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We can hardly remember a time when air fryers weren't considered the must-have gadget for at-home chefs. Since their arrival on the market a few years ago, air fryers have blossomed from a niche countertop appliance to a beloved culinary staple for families, students and anyone looking to spend less time in the kitchen.
And as it usually goes with best-selling gadgets, costs for the once-pricy appliance have shrunk, and as a result, shoppers can take home an air fryer for much less than they used to cost.
While Amazon Prime Day may be postponed in Canada due to the COVID-19 situation, savvy shoppers know there are still plenty of deals to take advantage of anyway. To introduce you to the air fryer phenomenon, we gathered nine top-rated air fryers from Amazon — all under $100.
Reduce oil use by up to 70 to 80 per cent with the top-rated Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer. The 2.6-quart capacity air fryer leaves food flavourful and crispy, and uses only a fraction of the fat. "This fryer is the perfect size for my small apartment," says one shopper. "It's been a total game-changer since I got it and [I] absolutely love it! I don't have to wait 25-30 minutes now for my frozen food! Highly recommend this product if you want well cooked and crispy food under 10-15 minutes!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, $69 (originally $77)
Earning the coveted title as "Amazon's Choice" for air fryers, this 3.8-quart VPCOK air fryer is a one-stop shop for healthy and delicious food. Its high-speed air circulation heats food quickly and evenly and includes six smart presets on its touch screen for a user-friendly experience. "It works like a charm, small capacity though, but it heats up very quickly, according to one reviewer. "I like the touch screen buttons, easy to select the cooking mode and cooking time," they wrote. "I have been using it to cook the BBQ steaks and chicken drumsticks, only 20 - 25 mins for the cooking time. Fast and easy to use."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $86 (originally $100)
For a limited time only, you can save between 31-41 per cent on the famous Amazon air fryer that has earned more than 15,000 five-star reviews. The 4.2-quart (4-litre) air fryer features accessible buttons and an easy cooking setup. "I love this little unit! I've used it daily, sometimes twice, since it arrived," writes one user. "It's amazing how fast things cook in it. Everything is crispy and delicious, and it's SO much quieter than my acti-fry unit."
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $90 (originally $150)
Perfect for single or two-person households, the Proctor Silex Air Fryer has a 1.5-litre capacity, which is enough space for one-two servings of food. "Amazing size for a single person," raves a shopper. "Go bigger if it's for more than a single meal. But I love it for me. Everything tastes great!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, $56 (originally $70)
The Dash Compact Air Fryer uses AirCrisp technology to cut down added fat by 70 to 80 per cent. An energy-efficient option compared to your oven, the Dash Compact is half the weight of a standard fryer, thanks to its compact and lightweight design. "We use it almost every day with fresh produce/food (ex. chicken drumsticks) and pre-made food (ex. hashbrown patties)," writes a reviewer. "Everything has turned out crispy and light! The excess oil drains nicely. It's versatile; you can cook a variety of dishes that you wouldn't think an air fryer would cook."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $80
Make "healthy fried food" a long-awaited reality with the Chefman TurboFry 3.6-quart air fryer oven. The top-rated appliance uses 98 per cent less oil than traditional fryers and holds 40 per cent more food than competing air fryer baskets, thanks to its flat basket design. "[I'm] never using oil again!" says one shopper. "Amazing and easy to use! It is perfect for two people. Way healthier and in no one way depletes the flavour. Perfect for so many foods. I have even made cinnamon rolls in this."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $91 (originally $101)
An Amazon favourite, the Utopia Kitchen 3.2-quart air fryer is built with a convection fan system to circulate the air, giving your food a crispy, decadent taste. It can cook up to 390⁰F and automatically shuts off once the frying pot is removed. "My newest favourite kitchen gadget. I love this little oven," writes one shopper. "I'm surprised at how much it actually holds. Only a few days in but thrilled that I can cook up to six potatoes (French fry style) nice and crispy on the outside, tender on the outside, without heating up the energy-sucking oven and house."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $65
An attractive addition to your countertop, this Elite Gourmet air fryer can hold up to 2.1-quarts of food. Its high-power convection fan cooks in temperatures ranging from 180⁰F to 395⁰F and automatically shuts off at the end of the cooking cycle. "This has basically replaced my oven," says one reviewer. "I love using it to make anything that I used to put in the oven. It cooks in 50 per cent less time than my oven, and it is shorter to preheat. Great gift for anyone who likes to eat fried food."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $81
This family-friendly air fryer is available in three sizes, including 3.4-quarts, 4.2-quarts, and 5.3-quarts. Use it to fry, roast, bake, reheat or grill, the air fryer can achieve temperatures of 180°F to 400°F for a wide variety of recipes. "Best kitchen appliance I have ever purchased!" raves a reviewer. "This air fryer has changed my life! It takes me only 20 minutes to prepare food, and I use it every day for lunch and dinner. The good thing about using it is that I don't have to go check on the food several times, and I don't worry if it burns or not as it automatically turns off when it is finished."
SHOP IT: Amazon, starting from $67
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.