features
Super Compact for Tight Spaces
Simple, Professional Cooking With a Digital Display
Multipurpose Air Fryer for Frying, Baking, Roasting, and More
A Small Air Fryer With a Little More Room
Stylish and Small With Auto-Shut-Off Safety
Cooks With Little or No Oil
LCD Touch Controls for Simple Operation
|Capacity||2 qt.||2 qt.||2.1 qt.||1 qt.||2 qt.||2 qt.||2.1 qt.||1.6 qt.||2 qt.||2.2 qt.|
|Size||13.9 x 10.1 x 9.9 in.||9.75 x 9.75 x 12.5 in.||11.02 x 8.5 x 10.75 in.||10.7 x 9.4 x 8.7 in.||12.4 x 9.6 x 9.6 in.||14.6 x 10.7 x 10.7 in.||13 x 13 x 15 in.||11.81x 9.13 x 12.28 in.||9 x 9 x 11 in.||10.23 x 8.26 x 11.14 in.|
|Weight||7.39 lbs.||7.22 lbs.||6.64 lbs.||6.34 lbs.||6.64 lbs.||7.88 lbs.||10.68 lbs.||7.09 lbs.||6.44 lbs.||6.64 lbs.|
A small air fryer should take up less space than a normal one would. But, get it too small and you might not be able to cook enough food. You should also consider what extra features you want in your air fryer. Read on to find out more.
Some kitchen environments are very small, like studio apartments, condos, and college dorm rooms. Small air fryers typically fall within a volume capacity of 1.6 to 2.2 quarts. If your kitchen is quite compact with limited counter space, you'll probably want to err on the smaller side of that range.
Besides counter space, you'll want to make there's plenty of ventilation where you use your air fryer. While it is okay to store the fryer underneath or in a cabinet, it is best to use it in an open, unobstructed area.
Consider whether you'll be moving the air fryer each time you use it. Lightweight models can be less of a hassle if you need to constantly pull the fryer out of storage or bring it out from underneath cabinets.
Will you be cooking for one, two, or a small family? Remember that smaller air fryers usually work best for one or two people. Fryers on the larger end of the capacity range will be better for couples.
Also, look at what types of foods you'll want to cook. Snack foods and side items like French fries and onion rings will work better in fryers with smaller baskets. If you prefer to cook full meals and main dish items like chicken, fryers with larger baskets will better suit you.
If you need a small air fryer because of limited counter space, but still want to cook a lot of food, you might have to cook in batches. In that case, you might want to consider fryers with shorter cycles and cooking times.
When it comes to extra features, there is a wide range of factors to consider. For example, there are fry baskets that can be cleaned in the dishwasher, while others have to be cleaned by hand. Some people like the convenience of dishwasher-safe options.
Likewise, there are baskets and separators that are coated in non-stick material. This can make clean up easier, even by hand, and prevent some of your food from breaking apart or becoming inedible.
Displays and timers can be digital or indicated by a simple dial. A digital display and timer can offer more precision and accuracy but can be confusing to use at first. A dial is simple and easy to understand, but it might not be as precise.
Additionally, some air fryers come with racks, preset cooking options for different foods, and recipe books. If you're new to air frying or want some inspiration, these features can come in handy.
Some fryer models and brands tout that little to no oil is required for cooking. Although most air fryers will reduce the oil needed by 70 to 85 percent, your dietary restrictions and goals may make a "no oil" option attractive.
Since kitchen appliances are often long-term investments and subject to mechanical failures, look for warranties and money-back guarantees. These protect your purchase if something goes wrong outside of normal wear and tear.
Whether you're new to cooking or a bona fide foodie, there are several ways to heat up your kitchen! Try these creative tips and suggestions.
Choosing a small air fryer isn't always cut and dry. Air fryers technically perform the same, but there are different sizes, volumes, and model-specific features to consider. Whether it's counter space or safety, decide what's most important to you.
Most of all, remember to find an air fryer you'll be comfortable using for years to come. Be sure that it is small enough to fit in your kitchen, but big enough to make the foods you enjoy.
Author: Helen Akers
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