Air fryers are quickly becoming a staple in the modern kitchen. For good reason, too! Whether it’s for health reasons or just as a convenient, quick alternative to frying – it’s here to stay. The ability to produce crispy, fried-like textures in a snap is too appealing.

But how does an air fryer work? or perhaps, what does an air fryer actually do to your food? Let’s dive into the mechanics of how air fryers operate.

How does an air fryer work?

Many people wonder if air frying is healthy, but understanding how it work can provide reassurance. Essentially, an air fryer is a mini oven, utilizing its difference in form and shape to produce results that separate it from the competition. By using a combination of heat exchange and convection to cook the food, a fan circulates the hot air around the food, creating results that cook with a noticeably crispier exterior.

Convection, in this case, is the process where heat is transferred through a fluid or gas, like air. The hot air molecules move faster, bounce into each other, and transfer heat to the food, allowing the food’s surface to dehydrate, and then become crispy and browned.

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In an air fryer, the heating element raises the temperature, typically rapidly (also consider the size of the chamber compared to your oven), allowing for quick results.

Overall, the combination of convection and heat exchange produces a similar effect to deep-frying, cooking food safely but with significantly less oil.

So, what can you cook in an air fryer?

There’s a reason they’re so popular!

You can cook a wide variety of foods in an air fryer. Stand-out examples include chicken wings, breasts, fish, shrimp, vegetables, and reheat pizza, but you aren’t limited to just savory selections. Some air fryers offer the dehydrate mode to make chicken jerky and apple chips.

The versatility of an air fryer, matched with its size and speed, makes it a great addition to any kitchen.

We aren’t going to oversell them, though – certain types of foods famously do not go well when combined with the appliance. Foods with a wet or batter-like coating, or runny things like scrambled eggs or pancakes, typically yield fairly mediocre results. So exercise some caution! It won’t be your complete one-stop solution.

There’s also the issue of size. For some, most modern air fryers are compact, so if you’re looking to create something like a pizza for example, you will have some trouble fitting that in.

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However, Typhur have been hard at work on this problem specifically, and our newest air fryer, the Typhur Dome air fryer, solves this problem. It’s a large, premium air fryer designed to cook for a bigger group, and can comfortably fit a standard pizza in its dome-like design. How awesome is that?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of air fryers?

So after all of that, let’s quickly breakdown what makes an air fryer good or bad.


  1. Healthier cooking option compared to traditional deep-frying
  2. Quick and easy cooking process
  3. Versatile – can be used to cook a wide variety of foods
  4. Easy to clean and maintain
  5. Can produce crispy and fried-like textures without the need for excessive oil


  1. May not produce the same taste as traditionally fried foods
  2. Can be more expensive than other kitchen appliances
  3. Limited capacity – may not be suitable for large families or gatherings

What is the best air fryer?

The best air fryer for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Consider factors such as capacity, features, and price when choosing the best air fryer for your needs.

Many people compare air fryers to traditional ovens, and the difference in cooking space is worth mentioning. Air fryers have a smaller volume and a more limited cooking space compared to traditional ovens.

However, the Typhur Dome air fryer breaks through this limitation. The cooking space of the Typhur Dome air fryer is twice as large as that of traditional air fryers, and cooking time can be reduced by 30%. This is a significant breakthrough.

See how Guga says about Typhur Dome Air Fryer:

If you are looking for a creative air fryer that looks different from others and has a large capacity for family-sized meals, the Typhur Dome air fryer will be the best option for you.

FAQs about air fryer

Are air fryers more healthy?

Air fryers are generally considered a healthier cooking option than traditional deep-frying because they use less oil or even no oil at all to produce a similar texture. This can help to reduce the amount of fat and calories in your food, making it a healthier alternative.

Do air fryers make tasty food?

It depends! The taste of the food cooked in an air fryer ultimately depends on personal preferences and the specific recipe used.
Some people may find that air fryers make tasty food, while others may not enjoy the texture or flavor as much as traditional frying methods.

Can you put foil in an air fryer?

It’s generally safe to use aluminum foil in an air fryer, but it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not cover the entire basket or tray with foil, as this can inhibit proper air circulation and affect the cooking process.

Do you have to preheat an air fryer?

Preheating an air fryer is not always necessary, but it can be beneficial for certain recipes. Preheating helps ensure that the air fryer reaches the desired cooking temperature quickly, which can lead to more consistent results, especially for foods that require precise cooking times. However, preheating may not be necessary for some recipes, particularly those with shorter cooking times or foods that are not sensitive to temperature variations. Check the guide on when you need to preheat an air fryer.


Air fryers are versatile, convenient, and healthy appliances that can add variety to your cooking routine. Whether you’re looking to fry some chicken wings or cook a healthy vegetable side dish, an air fryer can help you achieve crispy and delicious results without the need for excessive oil.

Most of our team happily use them, and we’re sure you’ve heard countless recommendations from your friends, or even had some viral recipes sent to you.

Whatever the case, air fryers are here to stay, and Typhur is hard at work making the next generation of kitchen appliances, shaking up the space!