Philips™ Electronics Company first developed the air fryer concept back in 2010 and is credited for introducing the original air fryer to the market. Since then, several companies have launched their own air fryer products, including GoWISE, Black+Decker, Avalon and Farberware.
Beyond choosing what brand to buy, there are different versions and size variations to choose from. You can find air fryers ranging from three to five quarts. Less than three is considered small, three- to four-quart fryers are average size and five quarts or larger is an extra-large size. The size that is right for you obviously depends on how large your family is or what you intend to use your fryer for. The average or regular size works well for cooking fries or side dishes, and small-batch recipes. The larger size is better for family cooking, but it will take up considerable more counter space.
You also must decide between a manual air fryer or a digital. A manual air fryer will have a dial to adjust the temperature and time, while a digital fryer will have push-button controls. It’s important to note that there’s a vast amount of variance between brands when it comes to temperature options. Some brands allow you to select temperatures in 5-degree increments while others offer 10-degree increments. Don’t worry, although this seems like a huge discrepancy, follow the recipe and the guidelines in your manual and your food will turn out like it’s supposed to!
Air Fryer Parts
Despite the variances between air fryer models, they all have three basic parts: the air fryer base, the basket and the basket base.
The air fryer base is the main component of the air fryer. The basket base is the bottom of the fryer that holds the basket. It catches oil and crumbs that fall through the holes of the basket. The fryer basket attaches to the base and actually holds the food. It has round holes or a mesh base, depending on the brand and model. Both the basket base and actual basket can be washed in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. Although accessories do not come with the air fryer, there are racks available to purchase. Racks are helpful for cooking larger batches of food.