Last updated date: November 30, 2018

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the KRUPS KRUPS AJ1000US placed 18th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 1, 2020:
Checkout The Best Air Fryer for a detailed review of all the top air fryers.

Expert Summarized Score
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
29 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Krups Fry Delight successfully cooked everything we threw at it, including fries, chips, mozzarella sticks, wings, burgers, whole roast chicken and even cake. It's easy to use and dishwasher safe.
April 28, 2018 | Full review
I tried the KRUPS Air Fryer ($89.99) and I fully understand the excitement now because it cooked foods quickly and evenly, and gave them that satisfying crispiness that ovens usually can't replicate.
- Business Insider
November 2, 2018 | Full review
The toaster seems fantastic from the kitchen and also functions nicely, even though the toasting of this bread is somewhat uneven. Not a bargain breaker but we do want it did better. The four buttons on the front is set near the switch as opposed to directly on the button that is an edge. The reason is that we finally wore the ribbon off our last toaster and then could not tell any longer that button did what.
- Best Fryer Review
What experts didn't like
The bulky, somewhat ugly design leaves a lot to be desired, and nothing we cooked came close to tasting like we had fried it. The 2.5-liter basket didn't seem quite big enough to cook large servings evenly.
April 28, 2018 | Full review
The main reason I acknowledged earlier that the air fryer is not for everyone is that it takes up a good amount of counter space. The KRUPS model measures 17.8 in. x 13.5 in. x 14.4 in. and if you don't have a lot of kitchen storage space, you'll notice its presence. Because it's large, the air fryer would not necessarily be a top-priority appliance compared to other kitchen essentials.
- Business Insider
November 2, 2018 | Full review
Doesn’t toast equally: 1 sideburn and the other side toast half of this slit whereas the half is milder compared to the other side.
- Best Fryer Review

From The Manufacturer

Healthy frying thanks to the 3d air pulse technology, fry delight can cook crispy and tasty fried food with little to no oil. Fry delight is equipped with an air cooking technology, the 3d air pulse technology, that operates using an upper heating element and an optimized airflow. The 3d air pulse technology gives the food an incomparable crispness outside while keeping a tenderness inside using little to no oil. More than just frying: fry, grill, roast and bake all your favorite meals in addition to frying, fry delight allows to grill, roast and bake all your favorite meals with perfect results. Ideal for daily use, fry delight ensures a healthy, rapid and easy cooking. Fast fry delight cooks 2 servings of chips/fries in 15Min with fry delight, successfully prepare basic healthy dishes for your family in no time.

Overall Product Rankings

COSORI Electric Air Fryer
1. COSORI Electric Air Fryer
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
Instant Vortex Plus 10-Quart 7-In-1 Air Fryer Oven
2. Instant Vortex Plus 10-Quart 7-In-1 Air Fryer Oven
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
GoWISE USA 5.8 Quart Air Fryer
3. GoWISE USA 5.8 Quart Air Fryer
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
Midea MFTN3501-B
7. Midea MFTN3501-B
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 0
Kalorik FT 42139
8. Kalorik FT 42139
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
Maxi-Matic EAF-501SS Electric Digital Hot Air Fryer
9. Maxi-Matic EAF-501SS Electric Digital Hot Air Fryer
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
Vremi SkinnyTaste Air Fryer
12. Vremi SkinnyTaste Air Fryer
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 0
TRISTAR 36-0801-W
13. TRISTAR 36-0801-W
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Philips HD9641 96 Turbostar Airfryer
14. Philips HD9641 96 Turbostar Airfryer
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
T-fal ActiFry Air Fryer
15. T-fal ActiFry Air Fryer
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
16. NINJA AF101
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 1
Philips HD9240/94
17. Philips HD9240/94
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
18. KRUPS AJ1000US
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Air Fryer
19. GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart Air Fryer
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Air Fryers

Fried foods are a distinctly American obsession. From chicken nuggets in our school lunches to funnel cakes at the county fair, digging into a fried meal is a tasty endeavor. However, it’s no secret that fried foods aren’t doing any favors for your health. Indulging in fried food once or more every week puts you at a higher risk for some health issues.

You don’t have to kiss fried foods goodbye entirely if you’re watching your waistline, though. Over the last few years, air fryers have boomed in popularity for lightening up deep-fried goodness for a more heart-friendly meal at home.

Air fryers are an entirely different beast than the countertop oil fryers you may have bought in the past. Instead of immersing baskets of your food in hot oil (which can splash out of the basket and burn you and requires heavy-duty cleanup), air fryers use a very small amount of oil to crisp your food. A light spritzing from an oil spray bottle should be all you need. Just choose whatever food you’d like to fry, preheat the unit for a few minutes, and place it in the removable basket. Then set the timer and temperature, pop the basket inside the contained countertop unit and get ready to chow down.

If you’re wondering how air fryers crisp your food without large quantities of hot oil, it all comes down to one dirty little secret: they’re not actually fryers at all. In reality, air fryers are countertop convection ovens that rapidly circulate hot air around the food you place in the basket, browning them for a crispy, “fried”-looking result. Plus, cleanup is a breeze compared to standard countertop fryers. Some air fryers even let you pop the non-stick drawer and basket straight in the dishwasher after your food has finished cooking.

Another bonus of air fryers is that you can open them at any time to check on your food’s progress without losing heat or affecting the cooking time. This helps you get your food to your own perfect level of “fried” for a more personalized meal. Since the air fryer uses such a small amount of oil, you’ll want to stop and shake your air fryer’s basket throughout the cooking process to make sure that nothing gets stuck to the sides. Although some models are known for consistent cooking across the entire air fryer basket, you still shouldn’t skip this important step.

These appliances aren’t just for piles of fries and chicken wings. Other items that cook up well in the air fryer include vegetables, like brussels sprouts and broccoli; light fish dishes, such as salmon or trout; and Italian favorites, like lasagna or personal pizzas. Air fryers are far more versatile than countertop oil fryers or toaster ovens, so they’re worth a second look even if you’re not a huge fan of standard fried fare.

The meals you make may not taste exactly like the fast-food French fries or deep-fried chicken wings you might be craving, but they’re a worthy, tasty substitute for anyone who doesn’t want to completely give up the fried lifestyle. Your heart and taste buds will thank you!

DWYM Fun Fact

Even if you thought chemistry was boring in high school, you may still be interested to learn how it helps you cook up delicious treats in your air fryer. A chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction creates the crispy finish on your air fryer-cooked french fries. First described in 1912 by French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard, this chemical reaction between amino acids and sugars in your food creates a browning effect when your food is exposed to high temperatures. Your air fryer relies on this reaction to create that telltale toasted look and feel on the outside of your chicken wings. It also produces the flavors and aromas that you associate with fried food — but without the hefty calorie count.

The Air Fryer Buying Guide

  • One of the most important factors you’ll want to think about before purchasing an air fryer is how frequently you’ll use it. You might not want to drop as much money on an air fryer if you’re only whipping up fries and chicken tenders every once in a while.
  • Air fryers are available with different capacity baskets, and estimating how much food you’ll cook during each use will help you choose the best option. Are you a solo chef who wants a side of French fries with your meals? A family with a few kids who clamor for heaps of fish sticks? Or somewhere in between? A 3.2-quart basket is a solid mid-sized choice.
  • Take a look around your kitchen and consider where you’ll use your air fryer, and where you’ll store it when it’s not in use. Air fryers are larger than many countertop kitchen appliances, and you’ll need at least five inches of space between the back of your air fryer and the wall for the fryer’s exhaust fan to properly function. The fryer will also need to be well within reach of a power outlet — these puppies don’t run on batteries.
  • How much time are you willing to spend cleaning up after you’re done air frying your meal? Almost all air fryers are easier to clean than countertop oil fryers; quickly rinsing the basket and drawer and sticking them both in the dishwasher is par for the course for most models. However, some units have baskets that must be hand-soaked and scrubbed before the next use.
  • All air fryers come with temperature controls and timers, but some models have other preset options and extra features on their control panels. You’ll want to take a look at each fryer’s control panel options; some choices might have specific settings that better match your particular cooking preferences.
    You’ll also want to consider what you’ll be primarily cooking in your new air fryer. Some models are really best suited for French fries, but not a lot of other foods.