Best air fryers for a family of 4 to make dinner time healthier for everyone

Best air fryers for a family of 4

by Lorna White |
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You’ve no doubt heard all about how brilliant air fryers are for saving you time and money in the kitchen, but they can often be rather small in size, which is why shopping for the best air fryers for a family of 4 is a good idea if you’re catering for a larger household. These air fryers have a much larger capacity than standard-sized air-fryers and are ideal for big families or those with larger appetites. They often feature multiple drawers, dual cooking zones and of course, generous capacity.

Typically more advanced than smaller air fryers, you'll often find they come with extra features that can only help to make dinner times easier and more energy-efficient. You may find increased cooking capabilities, with options to roast, air fry, grill, bake or more, and a bunch of pre-set programmes. Whether you're cooking chicken, crispy chips, or even baking a cake, it takes the guesswork out of the process. And with some air fryers having the option to keep your food warm or to schedule your cooking from the app, you can ensure meals are ready even if you're busy managing a household!

The best air fryers for a family of 4 at a glance:

Best overall: Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer – view on Amazon UK
Best dual air fryer: Salter Dual Air Fryer – view on Amazon UK
Best smart air fryer for families: Proscenic T22 Air Fryer – view on Amazon UK

So, whether you’re looking to cook up some healthier dinners for your family or need to feed numerous mouths in a hurry each evening, these clever options are the best air fryers for a family of 4 and will make your life easier while still making sure your family has a delicious and nutritious meal on the table.

The best air fryers for a family of 4

Best overall

Ninja air fryer

Rrp: £269.99

Price: £219.00
Alternative retailers
Currys£219.00View offer£219.00View offer
John Lewis & Partners£219.99View offer
Argos£220.00View offer


When it comes to the best air fryers for a family of 4, the leading brand has to be Ninja, and the


  • Seven cooking functions
  • Uses up to 45 per cent less energy than oven
  • Dishwasher safe tray


  • Heavier than other air fryers

Best dual air fryer

Salter airfryer
Price: £124.99
Alternative retailers
Currys£105.00View offer


This is a brilliant [dual air


  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Non-stick
  • Includes recipes


  • Isn't dishwasher safe

Best budget air fryer

Instant Vortex Plus

Rrp: £99.99

Price: £89.00
Alternative retailers
Currys£89.99View offer
Argos£90.00View offer


Cooking up to six portions in one use, this air fryer is ideal for small families and comes at a


  • Very quiet
  • Window to check on food
  • Dishwasher safe


  • Smaller than other air fryers

Best compact air fryer

Consori air fryer

Rrp: £99.99

Price: £69.99


If you're limited on space but still need the best air fryers for a family of 4, then this compact


  • Compact size
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Includes recipe book


  • Not big enough for larger families

Best energy saving

Instant Vortex

Rrp: £199.99

Price: £119.00
Alternative retailers
Currys£119.00View offer
Argos£120.00View offer
Robert Dyas£159.99View offer


If you're wanting an air fryer to save you both money and energy, then this air fryer from Instant


  • Dishwasher safe
  • Less oil needed for cooking
  • Sync cooking and finishing mode


  • Doesn't come with any added extras like utensils

Easiest to clean

Tower T17021 Family Size Air Fryer

Rrp: £69.99

Price: £36.99
Alternative retailers
Robert Dyas£62.99View offer
JD Williams£64.99View offer
Wayfair UK£103.60View offer


Serving up enough portions to go around the whole table is this Tower air fryer which is estimated


  • Automatic shut off
  • Comes with 3-year guarantee
  • Little to no oil required


  • Not dishwasher safe

Best for child safety

Daewoo Digital Air Fryer

Rrp: £99.99

Price: £89.94
Alternative retailers
Robert Dyas£89.99View offer
Wayfair UK£99.76View offer
Currys£100.00View offer
Electrical Discount£129.00View offer


Featuring a child-safety lock system, it's ideal if you have young children in around your cooking


  • Child-safety lock
  • Auto shut-off
  • Non-stick


  • Not dishwasher safe

Best smart air fryer for families

Proscenic T22 Air Fryer

Rrp: £89.00

Price: £59.00


With TurboAir Technology this air fryer is seven times more effective than regular air circulation


  • Noise cancelling technology
  • App controlled
  • Lightweight


  • Recipe temperatures in Farenheit while the fryer displays in Celcius

How big does a family air fryer need to be?

It all depends on how many people you're cooking for. To give you a bit of guidance, we've put together the capacity you'll need depending on how many you're cooking for.

• 2-3 people: 1.9 to 2.8 Litres

• 3-4 people: 3.8 to 5.7 Litres

• 5-6 people: 6.6 to 7.6 Litres

How much energy do air fryers use?

Air fryers tend to be much more energy efficient that other cooking methods such as electric ovens or gas cookers. On average, air fryers use just 800 and 1800 watts to run, while other ovens typically use around 2,200 to 5,000 watts.

In money terms, the average cost when cooking with an oven is around 21p compared with an air fryer which would be more like 13p which may not seem like a lot but in the long run, can save you a lot. This may not however be the case for larger air fryers like the ones mentioned in this piece, so it's definitely worth doing your research into how energy efficient your model is and checking the wattage.

Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer at She was previously a writer at Yours Magazine writing features and news stories before joining the digital team. Lorna loves the great British countryside and likes to spend her spare time out and about in her home of Nottinghamshire walking her dog, Pippin.

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