Air fryers are some of the most convenient cooking gadgets out there. They allow you to achieve deep-fried results without the added oil. These units can even perform other functions such as grilling, roasting, baking, dehydrating, etc.
However, finding an air fryer to cook for a large family isn’t so easy. This article will review the top five contenders for the best air fryer for a large family. I’ve tried to choose the largest and most functional models that are reasonably priced. So let’s get to it!
Best Air Fryers For a Large Family: Reviews
- Best Air Fryers For a Large Family: Reviews
- Buyer’s Guide
Instant Vortex Plus 10 Quart Air Fryer, Rotisserie and Convection Oven, Air Fry, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate and Warm, 1500W, Stainless Steel and Black
COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo 5.8QT Max Xl Large Cooker (Cookbook with 100 Recipes), One-Touch Screen with 11 Precise Presets and Shake Reminder, Nonstick and Dishwasher-Safe Square Design Basket, Black
Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer with 2 Independent Frying Baskets, Match Cook & Smart Finish to Roast, Broil, Dehydrate & More for Quick, Easy Meals, Grey
Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart 6-in 1 Air Fryer with ClearCook™ Easy View Windows and EvenCrisp™ Technology, Air Fry, Roast, Broil, Bake, Reheat, Dehydrate, 1700W, Black
Instant Vortex Plus 10 Quart Air Fryer
This seven-in-one unit is large enough for a whole family and has many features.
The Instant Vortex Is a 10-quart air fryer. It has enough interior space to cook for four or five people at once—it can even fit a large whole chicken, an 8-inch pizza, or up to two pounds of French fries.
In addition, the design is quite stylish, and it’s relatively compact, measuring 13 by 13 by 14 inches—it won’t take up much counter space.
This air fryer features EvenCrisp™ technology to air fry food with barely any oil, and it’s all thanks to the top heating element and a fan to circulate the heat.
This is a 1500-Watt unit, so it does have quite a bit of power that allows it to heat up in a short time.
Moreover, this seven-in-one air fryer can air fry, roast, broil, plate, reheat, dehydrate, and rotisserie. The display is easy to work. The programs are one-touch smart programs, so you don’t need to do much. The cooking programs are fully customizable for time, temperature, etc., to achieve your desired results.
It comes with a rotisserie set, a basket, two cooking trays, and a drip pan. The drip pan is designed to catch all drippings, so the unit is reasonably easy to clean.
The interior and exterior are designed with durable materials. Moreover, they are durable and easy to clean. We especially like the stylish stainless steel exterior with a viewing window so you can see what is going on inside.
- Durable and stylish
- Fairly compact
- Easy to clean
- 7 functions
- Customizable functions
- Neat viewing window
- Reasonable price
- 1500 watts
- Has a strong smell
- Very loud
COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo
This large and powerful air fryer has 11 fast and easy cooking programs.
This is quite a compact air fryer measuring 11.8 by 14.3 by 12.7 inches, so it doesn’t take up much counter space. The interior basket measures 9.5 by 9 by 3.75 inches, and the overall capacity is 5.8 quarts—room to cook for a whole family. There’s enough space for a 5-pound chicken. In addition, the square basket provides more space than a traditional round basket.
The unit features 1700 watts of power for fast and even cooking. It heats up quickly and also maintains temperature very well. A special sensor adjusts for fluctuations under 5° Fahrenheit for evenly cooked meals.
The interior basket is dishwasher friendly. Moreover, the interior of this air fryer is also very easy to clean. The same thing can be said for the exterior, although it easily stains.
This unit comes with a touch screen display to help you choose among the different settings. Moreover, this display allows you to adjust the time and temperature for each of the 11 settings.
These settings include steak, chicken, French fries, vegetables, frozen food, shrimp, seafood, bacon, root vegetables, bread, and desserts. There are two additional functions—keep warm and preheat. You also get 100 air fryer recipes included.
- Easy-to-clean basket
- Lots of space in the square basket
- 11+ 2 functions
- User-friendly adjustable settings
- Enough room for a 5-pound chicken
- Space efficient
- Powerful 1700-watt heating
- Exterior stains easily
- Leaks steam at times
Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer
This is one of the largest and most versatile air fryers on our list. It’s perfect for large families and for cooking two foods at once.
This large 8-quart air fryer is enough to cook for 5-6 people at once. You can simultaneously cook up to four pounds of French fries or chicken wings. You can even fit a relatively large whole chicken.
This is not one sizeable 8-quart basket but two smaller four-quart baskets. Although it doesn’t allow you to fit one substantial piece of food, such as a whole chicken, you can cook two foods at once. This is convenient because you can cook your meat with your vegetables in one go.
In addition, these fryer baskets and crisper plates are dishwasher safe. In general, this unit is very easy to clean.
I appreciate how everything here is very well-built with solid materials. This can be seen in the high-quality partial stainless steel exterior and the stainless steel handles. So it won’t fall apart anytime soon.
However, this is a fairly large air fryer and will take up space. Although it still has a fairly compact design, it’s not the most space-efficient model. Nevertheless, you should easily be able to store it in any kitchen cabinet.
This unit features air broil, air fry, roast, reheat, dehydrate, and bake functions that can be chosen for each air fryer basket.
Both baskets have their own cyclonic fans and rapid heaters. The dual-zone cooking technology is very convenient. Also, there’s a user-friendly touch display to control both cooking zones.
It’s certainly not the cheapest air fryer, but there’s really nothing to complain about regarding the size, quality, and functionality. On the contrary, I think it is well worth the investment.
- Dual cooking zones
- Zones are independently controlled
- Nice display
- Durable design
- Fast and even heating
- 6 settings for both baskets
- Dishwasher safe components
- Takes up a good bit of space
- Not the most budget-friendly
Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart 6-in 1 Air Fryer
This 6-quart air fryer has enough interior space and easy to adjust programs, six of them in fact. It is also reasonably priced.
This six-in-one air fryer has several functions: air fry, bake, roast, broil, dehydrate and reheat. You can choose any of these settings using the simple touchscreen display. In addition, the touch screen display is very easy to read.
You can easily fit a few pounds of French fries or even a relatively large whole chicken. There is definitely enough space to cook for an entire family at once.
In addition, you can also easily adjust the cooking temperature anywhere between 95° and 400° Fahrenheit. You can set the timer so you don’t forget about your food. Finally, you might appreciate the viewing window to see what’s going on inside.
This air fryer features a 1700-Watt powerful heating element. You barely have to preheat it, and it is ready to use within minutes of turning on. It also comes with EvenCrisp™ technology for even cooking and perfectly crisp results.
Moreover, I like how this unit is relatively compact. It measures 17 by 14.75 by 13.8 inches; it’s not the smallest air fryer but doesn’t take too much space.
It is built with pretty durable materials. The exterior is fingerprint resistant and easy to clean. The air fryer basket on the inside is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. All in all, for its price, I think it’s a great investment.
- Plenty of interior space
- Space efficient
- User-friendly display and controls
- Easy to clean
- 6 programs
- Adjustable time and temperature
- Very fast and even heating
- Strong odor
- Have to wait 8 minutes after one round to start another
GoWISE USA 1700-Watt 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer
This is a large yet affordable air fryer. This is the most affordable air fryer on our list on a size basis.
The GoWISE 1700-Watt 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer has a 7-quart or 6.62-liter interior capacity. This should be enough room to cook a meal for a family. For example, you can easily fit a five-pound chicken or several pounds of French fries.
Although the interior space of this air fryer is quite ample, the unit as a whole is relatively compact and will not take up much counter space; it’s easy to store in a fairly small area.
In addition, this air fryer has a digital touchscreen display that is easy to read in all conditions and easy to use.
It allows you to adjust the temperature between 180° and 400° Fahrenheit. It also features a 30-minute timer you can set so you don’t forget your food. It also comes with a built-in alarm to notify you when your food is done. There’s also an alarm to remind you to shake and move your ingredients around every 5, 10, or 15 minutes.
The basket is dishwasher friendly, making this air fryer fairly easy to clean. The exterior is also relatively stain-resistant and easy to clean. However, this is probably not the most durable air fryer. Some components could be of better quality.
Moreover, what stands out about this air fryer is its wide variety of functions. It can fry, bake, roast, and grill with little or no oil. There are eight preprogrammed cooking functions, including fries/chips, pork, steak, chicken, shrimp, fish, pizza, and cake. It should be able to cook everything you need it to.
- Space efficient
- Many functions and programs
- Easy to control temperature and time
- Reminder alarms
- Easy to clean
- Plenty of basket space
- Fast and even heating
- Sleek and modern design
- Excellent price
- Not the most durable – weak handle
- Poor warranty
Before buying an air fryer for a large family, you should consider a few essential factors.
Pay attention to the air fryer’s power level. As you can see from our reviews, these air fryers have at least 1500 watts of power. You want at least 1500 watts of power for an air fryer designed for large-capacity cooking. If you find one that has 1700 watts of power, you won’t go wrong.
Also, pay attention to the internal capacity. This will decide whether or not it is suitable for a large family. You want something with at least 5, if not 6, quarts of interior space.
If you can find one with 7 quarts of interior space, or more, you should be able to fit a 5-pound chicken. Also, square baskets have more capacity than round baskets.
Although not quite as crucial as the internal capacity, pay attention to the exterior dimensions. Ensure you have enough counter space for the air fryer. In addition, make sure you can fit it in one of your kitchen cabinets for storage.
Also, look for an air fryer built of relatively durable materials. More than anything else, you should look for an exterior made of stainless steel.
Ease of Cleaning
Air fryers can get pretty dirty, so you’d want a relatively easy-to-clean model. More than anything else, you should look for an air fryer with a dishwasher-friendly basket. be sure to check the instructions to make sure the basket is dishwasher safe.
Moreover, an air fryer for a large family should be able to air fry, broil, grill, and bake. Some models can also dehydrate and keep warm.
Some models have special preprogrammed functions such as chicken, French fries, steak, vegetables, fish, and other such foods.
In addition, look for a unit with a user-friendly display. Moreover, you should be able to control the temperature and cooking time.
Make sure to check for any accessories your air fryer might come with. For example, basic air fryers will have a basket, whereas higher-end models may also have extra baskets, roasting trays, and even rotisserie sets for whole chickens.
Is an air fryer healthier than a regular deep fryer?
Air fryers are popular because they enable you to cook foods identical to deep-fried foods without using as much oil. They are, in fact, much healthier than regular deep fryers.
Can I put wet items in the air fryer?
One of the only things you can’t do with an air fryer is put wet things in it. In other words, you cannot coat a piece of fish in batter and put it in the air fryer. Liquid batter will just drip off the food and make a mess in your air fryer.
How does an air fryer work?
Air fryers work similarly to convection ovens in that they circulate hot air around the food to produce a crispy and crunchy exterior.
How much food can an air fryer fit?
Although most air fryers can hold between one and three pounds of food, the large models we reviewed can hold five or even six pounds.
We think that the best air fryer for a large family is the Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer. It comes with two separate cooking zones to cook two foods simultaneously. Moreover, the overall 8-quart interior capacity is pretty impressive. It might not be the cheapest air fryer, but we think it’s worth the investment.