Is an Air Fryer Cheaper to Run than an Oven?

Have you ever wondered in an Air Fryer is cheaper to run than an oven? If you’re looking to save money on electricity costs, it turns out an oven can be quite expensive to run. And with electricity prices so high in 2023, using appliances that are cheaper to run has never made more sense.

Is an Air Fryer Cheaper to Run than an Oven

Is an Air Fryer Cheaper to Run than an Oven?

Generally, an air fryer is cheaper to run than an oven. This is because an air fryer uses a smaller amount of electricity and heats up much faster than an oven, which means it can cook food faster and more efficiently.

I compared the average kWh of oven to the average kWh of popular Air Fryers available in Australia. The Air Fryers tended to use less than half the electricity that an oven uses.

How Much Does it Cost to Run an Air Fryer?

Based on 2023 electricity prices (taken from averages in NSW) it will cost around $0.50-$0.60 to run an Air Fryer for an hour. An electric oven will cost around around $1.20-$2 to run. The running cost will depend on your electricity deal and how powerful your oven and air fryer is.

While this doesn’t sound like a lot. Over the course of a year, this will really add up. In fact depending on how much you use your oven, an air fryer could pay for itself within a year or two.

Because an Air Fryer is quicker to heat up, you don’t need to run it as long. Depending on your oven model it can take 15-20mins to reach the desired cooking temperature.

Obviously if you’re cooking for a lot of people and need to cook food in batches in the Air Fryer, it could end up being more expensive.

The bottom line

It’s cheaper to run an Air Fryer. An Air Fryer draws less power and can heat up and cook food slightly faster than most ovens. With electricity prices currently so high in Australia, an Air Fryer is one way to save money on electricity in the long run although it would take a couple of years worth of meals to recover the costs of buying the air fryer. While most people probably won’t buy an air fryer only to save money on electricity it is one good pro of using an air fryer vs an oven.

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