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A foodie’s guide to the best air fryers in New Zealand

Expert advice on choosing the best air fryer for your household needs

Cooking for the whole family or hosting a potluck should be easy and stress-free, and an air fryer is the perfect gadget for creating good food in a jiffy.

A highly raved-about kitchen appliance, read our buyer’s guide to the best air fryers NZ has to offer.

2024’s best air fryers NZ

01

Russell Hobbs Brooklyn Air Fryer

$169 at Folders

Best for: Cooks seeking a portable, mid-sized air fryer that does it all

Cooking dinner in an instant is made easier with this award-winning air fryer from Russell Hobbs. 

Whether you feel like prawns or steak, the air fryer has a function for almost everything, and its digital touchscreen display makes using the appliance a breeze. 

The compact air fryer also features a convenient carry handle. This means you can move it around the kitchen or store it in a cupboard with ease. 

Key features:

  • 7 preset cooking functions (chips, chops, prawns, bake, steak, fish and chicken)
  • 7L capacity 
  • Dishwasher-safe, detachable crisping plate
  • Convenient carry handle

02

Sunbeam All-In-One Air Fryer Oven

$329 at Folders

Best for: Feeding the whole family on-the-go

This speedy air fryer offers the versatility of an oven, rotisserie, and dehydrator. You’ll use it for almost everything: dried fruits and vegetables, homemade muffins, and rotisserie chicken! 

It’s one of the most versatile options on the market, boasting a revolutionary rotating air fry basket that achieves the perfect even crunch. Hello, crispy french fries!

If you have many mouths to feed, you’ll love that this 10-litre air fryer is an excellent size for the family. It can cook almost anything and includes an impressive array of dishwasher-safe accessories, such as a rotisserie spit, grill plate, and cake tin. 

Key features:

  • All-in-one air fryer (air frying, rotisserie, grill, baking, dehydrating)
  • 6 preset cooking functions (fries, meat, veggies)
  • 10L capacity
  • Includes a rotating basket, 3 air fry racks, rotisserie spit and handling fork, grill plate, cake tin, and slide-out drip tray
  • Clear viewing window
  • Detachable door for easy clean-up

03

Maxkon 7L Air Fryer

$129.97 (usually $259.95) at Best Deals

Best for: Budding chefs who want the convenience of an air fryer to create flavourful meals

Make cooking quick and simple with this easy-to-use air fryer. It ensures your food is crispy on the outside and flavourful and moist on the inside. 

We love that the air fryer features a 2-hour ‘keep warm’ button, making it convenient to feed a busy household. 

Whether cooking a steak or reheating toast, this nifty air fryer will retain your food’s original flavour and taste. 

Key features:

  • 7 preset cooking functions (ribs, fries, fish, steak, chicken, shrimp, cake)
  • 7L capacity
  • Adjustable 60-minute timer
  • 2-hour keep-warm button
  • Touch screen technology for convenience

04

Kitchen Couture Dual View Air Fryer

$349.30 (usually $499) at Spotlight

Best for: The hostess with the mostess

If you regularly host Sunday dinners, this stainless steel Kitchen Couture air fryer is for you. Cook your meals at the touch of a button, and make the most of the viewing windows and internal light to monitor food on the go easily. 

It boasts a whopping 10-litre capacity, and its dual cooking compartments mean you can cook with different functions simultaneously to maximise your productivity. There’s even an automatic shut-off timer to ensure your culinary masterpieces don’t overcook. 

Thankfully, the air fryer includes detachable non-stick accessories, making cleaning a breeze. 

Whether you’re whipping up roast vegetables, dehydrating fruit snacks, air frying crispy salmon, or making potato chips, enhance your food preparation game with this masterful air fryer today.

Key features:

  • 6 preset cooking functions (air fry, max crisp, roast, dehydrate and bake)
  • 10L capacity
  • LED display screen
  • Dual cooking chambers
  • Detachable accessories for fuss-free cleaning
  • Viewing window and internal light to monitor food without opening the basket
  • Rapid air circulation technology keeps food crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

05

Sunbeam DuraCeramic Air Fryer

$189 at Marston Moor

Best for: Health-conscious chefs seeking a value-for-money air fryer

Indulge in tasty, healthy air fried food with this innovative air fryer. 

Its copper-infused DuraCeramic coating ensures consistent cooking results and lasts ten times longer than standard non-stick models, preventing flaking or peeling. 

We love that this model sends audible alerts to notify us when the food is ready to eat, an ideal feature for multi-tasking chefs. 

The 3-litre air fryer is perfect for smaller households and couples, as well as dinner for one. Did someone say ‘girl dinner’? 

Key features:

  • DuraCeramic coating ensures excellent heat conduction
  • 3L capacity
  • Adjustable 30-minute timer
  • Detachable air frying basket for fuss-free cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Built-in cord storage for convenience

06

Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer

$548 at Folders

Best for: Those seeking an alternative to a bench-top oven

Want the best of an oven and an air fryer in one appliance? This model, boasting a vast 22-litre capacity, is well worth considering. 

The large size means you can whip up everything from toast (there’s room for six slices), roast a whole chicken, or bake up to nine muffins at once.

The oven alternative uses up to 35% less power than a built-in oven, and it’s ideal for smaller kitchens (or kitchenettes) with limited space for appliances.  

Key features:

  • 10 preset cooking functions (toast, crumpet, bake, roast, grill, pizza, air fry, reheat, warm and slow cook)
  • 22L capacity
  • Dual speed convection
  • Element iQ system to detect where heat is needed the most
  • LCD display
  • Clear, see-through glass door design

07

Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer

$356.07 at Folders

Best for: Those wanting to cook and clean with speed 

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, this air fryer delivers super-hot air flow and crispy, tender food with 95% less oil. Perfect for families, you can cook up to six portions at a time. 

Choose from six functions at the touch of a button, including air fry, roast, broil and reheat. 

The simple digital control pad even remembers personal settings so you can re-create your favourite dishes quickly with minimal preheating time. 

After you cook up a storm, you’ll love that the air fryer’s cooking trays and basket are removable and dishwasher safe, making clean up a breeze.

Key features: 

  • 6 preset cooking functions (air fry, roast, grill, bake, reheat, dehydrate)
  • 5.7L capacity
  • See-through window and internal lighting
  • Air flow technology for crispy, tender results
  • Cooking basket and cooking trays non-stick and dishwasher safe

05

Advwin Digital Air Fryer

$80 from Amazon

Best for: Stylish cooks who want their kitchen gadgets to be both chic and useful

Green is certainly going through a moment, so if your kitchen is full of forest green and olive hues, you’re going to want an air fryer that matches the theme. This 6L air fryer not only is in this season’s hottest (no pun intended) hue, it has a rose-gold anti-scald handle for style and safety first.

The large basket fits enough food to feed a crowd (including 1.5kg of French fries). The easy-to-use digital screen has eight pre-set cooking options to make whipping up that feast a breeze.

Key features:

  • 8 preset multi-cooking options including fries, beef, chicken, steak, shrimp and cake 
  • Non-stick surface and removable grease trap tray
  • 6L capacity
  • Digital touch screen

08

Kmart 5.3L Air Fryer

$109 at Kmart

Best for: Students seeking a budget-friendly air fryer for reheating last night’s takeaways

Whether you’re craving crispy falafel, hash browns, or fish and chips, this air fryer is an affordable option for flat dinners. 

Don’t just take our word for it: this Kmart air fryer comes with more than 200 glowing five-star reviews. As well as cooking flavourful meals, happy customers say the air fryer is ideal for heating up leftovers.

Key features:

  • 7 preset cooking functions
  • 5.3L capacity
  • Cool touch handle
  • Operation indicator light
  • Removable pot with non-stick coating
  • Cool touch housing
  • Removable frying basket

What is an air fryer, and how does it work?

Air fryers are similar to fan-forced ovens but lighter, more compact, and portable.

Despite their name, air fryers do not deep fry your food. Instead, they cook food by circulating hot air around it using a convection mechanism, circulating the air to temperatures up to 200°C, allowing your food to cook quickly. 

Significantly, no traditional frying is involved. An air fryer extracts excess fat from your food for a healthier, tastier meal.

Are air fryers worth buying? What are their advantages?

An air fryer is an excellent option for cooking a quick, healthy dinner. Its heat-up time is faster than that of an oven. It’s easy to use, and little prep is required.

Air fryers use far less oil than deep fryers, achieving a crispy texture. Even better, they cook the food evenly from all angles.

Air fryers are also cost-effective gadgets. They use far less energy than conventional ovens, saving you money on your power bill.

What can you cook in an air fryer?

Air fryers are perfect for heating leftovers, especially french fries or pizzas that typically get soggy if reheated in a microwave.

In fact, an air fryer can cook nearly anything, from tofu and chickpeas to ravioli and broccoli. Some models have extra features, such as dehydrating, grilling and baking bread.

What kind of recipes can I make with my air fryer? 

If you’re looking for the best air fryer recipes, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Food has the best ones. 

Our favourites include air fryer chicken nuggetsair fryer pork chops with Brussels sprouts, air fryer roasted salmon and fennel salad, and a 5-ingredient celebration cake.

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