I remember when air fryers first came out and I was a little skeptical about it (as I am with all the new kitchen appliances). While I love using new things when I cook, I’m so used to the old ways that any new appliance seems redundant to me.
However, air fryers exceeded all of my expectations and we now use one at our house all the time. Nice, crispy food without all the unhealthy batter? You got it. When I was looking for the best air fryer for family of 4, there was hardly anything online so I’d thought I write one out.
How to choose the right air fryer?
Everyone’s preferences are different, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing the best air fryer for a family of 4.
Air fryers can be quite bulky and take up a lot of space. They’re not all created equally, so keep the dimensions and overall look in mind. Also, most air fryers and meant to be kept on top of the countertop so you want something that looks nice as well.
As per the size when it comes to the amount of food you want to cook, it depends. Some air fryers have two baskets, some are smaller but more powerful and so on. It really depends on your preference.
Small air fryers usually can’t reach very high temperatures, so if you want to cook, let’s say, frozen chicken wings or other meats you need to get an air fryer that heats up to at least 390-400F.
Sometimes you’ll also want to air fry food at a lower temperature, so look for air fryers with a wide temperature range like 100-450F.
I know the popular consensus is “the more expensive, the better” but that’s absolutely not true when it comes to air fryers. Expensive air fryers and nearly the same quality as more affordable ones.
Anything over $160 is, in my opinion, not worth looking at. There are plenty of cheaper options that won’t break the bank and work just fine. The only time price should make a difference is when you’re getting a small air fryer vs. a larger air fryer.
Amazon is amazing when it comes to reviews. The best air fryers will have tons of good recommendations, tips and explain all the features in its entirety. The COSORI air fryer max has one of the best reviews we’ve seen, along with the Ninja air fryer. And let me tell you, I can’t disagree with that.
COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo (5.8QT)
The COSORI air fryer is probably the most popular one, especially when you look at Amazon reviews. Honestly, I 100% agree with all these reviews as well. This air fryer has 13 cooking modes, so you can make anything from frozen foods to raw meats and veggies.
It might be a bit small for a family of 4, but that depends on the amount of food you’re using it for. It does have other benefits though – the 13 preset modes are absolutely golden. All you need to do is press a button to make steak, chicken, seafood, shrimp, frozen foods, bacon, veggies, root vegetables and even bread or desserts.
This air fryer comes with a recipe book. Since there are so many of these available online I don’t find it entirely necessary, but nonetheless it’s a nice touch. The more inspo the better.
- It’s really lightweight but sturdy at the same time
- It has 13 cooking functions
- Dishwasher safe components
- Really easy to learn and navigate
- The frozen mode and “keep warm” mode is great
- It has no other features other than air frying
- You’ll probably never use all the cooking modes
- Smaller than other air fryers
Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 (8QT, 2 baskets) Air Fryer
This Ninja air fryer is probably the second best air fryer for family of 4. It’s one of those basket style air fryers where you can air fry two different foods at once without mixing up the flavors. I wouldn’t call it a compact air fryer at all because it’s quite huge, but if you’ve got a big family it’s an awesome option.
It does have a little bit of a weird smell once you get it, but in comparison to other air fryers it goes away rather quickly. It’s really easy to clean so that shouldn’t be an issue at all. Also, this is probably the best basket style air fryer if you’re trying to cut down on cooking time. I found it to be much quicker than other air fryers.
To me, this is the best overall air fryer. I don’t mind that some batches take a little longer to cook as long as I get delicious food at the end, which I always do.
- Lots of space for food
- Coordinated cooking options for both baskets
- “Smart Finish” option for separate cooking times
- Large batches take longer to cook
- It’s actually huge and takes up a lot of space
- More expensive than most air fryers
Dreo Air Fryer Pro Max (6.8QT)
This digital air fryer is very easy to use and makes cooking food an absolute joy. Out of all the other air fryers we’ve tested, this one cooks all the food evenly without any cool spots. Plus, it has a window so you can check the progress of your air fryer and see if your food is ready.
Something I was not too happy about was the cooking basket. If you’re deep frying, all of the cooking oil will stay in the basket so you will most likely need to use tongs to take some things out. It’s not really convenient, but I forget about it and smile when I see their temperature range (100-450F). Not even the best air fryers have that.
It’s worth noting that it also has a built-in sensor that automatically pauses and resumes to avoid any kind of overheating.
- Wide temperature range
- Portable and small considering the capacity
- Really easy touch screen and 8 presets
- Some parts are dishwasher safe
- The outside is made out of plastic
- Grease stays in the removable basket
Nouno Air Fryer (7.4QT)
With this air fryer you can get delicious meals in no time. It heats up quickly and cooks all the food really fast as well, which makes it an awesome air fryer for a family. Plus, it’s really a large size air fryer with 7 different presets for cooking.
It’s also equipped with rapid air technology, which is the best feature to be on the look out for if you want to get all of your food cooked evenly. Although the description states that both the basket and frying pan and made out of non-stick material, my food got stuck to it a few times but I never really thought of it as big deal.
Another thing I like about it is that it’s really quiet. Some of these air fryers are kind of… loud? I can’t really explain it, but if you’ve had a loud air fryer before you definitely know what I’m talking about.
- Awesome preset temperatures
- Easy wiping and cleaning
- Looks and feels a bit cheap
- Sometimes food sticks to the basket
Instant Vortex Air Fryer (8QT)
If you want something pretty on your kitchen counter, this air fryer is one of the sleekest designs I’ve seen. At first glance it doesn’t seem like this air fryer has any windows, but there’s an internal light option and suddenly you can see everything that does on inside.
You can use it to air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, dehydrate, SyncCook and SyncFinish. The last two options simply mean both baskets can cook at a different temperature range so they’re done at the same time. It’s perfect for chicken wings on one side and green beans on the other.
This air fryer has also 8 one-touch smart programs for cooking things like chicken wings, roasted veggies and many more. When it comes to the temperature, it ranges from 95-400F which I find to be quite alright.
- Easy to use
- Double air fryer basket
- It’s big, but made in a way that doesn’t take up a lot of space
- Beeps too much sometimes
- Odd smell when you first buy it
CHEFMAN Air Fryer (8QT)
What I adore about this air fryer is that you can layer your food because it has trays so if you want to cook different foods they won’t touch. Some air fryers don’t have trays, so the hot air doesn’t have enough space to fry the food evenly on all sides.
I remember the first meal I made in this one were drumsticks and the result gave me that comforting, deep fried food taste without all the calories and unhealthy oils. So if you’re looking for the Southern feel, I can definitely say this air fryer will give you perfectly crispy food.
- You can see how things are air frying through the window
- Very easy to use
- Easily removable trays
- No removable basket
- The door sometimes keeps popping up
8 Keto and Low Carb Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Bacon – one of the most delicious ways to prepare bacon is in the air fryer! It’s mess free, no oil splattering anywhere and you can make it in 10 minutes. Plus, it’s perfectly crispy and an awesome addition to any breakfast meal.
- Air Fryer Whole Chicken – perfect for a weeknight dinner for your family. Perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. When it comes to nutritious, healthy food it can’t get better than this.
- Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers – if there was one thing I could eat for the rest of my life it would be these jalapeño poppers. They’re so damn good I can’t recommend them enough. They’re a perfect party appetizer, plus the cooking time takes only 15 minutes.
- Air Fryer Avocado Fries – I’ve never had tasty avocado fries until I tried to make them in an air fryer. Who needs french fries when you can make these delicious and low carb goodies? And trust me, warm avocado made in an air fryer makes the world go round.
- Air Fryer Meatballs – perfectly crispy and round on all sides, these meatballs are a must have on your menu. They won’t fall apart and are not made with bread crumbs, which are obviously high in carbs. Use them with any sauce or in any dish you’d like.
- Air Fryer Biscuits – delicious, tasty and low carb. These take only 5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes of air frying time. I love to slice them in half with some garlic butter and ham.
- Air Fryer Pork Chops – if you find it difficult to avoid cooking chewy, unappetizing pork you’ll love this recipe. Thanks to air frying, they’re so tender and crispy on the outside. The coating is made out of pork rings and grated parmesan cheese to make it fully keto and low carb.
- Air Fryer Cookie – it’s just as easy to make as a microwavable mug cake – I’m serious. The fact that I can make keto recipes in my air fryer makes me love it that much more. Plus, all you need is 13 minutes to make this.
Our final opinion
Getting an air fryer is one of the best cooking methods when it comes to eating healthier fried food. The hot air will give you perfectly fried food without all the unhealthy processed oils and high carb batters.
When picking an air fryer for family, make sure you’re choosing something that will hold enough food for everyone and cut down the cooking process as much as possible. For all the other settings, it’s up to your preference entirely what you’re willing to sacrifice on and what’s more of a “must have” for you.
In my opinion, the best air fryer should have dishwasher safe components with a sleek design that doesn’t overpower any counter space. Since we use it a lot, I’d hate to take it in and out of the kitchen cabinets, so any bigger air fryer for me must look nice and be functional.