Air fryers and convection ovens have much in common. Both have built-in heating elements – as well as a fan – that induces convection effect to turn raw food into prepared meals.
Both use little to no oil to prepare your favorite dishes. That’s where the similarities end and differences begin.
- Heating Mechanism
Air fryers, as you might know by now, have a heating element built into their roof.
That isn’t the case with convection ovens. These devices emit heat from both the top as well as bottom. This allows them to cook food quickly.
- Food placement
Air fryers tend to be compact and allow you to stack your food in layers.
Convection ovens, because of their wider dimensions, have all the room in the world to let you spread out your meal on their rack.
- Fan placement
Air fryers’ manufacturers place the fan right above the heating element, thereby making it easy for the fan to disperse heat. However, in the case of convection ovens, the fan is built into the device’s back side.
Multiple accessories are available in the package of top rated air fryers. They include racks, trays, skewers for kebabs, and spits for rotisseries. Convection ovens, on the contrary, mostly come alone.