Difference Between Air Fryers and Convection Ovens

In this age and day, cooking should not be a lengthy and stressing activity. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are kitchen appliances that makes it easy, fast, and convenient to cook your favorite meals even with the least if time at your disposal. Two of the most popular of such kitchen countertop appliances are the airfryer and the convection oven. They are fast, easy to use and highly reliable. These being some of the things they have in common, there are some significant differences, especially since these are two completely different cooking devices. But what exactly is the difference between them?

Below is a summary of the difference between the airfryer and the convection oven.

Convectional ovens

In essence, convection ovens cook food through radiation from a heating element to heat the food. Most models of this device are equipped with fans on the side of the interior, which help circulate support for even transfer of heat to food being cooked. This technology is referred to as convective heat transfer. The appliance can cook food through baking, roasting, broiling, and even toasting of bread.

Air fryer

The airfryer on the other hand is a kitchen appliance for the counter top, which can be used or frying, and cooking Different kinds of foods in various ways. It employs rapid air technology, where the hot air from a heating element and a system of fans is what gets the food cooked.

What is the difference between air fryer and a convection oven?

The major differences between the two kitchen countertop devices can be noticed when one considers the method of cooking, temperature, time taken for meals to get ready, physical look and feel, and cooking technology employed by the appliances, as well as prices, lifespan and maintenance needs.

Looks, Sizes and Build

A standard convection oven is a rectangular shaped appliance that is compact in a way for kitchen space saving. It has a one or several trays where food is placed for cooking depending on the particular model. On the other hand, airfryers have a more compact size with an oval or circular shape that extends vertically. They have a retractable basket where food is placed for cooking.

Cooking Methods and Food Quantity

Generally, the airfryer allows you to not only fry your food, but with the appliance you can also grill, bake, and roast different kinds of food. The convection oven can also bake, roast, toast, and broil.

With a convection oven, you can cook a higher amount of food than you can with the airfryer. This is because of two main differences. That the arfryer is generally smaller and thus can accomodate smaller batches of food to cook at a time; and that the rapid air technology of cooking requires adequate spacing so that food can get heated and cooked evenly.

Airfrying and Fans

In both these devices, heat is delivered through air molecules and so it is in indirect contact with food. Howevwr, while all airfryers come with inbuilt fans for circulation of air to heat the food cooked, not all convection ovens may posses fan technology.

Cooking Time and Food Quality

With an airfryer, the resulting food is in most cases crispier, more tasty and better flavored. It is oil free and thus a healthier cooking appliance as compared to most others. As for the convection oven, resulting food is often juicier and less crispy. The later device has a toasting function for bread as well. It takes lesser time to cook with an airfryer than a convection oven

Price and Lifespan

More often than not, price and lifetime of either of the two cookers will largely depend on the product brand and model. However, convection ovens are generally more expensive than their airfryer counterparts. Airfryers also tend to have a longer lifespan as compared to convection ovens, mostly due to the design of the former, which is meant to last long. However, determinants factors for durability such as maintenance and rightful use also factor into play.

Maintenance and Cleaning

How easy it is to maintain and keep a kitchen device clean, is important when it comes to convenience of use. This forms the basis of Difference between the two products as it is easier to deal with an airfryer than it is for the convection oven. The main reason for this is because while the airfryer has a guard where dripping oil from food collects while cooking, the most models of the alternative device lack one. It means that it can get messier and more problematic to clean and maintain a convection oven.


Welcome! I'm Chris, and I love to cook. I found Air Fryer a couple of years ago when looking for more useful ways to keep the nutritional value of food when cooking. Friends have asked me lots of questions about Air Fryer, so I wanted to start this blog to help my findings to share with them and all of you. I hope you will enjoy it!

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