Here are the Top 10 & how to choose one

The air fryer is one of the few inventions in a long time that has managed to shake up the kitchen appliance scene. Almost everyone has either already jumped on the air fryer bandwagon or is feeling a little fry-curious.

This article answers the most common questions about air fryers, reveals the 5 essential facts every air fryer owner should know, then lists the best air fryer Singapore has to offer.

The 5 most common questions about air fryers, answered

If you are thinking about buying one or upgrading your air fryer, here are some answers to buyers’ most common questions. They will help you understand how and when to use an air fryer for the best results.

1.      Is air frying really healthier?

Heat cooks food but the cooking process also destroys some of the nutrients in fresh food. The transfer of heat by the circulating heated air in an air fryer is less destructive and preserves more nutrients compared to other cooking methods.

2.      Can you cook raw meat in an air fryer?

Yes, but you will have to defrost and season it first. Defrosting is important because packets of moisture inside the meat can cause uneven heating and cooking. Season the meat before placing it in the air fryer to ensure that flavour is distributed throughout each portion.

3.      Can you bake with an air fryer?

Yes, but the result depends on the individual air fryer as well as the ingredients and recipe. Bread is usually baked at around 220°C and cakes at about 160°C, both of which are possible with most air fryers. Cookies go from dough to done within about 10 minutes in an air fryer.

4.      Can you fry bacon in an air fryer?

Air frying is probably the healthiest way of cooking bacon. The bacon is cooked in its own oil while most of the excess grease is drained away into the drip basket during the cooking process. Once you have used your air fryer to cook bacon a few times, you can simply press a few buttons and leave it to cook without the constant supervision required when you cook it on a stove.

5.      Can you cook vegetables in an air fryer?

Most vegetables will cook perfectly well in an air fryer. However, watch out for 2 things. First, that light, leafy green such as rocket and spinach will be blown about by the fast-circulating air and not cook properly. Second, that seasoning such as salt and pepper that isn’t wet-stuck will fly off for the same reason.

5 things you should know before buying an air fryer

1.    Air fryers often produce smoke

Smoke means something’s burning. But don’t panic— in the case of air fryers, it’s usually grease in the pan or food crumbs landing on the heating element, not an electrical fault (check, though!) You can minimise this by ensuring the pan is clean of excess oil and grease, and by avoiding using the fryer for foods that can disintegrate due to the fast-circulating air.

Some people also place their air fryers under the range hood so that any smoke is whisked away just as it would be with regular cooking.

2.    It isn’t “oil-free” cooking

While an air fryer uses much less oil than stovetop cooking, you will still need to coat the basket in a thin layer of oil for many foods. Just remember not to use too much— it will help you avoid the smoke problem discussed above.

3.    Basket size is less important than it seems

The size of an air fryer basket isn’t always the best gauge of how much you can cook at once. For example, a whole chicken may fit inside your model, but will produce a disappointing result of unevenly-cooked meat. Conversely, a smaller basket may cook slices of chicken breast, thighs and wings perfectly. (Of course, the process of cooking in batches will take longer)

4.    Basket shape matters

Because air fryers rely on the circulation of hot air to cook, there must be adequate space for the hot air to heat all sides of the food. So, a single layer of food is cooked more evenly than stacked layers. Small batches make for the best results. So, a wider, flatter basket may work better for some users.

5.    Air fryers are not silent

An air fryer can be as loud as 65 decibels, which is slightly more than a microwave (55 dB). The brand and model play a part but the quietest models at around 40 dB are still noticeable. Most of the sound comes from the fan driving hot air but design and maintenance can also play a part. Ensure that all parts are secure and that all vents are clear of debris for quieter operation.

The best air fryer Singapore

Note that while this is a numbered list, it isn’t a best-to-worst ranking. The best air fryer for you is the model that offers the best match of your needs and preferences.

1. Ninja Foodi Deluxe Airfryer AF160

Air Fryer Ninja Foodi Deluxe AF160
Credit – NinjaShark
  • Brand & Model: Ninja‎AF160
  • Dimensions: ‎108 x 148 x 132 mm
  • Weight: 5.2kg
  • Basket Capacity: 5.2L
  • Maximum temperature: 240⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Plastic
  • Wattage: ‎1750W
  • Components: ‎1 x Main Unit, 1 x Cooking Pot, 1 x Cook and Crisp Basket
  • Special Features: ‎Programmable, non-stick dishwasher-safe accessories, preset programs with optimised fan speeds for perfect results
  • Warranty: 1 year

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

2. Philips 4.1L Airfryer (Essential) HD9200/91

Air Fryer Philips 4.1L Essential HD9200 91
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  • Brand & Model: ‎Philips HD9200/91
  • Dimensions: ‎360x264x295 mm
  • Weight: 4.5kg
  • Basket Capacity: 4.1L
  • Maximum temperature: 200⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Plastic
  • Wattage: ‎1400W
  • Components: 1x main unit
  • Special Features: ‎All removable parts are dishwasher-safe, QuickClean basket has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning, Rapid Air Technology with unique starfish design, adjustable time (up to 60 minutes) and temperature control, cool wall exterior, Automatic shut-off
  • Warranty: 2 years international Philips warranty

Air Fryer Philips 4.1L Essential HD9200 91 in storeManufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

3. Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Smart Air Fryer Oven

Air Fryer Instant Vortex Plus 7 in 1
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  • Brand & Model: ‎Instant Pot ‎Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven
  • Dimensions: ‎‎250x229x203 mm
  • Weight: 9.2kg
  • Basket Capacity: 10L
  • Maximum temperature: 205⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Stainless steel
  • Wattage: ‎1500W
  • Components: ‎1 x Air Fryer Oven, 1 x Drip pan, 2 x cooking trays, 1 x Rotisserie spit and forks, 1 x Rotisserie basket, 1 x Rotisserie fetch tool
  • Special Features: 7 appliances in 1, touch controls, all removable components are dishwasher-safe
  • Warranty: 1 year

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

4. Xiaomi Mi MAF01 Smart Air Fryer

Air Fryer Xiaomi Mi MAF01
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  • Brand & Model: Xiaomi Mi MAF01 Smart Air Fryer
  • Dimensions: ‎ 335x282x304 mm
  • Weight: 3.9kg
  • Basket Capacity: 3.5L
  • Maximum temperature: 200⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Alloy
  • Wattage: 1500‎W
  • Components: 1x main unit, Alclad Metal basket
  • Special Features: ‎ Air fry, bake, defrost, dehydrate fruit and make yoghurt with 1 machine, non-stick coating, smart connectivity with Mi Home App Control, OLED display, 24 hour pre-scheduling, dishwasher-safe, non-stick pan for easy cleaning, Wi-Fi connection
  • Warranty: 1 year local seller warranty

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

5. Philips HD9860 Air Fryer XXL

Air Fryer Philips Philips HD9860
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  • Brand & Model: ‎Philips HD9860 Air Fryer XXL
  • Dimensions: ‎433x322x316 mm
  • Weight: 8kg
  • Basket Capacity: 7.3L
  • Maximum temperature: 200⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Plastic
  • Wattage: ‎2200 – 2225 W
  • Components:‎ 1x main unit, grill pan tray attachment, Recipe Booklet
  • Special Features: LED Display Panel, 5 preset cooking programs, dishwasher safe, cool wall exterior, QuickClean basket with non-stick mesh cleans up in 90 secs, Keep Warm mode for flexible serving time, Smart Sensing technology, Fat Removal Technology, preset cooking functions
  • Warranty: 2 years

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

6. PowerPac Air Fryer 3.5L (PPAF608)

Air Fryer PowerPac PPAF608
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  • Brand & Model: ‎PowerPac PPAF608 Air Fryer
  • Dimensions: ‎240x340x290 mm
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Basket Capacity: 3.5L
  • Maximum temperature: 200⁰C
  • Wattage: ‎1400W
  • Components: 1x main unit, removable grill plate
  • Special Features: ‎Dishwasher safe, removable tray for easy cleaning, cool touch handle for easy handling, overheat protection function for added safety, variable temperature setting with 30 minute timer
  • Warranty: 2 years

Air Fryer PowerPac PPAF608 in store

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

7. Ninja Foodi Multi Cooker + Air fryer in one pot (OP300)

Air Fryer Ninja Foodi OP300
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Air Fryer Ninja Foodi OP300

  • Brand & Model: ‎Ninja Foodi OP300Multi Cooker + Air fryer
  • Dimensions: 430x360x320‎mm
  • Weight: 11kg
  • Basket Capacity: 6L, 3.7L Cook & Crisp™ Basket
  • Maximum temperature: 240⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎aluminum cooking pot with FDA-approved non-stick ceramic coating
  • Wattage: ‎1460W
  • Components: 1 x Main Unit 1 x Cooking Pot 1 x Reversible Rack 1 x Cook & Crisp Basket, reversible rack, glass lid, loaf pan, crisper pan, tube pan, silicone mini mould, roasting sling, roasting lifter sets, roasting fork set, silicone rings, silicone mitts,
  • Special Features: ‎ Air Fryer, Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker in 1, Pressure & crisping lids, Reversible rack
  • Warranty: 1 year

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

8. Simplus 5L Air Fryer

Air Fryer Simplus 5L Air Fryer
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  • Brand & Model: ‎Simplus 5L Air Fryer
  • Dimensions: ‎320x370x300mm
  • Basket Capacity: 5L
  • Maximum temperature: 200⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎
  • Wattage: ‎1300W
  • Components: 1x main unit, non-stick detachable basket, detachable filter tray
  • Special Features: ‎LED display, touch screen control, PTFE/PFOA-free, ceramic non-stick coating, 30min timer, automatic cut-off
  • Warranty: 1 year no repairs, exchange only

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

9. Arden Kitchen 15L

Air Fryer Arden Kitchen 15L
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  • Brand & Model: ‎Arden Kitchen 15L
  • Dimensions: 330x350x400‎mm
  • Basket Capacity: 15L
  • Maximum temperature: 220⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Stainless steel and chrome-plated PFOA-free
  • Wattage: 1700‎W
  • Components: 1x main unit, drip pan, pan handle, basket net, tong, wire rack, skewer rack, rolling cage, rotisserie fork
  • Special Features: ‎LED display, 16 preset functions, PFOA-free chrome-plated, 3-layer design, PP housing, SUS heating element, SUS internal cavity
  • Warranty: 1 year local

Manufacturer site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

10. Russell Taylors Retro Air Fryer AF-23 3.8L

Air Fryer Russell Taylors AF23
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  • Brand & Model: ‎Russell Taylors Retro Air Fryer AF-23 3.8L
  • Dimensions: ‎230x300x310mm
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Basket Capacity: 3.8L
  • Maximum temperature: 200⁰C
  • Material Type: ‎Plastic
  • Wattage: 1500‎W
  • Components: 1x main unit, detachable basket 90mm (height) x 180mm (diameter)
  • Special Features: ‎Dual knob control, 30-minute timer, non-stick basket
  • Warranty: 1 year supplier

Manufacturer’s site

Buy now: Shopee | Lazada

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