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Take care of yourself: buying guide for oil-free fryers with tips, recommendations and seven outstanding models from 50 euros


Oil-free fryers are all the rage. And it is that the premise of eating croquettes and chips and reducing the caloric intake of frying sounds very seductive. If you are considering buy an oil-free deep fryerIn this complete buying guide we explain how they work, what to take into account when choosing one and we propose a careful selection of models for all budgets.


How Oil-Free Fryers Work

Why would they call it an oil-free fryer when they are actually mini convection ovens? It is a psychological question, the of sell us something new as something we all already know, a simplification that for example also happens with vegetable milks that are not really milk or vegetable meat burgers. So we know that they are new and what they work for without going into details.

Having clarified this, let’s go to how it works: oil-free fryers cook food by combining the grill function with hot air that circulates at high speed. In fact, what a fryer does without oil you could achieve with your oven.

Thus, you can prepare fritanga classics such as croquettes, nuggets or French fries, saving a lot of oil, both in use and ingestion, since with deep fryers lifelong the food absorb 10% of their weight in oil.

And well, the “no oil” thing admits a reply: When we cook fat-free food, we can do without it (for example salmon), but if we are going to make potatoes it is advisable (especially at the tasting level) to spray some oil. But the difference is remarkable: from a few drops to bathe the food, and that is also noticeable at the caloric level.

In short, with an oil-free fryer you use less oil and cook healthier than with a traditional fryer. Compared to an oven, the difference has to do with time and energy consumption, lower with oil-free fryers.

How to choose a good oil-free fryer

  • The basket size Determine how many people you can cook for at one time. Although this information is offered in liters, it is usually frequent that the grams of potatoes that you can cook are offered as a guideline. As an approximation: a 1.5-liter basket allows you to add 400 grams of potatoes, enough for two people. Of course, also consider the size of your kitchen, can you fit another bulky appliance?

  • Type of fryer. There are essentially two types: with a removable basket and with a bowl. The former are the most common, common among mid-range and entry-level models. With them you will not be able to see the evolution of the preparation unless you remove the basket or tray. The models with a bowl are usually advanced and premium, they have a kind of window that allows you to check how the preparation is going without interrupting the process.

  • The temperature range it is related to power and allows us to choose how much heat we can provide to the food we are going to cook (although obviously a fryer with capacity for two people will not need the same as one for four). The usual range is between 80 and 200ºC. This section is very important if we want it for something more than sporadic use in frying, for example to cook meat and fish, where the point is important. The reason is that we want them to be golden on the outside and juicy inside, so the device must be able to provide enough heat to achieve this and not fall short, in which case we will end up losing the point leaving the food dry. In this sense, there are them with an extra grill function.

  • Digital timer or manual. In essence, to cook with an oil-free fryer you need to regulate the time and temperature. While the most basic ones have a manual dial with which to regulate it, if you are looking for more precision and control it is advisable to bet on a model with a screen where you can configure and view it.

  • Temperature control. As with time, you will find oil-free fryers that regulate the temperature either with a dial or with a screen, the latter being the most accurate option.

  • With or without paddle to stir. The desirable thing when you remove the potatoes from the basket is that they are all cooked in a homogeneous way (come on, they are all equally toasted), hence it is interesting that it has a paddle (generally removable) that occasionally removes the food that is cooking. Alternatively, there are also them with baskets that rotate to achieve the same result. However, most oil-free fryers do not have these elements / technologies, but there is an easy solution: open the basket and stir manually yourself.

  • With or without connectivity? Being able to know how much time is left for your preparation, starting it from an application, modifying parameters or accessing a recipe book are the main extras that we gain with a model with Wi-Fi connectivity, as we verified in our analysis of the Proscenic T21.

  • extra compartment: some of the more advanced models have a second compartment or rack to cook two different dishes in one go.

  • You can wash it in the dishwasher? Be careful because this is an important question, it will not be the first or the last thing that you leave in ostracism because cleaning it costs almost more than using it. Every time you use the fryer you will have to clean it, so it is great that the parts can be easily separated and put in the dishwasher (or, alternatively, easy to wash by hand).

Featured Models

Compact

If you like to prepare fried foods but don’t want to complicate (or fill your small kitchen) with a bulky or complex appliance, then take a look at the Cecotec Compact (49 euros) because it has the ideal size for one or two people.

Easy to use, you just have to regulate the temperature and time in ranges of up to half an hour or 200 degrees. Despite being simple, it is programmable, so that when you get home the potatoes are freshly made.


Cecotec Cecofry Compact Rapid White Oil Free Diet Fryer.  900 W, Capacity 400 gr, Temperature 200ºC, Adjustable time, Includes Recipe Book

Cecotec Cecofry Compact Rapid White Oil Free Diet Fryer. 900 W, Capacity 400 gr, Temperature 200ºC, Adjustable time, Includes Recipe Book

Aries 4615

Following the proposal of the previous model, the Ariete 4615 (66 euros) maintains compact design and ease of use, although it is slightly more powerful and larger, reaching 1000W and 2 liters in size … which is still for two people (good food). To highlight its cheerful and striking design


Ariete 4615 - Airy Mini Healthy Fryer, Oil Free, Timer, 1000W, Yellow and White

Ariete 4615 – Airy Mini Healthy Fryer, Oil Free, Timer, 1000W, Yellow and White

Phi

Philips is a classic in home electronics and has the honor of being the first brand to launch the first original oil-free fryer. The Philips HD9252 / 90 Airfryer (99 euros) are big words in terms of quality and potency. Suitable for 2 – 3 people, it has a power of 1400W that will measure up not only for fried foods, but also for cooking meat, fish and vegetables. With an intuitive digital display.


Philips HD9252 / 90 Airfryer - Original Hot Air Fryer (1400W, 2-3 People, 800g / 4.1L, Digital Display), Black

Philips HD9252 / 90 Airfryer – Original Hot Air Fryer (1400W, 2-3 People, 800g / 4.1L, Digital Display), Black

Pro

For foodies tech lovers who like to try out the latest innovations, the Proscenic T21 (109 euros with coupon) is understood with Alexa, has an intuitive touch panel and is quite powerful. You can cook for 3 – 4 people


proscenic T21 Oil Free Fryer, 5.5L Air Fryer, App and Alexa Compatible, WIFI Oil Free Fryer, Combination Function, Online Spanish Recipes, PFOA Free, LED Touch Screen, 1700W

proscenic T21 Oil Free Fryer, 5.5L Air Fryer, App and Alexa Compatible, WIFI Oil Free Fryer, Combination Function, Online Spanish Recipes, PFOA Free, LED Touch Screen, 1700W

Cosori

If you plan to give your new fryer without oil a lot and you are looking a powerful and high-capacity model, at Cosori (118 euros) is a good candidate.

It has 11 predefined programs, 5.5 liters of capacity and 1700W to prepare your preparations quickly and effectively thanks to its touch screen. And something that never hurts in these times: with energy efficiency label A +++


COSORI Oil-Free Fryer 5.5L, Hot Air Fryer with 11 Programs, Air Fryer with Keep Warm Function, LED Touch Screen, Timer, BPA and PFOA Free, 100 PDF Recipes, 1700W

COSORI Oil-Free Fryer 5.5L, Hot Air Fryer with 11 Programs, Air Fryer with Keep Warm Function, LED Touch Screen, Timer, BPA and PFOA Free, 100 PDF Recipes, 1700W

Mouli

With a sober and elegant design, the Moulinex EZ401D10 EasyFry Deluxe (119 euros) is misleading since it is compact on the outside, but inside it has a 4.2L volume enough for 6 servings.

With a screen that is very easy to use, it is also easy to clean, since you can remove some of its parts and put them in the dishwasher.


Moulinex EZ401D10 EasyFry Deluxe - Oil-free fryer for healthy preparations, fries with hot air, compact design, temperature adjustment, timer, 8 menus, Air Pulse technology

Moulinex EZ401D10 EasyFry Deluxe – Oil-free fryer for healthy preparations, fries with hot air, compact design, temperature adjustment, timer, 8 menus, Air Pulse technology

Tefal

If there are many of you at home and you reserve a privileged place to cook (almost) everythingCheck out this premium model, the Tefal YV9708 ActiFry Genius XL (256 euros).

It is not a cheap fryer, but you can fit almost 2 kg of foodIt has two compartments and is very manageable thanks to its removable bowl. Of course, you can wash the basket in the dishwasher and it comes with a recipe book.


Tefal YV9708 ActiFry Genius XL 2 in 1 - Oil Free Fryer, Dual Motion Technology, XL Capacity, 9 Programs, Dishwasher Safe for up to 1.7 kg of Frying, two Cooking Zones, Healthy Cooking

Tefal YV9708 ActiFry Genius XL 2 in 1 – Oil Free Fryer, Dual Motion Technology, XL Capacity, 9 Programs, Dishwasher Safe for up to 1.7 kg of Frying, two Cooking Zones, Healthy Cooking

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