Is it worth investing in an air fryer?

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That kitchen appliance du jour — the air fryer — continues to enjoy its star turn. Currys reports sales of air fryers have jumped by 356 per cent on the same time last year. Lakeland says almost 300 per cent more people have snapped up its 3L digital crisp air fryer (£119, in the year to date.

I confess to feeling somewhat snooty towards air fryers — however, I can’t keep count of the numbers of friends, family and acquaintances waxing lyrical about theirs, with their poor ovens gathering dust.

From what I had understood, the air fryer’s specialist subject is beige freezer food and I’d long resisted littering my precious expanse of worktop with yet another gadget — especially one quite so