Best Air Fryers Under $100

These six models performed well in CR's in-depth tests

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Air fryers soared in popularity in the last few years and it’s easy to see why. The compact appliance offers a healthier alternative to conventional frying methods since it often requires the use of little to no oil in cooking. Suddenly, crispy french fries don’t feel like such an indulgence. 

Don’t let the name fool you though. Air fryers can be used for so much more than wings and hot dogs—you can whip up pizza, fish, and even banana bread in one. Relying on a fan that circulates hot air around its basket or tray, air fryers function very much like a convection oven. The plus side is that it can live on top of your kitchen counter or be stowed away in a cabinet when not in use. 

Another bonus? You don’t have to spend a lot on a quality model. Ahead, the best air fryers under $100 from Consumer Reports’ tests. 

For more options, see our review of the best air fryers of 2021 and check out our air fryer buying guide for more on what went into testing them.

The Elite Platinum air fryer earns Very Good ratings in all of CR’s tests. It’s relatively quiet, and the controls and programmed settings are fairly easy to read. While the model may appear to be large, its handles fold down, making storage a cinch. Cleaning the inside and outside of the air fryer is a snap, but cleaning the basket takes a little more effort. This model’s measured capacity is 3.4 quarts, which is average.

The Farberware 3.2 quart fryer’s performance and relatively good price make this model a CR Best Buy. It’s among the quietest of the air fryers we test—but you can hear the mechanical timer ticking over the fan noise. The dials are fairly easy to read and use, but the nooks and crannies of the food basket make it tough to clean.

The Gourmia GAF686 Digital has a measured capacity of 4.3 quarts and in addition to receiving an Excellent rating for controls, the model impresses with its quiet operation and ease of cleaning. The Gourmia stands out for being a lightweight air fryer which means you can easily move it from cabinet to countertop.

A CR Best Buy, this GoWise air fryer has a measured capacity of 4.9 quarts. Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use. It also stands out as a particularly quiet air fryer to boot. That said, the exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies may take some effort to clean.

This Ninja air fryer ranks toward the top of the models we test. The electronic controls and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use, earning Excellent ratings in our assessments. Cleaning the inside and outside is fairly easy—the measured capacity of this model is just about average at 3 quarts. Bear in mind that this one does err on the noisy side. The fan is as loud as a countertop microwave, so you’ll hear it running.

This highly rated NuWave air fryer has electronic controls with programmed settings that are among the easiest to see and use. It’s also relatively quiet. Cleaning the basket takes some effort, however. And it has a measured capacity of just 2.6 quarts, among the smallest we test.


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Anna Kocharian

Based in New York City, I'm a shopping editor for Consumer Reports, writing about home, tech, and everything in between. Previously, I covered interior design and market trends as the digital editor of Domino, which shaped my multidisciplinary background in lifestyle journalism. When I'm not seeking out the everyday essentials worth investing in, you may find me perusing my favorite bookstores, cooking, or wandering around the city.