These 3 small air fryers are dorm and apartment friendly — and we've tested them

Hey, small fry

A selection of three small air fryers available in the USA from Cosori, Magic Bullet and Instant on yellow background
(Image credit: Future)

As much as we're obsessed with a kitchen gadget that shaves time off our chores, size matters — especially if you're working with a kitchen that's smaller than you'd like it to be. So, whether your oven is small or you're too impatient to wait for it to preheat (same), we've reviewed a few small air fryers that prove you don't need mountains of space to own this innovative appliance that will cook your frozen food in minutes. If it's between a giant two-drawer air fryer you'll never fill or a blender that you'll use daily, you won't have to pick one or the other.

So if your kitchen has just enough space for another worthy kitchen buy, look to these compact convection ovens with tiny dimensions that can either sit flush, sit at an angle, or be stowed away in a cabinet after use. Apartment-dwellers, dorm residents, and solo renters, these compact kitchen gadgets are for you. The best part? Smaller air fryers tend to be easier to use, simpler to clean, and you guessed it: they're more affordable than their larger counterparts.

3 of our favorite small air fryers for compact kitchens

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How we chose these small air fryers

Big or small, we test air fryers with the same methodology in our Future plc test kitchen. In a nutshell, we examine how well these appliances cook a set inventory of items, and how easy it is to clean the air fryer after use.

We'll also look at the economical concerns you might have. For example, the cost to run a particular machine, and if the wattage output is appropriate for the size of the machine. Because on one hand, you don't want it to be so powerful that you ruin dinner, but conversely, you don't want to wait around for your fries or fish sticks only to find they're still half-frozen!

Christina Chrysostomou
Ecommerce Editor

Bonjour, Yasou, Hello — I'm Christina, ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Along with my super creative colleagues, I create content to help you create a chic home on a budget. I live in a two-bed maisonette with a garage and garden in Essex. Geographically, it's perfect; I've got the forest on my doorstep, and London is just 15 minutes by tube or car. I specialize in small kitchen appliances so that you can prepare food with ease at home. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket.