Compare air fryers in New Zealand at Canstar Blue. Living & Co, Anko, Breville, DeLonghi, Kogan, Philips and Sunbeam were compared on Overall Satisfaction, Cooking Performance, Design, Ease of Cleaning, Ease of Use, Functions and Features, and Value for Money.
See our Ratings Methodology.
How did we cook things before the invention of air fryers? Can anybody remember? Before the world was launched into lockdown, few had ever heard of the humble air fryer. But since then, over the past two years, the clever gadget has become a roasting hot trend in Kiwi kitchens.
Basically just very small convection ovens, air fryers heat to a high temperature, cooking and baking in superfast time. Air fryers also use a minimum of oil, which means quicker and healthier dinners. And because they’re smaller than conventional ovens, they’re also cheaper, ranging from just $100 to $500.
But with a range of brands on the markets, at different price points, how do you know which brand to trust to brown your chook and crisp your hot chips?
That’s where Canstar Blue comes in. As part of our mission to inform consumers of the best NZ has to offer, for our inaugural air fryers award we canvassed the opinions of 699 New Zealanders who own and use air fryers, across a range of categories, to measure and track their satisfaction.
To decide which brand of air fryer offers the best level of customer satisfaction, each was rated across the following categories:
Coming out on top is Living & Co. The Warehouse brand is the clear winner of Canstar Blue’s first ever award for Most Satisfied Customers | Air Fryers.
In each of the above categories, it scores 5-Star marks, and is the only brand to achieve a 5-Star rating for Overall Satisfaction.
Only one other brand scores a top 5-Star rating: Anko, which is sold at Kmart. It has one 5-Star rating, for Value for Money, and 4-Stars in all other categories.
By design air fryers should be easy to use and small enough to sit on a bench top. And those are big factors driving the satisfaction of air fryer users.
In our survey, design and ease of use and cleaning are the most important features for air fryer owners. Scrubbing out ovens can be a messy job, and an air fryer’s compact size makes it easier to clean than a conventional oven.
However, overall, what we want from our air fryers is perfect food, cooked to crisp golden perfection, which is why Cooking Performance tops our table of what makes air fryer owners happy with their purchases:
Our research also shows that Kiwis are big air fryer fans:
Over half of people (55%) use their fryers at least once a week, and nearly a third (25%) use them on a daily basis. And, as a result, people are spending less time in the kitchen (28%), and half are using their main ovens a lot less. No wonder air fryers have quickly become a kitchen wonder!
Living & Co has a range of four air fryers:
From the results of Canstar Blue’s research, it seems that air fryers are not just another flash in the frying pan. The handy kitchen gadgets are here to stay, helping us serve up healthier meals with less fuss and cost.
So if you’re thinking of investing in an air fryer to take pride of place on your kitchen bench, then plug into the results of our first award for Most Satisfied Customers | Air Fryers, and our winner, Living & Co, serving up air fryers with satisfaction guaranteed.
I am happy with my air fryer: 71%
Air fryers are a healthy way to cook: 68%
My air fryer provides value for money: 62%
I use my oven less frequently: 50%
Air fryers deserve the hype they receive: 47%
I don’t use my air fryer as much as I thought I would: 18%
Less often than monthly: 8%
As a healthier alternative to deep frying: 43%
For convenience, i.e. to spend less cooking time: 28%
To try something new: 15%
For less mess: 5%
Safer to use than a deep-fat fryer: 5%
Canstar Blue surveyed 2522 New Zealand consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers who had bought a new fridge in the past three years. In this case, 699 New Zealanders.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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