We have been on the hunt for the right air fryer for our family for a couple years now. First, we had the bowl type air fryer that could accommodate a large chicken, but if you wanted to fry wings, pork chops, or fries, you would have to do them in multiple batches. Those...
We have been on the hunt for the right air fryer for our family for a couple years now. First, we had the bowl type air fryer that could accommodate a large chicken, but if you wanted to fry wings, pork chops, or fries, you would have to do them in multiple batches. Those bowl types are easy to clean, but it takes a bit longer to make larger quantities. Next, we were on the lookout for the newer types of fryers that use trays and can also be used as a toaster or even roaster/dehydrator. Four air fryers later, we like this one the most although with one big annoyance.
The quality of this air fryer is VERY good. Nearly every part looks solid and well-built.
- Parts appear well-made and of good quality, including interior, exterior, and racks
- 2 heating elements: Top and Bottom. Each can be controlled separately
- Removable tray that can sit in any position, including below the bottom heating element. The latter is a HUGE PLUS -- this allows for easier cleanup as catch tray without inhibiting the air frying functionality
- Can accommodate 3 trays so you can have multiple things fried at the same time (and thus reduce the amount of batches you have to make)
- Heat dissipation was another important point for us: our air fryer is housed on an appliance island underneath the kitchen cabinets, and any heat that could warp them would be a big no-no. This fryer does what others mostly fail at: it pushes the heat out through the bottom right and the middle back through a smaller opening. The top warms up a bit and we address this by pulling the fryer out from underneath the cabinets whenever we''d use it for more than 5 minutes. The end result: the cabinets stayed pretty cool, and if we had a need to cook for a long time, we''d move the fryer onto the island instead.
-- Other fryers we used produced a horrendous amount of heat at the top that literally warmed up the cabinets to a worrying degree (pun intended!)
- Rotisserie function for roasted chicken or tumbling around skewers or the included basket for fries and small items
- Generous amount of cooking space
- The most annoying part of this fryer is that it is not easy to quickly set the temperature and time. You first have to push Menu to cycle to one of the presets, then push Time and/or Temp to adjust either value. We would have preferred knobs for quick settings. Furthermore, for toasting slices of bread or toast, we would have to repeatedly push Menu until it cycled to the "Toast" preset (that''s 14 presses!) Once on Toast, the preset is 430F and 6 minutes. Now you have to hit Time and Temp to change that to 400F and 5 minutes or the bread would be burnt. I could not figure out how to change the Presets'' values. There is a "Preset" button. Pushing it changes Temp to 0F and Time to 1 hour. I cannot for the life of me change it to always be 400F and 5 minutes. Manual does not tell you how, and posting a question on the Amazon product page resulted in no answers. I have not yet emailed the seller/manufacturer for help. Can you tell how frustrated we are with the number of buttons you have to push to just toast your bread in the morning?
Other than temp/time adjustment, we could not really find much fault with this unit. That''s why it''s our favorite among the 5 we have tried. Its best part, once again, is the generous amount of cooking space provided by 3 rows (and a drip catch tray that is placed underneath the bottom heating element.)