The Best Air Fryers: Non Toxic Models

After hours of research into the best air fryer models currently on the market, here are the results of the highest rated and safest non-toxic models.

Our family was suffering from lots of food intolerances, pain and bodily inflammation. We decided to heal our bodies from inflammation and started making changes to our lifestyle. Spoiler alert: it worked and I’ll share a blog post about that later. In our efforts to live a more healthy lifestyle and to heal our family’s gut and food intolerances, we started cleaning up our diet doing the Whole30 followed by eating Paleo for several more months, eating organic foods and taking supplements. We also started using non-toxic hygiene products on our bodies and switched to using green household cleaners in our home. We also replaced the cooking tools we used in the kitchen with non-toxic ones. Removing toxins from your body allows it to heal and reduces inflammation.

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One of our favorite appliances in our home is our air fryer because we love how crispy it makes food without deep frying. French fries are the best in the air fryer! These spicy coconut shrimp tacos are our favorites to make in the air fryer too!

I have been researching for a safer non toxic air fryer replacement for awhile. We finally decided on this one for the best fit for our family’s needs. I’ll update a review on it later after we’ve used it for awhile. Further down the post, you can find the reasons why it’s important to choose non toxic air fryers and kitchen tools.

BEST Non Toxic Air Fryers

The following are the best non toxic air fryers that are PTFE and PFOA free on the market right now. Note that some of these air fryers are hybrids and a multi-cooking appliance from being combined with a pressure cooker, grill or toaster oven.

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer

Pros: 

  • Pressure cooker and air fryer in one appliance!
  • Highly rated
  • Ceramic coated aluminum basket free of PTFE & PFOA.

Cons:

  • Very large footprint for counter top and too big to store in most cupboards

Ninja SP101 Foodi 8-in-1 Digital Air Fry, Large Toaster Oven

Pros:

  • Highly rated
  • Air fryer and toaster oven in one appliance
  • Stainless steel and no PTFE or PFOA
  • Folds up vertically for compact storage

Cons: 

  • Reviews complain that it’s hard to clean inside especially if stored vertically and grease/junk runs into the back if not cleaned properly before flipping up.
  • Clearance height of air fryer basket to interior ceiling is slightly taller than 2″. This doesn’t give much room to cook items and definitely problematic for things that rise in height when baking like breads and cakes.

Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven

Pros:

  • Stainless steel and no BPA, PTFE or PFOA
  • Large capacity
  • Nice design
  • Variety of trays/accessories
  • Great reviews

Cons:

  • Housing exterior gets very hot
  • Hard to clean interior (but that’s because it doesn’t have a toxic nonstick coating, so it’s actually a good thing)
  • Reviews state the menu interface rubs off quickly with use
  • Pay attention to which model you purchase and which one is shipped to you. There are multiple complaints of the wrong model number being sent.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Air Fryer and Electric Pressure Cooker Combo

Pros:

  • Multi-cooker air fryer and pressure cooker (more functions less appliances)
  • Comes in both 6QT and larger 8QT sizes
  • PTFE, PFOA and BPA free

Cons:

  • Although the air fryer basket is deep, it has a small capacity for air frying on the bottom of basket
  • Air frying results are not consistent when using the double stack rack method

Elite Platinum EAF-05SS Digital 3.2Qt Hot Air Fryer

Pros:

  • Stainless Steel basket advertised.
  • Priced moderately.
  • PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Smaller foot print for counter top space and cupboard storage.

Cons:

  • Model says it contains aluminum, but not sure where that is after looking through item description.

Oster Copper-Infused DuraCeramic 3.3-Quart Air Fryer

Pros:

  • Ceramic coated basket that is PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Priced moderately.
  • Smaller foot print for counter top space and cupboard storage.

Cons:

  • Some reviews say that ceramic coating chips easily after several uses.
  • Small 3.3 quart capacity size

Ninja Foodi AG301 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Countertop 4-Quart Air Fryer and Grill

Pros:

  • Multi-cook appliance combing air fryer, dehydrator and grill in one!
  • Ceramic coated basket and interior PTFE and PFOA free
  • Highly rated

Cons:

  • Large footprint for counter top space. Too large to store in most cupboards
  • Priced on the moderate to higher end of like kind of models

Ninja FG551 Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill with 4-Quart Air Fryer with leave-in thermometer

Pros:

  • This model is the newer version of the Ninja Foodi AG301 above but with added features like a leave-in thermometer for more precise cooking of meat.
  • Grill 50% more food than the original Ninja Foodi Grill due to larger grilling surface area. 
  • Multi-cook appliance combing air fryer, dehydrator and grill in one!
  • Ceramic coated basket, grill pan and interior PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Attractive style and design
  • Highly rated.

Cons:

  • More expensive than the other models listed
  • Still slightly on the larger side for counter top space and cupboard storage.

Ninja Air Fryer 4 Quart Capacity

Pros:

  • Small footprint for counter top space and cupboard storage
  • Ceramic coated basket and interior PTFE and PFOA free
  • Priced moderately.
  • Highly rated.

Cons:

  • Smaller 4QT capacity if needing to feed a larger family
  • Not a multi-cooker appliance like other models above

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer 5.5 Quart


 Pros:

  • Larger 5.5QT capacity compared to it’s smaller model
  • Ceramic coated basket and interior PTFE and PFOA free
  • Comes with a stainless steel rack that allows more cooking on bottom of basket and on top of rack.
  • Priced moderately.
  • Highly rated.

Cons:

  • Not a multi-cooker appliance like other models above

Pampered Chef Delux Air Fryer

Pros:

  • Large capacity 11.6 QT, can fit up to 4 lb whole chicken.
  • Air fry, bake, roast, dehydrate all in one appliance.
  • Multiple racks to cook more things at the same time.
  • Stainless Steel basket, rotisserie/forks, cooking racks and top protective shield.
  • Interior walls are aluminized steel
  • PFOA & PTFE free!

Cons:

  • Larger than a stand alone air fryer, but not as big as some toaster ovens.
  • Higher end price range unless you host a Pampered Chef party and then you can use your host discount to get it much much cheaper!

Big Boss Air Fryer

Pros:

  • Glass bowl with no coatings or metal
  • Most non-toxic model due to glass bowl and stainless steel parts
  • Budget friendly, affordable

Cons:

  • Glass bowl is exposed and can be hot to the touch. Caution around young children.
  • Bulky and takes up a lot of counter space.

THE BEST Non Toxic Air Fryer we bought

To be honest, it was so hard to decide between getting just this air fryer model or the toaster oven/air fryer feature combo so that we can use the appliance for so many more things. We could eliminate the need for our current toaster and the larger Pampered Chef Delux Air Fryer Oven would take up the space that both our current air fryer and toaster take up. We could cook more fries at one time with the toaster oven/air fryer combo too because let’s be honest, we have a large family and we love our fries.

But, in the end, we decided the best fit for our family needs was this air fryer for its capacity, size and price. Were also highly considering this grill/air fryer model too but since we have already have a nice new gas grill in our patio, we won’t need the grill option. And now, if you’re wondering why we made these appliance changes and why it’s important to avoid using these chemicals, read below!

Why is it important to buy a non-toxic air fryer that is free of PTFE and PFOA chemicals?

You can read more information about the harmful impacts these chemicals have on our bodies and environment here, here and here.

In a nutshell, PFOA is a harmful chemical that is used to help PTFE another harmful chemical (also known as Teflon) to bind and coat surfaces to make them nonstick such as typically found in pots/pans and kitchen appliances like air fryers, griddles and waffle makers. The accumulation of these toxic substances in our bodies causes serious health problems.

PFOA

PFOA is a man-made chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid that is also known as C8. It was used to help PFTE to bind to products. The US has banned the creation of PFOA due to how hazardous it is to our environment and its inability to decompose. It’s causing toxic pollution found world wide. Despite the US ban, you can find products with it on the shelves in a store near you because although it’s banned from being produced in the US, it can be imported. A lot of the items on the shelves are made in China, where this chemical is still being used.

The health effects from this group of chemicals range from tumors, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease, osteoarthritis, low birth weight and more that you can read about here. It can also cause cancer; breast, ovarian, thryoid, kidney, testicular, prostate and bladder.

Even though PFOA is mostly being phased out of production, it’s been replaced with another group of chemicals known as GenX which recently has been discovered as just as harmful.

PTFE

This nonstick substance is Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and can be found in many products from cookware to consumer packaging. It has been shown to cause flu-like symptoms also known as fume-fever in some humans. The fumes from PTFE is also known to be harmful to birds and can cause death.

And sadly these chemicals have created toxicity in our ground water. The movie, Dark Waters, also sheds some light on the environmental lawsuit against Dupont, a chemical company and creator of Teflon (PTFE), with a lengthy history of pollution.

Whew! I know that’s a lot of info and can be overwhelming to take in. Knowledge is power though, and now you can make safer non toxic purchases with this awareness moving forward. Wish you the best of health and crispy air fried french fries.

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74 Comments

    1. None of the Instant Pot brand products that do air frying are non toxic. The only exception is the air fryer lid attachment that you can purchase separately that goes on top of a regular Instant Pot Pressure Cooker base. The regular Instant Pot pressure cooker is nontoxic but it doesn’t do air frying unless you have the specific lid that turns it into an air fryer.

        1. This is the answer I got from insta pot
          After looking into this, it looks like that the Duo Crisp is PTFE, PFOA Free

          A
          what is the non stick coating on the air fryer basket
          10:09 AM

          B
          Most of the part for the Air Fryer and Air Fryer lid is mainly composed of ceramic coating.

          A
          so the air fryer lid & basket have ceramic coating not teflon correct?

          B
          Correct. The teflon is being used for the Vortex Air Fryer but for the Duo Crisp Combo, it is ceramic.

          A
          great how come you don’t specify that in your site?
          I can’t even find it in the manual

          B
          While we do not know how the back-office end works on the website, I’d be glad to forward your feedback to them so they can add this information as well so our customer will have more idea on the unit/s they are interested in.

          1. Thank you for sharing this info. I read conflicting responses from the Instant Pot brand on this model in the Questions section on Amazon reviews.

            Do you know what the ceramic is made out of and if it contains any PFAS, lead or cadmium? It does look like they updated the Instant Pot site with specifying that it is PFOA/PTFE-free. It does appear to be a safer air fryer choice. It would be even better if it contained no PFAS, lead or cadmium.

        1. The ninja air fryer comes with a second rack but I find it doesn’t cook evenly when using the rack. The top gets overdone while the basket bottom doesn’t get cooked enough. Using only the basket is the best results.

          1. Hi !
            I’m still kinda confused with what non toxic air fryer I should buy.
            Can you please recommend one

    1. To be honest , I am not convinced any of the air fryers is 100% safe , having only just finding out Teflon once in your body never leaves it . It’s so scary to think all the health concerns are known and STILL awe are being sold them . How frightening is it …..

      1. You’re correct, Teflon is a forever chemical and should be avoided. The airfryers I’m recommending in this list do not have Teflon to make them nonstick, they are ceramic coated or use stainless steel.

  1. Hi. Thanks for this article. I notice the Pampered Chef Delux Air Fryer interior walls are aluminized steel. I know aluminium is toxic, does this then make this model a toxic choice? Thank you.

    1. Thanks for commenting about the aluminized steel. I’m curious where you found out this information about the interior walls as it is not something I was able to find on the website during research on this model. Would love to know for myself and make any updates to this post, if needed!

  2. Thank you for all this very useful information, I am going to buy an air fryer and you helped me to choose a good one!!!

  3. Is Gourmia 7 qt digital air fryer non-toxic?
    If it is, could l put aluminum foil at the bottom of the container and on top of the crispy tray that may help by not touching the food to the toxic surface?

    1. The heat of cooking creates the fumes to be released into the air from the coatings so using aluminum foil isn’t going to prevent that. Also, it isn’t advised to cook on aluminum surfaces although it has been a common practices for many years.

  4. Thank you for your article! And research! I had no idea my Instantpot air fryer was toxic!! I have consciously avoided Teflon cookware in my home for close to 20 years to avoid it’s toxic affects for my family. I recently purchased the Ninja air fryer toaster oven for my son’s family and am glad to know it was a good purchase! I’m going to replace my Instantpot air fryer with the Ninja version for myself as well. Thanks again!!!

  5. I’m so upset I didn’t see this article before I bought my airfryer. I got the Ninja dual basket xl one. Its so much money and I’m pretty sure I don’t have the receipt anymore. 🙁

    1. I found this on their website: “Dreo digital air fryer adopted food-grade silicone pads on the plate and stainless steel chamber, all of which are PFOA-free and BPA-free. ETL-certified and FDA-approved materials provide you a perfect cooking experience.”

      So it does appear to be free of PFOAs and BPA for the silicone feet and the chamber. However, it isn’t clear whether this also means that the basket and cooking plate are also free of PFOAs.

    1. I found this information from the FAQ section on the model on Ninja’s website: “The baskets are made of aluminum with a PTFE nonstick coating. The crisper plate has a PTFE-free ceramic nonstick coating.”

      So, I don’t recommend this model due to the baskets being made with PTFE.

  6. Hello! Thank you for this super helpful post! One question – does it matter what the air fryer is made out of, or simply the pan/asker that touches the food in the air fryer? Im interested in the Breville Smart Air Fryer Pro but it is not PFTE free. The interior panels are black so its definitely not stainless steel. But I’ll be using my own pans and the stainless steel air fryer basket. Is it still harmful?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Such a good question! The harmful effects can also come from the PTFE/PFOAS coatings getting hot and releasing the fumes into the air. So yes, even if your food doesn’t touch it, the interior sides that have these coatings, will still emit toxic fumes at high cooking temps. I’m not sure what type of coating the Breville Smart Art Fryer Pro has though.

  7. Hello
    Im so confused which air fryer to buy so hope you could give some advice on the safety of these 3 please.
    1. Lakeland Duel Basket Air Fryer
    2. Tower T17088 Vortx 9L Dual Basket Air Fryer with 10 One-Touch Presets, 1800W Power, Black
    3. COSORI Air Fryer with 100 Recipes Cookbook,1700-Watt Max XL 5.5 L Digital Touchscreen Air Fryers Oven with 11 Presets, Oil Free Hot Cooker, Nonstick Basket Red, CP158-AF
    thank you, appreciate all your hard work x

    1. Wow! I can not tell you how much I appreciate this post. I am just about to buy and air fryer but am living in Australia. The size and style I would have loved to buy is the pampered chef option in your post. Sadly, that is very expensive and complicated to get to me here. I wondered if the Ninja Foodi XL Air Fryer Oven DT200 would be a good option instead? I’m just looking for a larger one than in your post but will only trust your take on them as others have recommended the instant pot airfryer and I can see that your research has already proven that as toxic!
      Anyway, thank you soooo much for your hard work.

      1. I just researched the Ninja Foodi XL Air Fryer Oven DT200 and it appears to be a safe choice. However, make sure the model you purchase is the one that gets delivered to your door. Reviews complained of the wrong model being sent. I’m updating my post to include this model. Thank you!

        The Instant Pot brand has a Duo Crisp model that is a non toxic model as well. Although it has a small capacity to air fryer food. It’s best used as a pressure cooker vs air fryer.

  8. Hi! I can’t find any information about Ninja Foodi SP101/FT102CO Air fryer’s basket. Can’t figure out if it’s stainless steel or aluminum. Unfortunately, I worry it may be aluminum as it’s so light.
    This is the one you recommend above, so I’m wondering if maybe you found out if it’s stainless steel. Thank you!

    1. I just looked for more info on the baseket, and you’re right, it’s hard to find any info on what the basket is made out of. It looks like stainless steel but that doesn’t guarantee it is. I don’t know if it’s aluminum either. On Ninja’s site, under the basket accessory info, there isn’t any info given there either. You can use the other pans though as they are covered in nanoceramic.

      1. I looked into the ninja air fryer (4qt) as mentioned in your posting but according to Target website it has a California warning. I clicked on the warning and learned it has toxins and California requires products to state this warning. What have you learned or heard about Gourmia stainless steel model?

        1. I believe the prop 65 warning is due to the electric cord coating, which is common to find in most appliances. As this does not heat up nor directly comes in contact with your food, I think it’s ok.

          There are several Gourmia models and I’m not sure which one you are asking about. However, the ‘Gourmia GTF7600 16-in-1 Multi-function, Digital Stainless Steel Air Fryer Oven’ model appears to have stainless steel interior. But I have not yet checked it out in person nor contacted the brand to verify this. Often, brands will use a silver colored non-stick coating in the interiors to give the appearance of stainless steel when they are not. I will check out this brand in person and in more detail and if it is indeed stainless steel in the interior, I will update this post to include it.

          1. I believe the body interior is stainless steal but I think the racks, trays, baskets are teflon. My husband really wants this model, but I am not sure how to fix the problem of the accessories.

          2. I wasn’t able to find any information about the model on composition of the silver racks, however, they look like they are stainless steel. If you use your own stainless steel air fryer basket and baking sheets, you’ll be ok. The trick is to find ones that will fit the air fryer model.

  9. are there any convection ovenware free off all harmful chemocals?
    I dont have sn oven live in a very small place, need something to cook with .
    was looking for one to bake,broil, reheat,toast,air fry, dehydrate…
    is there anything out there please?
    I dont use microwaves

    1. I’m looking into other convection/air fryer ovens that can be included in this list. It’s difficult when brands often say stainless steel but that’s only for the exterior. The interior can be sprayed with a silver non-stick coating which gives the appearance of stainless steel, when it is not.

      The Ninja SP101 Foodi 8-in-1 Digital Air Fry, Large Toaster Oven is small, but is included in the blog post list above as a safer air fryer option.

    1. The Aria air fryers appear to be on the safer side of being non-toxic, however the reviews show that the ceramic coating doesn’t hold up well and flakes off easily. I wouldn’t recommend this brand.

  10. HI, you have done such a great article. Really difficult to fine anything non toxic. I see there are some Phillips models and Sunbeam that have Ceramic Coated are these any safer? Also i see you recommend the Ninja AF161 Max XL Air Fryer , would you say this is the least toxic of all the ones you have reviewed and researched? Does the size of this basket allow you to use the various accessories on the market, e.g. the ones from Phillips, stainless steel mesh trays and cake baking trays etc? Would you still today highly say go with the Ninja AF161 Max XL Air Fryer ?

    Thanks again.

    1. There are no Phillips models that I have been able to find that have ceramic coated baskets. Sunbeam has a model that is ceramic coated but it appears to be available in Australia, not the US. Sadly, I am unable to advise on these products.

    1. It states that it doesn’t contain PFOA but that doesn’t mean that it is PTFE free. Upon further searching, this is a response given on Amazon’s question section on this model:

      Answer from the brand:
      This Oster DiamondForce Nonstick XL 5 Quart Digital Air Fryer is PFOA free. As this unit has a non-stick coating infused with diamond particles, it uses a standard amount of PTFE that is still safe to use.

      I would steer clear of this model.

  11. Hi! Do you have any info on the non-toxicity of the Oster DiamondForce Nonstick XL 5 Quart Digital Air Fryer? Thank you!

    1. It states that it doesn’t contain PFOA but that doesn’t mean that it is PTFE free. Upon further searching, this is a response given on Amazon’s question section on this model:

      Answer from the brand:
      This Oster DiamondForce Nonstick XL 5 Quart Digital Air Fryer is PFOA free. As this unit has a non-stick coating infused with diamond particles, it uses a standard amount of PTFE that is still safe to use.

      I would steer clear of this model.

  12. Hi there,
    I’ve recently started my search for a healthier air fryer replacement.
    Based on your research, would this model be a good option?
    Gourmet Edge Ceramic Nonstick Digital Air Fryer Kitchen Appliance, 6 Quarts
    Thank you for your help and time 🙂

  13. I just found 2 that I think are…could you confirm? The chefman Multifunctional Digital Air Fryer+ Rotisserie, Dehydrator, Convection Oven, 17 Touch Screen Presets Fry, Roast, Dehydrate & Bake, Auto Shutoff, Accessories Included, XL 10L Family Size, Black on Amazon and Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360 Better Than Convection Ovens Hot Air Fryer Oven, Toaster Oven, Bake, Broil, Slow Cook and More Food Dehydrator, Rotisserie Spit, Pizza Function Cookbook Included (Stainless Steel)? We don’t even use a microwave anymore…thanks!!

    1. The Chefman doesn’t appear to be BPA free and the airflow racks look stainless steel but are not specified as such and are most likely made out of aluminum…but I don’t know for sure.

      There just isn’t any information from the Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer model. I’ve scoured Amazon reviews, questions section and the brand’s own site.

  14. Hi there, I’m just a little bit confused as 3 of the air fryers in the list you made say that they have a non stick coating as soon as you click them and read the description on amazon. Just wondering if maybe there is something I’m missing. Thanks.

    here are the 3 that I’m talking about:
    Ninja Max XL
    Ninja Air fryer 4 Quart
    Oster Copper Infused

    1. The nonstick coating on those air fryer models are made with a nontoxic ceramic coating, free of PFAS. They are not made with Teflon or other harmful toxic chemical coatings.

  15. Thank you for this article! My husband just went to Costco and bought the Gourmia XL Digital Air Fryer Oven with Single-Pull French Doors, Model GTF7660. I called Gourmia and they told me that the oven interior is aluminium and there are no non-stick coatings. If true, would this be safe if not touching food? I have not found many good convection oven choices (air fry option a plus). Thanks for your help!

    1. After reading both of your comments, I researched a bit on the model and to find out more information about the toxicity of heated aluminum interior walls. Aluminum is known to leach into food when cooked directly on it (especially with acidic food). I would avoid cooking directly on anything aluminum. With the interior walls being aluminum, I wasn’t able to find conclusive results whether or not it is safe under high heat. It’s my guess that aluminum is ok under high heat on the walls but I can’t say for sure, so the decision is up to you. If there were options that had 100% stainless steel interior walls, I would for sure go that route. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any that are (and only appear like they have stainless steel interiors).

  16. Hi could you please tell me if the Instantpot pro crisp is safe, I can’t decide between that and the ninja that you mentioned.
    Thank you.

  17. Hello, I recently purchased the Gourmia air fryer/toaster oven combo. The interior and the accessories are aluminum. If I replace the accessories with safe ones, do you think the interior being aluminum is toxic? I’m having a really hard time finding something that is safe and functional. Thanks!

  18. Hi I am looking to buy a air fryer and a Teflon free one.I want a square basket.Could you tell me if Ecozy air fryer is Teflon free?Do you have any other suggestions. Thanks

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