Is a Convection Oven Like An Air Fryer?

Is a Convection Oven Like An Air Fryer

The question of whether a convection oven is an air fryer can be difficult to explain for someone who has not had an opportunity to either use one or witness how each one of them operates.

In fact, you might not be able to tell the difference between two foods prepared by either of these kitchen appliances by just tasting or looking at them.

Personally, I’ve had a chance to use both appliances, and here, I’ll settle your curiosity by outlining to you how the two appliances differ from each other and also the similarities that they share.

Without much talk, let’s get straight into it.

What’s a Convection Oven?

A convection oven is a countertop cooking appliance that uses a fan to evenly blow hot air over food to aid the cooking without submerging food into oil. Pretty much the same can be said about air fryers which also use the same technology for the preparation of meals.

So, what really distinguishes these two kitchen appliances from each other?


  • Both a convection oven and air fryer uses a fan to circulate heat over food during cooking
  • They both use very little or no fat at all in preparing meals
  • Both appliances can prepare food with a crispy and crunchy texture without extra fat or grease
  • Convection ovens and air fryers use electricity or gas as the main source of heat
  • Both are countertop appliances


  • Air fryers are a little expensive compared to convection ovens
  • A convection oven can prepare a large amount of food at once making it suitable for bigger families or for parties whereas air fryers prepare food for just a few
  • Air fryers are smaller in size and occupy smaller space on your kitchen counter. They can even be stored in a cupboard as opposed to convection ovens
  • You can’t see through when food is cooking in an air fryer compared to a convection oven
  • Air fryers can be time-consuming more so when cooking large amounts of food. You will need to pull out the cooking basket from time to time and shake for an evenly cooked meal. This is not the case with convection ovens which have wide racks hence, enough space for air circulation
  • Air fryers cook much faster compared to convection ovens. This is due to fan closeness to the food which makes it easy to focus much heat in a relatively small area.

Having seen the differences between a convection oven and an air fryer, some may still ask. Is an air fryer a pressure cooker? Absolutely no. A pressure cooker is by far unrelated to an air fryer and also uses a very different mechanism-pressure steam in cooking.

Bottom Line

So, is an air fryer the same as a convection oven? The simple answer is, no. Despite the many similarities that these two appliances share, the variations are still too evident.

Although many would argue that an air fryer is just a smaller and portable convection oven, it should be noted that the two would work best under different cooking needs.

In my kitchen, I have both appliances and use them under different circumstances. For instance, I use my air fryer a lot since I have a smaller family of just two. It is fast enough to cater to my household’s busy schedule.

However, when I have guests coming over, my convection oven serves me better.

So depending on your different needs and circumstances, you can choose to either have both the appliances or pick on one that will address your needs.

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