How much does it cost to use an air fryer? | The Sun

How much does it cost to use an air fryer? | The Sun

AIR fryers have soared in popularity among Brits in recent years, but you'll need to know how much they cost to run.

The handy kitchen gadget can not only slash your cooking time but can also help you save money as well.

They are also pretty cheap if you know where to look, so the purchase shouldn't break the bank.

The price to buy an air fryer depends on where you go and which model you buy.

You can pick one up in most supermarkets now and there is usually a good deal to be found online too.

Even so, it's important to factor in how much it's going to cost to run once you've found a home for it on the kitchen counter.



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The good news is that it's not much.

That could be welcome news to both homeowners and renters, particularly as energy bills remain high.

We explore exactly how much it would cost to have one of the quirky devices in your home.

How does an air fryer work?

When you use an air fryer, the food goes in a tray or basket and then the machine gets to work.

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A heating element provides the heat needed while a fan distributes this around the food, helping it cook quickly and evenly.

Between the heat and the drying effect of the fan, the food will become crispy – and plenty of people consider it to be a much more healthy way to prepare dinner.

How much does it cost to use?

The answer won't be the same for everyone, as what you pay for electricity will depend on your tariff and also how large and efficient your appliance is.

As with any appliance, a newer model is likely to be more efficient and cheaper to run than an older version.

The power of an air fryer is measured in watts, and this determines how much energy it uses – and the cost of using it.

But the more powerful the appliance, the quicker it will cook your food too.

We asked energy experts at Uswich how much the running costs are based on various-sized air fryers.

A 1,000kW air fryer costs around 27p to use for an hour, and 14p for half an hour. 

While a 1.500kW air fryer costs around 41p to use for an hour, and 21p for half an hour. 

A more powerful 1,800kW air fryer will cost around 49p to use for an hour, and 25p for half an hour. 

Is it cheaper than using the oven?

You shouldn't always assume that your new gadget is going to save you money as well as calories, but it might help at times.

A 2kW oven costs around 55p to run for half an hour, or 27p for an hour's use.

You could run a 1,000W air fryer for an hour for 28p less.

And 3.5kW own costs around 96p to run for half an hour and 48p for an hour.

This makes an air fryer once again the cheapest option.

Ovens aren't the biggest energy suckers in the home, but they do guzzle a fair amount of electricity, especially if you use them often and for long periods of time.

An air fryer will be smaller and more energy-efficient than a full-sized oven, so you could save money on your bills if you used it for your midweek meals, and save the oven for a single batch-cooking session at the weekend.

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We explore how much it costs to run a slow cooker, for example.

And we take a look at how much it costs to run a microwave too.

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