Today we are going to discuss the most asked question after getting an air fryer “What to put under air fryer to protect countertop“. This question is asked several times by many air fryer users on my Facebook page. So I decided to explore the solutions to this question with you.
I have also faced the same problem when I got my first air fryer in 2018. I had placed my air fryer at the corner of my granite countertop without any protection. And run my device 45 minutes to 1 hour per day.
But after some days I noticed that the bottom portion of my kitchen countertop heavily heated up and some color faded. So I decided to give protection to my countertop as well as my air fryer from heat issues.
Then I dived a deep search on the internet with the question of what can I put under my air fryer to protect my countertop? At the same time, I found some people also claimed that the granite countertop cracked by the excessive heat of their air fryer.
After a lot of research, I found some solutions which I have described below. But I should first answer how an air fryer can cause cracking on a granite countertop.
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Will an air fryer damaged a granite countertop?
Granite is found in the earth’s crust. And also the hardest natural building material with having high heat resistivity up to 1200°F. This material is so beautiful because of the crystal structure. The availability at an affordable price in our local market makes it more popular. So most people are using granite as the kitchen countertop.
They assuming granite is a good heat absorber and does not crack by any heat shock. This fact sounds true because we mentioned above that granite can be heatproof up to 1000°F. So they using any oven appliances without any protection on the granite countertop.
Because it is a natural material, so there may be some imperfection in build quality. Your granite may be a small crack or the full granite sheet are not strong equally from each side. We all know our air fryer quickly catches the heat and slowly cold. In this way, your granite also faces athermal shock effect in which it quickly heat and cold. So the little crack can come out with big damage.
We found granite is a good heat-resistant material but sometimes there may be damage or cracked due to our air fryer and other ovens heat. So why should take the risk? It may be a costly mistake in your life. So using a cheap affordable heat-resistant protector mat can help your granite countertop from any damage. So what to put under the air fryer to protect the countertop.
What To Put Under Air Fryer To Protect Countertop?
You can use anything which is well heat insulated and also provide an anti-skid surface to your air fryer. It may be a silicone heat resistant mat, wooden cutting board, bamboo chopping board, glass cutting board, old ceramic tiles, stove burner cover, seasoned timber.
If you have an expensive air fryer like Philips and other well-featured air fryers, the manufacture provides rubber insulation under their air fryer. That time I do not recommend using any heat-proof material, It will be a bad deal for you.
Silicone mat for air fryer is a good heat resistant material, it can bear up to 450°F heat as well as cold of -40°F. So you can use a silicone mat as a heat protector for your countertop and also as a refrigerator shelf mat.
I am using a Gasare silicone mat, the mat size is 25″ x 17″. Almost every size of silicone heat resistant mat easily available in our market or on Amazon. wellhouse Extra Large (23.6 x 15.7 inch) silicone mat can hold a big size air fryer. Almost all the good quality mats available under $30, a small price can save your countertop from damage.
If you have a small size air fryer then Smithcraft Silicone Pot Mat will be your best choice (7.5×7.5) perfect for a 2-3 quart size air fryer. Your air fryer will always well fix on your countertop surface because the silicone mat provides an anti-skid surface.
These mats are made up of high-quality silicone material. That’s why the durability enhances the life span and flexibility helps to roll up and easy storage. Silicone is washable after getting oil stains while cooking, so they provide a hygenic cooking experience and also reusable after once use.
These silicone mats well a countertop protector for air fryers. If you are confused to choose one, don’t worry I have shortlisted the best silicone heat resistant mat for air fryer.
I love this non-skid insulator mat because of the Steel silvery pattern. You can clean this mat without washing it. Just wipe the upper layer of the mat with a moist cloth.
This mat is well heat proof up to 450°F and absorb all heat produce by your air fryer. The size (20″ x 17″) which is favourable for all mediumm size air fryer.
The unique pattern design grip with your counter surface and provide a non-skid stable surface to your air fryer. You can also use it underneath your coffee maker and toaster ovens. If you have two mats, you can use one for your air fryer and another under to keep hot dishes.
I found one genuine buyer on amazon who shares her experience with that an ” insulated protector that grips the countertop while preventing excessive damaging heat to her Formica top”.
A wooden cutting board is also a good heatproof material. If you have an extra cutting board in your home, then why you spend on buying mats. These are big and rectangular in size. Almost all air fryers and ovens fit inside its size.
They can easily resist up to 500°F heat and protect from damaging your countertop. I found lots of females using a wood cutting board and also other materials like glass cutting board, ceramic tiles, etc.
These also slightly weigh up to 1 pound, so they do not slide easily and provides a stable surface for your oven appliances. These are washable after every use.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to protect your countertop from excesiive heat, then old plain ceramic tiles are the best choice. If you have left some ceramic tiles after your home constructions then you can use it.
These ceramic tiles are high heat resistant power and easy to clean the surface from oil and food stain. But there are some problems ceramic tiles have little height edge where some dust always kept after cleaning.
You have to shift all time for every clean. Hard to difficult large size tiles, where your air fryer could easily fit. So you can check on Amazon, you will find all size ceramic tiles at an affordable price. And remember to check the underneath your air fryer while using it for the first time.
If you have an extra bamboo chopping board, then you can use it under your air fryer to protect the kitchen countertop. These are also good heatproof as a wooden cutting board.
You can found this easily in your market or other online e-commerce websites. Most of the people using these types of cutting boards and share their experiences with us on our Facebook page. You can use it both cutting vegetables and counter protector for your air fryer.
It can be washable and easy to storage. No stain left behind it after cooking. So these are highly suggested by many people. So you can use it under your air fryer.
Another suggested product by air fryer users is a glass cutting board, These types of the cutting board look so beautiful under oven appliances. You can use it as a decorative protector mat.
The glass cutting board is not highly heatproof, although it can resist the normal air fryer heat. So you can use it as a heat resistant counter protector.
Almost all model ovens fit inside the area of the glass cutting board. These are washable and reusable. Work well against oil stains and food stains.
Where to put an air fryer in the kitchen?
The air fryer is a small size kitchen convectional appliances. It is working on hot air technology, so it produces a lot of heat while in the working mode. If you use it carelessly and do not know where to put your air fryer in the kitchen. Then you may be facing some dangerous accident which loss your property and life.
Almost every air fryer weight is more than 10 pounds, so always use a stable fixed surface like kitchen countertop, table, etc. Never use it on your shelf, it may befall down. Always try to use where your air fryer plug easily reaches the power outlet otherwise you have to use an extension cord.
Always use a heat-resistant counter protector under your air fryer and allow five inches vent area from the wall where your air fryer hot air exhaust from inside. After knowing the full basics, you should also read the instruction carefully provided by your air fryer manufacturer inside the box. I have also an article with detailed instructions on how to use an air fryer in 10 steps. If you are a newbie you should definitely visit the article, it will be very much informative for you.
Some asked FAQ
1. Can you put air fryer on stove top?
Never put your air fryer directly on the stovetop, otherwise, your air fryer will meltdown. And maybe cause of life and property loss. Remember never forget to unplug your air fryer, if there is no use for it.
2. Should I put something under the air fryer?
Air fryer can produce a lot of heat during the working mode. And all the heat transfer through the bottom portion of the air fryer to your kitchen countertop. If your countertop is good to absorb heat then there is no worry.
Unless your countertop is not good for heat, you should put some heat resistant material under your air fryer. It will save your countertop from heat shock damage.
Last verdict for what to put under air fryer to protect countertop
We have discussed our query on what to put under the air fryer to protect the countertop and their solutions. I hope you get some information, air fryer is a small oven appliance. So its produce heat can crack your granite countertop. So always use any product from the above you can prohibit the heat to reach your counter.
A silicone mat, wooden cutting board, glass cutting board are well heat resistor and also provide a non-skid surface. They are washable and reusable. So why should take the risk with your countertop? Invest a little money and you will get great protection.