If you own an air fryer but have never made fries or chips in it, you’re seriously missing out. We have a plethora of delectable air fryer recipes for you.
We actually had an air fryer for over a year before we made anything but fries in it (although there is so much more you can do in it) and we still have these at least twice a week – they are a classic side dish. Read on for our buyer’s guide and our pick of the best fryer for chips on the market.
Top 10 best fryer for chips to buy in the UK 2022
If you want to make delicious deep-fried food at home, start by reading our review of the best deep-fat fryers and health fryers.
1. Pro Breeze 4.2L
Do you want oven chips or chicken wings but are watching your weight? This digital air fryer by Pro Breeze is our top pick for cooking all of your favourite recipes without adding extra calories.
This high-quality air fryer produces delicious, crispy foods with little to no oil and has a beautiful digital display and a generous 4.2L capacity. Instead, using cyclonic technology, hot air circulates around your foods, to effectively cook it for healthy, low-fat, and tasty meals whether you want to be frying a fish filet or baking chicken goujons and potato wedges.
2. Swan SD6040N
If you’re looking for a large deep fat fryer that can feed your entire family, this could be the best option for you. The Swan SD6040N takes pride in providing a no-hassle solution for large capacity and excellent food.
Cook up to 1kg of food at a time and enjoy everything from crispy fish to chicken, chips, and more. The cool-touch handle keeps you safe while you fry, and there’s a viewing window, as with many deep fat fryers on the market.
3. Tefal Oleoclean Pro 3.5l with digital timer
If you’ve ever had a deep fat fryer and remember how much oil it took to use and how difficult it was to clean afterwards, the 2,300W Oleoclean Pro is the model for you.
Not only does it filter used oil into a removable plastic box where it can be stored until it is needed again, but it also disassembles so that nearly all of it can be popped into the dishwasher and come out sparkling – the only cleaning required is to wipe the heating element.
4. Russell Hobbs 24580 digital deep fryer
The Russell Hobbs 24580 is a deep-fat fryer that can cook family-sized portions at temperatures ranging from 130°C to 190°C.
It’s very simple to set up and heats up quickly. With powerful heating comes the possibility of delicious deep-fried food, and the 24580 appears to be capable of it.
5. Tower T17005 Healthier Oil Free Rapid Air Fryer
This low-cost air fryer is unassuming, but it’s strong and simple to use. It also makes high-quality fried foods: it can crisp up everything from chicken goujons to chips (which are made even better by parboiling first).
The Tower’s low price isn’t its only selling point: it’s a good option for families because it has a large capacity and is on the healthier side of the spectrum, reportedly cutting fat by 80 percent. Its parts are dishwasher-safe, which is great for quick cleanup after cooking, and it comes with a variety of accessories, including a baking pan and a divider for cooking two foods at once.
6. Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK
It’s nice to be reminded that you’re cooking something, but when an air fryer is so loud that you can’t hear it over the TV, you’ve got a problem. Fortunately, the Ninja is only as loud as a fan-assisted oven, and its sleek design allowed us to tuck it away on our worktop without it looking out of place.
We barely needed the instruction manual to use it, and you can switch from the standard air fryer function to the roast setting to crisp up roast potatoes, or dehydrate to make fruit and vegetable snacks.
7. GoWISE USA Programmable Air Fryer
“This model is very simple to use, with several preset buttons and an easy-to-read digital display.” Others praise it for being especially good for cooking meat and reheating leftovers.
“The sweet-potato fries were good, and my chicken tenders were perfect,” writes one user. “It’s crisp outside, but moist inside.” “I had a leftover chicken cutlet (cooked the day before, the old-fashioned way) and tossed that in for 5 minutes to crisp it up and I had a great meal,” says another.
8. Instant Vortex Air Fryer
Instant Pot is best known for its multi-cookers, which allow you to pressure cook, slow cook, steam, and sauté all in one device, but the company also produces an air fryer.
The Vortex Air Fryer has a squared-off design and a square frying basket, as opposed to most other air fryers’ circle or oval baskets and bowls. It’s also the largest air fryer we’ve tested, with a 6-quart (5.7-litre) capacity and enough space to cook a 1.8kg chicken.
9. Salter 4.5 Litre Digital Hot Air Fryer
The Salter 4.5 Litre (£70) digital hot air fryer’s curvy black body and LED display make it one of the most visually appealing appliances in our test. It has a temperature range of 80 to 200 degrees and a 60-minute timer that we found simple to adjust.
On the plus side, the Salter is one of the quietest appliances in our test, reaching a maximum of 65db while cooking.
10. PINSOON 10qt air fryer
If you prefer to have a front-row seat to your food as it cooks, this large 10qt model includes a window so you can watch the colour change as it cooks.
You won’t get the same cook quality or speed as some of the more expensive models on the list, but it’s still a good choice for a large family looking for a low-cost way to try out air frying.
How to buy the best fryer for chips in the UK 2022
First, determine how much bench space you have available. If you make chips on a regular basis, you might want to leave it out all the time.
Top-opening models may be out of the running if you have limited space above the bench, as the lid must be opened upwards. If you intend to store your air fryer, look for a compact size with a uniform shape that will fit easily into a cupboard.
claimed volume or capacity
Take the manufacturer’s claimed measurements with a grain of salt, as claimed capacity or volume can be deceiving. Some manufacturers measure the entire interior space of the air fryer rather than the actual usable capacity. A “10-litre” model, for example, may only be able to cook about 500g of chips, whereas a “2500-gram” model will not be able to accommodate that much weight of food.
Air fryer parts are relatively simple to clean and can be placed in a standard sink. The majority of the parts are dishwasher safe. However, if they have a nonstick coating, they are also easily cleaned by hand.
Controls come in two varieties: dial and digital. Dial controls are simpler and less accurate, with only a temperature dial and a timer dial that dings when the timer expires.
Look for a timer that can be programmed to run for more than 30 minutes. Digital controls have a touch display with an accurate timer, temperature readings, and pre-programmed settings. Look for models with simple icons and an alarm that sounds when the cooking is finished.
A fryer is a worthy substitute for deep frying in a pot on the stove. This method, which requires the purchase of a separate appliance, is usually safer and easier for beginners to deep frying.
To find the best fryer for chips for you, consider capacity, size, ease of use and cleaning, and whether a prospective model has safety features and any extra features that help make cooking more effortless and enjoyable.