If You're in the Market for an Air Fryer, Maybe Buy This Instead
It's like two products for the price of one — and you can cook more than a handful of food.
There's a good chance that you've considered purchasing an air fryer by now. The egg-shaped ovens are everywhere and fans love them for making everything from chicken tenders to banana bread. And while we do have our favorites when it comes to classic air fryers, we've been seeing a product that gives the classic model a run for its money.
Enter: the air fryer-toaster oven combo.
These guys tend to look like larger versions of your classic toaster oven, but come with all the functionality of a toaster oven, air fryer and even roaster combined. If your countertop already houses a toaster oven, consider this the ideal more-than-2-for-1 upgrade.
For one thing, the shape is sleek and angular, meaning it will fit more easily into a corner and sit flush against your backsplash. And most of these combo machines are stainless steel, while many solo air fryers are shiny plastic. Another pro? The air fryer-toaster ovens are designed to hold more food. Many of these models can fit a 12-inch pizza, four-plus slices of bread and a whole chicken. No more batch cooking necessary, which means you can get dinner on the table faster.
Sold? Here are our favorite air fryer-toaster ovens on the market right now.
Consider this the O.G. of air fryer-toaster oven combos. When it comes to air fryers, Cuisinart has been doing exclusively air fryer-toaster ovens since 2017 — and doing it well. This model is one of our favorite air fryers for families. We love it for toasting, baking, roasting and, of course, air frying.
Brand-new for the 2019 holidays, the Omni Toaster Oven is the latest from Instant Brands. If you love the Instant Pot for its pre-programmed functions, you'll love this 9-in-1 oven, which can bake, roast, toast, air fry and more. Plus, the digital screen makes it easy to see what you're programming, so you don't accidentally screw up your fries.
Also new for the 2019 holidays is this air fry-oven from Ninja. Unlike other air fryers on the market, this model can flip up and store against your backsplash for a space-saving solution when it's not in use. But you'll probably use this guy pretty regularly. It's large enough to make a 13-inch pizza, nine slices of toast or six 6-ounce chicken breasts.
The price is right when it comes to this Hamilton Beach unit. For less than $80, you can get an air fryer-toaster oven that's ideal for small spaces. At 17-inches long, it's about the same size as a standard toaster, but the 14-inch depth means it can house a 12-inch pizza and up to six slices of toast at once. Plus, thanks to an air fryer basket, you never have to turn your oven on for super-crispy fries.
This model clocks in at nearly two feet, but it's worth it when you realize you can fit a 9-x-13 baking dish inside (with handles!). Use this model to bake brownies or crisp mozzarella sticks with the help of the air fry basket (included).
If you like color in the kitchen, Dash has you covered. This air fryer-oven is made of metal like the others, but comes in three colors: red, navy and aqua. You'll also find this model comes with rotating basket to ensure food crisps evenly. When you're not air frying, you can toast up to four slices of bread at once.
When it comes to bells and whistles, this Breville Smart Oven does it all. With 11 settings from toast and bagel, to air fry and pizza, it's no wonder owners use this product daily. In addition to the standard air frying basket, this oven comes with a nonstick pizza pan and enamel roasting pan, so you don't have to spring for extra accessories.