In the recent year air fryers have become one of the most popular kitchen appliances. They use hot air to make food crispy, delicious and perhaps most important healthy as you don’t have to use oil. One the most most popular air fryers are 3-quart air fryers which are the perfect size to cook for 2-3 people. So which are the best 3 quart air fryers of 2023? Keep reading to find out!
#1 COSORI CO137-AF 3.7QT Air Fryer
COSORI CO137-AF 3.7-quart air fryer is equipped with 1500 watt heating element and can cook in temperatures from 180°F to 400°F.
COSORI CO137-AF cooks really well for a small air fryer. It does a good job of making food crispy (like French Fries or chicken skin). Best thing is that you don’t have to use any oil for crispy results making food a lot healthier (however spraying a little bit will make it even crispier). The cooking basket the holes which allows the grease to flow away from the food making it even more healthy.
The meat is tender and juicy on inside. Being a smaller air fryer COSORI CO137-AF heats up fast so it cooks fast as well. Only flaw is that it’s slightly noisy (but it’s not very loud).
COSORI CO137-AF 3.7-quart air fryer doesn’t have any presets but it has recommended cooking settings for 8 different foods printed on top of it (French Fries, chicken, steak, seafood, shrimp, root vegetable, desserts and frozen foods).
3.7 quart cooking basket is large enough to cook for 2-3 people at a time. It has BPA and PFOA free nonstick coating making it easy to clean.
Overall quality is pretty good for the money. Only thing to complain about is that handle screws can come loose over time so you might have to retighten them once in a while.
Size and weight
COSORI CO137-AF weighs 10.4 pounds (4.7 kilograms) and measures 11” wide, 11” deep and 12.2” high (inches). The inner basking dimensions are as follow: 7.5” wide by 7.5” deep by 3.5” high.
COSORI CO137-AF 3.7-quart air fryer is ETL certified.
COSORI CO137-AF is slightly larger than 3-quarts but if anything that’s a good thing. Overall it’s a very affordable air fryer that is simple to use and cooks really well!
#2 COSORI CO134-AF 1500-Watt 3.4QT Electric Air Fryer
COSORI CO134-AF is another great air fryer. It has slightly smaller (3.4-quart) cooking basket than the CO137-AF but the difference between the two is not that big.
Despite the smaller basket size it’s usually sold at a higher price than the COSORI CO137-AF air fryer and not without a reason as it has some advantages over it too.
COSORI CO134-AF has a wider temperature range (100°F to 400°F / 38°C to 204°C) as well 8 cooking programs (French Fries, chicken, steak, seafood, shrimp, root vegetables, desserts and frozen foods).
COSORI CO134-AF 3.4QT air fryer cooks really well. It cooks evenly and food comes out delicious and crispy. The results are always really tasty whether you are cooking chicken wings, veggies, steaks, pork chops or other meals. Works great for frozen foods too. Reheated food tastes a lot better than when warmed up with a microwave albeit it’s still not as good as fresh.
COSORI CO134-AF has preheat function which often will make food a bit more delicious. Another cool thing is that if you remove the basket during cooking the air fryer will pause and resume cooking from where you started when you insert the basket back in.
The 3.4-quart cooking basket is large enough to cook for 2-3 persons. It has PFOA-free and BPA-free nonstick coating and is dishwasher safe!
Size and weight
COSORI CO137-AF weighs 12.6 pounds (5.7 kilograms) and measures 10.9 inches wide by 13.9 inches deep by 12.6 inches high.
COSORI CO134-AF is the best 3-quart air fryer you can buy however it’s slightly smaller and usually sold at higher price than CO137-AF. Most consumers will buy a cheaper yet larger model instead which might indicate that CO134-AF doesn’t offer the best value for money which is why it’s #2.
#3 GoWISE USA GW22638 3.7-Quart Air Fryer
GoWISE USA GW22638 is another great air fryer. In some aspects it’s better than COSORI CO137-AF, in other it’s less good.
GoWISE USA GW22638 has a cooking capacity of 3.7 quarts and has a temperature range of 170°F to 400°F. It’s equipped with 1400 watt heating element.
As expected GoWISE USA GW22638 cooks well, that’s why it’s among the best 3-quart air fryers. It perhaps isn’t the very best air fryer in this aspect but it still works really well at making food taste great.
GoWISE USA GW22638 has 8 cooking programs: warm, chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake and fish.
It’s pretty quiet while cooking. The only loud thing about GoWISE USA GW22638 are the 5 beeps it makes when it has finished cooking. They can be a bit annoying if you don’t like loud noises but at least you won’t miss the moment your food is ready!
Some consumers have had issues with nonstick coating peeling off. It’s hard to estimate how common this issue is for long-term users.
Another issue that some of the consumers have reported is fryer basket release mechanism breaking making the basket fall down which can be dangerous if there’s hot food inside.
GoWISE USA 3.7-Quart air fryer is available in 4 different colors: black, white, red and purple.
Overall GoWISE USA GW22638 is a good and inexpensive air fryer however some of the issues that some of the consumers have had is the main reason why it only comes #3.
#4 NUWAVE BRIO 36011 3Q (3-Quart) Digital Air Fryer
Whereas other air fryers in this list have slightly larger than 3 quart capacity the NUWAVE BRIO 36011 cooking basket is exactly 3-quarts big.
NUWAVE BRIO 3-quart air fryer is equipped with 1,300 watt heating element. It can cook in temperatures from 100° to 400°F and has 6 cooking programs: fries, frozen fries, nuggets, steak, poultry and fish.
It cooks well for the most part however it’s not as good as above models. The thing is that NUWAVE BRIO 3-quart air fryer does a good job with most types of foods however some meals can come out kind of mediocre like onion rings or french fries.
One interesting thing about NUWAVE BRIO 3-quart air fryer is that you can adjust the wattage. It has 3 wattage levels: 600W, 900W and 1,300W.
The overall build quality is decent considering the price. Some of the materials do feel a bit cheap but that shouldn’t really be an issue if you use NUWAVE BRIO 3-quart air fryer with care.
Some NUWAVE BRIO 3-quart air fryer owners reported theirs lasting less than 1 year
NUWAVE BRIO 36011 is a decent air fryer but it’s not among the very best ones.
#5 Chefman RJ38-V3-DC35 TurboFry 3.6-Quart Air Fryer Oven Review
Chefman RJ38-V3-DC35 TurboFry is an air fryer with 3.6-quart cooking capacity and 1200 watt heating element. It can cook in temperatures from 200°F to 400°F.
Overall it cooks pretty well albeit the top models might perform a bit better in some cases. The biggest flaw of this unit is probably its heating element which is less powerful meaning that air fryer takes longer to warm up so food takes longer to cook.
Some consumers had issues with nonstick coating peeling. Keep in mind you shouldn’t use abrasive materials to clean the cooking basket as not to damage the nonstick coating which might be the cause of these complaints.
Whereas most air fryers use digital controls Chefman RJ38-V3-DC35 TurboFry uses mechanical. Temperature and cooking time is adjusted with knobs. Mechanical controls are easier to use however they are less accurate than digital.
Chefman RJ38-V3-DC35 TurboFry is a decent air fryer but it’s not as good as Top 3 models in this list.