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Best Air Fryers for a Large Family

INTRODUCTION:

Air fryers are like mini ovens. They have highly concentrated heat sources with powerful fans. The fans circle this air around wings, fries, vegetables, and other foods to fry them with little to no oil. Air fried recipes have a nice finish that ovens can’t compete with. Air fryers will reheat your food that will make you forget your microwave as well. Oven-fried food is safe and healthy because these items only use a fraction of oil compared to other traditional cooking methods like deep frying.

One problem with most air fryers is that the baskets that they come with are usually small. You cannot stuff the basket with your food up to the brim because you have to leave some space for the air to circulate around it. Don’t be fooled by the big footprint of an air fryer. They look big, but their fry baskets are mostly smaller. If your family is big and you don’t want to cook in multiple batches, you should consider purchasing air fryers with high capacity baskets. If you have 3 to 6 family members, you would probably need air fryers that can handle 5 to 7 quarts of food at once.

However, be aware that some air fryers have “XL” or extra-large with their names, but they are hardly suitable for big families and can only cook 2 to 3 quarts of food at once. Some manufacturers don’t mention the capacity of their air fryer in quarts. They might do that in liters or pounds, etc. Make sure that you read everything about the product and then make a decision.

Below, we have compiled a list of some of the best large-capacity air fryers available to fulfill your frying needs.

Our Picks

9. Philips Premium Airfryer XXL HD9630/98

Like all air fryers, this one too has been designed to keep healthy eating in mind. This jumbo-sized air fryer is not just good at cooking fries. Although that is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about frying, it can also roast and cook many other foods that you might be thinking about. It comes with a recipe book that enlightens the user about its true versatility.

It is almost a shame that it doesn’t come with tongs so that you can check on the food while it is cooking. However, you may be able to use the ones that you have at home. As you can guess from its name, this air fryer is among the larger ones. It comes with a basket that can handle at least four quarts of food. That much food is enough for six family members. This appliance uses Philips TurboStar technology, which means that it makes and circulates hot air in and around the food that you would like it to cook.

The temperature on this air fryer can range from 175°F to 400°F. If you want to roast some veggies slowly, you can use the low temperature, and if you’re going to deep fry chicken wings, you can go high on the temperature dial. This convenient fryer comes with seven preset cooking modes: air frying, roasting, grilling, toasting, dehydrating, and various baking settings. You can find a simple set of icons of fish, meat, and frozen chips. You can either click those buttons and start the preset mode of cooking or set your manual settings and get things done. The “warm” function is extremely helpful for family members that come home late and would still like to eat food that looks freshly cooked.

This air fryer looks bulky with a basket big enough to house a whole chicken. The basket itself is non-stick, but we are not overly fond of its fussy construction. It looks like it may easily catch dirt and food debris. The basket slides a long way out, so you have to make sure that it rests on a flat surface to avoid it tipping over. All cooking parts are dishwasher-safe, but you’ll have to clean the main body with a wet cloth. The layout of the control with digital readout and functional settings is clear with orange hues. It operates quietly, but you do need to make some room because it is big. Plus, it dissipates quite a bit of heat, which would need space to go somewhere.

Pros

  • Wide temperature range (175°F to 400°F)
  • Five preset cooking settings
  • The basket can cook 1.2 kg of food at once
  • Cooking parts are dishwasher-safe
  • Quality construction and sleek finish

Cons

  • The basket is prone to catching dirt
  • Needs large space

Wide Temperature Range: This “faster than conventional oven” air fryer offers a wide temperature range for cooking your food. This increases its versatility and usability.

8. Power Air Fryer XL

Like most modern air fryers, this appliance also isn’t just an air fryer. It is more of a multi-functional cooking unit. It has seven preset cooking functions used for specific dishes such as steaks, chicken, fries, and other baked foods. This model is available in two sizes: 3.4 quarts and 5.3 quarts. This machine is a basket style air fryer, which you can click in and out of place to check the food. It has a divider so you can cook two different dishes at once.

To cook 5.3 quarts of food, it requires 1700 watts of power. You can control the cooking time down to the minute. Moreover, it has an automatic shut off feature. The temperature can range from 180°F to 400°F. You can also adjust the temperature by 10°F intervals. It comes in two colors, solid black and red; you can choose whatever matches your kitchen décor.

By pressing the power button twice, you can start cooking at 370°F for 15 minutes, but you can also use the preset cooking modes or put in your manual settings. There are + and – symbols with the clock on the machine, which let you change the cooking time. You can also adjust the time in intervals of one minute so you can get a very exact cooking time. The same goes for temperature. There are + and – symbols next to the thermometer icon, which let you change the temperature in intervals of 10°F. The button labeled M will let you select one of the preset cooking modes.

The blue fan symbol will light up whenever the fryer is on but not hot. A red star will light inside the blue fan when it starts heating up. Find a generous heat-resistant surface for the fryer that has easy access to a power outlet. You can give the basket a shake to mix things up like fries so that they don’t end fried only on one side and stick to the basket.

Both the outer and fry basket have a non-stick coating. They are dishwasher-safe, so you can easily clean them. However, if they do occasionally have fried bits of food stuck, you can just soak them in warm soapy water and let the gunk soften up. Be a bit gentle with the baskets as the coating might come off. You can wipe the inside and outside of the unit with a wet cloth. It comes with a 60-day warranty, which is not much, but it’s something. It also comes with a recipe book.

Pros

  • You can adjust the time at intervals of one minute, which gives you a very precise cooking time
  • It is very easy to use with preset cooking modes and an option for manual settings
  • State-of-the-art touch screen
  • It is also easy to clean
  • Reheats very well
  • Has divider and also comes with a cookbook and baking pan

Cons

  • Vents very hot air out; don’t place it too close to a wall or other things
  • If you aren’t gentle with the baskets, the non-stick coating might come off

Divider and Pan: This fryer has a divider, which lets you cook two different foods at once. It also comes with a pan for baking cornbread and cakes, etc.

7. NuWave Brio Air Fryer

This multi-functional air fryer will exceed your expectations and more with its features and performance. This six-quart air fryer is an all-in-one cooking appliance. The secret to its high performance is its wattage that can go from 900 watts to 1800 watts. You can adjust the wattage with just a touch of a button. Meanwhile, the temperature can range from 100°F to 400°F. You can also adjust the temperature precisely with an interval of 5°F. There are up and down arrows with the thermometer icon that will help you do that. Additionally, you can adjust the cooking time the same way. There are up and down arrows for increasing or decreasing time.

It has six preset cooking modes, which make it very easy to use. The control display and the touch interface are clear and help you set the right cooking mode. It also has a preheat and reheat option for your leftovers. This air fryer comes with a basket divider, pans, and multiple racks so that you can cook various dishes at once and take full advantage of its six-quart capacity.

Despite having a large capacity fry basket, it has a compact design. It looks sleek and comes in black color. Keeping the safety of the user in mind, this fryer comes with a feature that automatically shuts off the fryer when you remove the basket. The non-stick coating of the cooking parts is PFOA free. They are also dishwasher-safe, so you won’t have to dread hand washing them.

This air fryer is designed to monitor the temperature 120 times every second. It pushes out air from all directions. This means that it will evenly cook your food no matter where you place it in the basket. Its preset multiple cooking modes increase its versatility. Once you learn all the settings, it is very easy to program. You can easily store it in a cabinet thanks to its compact size. This fryer is ideal for large families.

Customers report that food doesn’t get stuck to the basket easily. If that happens, you can soak the basket in soapy water and then remove the caked-on food. Additionally, you can also clean the exterior of the unit with a damp cloth. It comes with a one-year limited warranty. The warranty doesn’t cover the non-stick coating on the basket. Like most other fryers, this one too comes with a cookbook.

Pros

  • Very powerful
  • LED glass panel makes it easy to operate
  • Offers multiple cooking modes
  • Comes with a one-year warranty
  • Has a large basket and also a compact design
  • The non-stick coating is PFOA free

Cons

  • The large basket can be cumbersome to clean if you have smaller sinks
  • It is only available in one color (black)

Even Frying: Since it pushes out hot air from all directions, it fries and cooks things evenly no matter where in the basket you place them.

6. GoWISE USA Air Fryer XL

Although this fryer is relatively new in the market, it doesn’t show that in its performance. It has a large capacity and multiple features to go with. This fryer uses Rapid Air Circulation technology to cook your food. It will give the desired fried food result without requiring much oil. The hot air is circulated in all directions so that your food cooks evenly. Meanwhile, you can either use your phone, watch TV, or prep for other meals.

This fryer comes with many unique features, which also include programmable cooking settings. You can select any one of the eight preset cooking modes. It also lets you bake a cake, isn’t that just amazing? Since this is a modern air fryer, you can adjust the temperature to your needs. This feature is very useful for users who would like to experiment with various foods and not just use it for making fried chicken or a plate of tatties. This reminds us, it is multi-functional. Besides air frying, you can also use it to grill, roast, and bake. Since it can bake, we would have loved it if it came with a pan, but that is not the case. The company offers non-stick pans, though. If you’d like, you can buy one that’s just right for your fryer.

It requires 1700 watts for its 5.8 quarts capacity. No more cooking in multiple batches. The temperature can range from 180°F to 400°F, which you can adjust in increments of 10 minutes. There are up and down arrows with the thermometer, which let you increase and decrease the temperature. The same goes for time. You can stop this versatile fryer mid cooking and change the temperature and time. Don’t underestimate this feature; not many fryers have it. You can also remind yourself that the food needs a check every 5, 10, or 15 minutes with the help of the timer. The clear, LED digital display will save you all the guesswork and show you the temperature and time that you set.

This fryer comes in red, black, white, and plum colors; not every fryer in this list offer this option. The cooking parts have a non-stick coating, which is safe to use because it is PFOA-free. The fry basket is wholly detachable and comes with a cool-touch handle. The reheat option works very well too. This fryer comes with a recipe book that has 50 recipes to cover your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cooking parts of this fryer are dishwasher-safe. The rest of the machine can be wiped clean with a wet cloth. It also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty. Products that you register with the company will get additional 60-day warranty coverage.

Pros

  • Large fry basket (5.8 quarts)
  • Comes in four colors (plum, red, black, and white)
  • Lets you change temperature and time mid-cooking
  • Clear and big display
  • Cool-touch basket handle
  • Safe to use (PFOA-free)

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a cake pan
  • The coating may come off if you scrub the basket with abrasive material

Eight Preset Cooking Modes: This air fryer is the epitome of versatility with its eight preset cooking modes. It lets you cook all kinds of food in many ways.

5. Instant Vortex Air Fryer

GoWise and this air fryer are among the affordable bunch. However, it hasn’t taken from their features. We highly recommend this square-shaped fryer to our readers who are shopping on a budget. You’ll be impressed with the performance of this powerful fryer. It fries food to crisp, which is why we fry them, right? It doesn’t matter if your fries are fresh or frozen; they’ll be fried golden and crispy. All of this will be done in a snap.

It does make some noise when it operates, but it is not louder than a microwave. Since it is square, it doesn’t take up much space. Its footprint is relatively small compared to the egg-shaped fryer. The fry basket of this air fryer has a capacity of six quarts. Instant Vortex has made it easy to use their fryer by allowing customization of the time and temperature.

The large display lets you monitor and control everything easily. It is also incredibly easy to understand and use. You can increase or decrease the temperature by increments of five degrees and time by one minute. You just have to press the “Temp” or “Time” icons and move the dial clockwise or anticlockwise to adjust the settings to your needs.

It is not just an air fryer; you can also use it to roast, bake, and reheat your leftover food. However, we noticed that it has only one heating element. The fan speed doesn’t change when you change the presets, which means that there won’t be a true difference between the fry and bake option. The manufacturer has also made an app available, which will be like your online cookbook with over 1,000 recipes. You can download the app for free and make a different dish every day. Plus, this fryer has a stylish design that is available only in black. We also heard that Instant might drop a stainless steel fryer soon.

As far as cleaning goes, don’t wash the basket in the dishwasher. You can put the metal tray in the dishwasher, though. Just clean the basket with warm soapy water using a non-abrasive sponge.

Pros

  • Large basket size (six quarts)
  • It lets you adjust time and temperature
  • Easy-to-understand and easy-to-use user interface
  • Space-saving design
  • Powerful machine

Cons

  • Gives chemical smell when first arrives
  • Makes noise during operation

Affordable: This fryer is a great option for shoppers with a tight budget. It provides excellent value for money. We mostly heard good things about this fryer.

4. Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

This air fryer, with its 5.5-quart capacity, is truly multi-functional. This all-purpose kitchen champion will make your life easier whether you want sweet potato fries or a perfectly baked cherry pie. If you have this air fryer in your kitchen, you can roast a chicken or cook a steak in a breeze without any hassle. This air fryer is fast and gives you many choices other than frying. The large fry basket will let you cook food for six people at once.

This air fryer will cook frozen nuggets and fries perfectly with its MaxCrisp technology. The manufacturer suggests that you use the MaxCrisp function whenever frying your food so that it is a bit raised from the surface and the air circulates well around the food. This way, it will cook your food evenly, and it will be crispier than ever. This fryer offers seven preset cooking modes, including air frying, roasting, broiling, baking, dehydrating, and reheating. You can adjust temperatures for all of these cooking modes except for MaxCrisp. This function only works at a temperature of 450°F. All you have to do is press a button, and your air fryer will turn into whatever you want it to be.

This air fryer will fry your food with the same texture as that of oil deep fried but with 75% less fat. It is also very suitable for cooking frozen veggies. Hence, they will cook evenly without turning into a soggy mess. They will also take only take 10 to 15 minutes compared to ovens where you’ll need to put in your veggies for at least 30 minutes.

This fryer has a visible and clear user interface and display. Everything is self-explanatory, and it is very easy to use. Whenever you want to clean your fryer, unplug it and let it cool down if you have recently used it. You can clean all the racks, baskets, and pans in the dishwasher because they are dishwasher-safe. Use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to clean the rest of the unit. The cooking parts are also non-stick, so they will clean easily if you let them soak in soapy water for a few minutes.

Pros

  • Very fast
  • Offers seven different modes of cooking
  • Cooks frozen food very well
  • Very easy to use with large intuitive buttons
  • Easy to clean (dishwasher-safe cooking parts)
  • The high gloss finish gives it a stylish look

Cons

  • May give off factory odor in the beginning
  • The dishwasher may cause the non-stick coating to chip off

MaxCrisp Technology: This air fryer introduces this unique feature that lets you cook your food at 450°F. You can use it for foods that are frozen. The temperature at this setting cannot be changed. It makes you super crispy and brown food.

3. Secura Air Fryer XL

This air fryer is relatively new to the industry of air frying, but users have quickly grown fond of it. It is a relatively good performer, but you need to shake the basket while the food is cooking. Otherwise, your food will have light and dark spots. This doesn’t mean that this air fryer is lacking; this is common with every air fryer.

Dial-controlled fryers are comparatively hard to control but not this air fryer. The dial has relatively large letters, so it is easy to understand and use. You may have to look somewhere else if you prefer a digital display. This air fryer is wider at the bottom, so it seems bigger than it actually is. It could be a problem if you do not have large counter space. Its safety score is high, and it has an automatic shut-off feature when a cooking cycle completes. It also stays cool to the touch even after it just finished cooking. Furthermore, it has skid-resistant feet that don’t let it slide anywhere.

This product comes with a two-year warranty, which is nice; not every air fryer has such a long warranty. What we liked a lot, though, is that its operation is very quiet, to the point that one could almost forget that they have a fryer running. It also wins when it comes to cleaning the basket and other cooking parts. They are all dishwasher-safe.

This air fryer has a capacity of 5.3 quarts and uses 1700 watt power. The temperature on this fryer ranges from 180°F to 400°F. It has a 60-minute timer. The automatic shut off feature will let you know through a beep that your food is done. Like many other modern fryers, this one too does more than just frying. It can also bake, roast, and grill food for you. It comes with grilling racks and skewers other than pan and metal baskets, which adds to its functionality.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Comes in four colors (silver, gray, white, and gold)
  • Easy-to-use dial buttons
  • Very sturdy build
  • Very safe with an automatic shut-off feature
  • Comes with a bonus rack and skewers

Cons

  • Big footprint
  • Doesn’t have a digital display

Two-Year Warranty: This air fryer comes with the most generous warranty among the products on this list, which shows the confidence of the manufacturer in their product.

2. Enklov Air Fryer

This air fryer looks stylish with its black matte finish. You can further disassemble the pull-out basket for easy cleaning. You can easily find touch controls in the front panels and adjust temperature and time. The operation of the fryer is very easy. You can select your temperature and time and then allow the fryer to preheat. Then, you can put your food in the basket and let it cook. You’ll have to shake the basket or turn over the food, depending on the recipes.

It doesn’t require any assembly. It comes ready out of the box. All that you have to do is find a suitable place for the fryer and plug it in. It has a capacity of 5.5 quarts and requires 1350 watts of power to function. Hence, it can instantly heat up to 360°F and can quickly cook your food. It has two unique ventilation openings that allow dissipation of the excess heat and let fresh air in. The power motor has exclusive heat protection, which doesn’t let it burn. The heat shield also saves the heat pipe from getting damaged by the steam and ensures the longevity of the fryer. It also has the automatic shut off feature, which stops the cooking cycle once it has completed.

The fry basket and other cooking parts of this unit are coated with non-stick material, which makes them very easy to clean. The whole learning process is even easier as the cooking parts are dishwasher-safe. This fryer has a smart design, due to which it has a smaller footprint and won’t take much space on your counter. It comes with a cookbook that has a compilation of many mouth-watering recipes perfected for this air fryer. It also comes with a one-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.

Pros

  • Has eight preset options that make cooking easier
  • Shuts off automatically when cooking is done
  • Cooking parts are dishwasher-safe, so it is easy to clean
  • Comes with a recipe book
  • Has a one-year warranty with a 30-day money back guarantee
  • Large LED display

Cons

  • Not very user friendly; the buttons are a little hard to understand
  • Preheating can be a bit annoying if you want to cook in multiple batches

Patented Cold-Hot Air Circulation Technology: This technology cooks your food in a way so that it has a crispy exterior and juicy interior. The two vents are for this purpose. The oily fumes and excess heat is pushed out, and fresh air is let into the fryer.

1. Omorc Air Fryer

This air fryer made it to this list because of the great features that it offers. It offers a capacity of six quarts. This much capacity is enough for a family of 5 to 8 people. This user-friendly air fryer comes with a two-year warranty, which is not common. It offers 8 to 15 presets, which will make you feel like you can cook more dishes than you actually do. The air frying mode of this air fryer will give your food a crispy exterior without compromising your health.

The rapid air technology that it uses cooks your food with 85% less fat without taking away from the taste and visual appeal of the food. It also has an option for dehydrating your food, which can prove useful for fruits and many veggies. The user manual that comes with it explains how to use every feature. This air fryer provides the option of using the touch screen as well as the knobs. This reduces the need for multiple buttons that can make things confusing. In order to adjust the temperature and time to your needs, all that you would have to do is turn the knob. You can use the same method to select the preset of your choice.

This air fryer has used twice thicker stainless steel parts that make the fryer safe to use. It also comes with an automatic shut off feature that prevents overheating. When your cooking is done, it will let you know by beeping. The handle of the basket is cool to the touch. It also has a button guard so that you don’t pull it out by mistake. Additionally, it comes with a recipe book to get you started.

Pros

  • Very easy to use
  • Shake reminder function
  • Cleaning is hassle-free
  • Comes with a detailed cookbook
  • Automatic shut-off feature for safety
  • 8 to 15 preset cooking modes

Cons

  • We’d have liked it if the manual was a bit more detailed

Dual Operation: This air fryer provides great functionality due to the provided touch screen. Moreover, it also has knobs that you can easily use. These are especially handy if you’re wearing gloves or your hands are greasy or dirty for some reason.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.  How do air fryers work?

An air fryer cooks food by constantly circulating hot air around the food. This reduces the need for oil significantly. These machines use a heat source that produces intense heat, and a convection fan then circulates this air around the food that you intend to cook.

2.  Is the food cooked through an air fryer healthy?

Most air fryers cut the amount of fat you consume up to 80%. This means that by eating air-fried food, your chances of developing heart diseases, high cholesterol, or blood pressure significantly reduce.

3.  Do you require oil when using an air fryer?

You don’t necessarily need oil, but if you brush your food with some oil, it may enhance the taste of your food. Experts recommend using one tablespoon of oil for 2.2 pounds of food. It is always best to use a brush or spray.

4.  Does air fried food taste nice?

It doesn’t taste exactly like the food fried in oil. If you like the richness of fats in your food, you may not think that air fried food is tasty. However, it is tenderer and tastier than the food prepared in the oven.

5.  Can I use aluminum foil or parchment sheet in the air fryer?

You can use aluminum foil or parchment paper in the air fryer but make sure that you leave enough space for the flow of air. Do not cover the bottom of the basket completely. Don’t use plain paper in your fryer as that could catch fire.

6.  Do I have to stop the fryer while checking the food?

Checking the food will only take a few seconds or minutes at the most. You don’t have to pause your fryer to do that. Most fryers automatically pause when you remove the fry basket.

7.  Do I need to shake the basket for the food to cook?

In order to prevent the food from sticking to the bottom and ensuring even cooking and browning, you do need to shake the basket quite often. Some fryers even come with a shake alert to remind you that it is time to shake the fry basket.

Conclusion

Air fryers have been on the market for around ten years, and they have become very famous. People love eating fried foods, but it’s not healthy. Air frying presents a healthy solution for many foodies. This way, they can keep eating their favorite foods while enjoying the benefits of good health. In this article, we have compiled a list of the best air fryers for big families. We hope that we have been able to guide you towards making the right choice. We have included options for shoppers on various budgets. Good luck!

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