Air fryers cook with very hot circulating air, and provide a healthier alternative to conventional frying because they use little or no oil. They're not really fryers, however. They're countertop convection ovens that rely on a fan to circulate hot air to cook food.
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 for these countertop convection ovens continue to rise year over year. According to the market research firm NPD Group, air fryers remain one of the hottest countertop appliances. Even considering an expected return to normalcy post-pandemic, analysts predict that they will maintain their market growth.
And here’s the thing: Air fryers don’t fry food.
Instead, a fan circulates hot air to quickly cook and crisp the food in the basket or tray. This small kitchen appliance can also bake and reheat food in a fraction of the time it would take your oven or cooktop stove, offering a convenient solution for daily meals. Over the past decade, roughly the amount of time air fryers have been on the market, the products’ functionality has evolved. Once considered a great kitchen gadget for making frozen fries, nuggets, and wings, the air fryer has proved capable of doing so much more.