Air fryers are popular these days. However, it can get very hot, and when you place the air fryer on the countertops it can damage it.
To fight this problem you can use a heat resistant mat or the below alternative to safely use your air fryer.
Let’s get started:
Can I put Air Fryer on the Countertop?
If your kitchen countertop is made of heat resistant materials, then you don’t have to worry about it. However, if it’s not then you need to use a heat resistant mat for this. Heat resistant countertops include Granite, Aluminum, Copper, Stainless Steel and Terrazo.
Can you use an air fryer on a granite countertop?
Granite is one of the most durable and heat resistant countertop materials. It can withstand up to 1,200 degrees. You can use kitchen gadgets such as air fryer, microwave, instant pot and slow cooker on top of a granite countertop.
Granite prices may vary depending upon the thickness, color, and quality. But the tiles will cost you around $5 – $13 while slabs will cost anything between $50 – $200.
Can you use an air fryer on a formica countertop?
Formica countertops are popular these days and can withstand up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time. You cannot use air fryer on top of Formica without using a heat resistant mat or trivet.
Formica is also known as laminated countertops thus it cannot withstand much temperatures. You cannot place hot pan or pot on top of it for longer period of time or it’ll damage the Formica surface easily.
Stainless Steel Countertop
Stainless steel countertops are popular in restaurant kitchens and not effected by heat. Stainless steel can withstand a lot of heat and abuse. You can use air fryer, microwave oven, instant pot and pressure cookers with pan and pot easily without using any heat resistant trivet.
However, stainless steel kitchens requires a lot of maintenance and is good for restaurants only. Plus they are costlier than other types of countertops.
Concrete countertops are very heat resistant but avoid placing hot pots or pans on sealed surfaces, since the heat can damage or discolor the sealer. They are best for kitchen appliances that gets heated around 400 F or more. Plus they are inherently durable and easy to clean and maintain.
Corian countertops are heat resistant up to 200 degrees without damaging the surface. Making them suitable for any kitchen appliances such as air fryers, instant pots and slow cookers.
Corian surfaces are better than laminate but still lack the durability and aesthetics that you would find with stone such as quartz. This is one of the primary reasons Corian offers poor resale value compared to quartz.
Quartz countertops can withstand temperatures up to 150 degrees only. So they cannot withstand temperatures of air fryers, microwave oven, pressure cookers & hot pan. It is highly recommended to use a heat resistant pad to protect your countertop.
Prices for quartz countertops range from about $100 to $200 per square foot for the materials and professional installation. So it’s better to protect your quartz from high temperatures like 400 F or beyond.
As we’ve already discussed a lot about different coutertops, now if you’re moved to a new house and don’t know about your kitchen countertop material, what it is made of then no worries in the next we;ll discuss about it.
How do I know if my Countertop is Heat Resistant?
Here is a excellent video of differences of Granite from other stone surfaces or Marble:
So there it goes to the stone surface part. But how do you tell if it’s a stone or a laminated surface – it is simple.
When you touch the stone surface, it’ll be colder in winter but laminated surfaces are not so cold. Even you can use a stick as try to knock the surface- laminated surface will make a high pitch sound where as stone surface will produce a base sound.
What can I put under air fryer when working on a non-heat resistant countertop?
The best method is to use a silicone mat for this purpose. You can buy a large one place it all over the countertop or you can buy a small one and place it just under the air fryer or similar items. You can check out the large silicone mat as well as a pack of small silicone mat from Amazon.