Do air fryers & multi cookers save money? 5x times more savings than using an oven

Published On: June 23, 2022

Do air fryers & multi-cookers save money?

YES, 5x times more savings than using an oven

In a time when energy consumption and the cost of living is at the forefront of most household’s minds, we at Instant Brands wanted to understand how our products can benefit you at home – in more ways than just cooking delicious meals!

A recent independent study has revealed that when cooking in an Air Fryer or Pressure Cooker, you can save money – more than 80% energy and cost compared to an electric oven. The research by Unconventional Connections put our products to the test, cooking a chicken recipe in each appliance and comparing the same recipe to that of an electric oven. And the results are just as we anticipated…

save more than 80% energy and cost

Testing Process

For reliability of results, each recipe was cooked three times in each appliance. To understand the energy demand for each recipe and appliance, electricity meters were connected to the pressure cooker and air fryer; whilst for the oven, preheating and cooking steps were timed and manufacturer information was used to determine energy consumption. We measured the temperature of the chicken before and after cooking, to ensure the chicken was cooked and shown similar conditions.

The Recipes

We tested a whole Roasted Parmesan Chicken Recipe for comparing the energy consumption of an Instant Pot Pro Crisp and an electric oven, and a Cajun Roast Chicken Recipe was followed to compare the energy required to cook the chicken using an Instant Vortex Plus ClearCook Air Fryer and electric oven.

The Results

Instant Pot vs. Electric Oven

Pressure cooking used on average 0.57 kWh per kg of raw chicken, which is equivalent to an average of 4.4 times less energy required to roast the chicken in the oven. (With minimum and maximum values showing energy saving ranges from 4 to 4.7 times from the three cooking tests).

Instant Pot used for cooking chicken in the test

Instant Air Fryer vs. Electric Oven

Air Frying consumes on average 0.44 kWh per kg of raw chicken, which represents on average 5.2 times less energy than what is consumed when cooking in the oven for the same recipe. (Energy saving ranges from 4.7 to 5.7 times from the three cooking tests)

Instant Air Fryer used in test to cook chicken

What does this mean for me?

The findings of the study conclusively show that both the Instant Pot Pro Crisp and Vortex Plus ClearCook Air Fryer consume much less energy than an electric oven when cooking a roast chicken.

This is because air frying and pressure cooking are essentially a more intense cooking process. They preheat in next to no time and are much more efficient as you don’t need to heat an entire oven, and instead cook your food in a more concentrated and smaller area. Keep the heat in = energy saver! And less energy used, means lower energy costs to save money, and reduced carbon footprint associated with the use of electricity when cooking.

It’s win-win when it comes to cooking with Instant Pressure Cookers and Air Fryers.

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Read the full study here.

*Pressure cookers: A study was conducted to assess energy usage in a 2400W electric oven and Pro Crisp 8L Multi Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer when cooking the same Roast Chicken recipe.
Air Fryers: A study was conducted to assess energy usage in a 2400W electric oven and Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook & OdourErase when cooking the same Roast Chicken recipe.