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The Tronsmart Apollo Air Earbuds are part of a new midrange market for quality, yet cost effective, wireless listening. This upsurge of new wireless earbud headphones on the market can be a little baffling for buyers. There are so many ultra cheap headphones that it’s easy to look at the lower end of the scale and ask why you would pay extra for a pair. That’s an easy answer: for the sake of your ears. Let’s face it, you only get one pair of ears and have to look after them.

Music from the Air

The Tronsmart Apollo Air wireless headphones are Bluetooth-enabled active noise cancelling earbuds. What this means is that they contain technology which listens to the ambient noise and reverses the phase (it’s technical – don’t worry about it), effectively cancelling out any ambient noise. This means you can listen in noisy environments.

The pair of rechargeable earbuds in the kit each contain microphones for phone calls and have a charging case, which means when they are in the neat little carrying case, they are being charged. The kit includes the headphones, the charging case and a cable to charge the case. You also get three sets of soft silicone nubs to fit the buds in your ear canal, holding it in and sealing the sound into your ear.

It’s all bang up to the minute technology-wise. The buds use the industry-leading Qualcomm QCC3046 chip to deliver wireless audio and noise cancelling and Bluetooth 5.2 for robust connection, lower power needs and lower latency. That’s a pretty solid chip which is used in some very nice headphones. These buds use that respectable chip to drive a high-tech 10mm graphene driver, making them lighter, consuming less power and delivering better sound quality.

The maximum Bluetooth distance away from the source is 10m. For outdoor use it’s also good to note they have dust and moisture protection to the IP45 standard. Basically, you can wear them outside in light rain, but don’t step into the shower.

From a tech standpoint, these buds tick boxes.

Sound Investment?

With apologies to Tronsmart, I was previously unaware of their products, I’m embarrassed to say. Apparently, I’m in the minority, as the company has been around since 2013 and has caused some waves with its previous iterations of the Apollo line of earbuds and the high-end Apollo Bold, right down to the lower-end Onyx Ace.

These new Apollo Air earbuds sit firmly in the middle of their price range, which presents an expectation of a certain level of quality. The buds do not disappoint. The sound is full and clear, and in noise-cancelling mode have a warmth and presence that is quite satisfying. There are three ANC modes: ambient, off and noise cancelling. The ambient mode adds a certain amount of outside sound into the mix, improving your awareness, meaning you won’t get mown down by an ice cream truck while walking the dog and grooving to some wicked beats.

Yes, while noise cancelling provides amazing quality and immersion and cuts out all annoying external noise (say from a train carriage) it’s a double-edged sword, as you have to be extra aware about what’s happening around you. They reduce ambient noise to such a degree that you will literally not be aware of warning sounds around you, but then habitual wearers of headphones will be well used to that.

The controls are easy: tap twice on either bud to play, tap twice to stop. Noise cancelling modes are three taps. The volume is one tap: on the left to go down and on the right to go up. Very simple.

The charging case has a micro USB cable and indicator lights for charge levels, charging and Bluetooth connection. The case is study, smooth and rounded for insertion into the pocket and has a lid which closes with a satisfying snap due to a magnetic catch.

All in all, this is a product which speaks quality and attention to detail. The retail price is $69.99. They are a decent fully-featured mid-range pair of wireless buds, which deliver a little more quality than you’re expecting.

Are there any downsides? Admittedly for me, this was mostly personal preference. I dislike silicone nubs, as I hate the feeling of them filling my ear, but I understand the need for them in terms of securing the buds to your ear. I hate the sucking sensation you get in your ear canal, but most people don’t mind it.

For some reason, in my case the left one kept popping out of my ear, but I suspect that might be an accident of personal anatomy rather than manufacturing. Mostly the buds stayed firm in my ear, but they are not fully jog proof, so for sports you need something that locks more firmly in your ear. These are not headphones for extended periods of use and are designed for short bursts.

The sound is very good: there’s bass but not a lot of it, and it favors the high end a tiny bit at higher volumes. This enhances clarity but can be a bit shrill when the volume goes up. I found the controls to have a bit of a hair trigger, meaning you can easily pause when you mean to raise the volume or turn noise cancelling on and off, etc. This is why I favor mechanical switches rather than proximity sensors. Is it annoying that the controls aren’t super positive? A little, but bearing in mind the ticket price, it’s a small niggle.

Also, and this again is a very personal thing, I’m mildly suspicious of wireless tech from an electromagnetic standpoint. It’s perfectly safe and the science says that while long term risks are unknown, for wireless earbuds, anything up to two to four hours a day in 15 to 20 minute bursts should be perfectly fine. Regardless of any paranoia about EMR, earbuds like these are not good for extended use. They get uncomfortable the longer they stay wedged into your ears and over ear wired headphones are best for lengthy sessions.

Cancel the Noise

The Tronsmart Apollo Air are a good pair of earbuds, ergonomic and good sounding. There’s a lot of competition in this price range, but these would be an acceptable choice. They are priced at just $99.99 and available from a wide range of online stockists.

Phil South

Phil South has been writing about tech subjects for over 30 years. Starting out with Your Sinclair magazine in the 80s, and then MacUser and Computer Shopper. He’s designed user interfaces for groundbreaking music software, been the technical editor on film making and visual effects books for Elsevier, and helped create the MTE YouTube Channel. He lives and works in South Wales, UK.

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Plantronics Backbeat Go Wireless Earbuds Review

Plantronics BackBeat GO Wireless Earbuds Review

What we’ve got here today is a pair of earbuds that do not plug into your smartphone – they connect entirely with Bluetooth. This unit is the BackBeat GO from Plantronics, a pair of earbuds which act wirelessly in every way, containing their own rechargeable battery unit inside their nearly weightless body and connecting, again, with Bluetooth to any Bluetooth-enabled device you have on hand. Not one for frills, Plantronics has created a pair of earbuds that sound fabulous and have such a low profile that your only worry will be misplacing them because they’re so tiny!

In our modern world of awesomely tiny technology, we can expect a bit more from our earbuds than we did all those years ago when the technology to put a speaker that small into one’s ear was invented. What we’ve got here is certainly not the highest-class earbud in the industry (custom-made ear-molded buds still hold that distinction) but they’re certainly up near the top for the wireless pre-made sets.

These buds have DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and what’s known as full duplex echo cancellation so you’ll have great noise cancellation on the whole – rare for headphones that don’t cover the ear. You’ve also got great sound regardless of the fact that you’re not physically connected to the source of the audio transmission. Bluetooth technology has gone a long way since 1.0, and here with the BackBeat Go we’ve got near-perfect sound quality on par with the upper half of the wired industry for sound quality.

The unit has the ability to connect to whatever Bluetooth device you’ve got in a snap – just hold down the side-sitting button on the control unit between the buds for a moment until you hear an upward-ringing set of beeps in the phones themselves. The device will then be discoverable and will pair without a hitch. From there that same controller can do a variety of functions including volume up and down, skip tracks in most basic audio apps, and there’s a perfectly fine-sounding microphone in there too so you can take calls or talk in a conference.

The unit is charged with microUSB via one of the two buds – right there in the back of its head. Charge the unit up fully and you’ll have a straight 4+ hours of listening time easily. The cord is short enough that you’re never ever going to get it tangled up – it’s a sort of flat rubbery cord so it’s also not going to slip away from you any time soon. It’s just long enough to sit under your chin or around the back of your head as well, whatever you like.

These buds look and sound excellent, and it’s going to cost you what they’re worth, for sure: $99.99 from the Plantronics online store now. If you’re looking for wireless Bluetooth earbuds, know that these are the highest quality pair I’ve ever experienced. They’ll be in my backpack from now on.

Comparatif : Quels Earbuds Choisir ?

Ainsi, outre les intras d’Apple, on retrouve de superbes écouteurs Bluetooth proposés par Sony, Bose et Samsung, ainsi que de plus petits noms tel que RHA et Sennheiser.

Pour obtenir une paire décente, vous devrez en payer le prix, notamment en raison de l’intégration de technologies avancées comme l’ANC qui permet de réduire les effets du bruit ambiant.

Le coût moyen pour une marque renommée est d’environ 150 €. Si votre budget est plus serré, alors n’hésitez pas à jeter un coup d’œil à notre sélection des meilleurs casques et écouteurs pas chers.

Pour vous aider à choisir le modèle qui correspondra le mieux à vos attentes, nous avons comparé ceux que l’on considère être de véritables intras True Wireless, sans le moindre fil.

Les meilleurs écouteurs 100 % sans fil

1. Sony WF-1000XM4 – Les meilleurs dans tous les domaines

Les Plus

Au meilleur ANC

Un superbe son

Une autonomie exceptionnelle

Fonctions connectées

Les Moins

Écouteurs volumineux

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Si vous pouvez vous les offrir et que vos oreilles ne sont pas trop étroites, alors il n’y a vraiment rien à redire sur les WF-1000XM4. Sony a une fois de plus créé une paire exceptionnelle d’écouteurs sans fil.

En plus d’une excellente autonomie et d’un chargement rapide, ils offrent le meilleur système ANC de tous les écouteurs que nous avons testés. Non seulement ils éliminent parfaitement les sons indésirables, mais ils sont dotés d’une technologie d’intelligence artificielle inégalée qui peut changer de mode et de niveau en fonction de l’endroit où vous vous trouvez ou de ce que vous faites.

Ils intègrent également la fonction Speak-to-Chat, la technologie DSEE Extreme (elle restaure en temps réel vos fichiers compressés), et prennent en charge le codec LDAC pour le Hi-Res Audio Wireless ainsi que le son spatial 360 Reality Audio. Cerise sur le gâteau, presque tout peut être personnalisé ou désactivé si nécessaire.

2. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II – Les meilleures performances ANC

Les Plus

Superbe qualité sonore

Annulation du bruit étonnante

Mode “Aware” astucieux

Bon maintien

Les Moins

Pas de support audio Hi-Res

Pas de Bluetooth Multipoint

Pas de chargement sans fil

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Bose a vraiment amélioré son jeu avec les écouteurs QC 2, avec un design plus compact et moderne qui comporte toujours des embouts à ailettes pour davantage de sécurité, d’excellentes commandes tactiles et un étui attrayant.

La réduction de bruit active, déjà excellente, est encore meilleur avec des performances pures incroyables et un mode conscient intelligent. Associé à une qualité sonore de premier ordre, vous obtenez une paire d’écouteurs sans fil plus que décente.

3. Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch – La meilleure autonomie

Les Plus

Batterie “interminable”

Son exceptionnel

App facile d’utilisation

Confortables

Les Moins

Absence d’ANC

Changement de mode lent

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Les Melomania Touch ont une excellente qualité sonore que vous pouvez personnaliser avec le EQ (égalisateur) via l’application, la sélection du codec et le contrôle des boutons tactiles.

Enfin, son mode transparence peut s’avérer bien utile en cas d’utilisation extérieure.

Sa batterie, elle, vous promet pas moins de 50 heures d’écoute !

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4. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro – Les meilleurs pour les utilisateurs Samsung

Les Plus

Meilleurs écouteurs de Samsung à ce jour

Confortable et léger

Résistance à l’eau IPX7

Les Moins

Commandes tactiles compliquées

Autonomie moyenne

Samsung a donné suite à ses écouteurs sans fil Pro originaux. En plus d’une qualité sonore améliorée, les Buds 2 Pro sont compacts, confortables et disponibles dans un trio de couleurs.

Ils embarquent des fonctions telles que la suppression active du bruit, la recharge sans fil et la prise en charge de l’audio 24 bits, bien que cette dernière nécessite un téléphone Samsung.

Si vous n’avez pas besoin des fonctions haut de gamme, les Galaxy Buds 2 constituent un achat plus avantageux.

5. Apple AirPods Pro – Les meilleurs pour iOS

Les Plus

Faciles d’utilisation

Solide ANC

Bon ajustement

Les Moins

Autonomie médiocre

Audio pas au niveau de la concurrence

Les AirPods Pro arborent un design oblique, avec des tiges plus courtes que celles du modèle Standard. Souples et flexibles, ils sont personnalisables avec trois tailles d’embouts proposées. 

Sur ces intras, vous pouvez contrôler certaines fonctions à l’aide d’un capteur pression situé sur une des tiges. Ainsi, vous pourrez contrôler votre musique, vos appels et basculer entre les modes de Réduction de bruit active et Transparence.

Ils ont un indice IPX4 selon la norme CEI 60529 et sont, par conséquent, classés résistants à la transpiration et à l’eau.

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6. Google Pixel Buds Pro – Les meilleures commandes tactiles

Les Plus

Un son superbe et arrondi

Bonne tenue

ANC solide

Chargement sans fil

Les Moins

Pas d’égalisation

Pas de support Hi-Res/aptX

Pas d’application iOS Pixel Buds

Les Pixel Buds sont enfin devenus Pro et ils offrent une expérience très équilibrée à un prix bien plus intéressant que beaucoup de rivaux.

En plus de tout ce que l’on attend d’une paire d’écouteurs phare, comme une excellente qualité sonore, la suppression du bruit et une bonne autonomie, les Pixel Buds Pro ont de meilleures commandes tactiles et intègrent Google Assistant.

Toutefois, à ce prix inférieur, vous ne profiterez ni d’une bonne étanchéité ni d’un système Hi-Res Audio.

7. Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 – Les meilleurs doubles haut-parleurs

Les Plus

Double haut-parleurs de grande qualité

Performances ANC solides

Fonctions avancées

Les Moins

Configuration logicielle irritante

Autonomie décevante

Les écouteurs de Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 sont d’une qualité phénoménale.

À un prix bien inférieur à celui de certains concurrents, vous bénéficiez d’un son incroyable grâce à la configuration à deux haut-parleurs qui, de manière inhabituelle, sont planaires soit alimentés par des électro-aimants.

Ils s’adaptent également très bien à tout type de musiques et la suppression active du bruit est tout simplement excellente, bien que vous ayez besoin de passer par l’app pour sélectionner différents modes ANC. Il intègre aussi une sélection de fonctions intelligentes utiles telles que la détection de l’usure, le test d’ajustement, l’égalisation personnalisée et plus encore.

Vous profiterez de la recharge sans fil, toutefois nous aurions apprécué une meilleure autonomie…

8. NuraTrue – Le meilleur son personnalisé

Les Plus

Fonctions de personnalisation incroyables

Bon ajustement

Contrôles

Les Moins

ANC moyen

Pas de charge rapide

Même s’ils ne sont pas dotés d’un système de charge rapide ou d’un système de réduction des bruits, les écouteurs Nura se distinguent sur le marché par leur technologie audio personnalisée unique. Elle est impressionnante, mais elle est intégrée dans de minuscules écouteurs.

Il faut l’entendre pour le croire et les NuraTrue ont d’autres atouts que leur son envoûtant. Ils sont dotés de commandes tactiles et d’un ajustement compact et sûr qui vous permettent de les garder pour vos footing ou entraînements.

9. AirPods 3 – Le meilleur ajustement

Les Plus

Design confortable

Fonctionnalités améliorées

Chargement sans fil

Audio spatial

Les Moins

Pas de suppression active du bruit

Isolation phonique limitée

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Les AirPods 3 restent l’achat par défaut évident pour les utilisateurs Apple, surtout si vous n’avez pas le budget adéquat pour offrir des Pro.

Un certain nombre d’améliorations ont été apportées, notamment un design plus confortable, la prise en charge de l’audio spatial et de Localiser, sans parler de so chargement sans fil (Qi et MagSafe).

En revanche, il est dommage qu’on ne puisse pas profiter de réduction du bruit et que sa conception ouverte ne permette pas d’avoir une bonne isolation du bruit, comme c’est le cas des AirPods Pro.

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10. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 – Des fonctionnalités haut de gamme à petit prix

Les Plus

Design léger et compact

Son solide

Chargement sans fil

Les Moins

Commandes tactiles trop sensibles

Support iOS limité

Autonomie décevante

Best Prices Today:

Si votre budget est trop limité pour vous offrir les Galaxy Buds Pro, ces Buds 2 sont une excellente alternative. Polyvalents, ils offrent de nombreux avantages à un prix raisonnable.

Disponibles dans plusieurs coloris, leur design compact offre une tenue confortable. Du côté de la qualité audio, nous n’avons rien à leur reprocher bien au contraire, puisqu’ils nous font profiter d’une réduction du bruit très satisfaisante et d’un rendu clair. 

Attention cependant, si vous êtes un utilisateur Apple, nous vous conseillons de passer votre chemin. 

Les écouteurs 100 % sans fil sont peut-être petits et discrets, mais il y a beaucoup de choses à prendre en compte pour choisir la bonne paire. Si vous n’êtes pas sûr, vous trouverez ci-dessous des conseils d’achat pour vous aider à trouver les bons.

FAQ

1.

Sans fil ou 100 % sans fil : quelle est la différence ?

Commençons par clarifier une confusion courante. Les écouteurs sans fil existent depuis longtemps et signifient simplement qu’ils se connectent à un appareil sans aucun fil physique.

Il s’agit généralement de modèles intra-auriculaires ou supra-auriculaires dotés d’un bandeau, mais il peut aussi s’agir d’oreillettes reliées par un fil ou un cordon qui passe normalement autour du cou.

Les écouteurs 100 % sans fil, quant à eux, sont des intra-auriculaires distincts qui ne sont reliés ni l’un à l’autre ni à votre appareil source par des fils.

2.

Quelle est la meilleure marque d’écouteurs 100 % sans fil ?

Cela ne signifie pas qu’ils sont nécessairement les meilleurs pour vous, mais Sony établit souvent la norme en matière de véritables écouteurs sans fil avec sa gamme WF-1000XM.

Cependant, la concurrence est rude, la preuve en est avec les 10 paires de notre classement.

Au fil des années, nous avons constaté que certains grands noms se démarquent, à savoir Apple, Samsung, Cambridge Audio, Jabra, Huawei, Bose, Nura, Google et bien d’autres.

3.

Que rechercher dans de véritables écouteurs sans fil ?

D’une manière générale, les écouteurs des différents fabricants sont très similaires. Ils se connectent à votre téléphone (ou à d’autres appareils) et entre eux par Bluetooth et ont tendance à avoir des commandes, tactiles ou non, sur au moins un écouteur.

Il est également important de regarder du côté des fonctionnalités, comme le système de réduction de bruit active (ANC) qui élimine numériquement le bruit autour de vous, l’autonomie qui varie selon les écouteurs, ou encore le boîtier pour la recharge.

Nous pensons notamment à la prise en charge des assistants numériques comme Google/Alexa ou de fonctions avancées exclusives comme Speak-to-Chat de Sony.

Il se peut que vous ne puissiez pas obtenir tout ce que vous voulez dans le même appareil. Il est donc essentiel de déterminer ce qui est le plus important pour vous. 

4.

Combien dépenser pour des écouteurs sans fil ?

Côté prix, vous devrez dépenser une somme assez importante pour obtenir une paire décente. Cela s’explique par le fait que ces petits écouteurs embarquent beaucoup de technologie.

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The Best Air Purifiers For 2023

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Written By Stacey L. Nash

Updated Jun 6, 2023 12:55 PM

Air purifiers suck in pollen, dust, smoke, other allergens, and even viruses—pummeling them and then circulating clean, filtered air. It sounds simple enough, but not all purifiers are created equal, and there isn’t one that’s right for every person. Your particular environment and the size of your home are huge factors in choosing the best option for you. Is allergy season wreaking havoc on your sinuses? Do you live in a smoggy city? Has wildfire smoke been wafting through, blanketing everything in an unnatural haze? In short, even the finest filters aren’t guaranteed to fix all that ails you and your home. But if you’re wondering whether air purifiers are really worth it … we think so. They can help distribute cleaner air, and that’s always a good thing, considering the link between air quality and health. So, read on as we clear the air on what we think are the best air purifiers.

How we chose the best air purifiers

As pet owners and parents, we’ve experienced our fair share of smells and toxins—and that’s just from inside the house. To create this list of the best air purifiers, we relied on peer recommendations, critical reviews, online research, user impressions, and plentiful personal testing. We also examined what each air purifier claims to eliminate from the air, HEPA square footage, and MERV ratings.

The best air purifiers: Reviews & Recommendations

Pollen, pet dander, smells, smoke, germs, and other airborne goblins are no match for the best air purifiers. This list includes quiet air purifiers, ones that double as humidifiers, and even ones that claim they can help with a majority of airborne pathogens.

Why it made the cut: This three-in-one smart device automatically adapts to changes in air quality and humidity.

Specs

Recommended room size: 400 square feet

Dimensions: 36.66 x 11.02 x 12.23 inches

App connectivity: Yes

Max decibels (dB): 59.8 dB

Pros

Connectivity with Siri and Alexa

Three products in one

Air quality reporting

Cons

Expensive

Between its TikTok- and Insta-famous Airwrap multistyler to its line of powerful vacuums, Dyson has made a name for itself in sucking—which we don’t mean negatively. The Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde proves yet again that Sir James Dyson really knows what he’s doing when it comes to pushing air out and in. This air purifier uses an intelligent sensing system and Air Multiplier technology to purify, humidify, and cool the air. You don’t even need to touch the stylish, distinctive unit—it automatically senses and reacts to changes in air quality and humidity (we’ve watched one enthusiastically spring to life time and time again after a particularly aggressive sauté session in the kitchen). It even features a solid-state sensor to detect and destroy formaldehyde emitted by household items—a boon if you’re in a newly renovated/refurbished space, as fresh carpet and new mattresses are emitting odd things.

You don’t have to worry about airborne baddies getting re-released into the air since the entire purifier-humidifier is fully sealed to the HEPA H13 standard. If you love numbers, neat tech, and data, this machine will tickle your brain when it reports your air quality in real time on the LCD screen and DysonLink app (which you can use to tweak/schedule usage). The filters are low-maintenance and easy to replace, and the machine features a deep-clean cycle to get rid of mineral build-up and bacteria that may be lurking in the water system. Although it’s almost $1,000, you’re getting three devices for the cost of one. Talk about smart.

Best for large rooms: Mila Smart Air Purifier

Why it made the cut: This mold- and carbon monoxide-detecting air purifier comes in different filter configurations for custom air purification.

Specs

Recommended room size: 1,000 square feet 

Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 15 inches

App connectivity: Yes

Max decibels (dB): 62 dB but lowers to 24 dB while in room

Pros

Stylist

Small

Carbon monoxide, mold detection, and white noise machine built-in

Cons

Reviews note excessive air quality notifications

This classy, app-controllable large room air purifier adapts to the size of whatever room it’s placed in. It also looks great in any room it’s placed in. The filter has 45 square feet of HEPA, and with 447 CADR, it’s effective in rooms up to 1,000 square feet. Additional features include a sleep mode and white noise so that it won’t interfere with your sleeping habits. The device also features a carbon monoxide detector. It will monitor your room’s humidity and let you know if it detects any mold. If you’re not a fan of notifications, disable them if you go with the Mila—reviewers note that the Mila app sends lots of alerts.

Best for small rooms: LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Bedroom

Why it made the cut: Take this lightweight, compact air purifier from room to room to experience dual-filter, three-stage filtration in your entire home.

Specs

Recommended room size: 161 square feet

Dimensions: 6.69 x 6.69 x 10.43 inches

App connectivity: No

Max decibels (dB): 52 dB

Pros

Aromatherapy

Dual-filter, three-stage filtration

Specifically targets hay fever

Cons

Not for large homes

The Levoit promises to help relieve allergies, congestion, and sneezing and is our pick for the best small air purifier. Although we can’t vouch for the unit’s specific efficacy against rhinitis, we can vouch for the fact that it has three filters (one more than most other units): HEPA for dust, pollen, and dander; carbon for odors; and polyester for lint and hair. One fun additional feature is that this one has an aromatherapy option if you’d like a little lavender to help lull you to sleep at night.

Best for quiet: Blueair Blue Pure 311i Max

Why it made the cut: Particles down to .1 microns are no match for this quiet-but-powerful air purifier.

Specs

Recommended room size: Up to 929 square feet

Dimensions: 19 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches

App connectivity: Yes

Max decibels (dB): 50 dB

Pros

Removes particles down to .1 micron

Stylish

App connectivity

Cons

Reviews note occasional problems with auto-sensing

Blueair makes svelte cylinders with Scandinavian style packed with highly effective electrostatic and mechanical filtration. The Blue Pure 311i Max is HEPASilent but deadly … against microbes in the air. This stylish, small air purifier features five fan speeds and a one-touch auto mode with a fine particles (PM 2.5) sensor to monitor concentration and adjust speed according. This air purifier can clean a 387-square-foot room in 12.5 minutes and a 929-square-foot space in 30 minutes (there are both larger and smaller models, so something for every home). And, it snags all those particles (99.97% of them down to 0.1 micron) all nearly undetected, clocking in at 23 dB on low/night mode—louder than a quiet natural area with no wind but softer than a whisper. And it never runs above 50dB, which makes it QuietMark certified and perfect for a bedroom, TV room, any room … plus it’s only 8 pounds, so it’s easy to move around while you decide between your study and your yoga studio (or realize it’s easiest to buy two).

Is it working? We barely hear it. But we also don’t hear ourselves sneezing and wheezing and complaining about our watery eyes, so we’re going with yes. If we need more confirmation, we can look at a five-color LED that changes according to Air Quality Index (AQI), or we can reference an app that gives insight into indoor vs. outdoor pollution and lets you control mode, tweak LED Brightness, set a schedule, and more (assuming the 311i Max and your phone are connected to WiFi). And if we don’t want it to be working, Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility let us turn it off with voice commands if our phone isn’t convenient. While some reviews note that the auto-sensing feature is not as accurate as they hoped, we’ve observed the Blue Pure 311i Max react firsthand thanks to a low smoke-point cooking oil incident or two. It was lively even from across a loft apartment—and helped with the post-coming odors. And the washable pre-filter fabric cover (shown above in “Stockholm Fog” color, quietly complementing some audio-video gear) meshed effortlessly with the decor to boot.

Best HEPA: Coway Tower True HEPA Air Purifier

Why it made the cut: Stylish-meets-powerful with this True HEPA air purifier that features four levels of filtration.

Specs

Recommended room size: 330 square feet

Dimensions: 10.5 × 32.7 × 10.7 inches

App connectivity: No

Max decibels (dB): 52 dB

Pros

Real-time air sensing

Washable pre-filter

Air quality indicator

Cons

Noisier compared to other air purifiers

Multiple fan speeds, a timer, an air-quality assessor, and a filter-replacement indicator light make this the best HEPA air purifier—not just quiet and effective, but user-friendly. At just under $200, it’s neither cheap nor exorbitant for an air purifier, and it’s also aesthetically pleasing. Reviewers note that this air purifier is noisier than most.

Best with UV light: Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier

Why it made the cut: This quiet air purifier uses CARB-compliant UVC light and titanium dioxide to reduce airborne bacteria, viruses, and mold spores.

Specs

Recommended room size: 153 square feet

Dimensions: 10.25 x 6.75 x 21.5 inches

App connectivity: No

Max decibels (dB): 61.2 dB

Pros

Quiet

Reduces odors

Pre-filter traps allergens

Cons

UV light can be bad for the environment

UVC light (the most destructive of all the UVs) in an air purifier works as a UVGI—ultraviolet germicidal irradiation—disinfection method by attacking the DNA of cells floating through the air, like mold spores, viruses, and bacteria. (This means, like all other filters, it cannot do anything for particles that have settled into fabric). An activated charcoal filter reduces odors. The 22-inch purifier filters air four times per hour at maximum speed in rooms up to 153 square feet. The four fan speeds, whisper-quiet operation, and CARB compliance make this air purifier an especially good pick for allergy sufferers. California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance means you can rest easy about its environmental footprint.

Best for allergies: InvisiClean Aura II Air Purifier

Why it made the cut: CARB compliance plus four levels of air purification equals an exorcism for your sneezes.

Specs

Recommended room size: 319 square feet

Dimensions: 12.34 x 6.25 x 17.75 inches

App connectivity: No

Max decibels (dB): 55 dB

Pros

Four fan speeds

Quiet

CARB compliant

Cons

No auto-sensing

The four fan speeds, whisper-quiet operation, and CARB compliance make this air purifier an especially good pick for allergy sufferers. The California Air Resources Board requires purifiers to produce .050 parts per million of ozone or less, so any device with this certification keeps you safe from unsafe gas levels.

Best for smoke: Alen BreatheSmart 75i

Why it made the cut: Detailed air quality indicators, a B7-Pure filter, and a CADR of 347 mean that this air purifier will stop smoke in its tracks.

Specs

Recommended room size: 1300 square feet

Dimensions: 12 x 19 x 27 inches

App connectivity: No

Max decibels (dB): 51 dB

Pros

8 colorways

Quickly cleans large rooms

Auto-adjusts based on air quality

Cons

Expensive

Little warranty

This is an easy pick for the best air purifier for smoke, thanks to its CADR of 347 (out of 450). Thanks to automatic air-quality detection, when any type of smoke is present, the unit will kick up to turbo. When no irritants are present, the device goes into energy-saving mode. Five air quality colors give you a more detailed visual indicator of air quality—other air purifiers only include three color indicators.

Best portable: WYND Smart Plus Personal Portable Air Purifier

Why it made the cut: Take clean air onto the airplane or into the office with this water bottle-sized air purifier developed by NASA and MIT engineers.

Specs

Recommended room size: N/A

Dimensions: 9.57 x 8.62 x 4.33 inches

App connectivity: Yes

Max decibels (dB): 55 dB

Pros

Small

iOS/Android app

Medical-grade filter

Cons

Expensive for size

This small-but-mighty air purifier designed by NASA and MIT engineers fits in a cup holder and can purify the air in a car in under 15 minutes—that’s eight liters of air per second. And that comes in handy in a world of wildfires and other pollutants you might encounter as you travel—something we know from experience, as one accompanied three passengers in a Honda CR-V through the smoke-heavy American West during fall 2023. And, if you like numbers, the WYND air purifier connects to an iOS/Android app to track real-time hyperlocalized data on dust and other particulates. It also enables you to switch between different purifier presets, like auto and night, control other WYND devices, and alerts you when encountering poor air quality. The included desktop kickstand accessory lets you position the air purifier to direct a clean bubble toward your face (as shown above), giving your nose and lungs instant access to medical-grade filtered air in an office or elsewhere.

Why it made the cut: This compact air purifier tackles smoke, dust, pollen, bacteria, and viruses without hurting your wallet.

Specs

Recommended room size: 219 square feet

Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 16.25 inches

App connectivity: No

Max decibels (dB): 50 dB

Pros

Filter life indicator

Timer

Quiet

Cons

Louder than other air purifiers

This cheap air purifier targets smoke, dust, and pollen, along with some bacteria and viruses. Four specialty replacement filters include a pet-allergy option and a toxin absorber for particularly smoky or smoggy areas. Like higher-end air purifiers that are more expensive, this Levoit air purifier features timer settings and a sleep mode. And the display lights can be turned off to ensure a pitch-black room when sleeping. Although the air purifier is louder than some competitors, it resembles a whooshing fan at its highest setting—if you can deal with that, this air purifier is for you.

What to consider when buying the best air purifiers

The best air purifier for you might not be the one your best friend or neighbor loves. You want a HEPA filter with a high MERV rating that’s designed to cover the amount of space you have in your particular room or dwelling. Beyond that, consider whether you want other features like pathogen-killing UV light, smart controls, and/or odor elimination. Do you need the best air purifier for pets or perhaps something portable? Air purifiers for mold or models to get rid of smoke? Air filters work only on airborne particles. To get at anything that’s settled into upholstery or rugs, you’ll need a handy vacuum, a helpful robot, or something else that offers deep-clean suction.

Size of space

There’s an alphabet soup to make sense of when choosing the best air purifier for your home. ACH (air changes per hour) correlates to the airflow of your device. It’s calculated based on the volume of your space, ceiling height, and how many cubic feet per minute the device can cover. It’s independent of other factors, e.g., the filter’s efficacy—to calculate that you need the CADR (clean air delivery rate) rating; because a HEPA filter is more efficient, its CADR rating may be lower, which is deceptive.

The most important thing to note is that an air purifier’s efficacy cannot be calculated based on square footage alone. You can find handy calculators online to determine the proper purifier for your needs, but here’s what to consider with any device: Will it successfully rid your home of odors with carbon or other comparable filters? Is it a good choice for pet owners? Does it feature UV light? Read the fine print.

HEPA

You’ve likely heard of high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters. They are a type of pleated air filter that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, “can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of .3 microns.” The smaller the particle, the more penetrating and nefarious it can be. So when you’re shopping for air purifiers, check out their filters’ MERV (minimum efficiency reporting values) rating. The higher the MERV rating, the better it is at trapping the tiniest particles.

Suppose it’s the coronavirus that has you shopping for purifiers. In that case, it should be said that though a HEPA filter should be able to catch a virus of that size, there’s no conclusive proof that an air purifier can kill airborne COVID-19-carrying air droplets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that any room housing a coronavirus patient “should be exhausted directly to the outside, or be filtered through a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter directly before recirculation.”

If your main concern about your indoor air quality is lingering food or cigarette smoke odors, make sure the model you’re considering specifically targets fumes and other volatile organic compounds. HEPA filters aren’t good at eliminating odors on their own.

The HEPA filter was initially designed to capture radioactive particles when the atomic bomb was being developed because it can capture 99.97 percent of particles as small as .3 microns, which can evade other types of filters. (This is sometimes referred to as “true HEPA,” as European HEPA standards are required to trap only 85 percent of particles.) It works by ensnaring, sieving, and rerouting irritating particles.

A HEPA air purifier is considered the gold standard, but it does have limitations. Any particle smaller than .3 microns—for example, some viruses and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like aerosols, ammonia, and other toxins—will slip right through. Changing your filter often enough is key. A HEPA filter does a great job of capturing mold. If you don’t change the filter, the purifier can redistribute that mold back into the air.

Allergies

The best air purifiers for allergies depend on what your particular triggers are because different filters work on different-sized particles. Pet hair and pollen are large particles, dust is medium-sized, and smoke is small. A combination HEPA-carbon filter is your best bet for filtering the maximum number of irritants to help reduce your allergies.

The addition of an ionizer and UV light, if you’re comfortable with it, adds a belt to your proverbial suspenders. Because UV light does create ozone particles, we recommend choosing an air purifier with UV light that’s approved for sale in California.

Smoke

Pollutants—like smoke and soot—can aggravate asthma, irritate your eyes, and stress your lungs and heart. An intuitive HEPA purifier with multiple fan speeds, maximum air circulation, and zero ozone output is the best one for allergy sufferers and people who are sensitive to smoke. The best air purifiers for smoke have a higher CADR rating. This means your device will be better at eliminating smoke and its odor, whether you’re talking about cigarettes, cannabis, or wildfires.

FAQs Q: How much does an air purifier cost?

Even cheap air purifiers aren’t that cheap—they range between $50-$900. So chances are, if you’ve found an option that’s within your budget, you don’t need to second-guess it. Go through all the checkboxes you would for a more expensive model: Does it feature a true HEPA filter? Does your air purifier also feature a carbon filter? Is it ozone-free? If the answers are yes, then go for it. What you’re likely sacrificing are bells and whistles you may not even need, like WiFi capability or large-space efficacy, but still possibly getting other extras, like low-noise operation and triple filtration.

Q: Should I sleep with the air purifier on?

Sure, there’s no reason not to sleep with the air purifier on! An air purifier contributes to an overall healthy home environment, even while you sleep. In fact, many models feature white noise or overnight modes, so they can continue to work without disturbing you (and possibly even helping you sleep).

Q: Where is the best place to position an air purifier?

The best place to position an air purifier is probably not where you think. Don’t stick it in a corner or behind a piece of furniture to conceal it. Beyond that, if there’s a particular pollutant (smoke, food odor) that you’re trying to combat, place the purifier near it. You want it 3 to 5 feet off the ground—so on a table or sill if it’s not a tower-style—and, whenever possible, near sites of good airflow, like doorways and windows. Moving your purifier from place to place helps maximize its efficacy.

Q: Will an air purifier affect my plants?

Your plants should be safe and sound in the presence of an air purifier, with one exception: models that expel ozone. Otherwise, purified air is good for plants, just like it’s good for humans.

Q: Do air purifiers with UV light really offer extra sanitation?

Opinions on whether air purifiers with UV lights are worth it differ. UV can conquer indoor air particles that escape other filters, like bacteria and viruses, but the EPA has said there’s no way to measure the effectiveness of UV filtration. The UV lights are technically considered pesticidal devices—”an instrument or other machine that is used to destroy, repel, trap or mitigate any pests, including bacteria and viruses”—according to the EPA, and it does not review, and therefore cannot endorse, those. UV light creates potentially harmful ozone, as well, although the amount is small.

Final thoughts on the best air purifiers

In almost every category, the best air purifiers have a true HEPA filter and a carbon filter. Together, they get you the most coverage regarding the breadth of pollutants the purifier will attack. Beyond that, the most important qualities are energy efficiency and picking the right model for the size of your room. Everything else—design, whether the device is app-enabled, UV lighting—is just gravy.

Why trust us

Popular Science started writing about technology more than 150 years ago. There was no such thing as “gadget writing” when we published our first issue in 1872, but if there was, our mission to demystify the world of innovation for everyday readers means we would have been all over it. Here in the present, PopSci is fully committed to helping readers navigate the increasingly intimidating array of devices on the market right now.

Our writers and editors have combined decades of experience covering and reviewing consumer electronics. We each have our own obsessive specialties—from high-end audio to video games to cameras and beyond—but when we’re reviewing devices outside of our immediate wheelhouses, we do our best to seek out trustworthy voices and opinions to help guide people to the very best recommendations. We know we don’t know everything, but we’re excited to live through the analysis paralysis that internet shopping can spur so readers don’t have to.

The Best Air Fryers Of 2023

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Written By Stacey Ritzen

Updated Apr 28, 2023 12:37 PM

Air fryers are all the rage these days because of their ability to simulate deep frying without having to actually submerge food in oil, as a standard deep fryer would, giving people the ability to enjoy healthier fried food right at home. These small kitchen appliances are essentially small convection ovens, which work by radiating heat from the cooking chamber and using a fan to circulate the hot air around the food. Air fryers also typically cook food faster. Though they vary, the best air fryers may reduce cooking time by 20 percent or more when compared to traditional ovens.

In addition to health and convenience, air fryers also shine when it comes to versatility. When the uninitiated think of air frying, they may conjure images of perfectly crisped tater tots and appetizers from the freezer section of your local grocery store. But there’s so much more than that. Air fryers are also great for cooking main dishes, from whole chickens and steaks to fresh vegetables and tofu, depending on the size of the fryer. You also absolutely cannot do better for reheating tricky leftovers such as pizza and french fries than the different types of best air fryers.

Air fryers can perfectly cook such a wide variety of food because most models have temperature and timer adjustments that allow more precise cooking, in addition to other intelligent features that vary by model. If you’re feeling overwhelmed just thinking about these options, we’ve compiled our best air fryer reviews to help you narrow down what’s on the market today. Let’s get frying!

How we chose the best air fryers for convenience and flavor—without the grease

Though prices have dipped in recent years from when air fryers first began growing in popularity, the downside is that now the market is more inundated with options than ever before. As such, it can be challenging to determine at face value what constitutes the real deal and what is just a cheap imitation.

The best air fryers: Reviews & Recommendations

Why it made the cut: Customize and save up to a dozen of your favorite settings for each of the 10 one-touch cooking presets on the bright, easy-to-read LED display.

Specs

Capacity: 5.8 quarts

Weight: 12.3 pounds

Dimensions: 11.78 x 13.87 x 12 inches

Pros

12 different cooking functions

Personalized shake reminders

Nonstick square basket

Cons 

Nonstick coating wears off eventually

Operation could be quieter

The COSORI 12-in-1 Air Fryer is all about practical touches, which is why it was named one of the 2023 iF Product Design Awards winners. Enjoy the same crispy, delicious foods with up to 85 percent less fat using any one of 12 different cooking functions. In addition, the digital LED display and touch panel allow you to customize and save your favorite settings, which are angled toward you, so you won’t have to bend down to operate the machine. 

This device also comes with other helpful features, such as personalized shake reminders, which allow you to add an optional reminder to any cooking preset to flip or shake foods halfway through cooking. Learn to cook over 100 recipes with the included recipe guide, which is perfect for those still learning the ropes of air frying.

The removable nonstick square baskets are designed to fit a variety of foods and are also dishwasher safe, PFOA-free, and BPA-free. However, a few users noticed that the non-stick coating starts to wear off after regular use, so you may want to handle and wash with extra care. Another slight downside is that the air fryer can be loud. But thankfully, it doesn’t take long to cook your favorite healthy and delicious meals, so any noise will always be kept to a minimum.

Why it made the cut: If you’ve got a hungry family and need to fill some plates but have a lot already on your plate, the DualZone Technology of this Ninja Foodi air fryer lets you prepare multiple parts of a meal simultaneously.

Specs

Capacity: 8- or 10-quart models

Weight: 17.86 pounds – 19.8 pounds

Dimensions: 13.86 x 15.63 x 12.4 inches – 13.9 x 17.1 x 12.8 inches

Pros

DualZone technology allows two independent baskets to operate simultaneously

Match Cook lets you double the capacity of a single food

6 cooking functions

Easy to clean

Cons 

Takes up sizable countertop real estate, plus requires room to vent

No shake/flip reminder, and no automatic pause when drawer removed

Sometimes you want to prepare a balanced meal but with minimal juggling. And with the Ninja Foodi air fryer, you can cook both your protein and vegetables, or multiple sides, or simply enough fries to feed an army, all within one countertop contraption. With two easy-to-clean nonstick baskets (each a 4-quart or 5-quart capacity, depending on model), the Ninja Foodi can whip up its rapid heaters and cyclonic fans so you can whip up dinner, faster with less fuss.

Featuring a temperature range of 105- to 450-degrees Fahrenheit and six selectable programs (Air Fry, Air Broil, Roast, Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate), this 1690 watts air fryer can handle any menu. Admittedly, every air fryer takes some getting used to in order to find the perfect temp and time configuration to maximize crispiness. And if you want to make sure a single-drawer air fryer finishes its cycle at the exact same time as something you’re simultaneously cooking in the oven, well, that’s an extra challenge. The Foodi works to take some of that guesswork out of the equation with Smart Finish, which intelligently synchronizes the two drawers, even if they’re operating different modes. This means you no longer have to have something sit while you back-to-back cook two foods.

Deeper than they are wide, the drawers do require learning optimal positioning for airflow. But you’ll quickly be surprised by the combinations you’re crafting. Nuggets and fries, sure. Reheating last night’s fava bean falafel on top of a frozen piece of Trader Joe’s garlic naan, all under four minutes? Even more exciting. Both the baskets and crisper plates are dishwasher-safe, adding to the ease of this appliance, though handwashing will prolong the life of components. Pro tip: To avoid overcooking (because who wants dry fries), reduce the recommended temperature by 25 degrees and the time by 1/3. Also, leaving room behind the Foodi is a must for venting, otherwise your wall can be discolored/damaged by hot exhaust.

Why it made the cut: With 11 functions, including air fry, broil, roast, rotisserie, toast, the limitations of what you can do with this multipurpose gadget are up to your imagination.

Specs

Capacity: 8 quarts

Weight: 26.1 pounds

Dimensions: 15.35 x 12.57 x 14.78 inches

Pros

Impressive 11-in-1 functionality

Customizable cooking programs

Evencrisp technology uses 95 percent less oil

Cons 

Large size makes it difficult to store

Dual lids are also cumbersome

Minimalists will love the Instant Pot Pro Crisp 11-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, which allows you to replace up to 11 kitchen appliances so you can air fry, pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sauté, sous vide, roast, broil, dehydrate, and more with just one machine. Though, with the size of this beast, you may need to get rid of some other gadgets just to make room for it on your counter. To dictate your favorite recipes, it also comes with five fully programmable settings.

Two interchangeable lids make it easy to switch between the pressure cooker and air fryer functions. However, the extra lid can be cumbersome to store, but it delivers all the crunch and tenderness of deep-frying with 95 percent less oil using Evencrisp technology.

For all your cooking needs, the pot also comes with standard includes accessories such as a stainless-steel multi-use steam rack, a nonstick multi-level air fryer basket with a stainless dehydrating/broiling tray, and a heat-resistant protective pad and storage cover. So you and your family will sleep well at night knowing that the safety features protect against overheating, steam, splashing, and more. If you’re loyal to the Instant Pot brand but want a dedicated air fryer, the Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 is also recommended.

Best for most: Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer

Why it made the cut: Choose between four programmable cooking functions to air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate a wide variety of different foods on a budget.

Specs

Capacity: 4 quarts

Weight: 10.58 pounds

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.1 x 11 inches 

Pros

One-touch control panel

Four programmable cooking functions

Wide temperature range up to 400 degrees

Cons

Cooking area can be difficult to clean

Plastic or chemical smell hard to remove

For straightforward air frying without all the extra bells and whistles, the Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer lets you choose between four programmable cooking functions: air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate. The roast setting is ideal for casseroles and roasted veggies, while the reheat option is optimal for reviving leftover pizza, fries, wings back to crispy perfection. Or choose the dehydrate setting to make homemade dried fruits, veggie chips, and jerky and save even more money.

This air fryer also puts the “fry” in frying, as the four-quart ceramic-coated nonstick basket and crisper plate are the perfect size to cook up to 2 pounds of french fries. With a wide temperature range from 105 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you can either gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat on manual settings.

The only design flaw is that the interior cooking area, particularly the rubber tabs on the bottom grate, can be challenging to clean. So it might be a good idea to have a dedicated sponge for cleaning the air fryer. A chemical or plastic smell may linger out of the box, so you should thoroughly wash the basket and all components with warm, soapy water before using.

Why it made the cut: This air fryer’s miniature size and compact shape leave plenty of room on countertops for other small kitchen items and appliances.

Specs

Capacity: 2.75 quarts

Weight: 2 pounds 

Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 5 inches

Pros

Easy-to-use controls

Nonstick frying pan and basket

Uses little to no oil

Cons

Accessories and steamer papers not included

Automatically turns off when finished cooking

Not everyone needs an air fryer big enough to feed a family, which is why this mini-sized GoWISE USA 2.75-Quart Air Fryer is the perfect choice for singles and those who live in small apartments or dorm rooms. With rapid air technology, you can enjoy your favorite fried foods without the extra calories using just a tiny amount of oil or none at all. For healthier eating in no time, choose from seven cooking presets, including fries or chips, meat, shrimp, cake, chicken, steak, and fish.

Easy-to-use controls allow the time and temperature to be set from 175 to 400 degrees, or up to 30 minutes with the push of a button. An alarm will sound when the cooking is finished, and the timer will automatically switch to standby mode. Though some customers wish there was an option to add another minute or two before the fryer stops cooking.

The air fryer also comes with a nonstick, PFOA-free air fry pan and basket with a cool-touch handle and button guard to prevent accidental detachment. Unfortunately, the fryer doesn’t come with many accessories or steamer papers, but you can purchase a kit separately that includes an insert rack, skewers, toasting and warming rack, and more. Prefer a less retro look and a bit more capacity? GoWISE makes many models, such as this 3.7-quart fryer and several 5-quart options that still don’t take up much counter space.

Why it made the cut: With a high-capacity output and durable ​​stainless steel design, this air fryer is perfect for large families and those who frequently entertain guests for dinner.

Specs 

Capacity: 8 quarts

Weight: 16.37 pounds

Dimensions: 13.35 x 15.75 x 13.58 inches

Pros

Durable stainless steel design

Easy-to-use LCD touch screen

Preheating feature saves even more time

Cons

Touchscreen can be finicky

Difficult to change the temperature

The whole family will be eating healthier and cleaner when you’re cooking with the Ultrean 8-Quart Air Fryer, which eliminates the messy oil splatter of traditional frying. It’s also easy to operate with eight standard preset cooking functions that cook everything from french fries and bacon to chicken, fish, steak, and whole roasts. Then, when you’re finished, the detachable air frying rack and basket make cleanup a breeze.

The stainless-steel design also makes it more durable compared to comparable air fryers, while the compact, square shape makes it convenient to store when not in use. This air fryer also comes with a handy preheating function to help you save even more time. Simply press the “P” button and then preheat at 400 degrees for three minutes for even faster cooking.

Though a few users have noted, one minor drawback is that the touch screen display can occasionally be finicky, making it difficult to change the temperature. However, those complaints are definitely exceptions to the rule, as this high-quality air fryer consistently gets high marks from customers across the board.

Things to consider before buying one of the best air fryers Capacity

For the reasons we’ve already laid out, shopping for an air fryer can be daunting. So in deciding which air fryer is the right pick for you and your family, first consider your basic needs for an air fryer. For example, how many people will you be feeding on a regular basis? For obvious reasons, singles and couples can get away with having a standard, smaller quart-capacity air fryer. On the other hand, larger families, particularly kids, may opt for a workhorse that can produce snacks and meals for the whole family daily or multiple times per week.

Uses

Another thing to ask yourself is what type of cooking you plan to do with an air fryer. Likewise, if your main goal is to throw pizza rolls and fries into your air fryer for the big game or movie night, your needs may be different than someone who plans to regularly cook entire meals, main dishes, sides, and veggies with it. As such, the former air fryer user can probably get away with a more budget-friendly air fryer with standard features, whereas the latter may want to invest in a model that also doubles as a pressure cooker or a toaster oven.

Space

Space is another significant consideration, as air fryers tend to take up a not-insignificant amount of real estate on kitchen counters. Do you have somewhere to store an air fryer? However, if you’re considering a combination air fryer, you also may be able to get rid of a few excessive kitchen gadgets, which could be a good trade-off. Heck, you might even end up with even more counter space when all is said and done!

FAQs

There are so many models and features to consider when dealing with air fryers that it can be difficult to even the playing field. That’s why our favorite air fryer is a Ninja model (the brand also makes one of our favorite smart ovens), such as the Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer. In addition to being one of the best-rated air fryers on this list (another Ninja, the Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer, actually gets the distinction of top air fryer in popularity), the Foodi comes with features making it versatile enough to handle mains, sides, or a combination. However, larger families and those who plan to be using their air fryer heavily may want to consider a higher-capacity model such as the COSORI 12-in-1 Air Fryer or Ultrean 8-Quart Air Fryer. The best air fryers all just depend on how you plan to use them and how many people you’re feeding.

Why trust us

Popular Science started writing about technology more than 150 years ago. There was no such thing as “gadget writing” when we published our first issue in 1872, but if there was, our mission to demystify the world of innovation for everyday readers means we would have been all over it. Here in the present, PopSci is fully committed to helping readers navigate the increasingly intimidating array of devices on the market right now.

Our writers and editors have combined decades of experience covering and reviewing consumer electronics. We each have our own obsessive specialties—from high-end audio to video games to cameras and beyond—but when we’re reviewing devices outside of our immediate wheelhouses, we do our best to seek out trustworthy voices and opinions to help guide people to the very best recommendations. We know we don’t know everything, but we’re excited to live through the analysis paralysis that internet shopping can spur so readers don’t have to.

Deals: Ipad Air From $559, Retina 4K 21

Today’s best deals include the latest iPad Air from $559, plus you can save on Retina iMacs, and previous-generation MacBooks. Head below for all of our top picks in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Latest iPad Air from Apple drops to $559

Amazon offers Apple’s latest 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 64GB for $559. That’s a $40 savings from the regular going rate, down $10 from our previous mention, and matching Black Friday 2023.

With a redesigned casing, Apple’s latest iPad Air packs a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge screen equipped with True Tone support. Everything is powered by a new A14 Bionic processor, with Touch ID making a return in the power button alongside USB-C charging and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard. 

Save $120 on Apple’s latest 21-inch Retina 4K iMac

Amazon currently offers Apple’s latest 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac i5 3.0GHz/8GB/256GB for $1,379. Down from its $1,499 going rate, you’re saving $120 here with today’s offer beating our previous mention by $20 and marking a new all-time low. Apple’s latest 21-inch iMac is an ideal machine for handling schoolwork, light content creation, and much more with its Retina 4K display and AMD Radeon Pro 560X graphics. You can also count on plenty of I/O, like two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB-A slots, and Gigabit Ethernet on top of 256GB of SSD storage.

B&H clears out previous-gen. MacBook Air and Pro models

B&H is clearing out previous-generation MacBook inventory from Apple with various all-time lows on different models. Our top pick is the 2024 13-inch MacBook Air with 512GB of storage for $999. That’s a $300 savings from the original price, $100 better than our previous mention, and the best we’ve tracked. While newer MacBooks featuring Apple’s M1 chip are certainly worth a look, this is a great option if you want to stick with Intel’s hardware for the time being. This rings particularly true if you’re in Adobe’s suite of software or just want the extra storage at a notable discount. You’ll also find Thunderbolt 3 ports here along with Apple’s redesigned keyboard, and more. 

SanDisk’s 2TB Extreme Portable USB-C SSD falls to new low of $174

Amazon offers the SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable USB-C Solid-State Drive for $174. Usually fetching $230, today’s offer is good for a 25% price cut, beats our previous mention by $26, and marks a new Amazon all-time low. SanDisk’s portable SSD sports up to 550MB/s transfer speeds, thanks to the built-in USB-C connectivity that makes it perfect for Mac or iPad Pro users looking to add some extra storage into the mix. Its lightweight design is also backed by added water- and dust resistance for extra peace of mind when thrown in your backpack. 

Plugable’s new 14-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock hits $219

Plugable via Amazon offers its new 14-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock for $219. Usually fetching $299, today’s offer saves you 27%, beats the launch pricing by $30, and marks a new all-time low. With support for 100W charging, this Thunderbolt 3 dock from Plugable elevates your workstation with an arsenal of 14 ports. On top of two HDMI and DisplayPort outputs for driving two 4K 60Hz displays, there’s also SD card readers, six USB 3.0 slots, and a USB-C port on the front to complete the package. It also works in both vertical or horizontal configurations to fit into a variety of setups.

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