Are you tempted to invest in an air fryer but not sure you can find one spacious enough to cater for the whole family?
Well, you might want to rethink that as there are plenty of large capacity air fryers capable of serving a big family or a sizeable gathering of guests.
If you don’t already know, air fryers allow you to cook delicious and crispy, golden food but using only a tiny amount of cooking oil or no oil at all.
The capacity of air fryers is usually expressed in quarts. Some manufacturers quote capacity in liters while others, like Philips, use pounds.
Any air fryer rated 6 quarts and above is considered large capacity. You should easily cook for 5 or more people in a single session with one of these beasts.
At the lower end of the large-capacity threshold, air fryers with 4-quart capacities should give you adequate interior space for a family of 4 whether you want a nutritious dinner or snacks with movie night.
As well as capacity, you should also think closely about overall dimensions. After all, it’s no use having the ability to cook up a storm for a large party if you don’t have the countertop space for the appliance. Consider weight as well if you plan to move your air fryer around between uses.
Now, we’ll launch right into the main event with our reviews of the leading air fryers in this category before we round out with some of the most frequently asked questions about these nifty and healthy appliances.
The 8 Best Large Capacity Air Fryers
1. Our Pick: COSORI Air Fryer with 11 Presets (5.8-quart)
Our overall winner in our quest for the best large capacity air fryer comes from COSORI, perhaps not the first name you associate with cookware.
While the 5.8-quart capacity allows you to cater for the whole family, the squat footprint means this doesn’t come at the expense of eating up all your countertop space.
You’ll benefit from 11 different cooking methods punched in:
- French fries
- Frozen foods
- Root vegetables
Grouping foods like this with presets makes operation a cakewalk even if you’ve never used an air fryer before.
The cooking basket is free of BPA and all other contaminants. This non-stick basket slides out to simplify clean-up.
Adjust the temperature from 170F to 400F giving you the scope to create just about any recipe with a single powerful appliance.
COSORI appreciates that many newcomers to the art of air frying have no idea where to start. The 100-recipe book bundled removes that excuse and lets you unleash right out the box.
Available in a broad array of vibrant colors beyond black and silver, you’ll get a cost-effective and space-saving air fryer that’s large enough to cook for the whole family with this COSORI gem.
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2. Philips Premium Digital Air Fryer
The flagship Philips Air Fryer XXL is the air fryer other manufacturers try to emulate. Now, this appliance might not be especially cheap but you’ll get outstanding value if you can stretch to that steep price tag.
Philips quote the capacity of their air fryers in pounds rather than quarts. This unit has a 3-pound capacity but what does that mean in terms of food? Think 2 bags of fries or a whole chicken. This thing is substantial.
Skip the preheating and get right down to business with the XXL. You’ll cook your food up to 4 times quicker than in a conventional oven. The inbuilt bonus is that you can achieve this speed without compromising consistency or using too much oil. Fat reduction technology baked in helps to minimize excess fat.
Functionality is broad. Expect the following applications:
- Air fry
You’ll benefit from 5 presets so you have all main bases covered at the push of a button.
Removable parts are all dishwasher-friendly and cleaning this air fryer shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
A recipe book completes a winning package from an industry giant.
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3. Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven
Breville has a hard-won reputation for manufacturing affordable yet highly effective kitchenware. That winning recipe is out to play once more with this multipurpose air fryer and convection oven. What, exactly, do you get for you money with this smart oven?
Off the bat, you get 2 speeds with the convection fan. This allows you to push even more around when your food is crisping up inside.
The proprietary Element iQ features 6 quartz heating elements to promote complete consistency.
With an immense 13 preset cooking methods punched in, you can air fry, boil, bake, and broil or cook pizza, cookies, and your toast or bagels for breakfast.
The interior is a full 1 cubic feet in capacity. This allows you to pile in the food for dinner or a gathering and take care of all your needs with a single effective appliance.
As with all large capacity air fryers, the tradeoff comes in terms of overall dimensions. Measuring 21.4 x 17.2 x 12.8 inches, you’ll need a fair amount of countertop space to accommodate this air fryer. It weighs close to 40 pounds, too.
Now, as long as your kitchen is spacious enough to house this cooker, it might be one of the smartest investment you make this year.
4. Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Air Fryer (6.5-quart)
Much like their design-driven Shark vacuums, Ninja’s Foodi makes a real statement in terms of aesthetics. Sure, you’re not buying an air fryer as an ornament, but it doesn’t hurt when appliances are easy on the eye.
The generous 6.5-quart capacity is ideal for larger families of 5+. You can also find this air fryer in larger and smaller sizing if this beast doesn’t work for you. You can also choose to buy variants with or without a skewer stand and dehydrator.
To put this interior capacity into context, you could rustle up a while roast dinner for the family in a single session. Ninja refer to this as 360 cuisine where you’re cooking protein, vegetables, and grains together.
The base model gives you 9 applications so you can do far more than just replace your deep fat fryer.
The crisping lid is a nice touch not present on the opposition. This lets you impart that unmistakable crunchy edge to your meals typically associated with deep-frying. When it comes to oil, though, you’ll only need to use a tiny amount so get the taste without the calorie surplus.
5. Ninja Air Fryer (4-quart)
Next up we have a smaller Ninja in the form of this 4-quart space-saver that still gives you the freedom to cook for the family in one session.
You could fit a 2-pound bag of fries inside this cooker but with nowhere near the amount of oil you’d need if you were deep-frying. So, if you’re looking for a taste sensation but you don’t fancy piling on the pounds, why not embrace the benefits of air frying?
Functionality is reasonably limited with only the following applications:
- Air fry
What you need to ask yourself is whether you would use some of the broader range of features on the more multipurpose models. If so, they would make more sense but if not, this Ninja performs its core duties efficiently.
Unlike many air fryers, you will need to reheat this unit. You’ll only need 3 minutes for it to warm up, though.
The basket is easy to clean and all removable components are dishwasher-safe. Ceramic coating on the basket and crisper plate help hot air to circulate fully. A layered rack for dehydrating is another nice touch in a budget air fryer.
Overall, this is our standout favorite in terms of price/performance ratio and proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well at home.
6. Cuisinart Digital Convection Toaster Oven
Cuisinart is a well-respected brand in the kitchenware space so where does this air fryer fit into its deep product bench?
The 1800-watt motor combined with an aggressive fan and heater ensures you get hot air with very little oil blasted through your food. Consistency is uppermost with this digital beauty.
The 0.6 cubic feet capacity gives you sufficient space inside for a large meal or a tray of snacks but you won’t require acres of space to accommodate this appliance.
From bake, broiling, roasting, and making pizza to racking up toast and bagels for breakfast, you’ll benefit from multiple appliances in one compact unit with the Cuisinart.
Temperature range is impressive starting low at 80F and stretching to 450F at the upper end.
Utilitarian stainless steel styling and a transparent viewing window round out a first-class toaster oven and air fryer from a brand you can trust.
Despite the performance, build quality, and enviable design, the Cuisinart is priced competitively so we’d suggest you move quickly and grab yourself a real bargain.
7. Secura Air Fryer (4.2-quart)
As we near the end of our air fryer reviews, we’ve got a 4.2-quart classic from Secura that straddles the line between large capacity and small footprint admirably.
The first thing worth mentioning is the price tag: this is one of the cheapest air fryers you can find that still maintains solid build quality and delivers consistently crispy food with almost no effort required on your part.
Temperature range could be improved. The band is fairly narrow spanning 180F to 390F. Make sure this fits with the type of food you’re planning to cook. If you need to go super-hot, we’d recommend the Cuisinart above.
There’s a 60-minute timer onboard with auto shut-off so you can leave your air fryer unattended without worrying it will burn the kitchen down. As a general guideline, we’d recommend keeping an eye on your appliance anyway.
A 2-year limited warranty in place shows how the manufacturer stands behind their product. Let’s face it, no company expects to lose out by offering these guarantees. We use them as a benchmark of when to start expecting problems developing.
8. GoWISE Electric Air Fryer (7-quart)
Last but not least, go large or go home with the GoWISE 7-quart monster. This would allow you to cook an entire chicken in one shot or to whip up 5 or 6 burgers in one session.
With a single basket and crisper tray, you can come close to approximating the results of deep-fried food without resorting to ladles of oil.
8 cooking functions help you to get more creative than ever in the kitchen. Try the following applications:
- Air fry
Fine-tune the temperature from 180F to 400F and use the dehydrator from 90F to 170F giving you huge latitude with your recipes.
For such a large cooker, design is understated and elegant. Non-stick PFOA-free material couldn’t be easier to clean.
You can see everything you need at a glance on the crisp LED. Operation is seamless, too.
With a recipe book brimming with 100 mouth-watering suggestions included, there’s no excuse not to widen your cooking repertoire while also eating more healthily. What’s not to love?
To tail off today, we’ve curated the answers to the most frequently asked questions about sir fryers so you have all the information you need in one place.
1) How do air fryers work?
An air fryer comes with a heating element and a powerful fan. Some air fryers have multiple heating elements. Hot air is briskly circulated around a tight compact cooking chamber. This is small by design. By cooking this way, you’ll get quick and consistently excellent results.
2) How much oil do you need in air fryer?
Some air fryers call for no oil at all and this has created the impression that you never need oil. In fact, the majority of these appliances respond well if you use a tablespoon or so of cooking oil. This will help prevent your food from sticking together.
3) What size air fryer is considered large capacity?
6-quart air fryers are normally considered large. Appliances rated at 4 quarts could still be considered large capacity, too. With these slightly smaller units, you’ll still easily cook for a family of 4.
4) Will I be limited to air frying?
The vast bulk of air fryers come with multiple applications baked in. From roasting and baking to broiling, making cookies, or preparing pizza, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Many air fryers also serve as countertop convection ovens.
5) How often do I need to clean my air fryer?
We would advise cleaning your air fryer after every use. Do this and you’ll never be faced with an involved or time-consuming clean-up.
6) What food doesn’t work well in an air fryer?
Any lightweight or delicate food is best left out of the air fryer. You’ll find these type of ingredients get blown around inside and stick on. So, swerve the salads. If you’re using breaded chicken or super-fine slices of fish, you should coat these ingredients with oil so you minimize the chance of them sticking on.
7) How similar to deep-fried food does food cooked in an air fryer taste?
While you can achieve a crispy and golden finish, don’t expect the food from an air fryer to taste just the same as deep-fried dishes.
8) How much preheating time is required with an air fryer?
The occasional air fryer calls for 3 or 4 minutes preheating. Most of them don’t need preheating at all.
If you started out today with no idea at all which air fryer would work best in your kitchen, you should now have a pretty sound overview of your options.
Whether you want a more compact 4-quart cooker or you want to supersize it to 6 quarts and above, there’s no reason at all not to serve up dinner for a sprawling family with a single basket of food.
Don’t forget to pay close attention to overall dimensions as well so you can slot your new best friend on the kitchen counter and you have space to store it if needed.
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