At our home, we need to have a fried item for every meal, no matter what. It could be fish, chicken, paneer or kids favourite French Fries. But when it is missing, mealtime becomes dull.
But consuming oil in plenty on a day to day basis is not only unhealthy but also an expensive affair, thanks to rising prices. That is why we decided to invest in an air fryer. We bought a Philips Viva HD9218 Air Fryer and have been quite happy with its performance. Though it did take us a little time to cook evenly and retain crispiness without drying out food, overall, it has been quite a delightful purchase.
In this article, we bring to you some of the best air fryer options available in India. Priced between Rs. 3 to 13k, they are versatile, functional and highly rated amongst the users.
Best Air Fryers In India
The best thing about this air fryer from SToK is its large capacity. While most air fryers have 2 to 4-litre capacity, the SToK air fryer has a whopping 10-litre capacity which makes it quite a convenient option for a joint family. Not only can you fry large batches of french fries, but you can even fry a whole chicken easily in a go. This is because more than an air fryer, it has the design of a mini-oven 3 trays.
To add to the convenience, the air fryer comes with multiple cooking modes like fries, steak, bake, fish, shrimp, poultry, roast and pizza. The temperature can be set from 80 to 200 degrees Celsius, while time can be set up to 30 minutes.
You get various accessories like a rotating basket for french fries which helps with uniform frying. So, unlike traditional air fryers, you don’t have to shake the basket often. Then you get a rotisserie fork, skewers, drip tray for easy cleaning and two mesh racks which you can use to fry a large quantity of cutlet, fish, meat or chicken.
Users are quite positive about the product. Be it making fries, tandoori chicken, pizza or fish fry, the results are quite satisfactory. Food is uniformly cooked and browning is pretty even. Cleaning after use is also fairly easy. You can remove the basket completely and wash them just like regular utensils. They are dishwasher safe too.
Overall, with a large capacity, numerous cooking modes and user-friendly design, it is one of the best options. However, it is a tad more expensive than the other options.
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Philips HD9218 air fryer is yet another highly rated air fryer available in India with around 80% of users rating it as highly satisfactory. In addition to frying, this air fryer can be used to grill, bake and roast too.
The air fryer uses rapid air technology which circulates hot air in starfish design thus helping you cook uniformly and with lesser oil. In fact, Philips claims that their air fryers help reduce oil consumption by around 80% and creates drastically less smell than conventional fryers. That being said, we find that for uniform even cooking of items which are stacked one over the other in the basket ( French fries for example), you will have to shake the basket at a regular interval.
The air fryer has a 2.2-litre capacity. Weight-wise that amounts to about 800 gm ( depends on what you fry). The area of the basket is about 19 x 19 cm. So, while frying fish or cutlets or samosa, you will be able to place quite less amount of food than the maximum capacity of 800 gm.
When it comes to cooking, you can set the temperature between 120 to 200 degrees Celsius and timer for up to 30 minutes. The air fryer has to be pre-heated for most cooking for about 3 minutes. It takes about 12 minutes to cook French fries, while Tandoori items may take as much as 30 minutes. Philips gives a recipe booklet customised for Indian cooking, which is quite helpful for beginners.
Talking about energy consumption, the appliance takes up about 0.7 units of electricity for a 30-minute run. So, while you do get healthier snacks, it might not be that easy on your pockets.
Yet another drawback is that the accessories like the roasting rack and separator ( for cooking different food items simultaneously) do not come along with the bundle. You will have to spend extra on it.
Also being a heavy appliance, weighing 7 Kg, you will have to keep it on the countertop itself. Placing it on top of the oven to save space is not advisable.
Considering the price tag of close to Rs. 9k, buying Philips HD9218 air purifier is worth it only if you consume fried food on a daily basis.
If you are looking for a versatile and multi-functional air fryer for a small family, you must definitely look into this air fryer from Prestige.
Foremost, the fryer looks quite stylish and modern in black to add a glamorous quotient to any kitchen. The unit is one of the most compact air fryers available in the market. Its slimmer profile and smaller footprint make it suitable to fit even narrow and cramped countertops.
The outer body is crafted from a durable and sturdy material. Not only does it remain cool while being operated, but its handle is also heatproof. Thus, you can easily pull out the basket with no fear of burning your hands. It also boasts of a perfectly sealed design to prevent any mess or splashes around while cooking.
The fryer can fry, roast, cook, bake, and can do various other types of cooking. Thus, it can be your one-stop kitchen gadget.
The air fryer uses hot air technology to cook food whose taste matches fried food but utilizes 80 per cent less oil. The unit has a grill and fan that blasts hot air and circulates it evenly for quick and hygienic cooking.
Its specially designed basket is non-stick and has a two-litre capacity. The temperature range varies from 80 to 200-degree Celsius, thereby giving you enough flexibility to do a plethora of cooking. Be it a single-serve quick meal or family-sized dishes or snacks; you will not face any challenges.
The handle and the safety switch help in the easy and safe handling of the basket. Moreover, you can easily pull out the basket for convenient cleaning and maintenance. The grill is also easy to clean. You can even put all removable accessories in the dishwasher for thorough cleaning.
The fryer has two knobs that give you complete control over the cooking. One helps you set the temperature, and the other is a timer. It can be set for a maximum of 30 minutes and helps eliminate the stress of keeping an eye on while cooking.
A standout feature of this fryer is the smoke vent that absorbs all unwanted smoke and food odours. Hence, not only does the fryer remain almost oil-free, but your kitchen is also fresh and clean. Taking all the mess out of cleaning keeps your life stress free.
The fryer has an indicator light to let you the status of cooking. It consumes about 1200 watts of power that is standard for air-fryers but not too easy for the pocket.
It has sturdy built and weighs 6.2 Kg, but even so, it is compact in design. So, it can be placed on a countertop or even window sills.
The unit comes with few accessories like a separator, cake basket, etc. that proves to be a cooking delight. The unit comes with a standard one-year warranty.
On the flip side, its timer button is a little less than satisfactory. Sometimes, it begins to stop halfway and stops working completely with prolonged use. Few users also complain of the unit heating up slowly.
Overall, with a reasonably high customer rating and reasonable pricing of about 4.5K, it is an ideal air fryer for small families and single people for guilt-free cooking and binging.
Very few air fryers boast of a digital interface, and this offering from Kenstar is one of them. It is one of the best Digi air fryers that you can find for its pricing of around 7k.
The air fryer impresses you at first glance with its stylish design and glossy black finish. It is crafted of high-quality ABS grade plastic that is reasonably durable. It is lightweight at around 5kgs for easy portability and placement at any place in the kitchen. Its anti-slip rubber feet further make it easy to place anywhere for use. It is reasonably compact and can be easily carried and placed anywhere.
The model has a volume of 3.5 litres that can easily cater to any middle to large-sized family. The unit is versatile enough to do baking, roasting, grilling, frying, and many more.
To make life easier, the model comes with seven pre-sets that you can choose. There is also a free recipe booklet given with the fryer to cook over 100 recipes.
The fryer can heat up to 200-degree Celsius, enabling you to cook any Indian and western recipe with ease.
It too has a timer that can run for a maximum of 30 minutes. Post it; the fryer has an auto-shutoff feature to prevent your food from burning due to over-heating. Because of the cool-touch technology, the food comes out non-greasy and perfectly cooked.
Moreover, its basket has a nonstick coating that keeps the food delicious and risk-free from burning while making it a breeze.
On the flip side, the small cord is the first thing that strikes you. The basket is also made of plastic, which tends to give off a plastic burning smell and can leach over time. It also lacks any space for a separator. It is also not communicated if the removable parts can be cleaned in a dishwasher.
Few complaints of its body getting heated up while operating. Its buttons are too sensitive and need to be touched with care. Another point to note is that it requires a 16A socket since it consumes 1500 watts of energy. Hence, you do not get an economical electricity bill with regular use.
Accessories are missing with the unit though you have a manual to refer to. Few have complained of poor air circulation at the bottom that can leave the underside of the food like pizza poorly cooked.
But given its reasonable pricing, one-year warranty, and excellent performance, as evident from high customer ratings; you would love having this air fryer in your kitchen.
This option from SToK is the most budget-friendly air fryer on this list with a price tag of around Rs. 3.5k.
The air fryer comes with a 2.6-litre capacity and basket size similar to that of Havells and Philips. The company also provides an extra stainless steel grill so that you can fry more quantities in a batch.
The temperature can be set from 80 to 200 degrees Celsius and the timer can be set up to 30 minutes.
Just like other air fryers on the list, it takes about 8-10 minutes for frying lighter items like fish, paneer, spring rolls and Samosa and about 20-30 minutes for medium size chicken.
The unit costs about half of Havells and Philips making you wonder if there is a catch. Most user reviews are satisfactory. However, you don’t really find a lot of authorised service centres around.
The product comes with a 1-year warranty. But you will have to send the product to their Delhi office for any repairs.
On the whole, considering the budget-friendly price tag and fairly good performance, it is definitely the choice for those who don’t want to shell out a bomb for an air fryer.
Appliances from Inalsa generally offer excellent value for money. This air fryer too follows suit. It is a basic model for a small family with the necessary features to fry various snacks and other delicacies.
While the pan inside in which you can cook curries and casserole comes with a 2.3-litre capacity, the food basket on which you fry cutlet, fries, fish and chicken have only a 1.8-litre capacity.
The timer and the temperature setting can be adjusted with a jog dial. The temperature can be set from 100 to 200 degrees Celsius, while the timer can be set up to 30 minutes. Compared to the other options mentioned in this list, Inalsa consumes lesser power of 1200 Watts.
Now, coming to the actual performance, most users are quite satisfied. It can fry french fries, stuffed vegetables, chicken and fish with ease. They all are uniformly cooked with excellent browning.
Talking about the drawbacks, the capacity is lesser than other air fryers in the list. Also, its build quality has scope for improvement. The non-stick coating on the food basket especially needs special care, else it could peel off easily.
Overall, with competitive pricing and fairly good performance, it is definitely an option worth considering.
The Koryo brand has recently taken the Indian market by storm with its amazing and cost-effective houseware products. This air fryer is no exception.
Like most quality air fryers, it flaunts a premium look in black. It is the lightest air fryer we have discussed so far. It weighs just 2.5 kgs and is reasonably compact to place anywhere in the kitchen. Hence you can move it anywhere and place it anywhere as well. Crafted of high-grade plastic, it is quite sturdy and durable.
Like most air fryers, it can fry, bake, grill, bake, and do a host of other cooking activities. With a capacity of 2.6 litres, it can easily take care of small to medium-sized families’ requirements.
Owning to its high-speed air circulation technology, it cooks food using 80 per cent less oil than regular cooking.
It has almost every feature we have discussed so far, like power indicator lights, adjustable temperature feature from 80 degrees to 200 degrees Celsius, auto-heat off feature, removable basket, a timer of up to 30 minutes, and so on.
Another unique feature is the heatproof handle on the basket to pull it out easily. Its removable parts are all dishwasher safe to do cleaning and maintaining this appliance, a breeze.
It consumes about 1350 watts of energy, which tends to fall on the higher side.
Another delightful feature of the appliance is the plethora of accessories that come with the fryer from pizza pan, cake mould, silicone cup moulds, silicon brush, recipe book, user manual, etc. It, too, comes with a standard one-year warranty.
The only complaint about the fryer is the plastic smell that often comes out of the appliance, though the taste and the health factor does not get compromised.
Overall, with economical pricing of under 4K and a high customer satisfaction rating score, it is an air fryer you cannot go wrong with.
This air fryer from Inalsa has really high customer satisfaction ratings, reasonable pricing, and a plethora of convenient features.
It looks elegant and stylish in black and steel grey and is compact and lightweight at 2.8 kgs. With its compact size, you can move and operate it almost anywhere. Crafted from high-quality and food-grade plastic, it flaunts a sturdy and durable body.
The air fryer can grill, roast, bake, fry, and do multiple other works to make it your all-in-one kitchen appliance. It uses a unique smart AirCrisp technology that circulates hot air 360 degrees and adds an extra crispness to any food using little to no oil. Hence, you can prepare and eat almost anything with no fear of extra calories or any compromise on health and taste quotient.
Its basket has a non-stick coating to make cooking easier and cleaning effortless. Post cooking, you can easily slide it out. It has a 2.4 litres capacity in which you can easily make 700 gm of French fries in one go. Hence, it can sufficiently cater to a medium to large-sized family.
The fryer can heat up faster than most other fryers and cook a couple of minutes faster than any oven or microwave. Consuming 1000 watts of energy, it is cost-efficient compared to similar fryers from other brands.
Its digital touchscreen is highly sensitive and offers you plenty of features and settings. There are eight cooking presets to help you cook various recipes at the touch of a button.
It, too, has a temperature range of 80 to 200 degrees Celsius and a timer of 30 minutes. It also has the option of on/off in the middle of the timer to give you the ultimate freedom in cooking. You can also set your own timer for precise cooking.
The basket can be easily taken out. All its removable accessories are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Regarding safety, it has the overheat protection and auto-off feature as soon as you take the basket out. The smoke vent absorbs the generated smoke and odour to keep your food and kitchen fresh and safe.
Its accessories include a cooking pan and a separator that adds to the delight. Unlike other air fryers, it comes with a two-year warranty instead of one. Moreover, you can extend it for another six months by registering the product.
We can conclude that with barely any complaint against the fryer and economical pricing of around 4.7k, it is a stellar deal for any person spending significant time in the kitchen.