If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to go all in on air fryer Cyber Monday deals, I get it—it’s a cost and counter space commitment. But this appliance is a lot of fun, and I’m fully a convert; I’ve written extensively about my mania for the best air fryers and all they can do. Case in point, I made extra-crispy brussels sprouts in mine last week in 11 minutes flat. Still unsure? If you’re hesitant to pay full price on a kitchen appliance you’ve never tried before, these Cyber Monday sales (see also our full list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday kitchen deals) are the perfect excuse to go for it. —Alex Beggs
The Breville is our fave air fryer toaster oven model. We adore the stainless steel kitchen appliance because of its large size—it can fit a 14-pound turkey—and wide variety of preset cooking functions. While its size and price are a commitment, you may find yourself using this countertop convection oven instead of your standard oven on the reg; it preheats quickly, uses less energy, and can do just about anything a normal oven can.
Moving into basket air fryers, this Ninja model has a modest four-quart capacity that fits two pounds of french fries and is relatively easy to clean. You’ll find some of the best Cyber Monday deals at Amazon, where you can pick up this gadget for 23% off the normal price.
Associate food editor Rachel Gurjar used a Cosori Max XL to develop all her air fryer recipes, including these sesame-coconut chicken tenders. Its capacity is just shy of 6 quarts, and it comes with 12 preset functions.
While not particularly “extra large” compared to other air fryers on this list, BA ranks this 5.5-quart Ninja air fryer as one of the best basket-style options. On top of having the standard functions like air fry, dehydrate, bake, broil, roast, and reheat, the Ninja Max also has an extra “max crisp” option to help your air fried foods reach optimal levels of crispy.
Bon Appétit deputy food editor Hana Asbrink loves her Philips Premium Air Fryer, especially during hot and sticky New York summers when she can’t be bothered to turn on the oven to make spiced potato wedges. When Philips says XXL, they mean it; this appliance has a 7-quart capacity and is big enough to fit a whole chicken. Target’s discount is one of the better air fryer Cyber Monday deals we’re seeing today, in terms of value.
Want something smaller? Opt for the 3-quart XL version.
We know Instant Pot for its electric pressure cookers, but the brand’s also made a foray into air fryers with its Instant Vortex. It has rotisserie and proofing functions and comes with a nonstick drip pan, two perforated cooking trays, and a few other dishwasher-safe accessories.
For a budget, space saving option, this wee air fryer by Dash comes in five different colors and is on sale for 40 bucks. Its small-yet-might two-quart capacity makes it ideal for studio apartments or dorms.
Which air fryer is right for me?
If you’re just cooking for one or two, I’d recommend a compact, basket-style air fryer like the Cosori or 3-quart Philips because they take up less space than a toaster-oven-style fryer while still getting the job done. But if you need one that can do multiple racks of food, dehydrate apple slices, toast bread, and serve as an extra oven for holiday pie marathoning, go with the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro, which a few food stylists I know swear by as secondary ovens. That thing can do it all.
What is an air fryer anyway?
Are you familiar with a convection oven? Then you’re familiar with an air fryer. It’s essentially the same thing, but “air frying” just sounds so much lighter, doesn’t it? An air fryer is a mini countertop convection oven, which means it uses a fan to help circulate hot air around your food so that it cooks more evenly and efficiently than in a normal oven. It preheats in minutes and makes weeknight cooking convenient, mostly hands-off, and so, so crispy.