Choosing an air fryer depends on your needs and budget. The criteria to consider are the following:
Air Fryer in Canada
- Size of the appliance: A family of two or three people can live with a standard size. To feed more guests, an XL size will probably be necessary. However, keep in mind that a larger air fryer will take up more counter space or space on the counter or in the cupboards.
- Price: Basic models are available for just under $100. More advanced models run up to $300. A budget of $150 will get you a good quality model.
- Special features: Some multi-functional models can also be used as a toaster oven, roaster, pressure cooker or dehydrator.
- Ease of use: Some basic models have knobs to select the temperature and cooking time, while others have very precise electronic controls. Some models even have pre-set programs for specific foods (fries, chicken, vegetables, etc.).
Here is a selection of 4 top-rated models that meet different needs.
For those who like variety:
The Ninjamd Foodimc 7.5L has two baskets with a capacity of about 4L each, allowing two dishes to be cooked at different temperatures. It even intelligently synchronizes the cooking so that both are ready at the same time ($239.99 at ninjakitchen.ca).
The Cosori Dual Blazemd 6.8-Quart Air Fryer is especially popular, because it can hold enough food for 6 people. Its basket is even big enough to cook a whole chicken in. It has smart Wi-Fi functionality and can interact with an app on our phone. This allows it to cook remotely, access recipes online and respond to voice commands from Amazon's Alexa system. ($229.99, at amazon.ca)
For the budget-minded:
The Frigidaire Digital Air Fryer 1.7L offers great value for money. It's perfect for occasional use or for feeding just a few people at a time ($79.98, at homedepot.ca)
For those looking for an all-in-one machine:
The Instant Pot® Vortex Plus 9.5L is not only an air fryer, but also a rotisserie, a small convection oven, a stove and a dehydrator. It's hard to get more complete all-in-one! ($189.99 at canadiantire.ca)
If an air fryer is functional right out of the box, there are additional accessories that can accessories that can make it easier to use.
1. Kitchen tongs with silicone tips: To quickly handle food in the air fryer without damaging its coating, heavy-duty tongs with silicone tips are essential. (Cuisipro, $16.99, Linen Chest)
2. Metal grill: This accessory is available in a variety of sizes to fit all (or almost all!) appliances. (or almost!). It allows you to create layers of food while letting the air circulate. (Set of 2 grids and 5 metal skewers, $15.99, at amazon.ca)
3. Silicone Mould: This tool is handy for cooking certain recipes, such as stir-fries or large pieces of meat. It retains juices and prevents fat from dripping through the basket. It can also be used to bake cakes and breads directly in the air fryer. The handles make removal from the pan easy and safe. Dishwasher safe. (Round pan for 3 to 5 L fryer and insulated gloves, $21.99 at amazon.ca)
4. Glass Oil Sprayer: This alternative to cooking coatings allows us to choose our oil and avoid the propellants sometimes found in commercial products, which can damage non-stick coatings. (Trudeau, $14.99 at Canadian Tire)
5. Perforated parchment paper: This type of product is available in a variety of sizes to fit sizes to fit almost any air fryer model or deep fryers. The paper is perforated to allow air to circulate. It prevents food from sticking and makes cleanup easier. ($9.99 per 100 sheets, at amazon.ca)