People are always looking for ways to eat healthy and air fryers provide the same with ease and simplicity. Air fryers are all the rage nowadays and for good reason.
They are cheap, easy to use, energy-efficient, and way healthier as compared to their counterpart, the deep oil fryers. However, some people often get confused by the idea of an air fryer. We don’t blame them, to be honest.
How could air fry your food like a deep oil fryer?
Well, it can and it does. Here’s how an air fryer actually works. The whole mechanism revolves around two main components; a fan and a heating element.
A heating element is installed just above the cooking chamber which radiates heat. The fan, which is located above the heating element, then turns on and distributes the heat all around the cooking chamber in form of hot air.
The high-speed fan allows the air to reach every food particle and cook it evenly. Crisp on the outside and tender from the inside.
You might be wondering how is it healthier than a deep fryer? It’s healthier because it uses minimal oil. Some air fryers use as low as one teaspoon of oil while some require no oil at all.
This cuts the unhealthy oils, excess calories, and dangerous fats from your food and makes it much healthier. Now that you know the basics of an air fryer let’s get to the brass tacks.
When you decide to switch to a healthier diet, you will have to switch some kitchen appliances as well. On top of the list is replacing your deep fryer with an air fryer. Believe us when we tell you, there are a lot of options out there. A LOT!
That is when we decided to compile a list of some of the best air fryers available in the market. When we did the research, we found out how costly an air fryer can get. So, we again bothered our research team to find the best air fryers under $100.
Because switching to a healthier diet should be easy and efficient not difficult and costly. Here are 10 of the best air fryers available in the market priced under $100.
BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer
Black+Decker is a well-established brand that manufactures a wide range of products. Ranging from power tools to home appliances to pet products and even toys and books.
Air fryers are their latest venture and it’s a good one. The air fryer by Black+Decker is cheap, easy to use, and high-quality. First up is the capacity. With a 2L cooking capacity, the cooking basket of this air fryer is capable of cooking up to 4 servings of your favorite dishes at a time.
You can cook a family dinner, healthy snacks for a stay-over, or crispy french fries for movie-nights. The fryer also includes a basket separator which allows you to cook two different dishes at a time without mixing the tastes.
The fryer is also very easy to use thanks to the analog knob controls; one to set time and the other to set up the temperature. The fryer also offers a wide range of temperatures from 175℉ to 400℉ so you can cook all your favorite dishes.
It uses a maximum of 1200 Watts of energy and is capable of cooking for up to 60 minutes at a time. The air fryer has a dual fan convection system.
The air circulates faster and reaches every corner of the basket so the food is cooked quickly and comes out crispy as ever. One great feature that helps with cooking is the indicator lights.
Two indicator lights that turn on as soon as you plug in the air fryer. One stays on to indicate the unit is powered on and the other one turns off when the fryer reaches preheat temperature.
- Easy to use.
- Easy to clean, dishwasher safe.
- Lightweight and compact body.
- PFOA free non-stick coating.
- The plastic body might get damaged if the fryer falls on the ground.
Ultrean Air Fryer
Founded in 2018, Ultrean has been producing and selling premium quality kitchenware and home appliances. Right now, their leading product is air fryers. Ultrean sells high-end models as well as budget models to try and serve all consumers.
This model is one of their top-sellers and for good reason. The first thing is the capacity. The fryer has 4.2 quarts (4 liters) of cooking capacity. You can cook a full Thanksgiving dinner with the help of this air fryer.
The dinner will be as delicious as ever and much healthier as well. Aside from air frying, you can also grill, roast, and bake tasty foods thanks to Rapid Air Technology. This technology distributes the hot air all around the cooking basket to ensure that the food is cooked evenly all around.
The use of this air fryer is pretty straight forward as well. The fryer has a power button, two temperature-control buttons, and two timer-control buttons.
You can cook various meals thanks to the wide range of temperatures from 180℉ to 400℉ and a cooking time range of 1 to 30 minutes. All this is complemented with an LCD display so you can easily keep track of the cooking temperature and time.
The air fryer can use up to 1500 Watts of energy to cook your food. The cooking pan and basket are both non-stick and are 100% safe to use, the handle is heat-resistant so you don’t have to worry about putting your oven mitts on and off again and again.
The fryer itself has a simplistic design, sports a good color, and will look very good sitting on your kitchen countertop.
- Easy to clean, dishwasher safe.
- Good cooking capacity.
- Easy to use.
- No preset functions.
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer
Cuisinart is a brand that started out in America in the late 1970s and quickly became a fan favorite. The products were high-quality and endorsed by a couple of culinary legends.
They manufacture air fryers, toaster ovens, and loads of more kitchen appliances. The products are of the highest quality and similarly priced as well. However, Cuisinart continuously rolls out budget-friendly appliances as well.
The Cuisinart AFR-25 is an excellent continuation of that project. This air fryer is a kitchen workhorse that allows you to bake, broil, toast, and air fry as well. It has a very compact design, so it doesn’t take too much space on the kitchen countertop but still has more than enough cooking capacity.
It can cook up to 2.5 pounds of food in one go. You can air fry wings, fritters, fries, or other delicious snacks for your party. You can even cook a full dinner for a small family using this air fryer.
The fryer has a minimal control system with one indicator light that indicated the fryer is powered on and two control knobs. One knob is to control the cooking time and the other one is to set the cooking temperature.
You can cook for up to 60 minutes and select temperatures ranging from 250℉ to 450℉. The wide range of cooking time and temperature allows the consumers to cook a variety of meals.
The fryer’s heating element has a specially engineered motor fan that produces a well-heated and powerful airflow in the cooking component without any noise. This provides perfectly fried food that crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You get to cook tasty dishes without having to bear any fan noise.
- Non-stick interior makes it easy to clean.
- Keep an eye on your food with a viewing window.
- Simple and easy to learn controls.
- Knob design is not for everyone.
GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Programmable Air Fryer
GoWISE USA is a brand under the banner of Ming’s Mark. They specialize in high-quality cookware and started the business with pressure cookers. After a great response, they switched to more cookware such as deep fryers, blenders, grills, and now air fryers as well.
This air fryer is loaded with features to make your cooking experience easier and your meals healthier. First up, the fryer has 8 preset one-touch buttons that can perform different actions.
You can make fries, chicken, shrimp, steak, pork, fish, and bake cake as well. One more button is the warm button which keeps your food warm when someone’s running late.
The wide cooking range is well-supported by the cooking capacity of the fryer. The fryer has a capacity of cooking up to 3.5 liters of food in a single go. You can make various snacks for a party or even cook a full dinner for your guests.
In addition to these 8 preset buttons, there are also temperature control buttons, timer buttons, and one power button. You can manually set the temperature of the fryer from 170℉ to 400℉ and choose a cooking time from 1 to 30 minutes.
This allows you to cook your favorite dishes with your own recipes. All this is further enhanced with the addition of a digital screen where you can see the time and temperature clearly.
A very good feature is the automatic shutdown and the indicator. When your food is ready to eat, the fryer makes a beep sound 5 times to let you know.
Once the food is ready, the fan of the fryer will shut down automatically after 20 seconds. This not only saves your food from getting burnt but also saves electrical energy.
The fryer box also includes a recipe book. The book has 50 recipes specifically made for GoWISE air fryers.
- Good cooking capacity.
- Preset functions make the use easier.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- The plastic body could get damaged if the fryer falls on the ground.
PowerXL Air Fryer
PowerXL is a world-renowned brand and produces some great kitchen appliances. They produce air fryers, juicers, mixers, toaster ovens, and much more.
PowerXL has launched some premium quality products and some budget-friendly products as well. The PowerXL air fryer is budget-friendly and has all the features of a premium quality air fryer.
PowerXL has a large cooking capacity of 6 quarts. You can prepare full meals for up to 6 people in a single go. With the large capacity, you can roast a full chicken in the air fryer.
The air fryer uses Rapid Air Technology to create a whirlwind of the turbo cyclonic air. The rapid air cooks food much faster, keeps it healthy, and provides a delicious crispy taste.
The controls of the fryer are digital touch buttons. You get 8 one-touch presets for fast one-touch cooking and a few other buttons for manual settings. With the presets, you can bake, roast, dehydrate, rotisserie, and air fryer.
Aside from the presets, you can also use the manual buttons to try your own recipes. There are a couple of safety features incorporated as well. The fryer has an auto shut-down feature and a stay-cool exterior.
- Large cooking capacity.
- It is reasonably priced.
- Digital control system.
- Comes with 3 recipe books.
- Large footprint.
NuWave Brio Air Fryer
NuWave has been at the forefront of kitchen appliances manufacturing for the past 20 years. From indoor grills to ovens and now air fryers, NuWave produces every kitchen appliance you could need.
They continuously make technological advancements to make your cooking easier, faster, and healthier. That is exactly what they are achieving with the Brio 36011 air fryer. The fryer is loaded with features that make it a great option to consider.
Let’s start off with the functions. In this air fryer, you can air fry, broil, bake, roast, grill, reheat, and dehydrate your foods. You are gettings seven functions in a single unit.
You can easily set up the temperature, time, and even wattage of the fryer with the easy one-touch buttons. The fryer can use up to 1300 Watts of energy and generate temperatures ranging from 100℉ to 400℉ which can be used to cook all your favorite recipes.
For beginners, there are 6 popular preset recipes that you can cook with just a single tap of the button. You wouldn’t need to manually set the time or temperature.
There is also a digital LED on the fryer as well so you can keep a track of the time and temperature. The fryer has a cooking capacity of almost 3 liters in one go.
You can easily cook a pound of fish, a couple of chicken breasts, and a lot of french fries. Be it a friend’s hangout, an office party, or a family dinner, this fryer will be a lot of help in the kitchen.
- Compact and stylish body.
- Easy to use and easy to clean.
- 7 functionalities in 1 unit.
- You need to buy the pan separately.
COSORI CP137-AF Air Fryer
COSORI is a brand that built its rapport by providing exceptional quality products to the customers. Tea and coffee kettles, toaster ovens, food dehydrators, and air fryers are the main products of COSORI.
Their appliances are of the finest quality and include a lot of features to make their customer’s life easier. The COSORI air fryer also contains some very unique but essential features that everyone needs in their kitchen appliances whether they are a beginner or a gourmet chef.
Yes, it’s an air fryer, it cooks fast, and without any fattening oil. However, that’s not even the highlight. The highlight is the 11 prest functions.
You get to cook dishes like steak, chicken, fish, shrimp, bacon, french fries, frozen food, vegetables, root vegetables, bread, and dessert with a single tap of a button.
No need to manually put in the time and temperature. This makes the fryer a great choice for beginners. You also get a few more touch buttons such as temperature control and time control where you can manually set the temperature and time to cook your own recipes.
The fryer has a wide temperature range from 170℉ to 400℉ so you can cook a wide range of your favorite dishes. The fryer also has a pretty good cooking capacity of almost 3.5 liters.
So, whether you’re cooking party snacks or family dinners, this air fryer can live up to your demands in any situation. You can test the fryer better with the recipe book that comes with the fryer. The recipe book has up to 100 recipes that you can easily cook in the COSORI air fryer.
- Great air fryer for beginners.
- Comes with a shake reminder feature.
- Dishwasher safe baskets, very easy to clean.
- Comes with a 100 recipes book.
- The fan makes a noticeable sound.
GoWISE USA 5.8-Quart Programmable 8-in-1 Air Fryer
We already featured an air fryer by GoWISE but we couldn’t help and mention this model too. This fryer has the same quality and assurance offered by GoWISE but comes with some great new features as well.
The highlight of this air fryer is the cooking capacity. This GoWISE air fryer is able to cook up to 5.5 liters of food in one go. You can cook an entire family’s dinner with this air fryer in next to no time. The dinner will be cooked quickly, tasty, and healthy as well.
It’s also very easy to use. No matter if you are a seasoned chef or a beginner, you can cook delicious and complex dishes with just a tap of your finger. The fryer is loaded with 8 one-touch presets.
You can cook fries, pork, chicken, shrimp, steak, cake, fish, and pizza as well. All this is possible because of the temperatures this fryer is able to generate. With temperatures from 180℉ to 400℉ and a cooking time limit of up to 30 minutes, you can cook your own tasty recipes as well.
All these controls are very simple and easy to use because they are integrated into the fryer in the form of a digital touch screen. On the screen, you can see the preset buttons, the temperature, and time controls, and track the cooking.
The fryer also has a shake reminder function that reminds you to shake the ingredients at 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 15 minutes intervals. Just as the rest of the fryers in this article the fryer’s pan and basket are non-stick and free from any dangerous materials.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Easy and fast cooking with presets.
- Button guard counters accidental detachment.
- The touch screen might malfunction if the fryer gets damaged.
Dash Compact Air Fryer
Dash is a brand well-known for its smaller kitchen appliances like waffle makers, egg cookers, hand mixer, etc. They are relatively new to the air fryer industry but considering the price point, their products beat some of the best brands. That’s why they made our list.
Leading the features list is the AirCrisp technology that allows the fryer to produce crispy yet tender food with up to 80% less fats without any compromise on the flavor of the food.
The fryer achieves this with the help of a wide temperature range. You can cook so many different kinds of foods using temperatures from 170℉ to 400℉. The fryer also allows you to choose the cooking timer from 0 to 30 minutes.
The fryer is also very easy to use and quick. The simple two-knob control on the front is easy to grasp and anyone can use it. One knob lets you set the temperature while the other controls the cooking time.
The fryer also has two indicator lights to indicate when the fryer is on and when your food is ready to eat.
The Dash air fryer also has the shutdown feature, as soon as your food is ready the fryer will turn the heating element off. This saves electricity and increases the efficiency of the fryer.
Not to mention the versatility of the fryer. You can cook prepare appetizers, make wings, cook fries, and even make baked items.
The one shortcoming of this fryer is the cooking capacity. It’s more suitable for a small family or a hostel/dorm room. The cooking capacity is 1 liter. This air fryer is a great option for small families with 1-2 members or for a hostel room with 1-2 roommates.
- Compact and lightweight air fryer.
- Versatile and easy to use.
- Fast and healthy cooking.
- Small cooking capacity.
Chefman Turbofry Air Fryer
Chefman produces a wide range of kitchen appliances from coffee makers to mini-fridges. The products are easy on the consumer’s budget and of the highest quality.
Chefman does produce some high-end products as well which provide great competition to some of the globally leading brands.
The TurboFry air fryer is one of those products that are easy on the budget but has the feel of a high-end product. The fryer has a sleek round design finished with matte black color that will vastly improve any kitchen countertop decor.
The round design isn’t for style purposes only. It allows the fryer to hold 40% more food than traditional fryers. This increases the cooking capacity of the fryer to 3.5 liters so you can cook the favorite meals for the whole family.
The fryer has a wide temperature range as well. You can use temperatures from 200℉ to 400℉ that allows you to cook crispy and delicious foods all while using 98% less oil than traditional fryers.
The fryer is multi-functional because you can not only air fry but also roast and grill your foods according to your own recipes. The fryer is also extremely easy to use. It has a digital LED screen that allows you to see the timer and temperature settings.
One start/stop button and two more touch buttons to control the cooking time and temperature. There are no presets in the fryer so you have to do the settings manually for every dish you want to cook.
- Sleek and smart outer look.
- Easy to use.
- Dishwasher safe, easy to clean.
- Good cooking capacity.
- No presets can cause difficulty for beginners.
Buying An Air Fryer Under $100 – What To Look For?
When looking for an air fryer you will face a lot of options and making a decision can become very difficult. When you are on a budget, it can become more difficult to find the right air fryer that can fulfill your kitchen needs.
However, just because you are on a budget, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise. There are options available that will tick all the boxes, i.e. great features, good quality, and under budget. Just make sure not to ignore the following features:
Digital Control Sysytem
A few years back all the kitchen appliances were analog. Big knobs on the ovens and fryers did the job but ruined the look of the appliance. Now, thanks to technological advancements, digital controls have been integrated into kitchen appliances.
That is what you should look for in your air fryer. An air fryer with a digital control system doesn’t only look good, it makes your life easier. A digital control system allows even beginners to cook their favorite dishes with relative ease.
The knob controls have also been vastly improved but they still can be difficult to understand for beginners. As compared to analog control, a digital control system is much more accurate as well, allowing you to cook your favorite dishes to perfection.
Large Cooking Capacity
A fryer is only as good as its cooking capacity. A fryer that can’t even cook a couple of snacks for a small party is not worth having. The air fryer you are buying should have at least 2 liters of cooking capacity so you can cook food for at least 4 people in one go.
Small families with 2-3 members or students in a dorm room can make do with a small capacity fryer. But if you are going to regularly use the fryer for full-on family dinner preparations we suggest a large capacity fryer.
Air fryers come with a lot of features. One of the best is the preset programs. Preset programs are one-touch buttons on the fryer that can cook some of the popular dishes with just a tap.
You don’t have to manually select the time and temperature. Just tap on the button and the preset will cook a delicious in no time.
Prest programs also facilitate beginners to cook their favorite food quickly and easily. Students living in the hostels can really benefit from this feature as they get to eat healthy foods instead of oily fast food.
Air fryer Wattage
Air fryers use have to use electricity to generate heat that cooks your food. The wattage is the amount of electrical power the fryer can use to generate that heat. Air fryers can use 1300 to 1800 Watts of energy depending upon your use.
If you are going to use the air fryer for some heavy-duty cooking on a regular basis we suggest you buy a fryer with high wattage. This makes the cooking process faster because when the fryer uses high wattage it can generate higher heat and in turn cook faster.
However, for simple usage like making fries, frying some wings occasionally we suggest a fryer with low wattage consumption. Otherwise, you will be wasting a lot of energy.
The cooking speed of the fryer depends upon the amount of electricity it can use for the heating element. If you want a fryer that can cook food quickly, buy a fryer that uses high wattage.
For example, a fryer that uses 1700 Watts will cook faster than a fryer that uses 1300 Watts power.
Air fryers use non-stick components that are completely free from any toxic materials. Non-stick is already pretty easy to clean. The components are separable and can be cleaned easily.
If you want even more ease, get a fryer whose parts are dishwasher safe. So, you can just put the parts in the dishwasher and be done.
What Is The Best Cheapest Air Fryer?
According to our research, the best and the cheapest air fryer is the Chefman Turbo Air Fryer. It has everything you can ask for. The fryer is sleek and stylish, it easy to use with the digital control system, it uses 1200 Watts power for faster cooking and produces a wide range of temperatures as well.
The cooking capacity is also good at 3.5 liters. The only thing this fryer lacks is preset programs. However, considering the price, the Chefman Turbo Air Fryer is certainly the cheapest and the best.
What Is The Best Small Air Fryer In The Market?
Taking into account all the above-mentioned features, the best small air fryer is the Dash Compact Air Fryer. It has the word compact in its name so you know it’s small. However, it does the job.
The cooking capacity is only 1 liter and the size of the fryer is also very compact. It’s perfect for the occasional family use or as a regular cook for hostel students. It is also fairly simple and easy to use with the two-knob control system. It’s the smallest and the cheapest air fryer in the market at the moment.
Which Air Fryer Is The Easiest To Clean?
Since all of the air fryers in this list of ours have non-stick cooking components all of them are fairly easy to clean. The outer shell is also plastic so that also can be cleaned easily as well.
Some of the fryers have components that are dishwasher safe as well. The pans, the baskets, and the trays can just be put into the dishwasher and that’s it. So, cleaning air fryers is not a problem if you ask us.
Can You Fry Eggs In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can easily fry eggs in an air fryer. It is a fryer after all. All you need to do is use a pan instead of the basket. Break the eggs into the pan, put the pan into the fryer, set the temperature to 370℉, and the time to 3 minutes.
You got some perfectly fried eggs. If you like the yolk harder, put in an extra minute.
Are Air Fryers Worth The Money?
It depends on your perspective really. If you are an ardent deep-fried food lover, you might not like the idea of your food being fried with hot air.
Even though, the food cooked in the air fryer is much healthier as compared to the food cooked in deep fryers. Some people just like things a certain way and don’t like too much change.
But you shouldn’t be reluctant to a change that’s good for you. These air fryers have been made to make your kitchen experience easier and your diet healthier.
So, yes, we think that air fryers are definitely worth the money. Because you are getting all the benefits of a deep fryer plus your meals are getting healthier.
Can You Toast Bread In An Air Fryer?
Yes. An air fryer allows you to bake, roast, air fry, toast, and much more. Toasting bread in an air fryer is pretty fast, easy, and straightforward.
Just put the pieces of bread in the basket, set the temperature to 400℉, and let it cook for up to 4 minutes. If you like the toasted dark, add 30 more seconds.
Do Air Fryers Use A lot Of Electricity?
Air fryers do not consume a lot of electricity. Air fryers are pretty efficient when it comes to electric power usage. The reason is the working of the air fryers.
Air fryers cook faster as compared to ovens or deep fryers. To be specific, an air fryer cooks 25% faster than an oven. This saves your time and reduces the electricity bills. Running an air fryer for 5 minutes will cost you a penny in electrical bills.
This can, however, vary depending on the wattage the fryer uses but still the energy used by the air fryers is not too much to worry about.
Our article lists 10 of the best air fryers under $100. However, just because these are under $100 does not mean they compromise on any aspect. All of these offer the best features, high build quality, and great price.
We found these products for you, made a buyer’s guide for you, and answered some frequently asked questions as well. Now it’s time for you to choose the air fryer that you think will work for you the best. If you have any more questions feel free to contact us.