Are Air Fryers Cost Effective and Worth Buying

CRYSTAL H.  | ,   |   Updated
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Air fryers are a healthy option because there’s no need for oil in the cooking, but are they cheap to run? Do air fryers use a lot of electricity? Here I do the calculations and tabulate comparisons to help you easily make economical choices for your home kitchen.

do air fryers cost much to run, do air fryers save money

I covered how they are worth buying as air fryers use dry heat and so need no fat or oil to fry food and there’s also the easy cleaning options around air fryers. The following is about whether air fryers are worth buying in regards to electricity consumption.

Do air fryers cost a lot to run?

No, air fryers do not cost a lot to run when you compare an average 1500 watt air fryer uses around 0.75 kWh per 30 min daily operation compared to an estimated 1.5 kWh drawn by a 3000 watt electric oven use for the same time. They halve the cost for the same running time, but more importantly, air fryers cook food faster, which makes them cost effective.

The following table lists air fryers I’ve previously mentions as quieter options in the range. These have ceramic coated baskets offering a Teflon-free alternative to nonstick and easy cleanup. Click here to find out more about these great Teflon-free examples.

The table gives their capacity, wattage, and then electricity consumption (kWh) for 1 hour daily use:
(Steps to calculate electricity consumption: (kilowatt-hour, kWh) = watts ÷ 1000 x hours/day.)

Air FryerCapacityWattagekWh (per 1 hr)
Ninja AF1014 Qt1500w1.5
Aria7 Qt1500w1.5
Momo Lifestyle3.4 Qt1500w1.5
Paula Deen10 Qt1700w1.7
kilowatt-hour (kWh) = watts (w) ÷ 1000 x hours.

In these examples, the larger unit, the 10 Qt, uses more power, which is not unexpected that the greater the wattage of the unit the more power (kWh) consumed. You could compare an air fryer to a toaster in its energy use. It doesn’t use a lot.

Air fryer vs electric oven — electricity use

Electric ovens can range from 2,000 to 5,000 watts, as per To find this wattage, look for your oven’s appliance tag (on the frame inside the oven). If it is not there, check out the specifications in the user’s manual or in the seller’s product listing and you should find it.

My electric oven is 3,200 watts and to cook a meat loaf in the oven takes roughly 50 to 60 minutes. Compare this to a 1500 watt air fryer, which takes between 35 and 45 minutes.

To rate the kilowatts of electricity drawn with an air fryer against that of an electric oven, it’s important to use the same food item. The chart below exemplifies the savings on electricity when using an air fryer, for three food items, compared to an electric oven. It’s a guide only, based on the unit operating at full capacity, which is rarely maintained over the whole time.

Food ItemOven 3200w
kWh*Air Fryer 1500w
Meat Loaf50–602.7–3.235–400.9–1.0
Chicken Wings20–301.1–1.610–120.2–0.3
Guide only. kilowatt-hour (kWh) = watts (w) ÷ 1000 x time. *The above results assume unit draws full wattage for whole time.

Air-fryer cooking guide

Meat and Seafood and Fries
Bacon400°F5-10 minutes
Bone-In Pork Chops400°F4-5 minutes per side
Brats400°F8-10 minutes
Burgers350°F8-10 minutes
Chicken Breast375°F22-23 minutes
Chicken Tenders400°F14-16 minutes
Chicken Thighs400°F25 minutes
Chicken Wings375°F10-12 minutes
Cod370°F8-10 minutes
Meatballs400°F7-10 minutes
Meat Loaf325°F35-45 minutes
Pork Chops375°F12-15 minutes
Salmon400°F5-7 minutes
Sausage Patties400°F8-10 minutes
Shrimp375°F8 minutes
Steak400°F7-14 minutes
Fries400°F10-20 minutes
Pickles400°F14-20 minutes
Potato Chips360°F15-17 minutes
Source: Taste of Home

Are air fryers economical to use? Do air fryers save money?

Yes, air fryers are economical to use (and they can replace the need for multiple small appliances). Rough estimates suggest they use around half the electricity an average electric oven uses, when operating for the same amount of time. So it makes sense that they save money because of not only this but the fact they take far less time to cook the food.

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