5 Best Air Fryer Liners (& 1 to avoid) to Make Cleaning Air Fryer Easier

I recently found a way to clean air fryers without cleaning them. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Enter Air Fryer Liners!

So now food won’t stick to the basket of your air fryer. If you protect the bottom of your air fryer, it won’t get scratched as easily, your food won’t stick, and it will be even easier to clean.

Even though air fryer liners are not necessary, they do make cooking better in more than one way. And since they’re so cheap, there’s really no reason not to at least give them a try.

The Best Air Fryer Liners

These liners are supposed to make cleaning your air fryer easier, but not all live up to the hype.

We had trouble with most of the models we tried. Still, the Loveuing 9.1-inch Air Fryer Disposable Paper Liners and the Infraovens Air Fryer Silicone Mat and Reusable Liners Set worked well.

One of our favorite sets of liners was made of parchment paper, and the other was made of silicone. Both sets were light and had low sides, letting heat move around the food without prolonging the cooking time. We often didn’t have to clean our air-fryer baskets because the liners kept grease and sticky glaze in.

Here are our tested air fryer liners that we believe are the best you can get right now.

Loveuing 9.1-inch Air Fryer Disposable Paper Liners

We liked that these disposable liners didn’t stick and that we didn’t have to clean them or the air-fryer basket. They were strong enough to hold burgers and salmon fillets while we took them out of the air fryer but thin enough to let the heat get to the food.

Their sides were also low enough to make it easy for heat to move around food. Best of all, they fit our winning air fryer’s size and shape and didn’t waste a single inch of cooking space.

Infraovens Air Fryer Silicone Mat and Reusable Liners Set

This set of silicone liners has three different styles. We chose to test the one that can be used with most foods. The sides of this liner were the best part of its design. They were short enough to let air reach the food but tall enough to keep the grease in.

The super thin silicone design transferred heat better than thicker ones, and its network of short, raised bumps lifted food so that air could flow under it. Because of these things, cooking went quickly.

The liner didn’t stick to the pan and was easy to clean. Two problems: This liner wasn’t quite big enough to cover the whole cooking surface of the basket, so fries sometimes spilled over the sides. After use, the basket had to be wiped down quickly. The low sides of the liner also made it hard to get out of the hot basket.

We suggest taking out the cooked food and letting the liner cool down prior to actually folding in the corners and lifting it out.

SMARTAKE Air Fryer Silicone Pot, Easy Cleaning Air Fryer Accessory

This liner, which looked like a square baking dish, caught the drips well and kept us from cleaning the air-fryer basket. It was easy to clean. A rinse in the sink and a trip through the dishwasher took care of most stuck-on food.

We also liked how easy it was to grab the handles with tongs to remove food, how low the sides were, and how the 1.5-millimeter-thick silicone construction helped air flow and heat transfer. Because it was so small, there wasn’t much room to cook, so the food was crowded and cooked a bit unevenly.

TOGOO Air Fryer Disposable Paper Liner 

The low sides of these liners in the shape of a pie plate made it easier for air to flow and heat to move around, so food could cook quickly and evenly.

Grease and sticky glaze didn’t get on the sides, and the liner material really didn’t stick. The liners got a little bit crumpled around the food we cooked in them, which sometimes made it hard to grab the liners and take them out without spilling.

WAVELU Air Fryer Silicone Pot – Replacement of Flammable Parchment Liner Paper

We liked how this cylinder-shaped silicone liner caught all of the grease and drips, so we didn’t have to clean the basket and cooking tray of our air fryer.

Unfortunately, it was hard to clean the liner itself because it wasn’t completely nonstick. Sugary, baked-on glaze was hard to get off, and even after running the silicone through the dishwasher several times, some stubborn bits stayed there.

We had to scrub the silicone liner more than we would have scrubbed the basket of our air fryer.

The high sides of this liner made it hard for air to flow, and the 3-millimeter-thick silicone made it hard for heat to reach the food efficiently, which made cooking take longer.

Airware Aeromats Pro Reusable Air Fryer Liners (Not Recommended)

Food didn’t stick well to these nonstick liners, and grease and crumbs got through the holes and fell off the edges. These things made them useless for cutting down on cleaning time. Even though they were the largest size the brand made, the liners were too small for our air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Disposable Paper Liner Buying Guide

The sudden rise in popularity of ready-made liners for air fryers made us wonder: Would these liners make cleanup faster and give us a better way to avoid scrubbing?

The liners for an air fryer are either made of parchment or silicone. Parchment liners are for one-time use, but silicone ones can be used repeatedly and are usually safe to wash in the dishwasher. We tried both kinds and paid special attention to the ones whose size worked best with our winning air fryer.

Some liners, no matter what they were made of, had holes or gaps to help airflow, while others didn’t. Some models were flat, while others had sides like pie plates or square baking dishes to keep food and grease in.

Some of the silicone models had raised ridges or spikes on the bottom that let air flow under the food and make sure it cooked evenly.

We cooked sticky glazed salmon, greasy burgers with melted cheese, and batch after batch of frozen fries in the liners. Most models didn’t work well because they let grease through or stuck to food.

Most of the models we tested didn’t work very well, but a few were great and meant we didn’t have to clean up after cooking. And many air-fryer baskets can’t go in the dishwasher. So after a long day in the kitchen, it can be nice to just throw a silicone liner in the dishwasher or a paper liner in the trash.

What to Look For

Solid, Nonperforated Liners

One benefit of air frying is that hot air moves around the food, making it crisp on all sides. Some of the liners we tested were made with holes on the surface to help with this, but they didn’t catch grease or crumbs very well. They didn’t do much to keep things clean, and we had to wash our air-fryer baskets just as often as when we didn’t use the liners.

The holes were made so that hot air could flow under the food. Instead, they let grease and crumbs through, which goes against the point of the liners, which was to make cleaning faster.

Parchment or Thin Silicone

As far as the material went, the thinner it was, the better. Parchment was perfect because it had a reasonably high heat conductivity. This means that it lets heat move through the food while keeping crumbs and grease in place. Silicone isn’t very good at moving heat, but some models were thin enough to let heat move through them. We liked liners made of silicone that were less than 2 mm thick.

Liners That Fit Your Machine

We ordered the biggest size of the models we looked at. Some of the liners were still too small for the 10-inch square basket of our winning air fryer. This limited the food we could cook and the space we had to cook it in.

We liked liners at least 9 inches wide, and square liners worked best because they were the same shape as the winner’s basket. The companies that make our favorite liners make them in different sizes and shapes, so you can look for one that fits your air-fryer basket. Before you go shopping, make sure to measure your basket.

Air-fryer baskets and liners come in many different shapes and sizes. Do your research to find a model that fits your basket well. Our winning brands make liners in various sizes, so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Low Sides

Liners that looked like pie plates or square baking dishes did a good job collecting grease and crumbs, but some had high sides that stopped heat from moving. We liked models with lower sides that kept food in but didn’t get in the way of airflow. The sides of our favorite liners were no more than 1.75 inches high.

What to Avoid

Holes

Liners with holes meant to let air flow through them let grease or sticky glaze go right through, making them pretty much useless. They didn’t cut down on cleaning. In fact, using the reusable models with holes meant there was one more thing to wash by hand or put in the dishwasher.

Thick Silicone

The heat was harder to spread through thicker silicone liners than through thinner silicone or parchment liners, so it took food an average of 3 to 4 minutes longer to reach the right temperature.

Heat couldn’t get through the thick silicone, so heat came straight from the top elements. This made food cook at different rates (left). When the paper was thinner, heat could move through it and cook the food more evenly and gently (right).

Liners That Are Too Small

Even though they said, they would work with larger air fryers like the one we chose as the winner, many of the liners we ordered were too small. They cut down on the size of the air fryer’s cooking area and the amount of food it could hold, so food was crowded in and cooked unevenly.

High Sides

Some models had high sides that stopped hot air from moving around and getting to every part of the food we were cooking.

Fans move hot air around in air fryers, which is how they work. Liners with high sides block the flow of air and take cooking longer.

Other Considerations

Spikes and Ridges

Some silicone liners had ridges or spikes on the cooking surface meant to lift food and let air flow under it. Spikes or ridges no more than 14 inches tall kept food off the ground so hot air could flow under it. Taller elements cut into the space that could be used to cook.

FAQs

Can you put paper lining in air fryer?

Yes, you can use rolled parchment paper or special parchment paper with holes made for air fryers. It’s a great way to cut down on time spent cleaning.

The parchment paper liners with holes make cooking and cleaning easier. However, you can always use regular parchment paper in an air fryer, and it’s recommended for foods like cookies. So that cookies don’t fall through the holes or grates. 

What liner can be used in air fryer?

Parchment, unbleached paper, bamboo, and silicon are the ones that people use the most. There are different types of liners no matter what you want to cook or what kind of air fryer you have.

Can I line the bottom of my air fryer with parchment paper?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, it is the best way to keep your air fryer clean, and your food appetizing. Cooking with an air fryer is the best way to get crispy, tender food with less oil.

What kind of paper do you put in the bottom of an air fryer?

Parchment paper. Parchment paper is often used with basket air fryers instead of the oven or paddle-type air fryers to keep food from falling through the holes in the basket.

Final Thoughts on Best Air Fryer Liners

Sure, air fryer liners might sound too good to be true. But take it from us; we’ve tried and tested it and can easily say it’s one of the simplest, most stress-free ways to cook with an Air Fryer.

One of our favorite sets of liners was made of parchment paper, and the other was made of silicone.

Both Loveuing Air Fryer Disposable Paper Liners and Infraovens Air Fryer Silicone Mat were light and had low sides. Which lets heat move around the food without making the cooking time longer.

Most of the time, we didn’t have to clean our air-fryer baskets because the liners kept grease and sticky glaze in.

Give them a try!

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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