What Exactly is an Air Fryer and Do You Need One? Is It Worth It?

Okay, so being a new mama made me realized that a day is barely enough to accomplish everything I set to do in a day. Obviously, I have to also make sure to keep my overactive and super energetic toddler occupied, entertained, and at the same time help nurture his growth. As a responsible parent, our son’s well-being comes as a priority. But this doesn’t change the fact that I still have other duties to do such as housekeeping, chores, and managing a full-time business from home (and when everyone else is asleep).

Eventually, I started running out of creative ways to prepare delicious meals without pressing for more time. That is until we finally had an Air Fryer. My gosh … I was literally living under a rock! Why didn’t any of my friends convinced me how much of a time-and-sanity-saver this thing is! Between 13-30 minutes and I can quickly whip things out like MAGIC! If you love to cook and explore recipe sites or search Pinterest or even social media for new ideas, chances are … you’ve heard about air fryers. It seems as though everyone is using air fryers to cook everything nowadays. From buffalo wings to a roast chicken, and even cakes, yogurt, and dessert! But why? Is there something special about an air fryer? Will it really make French fries taste just as good as deep fried? Which is why I’ve decided to try the Avalon Bay Manual Air Fryer kitchen appliance that everyone is raving about!

Let’s take a closer look at what exactly an air fryer is and whether or not you need one.
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What Is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a small appliance that uses hot air to crisp foods. Only a tiny amount of oil is placed on the food, yet the texture results are similar to those of deep fried foods. Those that are health conscious rave about the results. And who wouldn’t? Being able to get crisp French fries that aren’t dripping with oil is a dream come true. But, wait. There’s more. You can hard boil eggs, roast pumpkin seeds in only 15 minutes, and even bake a few things. In other words, it is an amazing multitasker.

Straightforward Features

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I have noticed how easy the settings are. It’s one of those type of appliances where you can set and forget. Just prep the food, toss it in, and move on to your next chore. Once the food is ready, you’ll hear a clear beep AND presto! No overcooking any food EVER.

Do You Really Need One?
The answer boils down to whether or not your family enjoys the types of foods that can be made in the air fryer. Does your family love French fries and the crisp texture of other fried foods? Do you want them to eat healthier? Then, yes, by all means, get an air fryer. If you and your family love to snack, you can cut a lot of calories by switching to an air fryer. And, personally, I think you can somehow get the same crispy texture in your oven -which is a big PLUS factor. I am still getting to know our Air Fryer so I don’t have a lot of tricks and insight to share. However, I have to add that it is absolutely convenient for family’s and most especially parents who are busy multitasking with chores and responsibilities in the house.

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Is It Worth It?
Air fryers can greatly range in price. You’ll see prices from $60 to well over $100. It’s important to read the reviews to make sure you’re getting a model that does well and lasts. Of course, price isn’t everything. You have to ask yourself whether or not an air fryer is worth the space it will take up in your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, before adding another small appliance can it is best to ask whether or not it will be something your family will use regularly. If you do have room to spare, I do recommend this nifty appliance as an addition to your cooking arsenal.

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  • Versatile 3.7 quart capacity is ideal for both snacks and meals
  • Includes multi-use two piece baking set
  • Hot air technology reduces fat by 70-80% for guilt-free eating
  • Includes free recipe book with over 30 inspiring recipes

Overall, an air fryer can do more than fry and is a great option for those that enjoy fried foods but want to cut some of the fat from their favorite foods. You’ll get the same texture as deep fried foods, but without the guilt. The only downside I see is that these units can get pricey and do take up a bit of space. Other than that, it is amazing specially for families, AND new Mamas like me! It simplifies cooking and preparing a meal, making it worth the investment.

Since welcoming home this air fryer, I tell you … I whipped up fries, fish, and even onion rings in so many times in a matter of days than I could ever have in a year! No exaggeration at all. Just plain truth. That’s how much I truly love this nifty appliance.


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  • Patrick

    Looks like a nifty gadget to have in the kitchen…I like the idea it makes a lot more healthy dishes with much less oils.

  • Laura Dove

    Oh wow I totally need one in my life! I have heard so many fab reviews about them too, they really do look like a great gadget!

  • Danielle Wolter

    I love fried food but hate the process of frying, so i have been wanting to get one of these for a while now!

  • wander women abroad

    i love my air fryer its really is amazing you can do so much with one. its a mist have in my house

  • Rhian Westbury

    We have an air fryer and while we used it loads when we lived alone now we’re back at my parents we don’t use it as much. I’m sure we will when we get a house as it does cut down cooking time a lot x

  • Cristina Petrini

    It is absolutely useful and in my opinion also for cooking dishes quickly but also healthy!

  • kumamonjeng

    I have seen air-fryer a few years back and learn that no oil is needed to fry stuff. This really impressed me as I feel this is healthier.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    I’ve been considering getting an air fryer for a while now. This looks like a great product – I love that it comes with a small free recipe book too!

  • Joanna

    I have been wanting to get an air fryer for some time now. They are a great alternative to deep frying, as they barely use any oil and they are so much healthier.

  • Myriam

    I actually really enjoy air fryer, it’s in a way healthy! Great article

  • Stacie

    I have an air fryer, and I love it. I get that great flavor and crunch without hating myself for eating unhealthy food. It’s perfect!

  • Jayne @ SMABL

    This looks brilliant. We have been toying with the idea of getting an air fryer for some time now. I think we are going to have to get one!

  • Anonymous

    I love my air fryer! I need to use it more…

  • Lisa

    I want one I want one! We need this air fryer in my house as my husband’s always frying and makes a mess everywhere! Will think about getting him one!

  • Melissa M Sanchez

    I love crispy veggies and fries, and to be able to air fry would be absolutely amazing, maybe it’s time that I invest in one of these.

  • Kaz Dee

    I have heard so much about air fryers and the health benefits. I have never tried one but would like to. Kaz

  • Kirsty

    We have tried a few air fryers in the past and as a whole I did love using it to cook “unhealthy” foods like french fries without compromising on taste of a deep fat fryer. Ultimately we had to get rid of ours as we moved to smaller kitchen but I would love to have one again.

  • Heather

    As soon as I heard about Air Fryers, I knew I had to have one! Now, since I got it, I’ve only used it a handful of times, because I keep forgetting it’s there!

  • Dennis Littley

    An air fryer definitely seems to have its benefits. Better than a traditional fryer for daily meals. Maybe my wife would like this?

  • Alexandra Cook

    I’ve never heard of this brand before, but it sounds like something I would use regularly due to the amazing use. And the pricing sounds fantastic – I’ll definitely have to check it out now. Thanks so much for the review!

  • berlin

    wow. that is such a cool product. seeing how lovely the food was cooked, i would want to try that as well.

  • Lyosha

    Air fryer is my favorite over the last year. I love fish and chicken wings there as well as most of veggies (asparagus and pumpkin on top of the list). I never regretted getting, I only think I could buy earlier.

  • shannon gurnee

    We have an air fryer and love it! This is some great information.

  • Glaemour

    Oh wow this looks really great. I am actually looking for an air fryer but I don’t know what is the beat brand.

  • Jess Howliston

    I have been umming and ahhing about getting an air fryer as they look so fab but we have quite a small kitchen. However I am seeing more and more great recipes and ideas using the air fryer I may have to invest!

  • Raluca

    We do have an Air Fryer and it’s been a game changer, we are using it almost daily now :)) PS. That asparagus in bacon looks delicious!

  • danielle

    I want to get an air fryer so bad. i love fried foods and want to see how close this can get to some of my favorites.

  • kumamonjeng

    I love how it does not need oil, cost saving and healthy. Thanks for your honest review. I am going to check it out.

  • Kim Seghers

    I have an air fryer and haven’t figured out how to use it. My food turns out raw and blah! Your Asparagus looks so good I might need to give my air fryer another try! .

  • Catherine

    I’ve always wanted one. While my family and I don’t normally eat fried foods, it takes the guilt away when we do treat ourselves. I think everything just looks so good that is made in one, I just don’t want to commit to another counter appliance. Space is limited as it is, but it’s still something I’m considering 🙂

  • Kalyan

    One can’t go wrong with this lovely looking useful air fryer.

  • jill Nunn

    believe it or not, I still have not joined the air fryer owners club! This really gives me something to think about,

  • Meredith

    Ooooh! I’ve never even heard of this before! Thanks for this great review! I’ll definitely be looking into this!

  • Eli

    whoa hard to believe that it gets rid of 70-80% of fat. If that’s true that’s definitely something I need to add to my arsenal.

  • Jess

    Thanks for sharing this ! I have been on the fence but am most certainly sure that I need one now !!! I can think of so many things I want to cook in it

  • Indu

    Air fryer is latest in fitness trend. I have been hearing lot about them. and you have elaborated so well on its technique and utility.

  • Sonal

    Mine is an air fryer family and we love ours.

  • sincerelymissj

    This is my first time hearing about this. Such a useful kitchen product

  • Louise

    I bought my other half an air fryer for Christmas as he’d gone on and on and on about wanting one, but he’s not used it yet! I need to remind him that he ought to be using it!

    Louise x

  • Chastity

    I definitely need one because we aren’t frying chicken anymore. Too much grease and a mess. I have heard a lot of great things about and this is just another post doing the same. I want one, lol.

  • Jessica may

    This is such amazing information! I have been considering an air fryer for a really long time. This is so helpful!