One of the biggest-selling appliances on eBay, the Maxkon air fryer has fast become one of the most popular new ways of cooking.

Last year Aussies spent $2.7 million on air fryers — a 20 per cent increase on 2017.

One customer says she lost 8 kilos in one month using the popular item.

“We are on a six week diet that allows no sugar, no carbs and no dairy (pretty much no reason to live!),” the woman said in the reviews section on eBay.

“I thought it was going to be really difficult but this little device makes everything really tasty. Even with nothing but salt and pepper, but I make up a mixture of crushed garlic, fresh herbs (I use parsley, rosemary, thyme and a little fresh chilli) with some oil.

“I make enough to last a week and keep it in the fridge. Put a little on my defrosted meat and fresh veg and chuck it all in together. 10-25 minutes later it’s amazing every time!”

It bares striking similarities to its rival, the Philips digital air fryer, with both boasting features of rapid air technology, an oven that allows the use of little to no oil (reducing it by as much as 80 per cent, leading to less calories) and a time allowing you to cook and go.

The Philips air fryer is on sale for $299.

eBay sells a Maxkon air fryer every 2 hours.

“It takes a few goes to figure out how long you want things to cook for. It has a picture of the different meats and automatically sets it to a suggested cooking time but you may have to tweak it and go a little more or less,” the woman explained in her review.

eBay Australia trendwatcher Julie Nestor told news.com.au she was not surprised by the statistics.

“At just half the price of other models out there, this Maxkon air fryer is seriously good value. It’s no wonder Aussies are snapping them up in droves,” Ms Nestor said.

“Perfect for busy mums who are always on the lookout for nourishing dinner options that require minimal effort, the air fryer offers a new way to make healthier versions of our favourite fried foods — from chips to chicken nuggets.”

Items purchased for the kitchen are up 17 per cent year on year, with nearly $19 million spent in 2018 on eBay, making it the biggest growth of any room in the home.

The site predicts $621 million will be spent by Aussies in home improvements this year.

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