How to Select a Good Air Fryer?

There’s nothing as comforting as fried foods – be it fries or chicken tenders or even corn dogs. It’s gotten to the point that State Fairs have become exercises in seeing what previously un-fried entree can turn into the next sensation, a la fried Twinkies or even fried ice cream. As any physician will tell you, frying food in deep fat can drastically lower that food’s healthiness and increase your chance of high cholesterol and heart disease if you eat them regularly. But very few cooking methods can match the quality of using a deep fat fryer. Enter air frying. These are recent innovations in kitchen appliances that give food the texture of frying without all that grease, instead, rely on hot flowing air to cook your food. The only issue is that this market has exploded as people diets have become more health conscious. It can he difficult to select the right air fryer for you. Here are seven details to do research on when selected the right air fryer for you.

1. Brand
This is probably the most insignificant detail you’ll need to examine, as most air fryers use similar designs and don’t really change it drastically from brand to brand. They all use air circulation technology to cook the food inside, so choosing one brand over the other doesn’t mean a vast difference in the quality of food you can cook The only benefit of buying a more expensive brand of air fryer like Avalon Bay is the size of the cooking enclosure and how useful any additional features each different brand offers. Some have simple, basic controls while others have more user-friendly and customizable control setting. If you want all the bell and whistles available with this technology, then, by all means, get the most expensive brand on the shelf. But if you’re worried about the quality of food you can cook with the bare bones version, don’t.

2. Size
When it comes to size, the main concern you need to factor into your decision is counter top space storage space. If you intend to store an air fryer on your countertop, you need to ensure that your countertop has enough depth to accommodate it. If you intend on only getting out this fryer when you need it, you have to have a cabinet or pantry storage space already in mind and choose an air fryer that can fit here snugly.

3. Settings
Most air fryers have at least a set temperature control and a timer to let you know when your food is finished cooking. But these are just the bare bones control settings. There some brands that offer more customization and timers. Many air fryers come with the ability to cook at 360 degrees, but some are hotter or incapable of reaching this amount of heat. This is why you need to read the packaging to determine how hot you need to cook any food you intend on air frying and make sure it can reach the temperature hot enough to do so.

4. Features/Additional Features
Even though it mainly fries, an air fryer also is a lot more versatile than a traditional deep fryer, as it also comes with the ability to roast, bake and even grill food with its convection system. As such, any fryer with this added versatility should include some kind of accessory to aid in this additional role, such as tongs or a grilling utensil.
Other features of air fryers include multilevel frying baskets, which allow you to cook two different foods at once. If you intend on air frying multiple entries simultaneously, this is a must. Finally, the type of controls, be they analog or digital, can help make any model you select more user-friendly.

5. Capacity
Most air fryers can hold at least 1/2 pound of food at once, but some have the capacity to hold up to 2 pounds of food to cook. Remember, food in an air fryer cooks much faster and evenly when you don’t stuff too many items in the air frying basket, so make sure that you get one big enough to spread out any large quantities of items evenly in the tray if the volume of food cooked is a factor for you.

6. Wattage
The majority of air fryers cook food at 800- 1400 watts. This is comparable with a medium-sized to large microwave, and it only uses 110 volts to operate. Make sure that any kitchen outlets in your home have the capacity to support this wattage and that you have one conveniently placed where you intend on storing your fryer.

7. Price Range
When it comes to pricing an air fryer, the bigger the model you choose the more expensive it will be. Most start at around $150 dollars and many can often exceed $200. This should not be some time you’re trying out as a fad, but an item you wish to help you save money over the long run. Deep fryers are typically less expensive initially, but the cost of draining and refilling the oil vats in them can add up over time. If reducing such an expense is a high priority for you, then an air fryer is a wise investment indeed.

Not everyone really needs an air fryer, as most people don’t deep fry their food very often. However, if you are one of those families that has invested in a deep fryer and love the taste of the food it cooks but not the price, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. This is doubly true for those who love the taste of fried food but are also concerned about their health.

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