How much does it cost to run an air fryer? Will it save you money?

Are you asking how much does it cost to run an air fryer? To help you cut down on energy consumption - we tell you if it saves you money and if air fryers are worth the investment

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Air fryers have become a kitchen essential in many households because of ease and healthy cooking benefits. But should you make the switch to an air fryer to keep energy costs low?

With the new ‘energy price guarantee’ set by the government, energy prices from 1 October will be capped at £2,500 annually until 1 October 2024. 

That is a £529 rise from the current energy price cap. 

Although the government's price guarantee initiative is meant to help against the price increases, the £2,500 will still be unaffordable for many households, and it is recommended to save energy where you can. 

Your kitchen is probably one of the most energy consuming rooms in your house, with the oven, microwave and washing machine. We find out if you should welcome a new addition to your kitchen to keep costs low, an air fryer.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RUN AN AIR FRYER?

The cost of running an air fryer can vary between 11p and 28p per day, depending on the model you own, how often you use your air fryer and how powerful it is. 

If we translate that into a year's cost of running an air fryer, that’s £40.80 based on 11p per day and £124.08 based on 28p per day. 

How powerful the air fryer is plays a big part in how much energy it consumes. The average air fryer uses 800 to 2,000 watts. 

The newer air fryer models are more energy efficient so they might cost less to run, and the more powerful air fryers need less cooking time. 

Here’s how the cost of running an air fryer will increase from 1 October with the new price guarantee. 

The current average price per kWh for electricity stands at 28p. From 1 October this is rising to 34p.

Based on those figures, if we take an air fryer that is 800W with the current kWh, it costs around 11.2p to use an air fryer for individual use (of 30 minutes cooking time). This equates to £3.40 per month and £40.80 a year. 

Taking the same 800W air fryer but with the new energy price cap at 34p, from 1 October an air fryer will cost you 13.6p per use, £4.13 per month and £49.56 per year. 

That means it will cost you £8.76 more to use an air fryer per year from 1 October. 

Going to the other end of the power spectrum, here’s what you pay now and you should expect to pay from 1 October for a 2000W air fryer. 

Based on the current 28p kWh, you pay around 28p per use, £8.51 per month and £102.12 per year. 

From 1 October under the new price guarantee, you will pay around 34p per use, £10.34 per month and £124.08 per year.

WHICH IS CHEAPER TO RUN, A MICROWAVE OR AN AIR FRYER?

A microwave is a little cheaper to use than an air fryer, with its daily usage cost being approximately 6.5p to 10.9p per day. 

But an air fryer and microwave are used for different purposes, so it’s common to use both. For example, you use your microwave to reheat food like a ready meal and you use the air fryer for frozen onion rings or potato waffles.

WHICH IS CHEAPER TO RUN, AN OVEN OR AIR FRYER?

Air fryers are cheaper to run than conventional ovens, simply because ovens use a lot more energy, between 2,000 to 5,000 watts on average. This can vary depending on what heat the oven is on. 

A typical conventional oven costs around 87p per day to run. Daily usage of the most expensive air fryer is 28p per day, making an oven is 59p more expensive daily. 

Don’t forget, people love air fryers because of how quick it cooks food which means it uses less energy. A bag of frozen chips takes 20-25 minutes in an oven, whereas in an air fryer it takes 8-20 minutes. 

Ben Gallizzi, energy expert at Uswitch.com, said: “Air fryers are generally cheaper to use than an oven because food takes less time to cook. 

To save energy, make sure you are only keeping them switched on for as long as they are in use.”

SHOULD I INVEST IN AN AIR FRYER?

If it’s something that your household will make use of, then it’s worth the pennies in the long run, and don’t be under the assumption that all air fryers are expensive. 

The cost of air fryers can vary from as low as £30 to over £300 depending on the model you go for, the number of baskets they have and its capacity. 

For example the Philips (opens in new tab) and Ninja (opens in new tab) branded air fryers have proven to be popular on the pricier end of the scale. Or you could just as easily go to B&Q (opens in new tab) or B&M (opens in new tab) to bag an air fryer at a more affordable price. 

Before investing in an air fryer, consider how big or small your household is and whether it would be practical, as the capacity of an air fryer is quite small compared to an oven.

Vaishali Varu
Staff Writer

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University. She has gained experience writing local stories around Leeds and Leicester, which includes writing for a university publication and Leicester Mercury. 

She has also done some marketing and copywriting for businesses.

When she is not writing about personal finance, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.