Air frying has grown in popularity over recent years, and alongside that, the range of available air fryers has grown and developed significantly. If you love to air fry and dehydrate you are in luck! There is now a whole range of appliances on the market that can do both! But which one is best? Read on to find out my top picks 🙂
If you want to delve deeper into the subject of air fryers and how suitable they are for dehydrating, I have a whole article on the subject if you are interested.
And you can view all the recommended air fryers in this article over at Amazon simply by clicking the image 🙂
With all that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get on with my list of best air fryers that can also dehydrate:
1. Chefman Multifunctional Digital Air Fryer+ Rotisserie
I would always recommend an oven style air fryer first for someone that wants to dehydrate, simply because this form factor will give you more usable space when dehydrating. This Chefman is a good example of this. Although its 10.5 quart size isn’t the biggest air fryer around, it comes with 3 racks out of the box that you could use to dehydrate on. This will give a decent amount of space for even the most hardcore dehydrator 🙂
Another reason I would go for an air fryer oven for dehydrating is because the see-through front panel makes it easy to check on your dehydrating without having to actually open up the appliance.
And more importantly, for an air fryer that can dehydrate, it comes with a timer that is fit for purpose. Too many air fryers say they can dehydrate, but then only let you set a timer for 1 hour, not nearly enough time for most dehydrating needs! Thankfully, that isn’t an issue here!
Although I am focusing more on the Chefman’s suitability for dehydrating, it is also an excellent example of an air fryer oven full stop. It comes with a clear and simple to use control panel, a rotisserie that would work wonders for roast chicken and all decent selection of out of the box accessories.
The only downside for me is the boring and generic design. But if you can live with that, you have an excellent air fryer oven that can dehydrate well and won’t cost you the earth!
2. Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart 6-in 1 Air Fryer with ClearCook
I know I have been banging on about how I usually like to go for air fryer ovens when dehydrating, but this Instant Vortex model is one exception. This would be suitable for someone that wants to dehydrate but doesn’t see themselves wanting to do so in huge quantities at any one time.
This Instant Vortex Plus has some features that make it great for dehydrating. The main one is the clear window in the front of the basket, making it easy to look in on whatever you are dehydrating and see how it is coming along. The other is the flexible timer that allows you to set times suitable for dehydrating.
And although the 6 quart size doesn’t have as much space as some of the other air fryers on this list, you can buy a set of dehydrating racks like the ones below that would help you maximise the space it has. Just make sure you buy the right size!
I have to say I really like the space age design of this unit too, alongside the simple control panel that only requires a few buttons and a rotary knob. And you are buying from a well-known brand you can trust who also makes the mega-popular instant pot! And, all things considered, for a reasonable price too!
If you want an air fryer that can dehydrate but need something compact, or if you just think you won’t need as much dehydrating space, this could be the model for you 🙂
3. GoWISE USA 7-Quart Air Fryer & Dehydrator
I have to say that, as the Air Fryer Bro, I don’t usually recommend this brand GoWise, but they have really knocked it out of the park with this one.
What I like about it is the fact that they have specifically had dehydrating in mind when designing this air fryer. Usually, the word dehydrate is hidden away in the product title amongst a million and one other cooking functions. Not here! GoWise proudly exclaims ‘Air fryer & Dehydrator’ right up front!
And you can see that they have included features to back this up. For example, a 3 rack stacking dehydrating set is included right out of the box! They boast a timer on the air fryer that can go up as high as 24 hours, clearly included with dehydrating in mind.
So if you like dehydrating and do it often, you can buy this air fryer knowing that it has been set up to do this well, not just as an afterthought! This unit can dehydrate as well as a standalone dehydrator, and not many air fryers can say that!
Not much to say other than this, as the air frying side of the appliance is solid, coming with all the features you would expect, but nothing particularly innovative air fryer wise 🙂 And the boxy design language does the job but isn’t spectacular.
This air fryer is 7 quarts in size, which isn’t the biggest by any stretch, but the included 3 tray stacking racks will help you maximise this.
4. COSORI Air Fryer Toaster oven XL 26.4QT (12 in 1)
When I am writing a list of ‘best’ air fryers these days, it is quite common to see the Cosori name pop up and today is no different! When Cosori first entered the air fryer market, they had a pretty generic set of air fryers that worked well but weren’t anything special. Not any more! They are fast becoming one of my favorite air fryer brands. And they offer these air fryers at much cheaper prices than some of the other big air fryer brands!
Take this Cosori air fryer XL oven, for example. Yes, it has a dehydrate function and comes with wire racks well suited to that function. They have the ability to set a long timer at temperatures low enough for good dehydrating performance. And at 26.4 quart in size, this unit is the ultimate for those that are hardcore dehydrators. You will have enough space for even the most demanding dehydrating tasks 🙂
This is also a smart air fryer that works through an app and can be voice controlled through Alexa and Google Assistant. And it has all the features you expect from a quality air fryer oven!
The only slight downside for me is that this appliance won’t win any design awards, as it will resemble a simple black box in your kitchen 🙂 But the many other benefits combined with the excellent price point would please the most picky air fryer and dehydrating enthusiasts! I really like what Cosori has pulled off here!