November 17, 2023

Melissa Groves, RDN, LD, points out one caveat to air fryers.

“Most air fryers contain not only Teflon, but also BPA (Bisphenol A) — which have been shown to affect estrogentestosterone, and cortisol levels,” she says, adding that some air fryers are made with ceramic parts instead, while other air fryers are BPA-free.

To keep your air fried foods as healthy as possible, avoid burning or charring foods (especially meats), which can form carcinogens when cooked at high temperatures.

Types of Air Fryers

There are two basic types of air fryers:

  • Smaller versions with a removable basket designed to cook a single dish
  • Countertop convection ovens that perform multiple functions

Basket-style air fryers

The single-purpose air fryers are cheaper — you can find them on Amazon as low as $55. They range in size from less than three liters to more than five liters and come with a removable basket. (If you are cooking for more than one or two people, opt for one of the larger models).

I bought one of these air fryers about two years ago, but then I upgraded when my toaster oven stopped working (more on that below).

Most brands include a free cookbook and detailed manual so you can get creative in the kitchen. They also offer instructions for cooking frozen foods.

Here are few popular models:

1. GoWISE USA 1700-Watt 5.8-QT 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

2. Ninja Air Fryer, 1550-Watt Programmable Base

3. COSORI Small Air Fryer Oven 2.1 Qt

Multi-tasking convection ovens

If you prefer that your kitchen appliances multitask, then a countertop convection oven might be the right choice for your home.

These start around $200, but they have numerous settings, including toasting, baking, air frying, roasting, and even dehydrating and slow cooking.

I opted for the Breville BOV900BSS Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air, Brushed Stainless Steel because it could replace at least four other appliances, and, since I only cook for two, I often use this instead of my main oven.

It’s not cheap, but I use this appliance every day!

Here are some popular models:

1. Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer

2. KitchenAid KCO124BM Digital Countertop Oven

kitchenaid countertop oven | are air fryers healthy
If you crave crunch but not grease, air fryers allow you to enjoy your favorite comfort foods, from fried chicken to fries and tater tots, using very little oil. Deep-frying is one of the least healthy cooking methods, while broiling, baking, and roasting are among the healthiest. So are air fryers healthy? Yep! “An air

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