Buying Guide: Which is the best air fryer for you?

Which is the best air fryer?

When it comes to choosing the best air fryer for your family, there are a few things to consider. At Harris Scarfe, we've tried and tested our brands to ensure quality and durability.

Our team has put together this handy Air Fryer Buying Guide so you can find the perfect appliance for your kitchen. From compact to extra-large - we've got options for everyone!


What is an air fryer?

Air fryers are the latest in cooking technology. They offer a healthier way to cook without compromising on taste. It's easy to see why they're becoming Australia's favourite appliance. Imagine savouring the flavour and crispy texture of fried food without the guilt of deep-frying in oil.

For years, conventional ovens have been trying to compete with the delicious taste of deep-fried delicacies to no avail, until now. The air fryer uses hot air to cook your food, rapidly circulating the air to ensure even and thorough cooking. Unlike a conventional oven, an air fryer won't dry out your food or create uneven temperatures, making it ideal for roasting and baking.

Despite the name, they’re not just for frying. Our range of air fryers can also replace your conventional oven when baking desserts and cookies. Imagine starting your day with fresh, bakery-quality croissants! With so many recipes available, including pizzas, schnitzel, meatballs and more, you’ll be spoilt for lunch and dinner options.


How to pick the right size of air fryer

Once you decide on an air fryer, you'll then need to choose the size you need. Small air fryers are nice and compact, taking up less space on your benchtop. They're perfect for families of up to four people who want to cook meals and side dishes quickly and easily.

Large air fryers and air fryer ovens are ideal for bigger families - they allow you to cook a full roast dinner with ease. Explore our options online with large basket air fryers and air fryer ovens in our range.

We've stocked all your favourite brands at Harris Scarfe, giving you a collection of the best air fryers available in Australia, from compact to crowd-pleasers.

Our stylish Smith & Nobel 3.2L Digital Air Fryer will look great on your benchtop and add character to your kitchen. With an impressive digital display and 3L basket, you'll have crispy fries at the touch of a button. This is a great size if you're feeding up to four people and comes in very handy for side dishes and after school snacks.

For bigger families, our 7.5L air fryers and 10L air fryer ovens are popular choices. With an XL basket or multiple trays, these are the best type of air fryer to buy if you're cooking for a crowd or like to cook multiple elements at once.


Healthy cooking made easy

Aside from delicious tasting food, one of the many benefits of using an air fryer is healthier cooking. Instead of deep-frying your food in oil, you'll only need a light drop of cooking oil for most recipes. This allows the air fryer to use the power of hot air to cook your food - without unnecessary fats or oils.

Indulge yourself with crunchy fries, crispy chicken, tasty roasted vegetables or delicious desserts. You'll be able to enjoy guilt-free meals in a much healthier way.

What is the best air fryer?

Standard air fryers vs an air fryer oven

Similar to our microwave convection ovens, we also have a range of air fryer ovens that perform all the tasks of an air fryer, with the added benefit of trays instead of a single basket. Despite their looks, they have similar air frying functionality and will cook your food in the same way.

Conventional oven users love our air fryer ovens as they combine the best of both kitchen appliances. The larger size allows you to cook multiple dishes at once while the air frying elements give meals a crispy and juicy flavour.

Here are some of the best benefits of their air fryers and air fryer ovens:


Benefits of a basket air fryer

  • easy to clean, some baskets are even dishwasher safe
  • perfect for quick meals like chips, nuggets, chicken wings, vegetables
  • easy to store, taking up less space on your benchtop

Benefits of an air fryer oven

  • larger capacity with removable trays to cook multiple dishes at once
  • optional rotisserie option with some air fryer ovens gives you more cooking options
  • more efficient to use than a conventional oven
Help with choosing the best air fryer to buy

What kind of food can I cook in an air fryer?

You'll be surprised at just how many delicious recipes you can make in your air fryer. Take a look at our cooking club for recipe inspiration and reviews, including one of our favourites - Poh's Popcorn Chicken with Spicy Cooling Dipping Sauce.

Cooking in your air fryer doesn't have to be fancy. One of the many benefits is how simple and easy they are to use. You can cook frozen food without defrosting (think fries, nuggets, chicken schnitzels) and at the touch of a button. It's also a much safer way to cook with automatic cooking functions and digital displays - even the kids will enjoy getting involved.


What's the best air fryer to buy - review our favourite brands

At Harris Scarfe, we've sourced a range of the best air fryers for you to choose from, including quality tested brands that you know and love. Take a look at our reviews on each product to see which one will work best in your kitchen. If you have any questions, our friendly team are always happy to help, both in-store and online.

Start your air fryer journey with us today and discover why these kitchen appliances are quickly becoming household staple items. Make cooking fun with our range of kitchen accessories and cooking club guides.

Keen to read more about kitchen appliances? You can view our other buying guides online or visit us in-store today.


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