Best Air Fryer Under $100

Want to get your hands on a great air fryer without spending a fortune? Then you’re in the right place. After cooking with many different air fryers over the years, I’m here to help you find the best air fryer under $100.

In a hurry? Here’s a quick overview of my top picks. The full reviews are below!

Top Picks: Best Air Fryer Under $100

Editor’s Choice One: COSORI 3.7qt Air Fryer

COSORI Air Fryer Oven Compact 3.7 Qt, Suitable For Families Of 1–3 (100 Recipes), 11 One-Touch Digital Presets, Preheat & Shake Reminder, Nonstick & Dishwasher-Safe Square Basket, 85% Less Oil, Black
  • PORTABLE & COMPACT : Big enough to hold food for 1-3 people with its 3.7-quart basket,Its compact size won’t take up too much kitchen space. This air fryer is the perfect size for a college dorm or apartment.
  • 13 EASY FUNCTIONS : Our air fryer comes with 13 one-touch cooking functions, including 11 food-specific presets, a Preheat, and a Keep Warm option. Not sure how to cook something, Whether you want french fries, steak, or chicken—we’ve got the preset for it.
  • 100 RECIPES GIFT : The air fryer comes with a cookbook of 100 recipes by COSORI R&D chefs, including five categories, breakfast, entrees, appetizers, sides and desserts—More inspiration for your dishes.
  • CUT DOWN 85% OIL : Recreate your favorite foods with 85% less oil. Want a healthy alternative to fried food, Using the COSORI air fryer, you can freely enjoy the same flavors you normally would with traditional deep-frying.
  • CLEANING WORRYING-FREE : With nonstick, dishwasher-safe baskets, free from BPA and PFOA. Enjoy an easy cleanup after cooking.
  • Beautiful LED touch screen for simple operation.
  • 1500w of frying power with 11 pre-set cooking settings.
  • A 2-year warranty is included as standard, for your peace of mind.
  • Beautiful LED touch screen for simple operation.
  • 1500w of frying power with 11 pre-set cooking settings.
  • A 2-year warranty is included as standard, for your peace of mind.

Editor’s Choice Two: Ninja Air Fryer

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Ninja AF101 Air Fryer that Crisps, Roasts, Reheats, & Dehydrates, for Quick, Easy Meals, 4 Quart Capacity, & High Gloss Finish, Black/Grey
  • Now enjoy guilt free food; Air fry with up to 75 percent less fat than traditional frying methods; Tested against hand cut, deep fried French fries
  • Wide temperature range: 105 degree Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat
  • 4 quart ceramic coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 pounds of french fries. Cord length (feet) - 2.6
  • The unit will need time to preheat before coming up to temperature. We recommend that you preheat the unit for 3 minutes before adding your ingredients to achieve the best results
  • Dehydrate: Create flat, chip like dehydrated foods for fun, homemade snacks pounds; The combination of low fan speed and low temperature enables thorough dehydration
  • Multi-layer basket for cooking 2 different types of food at the same time.
  • 1550w of power for even faster frying.
  • Wide temperature range to follow any recipes you find.
  • Multi-layer basket for cooking 2 different types of food at the same time.
  • 1550w of power for even faster frying.
  • Wide temperature range to follow any recipes you find.

Editor’s Choice Three: GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Air Fryer

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GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Programmable Air Fryer with 8 Cook Presets, GW22638 - Black
  • This air fryer lets you cook your favorite foods with little to no oil. Thanks to rapid air technology there is no need to add oil to prepare fried foods. This technique uses the hot air circulating within to make healthier versions of your favorite fried foods.
  • Comes with presets to make cooking easier. There are a total of 8 presets featuring: Warm, fries/chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake, and fish. Just press one and you're done.
  • The digital screen allows you to set temperature from 170F to 400F and cook from 1-30 minutes. This option is perfect for those who tend to cook their own recipes or from recipes found online.
  • Indicator lets you know when cooking time has been reached. The timer will beep 5 times to let you know when your food is ready. The air fryer fan will stop after approx. 20 seconds.
  • Includes recipe book: This recipe book is filled with 50 recipes specifically made for GoWISE USA Air Fryers. Choose from a variety of meals to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.
  • Wide temperature range of 70°F – 400°F for versatile cooking.
  • 8 cooking presets for perfect cooking of fries, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake, and fish.
  • Electronic timer up to 30 minutes for increased accuracy.
  • Wide temperature range of 70°F – 400°F for versatile cooking.
  • 8 cooking presets for perfect cooking of fries, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake, and fish.
  • Electronic timer up to 30 minutes for increased accuracy.

I remember being a little lost at the beginning.

There were so many different options to pick from and lots of features I didn’t know if I needed!

Fast forward 6 years… and it’s a very different story.

My aim is to be your “air fryer guide“ that I wish I had at the start.

I will explain the details in a simple way, remove the fluff, and ensure you pick the right digital air fryer for your needs.

How did this ‘air frying’ thing start?

Believe it or not, the concept of the air fryer was first dreamt up as a way to help large hotels to cook hundreds of meals a day.

The technology was still very much in its infancy, not yet ready to make its way into our homes.

A crafty inventor improved upon the technology in 2007. Unfortunately (for him and us), he didn’t have enough money to bring the air fryer to market.

This wonderful technology was being kept in the dark.

That was until Phillips air fryer licensed the technology and turned it into the air fryer I know and love today.

What is the best air fryer under 100?

I’ve researched the best options for this mid-range budget to make sure you pick the right air fryer for you.

Let’s dive in!

COSORI 3.7qt Air Fryer

COSORI Air Fryer Oven Compact 3.7 Qt, Suitable For Families Of 1–3 (100 Recipes), 11 One-Touch Digital Presets, Preheat & Shake Reminder, Nonstick & Dishwasher-Safe Square Basket, 85% Less Oil, Black
  • PORTABLE & COMPACT : Big enough to hold food for 1-3 people with its 3.7-quart basket,Its compact size won’t take up too much kitchen space. This air fryer is the perfect size for a college dorm or apartment.
  • 13 EASY FUNCTIONS : Our air fryer comes with 13 one-touch cooking functions, including 11 food-specific presets, a Preheat, and a Keep Warm option. Not sure how to cook something, Whether you want french fries, steak, or chicken—we’ve got the preset for it.
  • 100 RECIPES GIFT : The air fryer comes with a cookbook of 100 recipes by COSORI R&D chefs, including five categories, breakfast, entrees, appetizers, sides and desserts—More inspiration for your dishes.
  • CUT DOWN 85% OIL : Recreate your favorite foods with 85% less oil. Want a healthy alternative to fried food, Using the COSORI air fryer, you can freely enjoy the same flavors you normally would with traditional deep-frying.
  • CLEANING WORRYING-FREE : With nonstick, dishwasher-safe baskets, free from BPA and PFOA. Enjoy an easy cleanup after cooking.

The Cosori is my top pick for an air fryer under $100. So versatile yet so simple to use.

Cosori has done a fantastic job with this air fryer.

They have combined all the key features of a great air fryer into an attractive design… and somehow hit our price point!

Positives:

  • Ergonomic LED display for easy viewing without bending over.
  • Electronic timer for precise frying.
  • Square basket, which gives more usable frying space for your foods.
  • A 2-year warranty is included for extended peace of mind.
  • Available in both red and black, so you can decide which suits your kitchen better.
  • Dishwasher-safe and non-stick parts for simple clean-up.
  • 11 presets to start frequently cooking fried foods quickly.
  • The recipe book included packed with 100 original recipe ideas.
  • Made from BPA-free materials.

Negatives:

  • Additional accessories need to be purchased separately.

The touch screen on the Cosori is super simple to use.

It’s slightly tilted upwards towards you, so I don’t need to stoop down when starting my cook or adjusting settings.

I find this really useful when I’m mid-dinner rush and trying to do 3 things at once!

There are 11 frying presets which allow for “one touch” cooking for many common foods like steak, chicken, and fries.

As you become more experienced with your air fryer, you won’t need these built-in settings so often, but in the beginning, they are really useful.

Let’s talk about looks for just a moment.. it really is a beautiful machine. Probably my favorite-looking air fryer.

It’s just gorgeous!

The matte black with clean lines and metallic trim really stands out amongst the rest.

If black is a bit dull for your kitchen and your tastes, it also comes in a vibrant red.

The Cosori has a square basket which beats the conventional circular shape as it provides more cooking space. This will come in useful when you’re trying to squeeze in that extra portion.

There is a ‘Shake reminder’ feature, which I wish other manufacturers would consider.

When set, the Cosori will gently remind you to shake the basket halfway through the cook to resettle to help prevent any sticking to the bottom or sides of the basket. Pretty neat!

COSORI 3.7qt Air FryerMY TOP PICK!

The frying basket has a non-stick coating, which I always recommend. This is combined with being dishwasher safe which means nobody is arguing over who’s doing the dishes.

The Core comes with a book of 100 original recipes to help you get started; however additional accessories have to be purchased separately.

2-year warranty is included, which is almost unheard of in this price range. In the unlikely event that you hit a problem in month 23, you’re still covered!

It’s rare to find such a versatile and well-rounded product at this price point. That is why the Cosori is my #1 recommended Air fryer for under 100 dollars.

Ninja Air Fryer

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Ninja AF101 Air Fryer that Crisps, Roasts, Reheats, & Dehydrates, for Quick, Easy Meals, 4 Quart Capacity, & High Gloss Finish, Black/Grey
  • Now enjoy guilt free food; Air fry with up to 75 percent less fat than traditional frying methods; Tested against hand cut, deep fried French fries
  • Wide temperature range: 105 degree Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat
  • 4 quart ceramic coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 pounds of french fries. Cord length (feet) - 2.6
  • The unit will need time to preheat before coming up to temperature. We recommend that you preheat the unit for 3 minutes before adding your ingredients to achieve the best results
  • Dehydrate: Create flat, chip like dehydrated foods for fun, homemade snacks pounds; The combination of low fan speed and low temperature enables thorough dehydration

Larger 4 Quart Basket

Multi Layer Cooking

Ninjas have made quite a name for themselves in the world of kitchen appliances.

From cheap air fryers to blenders, they offer some of the most impressive yet affordable products on the market.

Positives:

  • Multi-layer rack so you can cook 2 separate foods at once.
  • Powerful 1550w of frying power to cook your meals even faster.
  • The widest temperature range I’ve seen (105 F to 400 F), so you can follow the instructions of any recipe.
  • One-touch electronic screen for simple operation and precise timing for perfectly cooked foods.
  • An additional crisper plate accessory gives you evenly crisp food by lifting your food off the bottom of the basket.
  • Nonstick coating will prevent any of your delicious food from getting stuck to the side of the basket.
  • Dishwasher-safe parts for hassle-free cleaning
  • Reheat the setting to warm up any leftovers for a quick meal the next day.
  • The dehydration setting gently removes moisture from foods, allowing you to make homemade snacks such as dried fruits, chips, and jerky.

Negatives:

  • At the top end of our budget.

Ninja has really listened to their customers when designing this air fryer.

They’ve ticked all essential requirements, added some extra features, kept it easy to use, and finished off with an attractive design.

It really is quite a feat!

Ninja Air Fryer1550 WATTS OF AIR FRYING POWER

The Ninja falls into the medium-large category. The nonstick and dishwasher-friendly basket is perfect for a family of 4.

With the included multi-layer rack accessory, it has the capacity to cook 2 different foods at once. Perfect for any fussy eaters in your family.. I know I have one!

The electronic screen and settings are one of the most intuitive I’ve used. Setting the temperature, timing, and mode can be one with one button press each. This is something Ninjas are calling “one touch.”

The temperature range is one of the largest I’ve seen for the price range.

It is so frustrating to find a recipe just to realize your air fryer does not have the right temperature setting. With the Ninja, you won’t run into this problem.

The ninja packs some bonus features, too, dehydration and reheating. Such features are usually reserved for much more expensive models

The dehydration mode slowly removes water from the food. This is perfect for making homemade snacks from raw ingredients, such as dried fruit, jerky, and chips. This is not something I’d use every day, but a great option to have.

On the other hand, I the reheat function I do almost use every day. It’s perfect for warming up yesterday’s leftovers and retaining the crispness that you sometimes lose in the microwave.

GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Air Fryer

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GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Programmable Air Fryer with 8 Cook Presets, GW22638 - Black
  • This air fryer lets you cook your favorite foods with little to no oil. Thanks to rapid air technology there is no need to add oil to prepare fried foods. This technique uses the hot air circulating within to make healthier versions of your favorite fried foods.
  • Comes with presets to make cooking easier. There are a total of 8 presets featuring: Warm, fries/chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake, and fish. Just press one and you're done.
  • The digital screen allows you to set temperature from 170F to 400F and cook from 1-30 minutes. This option is perfect for those who tend to cook their own recipes or from recipes found online.
  • Indicator lets you know when cooking time has been reached. The timer will beep 5 times to let you know when your food is ready. The air fryer fan will stop after approx. 20 seconds.
  • Includes recipe book: This recipe book is filled with 50 recipes specifically made for GoWISE USA Air Fryers. Choose from a variety of meals to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

Medium size – 3.7 Quart

“The GoWISE is my reality is a good all-rounder at an attractive price point. A great ratio of value and features.”

GoWISE has been in the air fryer game for a long time. Based in Phoenix, AZ, they make some great value air fryers.

Positives:

  • Touch screen for easy operation and precise settings
  • Temperature range from 170F to 400F, ready for all kinds of recipes
  • Versatile digital timer to cook from 1 to 30 minutes
  • A free recipe book is included to give you a taste of what is possible
  • Nonstick basket for simpler cooking and cleaning
  • FDA-approved product for your peace of mind
  • 8 pre-programmed modes to cook common foods simply

Negatives:

  • No additional accessories included

The instruction booklet could be clearer

The GoWISE 3.7 quart offers a wide spectrum of cooking temperatures. From 170F all the way up to 400F.

This will help you cook a wide variety of foods following a variety of recipes requiring very specific cooking temperatures.

GoWISE USA Air Fryer3.7-QUART CAPACITY

It offers an electronic timer which is always my preference. This means you can cook with minute accuracy, compared to the standard manual timer, which is less precise.

The electronic display is easy to read and gives you big buttons for easy operation.

There are 8 built-in modes for commonly cooked foods such as chicken, steak, and fish. This will take some of the hassles away of searching for the recipe each time. Just hit the button, and you’re good to go.

With 3.7 quarts of space, it falls into the medium-size category. This is perfect for a family; however, if you are cooking for 4 – 6 people or are regularly cooking large portions, an extra large (xl) air fryer is probably a better fit for you.

This inexpensive air fryer comes with only the basic accessories, as you would expect at this price point.

Additional accessories are available to purchase separately if you feel the need. However, it comes with all the essentials you need right out of the box.

As a bonus, the fryer includes a recipe book of 50 hot air fryer recipes, which is a nice little perk!

BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer

BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer, Black/Stainless Steel, HF110SBD
  • 2L Capacity - The 2-liter (about 8-cup) air-frying basket fits 2-4 servings of your favorite snacks and main dishes
  • Qucik and easy cleanup - The nonstick cooking surfaces release food without the need of cooking spray; plus, the air fryer basket and basket separator are dishwasher-safe
  • Variable Temperature Control and Indicator Lights - The temperature control ranges from 175-400°F; one indicator light shows when the unit is powered on, and the other turns off when the preheat temperature is reached. Dimensions : 12.625 x 12.625 x 14.500
  • Guilt-Free Results - Circulating hot air adds a crispy touch to your favorite fried foods without drenching them in oil and the instruction manual includes tips on cooking times, temperatures, and quantities
  • Included Components: (1) Deep Fryer, (1) Dishwasher-Safe Basket

2.2 Quart Basket

The Black + Decker air fryer is from a quality brand for those looking for a frier with a smaller footprint.

Black + Decker has been innovating products for 175 years, with it all starting in Connecticut in 1843.

Their range of small kitchen appliances has been increasing in recent years, including a leap in the air fryer market.

With so many years of innovation behind them and a number of Black and Decker electrical items in my home, I’m not surprised that their hot air fryer is a hit.

Positives:

  • Dual fan of even cooking. Food on both sides of the basket will end up crispy!
  • Small footprint that leaves you more space on your work surface. Ideal for a smaller kitchen.
  • 175 – 400 F temperature range for versatile cooking.
  • A basket separator is included so you can cook 2 different types of food at the same time.
  • Dishwasher-safe parts make cleaning up after a cook much easier.
  • Cool touch handle for safer handling of the basket.

Negatives:

  • Manual timer, so less precise cooking

Only available in black

The stand-out feature of this air fryer is its innovation of dual fans, compared to the conventional single fan you’ll find in most air fryers.

This means you’ll get a more evenly cooked meal or snack with crispiness across your basket.

I really like the cool touch handle that helps to keep the heat from the basket away from you. As a result, you won’t need to faff around with oven gloves (assuming it remains cool enough!)

With non-stick and dishwasher-safe parts, cleaning up after you cook is minimal hassle… aside from the mess I seem to make when cooking anything!

BLACK+DECKER Purify Air FryerDUAL FAN SYSTEM

The Black + Decker just comes with just 1 additional accessory, the basket divider. With this divider, you can cook 2 different foods at the same time without them falling on top of each other.

In my opinion, the main downside of this air fryer is the manual timer.

It doesn’t provide the accuracy of a digital timer which might impact time-sensitive meals. However, a timer on your phone will easily replace this feature.

Power air fryer XL 5.3

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Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart
  • the power air fryer xl surrounds your food with turbo cyclonic air instead of oil
  • your meals are cooked in a whirlwind of superheated air, not oil or lard
  • that means any of your favorite fast foods can be made with fewer calories from added cooking fat/oil, without sacrificing taste
  • you get the same, crispy fried taste & texture you love
  • with little to no oil, no trans fats, and no greasy mess! the best part is the state-of-the-art digital touchscreen & 7 one-touch easy pre-sets for french fries, chicken, steak, roasts, shrimp & baked goods

Huge 5.3-quart basket for all the family

This guy is huge! The XL size is perfect for large families or big portions.

The Power air fryer XL is a beast!

The basket is perfectly suited to large families or those who like big portions.

Rumor has it that the basket is so big it can fit an entire chicken.. but I haven’t been brave enough to try it!

Positives:

  • Huge 5.3-quart basket to feed 4 – 6 people or bigger portions.
  • Wide temperature range of 180 – 400 degrees, so cater to most recipes you’ll ever find!
  • Touch screen display with 7 presets for simple frying
  • Supposedly you can fit a whole chicken inside. But I haven’t tried!
  • Electronic timer with 1-minute intervals
  • Comes with a basket divider so you can fry 2 different foods at once

Negatives:

  • Takes up more space on your kitchen side

The vent at the back can get pretty hot, especially due to the size!

Standing at 16” tall, the XL has a touch screen display providing you clear frying information alongside 7 cooking presets for one-touch cooking of common foods.

The frying temperature range is impressive, at 180 to 400 degrees. When you find tasty-looking recipes online, this range means you should be able to follow them to the letter.

It’s a small touch, but I just love the frying animation on the touchscreen!

Power Air fryer XL 5.3THR PERFECT SIZE FOR LARGE FAMILIES

To compliment the large basket, there is a monster 1700w of power to ensure your foods are nice and crispy.

The power air fryer comes with a basket divider so you can cook 2 of your favorite foods at once. Along with hot air, the frying recipe book gives you some ideas to get started.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the futuristic dome-type design of this fryer, but one of my friends seems to love how it looks. So I guess it’s up to personal preference!

If you’re looking to fry for a large family and spend under $100 on an air fryer, this is definitely my recommendation for you.

What to look for when picking an Air Fryer

best air fryer under 100

Before we dive into my best budget air fryer suggestions, let’s take a moment to note the features you should be on the lookout for.

The Air Fryer brand

With emerging technology like air frying, there are a lot of copycats.

Sure, some of them might be ok, but why take the risk with some knockoff brand?

They often look very flashy and seem to have a bargain price, but saving a few dollars now may bite you down the line. You may be hit with reliability issues or unpredictable cooking times.

I’d generally try to stick with the brands which have a good track record, including Phillips, Cosri, Gowise, and Black and Decker.

Air Fryer Size

How many people are you planning to cook for?

If you are cooking for 2, a small digital air fryer will likely be perfect and save you some kitchen work surface space. Something in the region of 2 quarts.

family of 4 should aim for a medium to large air fryer in the range of 3 – 4 quarts.

This will allow for 4 portions to be cooked at once, saving running 2 rounds of cooking and some energy at the same time.

A larger (or very hungry) family should look for an XL air fryer. These things are as big as they come!

They will take up more space on your counter but provide you with ample frying basket space for those extra potions.

The Screen and Timer

There are 2 options here, either manual or electronic.

The manual timer will often come with budget models, which don’t provide the accuracy of an electronic timer.

With an air fryer cooking food so quickly, 30 seconds of extra time could be enough to make or break a meal.

Can I get a good air fryer for under $100?

best air fryer under 100

Definitely! The first air fryer I purchased was exactly $99.

It did a great job back then, and with the evolution of air fryer technology in the last few years, you can have even more features and reliability for your money.

Yet there are a couple of sacrifices you might have to make to keep under the $100 budget.

Drawbacks of an inexpensive air fryer

The air fryer will likely be a medium or smaller size.

The larger digital air fryers are usually more expensive. There is only 1 extra large (XL) air fryer for under $100 that I would recommend, which is on the list below.

There will be fewer accessories included.

The pricer models are more likely to include fancy extras, like recipe books, second baskets, dividers, and trays.

These accessories are certainly not essential and can always be purchased separately if you decide you need them.

best air fryer under 100

Will a digital air fryer be a good fit for me?

Experienced chefs and kitchen purists will probably turn their noses up at my air fryer.

…and that’s ok!

I just want to cook fresh food for my family with minimal fuss, using less oil, and as fast as possible.

Do you want to cook more food from the first principles?

Would you prefer to use less oil when frying?

Are you looking to save time cooking?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, a hot air fryer would likely be a good fit for you and your family.

My Conclusion

Phew! We made it! That was a lot of air fryers to review.

The Cosori 3.7 Quart Air Fryer is my pick for the best air fryers under $100.

It has a great combination of a digital screen, its beautiful looks, a square basket, the shake reminder feature, and 1500w of power, with the added reassurance of a 2-year warranty.

For our budget, this is the best all-around performer. And it will look great in your kitchen side.

The only exception is if you want to cook for a large family, then I would recommend the Power Air Fryer XL.

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