Air fryers are a great utility item if you love treating yourself to fried food often. They use less oil than food cooked conventionally which makes them a healthy choice as well. But when it comes to buying an air fryer, people are often – what size would suit them the best. Let’s break them down into – small, large, and extra large. The choice of the appropriate size is important if you want to have the best benefits of an air fryer.
Air fryer size guide
The capacity of air fryer models is measured in quarts, liters, or pounds. But of course, these figures are guidelines and you’ll have to eyeball it depending on what you’re cooking. Vegetables, cake or fries will take less space than steak, a couple of chicken legs or wings.
Let’s take a look at the various size options available:
Overview of small air fryers
As the name suggests, these air fryers are small in size and have a capacity of 1 – 2 quarts. Our own experiments have shown that a 2.2 quart model can hold 1.8 pounds of food, So it’s good for 1-2 people. As such, they can be used by a student, by a couple, or in an office where a small amount of food needs to be prepared. As they are small in size, they are perfect fit for small kitchens. They are also quite portable which means you can take them on camping trips.
Medium & big air fryers
Large air fryers usually have a capacity of 3-5.8 quarts which is good for 2-4 people. Our estimates show that a 3 quart model can hold 2.6 pounds of food. These models are good for small families, a small group of friends, or a few guests. You can easily cook a whole chicken in a 5.8-quart air fryer. They come with many cooking compartments and many features.
Extra large fryers
If you have a large family or tend to many guests frequently, then this type of air fryer would suit you the best. They are usually between 6 – 16 quarts and can roast big-size whole chicken, a whole pizza and a pound of fries very easily. You can also grill and bake different food items.
Reviews of the various sizes available
Philips Premium Digital air fryer XXL with Fat Reduction Technology
Philips brings to you a high-quality digital air fryer that allows you to eat healthy every time. With a 1,725-watt heating system, it is pretty powerful. True to its name, the Philips Digital airfryer is hefty so much so that you can fry 3-pounds of potatoes and even a whole chicken.
With its Twin TurboStar technology, this model promises to reduce fat by up to 90% from your food. So, every time you cook food, you get to eat healthy.The extra oil and fat get extracted in the fat reducer. Later you can dispose of the residue with ease.
This particular model from Philips comes with a touch screen, digital interface, and most importantly, 5 different presets which make cooking really easy. Whether you want to prepare drumstick, meat, frozen fries, or fish, this model can surely be of your help.
This air fryer comes with a ‘keep warm’ functionality which ensures that your food is warm till you have it. It’s a bit large compared to any other model available in the market which makes it really easy to cook different food items at a time. You can choose to cook a whole chicken or 2 bags of frozen fries with ease which means if you belong to a large family, this air fryer could be the best choice for you.
Moreover, cleaning this air fryer is really easy. The basket and drawer both are dishwasher-safe. It also includes Rapid heat technology which can be a great substitute to preheating. This means whenever you cook, it will take comparatively less time for each and every dish. Overall, this air fryer can be a great addition to large families or can be a great option to have a nice family get-together or party.
This Philips Premium Digital air fryer XXL is a great choice if you need quality food in bulk quantities. One of the amazing features is the ability to stop the fryer mid cooking and then start again where you left. It’s comparatively quiet in operation, and most importantly, it produces low-fat food. Overall we had a nice cooking experience with this air fryer.
- Perfect size for big families
- Complete digital interface for easier control
- The package does not include any additional accessories
- Expensive compared to other options
Ninja OP301 Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, air Fryer
The Ninja Foodi comes with a nice design that is easy to use and comfortable to get going as well. The control panel is easy to understand and even if you are a beginner. The package comes with a few additional accessories like the reversible rack, detachable diffuser, cooking pot, condensation collector, pressure lid, etc. which can be useful. Quite like the air fryer itself, cleaning the accessories is easy as well.
When it comes to functionality, this air fryer is almost unparalleled. The controls and functions are highlighted and include LED lights. Even though it might seem to be a complicated machine to handle, the facility that the machine comes with makes it really easy to get going even for first-timers.
Not only does the air fryer cook efficiently, it takes less time to cook as well. Whether you need to cook meat or rice or vegetables, the air fryer is capable enough to adjust its timer to cook different items to perfection. It does not overcook your food and keeps them hot till you are ready to have it. Although this air fryer from Ninja comes with different cooking presets, you might need to add your touch of cooking expertise to have a perfectly cooked meal. From the basic controls and pre-settings, it’s pretty much evident that you can use this air fryer as a versatile cooking accessory in your kitchen. If you are looking to cooking various healthy and tasty dishes and snacks in less time, then this is the air fryer that you can buy.
The Ninja Foodi is capable of doing everything- from cooking chicken to pork, from frying French fries to cooking rice. This air fryer is programmed to do everything. While this air fryer makes cooking easy, cleaning is not so difficult either.
Even if you wish to slow cook your food, this air fryer is efficient enough to assist you in that. Foodi from Ninja has mostly impressed its users with its cooling efficiency. That being said, remember that this air fryer might be a bit heavier than you think, which can be a bit concerning if you have to keep on moving the air fryer from one place to another quite often.
- Easy to use control panel
- Cleaning is really easy
- The noise might be a bit louder than you expect
PowerXL Power air fryer 5.3 Quart Black
If you wish to buy an air fryer that comes with advanced features, then this particular model from PowerXL is the perfect fit for you. While traditional fryers need oil to cook your food, this air fryer does not need any oil at all. This means that you can enjoy oil and fat-free food every time. It comes with a basket capacity of 5.3 quarts which is perfect for large families. The basket is not only big but also comes with a divider which allows you to cook different food items simultaneously. This is helpful if you have to cook for a large family.
Moreover, it comes with a sleek and compact design which looks nice. The plastic body might seem to be a bit fragile, but surprisingly, it is long-lasting. It does not make a lot of noise. So, unless you are really close to the machine, you will not be bothered. The air fryer also has temperature control buttons which allows you to select your choice of temperature and cook food to perfection. Along with the temperature controller, you get an auto-shutdown facility as well.
Unlike other air fryers, this model from PowerXL comes with preheat technology, which allows you to cook faster than traditional fryers and keeps food crispy and serve-ready until you open the machine. Just make sure that if you want to cook healthy, prepare small amounts of food at a time. This might add some time to your cooking, but rest assured that your meal will be just fantastic and healthy.
Now this Power XL can fit a lot of food- 6lb chickens and tons of fries! So this airfryer is perfect for large families or someone who cooks often. The divider is super helpful when you want to fit more stuff in the fryer or cook two different things at once. It also comes with a baking pan, which you can use for cakes. It preheats fast, cooks food quicker than in a conventional oven. The only problem is the basket which is tricky to insert.
- Automatic shut down option once cooking is complete
- Since this air fryer removes fat from your food, you get healthy food every time
- Bit on the costly side
GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable air Fryer
The GoWISE 3.7-quart Fryer provides solid value – large capacity but an affordable price tag.Having this in your kitchen can help you cook for your whole family. And when you add to the fact that it cooks healthy food, the GoWISE does sound appealing.
The food is cooked with Rapid Air Technology that cooks food evenly from every side but without any oil. With this air fryer at your disposal, you can easily heat frozen food and enjoy it without using a microwave. It also includes a diverse range of temperature control which allows you to cook different items without any trouble at all. The recipe book included with the package comes with different healthy food recipes that you can try at home.
The 7 different pre-settings, diverse temperature settings, alarm indicator, and a recipe book certainly makes this air fryer a great addition to your kitchen or a healthy gift for your beloved ones.
This airfryer has great reviews on Amazon with most of them having described how fast and efficiently they were able to cook meat. We agree as this air fryer was easy to use and easy to clean. The basket’s surface truly was non-stick. There was no pre soaking necessary like some competitors. However, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend using a dishwasher for the basket which is a bummer. Also, the only thing that this fryer is missing is a stirring paddle. So, in some cases, you might have to take the basket out, shake, and then put it back again for cooking.
- Comes with in-built cooking functions and basic controls which makes it easy to use
- The design is not too great and the plastic looks inexpensive
Conclusion – which air fryer size should I go for?
The choice of the air fryer will depend on your requirements and space available. Before investing in a shiny new kitchen appliance, also make sure you have even counter space.
If you have a space crunch or want to cook a few items for yourself, a small-sized air fryer is what you need. If you want to cook a lot of food on a regular basis, large or extra large air fryers would be the best fit.
Hello there, my name is Tracey Allen from New York. I am a cooking enthusiast and a restaurant industry veteran. I have been spreading my passion for air fryers and simplified cooking with colleagues and friends for close to a decade. If you have any questions about air fryers, air cooking or healthy cooking feel free to contact me on the contact page.