Picture this: you’re craving a bowl of fries for the night and you’ve got some frozen in the freezer already.

You’d take them out to cook, but you’re not entirely keen on waiting for it to defrost before firing up the pot to deep-fry.

Not to mention the cleaning up after. A good inch deep of oil to get rid of, and the cloying smell on your clothes is enough to put anyone off eating. The alternative? The oven, which doesn’t really get the texture you want.

We completely understand, so we’re championing one of the best kitchen devices to be invented: the air fryer. Originally designed to make fried food healthier and more convenient for the modern consumer, air fryers these days can do a lot more than just that. From de-frosting meats, baking cakes and even roasting a whole chicken, air fryers have become more versatile than ever.

Read on for the best ones to add to your kitchen counter.

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You won’t even have to think to cook with the Philips Airfryer XXL With Smart Sensing Technology. Users simply have to choose a food type and press the button to cook, and the smart sensor will automatically adjust the time and temperature for the perfect result, every time. It’s great for bigger families (or just big eaters in general, we don’t judge) too: the Philips Airfryer XXL With Smart Sensing Technology comes with an ultra-large capacity that’s big enough to cook a whole chicken. Want to get more out of the machine? Download the Philips NutriU app, a free recipe app that’s loaded with hundreds of recipes, tips and recommendations.

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We don’t know about you, but there’s a reason why everyone loves to have an Instant Pot at home. From the same people who brought you the popular multi-cooker comes the Vortex Plus & Vortex Air Fryer Oven built with the same sort of smart programming. The all-in-one device comes with the ability to roast, broil, bake, dehydrate, and air fry, which means you’ll be able to save on counter space with just one sleek machine. Best of all, all of its accessories are dishwasher safe, so you’ll be able to use it without the hassle of cleaning afterwards.

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Another multi-use air fryer that should be on your radar? The Ninja Foodi Ninja Airfryer Deluxe XXL. It’s designed with a 3.8-litre ceramic-coated nonstick basket and crisper plate that fits one kilogram of chips easily: perfect for snacking on movie nights.

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Perhaps you haven’t been blessed by the kitchen gods with a large counter space. If that sounds like you, then the IONA 2.8L Compact Air Fryer is something you should definitely keep an eye out for. After all, the modular fryer (minus its width lengthways) is smaller than a piece of A4 paper, which really attests to its compact size. Tech noobs don’t have to worry either: it comes with simple and easy-to-use buttons so you’ll get the perfect fry each time.

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The 2.6-litre capacity Mayer MMAF68 Air Fryer is the right size for most. Apart from a 30-minute timer and a flexible 200-degree temperature control setting, it also uses up to 80 percent less oil than a regular fryer, making your guilty treats even healthier than before. The Mayer MMAF68 Air Fryer also comes with a one-year warranty.

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Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.