AIR FRYER VS. CONVECTION OVEN
An air fryer can be thought of as a sort of mini convection oven. Both appliances use a fan to circulate heated air throughout the cooking cavity. However, a convection oven has a larger capacity. Some convection ovens even have a dedicated Air Fry setting that optimizes the cooking environment for crispy, air fried results.
Because of its smaller size, an air fryer—or a countertop oven on the air fry setting—usually circulates the air a bit faster than in a convection oven. This can sometimes give you a crispier finish that is just a bit closer to an actual deep-fried finish, depending on your recipe.
A convection oven has the same advantages over an air fryer as a regular oven—size. If you’re making multiple dishes or batches of food, a convection oven can help prepare it all at once. But if you’re simply preparing one pan of crispy fried cauliflower, an air fryer might be just the right size and can save you the time of heating an entire oven.
For maximum flexibility, why not have both? Use your air fryer or countertop oven for single batches and your KitchenAid® convection oven for bigger jobs. Having additional countertop options is also helpful for when you’re preparing dishes with different cooking needs. Air fry some appetizers in your countertop oven while you slow-roast your entree in the convection oven.
Learn more about how a convection oven works and how to use it.