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Best air fryer deals for Black Friday: Amazon, Best Buy, Target and more

Make healthier eats with one of these handy air fryers, on sale for Black Friday.

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It's Black Friday and the air fryer deals are hot as ever. If you've been scanning the web for a cheap air fryer, you've come to the right place. We've done the scouring and have compiled the best Black Friday air fryer deals all in one place. There are large air fryer models on sale, smaller ovens and even air frying Instant Pots at major price drops. 

It's nothing but good news for anyone hunting air fryers on the cheap: Black Friday deals are so on and we've already seen all-time low prices on air fryers of all sizes. That includes the solo models as well as countertop convection ovens with air fryer function. If you want a deal on an air fryer, this is the time of year to pounce. Read on for the best early Black Friday deals on air fryers so far. Find our picks below and check back as we update this story regularly. 

But first a little air fryer 101.

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What does an air fryer do?

Air fryer ovens make crispy snacks that taste like they've been fried, but the not-so-dirty secret is that there's no frying involved. Instead, air fryers lean on super-hot, fast-circulating air to replicate the effects of oil-frying but with none of the unwanted calories and fat. I love mine and use it nearly every day. For me, the only thing better than an air fryer is a cheap air fryer, and that's exactly what you'll find during this sprawling early Black Friday flash sale.

What are the different types of air fryers?

When choosing an air fryer you have one big decision to make: Certain models air fry only, and they're generally cheaper but you will be limited in what you can do. Then there are larger hybrid countertop convection ovens with an air fry function. With this type, you can generally bake, broil, toast, reheat, defrost and warm in addition to air frying -- although sometimes the air fryer function is not quite as strong as the solo air fryer. Both versions are great and it really comes down to what you plan to cook, the counter space you can give up, and how much you want to spend.

How much should an air fryer cost?

Like anything else, this all depends on how fancy you want to get. But the good news is you won't have to spend much if you don't want to, especially if you snap up one of these air fryer deals. Basic single-function air fryers from generic brands start at around $30 and I've found they work well, even if they lack some of the features that the more expensive ovens have. 

There are also hybrid ovens that are more like countertop toaster ovens but with air fryer functions. Those range from $150 to $300, but with these early Black Friday deals, you can nab one for less.

Ninja

The beauty of this air fryer is the dual baskets, which allow you to cook multiple things at different temps and for different times at once. It's one of our favorite models, blending power with convenience. Need more? Just read Dashia Starr's glowing review of the Ninja oven

Cosori

This is one of the higher-end air fryer brands and packs a lot of power -- 1,700 watts to be exact. The Cosori 5.8-quart oven has lots of cooking programs and a sleek digital interface. 

Dreo

This is a big powerful digital air fryer with a handy viewing window and it's at a nice price for Black Friday. Enjoy nearly 7 quarts of cooking capacity and keep an eye on your food with the Dreo Pro Max.

Instant

Instant may be best known for its pots but the air fryers are gaining ground. Grab this nearly 6-quart fryer for just $70 during Amazon's sale.

Instant

If you want to go next level (and you have a few extra square inches of counter space to spare) grab Instant's air fryer, rotisserie and convection oven for $50 off.

Gourmia

This is our pick for the best budget air fryer in 2021 and it's even cheaper right now at Target, down to $40 during the Black Friday event.

Instant Pot

An Instant Pot that air fries? Yep, it's true. A true space saver and kitchen workhorse for 33% off right now.

Ninja

We tested a lot of air fryers this year, and the Ninja came out on top. For the healthiest wings, fries other and game-day snacks of your life, grab this spacious and powerful 5-quart fryer for $20 off right now at Best Buy. 

We recently saw this model dip $10 lower and it may hit $90 again so check back often.

Instant Pot

This lid turns your 6-quart Instant Pot into a powerful air fryer. I've tested dozens of air fryers and this unit blasts food into crispy goodness as well as any of them. Plus, it's a big space saver if you already have an Instant Pot.

It's currently down to the lowest price we've seen yet on Amazon.

Bella

If you want a decently sized air fryer with a window to watch the food's progress, grab the Bella while it's down $60 on Best Buy.

PowerXL

If you're air frying for one or two, this 2-quart setup should be plenty of room to get the job done. 

Bella

If you're not sure air frying is going to be your jam, start with this serviceable $25 Bella oven and feel it out. It's more than off the normal price and a solid deal on a digital air fryer with computerized cooking presets and programs. 

Ninja

This Ninja Foodi almost makes the Instant Pot look lazy. It does about as much as you can expect a kitchen appliance to do including air fry, pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sear, roast, broil and more. It also scores extremely high marks in over 20,000 Amazon reviews. This is the lowest this model has ever dropped.

One of the best prices you'll find on an air fryer of this size. It's large enough to cook crispy fries, wings and calamari for a group and costs less than ordering in. 

Best Buy

This is about as cheap as you'll find any air fryer and if you're not entirely sold on the idea but are a little air-fry curious, this is a low-risk way to dip your toe into the waters. Prefer a digital interface? See the deal a little further up.

NInja

In a comprehensive test we ran of countertop ovens with air-fry function, this Ninja took the top spot, making insanely crispy wings and fries, and broiling salmon to perfection. Plus, it flips up to be no more than 8 inches deep, so it's perfect for saving space. This highly versatile oven is down $30 right now and about as low as we've seen it to date.

KitchenAid

This versatile oven is a nice compact size and did well in a series of tests we ran. You can bag it for $40 off right now at Best Buy.

This is easily one of the most versatile countertop ovens on the market. It can do more than many full-sized ovens and it does all of it well. I tested this bad boy earlier in the year and loved it for its powerful air-fry function, precise bake and roast settings and easy interface. It's big too and can help out come holiday hosting time. You could get a whole chicken in this thing, easy.

It's definitely a splurge and perhaps not totally worth the normal $400 tag, but down to $280, as it is now at Sur La Table, this is a ton of oven for the price.

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