Can You Put an Air Fryer in the Dishwasher?

When it comes to cleaning an air fryer, a common question is whether its components are dishwasher safe. The answer largely depends on the specific model of your air fryer and the manufacturer’s instructions. However, many air fryers are designed with dishwasher-safe parts to simplify the cleaning process.

Understanding Dishwasher-Safe Parts

1. Removable Baskets and Trays

  • Most air fryers feature a removable basket, tray, or both, which are typically dishwasher safe. These are the parts that come into direct contact with food and can accumulate grease and food particles.

2. Accessories

  • If your air fryer came with additional accessories, such as racks, skewers, or pans, these might also be dishwasher safe. Always check the manual to confirm.

3. The Main Unit

  • The main unit of the air fryer, which contains the heating element and electronics, should never be placed in the dishwasher. This part must be cleaned carefully by hand, avoiding water contact with electrical components.

Tips for Dishwasher Cleaning

1. Check the Manufacturer’s Instructions

  • Before placing any part of your air fryer in the dishwasher, consult the user manual. Manufacturers will specify which parts are dishwasher safe.

2. Pre-Rinse if Necessary

  • If there’s heavy residue, give the basket, tray, or any accessories a quick rinse under hot water to remove the bulk of the grease and food particles.

3. Use a Gentle Dishwashing Cycle

  • For dishwasher-safe parts, using a gentle cycle can help prevent any damage from high heat or harsh detergents.

4. Allow to Dry Completely

  • After washing, ensure all parts are completely dry before reassembling the air fryer. This prevents moisture from damaging the appliance or leading to mold and mildew growth.

Cleaning the Main Unit

  • For the main unit, use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior. The interior can be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth or sponge to remove any grease or residue. Make sure it’s unplugged and completely cool before cleaning.


Many air fryer components are designed to be dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze. However, it’s crucial to consult your air fryer’s manual to determine which parts can safely be washed in this manner. Proper care and maintenance not only ensure your air fryer remains in good working condition but also extend its lifespan, allowing you to enjoy healthier cooking for years to come.

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