For people scouting out healthier alternatives to their favorite foods, options abound.
Avoiding dairy? Try almond or pea-protein milk.
Looking to reduce processed sugar on your daily oatmeal? Try agave or maple syrup.
On The Whole30? You’ve probably discovered avocado-based mayo.
But, what if you still want to eat your favorite foods like chicken wings, French fries and popcorn shrimp, but don’t want to sub them out for alternatives? (see: buffalo cauliflower, kale chips and baked-breaded shrimp).
Let us introduce you to the greatest invention of all time… the air fryer – a miracle machine that cooks all your fried foods without the unhealthy fats and oils.
DELLA 048-GM-48207 1500W Electric Air Fryer
The most cost-effective unit of the fab five, but don’t let its low price fool you - the DELLA 048-GM-48207 1500W Electric Air Fryer fries anything from wings to fries with ease. It has a great guide on top that helps you know how long – and at what temperature – to cook different foods with. The fryer is small making it easy to store or unobtrusive on the counter. However, some user reviews from 2016 found the non-stick coating on the bottom isn’t very durable and starts to peel. Perhaps the company has fixed that issue, as most recent reviews have been very positive.
16-Quart Big Boss 9063 1300-watt Oil-Less Air Fryer
Using convection, halogen and Infrared heat, the 16-Quart Big Boss 9063 has ultimate frying power. For those quick, weekday meals or game night snacks, no need to worry about moving frozen foods from the freezer to the fridge or remembering to leave them out to thaw. Frozen food can be placed directly in the fryer. And with two trays, you can cook an entire meal at once: protein on the bottom and your favorite vegetable on the top.
GoWISE USA GW22621 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer
The GoWISE USA GW22621 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer comes in two different models: 3.7-quart or 5.8-quart capacity, depending on the party you’re hosting. From chicken to seafood to fried veggies, its wide temperature range can handle it all. It has 7 built-in cooking presets programmable via its touchscreen controls, including a mysterious cake setting… We’ve never made a cake in an air fryer, but maybe it’d be like donuts? Try it out and let us know how it goes!
Farberware Multi-functional Powerful and Versatile No Oil Smell, No Splatter, No Mess Fast Cooking Air Fryer
The Farberware Multifunctional Air Fryer is an all-in-one air fryer does it all: frying, grilling, roasting and baking food, without the smell or clean-up hassle of traditional cooking methods. Fresh or frozen, the Farberware has the capacity to cook up to 900 grams/2 pounds of food; preparing a meal for the entire family has never been easier. And, after you’re done, the simply remove the food holder and basket and run them through the dishwasher.
Philips Vida HD9220/26 Airfryer
With celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey as their ambassador spokesperson, Philips must be doing something right. The Philips HD9220/26 Airfryer features a patented starfish design to cook food evenly – and it not only fries but also grills, roasts, steams and bakes. Similar to its competitors, it’s dishwasher safe, making for easy cleanup. If its 1.75-pound capacity isn’t enough, check out the Philips XL HD9240/94 Air Fryer, which can hold up to 2.65 pounds