If you’re hosting a watch party for your family and friends this year, or counting down the days until Super Bowl Sunday, you might be in the market for an air fryer. Air fryers are great for making tons of great game day recipes with relative ease, from crispy chicken tenders and chicken wings to piping hot french fries. If your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier is conflicting with your menu ideas for Super Bowl LVI, it might be helpful to know that due to the way air fryers work – cooking food by recirculating air – they require much less oil than traditional frying methods.
If you don’t already own one, it’s totally time to hop on the air fryer train. This convenient countertop kitchen gadget that can make fried foods healthier without skimping on taste is now a staple in millions of kitchens.
The best part of all? Air fryers are super affordable – BET has rounded up some great deals on air fryers that you can shop right now, just in time for the Super Bowl. With every air fryer we’ve included, you also get to check out a recipe to try with your air fryer for your next football watch party.
(For more Super Bowl party ready food ideas, check out our Instant Pot recipe and deal guide.)
Cosori air fryer: $93 at Amazon
With a 4.7-star rating on Amazon based on more than 5,800 reviews, the lightweight Cosori is a popular air fryer. It’s available in four colors and in 3.7- and 5.8-quart sizes, with 11 one-touch presets and 13 cooking functions.
➡️ Cosori air fryer, $93 (reduced from $100) at Amazon
NuWave Brio air fryer: $100 at Amazon
Another air fryer that’s popular with Amazon shoppers, the NuWave Brio comes in 6- and 15-quart sizes. It air fries, broils, roasts, grills, bakes, reheats and dehydrates, featuring an easy interface, with a menu of 100 preprogrammed recipes.
➡️ NuWave Brio air fryer, $100 (reduced from $160) at Amazon
Philips Essential Airfryer Compact: $150 at Amazon
Here’s a good air fryer for people with smaller kitchens. An updated and compact version of the original gadget introduced in 2010, the Philips Essential Airfryer grills, roasts, bakes, reheats and air fries. It features a digital touchscreen with seven presets for simplified cooking.
➡️ Philips Essential Airfryer Compact, $150 (reduced from $180) at Amazon
Emeril Lagasse power air fryer: $164 at Amazon
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s countertop convection oven offers many of the same functions as other countertop air fryers, but manages to “kick it up a notch,” in his signature fashion, by adding a rotisserie to the mix. It offers 12 functions on its LCD digital display — air fry, bake, rotisserie, dehydrate, toast, reheat, roast, broil, bagel, pizza, slow cook and warm/reheat — and comes with a crisper tray, rotisserie spit, pizza rack, baking pan, drip tray and cookbook filled with Emeril’s own recipes.
➡️ Emeril Lagasse power air fryer, $164 (reduced from $250) at Amazon
Ninja Foodi 12-in-1 extra large air fryer: $220 at Target
Ninja Foodi’s multicooking air fryer gadgets dominate the high-end market. One of the brand’s highest-rated models, this family-friendly, 12-in-1, extra-large air fryer offers an 8-quart pot that holds up to a 7-pound chicken or eight breasts. It can pressure- and slow cook, air fry and crisp, steam, slow cook, bake, sous vide, keep warm, sear, sauté, roast, broil, dehydrate and make yogurt.
➡️ Ninja Foodi 12-in-1 extra large air fryer, $220 (reduced from $270) at Target
Instant Pot Omni Plus toaster oven 240 (plus air fryer): $245 at Amazon
Best known for its Instant Pot pressure cookers, Instant also offers multi-cookers with air-fryer functionality, such as its Omni Plus toaster oven. The sleek-looking gadget boasts 10-in-1 functionality (air fry, broil, bake, roast, dehydrate, reheat, rotisserie, toast, warm and convection oven) with enough space for a large chicken or 12-inch pizza. Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 stars, giving it high marks for its easy-to-operate digital interface and stainless steel exterior.
➡️ Instant Pot Omni Plus 240 toaster oven, $245 (reduced from $250) at Amazon
Cuisinart air fryer, convection and toaster oven: $100 at Amazon
Shaped more like a small, countertop toaster oven, Cuisinart’s entry-level model works as an air fryer, convection and toaster oven. It is 2.9 cubic feet in size, and can hold 2.5 pounds of food. Check the coupon box on Amazon to save $15.
➡️ Cuisinart air fryer, convection and toaster oven, $85 (reduced from $100) at Amazon
What other recipes can you make in an air fryer?
Air fryers are commonly used to cook fresh or frozen foods, including chicken wings, chicken breasts, chicken nuggets, french fries, pork chops, salmon, chicken tenders, bacon, potatoes, baked potato and chicken thighs. Some people even use air fryers to make cakes and other desserts.
Air fryer recipes are wildly popular on Pinterest, and cookbooks serve as much-needed companions to air fryers. In addition to diet-specific air fryer cookbooks and general recipes, Ninja, Cuisinart and Instant Pot all have cookbooks catering to their models.
Here are some popular air-fryer cookbooks you can buy on Amazon.