What’s innovative, modern, and healthy? That’s right: an air fryer!
This kitchen appliance revolutionized the kitchen world for those of us who crave for fried food but want to lead a healthy lifestyle by reproducing the texture and flavor of fried food with less 80% of fat.
Best Air Fryer Canada Reviews
- Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Air Fryer
- COSORI Air Fryer, 5.8QT Oil-Free XL
- Utopia Kitchen 3.2 Quart Air Fryer
- Philips Avance XL Digital Airfryer (Our Top Pick)
- GoWISE USA 2.75-Quart Air Fryer
- Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer
- Ninja Air Fryer
- T-Fal ActiFry Air Fryer
- T-Fal Low Oil Air fryer 2 in 1
Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Air Fryer
This model is more than an air fryer: it’s a multicooker, that is, it’s a pot that can air fry. It’s a great machine if you want to use it for many different dishes.
The Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Air is a favorite because of its eleven smart programs and also how easy it is to cook without preset dishes. Moreover, there’s a function exclusively for heating leftovers. This is a large model, which means that you can use it for cooking a lot of different meals for the whole family.
Its air fryer lid h used for air frying, roasting, baking, broiling, and dehydrating.
The cooking time is short, which is a significant advantage for those who lack time or patience, and it gives the food great texture and flavor. However, the cooking time does not include the time it takes to build up the pressure, and to de-pressure, so you spend more time preparing your meals than is disclosed.
Safety features are abundant: it comes with overheat protection, a safety lock, a burnt food signal, and an auto-shutoff option.
It’s, thus, a machine adequate for those who plan on using the device frequently for several different dishes.
It’s, yet, somewhat difficult to clean this machine, mainly the stainless steel liner, unlike what happens with other air fryers.
- Preset programs
- Not noisy
- Hard to clean
- A lot of steam
COSORI Air Fryer, 5.8QT Oil-Free XL
This COSORI air fryer is great for a large family since it’s the XL model. It’s an appreciated model because it is quick to heat up, unlike the Instant Pot, and it’s equally rapid to cook thanks to fast air circulation technology. It cooks flavorful food with impeccable texture. Default time and temperature aren’t always correct, though, so you might need to adjust them now and then.
This machine has a few unique features that make it one of a kind: it has a shake reminder that prevents you from burning food on one side, having a half-cooked, half-uncooked or having one crispy side and one soggy side; it keeps the cooked food warm; and it has an auto-shutoff function when the basket is removed, or the food is ready, preventing, also, overcooking. Moreover, its cutting-edge technology feature, the one-touch selection, comes in handy when in the kitchen.
Like many other air fryers, it has several presets, which allow you to cook varied dishes from meat and to bread.
Its parts are dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean.
- Easy to clean
- Cooks quickly
- Unpleasant burnt plastic smell sometimes
Utopia Kitchen 3.2 Quart Air Fryer
The Utopia Kitchen Air Fryer is a smaller, manually set model – it doesn’t have a lot of capacity, as compared to other models such as the Cosori Air Fryer, with almost twice the capacity. Still, it also doesn’t take up a lot of counter space.
This air fryer has a pair of convection fans that help to heat the air quickly and distributing the heat, so the food cooks evenly and hastily.
Like the models listed above, the Utopia Kitchen Air Fryer doesn’t have a stirring paddle – you have to take out the tray and give everything a shake, but you can check on your food awhile doing so. When the pot is removed from the device, the automatic shutoff function is triggered. There is also a ‘ready’ signal which alerts you once the food is ready.
This model is not dishwasher safe; you have to clean the pot and tray with a soft wet cloth or non-abrasive sponge after removing the tray from the pot and then dry completely before placing the tray and the pot back in the air fryer
- Heats up quickly
- Comes with detachable frying tray
- Slow to cook
- Not dishwasher safe
Philips Avance XL Digital Airfryer
This model will make you like spending time in the kitchen. It’s versatile: you can use it to grill, bake, and even roast your food. It’s family-oriented, or in other words, it has a basket with the perfect capacity to feed four people. Additionally, it saves you time because it doesn’t need to pre-heat.
The Philips Avance XL Digital Airfryer’s unique, patented Starfish technology is designed to create a fast, tornado-like airflow, exposing all food to constant, circulating heat. The result is evenly fried food without any turning required – even when food is piled up.
It’s not exactly easy to use. The manual isn’t all that helpful, so you get a handle of it by trial and error, but once you figure it out, it becomes an indispensable appliance. On the other hand, cleaning it is extremely easy since all removable parts are dishwasher safe.
Philips made this model in different sizes, so you can choose the size that better suits the space in your kitchen and the amount of food you need to prepare. If this model is too big for your needs, the Philips Airfryer might be more to your liking. There are only two significant differences between this model and the Philips Avance: the latter is more considerable and digital, while the first is smaller and analog.
- Unique heating technology
- Easy to use
- Lack of accessories
- Smokes too much sometimes
GoWISE USA 2.75-Quart Air Fryer
This smaller model is perfect for a family of two that enjoy varied meals cooked quickly. The GoWISE USA Air Fryer offers eight presets for meat, fish, fries, and cake plus a function to warm leftovers. If you don’t want to choose a preset, that’s perfectly possible because the machine allows you to set the temperature and cook from 1-60 minutes.
It cooks the food perfectly thanks to its rapid air circulation technology, which makes cooking food evenly possible. The machine doesn’t automatically shut off when the perfectly cooked food is done, but it does have an indicator that lets you know when cooking time has been reached by beeping a couple of times.
Another exciting feature of GoWISE USA Air Fryer is the standby feature, which allows you to switch the timer to standby once the food is done.
To make your life easier, the machine comes with a pan and a detachable basket with a cool-touch handle and a button guard to prevent accidents. The detachable basket makes it easy to shake ingredients and transfer food to a plate.
It’s effortless to clean the machine’s parts thanks to the PFOA free nonstick material with which they’re covered. There are still a few complaints about the material peeling off after a short time.
- Standby mode
- Button guard
- No baking pan included
- Questionable quality in the long run
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer
The Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer is very different from the others because it resembles a small oven. It is, in fact, a premium, full-size toaster oven with a built-in air fryer.
Although it is large enough for a 12” pizza, it is ideal for small meals, snacks, and reheating leftovers. It has some great features that make your life easier, such as auto-shutoff and nonstick interior, which makes it easy to clean. It’s also a quiet machine, which is always a plus.
It cooks quickly, like almost all air fryers reviewed so far, much because the fan turns off when the door opens, which helps keep the heat inside instead of projecting it to the exterior (keeping you face heat-free, as well). You have to, though, flip the food midway because, sadly, there is no bottom heating element, meaning that the food gets direct heat from above and not from below. Be careful when doing this since there is no “slide-out” for the trays and little room to grab the tray.
There are warnings about it getting hot on the outside, however, the door gets hot, but the top and sides, just warm, so there isn’t much of a burning hazard.
The trays are, supposedly, easy to clean but are not dishwasher safe.
- Fan turns off when the door opens
- No bottom heating
- Impractical to grab tray
Ninja Air Fryer
The large Ninja air fryer offers both programmable cooking functions – fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate – and manually controlled cook time and temperature for you to prepare dishes that aren’t available in the presets. It’s, thus, great for a family of four because it’s large and versatile.
Like the Cosori air fryer, this Ninja air fryer has a high technology one-touch control panel, but the feature that makes this air fryer unique is the multi-layer rack that helps you dehydrate a lot of fruit or veggies. If you’re a fan of homemade dehydrated fruit or veggies as snacks, this is an excellent machine for you.
This machine is straightforward to clean – all accessories are dishwasher safe.
Unlike other air fryers reviewed, the machine does not shut down automatically if you take the basket out, which can be a waste of energy since the machine loses heat. Furthermore, the outside of the machine might become very hot after prolonged usage.
- One-touch control
- Multi-layer rack
- Does not shut down automatically
- Outside may become hot
T-Fal ActiFry Air Fryer
The T-Fal Actifry Air Fryer’s exclusive Dual Motion Technology combines hot airflow technology with a patented (removable) automatic stirring paddle and results in homogeneous cooking. This means that manual stirring and shaking are not required, unlike what happens with the other air fryers aforementioned. If you think you still have to interrupt the program to check on the food, that’s not needed because this air fryer has a sizeable steam-free viewing window through which you can easily supervise the food.
This machine is ideal for a family or group of up to four people and is perfect for a quick meal since it doesn’t require pre-heating and is very easy to clean thanks to its dishwasher-safe parts. It’s not ideal if you have trouble remembering you have food cooking because although this air fryer has a timer, the timer is removable, meaning that it will not turn off the machine, it will just beep, and you will have to turn it off yourself. Otherwise, it will keep going indefinitely.
The design of the T-Fal Actifry might be a problem if you want to cook certain foods. Because of the stirring paddle, the basket of this machine has a somewhat large hole in the middle. That makes it impossible to heat a slice of pizza, for example, which is a thing that can be made without a problem in another air fryer such as Philips Air Fryer.
- Large steam-free window
- Quick to clean
- Limited design
T-Fal Low Oil Air fryer 2 in 1
Air fryers such as the Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 are the best option for a group or family of about eight people. It has four preset menu programs for main courses and desserts.
This air fryer is different from the other reviewed air fryers because it has two cooking zones, that is, two separate cooking areas in which you can prepare two different dishes at once and an extra pan. The two cooking zones are an excellent feature for a big group or family, but there are a few issues with this design. Firstly, the top tray won’t let you see the food on the bottom tray. To check on the food, you have to stop the air fryer, lift the lid, and the top tray, making the machine lose all heat and start over. Additionally, the food in the bottom tray doesn’t cook as well as the food on the top tray because the top tray blocks the heat, and the bottom tray is too far from the heat source. The food on the bottom tray cooks very slowly and, after removing the cooked food on the top tray, it has to back in the air fryer for a few more minutes, so it becomes crispy.
The method through which it cooks food is also the Dual Motion Technology, meaning that this air fryer also has an automatic (removable) stirring paddle combined with hot air.
It cooks quickly, and you don’t have to waste time on pre-heating. It’s practical because you can put the food in the machine and let it cook while you do other things. The automatic stirring paddle frees you from having to check on the food and interrupt the program to stir or shake. If you have a full basket, however, it’s not guaranteed that the paddle will be as efficient as it is when the basket isn’t complete. If you feel the need to check on the food, the machine has a sizeable steam-free window. It’s also safe to place your hands on the machine while cooking because the cool exterior construction prevents any burns during and after cooking.
- Automatic stirring paddle
- Cooks quickly
- Bottom tray cooks slowly
So… Which is the Best Air Fryer in Canada?
After the reviews, we’ve concluded that the best air fryer is the COSORI air fryer, 5.8QT Oil-Free XL. Its features are unique – and extremely useful – and the food’s flavor and texture are impeccable.
Know What You Need
Assessing your needs before purchasing an air fryer is extremely important because it will dictate which machine is most adequate for you.
Now that you have insight on the different features of varied air fryers check out the buyer’s guide below and find out which is the best for you!
Each brand makes air fryers of different sizes. Why? Because larger air fryers might be a waste of space and energy if you live alone or with a partner, and smaller air fryers aren’t enough for big families.
You have got to consider size as well when deciding where to place the machine – if you have a smaller kitchen, a big machine might take up too much counter space.
Versatile machines, that is, appliances that have several programs and can cook more than one thing simultaneously, are adequate for those who intend to frequently cook various types of dishes using the air fryer and those who cook for large groups.
The presets, or cooking settings, are overall responsible for the texture and taste of food. If you are using the machine for cooking a diverse range of foods, you might want to consider getting an air fryer with a wide variety of presets. This shouldn’t be a problem since most air fryers contain several different presets.
There are different models of different fryers, some are analogical, and others are digital. Evaluate your relation with digital products and choose the type that makes it easier for you to cook. You might find analogical more precise than digital sets or vice-versa.