Air Fryers That Can Cook for a Family
Updated for 2021
When we think about air fryers, we tend to think of small batches of treats – or maybe just baskets of frozen french fries – cooked to perfection, but when we look at it that way, the practical side of this machine is lost on those who cook for larger families.
For those of you who would like to cook for your entire entourage, we’ve picked out five air fryers ranging from 5.5 quarts on up.
We used to avoid anything over six quarts, but the technology and the efficiency in air fryers has come so far, so fast, we’re now comfortable recommending larger appliances. We also use them. We just hope you’re using treating these behemoths with the respect they demand. Electricity and heat can get away from you quickly.
Let’s take a look at what’s out there.
Extra Large Air Fryer Roundup
Twice the Fun
Ninja is addressing our inner air frying fantasies. That is, to not have to wait for one dish to finish before starting the next one. They call it Dual Zone Technology and it’s awesome.
It has six presets and a wide range of temperature settings so you can dehydrate without interruption.
One of the things that can be frustrating while using a smaller air fryer is that if you have to cook your food in batches, you aren’t saving any time. You may still be eating healthier, but spending more time in the kitchen than is necessary can be annoying and you have to add that frustration release issue to your meditation… but I digress…
Chefman’s flat basket is designed to hold greater quantities of food. It’s 6.5 liter capacity allows for plenty of room to finish cooking your meal in one go around. There are two versions of 6.5 Quart Chefman; one has a 60 minute analog timer, the other has a digital timer. Cooking with the analog dial means following a chart and hitting the switch. 175 to 400 degree temperature range is very good.
One drawback we’re seeing more and more with air fryers is the non-stick coating peeling off. This shouldn’t happen under any circumstances, but we’ve seen this over and over again. The Chefman is no exception. The most common way to prevent this is to keep it out of the dishwasher. Sure, the materials are BPA Free, but come on – it’s just going to get tougher to clean and embarrassing if you have to explain to a guest what that speck is in their food.
What We Like
- The temperature range is great.
- There’s room to cook a lot of food in that basket.
What We’re Not Crazy About
- Is anyone going to develop a non-stick coating that sticks to the basket?
- Not fond of the handle strength.
The COMFEE’ 5.8 Quart Digital Air Fryer just makes our list of Extra Large air fryers. We’re happy to see it here. It has a clean interface and is well-designed. It’s very straightforward to use, unlike those with so many presets, you need a weekend boot camp to learn how it works.
The Habor Air Fryer is an upgrade from their previous popular XL. Habor’s air fryer features both a knob and touchscreen controls. This works well for anyone that has problems with touch sensitivity on the screen or is visually impaired. The upgrade is a redesigned basket that accommodates more food and even cooking.
There are seven preset modes and a “Keep Warm” setting that will stay on for up to two hours. The only downside is that the lowest temperature setting on this new version seems to be 360 degrees (if anyone can confirm or correct that, let us know).
Clean up is as easy as it gets. Packing for shipping was carefully thought through. The appliance is well-protected.
What We Like
- Redesigned Basket
- Dual Control Knobs
- Could Habor have finally figured out the non-stick coating issue?
What We’re Not Crazy About
- The 360 degree low end of the temperature setting is disappointing.
7 Quart Capacity
You can definitely plan on entertaining with this air fryer in your kitchen’s power tool collection. It has a whopping seven quart capacity and cooks on 1800 watts of power. It’s PFOA and BPA free.