The single basket air fryer was one of the first air fryers that I reviewed. In fact, this single basket air fryer - the Swan Retro 6ltr Manual Air Fryer (UK) - was the very first air fryer that I owned. Now it's time for an upgrade.
A single basket air fryer has one pull-out basket which makes it easy to shake small quantities of food, such as fries and vegetables. They generally come up a lot smaller than dual-drawer and air fryer ovens, making them a suitable counter-top appliance for the more compact apartment. Their space-saving design, though, means that they can have a tiny capacity of just 2qts / 2ltrs which can be super limiting to the types of food that you can cook. Whilst the single basket air fryer that I had in my kitchen had a capacity of 6.3qt / 6ltrs, I struggled to cook enough fries for two let alone anything else. There was no way that I could fit a 14-inch pizza into the drawer either, unless I was to cook half of it which, let's face it, I wasn't going to do.
So I've landed at the conclusion that now is the time for an air fryer upgrade. We're now in day two of the Amazon Prime Day deals which is bringing in some stellar Amazon Prime Day air fryer deals, so the timing for an upgrade is rather apt. I've included what I'm considering below.
- Single basket air fryers: save up to 50% on Instant Pot & more
- Dual basket air fryers: prices from $119.99
- Air fryer ovens: limited time deals on Cosori and Ninja
Dual basket air fryers
The dual basket air fryer is the same design as the single basket air fryer but instead of one drawer, it has two. This functionality of a dual drawer means that you can cook two different food types at the same time, or for different temperatures and durations.
Instant VersaZone 8-in-1 Air Fryer|
was $199.99, now $119.99 at Amazon (save $80)
This air fryer has the option for dual baskets, each with its own separate controls and settings, but you can remove the divider whenever you need to utilize the full 9 qt capacity. This is the ideal air fryer design in our view, helping you avoid back-to-back cooking without sacrificing the full basket for larger foods. And now it has a massive $80 discount.
Price check: Instant ($119.99)
Alternative pick: Instant Pot Duo Plus
Ninja DZ071 Foodi 6-in-1 FlexBasket Air Fryer |
was $179.99 now $113.99 at Amazon (save 37%)
In our review we felt that the Ninja Foodi FlexBasket is a remarkable machine with enough space to cater for six normal appetites. Our reviewer loved the option that you can cook two food types at once, or to have large portion of fries. It's also down to its lowest ever price of $113.99 for Prime Day, which is something else we like.
Price check: Best Buy $119.99
Alternative pick: Ninja DZ401 Foodi 10 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone XL 2-Basket Air Fryer
Air fryer ovens
This type of air fryer is a similar size to a microwave and is one that can comfortably cook a pizza or roast a chicken. It retains all the healthy and cost-saving benefits of an air fryer whilst saving money on the running costs of your convection oven.
The design of the air fryer oven is a single door instead of a drawer, and comes with shelving rather than a basket.
Cuisinart TOA-95 Air Fryer & Toaster Oven |
was $329.95, now $249.95 at Amazon (save $80)
Cuisinart is well known for the air fryer and toaster oven combo, and the TOA-95 features an extra large 0.95 cu ft capacity. It's pretty versatile, able to air fry, bake, broil, toast, bagel, pizza, roast, dehydrate, proof, low, slow cook - and more. It'd make a handy appliance to have in your kitchen if you like to mix up what you're cooking with ease.
Price Check: Best Buy ($255.99)
Alternative Pick: Cuisinart TOA-26 Compact Air Fryer Toaster Oven
Instant Pot Vortex Pro Air Fryer
was $169.99, now $119.95 at Amazon (save $50.04)
This oven-style air fryer gets its 4.5 out of 5 rating on Amazon because it's easy to use and easy to clean. It also has nine functions including rotisserie as well as fast preheating. It's also going on sale on Amazon, dropping about $50 from $169.99 to $119.95.
Price check: Best Buy ($119.95)
Alternative pick: Philips 3000 Series Air Fryer
Air fryer upgrade: verdict
I'd say that the air fryer oven is the one that appeals to me the most due to its design. I have a growing family and like to cook from one appliance (where I can) whilst saving money, so it'll suit my lifestyle perfectly.
It is for the more confident air fryer enthusiast who has the countertop space, though. They do tend to cost a bit more money than the dual drawer air fryer too, averaging between $200 - 250.
The dual drawer air fryer is a good step up from the single air fryer basket which will give you a larger capacity, whilst retaining the design features you are more familiar with. These will set you back between $150 - 200.