Crispy fried food made with little or no oil is a deliciously tempting offer. That's the golden promise of air fryers, and it helps to explain why sales are up, making air fryers one of the hottest countertop appliances in the past year, according to the market research firm NPD Group.
Air fryers don't fry food. Instead, a fan circulates hot air to quickly cook and crisp the food in the basket. They can also bake and reheat food. Consumer Reports bought and tested 20 air fryers from 19 brands, including Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, George Foreman, Ninja, NuWave, and Philips to find out whether they're worth making room for on your counter.