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Air fryers are a cool concept, but are they worth the price?

Take a look at these countertop appliances that are designed to cook food fast and more healthfully than deep frying.

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A world of air frying foods

Air fryers promise to make crispy snacks like french fries or mozzarella sticks without having to dunk them into a vat of hot oil.

And while they are quite popular, some can be very expensive. We take a look at several models out there in order to help you decide whether this appliance is worth a spot in your kitchen.

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T-Fal FZ7002 Actifry

The T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 made the best french fries that we cooked up of all the air fryers we tested. But its high $200 price makes it hard to recommend for anyone that isn't a fry fanatic. Other foods like wings did not cook as well, and the risotto we attempted came out bad.

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T-Fal FZ7002 Actifry

The T-Fal also has a very simple control set, in which you can only turn the cooker on or off. You do not have control over its temperature like you do with other air fryers.

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Philips Avance Collection Airfryer

This $300 air fryer has several preset cooking modes for foods like french fries.

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Philips Avance Collection Airfryer

This air fryer was good with heating frozen fried foods, but stumbled with fresh items like chicken wings.

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Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9621

This air fryer is easy to use and clean. At $250, it's the least expensive Philips model that we tested.

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Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9621

A glorified countertop toaster oven, this single trick gadget does too little and costs too much.

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Simple Chef HF-898 Air Fryer

Simple Chef's air fryer was the most affordable cooker we tested, and one of the easiest to keep clean, too. It never undercooked our food.

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Simple Chef HF-898 Air Fryer

The Simple Chef HF-898 is a perfectly respectable air fryer, but like other air fryers, it doesn't offer much more than the common toaster oven.

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Krups Fry Delight Air Fryer

The Fry Delight makes sense as a second oven, or as a dedicated appliance for frozen apps and sides, but doesn't do anything we haven't seen with a toaster oven.

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DeLonghi Multifry 1363

The DeLonghi MultiFry 1363 isn't as flexible as an Instant Pot, but air-fries food well with less oil.

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