Before you shop for a dry fryer be sure to read this article! Dry fryers are not all the same. Sure, they all cook food, but you may be surprised by our reviews of the best dry fryers. First off, let’s get something out of the way. A dry fryer is a kitchen counter top appliance that circulates hot dry air using patented air patterns to cook foods inside and out. Dry fryers are sometimes referred to as Air Fryers or Airfryers and all of these are essentially describing the same sort of appliance.
Dry fryers help you eat healthier by eliminating the majority of the oil from traditional frying methods. Foods cooked in a dry fryer are moist on the inside and have a very lightly fried outside. Deep fryers use the hot oil to cook the food and as a result foods absorb an amazing amount of that oil. Dry fryers use hot air to heat and cook the food and just a very thin layer of oil, or no oil, to create a crispy outside to what it is you are cooking.
Battered fish, biscuits, vegetables, frozen foods, and meats can all be cooked in a dry fryer. The top models are distinguished by their quality, size, temperature range, and control panel. Cheaper models have rotary controls, limited temperature ranges and are only good for cooking for one or two people. Moderately priced models have nicer digital controls, a full temperature range, but are still quite small. High value dry fryers and air fryers have great controls, features, and enough size to cook multiple items at the same time, feeding the entire family.
Best Dry Fryers
The best dry fryers all meet the needs of a basic kitchen. The real decision is on controls and size. Here are the most popular models for various folks.
Families: Philips HD9240
This is a great dry fryer! The Philips HD9240 is large with great controls and versatility. The tray can handle 4 portions of multiple items allowing an entire meal to be cooked at once. It is available in white or black. And, best of all, customer reviews are excellent on this model.
Philips has several models and if you would like to directly compare them see our Philips Air Fryer Comparison to understand exactly which one is best for you.
Couples: GoWISE USA GW22611 8-in-1 Air Fryer
Mixing a smaller size and great flexibility into a single unit we have the The GoWISE 8-in-1 air fryer. The size is significantly smaller than the Philips but the features are excellent, particularly the control. If you know how to use a microwave you will find the GoWISE to be just as easy. Temperature range and energy savings are on par with other air fryers at this price range. Again, the reviews on this model are fantastic.
Singles: Glip AF800 Oil-Less Air Fryer
This model wins every style award in the book and is a favorite on the counter top for our reviewers. The retro style of the Glip AF800 is just a complete winner. Its on the smaller size of air fryers on the market but with curves and colors unlike anything else out there… and with great customer comments and reviews, this is a clear winner for your apartment, flat, or house.