Want to know how much it costs to run an air fryer? Use the air fryer energy cost calculator below to see how much it costs to run an air fryer after the October 2022 energy price increase in the UK.
Note: This air fryer energy cost calculator uses the October 2022 energy price figure of £0.34 per kWh as default, you can adjust the price to match your price if it's different.
[adinserter block="2"]How much electricity does an air fryer use?
I think we can all agree that air fryers are amazing, and their ability to cook food with minimal effort is definitely one of the many reasons we love them. But what about electricity consumption, how much electricity does an air fryer use?
There's no one size fits all answer to this question, the power consumption of an air fryer depends on a few factors:
- The size of the air fryer
- The wattage rating
- How long you use it
- The temperature you cook at
Most small to mid-sized air fryers on the market today range from 1400-1800 watts, and consume about 1.4 kWh - 1.8 kWh of electricity per hour of use.
Some larger air fryers can get all the way up to 2500 watts per hour, that's a whopping 2.5kWh of electricity per hour of use.
If you have a small family or don't need to cook large portions, it would be much more cost-effective to get a smaller air fryer with a lower wattage rating.
How much does it cost to run an air fryer?
To calculate the running cost of an air fryer, you'll need to know two things:
- The wattage rating of your air fryer (you can find this in the instruction manual or search online for your model number)
- How much you pay per kWh for electricity (you can find this on your electric bill)
Example: If you have a 1500-watt air fryer, you need to divide this by 1000 to convert it to kWh (Kilo means 1000), so that would equate to the air fryer using 1.5kWh of electricity per hour.
Now that you know the kWh value, you need to multiply it by the cost per kWh. The calculation will look like this, (1500/1000 x 0.34) which will equate to £0.51 per hour of usage.
To break it down to minutes you need to use this calculation, 0.51/60 which equals 0.0085. Then multiply 0.0085 by the number of minutes you want. For example:
- The running cost for 30 minutes would be 0.0085 x 30 = £0.26
- The running cost for 20 minutes would be 0.0085 x 20 = £0.17
- The running cost for 15 minutes would be 0.0085 x 15 = £0.13
- The running cost for 10 minutes would be 0.0085 x 10 = £0.09
- The running cost for 5 minutes would be 0.0085 x 5 = £ 0.04
* All the values above are rounded to the nearest pence.
Please note that the example above uses the October 2022 average energy price figure of £0.34 per kWh. If you're paying more or less per kWh, you can replace the 0.34p in the example with your price per kWh.
Will an air fryer save me money?
Yes, an air fryer will save you money compared to using an electric oven to cook something like oven chips for example, because an average air fryer like the Pro Breeze 4.2L air fryer consumes roughly 1400 watts per hour whereas an electric oven consumes an average of 2000-2400 watts per hour.
Air fryer vs single oven running cost
Air Fryer | Single Oven | |
Wattage | 1400W | 2000W |
Cost per kWh | £0.34 | £0.34 |
10 minutes | £0.08 | £0.11 |
20 minutes | £0.16 | £0.23 |
30 minutes | £0.24 | £0.34 |
60 minutes | £0.48 | £0.68 |
An air fryer will also save you money if you're comparing it to an induction hob or ceramic hob. Again, an average mid-sized air fryer will use around 1400-1500 watts per hour and an induction hob and ceramic will range between 1500-2000 watts per hour respectively.
Air fryer vs ceramic/induction hob running cost
Air Fryer | Ceramic/Induction Hob | |
Wattage | 1400W | 1800W |
Cost per kWh | £0.34 | £0.34 |
10 minutes | £0.08 | £0.10 |
20 minutes | £0.16 | £0.20 |
30 minutes | £0.24 | £0.31 |
60 minutes | £0.48 | £0.61 |
Besides the overall energy consumption, an air fryer will also save you money because they cook incredibly fast. So, less energy and less time equal money and time saved!
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