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

When it comes to the best air fryers for a family of 4, the leading brand has to be Ninja, and the Flex drawer is their largest model. With a whopping 10.4L capacity, it can be made into a divided draw with two compartments or one large one. It also has seven cooking functions depending on how you want to cook your food and you can make dinner knowing you’re using 45 per cent less energy than an oven. 

One customer said: "The best thing about this product is that it pays for itself through energy savings Since getting this Ninja my deep fat fryer is now obsolete, my grill is almost obsolete and my oven hasn't been used since."

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavier than other air fryers

Best dual air fryer

This is a brilliant dual air fryer if you want to make sure all your food finishes cooking at the same time thanks to the sync and match cook functions which allow you to pause and resume cooking. With an 8.2L capacity (4.1L per drawer), you also have full control over each compartment and we love that a list of recipes are included to help get you started.

One review said: "Didn't believe the hype, we were wrong. Fantastic bit of kit cuts cooking time down immensely, food comes out perfect. Note it takes a bit of playing around with on timings etc.. helps to pre-heat and we have found buying some racks help greatly on certain foods."

Pros

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

Cons

  • Isn't dishwasher safe

Best budget air fryer

Cooking up to six portions in one use, this air fryer is ideal for small families and comes at a fraction of the price of many of its competitors, and there are plenty of air fryer options for under £100. This air fryer oven uses up to 80 per cent less energy and cost compared to cooking in a traditional electric oven and we love how you can check how your food is getting on through the transparent window.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Smaller than other air fryers

Best compact air fryer

Consori air fryer

Rrp: $99.99

Price: $85.94

If you're limited on space but still need the best air fryers for a family of 4, then this compact option is perfect for smaller worktops. This smaller air fryer is dishwasher safe making it super easy to clean and features an impressive nine cooking functions with a cooking book included to help inspire your dinner recipe ideas.

One reviewer said: I have been using my COSORI for a long time now and think it is fantastic. Always cooks food well and provides a neat item for my countertop whilst not taking up much space and not sacrificing on the basket size. I certainly would recommend this air-fryer for anyone needing a one basket system at a great price.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Includes recipe book

Cons

  • Not big enough for larger families

Best energy saving

If you're wanting an air fryer to save you both money and energy, then this air fryer from Instant is ideal. It uses up to 80 per cent less energy and cost compared to your usual cooking methods and it's super easy to clean thanks to its dishwasher-safe basket, so you'll save on the washing up too! Needing up to 95 per cent less oil for cooking, it's also a brilliant option for your health and comes with a range of healthy air fryer recipes to try.

One reviewer said: "I've had this product about 12 hours and already cooked some sausages for breakfast and chicken breast for lunch. This is very easy to use and clean plus the food is lovely and not dry which was my worry.
Seen a few ideas on Youtube that I looking forward to trying. Well worth the money."

Pros

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

Cons

  • Doesn't come with any added extras like utensils

Easiest to clean

Serving up enough portions to go around the whole table is this Tower air fryer which is estimated to save you around £241 per year on your cooking costs compared to oven cooking. Featuring Vortx technology, it rapidly circulates hot air around food, cooking up to 30 per cent faster than a conventional oven. This one also comes with a three-year guarantee so you can cook with peace of mind.

One reviewer said: "I’ve had this for a couple of months now and it has changed my life - can’t remember when I last used my oven! It’s super easy to use and so quick,convenient and easy to clean. Realistically , it’s not really big enough for more than two people but perfect if you just need to cook a bit of fish or chicken quickly, without having to wait 15 minutes for the oven to heat up! Part baked rolls, garlic bread ready in 5 minutes."

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe

Best for child safety

Featuring a child-safety lock system, it's ideal if you have young children in around your cooking area. It also includes non-stick coating, auto-shut off and smart sync cooking function for perfectly timed cooking in each drawer. With multiple different cooking methods and no need for oil, it's ideal for a range of different dishes and cuisines, whatever you're in the mood for.

One reviewer said: "Bought this for our caravan, just what we needed, cooks really quick and saves on fuel have done everything from sausage to Yorkshire puds. Brilliant, only thing negative the interia light doesn't work but not a problem for us"

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe

Best smart air fryer for families

With TurboAir Technology this air fryer is seven times more effective than regular air circulation technology to increase cooking efficiency and reduce 90 per cent of fat. It's all app-controlled meaning you can monitor cooking using controls and schedules on your phone. It also features an impressive 11 cooking functions and it's also noise cancelling.

One reviewer said: "Strong and sturdy 8”x8”. Once I got the hang of it all, I love this machine. Fast and clean, without excess oil or smell, or dryness. I cooked scored and seasoned duck breasts in 8 minutes and salmon fillets same. Delicious! Learning on the go, but really enjoying it. Got the app on my phone so can check on it and try out some of the step by step recipes."

Pros

  • Noise cancelling technology
  • App controlled
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • 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 Yours.co.uk. 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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