7 Best Small Air Fryers in 2020 – [Buyer’s Guide]

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The air fryer has taken America’s kitchens by storm. Everybody wants to have one in their kitchen. There are myriad of makers and sellers. The number of different brands of air fryers available has also increased over the years. Are you hesitating to purchase one due to a lack of space on your kitchen counter? Fortunately, manufacturers now make the best small air fryer that works as well as those large cooking capacity air fryers.

This appliance works more like a convection oven than a deep fryer, as it does not submerge the food in a bath of oil. It makes use of the rapid heated air movement to cook the food in the cooking basket. The cooking times are much shorter than convection ovens, but the cooking results are similar.

Today I have compiled a list of the 7 best small capacity air fryers that are perfect for singles, students, or even smaller families who love fried foods.

Small and Mini Capacity Air Fryers Buying Guide

Before looking at each of the best air fryer and reviews on the list below, let me share with you what are some of the essential considerations that you should consider before selecting the small air fryer models to buy.

  • Kitchen Size
    If you have a large kitchen, then you should look for a large capacity airfryer instead. An air fryer is an appliance that usually goes on table-tops or counter-top; hence you select one that can fit into the space available on your counter-top.
  • Capacity
    The mini size model’s capacity usually ranges from 1.6-quart to 2.2-quart.
  • Family Size
    The small-sized air fryers are suitable for cooking for 1 to 2 persons. If you have a big family, you should look for a bigger size air fryer toaster oven. Cooking with a small air fryer for a big family is definitely challenging. You will need more cooking times as you may have to fry the food in batches.

Let’s take a look at your options!

At A Glance:

compact airfryers

Best Small Air Fryers of 2020 [Top 7 Reviews]

Here are 7 of the best air fryers on the market right now.

chefman-turbofry 2qt Chefman TurboFry
[TOP PICK]
• Analog Dial
• 2 Quart
• 200 °F – 400 °F
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dash-compact-air-fryer DASH Compact Air Fryer [MOST LIGHTWEIGHT]
• Analog Dial
• 2 Quart
• 170 °F – 400 °F 
VIEW ON AMAZON
Gourmia GAF228 2.2 qt Gourmia GAF228 Digital Air Fryer• Digital Display
• 2.2 Quart
• 180 °F – 400 °F 
VIEW ON AMAZON
black-decker-purify-2qt Black & Decker Purifry
[BEST OVERALL]
• Analog Dial
• 2.1 Quart
• 175 °F – 400 °F
VIEW ON AMAZON
maxi-matic personal 2.1 qt Maxi-Matic EAF-8061• Analog Dial
• 2.1 Quart
• 180 °F – 395 °F
VIEW ON AMAZON
zeny-compact-air-fryer ZENY Compact Air Fryer
[BEST VALUE]
• Analog Dial with Touch Screen Control
• 2.2 Quart
• 180 °F – 400 °F
VIEW ON AMAZON
bcp 1.6 qt fryer BCP Compact Air Fryer
[MOST COMPACT]
 • Digital Display
• 1.6 Quart
• 180 °F – 395 °F
VIEW ON AMAZON

Let’s delve into the small air fryer reviews one by one.

1. Chefman TurboFry[TOP PICK]

chefman turbofry 2qt 1

An affordable price tag does not necessarily mean cheap quality.

Specification:
  • Dimension: 9.8 x 9.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Item Weight: 7.35 pounds
  • Capacity: 2 quarts
  • Timer: 30 minutes
  • Analog Dial
  • Temperature Range: 200°F and 400°F

The Chefman Turbofry works well for your air frying needs at an affordable price. This small airfryer toaster oven is suitable for those working on a tight budget. With its compact design, it can fit anywhere on your kitchen counter-top. It has a cooking temperature that ranges between 200° Fahrenheit and 400° Fahrenheit. This appliance utilizes the latest rapid-air technology that uses a heating element to heat up hot air and circulate it at high speed, cooking your favorite dish, and producing a crispy fried texture with little or no oil.

Most users who have used it loved it, as it is small – just the size of a coffee pot. It is ideal for a tiny kitchen with little to no counter space. It is non-expensive, cooks meals under 10 minutes, and it’s easy to clean.

THE GOOD
Inexpensive
Compact size and easy to store
Removable rack for easy cleaning
Non-Stick food basket
THE BAD
Analog dial makes it hard to program correctly

What’s the Bottom Line?

The Chefman Turbofry comes with all the basic features of an air fryer at an affordable price and a 12-month warranty. It is worth considering for an entry-level model.

Interested? Thought so! Find out more about it in my Chefman Turbofry review.


2. DASH Compact Digital Air Fryer [MOST LIGHTWEIGHT]

dash compact air fryer 2qt

A compact and trendy looking appliance that you do not have to hide away from your kitchen counter.

Specification:
  • Dimension: 10.2 x 8.1 x 11.4 inches
  • Item Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Capacity: 2 quarts
  • Analog Dial
  • Temperature Range: 170°F and 400°F

The DASH compact airfryer weighs only 5.7 lb, which means it is easy to lift and move in and out of cabinets if you’d rather not give it a permanent home on your countertop, due to lack to countertop space in your kitchen.  The 2 quarts capacity is suitable for cooking for 1 – 2 persons. This small air fryer has an auto shut off feature that prevents overcooking and therefore makes it safer to use. It has a cool-touch housing for ease of handling.

According to reviewers, it comes with a temperature that ranges between 170° Fahrenheit and 400° Fahrenheit and a 30-minutes timer. This model comes in five different color options; you can choose a color that matches with your other appliances or a vibrant shade that fits your decor. It also includes a recipe booklet.

Most users love this model as making your own fried foods at home is incredible and takes literally minutes to cook. Unlike a regular oven, you don’t need to preheat this. You just plop your food in (stacked Jenga block style if there’s a lot), and cook for under 10 minutes and it’s ready.

THE GOOD
Sleek and trendy design
Auto shut off feature
Compact and light-weight
Easy to clean
THE BAD
Coating may peel off

What’s the Bottom Line?

The DASH compact airfryer has a sleek and trendy design that makes it an excellent appliance to have on your kitchen counter, at an affordable price. This small air fryer is compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to keep in storage or move around. It comes with a 12-month warranty, and you can increase your warranty to 24 months when you sign up for the feelgood reward program.


A larger end of the spectrum for small air fryers.

Specification:
  • Dimension: 10.2 x 8.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Item Weight: 6 pounds
  • Capacity: 2.2 quarts
  • Digital Display
  • 6 presets and Manual Control
  • Temperature Range: 180°F and 400°F

Gourmia GAF228 comes with 6 preset cooking functions that remove all the guesswork from the cooking process. It uses the RadiVection 360° Technology to roast, bake, broil, grill, and of course FRY all of your favorite foods without fat or oil. The 2.2 quarts capacity is suitable for air frying for 1 – 2 persons. This appliance has an Express Heat System that cooks food up to 30% faster than an oven It has a cooking temperature that ranges between 180° Fahrenheit and 400° Fahrenheit. It has an LCD display with digital controls. 

Most users love this model as food comes out crispy, non-greasy, fast, and easy! It’s so easy to use and you can operate it even without the need for the directions. It also comes with a little recipe book! You can cook so many different dishes in the air fryer.

THE GOOD
Express heat system
Digital control
ETL-certified
Dishwasher safe
THE BAD
Slightly bigger size

What’s the Bottom Line?

If you are looking for a simple air fryer with no fancy features, then the Gourmia GAF228 may be just what you are seeking. This appliance would work well for one person. It would be great for a college student, grandmother, grandfather, or any single person. It is small and compact and easy to store. You can cook air fried chicken breast, chicken wings, or french fries with it easily.


4. Black & Decker Purifry
– [BEST OVERALL]

black decker purify 2qt 1

Robust and sturdy design with 60-minutes timer.

Specification:
  • Dimension: 13 x 13 x 15 inches
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Capacity: 2.1 quarts
  • Cool-Touch Handle
  • Analog Dial
  • Temperature Range: 175°F and 400°F

The Black & Decker offers a space-saving design without stiffing you in terms of capacity. It has dual convection fans that circulate hot air around the food for faster cooking. It has a 60-minutes timer, which is not available in other small air fryers. The temperature can be set from 175°F to 400°F. It comes with an auto shut-off feature that prevents food from overcooking for your safety.

THE GOOD

Robust design
Dual convectional fans
Cool-Touch handle
Can cook for up to 3 persons
60-minutes timer

THE BAD

Fans are noisy
Coating may peel off

What’s the Bottom Line?

The space-saving design of the HF100 is what everybody’s looking for. It is slightly heavier, but this is due to its excellent quality and robust design. This model can serve up to 3 persons with its bigger capacity air fryer basket. By having a temperature range of 175°F to 400°F and a 60-minutes timer, this is the most versatile model featured here, you can set a longer cooking time compared to other models. Furthermore, it comes with a 2-year warranty. 

Food takes way less time to be ready to eat. You can cook hamburgers, fried chicken wings, french fries, chicken nuggets, bacon! You can even use it to reheat leftovers from the restaurant.

Interested? Read my review on Black & Decker Purifry here.


Low cost entry -level air fryer.

Specification:
  • Dimension: 15.6 x 12.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Item Weight: 7.45 pounds
  • Capacity: 2.1 quarts
  • Analog Dial
  • Temperature Range: 180°F and 395°F

The Maxi-Matic EAF-8061 is a low-cost entry-level air fryer has a variety of functions to handle a wide array of cooking task. It has a 30-minutes timer that is controlled by an analog dial. You can set the temperature between 180°F to 395°F.

THE GOOD
Low cost
Light-weight
PFOA/PTFE free
THE BAD
Not durable
Coating may peel off

What’s the Bottom Line?

If you are looking for a low-cost air fryer and are not particular with the design and functionality, the Maxi-Matic EAF-8061 is just right for you. This small air fryer is best suited for a small family with 1 or 2 persons. But there are some users who manage to fit enough food for a family of four. You can cook french fries, kale chips, or even steak with it. The good thing about this unit is it has a stainless basket design, so you have no worries about a fragmenting non-stick surface.


6. ZENY Compact Air Fryer[BEST VALUE]

zeny-compact-air-fryer

Low price but full of functionality. Most value for money.

Specification:
  • Dimension: 7.7 x 10 x 11 inches
  • Item Weight: 5.9 pounds
  • Capacity: 2.2 quarts
  • Analog Dial with Touch Screen Control
  • Temperature Range: 180°F and 395°F

Zeny electric air fryer has a very sleek design, and it comes with an analog dial and touch screen control. This model is ideal for anyone looking for a cheap model with a variety of features. Although it may be a low cost, it does not lack in functionality. You can cook your fried foods like tater tots, onion rings, grilled chicken breasts, or even mozzarella sticks easily with the 5 cooking presets functions. You can fry, bake, grill, and roast, with little to no oil. It comes with a recipe book.

THE GOOD
Sleek design
5 cooking presets
Low price
THE BAD
 For 1-2 persons only

What’s the Bottom Line?

If you are looking for a low price model with multifunctional, Zeny 2.2 quarts airfryer is the one you should buy. A MUST-HAVE for that first apartment, smaller kitchen, college dorm life, or camper.


7. BCP Compact Air Fryer
[MOST COMPACT]

Best Choice Products Air Fryer

Compact and trendy design. Not the usual black color.

Specification:

  • Dimension: 9.5 x 7.8 x 11 inches
  • Item Weight: 9.1 pounds
  • Capacity: 1.6 quarts
  • Digital LCD Screen
  • Temperature Range: 180°F and 395°F

If you are looking for a model that is compact and beautifully designed, the Best Choice Product 900W digital air fryer will be ideal for you. This model comes with a digital LED display, which makes it easy to control the settings. A recipe book is also included.

THE GOOD

Trendy design
Overheat protection

THE BAD

 Coating may peel off

What’s the Bottom Line?

The BCP compact airfryer is very well designed and will look great in your kitchen. This model is one of the best based on aesthetics, but the cooking capability is as good as any other models. I will recommend this unit to anyone who dislikes the standard black color air fryer. Anyone who wants to own an air fryer but also wants to reduce counter space footprints should consider this unit. Moreover, the price that’s extremely reasonable. It’s easy to operate, very easy to clean, and nearly noiseless.


Conclusion

Is air fryer worth buying? An air fryer is one of the must-have kitchen appliances for anyone who loves fried food and yet wanted to eat healthily. The almost oil-less cooking technology can cut the usage of oil in fried food by 70 to 80 percent.

By now you should have a rough idea about which of these best air fryers would be the best addition to your kitchen. Out of all of the small air fryer models featured here, my favorite is the Chefman TurboFry. You can see why in the review section, but in short, it has small and lightweight, very easy to clean. It cost less than $40, which is very affordable, definitely an appliance worth adding to your kitchen countertop.

However, any of the best small air fryers listed above should be right for a small family or individual who wants to enjoy healthy and less oil food.

Last but not least, do come back soon since I’ll constantly be testing other new air fryers.