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If you’ve been eyeing an air fryer for easy, oil-free foods that taste like they’ve been fried, I would encourage you to trust your instincts. I love mine and I’ve come to discover these trendy cookers can even save you money on your energy bill. I’ve got even more good news: You won’t have to shell out much money to nab one, especially if you jump on one of the best daily air fryer deals from around the web. We found small cookers for as little as $25 and larger models (perfect for hosting a crowd) for as much as 50% off.

If you’re searching for deals and discounts on air fryers, find our top picks below and check back as we update this story regularly. 

But first, a little air fryer 101.

Read moreAir Fryers Explained: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy

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 only air fry, 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 2022 air fryer deals, you can nab one for less.

The best air fryer deals in 2022

Elite Gourmet

If you’re cooking for three or four people regularly, a 4-quart air fryer should be the right size. The Elite Gourmet scores high marks from buyers and is down 37% right now.

PowerXL

This air fryer has a lower build than some of the other models which means it can slide under a low-hanging cupboard or fit on a shelf that other air fryers wouldn’t. I haven’t tested this model but CNET’s used air fryers by PowerXL and they generally live up to the name: They bring plenty of power to air fry your favorites. 

Bella

This big draw with this model is a clear plastic viewing window to watch food as it cooks. It’s also got a hefty 1,700 watts of power. (Most air fryers clock in at around 1,500 watts.)

Beautiful by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore’s kitchen line includes this 6-quart air fryer with a matte plastic finish and digital interface. It’s down to the lowest price we’ve seen so far.

Bella

If you want a ton of air frying capacity for a Super Bowl crowd, I’d suggest a dual-basket model. Much of the effectiveness of an air fryer comes from having a relatively small cooking basket so all that fast-moving and hot air hits the food more frequently and from a closer distance. 

This fryer has two 4.5-quart cooking baskets so you can make different foods at the same time without sacrificing power.

A 5-quart fryer for $40 is about as solid a deal as you’ll find on a larger model. Insignia is a budget brand but one that generally works well. If you’re planning to do a lot of heavy-duty air frying, you might want to spring for a more elite brand like Ninja or Dash. 

Bella

This is a good-size oven if you’re cooking for a family and the digital presets take some of the guesswork out of timings and temperatures for air frying. 

Bella

If you’re not sure air frying is going to be your jam, start with this serviceable $30 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. 

Best Buy

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

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