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The Best Air Fryers of 2021

The Philips XXL air fryer sits on a kitchen counter. It has a silver handle in front of the black appliance.
Two Cosori air fryers with plates of food in front of them sit on a kitchen counter.
The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is a silver appliance with four knobs on its top with several racks inside.

How We Tested Air Fryers

The Tester

Hi, I'm Sharon Franke, and I’ve been reviewing kitchen equipment for more than 30 years. Before that, I worked as a professional chef in NYC restaurants for seven years. Now I’m an avid home cook.

While I’ve made French fries and pan-fried chicken cutlets countless times, they’re not in heavy rotation in my house these days. Just like you, I want to avoid the oil and all that work that comes with frying. That’s why I was thrilled to test top-rated appliances and see if they could satisfy my hankerings for crispy food, fat, and fuss-free.

The Tests

To find the top performers, over the past few years, I've tested dozens, including appliances that can double as toaster ovens or multi-cookers. Each appliance was rated on how well the air fryer cooked fresh and frozen French fries and chicken nuggets.

Since each appliance is unique, you’ll be relying on the manual to get started. I checked to see if each explained how to use the product thoroughly, provided guidelines for cooking specific foods, and included recipes.

I considered how easy it was to use the controls (for both manual and digital air fryers), slide the basket in and out, and of course clean up. As you may not cook with this appliance daily or even weekly, I checked to see how easy it would be to stash away, too. I also took note of customer reviews on Amazon and other popular retailers.

French fries, fried chicken and nuggets that have been cooked in different air fryers.

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

For starters, it's not actually a fryer, but rather a countertop convection oven that circulates hot air around foods in a basket. Using at most a half tablespoon of oil, the appliance will brown and crisp up food but not as evenly as frying.

And things don’t always come out with the same combination of all-over crunchiness and perfect tenderness as they do when they’re dropped in hot oil. However, these appliances don't require more than a few minutes to preheat, which means from start to finish they deliver the goods faster than deep- or oven-frying. Plus, I discovered they didn’t give off any cooking odors, so your house never smells like a chicken shack.

How to Use an Air Fryer

These devices are easy to use and often easy to clean. Always check with the manufacturer's instructions, but most will follow these basic procedures:

1. Preheat before cooking
Your air fryer needs time to come to temperature before you use it, just like your oven or skillet. In general, preheat the appliance at 375°F for three to five minutes, depending on the size of the fryer.

2. Don’t overcrowd the food and lay food down flat
Just like conventional frying, overloading your air fryer will not produce the best results. Adding too much food—especially frozen foods—in the basket could produce soggy or uneven cooking results. It could also increase the cooking time.

3. Flip while frying
Some of the same principles of deep-frying apply to an air fryer: Don't forget to batter and/or bread items properly before dropping them into the air fryer, and be sure to flip your food halfway through the cooking process.

Also, keep an eye on your food while it cooks. This will let you adjust timing as necessary and help get you used to your new appliance.

4. Clean the air fryer when you're done
Don’t forget to clean the appliance after cooking and the device has cooled down. Food particles can get lodged in the nooks and crannies, building up over time and causing issues down the line.

What Can I Cook in an Air Fryer?

A good air fryer can also be used as an oven to bake, broil and help cook meats, casseroles, or even desserts. They are, of course, limited by their size and don’t offer any advantage here over a traditional oven. But if you use your oven for storage, it tends to heat up the kitchen, or you often wish you had an extra oven, these countertop appliances can come in handy.

One thing to know: These kitchen tools are big and oddly shaped, so they take up a lot of countertop space and aren’t easy to store.

Bottom line: If you find crispy foods irresistible but want to avoid the fat, this might be just what you're looking for.

Some popular cooking options include:

  • Vegetables you like to roast, such as potatoes, brussels sprouts, carrots, and squash
  • Meat dishes, such as battered chicken, bacon, burgers, and hot dogs
  • Frozen foods like chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, tater tots, onion rings, and french fries
  • Baked goods such as donuts, fritters, and funnel cake

Other Air Fryers We Reviewed

Air Fryers We Tested That Didn't Make the Cut

  • We've reviewed a few air fryers by Krups. We like the Krups Easy Fry Deluxe Digital (available at Amazon) a bit better than the Krups Fry Delight thanks to its design and cooking results. However, neither are very close to mimicking the crispiness of food that came out of a deep-fat fryer.

  • Farberware 3.2 quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer (available at Walmart) is a very reasonably priced air fryer that does a decent job of crisping and browning, especially with frozen foods. But the basket sticks and it's a little confusing to use.

  • The Power Air XL (available at Amazon) is small in size and capacity, generic in appearance, and its basket doesn't glide out very smoothly.

  • The Black and Decker 2L Purifry (available at Amazon) is still a big appliance, yet comes with a much smaller basket. With no digital controls and tiny numbers, it's really difficult to set a precise temperature setting.

  • While we've always loved the Instant Pot products, if you've never used an air fryer before, we can't recommend company's Instant Vortex Plus (available at Walmart). Its "Getting Started Guide" was not very helpful and we found cooking with the included tray yielded better results than the basket the manufacturer suggested using. However, after lots of trial and error, this device produces solid results.

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November 29, 2021

When we first tested air fryers in 2017, most models were pod-shaped appliances that looked more at home in a sci-fi movie than on a kitchen counter. They used the same technology as convection baking under the guise of a trendy new term: “air frying.” Since then, to stay on trend, some manufacturers have started calling their convection toaster ovens and electric ranges “air fryer ovens.” The Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven TOB-260N1 predates the air-fryer craze (so you won’t see that buzzword on the box), but we think it yields better results than any pod-shaped air fryer we’ve tested.

Although we think the Cuisinart toaster oven strikes the best balance of value, size, and versatility in this category, we’ve learned from commenters, customer reviews, and air fryer owners that many people prefer something more compact than a toaster oven or want a dedicated machine for cooking frozen snacks, meat, or vegetables. With that in mind, we’ve allowed our stance on air fryers to evolve. If you don’t plan to bake, and if you intend to make only one or two portions of food at a time, the Philips Premium Airfryer HD9741/96 may align better with your needs than a convection toaster oven, and it’s the best pod-shaped model we’ve tested. In 2021, we tested more lower-cost models to determine a budget pick: the Cosori Pro Air Fryer.

If you’re not sure whether you want a convection toaster oven or an air fryer, we’ve written a helpful checklist so you can better understand the trade-offs for each appliance. We also have general advice on how to adjust air-fryer recipes for your convection toaster oven.

When it comes to air frying, our top-pick toaster oven, the Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven TOB-260N1, produced better results than any of the air fryers we’ve tested since 2017, and it also has more accessories. The Cuisinart produced crispier, more evenly cooked food in our tests, and it easily accommodates much more than a typical pod-shaped air fryer does—including up to nine slices of toast, a 6-pound chicken, a 9-inch pie or cake, or a 13-inch pizza. It also comes with more useful accessories than any air fryer we tested, because it includes a baking tray, a ceramic pizza stone, and two oven racks (a rarity for most toaster ovens). You don’t need to buy any special equipment to bake in the Cuisinart oven, as you do with air fryers; an 8- or 9-inch cake pan or a standard loaf pan will fit with room to spare.

You may want a small, pod-shaped air fryer if you have limited counter space, or if you plan to make only one or two servings of food at a time. The Philips Premium Airfryer HD9741/96 is the best pod-shaped air fryer we’ve tested. It has a relatively small footprint, it’s easy to use, and it cooks food more evenly than similar models. You can’t adjust or turn off its powerful convection fan, which means it’s not great for baking and you can’t use it to make toast. Aside from its “fryer” basket, all of its accessories are sold separately. We think many people are likely to be happier with the larger cooking capacity and versatility of a convection toaster oven. Bottom line: We recommend getting the Philips air fryer only if it’s suitable for your space and lifestyle.

If you want a pod-shaped air fryer that costs less than the Philips model, we recommend the Cosori Pro Air Fryer. In our tests, it didn’t cook as evenly as the Philips, but we found its results perfectly acceptable considering its lower price. The Cosori has lots of preprogrammed settings, but some aren’t that accurate (which is true of many models), so you may have to fiddle with it more to find the optimal settings for what you’re cooking. It also comes with a recipe booklet, which is nice if you’re looking for some guidance when cooking with convection technology. Like the Philips, the Cosori has a well-designed exterior and won’t be an eyesore if you plan to store it on your counter.

Why you should trust me

As a senior staff writer at Wirecutter, I’ve researched, tested, and reviewed toasters, toaster ovens, and deep fryers, among other kitchen gear and gadgets, since 2016. I’ve spent more than 250 hours over the past four years researching and testing air fryers for this guide. In that time, I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten more fish sticks and french fries than the Gorton’s Fisherman and Ronald McDonald combined.

What is “air frying” anyway, and how does it work?

Three of the appliances tested in this review of appliances with air frying capabilities.

Despite what it sounds like, air frying doesn’t actually fry your food. Instead, air fryers are mini convection ovens that use fans to rapidly circulate hot air, cooking food faster and more evenly than a standard oven does.

Convection has been around for more than a century. The first commercially sold convection ovens were developed by the W. L. Maxson Corporation in the 1940s as a way to reheat frozen food for airplanes. And they worked much the same as today’s air fryers and convection toaster ovens do: As the fan circulates hot air around the food, it crisps the outside in a way that mimics deep frying. But your tastebuds will tell you that air-fried food isn’t anything like traditionally deep-fried food in flavor and texture. (For more on deep frying, check out our guide to the best deep fryer.)

Types of air fryers

The term “air fryers” is now often used for two main types of appliances: small, pod-shaped models (which usually resemble weird, futuristic dinosaur eggs waiting to hatch) and larger models that look like a typical high-end convection toaster oven. (You’ll also encounter a few outliers with especially gimmicky features, such as the Oster DuraCeramic Air Fryer—which looks like something out of an ’80s sci-fi movie—or the Ninja Foodi, a combination air fryer and pressure cooker.)

The Oster DuraCeramic Air Fryer shown on a countertop with its lid open.

Pod-shaped air fryers have a single fan and heating element positioned on top of the oven cavity. Some of the pod-shaped models we tested ran so hot that they concentrated heat on top of the food, behaving more like convection broilers than convection ovens. Other models we tested ran so cool that it was hard to tell whether they were even on. We found that pod-shaped air fryers often had more powerful fans, too, but this wasn’t necessarily a good thing, since they could produce dried-out foods and overcooked, ripply cakes.

The fan element on the Philips HD9641/96.

Pod-shaped air fryers, like the now-discontinued Philips HD9641/96, have a single fan and heating element positioned on top of the oven cavity. Photo: Sarah Kobos

The heating elements and fan of the Cuisinart model.

The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 has heating elements on the top and the bottom, and a fan on the side of its interior. Photo: Sarah Kobos

The upper fan on the Cuisinart TOA-60.

Some toaster-oven air fryers, such as the Cuisinart TOA-60, have a fan positioned above heating elements at the top of the oven cavity. Photo: Sarah Kobos

Toaster-oven air fryers usually have heating elements on the top and the bottom, as well as a fan on the top or the side of the oven’s interior. They also tend to have larger oven cavities, which typically means you can cook more food at once. In addition, the roomier interior allows heat to more fully circulate around the food, yielding more even browning. However, the extra space also means that toaster-oven-type air fryers can take longer to heat up and a bit more time to cook your food. And most offer more cooking options, such as preprogrammed settings for making toast, baking pizza, or dehydrating fruit (though we recommend getting a dedicated dehydrator if you want to make a significant amount of dried food).

Overall, the nine toaster-oven air fryers we tested performed better than the pod-shaped air fryers we evaluated. And even then, none of those nine performed better than our favorite toaster oven with convection, the Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven TOB-260N1. Cuisinart doesn’t market this model as an air fryer, but it uses the same convection technology and does everything you might want an air fryer to do (and more).

Regardless, some people may not need all that functionality or might be willing to compromise a little on results to save counter space. If you’re trying to decide, we break it down for you in the next section.

How to choose: Convection toaster oven vs. air fryer

Three of our picks for the best air fryer, showing two in a pod style and the one on the right a convection toaster oven.

If you’re having trouble choosing which type of air fryer to get, here’s how we’d decide.

Get the Cuisinart oven if:

  • You have room in your kitchen for a larger oven.
  • You have a family or larger household, and/or want to be able to cook larger portions of food at once.
  • You want to make a variety of foods, such as baked goods, toast, frozen pizzas up to 13 inches, or roast chicken as big as 6 pounds.
  • You want the option to adjust the convection fan’s speed or turn it off completely.
  • You don’t want to buy extra accessories (like baking trays or pizza stones) to get the most out of your appliance.
  • You don’t mind turning your food to achieve even browning while cooking.
  • You like to avoid nonstick coating, which lines the baskets in most pod-shaped air fryers and tends to wear off quickly.
  • You want faster cleanup.

Get a pod-shaped air fryer if:

  • You don’t have room in your kitchen for a larger oven.
  • You mainly want to cook frozen food or smaller portions of food.
  • You don’t want to bake, make toast, cook a 13-inch frozen pizza, or roast a large chicken.
  • You don’t mind having a single convection fan speed that you can’t adjust or turn off.
  • You don’t mind paying for extra accessories (like a rack or cake pan) in order to make full use of your air fryer.
  • You prefer a more casual approach to cooking your food, and you find tossing it in a basket to be less cumbersome than turning it by hand.
  • You’re okay with some uneven browning.
  • You don’t mind more cleanup—including the extra care necessary to prolong the life of the fryer basket’s nonstick coating.

How we tested

A photo of a person in a striped apron and beige shirt pouring Ore-Ida french fries into a black Philips air fryer.

For our original guide in 2017, we ran the air fryers through a series of tests: We cooked frozen and hand-cut french fries, frozen finger foods, and pork chops. For our 2019 update, we decided to begin testing the toaster-oven air fryers as we would regular toaster ovens. We filled each model with as many slices of white sandwich bread as they would allow and used the toasted results as a heat map: Uneven browning alerted us to any hot spots in each oven. We also made batches of frozen french fries and tasted them to see whether any pieces ended up under- or overcooked; in addition, we baked frozen breaded chicken tenders and fish sticks to see whether they browned evenly or ended up with soggy bottoms. After eliminating several models, we baked a yellow cake (from a box mix) and roasted whole chickens in the finalists. We also conducted all of the same tests in the now-discontinued Philips Avance HD9641/96—the pod-shaped air fryer that in our 2017 tests performed the best—so that we could compare the results. In 2021 we tested the newer version of that model, the Philips Premium HD9741/96, which we now recommend in its place; the newer model produced results that were consistent with those of the discontinued model. We also tested seven other pod-shaped air fryers for our 2021 update.

A comparison of hand cut fries cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

Hand-cut fries weren’t very tasty when cooked in either appliance, but the batch we cooked in the Cuisinart (right) was slightly less dry. We recommend deep-frying hand-cut fries for the best results. Photo: Sarah Kobos

A comparison of frozen fries cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

Frozen fries made in the Cuisinart oven (right) were more evenly cooked and less dehydrated than fries prepared in the now-discontinued Philips Avance HD9641/96 (left). The Philips Premium HD9741/96 we recently tested is a newer version of, and performs similarly to, the Avance. Photo: Sarah Kobos

Four chickens cooked in the air fryer and toaster appliances reviewed in this guide.

The chickens we roasted in the finalist models (from left to right): the Oster Black Countertop Toaster Oven with Air Fryer, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1, the Farberware Air Fryer Toaster Oven, and the Philips HD9641/96 (now replaced by the nearly identical Philips HD9741/96). Note: We could fit only a 3- to 4-pound chicken in the Philips’s small oven cavity, but the other models could fit a 5-pound roaster. Photo: Sarah Kobos

In our original 2017 tests, we stuck an air probe thermometer inside each oven to see how well each model maintained a set temperature. We also used all of the controls to see how easy they were to navigate and how accurate the cooking guidelines were for preparing common foods like french fries and fish sticks. Additionally, we compared the cooking capacity of each model, and we took note of any egregiously noisy fans or annoying beeps. After testing, we washed all of the fryer components to see how easy they were to clean. We repeated all of these tests for our 2021 update and cooked chicken wings in the finalists.

Our pick: Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven TOB-260N1

The Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven shown on a counter.

Though not specifically billed as an air fryer, the Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven TOB-260N1 remains the best appliance we’ve tested for air frying food. The Cuisinart’s two-speed fan, combined with its spacious interior, allowed it to cook food more evenly than the competition. It also has the best accessories of any model we’ve tested, including a 13-inch ceramic pizza stone, two oven racks, and an enamel-coated steel baking pan. On average, cooking food in the Cuisinart took us a few minutes longer than in most of the air fryers we tested, but its superior results (as well as its ability to cook more food at once) are well worth a little extra time.

The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 is better than other toaster-oven air fryers partly due to the size and speed of the fan: It’s not so powerful that its force disturbs cake batter (creating rippled, overcooked layers), but it’s also not so weak that you’re left with a mountain of soggy french fries. Unlike most air fryers, the Cuisinart toaster oven has two fan speeds, giving you greater flexibility—regular convection for low speed and “speed convection” for high speed. In our tests, the speed convection setting created cooking conditions that were the most comparable to those of the air fryers we evaluated in terms of the time it took to cook and the results it yielded. We recommend using this setting anytime you want extra-crispy results, especially when preparing frozen finger foods, french fries, or chicken wings.

One major distinction between the Cuisinart toaster oven and most pod air fryers is that you can turn the fan off entirely if you don’t want to use it, such as when you’re making toast. Also, you can adjust the fan’s speed if you want a gentler circulation of air, when you’re baking cakes, for instance. The Cuisinart affords you more flexibility so you can tailor it to your exact cooking needs, whereas most air fryers have only one powerful fan, which may not be best for every recipe.

The buttons on the Cuisinart TOB-260N1, featuring two convection speed settings.

Unlike some toaster-oven air fryers we tested, such as the Cuisinart TOA-60, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 is large enough to bake a 13-inch pizza, roast a 5-pound chicken, or toast up to nine slices of bread at once. Also, the oven was one of the few that came with two racks instead of one. (We recommend getting an extra standard quarter-sheet pan so you can cook a tray of food on each rack simultaneously. Combined, that’s the equivalent of a standard half-sheet pan’s worth of food, all cooked in a toaster oven! That’s pretty impressive.)

An image of the pizza stone and oven racks that come with the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 toaster oven.

Though the Cuisinart took a few minutes longer than most models to cook frozen french fries, the fries didn’t come out dry and dehydrated, like the ones we prepared in the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven, or soggy, like the ones we made in the NuWave Bravo XL Air Fryer Smart Oven. We found a few limp fries in each batch, but overall the fries were crispy and evenly cooked, with a creamy center. Chicken fingers and fish sticks that we baked in the Cuisinart also turned out golden brown and crunchy on the outside. (We recommend flipping frozen finger foods halfway through the cooking time for the best results, but even when we didn’t flip the food, the Cuisinart produced crispier fare than the competition.)

A comparison of carrots cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

We roasted carrots at 350 °F in the Philips Avance HD9641/96 (now discontinued and replaced by the Philips Premium HD9741/96) and at 425 °F in the Cuisinart, and the results were nearly the same. Photo: Sarah Kobos

A comparison of brussels sprouts cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

The results were indistinguishable for the Brussels sprouts we roasted in the Philips Avance (left, the precursor to the Philips Premium) and in the Cuisinart (right). They took about 12 minutes to cook in each appliance. Photo: Sarah Kobos

A comparison of zucchini cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

Zucchini took about 15 minutes to cook in both the Philips Avance HD9641/96 (left, the precursor to the Philips Premium HD9741/96) and the Cuisinart (right), and the results were the same. Photo: Sarah Kobos

A comparison of eggplant cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

Eggplant took 20 minutes to cook in each appliance. Again, the results from the now-discontinued Philips Avance HD9641/96 (left) and the Cuisinart (right) were the same. Photo: Sarah Kobos

Even though many of the air fryers we tested cooked food faster than the Cuisinart, the results weren’t necessarily better. Some air fryers ran so hot and had such powerful (and not adjustable) fans that vegetables came out burned on the outside and still raw in the center. Cake layers rose unevenly and ended up overbaked, especially in the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven, which produced a cake with a dark patch on top in the exact same shape as the fan. In contrast, the vegetables we roasted in the Cuisinart were caramelized and tender, and cake layers were golden and moist, results that we think are well worth the slightly slower cooking time. Aside from air frying, the Cuisinart also made very even batches of toast (setting number 3 made perfect golden-brown toast in our tests). And it roasted the most beautiful chicken, hands down, with a crispy, golden-brown skin.

Nine slices of toast shown arranged in a square on a baking sheet.

The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 heats quite evenly from edge to edge, as this toast heat map shows. Photo: Michael Hession

A piece of unevenly browned toasted bread on a large, round plate.

The toast we made in the Philips Premium HD9741/96 came out unevenly browned and burnt on the side, with a dried-out, dehydrated texture due to the oven’s powerful convection fan. Photo: Michael Sullivan

A cake baked in the Phillips air fryer shown next to a cake baked in the Cuisinart toaster.

You can see a difference in the small, 6-inch cake we baked in the Philips Avance HD9641/96 (left, the precursor to the Philips Premium HD9741/96) and the 9-inch cake we baked in the Cuisinart (right). Photo: Sarah Kobos

A comparison of whole chickens cooked in an air fryer and a convection toaster oven.

The smaller, unevenly cooked chicken we prepared in the now-discontinued Philips Avance HD9641/96 (left) and the larger, beautifully browned chicken we roasted in the Cuisinart (right). Photo: Sarah Kobos

An image of a pizza baked on the Cuisinart's ceramic baking stone.

The Cuisinart comes with a ceramic baking stone and can fit up to a 13-inch pizza in its spacious oven cavity. Photo: Sarah Kobos

The Cuisinart makes for easier cleanup, too, because you can throw dirty pans directly into the dishwasher. Most air-fryer accessories are nonstick, and even though manufacturers say they’re dishwasher-safe, you should wash them by hand to extend the life of their coating. Even if you do wash your toaster-oven pans by hand, air fryers are a much bigger pain to clean. Grease and baked-on bits of food cling to the fryer basket screen, and gunk gets in grooves and crevices of the pan. Sponges are easily shredded by the basket screen’s rough texture.

A look at the dirty air fryer.

In our tests, bits of food stuck to the "fryer" basket, and a pool of grease sat at the bottom of the container, which made it more cumbersome to clean. Photo: Sarah Kobos

a look at a dirty sheet pan.

This is a quarter-sheet pan after we used it to roast a chicken in the Cuisinart. Photo: Sarah Kobos

The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 comes with an impressive three-year limited warranty, whereas most air fryers come with only a one-year warranty. According to the representative we spoke with, Cuisinart has updated its warranty service program, and the company will cover shipping costs to and from its service center if your model is defective under warranty. Some user manuals may not accurately reflect this change, so contact Cuisinart for details.

To read more about how the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 compares to the other toaster ovens we’ve tested, see our full guide to the best toaster ovens.

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To find the best air fryers in 2021, you've got to try the rest and that's exactly what we've been up to. While air fryers continue to enjoy widespread popularity -- way outpacing the Instant Pot even, according to a few recent polls. 

With that surge in demand comes a bounty of options for those looking to buy a new air fryer or upgrade their existing air fryer machine. New and updated air fryer models are coming into the market faster than perfectly cooked french fries disappear at a Sunday afternoon football get-together -- which is to say, fast. Trendy air fryers may be one of the most popular small kitchen appliances of late, but they are far more than just a flash in the pan. Fried food aficionados are learning that an air fryer gives you a lot of the tasty benefits of frying but with much less oil and fewer calories -- and less mess to clean up after, too. 

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We've hauled in a few of the latest models and retested some of our previous favorites with a renewed vigor to find the very best air fryer in 2021.

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What exactly is an air fryer?

If you're sorta, kinda not sure what an air fryer even is or why they've become so popular, let's start there. The trendy air fryer is a fairly simple cooking machine that employs extremely hot, fast circulating air to flash-roast food inside of a contained frying basket. While there's generally no or very little oil used, the results can be similar to that of traditional frying in that food comes out crispy on the outside and (ideally) moist on the inside. 

Air fryers heat up fast, cook quickly and make healthier versions of traditionally fatty fried foods, so what's not to love? But it's not just healthy versions of bar snacks. I use my air fryer for cooking skin-on chicken thighs to crispy perfection, veggies including mushrooms, pork chops, peppers, onions, and even seafood -- namely shrimp, scallops and filets of fish. And because most air fryer baskets are nonstick, cleanup is often as simple as a quick spritz and wipe with a soapy sponge. Many are dishwasher safe too. 

Starting to see the appeal?

Demand for air fryers is at an all-time high as the results are much more delicious than pressure-cooked foods. That's no surprise -- after many months of pandemic-related restrictions that had more people eating at home, an appliance that can quickly and easily cook up culinary favorites was sure to be popular. These trendy ovens are also perfect for summer dinners when the desire to turn on that big hot main oven is nowhere to be found. This means there are more air fryers on the market than ever before, but not all are created equal and some brands have jumped into the space quickly with poorly performing machines just to grab a slice of the frenzy.

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All the choice also means there is certainly an air fryer that will fit your space, cooking habits and budget. You can choose from personal fryers, air fryer toaster ovens, basket air fryers, large family-size models and every size in between. There are air fryers with basic mechanical dials and controls, while others have fancy cooking options and presets -- some even have smarts and app connections. You can also pay as much as $300 for one or nab a budget-friendly air fryer for as little as $30 or $40.

What to look for in an air fryer?

Here we explore what to look for in a quality air fryer if you're itching to try that air-fried chicken or sweet potato fry recipe you found on Pinterest. Power, speed and precision are a few of the most important factors in a good air fryer and were the qualities we weighed heaviest. But we've also taken into consideration things like counter real estate, cooking capacity, how intuitive the interfaces, dials and controls are as well as the build and durability of each air fryer. There is a premium version air fryer - Cuisinart air fryer that bakes, broils, and toasts and also lets you air fry right inside the oven. 

This list should help you find the best air fryer for you and in no time, you'll be chowing on the crispiest -- and healthiest -- chicken wings of your life. We've built upon our initial round of testing by retesting some of the air fryers we loved and weaving in some new models to see if any recently released air fryers or ones we missed last time are worthy of consideration. 

Unlike previous air fryers we liked from Krups, T-Fal and Black & Decker, today's modern air fryers are more powerful, meaning quicker access to crispy fries, onion rings, chicken nuggets or any other frozen food that you might typically make in a deep fryer or a rotisserie. They also have more capacity for air frying so you can cook more food, and are lighter, quieter and easier to clean.

No matter how simple or complex, though, what truly counts is how well they deliver goodies straight from the fry basket. When it comes to air fryers, that can vary a lot, whether you're frying up a frozen bag of tater tots or cooking from a recipe book. Here's what we learned after putting several top-rated models through their paces to find the best air fryer in 2021. 

Best overall: Ninja Air Fryer

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When we tested air fryers the first time, the Ninja proved itself the best model for chicken wings. That's still the case, but we found this machine also cooked many other things well in this latest round of air fryer testing, landing in the top spot on our updated list. The Ninja was the most powerful air fryer we tested, blasting chicken wings to crispy goodness the fastest. Speed is a big draw since it means you'll get that desired crispy outer layer faster with less risk of drying out the inside of a chicken wing, French fry or whatever else you're making. 

The Ninja also made frozen mozzarella sticks that were nicely browned with bubbly cheese inside. They started out frozen and were transformed into crispy, crunchy and gooey cheese bombs in 6 minutes flat. If you're into fries, the Ninja won't disappoint either. Frozen French fries turned out golden brown and delicious in just 10 minutes in both rounds of testing.

One thing to note is the Ninja lacks a special cooking method or mode for vegetables so, much like in our previous testing, the fresh Brussell sprouts emerged a tad overdone, even burnt in spots. This is not a terribly complicated fix and simply requires a little bit more checking when you are air frying certain foods for the first time.

The Ninja also has very simple controls, whereas some air fryer interfaces were overly complicated or had buttons and dials that just didn't make much sense. With the Ninja, there are only four buttons to control the cook mode -- air fry, roast, reheat and dehydrate -- as well as simple buttons to control the temperature and time. That's about it and, honestly, that's really all you need. The Ninja also has a simple, solid build with what feels like high-grade plastic. The basket slides into the base securely with no wobble. 

Best design: Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

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This oversized air fryer is easy on the eyes. The Dash Deluxe has the largest cooking capacity of any of the ovens we tested with a 6-quart cooking basket. It also has some undeniable retro appeal and is available in a few fun colors. The appliance we tested was aqua, though it also comes in red, black and white. This model also has all manual controls with no presets and was exceedingly simple to operate. 

Aesthetics aside, the Dash fried up batches of wings, Brussels sprouts, tater tots and French fries that were all cooked evenly and well. In our first round of testing, we found it easy to overshoot when air frying a mozzarella stick if you're not careful. For us, that's a good thing and only means the air fryer has considerable power that you simply need to learn to manage. 

I rarely rely solely on food manufacturer recommendations or oven presets but rather use them as a loose guide and do lots of peeking and checking along the way. The Dash has exactly zero presets and no cooking modes such as roast or dehydrate but still got the most important jobs done.

The Dash is also solidly built, although not quite as sound as the Ninja. It's also on the heavy side, so this is one you might need to find a permanent home for. If you like this model but prefer a smaller size, the compact model for just $50 right now.

Best small air fryer: Magic Bullet Air Fryer

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I'm going to level with you, air fryers can be a little bulky. In fact, they're one of the larger countertop appliances you can purchase, and if you have a small kitchen with limited countertop square footage, you're going to have to account for that. One workaround is nabbing a hybrid countertop oven that serves as a toaster, convection oven and air fryer. The Ninja Foodi is my favorite and it even flips up to sit no more than seven inches from the wall when not in use 

Another option is buying a smaller solo air fryer, and Nutribullet's new Magic Bullet Air Fryer is our pick for the best compact air fryer in 2021. This model obviously won't hold as much as the others on the list but in our testing, it showed good power so you could cook fairly quickly in batches if need be. The Magic Bullet has a 2-5-quart cooking basket which is enough to hold about eight wings or two servings of French fries in a single cook. 

The Magic Bullet Air Fryer crisped chicken wings and Brussel sprouts nicely and got the fries to gold brown as fast as any other air fryer on our list. (I imagine the small basket accounts for this machine's fast cooking.) It also has very very simple analog dials and wasn't very noisy while in action. 

Best budget pick: Gourmia Digital Air Fryer

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If you're not looking to drop a full Ben Franklin on your air fryer, know that you don't have to but can still nab a quality air fryer oven for relatively cheap. Of the many we tested, the Gourmia was among the least expensive at under $50 but it performed quite well in most of the tests. 

This five-quart oven cooked chicken wings especially well with crispy skin and juicy center, and we found the power nearly on par with the Ninja and Dash ovens. It also made very crispy French fries and toasty mozzarella sticks with a gooey center.

One small drawback for this machine is its slightly clumsy build. The basket didn't slide into the oven as flush as you might want and that could ultimately lead to problems but it didn't affect my use of it in any way. This air fryer also has a lot of presets which I don't generally care for since they don't account for how much food you're cooking or the size of, let's say, a chicken wing or thickness of your French fries. I find it's always better to use a rough preset recommendation and a lot of progress checking the first few times you cook something. That way you'll learn about the oven and its power for yourself. 

All that said, this 4-quart digital air fryer has a lot of oomph for the price and it's a great size for most kitchens. 

Others we tested


Instant Vortex

One popular option is the Instant Vortex. It's priced in line with the other air fryers in this group. The Vortex is made by the same company that created the groundbreaking Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Despite that, though, we weren't blown away by the food we fried in it.

Using the recommended settings, mozzarella sticks came out a tad soggy with exteriors not quite crispy enough. Chicken wings and fried chicken were acceptable, not incredible, and less juicy than what other fryers produced. My Brussels sprouts ended up overdone too. And frozen fries were done but cooked unevenly.


Dash Compact Air Fryer

The Dash Compact Air Fryer is different from its bigger sibling in important ways. Specifically, the small air fryer is underpowered and comes with a rock-bottom price tag. While the Dash Deluxe is a powerhouse, the Dash Compact struggled to air-fry almost everything we put inside it. Both french fries and Brussels sprouts were underdone and unevenly cooked.

Mozzarella sticks emerged from the air fryer basket hot, but weren't all that crispy. The only bright spot was chicken wings. They took 30 minutes but I was treated to skin with some crunch. 


GoWise USA 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer

You may not have heard of this brand, but this offering from GoWise is a solid choice. It didn't cook the skin of my chicken wings evenly. That said, french fries came out crispy, crunchy, with creamy interiors. The fryer also roasted Brussels sprouts well, no mean feat for this group of appliances.


Chefman 2.1 qt. Analog Air Fryer

Another relatively affordable choice is the Chefman Analog Air Fryer. It's tiny too, offering just 2.1 quarts of food-frying capacity. The appliance did deliver tasty mozzarella sticks and decent chicken wings. However, it undercooked my Brussels sprouts and frozen french fries. We also found the Chefman's timer control confusing. This dial is labeled in numerical increases of 10. The numbers, though, are separated by groups of four dots, not nine as you would expect.


PowerXL Vortex Air Fryer

You might consider purchasing the PowerXL Vortex, but we recommend against it due to its steep price and mediocre frying performance. We had satisfactory results cooking chicken wings in it. However, the machine exploded my mozzarella sticks when we fried them as directed by the product manual. It also overcooked Brussels sprouts and the french fries it prepared were merely OK, not outstanding.


Philips Avance Airfryer with TurboStar

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Even with a significant drop in price, the Philips Avance Airfryer isn't worth your money. Sure, this kitchen appliance does a decent job of heating frozen convenience food like mozzarella sticks and pizza rolls. But when it comes to fresh food like chicken wings, the results from the Philips air fryer were on par with what you'd expect from a conventional oven.


DeLonghi Rapid Crisp

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The DeLonghi Rapid Crisp was one of the most expensive models we tested and it just didn't live up to the price tag. While I really liked the design, sturdy build and appreciated the small viewing window to watch cooking progress, I found the buttons and interface very clunky. There was no way to set an actual cooking temp -- only presets -- and even those were not very intuitive. 

It also showed a little less power than some of the others, taking a bit longer to crisp chicken wings and Brussels sprouts, although it did cook the fries and mozzarella sticks beautifully. Despite a bit less punch, this model still did a suitable job and has a nice compact shape so I wouldn't call this a complete failure of an appliance, just not worth the $210 you'd need to shell out.


Beautiful Air Fryer by Drew Barrymore

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This air fryer offering from actress Drew Barrymore's new kitchen line performed well in the four rounds of testing. It showed good power and cooked chicken wings to a nice crispy outside and kept a juicy inside after about 25 minutes. It also handled the fries and mozzarella sticks with ease. The air fryer's interface is also pretty slick, although I liked the Ninja's slightly simpler control panel a bit more, which is one of a few reasons it edged out this unit for best air fryer overall.

That said, this is a great option and clocks in at about $11 cheaper than the Ninja. It also has a pleasing design with smooth matte plastic (which does smudge a bit). It comes in a few colors including a dashing sage green.

How we tested each air fryer

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Cyber Monday 2021 is is here and it's the best time of the year to find crazy discounts on kitchen appliances. While you're shopping all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and deals this November, one must-have you'll likely want to add to your wishlist is a top-tested air fryer. An air fryer is a small oven with a highly concentrated heat source and powerful fan that moves the hot air around to crisp up wings, fries, veggies and more air-fried recipes in mere minutes.

We've seen air fryers become increasingly popular in recent years as more people catch on to the benefits of this magical kitchen tool. Air fryers are also easy to clean and require little to no oil for cooking, meaning you can make your favorite dishes with a fraction of the calories and fat of traditional cooking methods.

That said, there are a lot of options to choose from, including traditional basket-style air fryers, air fryer ovens and air fryer-toaster oven hybrids, as well as microwaves and pressure cookers with built-in air frying capabilities. To find the best air fryer for your needs, we recommend reading our comprehensive guide to air fryers and our breakdown of the difference between air fryers and convection ovens, so you know exactly what kind of air fryer you'll be shopping for on Cyber Monday.

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Oct 13th, 2021 3:50 pm
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Oct 13th, 2021 3:50 pm

[Walmart] Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid 6 qt $69 in store only

Just picked this up in store for $69 reduced from $100.

Currently discounted to $90 @ Amazon and Bestbuy etc.
https://www.amazon.ca/Instant-Pot-Air-F ... J5VQ/?th=1

You need to buy it in store though and not online.

https://stocktrack.ca/?s=wm&upc=85756100882

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For more options that don't require an Instant Pot, check out RFD Reviews' roundup of the best air fryers!
Oct 13th, 2021 4:38 pm
maniacshopper
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Oct 13th, 2021 4:38 pm

It fits 6qt instant pots only. If you have 8 at then no go. Duo Crisp is 8qt and air fry packages together
Oct 13th, 2021 5:07 pm
tatung
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Oct 13th, 2021 5:07 pm

Oh i didn't realize you could just buy the air fryer lids. Do they have just the lid for the 8 QT?
Oct 13th, 2021 5:24 pm
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Oct 13th, 2021 5:24 pm

darn, I need the Air Fryer Lid for my 8qt instant pot, it seems like the one fit 8qt never goes on sale
Oct 13th, 2021 10:23 pm
laurawow
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Oct 13th, 2021 10:23 pm

tatung wrote: ↑ Oh i didn't realize you could just buy the air fryer lids. Do they have just the lid for the 8 QT?

Amazon has compatible lid for the 8 QT
These lids cost around $150 so I don’t see why I would buy them, as many air fryers just cost less than these lids
Oct 13th, 2021 10:38 pm
manixc
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Oct 13th, 2021 10:38 pm

Would have been nice before I got a toaster oven with air fryer options.
Agreed with above, the original MSRP is way over priced.
Oct 13th, 2021 10:42 pm
muffin4life
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Oct 13th, 2021 10:42 pm

Interesting... So the IP has AF abilities just not enabled...
Oct 13th, 2021 10:55 pm
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Oct 13th, 2021 10:55 pm

For those Lower Mainlanders...
- I called Delta, (reporting 4) they're out.
- I went to Lougheed out.
- Poco out
- and Coquitlam, all out too FYI. =>

Ahh well.. no air fryin for me tonight I guess. LOL.
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Oct 13th, 2021 11:37 pm
DougO
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Oct 13th, 2021 11:37 pm

Wasn't the 11-in-1 Duo with Air Fryer 6QT on sale for under $100 last Black Friday or Boxing Day? I bought 2 of them. Just give it a month and it'll be back to that price. The 8Qt is currently $229 which is way overpriced...
Oct 14th, 2021 12:14 am
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Oct 14th, 2021 12:14 am

Question fellas, am I better off getting a stand alone air fry (we’ll leave branding out of it so let’s say InstantPot brand standalone airfry for apples to apples) or getting a regular instant pot and having this lid to have an all in one?

Small space, so having one appliance is useful but it almost seems too good to be true.
Oct 14th, 2021 12:54 am
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Oct 14th, 2021 12:54 am

I've heard it's better to get a stand alone IF you have space. The air fryer lid is quite big as it is.. you only save on COUNTERTOP space, and give up VERTICAL space. That 'hat' is really tall. => Another thing I've heard is that depending on who you have to cook for, single person vs. family, this makes a fair diff too. Having a whole bag of nuggies, versus a 8 pack is big.
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Oct 14th, 2021 1:09 am
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Oct 14th, 2021 1:09 am

logitvx wrote: ↑ Question fellas, am I better off getting a stand alone air fry (we’ll leave branding out of it so let’s say InstantPot brand standalone airfry for apples to apples) or getting a regular instant pot and having this lid to have an all in one?

Small space, so having one appliance is useful but it almost seems too good to be true.
You're better off getting a separate air fryer. The InstantPot air fryer takes up as much space as the InstantPot. It has a big pot thing you have to use in addition to the lid. Once you realize the box that the InstantPot air fryer comes in is as big as the box the InstantPot comes in you'll understand. The stand alone air fryers come in many sizes, it's better to just buy a separate one that meets your needs. Then you can use the regular InstantPot at the same time as the air fryer.
Oct 14th, 2021 1:23 am
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Oct 14th, 2021 1:23 am

I debated getting this for my IP or a stand alone unit and went with the stand alone front drawer type. The main reason was that with the drawer type you can easily pull out the pan easily to check on the progress and/or shake the ingredients to get even browning. With the IP lid fryer it would seem more awkward to have to lift the lid off and set it down if you want to redistribute/shake the food. On top of that you have to wear oven mitts or something else to lift the the basket out because it's burning hot.
Not knowing really anything about them I bought the top rated in Consumer Reports, Gourmia GAF698. It works really well, the display is really bright and easy to use and it's very quiet
Oct 14th, 2021 1:30 am
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Oct 14th, 2021 1:30 am

Beneful1 wrote: ↑ I debated getting this for my IP or a stand alone unit and went with the stand alone front drawer type. The main reason was that with the drawer type you can easily pull out the pan easily to check on the progress and/or shake the ingredients to get even browning. With the IP lid fryer it would seem more awkward to have to lift the lid off and set it down if you want to redistribute/shake the food. On top of that you have to wear oven mitts or something else to lift the the basket out because it's burning hot.
Not knowing really anything about them I bought the top rated in Consumer Reports, Gourmia GAF698. It works really well, the display is really bright and easy to use and it's very quiet
Do you know how well they rated the Ninja af101?
Oct 14th, 2021 2:24 am
Beneful1
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Oct 14th, 2021 2:24 am

THey tested the AF100 which is probably the same but a US version.. It was also a recommended one.. quote: This Ninja air fryer rates close to the top tier of the models we tested. The electronic controls and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use, earning Excellent ratings in our assessments. Cleaning the inside and outside is fairly easy. It’s on the noisy side, however: The fan is as loud as a countertop microwave, so you’ll hear it running. Measured capacity is just about average, at 3 quarts.
fergy wrote: ↑ Do you know how well they rated the Ninja af101?
Oct 14th, 2021 6:19 am
logitvx
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Oct 14th, 2021 6:19 am

fergy wrote: ↑ You're better off getting a separate air fryer. The InstantPot air fryer takes up as much space as the InstantPot. It has a big pot thing you have to use in addition to the lid. Once you realize the box that the InstantPot air fryer comes in is as big as the box the InstantPot comes in you'll understand. The stand alone air fryers come in many sizes, it's better to just buy a separate one that meets your needs. Then you can use the regular InstantPot at the same time as the air fryer.
Thanks for the detailed reply. Just wanted to clarify though mainly the question was performance. Seems some other have mentioned a stand alone would have better performance and possibly even safety too? (The lid being hot to redistribute food?)

And then for the size… so you’re saying the lid comes with a pot as well so it’s like having two appliances (two pots!) in the end? Wasn’t talking so much about counter space while using but rather space in general!! What you’re describing sounds like it’s still two appliances which you’re right is surprising lol.
Oct 14th, 2021 11:50 am
Beneful1
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Oct 14th, 2021 11:50 am

Yes.. the air fryer lid itself is quite large and tall compared to the pressure lid ,,particularly when on the machine. Originally I thought you just put the lid on the IP and that was it... but no. The air fryer lid comes with a dedicated air fry basket you insert into the pot. It also comes with a base holder for the lid which you use to set the lid on when it's hot, and to store it. One of the Youtubers I watched reviewing it even slighty burned themselves with touching the hot pot
logitvx wrote: ↑ Thanks for the detailed reply. Just wanted to clarify though mainly the question was performance. Seems some other have mentioned a stand alone would have better performance and possibly even safety too? (The lid being hot to redistribute food?)

And then for the size… so you’re saying the lid comes with a pot as well so it’s like having two appliances (two pots!) in the end? Wasn’t talking so much about counter space while using but rather space in general!! What you’re describing sounds like it’s still two appliances which you’re right is surprising lol.
Oct 14th, 2021 1:19 pm
gory33[OP]
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Oct 14th, 2021 1:19 pm

Tried the IPAF for the first time last night. It did a great job on sweet potato fries and nuggets. Happy with the purchase. Daughter said it performed the same as her dedicated one, along with what others have said and with these +/-'s of the IPAF vs a dedicated AF.
+only slightly less space for IPAF vs dedicated AF appliance
+same performance vs dedicated appliance
+easier to clean IPAF since she doesn't like putting the dedicated AF combined plastic/metal drawer in the dishwasher
+you can broil / top brown your instant pot creations
+has food dehydrator function, not sure if all dedicated AF do
-not a huge space saving
-dedicated AF basket with handle is easier to shake and toss food in, but checking on food is just as easy as lifting the IP lid to peek
-need oven mitts/tongs to toss food in IPAF
-easier to burn yourself on IPAF hot lid
Oct 14th, 2021 9:26 pm
DougO
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Oct 14th, 2021 9:26 pm

Was just at my local Supercenter and the 11 in 1 with air fryer was in the clearance bin for $114. YMMV of course...
Oct 14th, 2021 9:49 pm
iebnpp
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Oct 14th, 2021 9:49 pm

Grabbed one (seemed like last one) from Deerfoot Meadows location in Calgary this morning. It even scanned $59 at check out, consistent with the price on Stocktrack. Thanks OP.
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