Best small air fryers of 2022 to buy in the UK


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all it Baader Meinhof syndrome or call it a genuine craze, but there’s no longer any doubt that air fryers are dominating news cycles lately.

Whether it’s because of the well-reported energy savings (they cost less to run than a conventional oven), the fact they make once sinfully fried food acceptable (you only need a fraction of the oil), or the appeal of slinging in ingredients and leaving them unattended before coming back to a delicious, hot meal, the wonder gadgets are fast becoming a must-have in every kitchen across the UK.

Many have cavernous chambers that are perfect for large households or big occasions like Christmas. But if you live by yourself or one other, such large devices are unnecessary and can be off-putting due to the amount of counter space they take up.

But the beauty of the air fryer – apart from the reasons we’ve already listed – is that they come in a variety of sizes. There are plenty of smaller models to suit single-person households or to keep in caravans or holiday homes so you can continue to enjoy them when you head off on a weekend break or a staycation.

We’ve rounded up the best small air fryers that are still on shelves. But if you want one, move fast – they’re never in stock for long.

See the selection below

Salter EK2817 Compact 2L Hot Air Fryer

Salter

Two liters may seem on the small side, but you really don’t need much more if you’re cooking for one or two people. The machine, which runs on 1000W, features adjustable temperature control, a 30 minute timer with auto shut off for safety and a removable frying rack, all working to make it easier to clean. Use it to roast, broil, bake, steam and reheat meals using less energy than conventional methods.

Russell Hobbs 2L Purifry Air Fryer

Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs’ Purifry machine proves you don’t have to have buckets of space to enjoy the crispy, healthy results of air fryer cooking. The dinky model holds 2L, which is enough space to rustle up a quick weeknight dinner for one or two diners. The 60 minute timer features an automatic shut-off, which kills the power once your food is sufficiently cooked, and most of the parts are dishwasher-safe so it’s super easy to keep clean.

Tower T17079 3L Air Fryer

Tower

When energy bills are so high, every penny counts. Air fryers may seem like showy, expensive gadgets but they come in all sizes, with all sorts of features and pleasingly, all budgets too. Tower’s three-litre device is on sale for just £30 right now, making it a cost-effective purchase in every sense. It uses rapid air circulation technology to turbo charge cooking times by 30 per cent, which means not only are you using it for less time, but your meal is on the table faster too. The manual controls are easy to use, suitable for students and pensioners alike. Comes with a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK

Ninja

It’s nice to be reminded that you’re cooking something, but when an air fryer is so loud you can barely hear it over the TV – it’s a problem. Thankfully the Ninja is only as noisy as a fan assisted oven and its sleekness means we could tuck it away on our worktop without it looking oppressive.

It’s so simple to use we barely had to pick up the instruction manual – and you can mix up the typical air fryer function and switch to the roast setting to crisp up roast potatoes, or dehydrate to make fruit and vegetable snacks.

A light brush of oil cooked chips from scratch perfectly, while no oil was needed at all for steak or sausages – keeping things super healthy. If you want a machine that does more, opt for Ninja’s multi-cookers which offer slow cook, pressure cook, saute and steam options alongside air frying.

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Lakeland Digital Crisp Air Fryer

Lakeland

This super sleek round air fryer looked very attractive on our kitchen top– even though it was slightly bigger than some of the other models.

With touchscreen controls and eight pre-sets, we found it quick and easy to start the machine and cook different foods including steak and frozen chips. If you’re following a super healthy diet then oil isn’t essential, but we found that a small spritz gave chips a crispy, crunchy finish.

The basket is removeable making it easy to clean, and it can be stored out of sight in cupboards – especially helpful if you’ve got a kitchen that’s on the smaller side.

Lakeland Digital Compact Air Fryer

Lakeland

This sleek little model hums lightly in the background so you know it’s working, but doesn’t interrupt any chit chat in the kitchen. By far one of the smallest models on the market, it’s still big enough to cook everything from chips to vegetables.

The touch screen lights up when you first turn it on and the pre-set buttons for different foods, such as poultry or meat, mean you can’t go wrong when cooking. We lightly covered some potatoes with some oil and added them into the pull-out basket and they cooked with a crisp on the outside and softness in the middle. While turkey burgers did the same.

Small enough to have on your kitchen surface without it looking too out of place, it also comes apart easily to clean.

Instant Pot Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer

InstantPot

While it may sound contradictory, this device manages to be both big and compact. This air fryer is similar to some of the other models with a pull-out basket and touch screen buttons.

The air fryer cooked fish quickly and crispy without any oil, and sweet potato fries with just a dash of low-calorie spray, while its other pre-set smart programs mean you can roast, bake and reheat too.

We loved its intelligent communication, informing you how long to preheat for, when to add in your food and also when it’s time to turn your food over.

Cleaning was easy too, taking out the basket for a quick wash. The only slight downside is the noise – it sounded like a noisy air-conditioning unit.

Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L

Mi

An air fryer isn’t just for dinner – you can use this one to make all sorts of healthy snacks like dried fruit and jerky as well as yogurt. Throwing a dinner party? Hot canapes come together in minutes in this machine, while it’s possible to use it to bake cakes and fresh bread too. Who needs a kitchen?

Best of all, this is currently on sale – was: £89.99

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