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I test kitchen gear for a living and the Instant Pot Vortex is my fave air fryer — plus it's nearly 50% off

I've got all the kitchen appliances you can think of, but I turn to my air fryer more often than any of the others. And for good reason— they let you crisp foods without a lot of oil, they're a lot more efficient than a regular oven and they're super easy to clean. One of the best air fryers on the market? The Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-in-1. And now this 4-quart version is nearly 50% off on Amazon, bringing it down to $86 (was $160).

This compact yet efficient air fryer has so many functions: air fry, broil, roast, dehydrate, bake and reheat. Plus, it's easy to clean.

$86 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

It's made by the people behind the iconic Instant Pot, so you know it comes from a quality brand. It's also the No.1 bestselling air fryer on Amazon and has over 51,000 five-star reviews. But best of all? At $86 it's at a Black Friday price!

Why do I need this?

This small yet mighty air fryer can also broil, roast, dehydrate, bake and reheat. It features customizable programs for frequently cooked foods like wings, roasted veggies and more. What we especially love about it is that it has little to no preheating time, making it ideal for quick dinners. The 4-quart size is just right for whipping up snacks for the game or a meal for two.

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The Instant Vortex Plus is the compact bestseller we recommend when a friend is in the market for an air fryer. (Amazon)

What reviewers say:

"LOVE this," exclaimed one happy five-star reviewer. "LOVE this. Why did I wait so long to buy it. Not only do I get the taste and texture of fried food, I'm not scraping the grease off everything in the kitchen for a week afterward. My only regret is that I waited so long to buy it."

Another said it transformed their weekly food routine. "This was the best purchase I made in all of 2023! It heats up fast, cooks food fast, and is easy to clean. I've definitely saved money on my electric bill by using this oven vs my full-sized range oven. It also doesn't heat up my small kitchen area in the summer. I highly recommend this oven for small kitchens, small spaces/studio apartments, or just to save money on your electric bill."

"I wasn't too keen on adding yet another kitchen gadget to our hoard, but I changed my mind almost immediately after getting it," raved this final shopper. "We use it basically every day for chicken nuggets, fish sticks, grilled cheese sandwiches, reheating frozen burritos, basically anything you can think of that'll fit in it, you can cook it. The cooking space is absolutely cavernous and the touch buttons on the front are easy to use. Make sure to leave space behind it, since that's where it exhausts the hot air."

The Instant Pot Vortex Plus is the No. 1 bestselling air fryer on Amazon and has over 51,000 five-star reviews. 

$86 at Amazon

Oh, and if you want to avoid having to look up the cook time and temperature for various foods every time you use your new appliance, this handy air fryer cheat sheet booklet is the perfect accessory to add to your cart.

This cute little guide contains instructions for cooking over 120 types of foods in your air fryer, from proteins and veggies to desserts. Stick it right on the fridge thanks to the magnet on the back!

$10 at Amazon

"Love this product!" gushed one home chef. "Love it so much that I bought several to give to relatives. Sturdy, very magnetic backing, and wipes clean easily. Lots of great information and a time saver since I don’t have to research cooking times online now!"

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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