Welcome back to Air Fryer Bro. Today we are rounding up the best air fryers for those one-person households. Did you know that in America, one-person households have been growing since way back in the 60s? As of 2019, there were just under 35 million one-person households in America, so there’s a lot of people that might want some ‘air fryer action’ but don’t know where to turn. You may see air fryer brands such as Cosori and Dash, but have no idea which to buy! If that’s you, then read on to find out our recommended air fryers for the single person.
During this roundup, I will recommend air fryers from Amazon. If you want to check an air fryer out in more detail yourself, simply click the image to be taken straight over to the Amazon listing.
What Type of Air Fryer Should a Single Person Buy?
So you want to cook with hot air but don’t know which air fryer to buy as a single person? Well, I can help 🙂 I have seen a lot of other people assuming that if you live on your own, you should buy the teeny tiniest air fryer known to man. Personally, I don’t agree.
I have an air fryer that is around 3.5 quarts in size, so it’s a pretty standard size. Often, when I cook for myself, I find that this size air fryer is barely enough for me to cook a whole meal inside, leading to the need for batch cooking. I would call myself a heavy air fryer user though, as this is one of my main methods of cooking. If you just want an air fryer to cook from time to time, or just to cook part of your meals in one (fried chicken, for example) I would call you a light air fryer user and a smaller air fryer might work for you.
In general, I would always go for something slightly bigger than you think you need when air frying, as long as your space allows. In general, the compact nature of the air fryers recommended below means that even if you have a small kitchen, you can go for a more interesting kitchen appliance than just a bog standard toaster oven 🙂 You are not only restricted to air frying in an air fryer either. It is also good for baking, broiling, roasting and even dehydrating in some cases! Don’t limit yourself to just french fries 🙂 An air fryer has the potential to replace several appliances on your countertop, so be aware of this when considering the size you can buy.
Other than size, I don’t really see any other requirements that differ from other air fryer users. You want an appliance that is solid, reliable, easy to use and clean. Pretty simple!
Best Air Fryer for One Person (if you are a HEAVY user)
Ninja Air Fryer 4 Quart
For regular readers of my blog, you might get sick of hearing me recommend Ninja air fryers! Usually, I like their air fryers because they are innovative and stand out from the crowd. This particular unit is a little different!
It’s a pretty bog standard unit really, being a more traditional air fryer with all the features you would expect. I like how Ninja uses a ceramic coating to help with non-stick, so it shouldn’t contain any nasty chemicals (such as PTFE and PFOAs) for you to worry about.
Quality is key for air fryers, as a lot are prone to quality issues. This air fryer has almost 17000 user reviews over at Amazon, and those total up to a 4.8 star score at the time of writing. This is impressive stuff and backs up the fact that you are buying a quality product.
If ease of use is important to you, I really like the control panel on this unit. Ninja has an excellent way of making their interfaces simple and easy to use and this one is no different. No need to read the product manual this time!
And if you have the space in your kitchen, I would go for a 4 quart air fryer (such as this) even if you are a single person household. It gives you the flexibility to cook whole meals in there if you would like and lessens the need for batch cooking. There is nothing worse than struggling to fit everything you need in your air fryer and needing to cook in multiple batches!
As the air fryer basket and accessories such as the crisping plate are dishwasher safe, this will make the cleanup easier in your one-person household 🙂
Finally, I believe that this air fryer is an excellent price considering the quality on offer. I own a Philips air fryer and love it dearly! These really are the apex in air fryer quality, but you would pay pretty much double for the privilege. This is why I would go for something like the Ninja instead.
AmazonBasics 3.2 Quart Compact Multi-Functional Digital Air Fryer
Next up we have this interesting air fryer entry from Amazon. They don’t exactly set our expectations too high by calling it the ‘Amazon Basics’ air fryer. However, underneath the low key name is actually a solid and super compact air fryer that offers excellent value.
This air fryer is a little smaller than the Ninja recommendation above, coming in at just over 3 quarts. This should still be more than enough for most single-person households, though.
As with the Ninja unit, this air fryer doesn’t offer any crazy innovations or anything, it is a pretty bog standard traditional bucket/ basket style air fryer. But what it does, it does well. The control panel is simple and user friendly whilst also looking great. This air fryer is also slightly more power efficient as well, coming in as a 1400 watt rated appliance.
And to round it all off, this air fryer is one of the cheaper ones at this size. And rather than buying from some random brand you have never heard of, you are buying from a trusted company in Amazon.
Best Air Fryer for One Person (if you are a LIGHT user)
Elite Gourmet EAF-0201BG 2.1 Quart Air Fryer
Elite is not a brand that you may have heard of, but they have built up a decent reputation in the air fryer world. They have been making solid appliances for quite a while now! If you watch TV shopping channels such as QVC you might have seen an Elite air fryer on there!
As a light air fryer user, this 2.1 quart unit would give you a decent amount of cooking space. Just be aware it is going to be hard to cook whole meals in here (unless you like small portions!).
I like how this unit goes for simplicity. For example, it only uses rotary dials instead of fancy digital displays. This should mean there are fewer electronics to go wrong in the future, giving this air fryer more of a chance of lasting.
The only downside for me is that this air fryer only comes with a 30 minute cooking timer. Most air fried meals won’t need anything more, but slow cooking or dehydrating can’t be done easily here!
If you want a compact air fryer that also has a retro look to it, simply go for the ‘mint’ color option 🙂
GoWISE USA GW22661 Air Fryer 2.75-Quart
GoWise is another brand along the lines of Elite, you have probably never heard of them unless you watch a lot of TV shopping channels!
The first thing to say is that although this brand is called GoWiseUSA, don’t think that any of these air fryers are made in America. Along with 99% of other air fryers, these are made in China.
2.75 is a good size for one person, with this particular unit looking very compact in nature. This air fryer comes in some ‘interesting’ colors, including pink and yellow. If you are looking for a stand out color, this could be the air fryer for you 🙂
I like the sleek and modern design of this air fryer as well. It would look great in most kitchens (as long as you choose the right color!!).
As with most smaller sized air fryers, this one only has a 30 minute timer.
Best Air Fryer for One Person (if you have no space!)
If space is your priority, you have got two choices. You can either buy a smaller compact air fryer, such as the ones recommended above for light users. But you could take another route if you want, by finding an appliance that fulfills the job of several kitchen appliances. This would mean that, even if the unit is slightly bigger, it would still make sense.
Remember that all the air fryers above are traditional bucket/ basket style air fryers. This means they are easy to pack away in a cupboard when not in use.
Ninja FG551 Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer
Remember how I said near the start of this article how I like Ninja for their innovations? This is a prime example. They have come up with an air fryer hybrid that is combined with an indoor grill.
This means that this air fryer can air fry, bake, roast, dehydrate and grill. It could take over your grill, your oven, and air fryer in your kitchen. If you often cook with these methods, this air fryer would be perfect for you. This is the ultimate multi cooker!
Yes, it is one of the larger air fryers in this roundup, but it is the one with the widest amount of uses.
BBday 10-in-1 6.5-qt. Air Fryer
If you like the idea of the Ninja air fryer grill above but think the price is too high, this could be your alternative. You could buy from this rather random sounding brand BBday, which surely must be one of those Chinese generic brands.
When dealing with such brands, you must be doubly careful that the unit comes well reviewed from users. This particular model has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon at the time of writing, so it paces this test with flying colors.
Also, be sure to check the warranty carefully when buying from these random generic brands, so you know you are covered if things go wrong.
If you are willing to go with such a brand, the benefit you will have is that this model is not far off half the price of the Ninja model. It has all the cooking functions of the Ninja and actually included more cooking accessories right out of the box (including a roast basket and a grill plate).
It just doesn’t pull it off with the same slickness or big brand feel of the Ninja, in my opinion.
All in all, I take my hat off to such a random brand such as BBday, who were able to make a unit that competes well with Ninja and gives so much more value!
There you have it, my list of recommendations for a single person household. I tried to not just list out all the small air fryers and give you a wider variety of options to go with.
If you are a single person with experience of air fryers, it would be great if you could leave some of your experiences in the comments section below 🙂