In addition to the T-Fal’s heating technology, its unique self-stirrer made a huge difference. Unlike the other models that required us to take the basket out and shake every few minutes, we were able to leave the T-fal alone for the allotted cook time and carry on with our day. It was a win-win for convenience: We were spared an arm workout, and we didn’t have to babysit our air fryer. And at the end of it all, the T-fal still cooked the most evenly of all our products.
Considering a price tag of less than $100 we can definitely see a couple of trade-offs as a result of keeping the price as low as possible. There is no digital display, making everything a tad bit harder and less accurate to use. Expectantly, the design comes with the classic issue of accidentally setting the timer too long and not being able to dial it back.
After seeing the wild response to our Air Fryer video — and learning Pinterest saves for Air Fryer recipes were up 1,809 percent this year— we realized we needed to test the limits of this device, with a roundup of the most incredible things you can make in one. From mains to sides to desserts and snacks — they've got all the crisp, and none of the oil. Live your healthiest life, because it now includes fried food.
If you’ve been fighting the temptation of fried chicken for the sake of your healthy diet, you can finally indulge guilt free. This spicy, crispy chicken emerges from the air fryer with all the flavor and crunch you’ve been craving. For the best flavor, be sure to let the chicken marinate as instructed—if you have the time, go the full 12 hours. The results are worth it.
We put this to the test with chicken pieces, chips and fish, all of which came out crispy and equally browned on all sides. Of course, as recommended by most recipes, we also flipped the food items midway through cooking. Don’t expect the same results if you don’t do this. Overall, it was clear all sides of the food were exposed to the hot air circulating around.
Unfortunately we didn’t get our hands on this model but from reading dozens of reviews one thing consistently props up and it’s to do with hear. Let’s say you’re cooking chips and then you need to turn them over. It has been reported that the drawer expands due to the high temperatures, making removing and re-inserting it extremely difficult. It gets so bad that some users have reported waiting for the appliance to cool down so the drawer regains its original shape.
If you dislike the texture of quinoa, then you’re correct. It’s crumbly and often mushy, but if you take it one step further and let it cool and toss with just a tablespoon of oil, the air fryer transforms it into a cracklin'-crisp grain that’s ideal as the base of a grain bowl or sprinkled over greens for a crunchy salad topping. Before, you could only achieve that texture by deep-frying, then draining all those grains; now, it only takes an extra 20 minutes while you bring the rest of your meal together and set the table.
One other drawback is the Brio is pretty loud. There were a couple others that were louder, but this one was noticeably noisy. It is not something you would think of right away when preparing to purchase an air fryer, especially since deep-fat fryers are loud too, but it is somewhat annoying to have to talk over the Brio. If you prefer an air fryer that generates less noise, consider the Power Fryer XL.
Recent standout releases include Clear TV, the Copper Chef lineup, as well as other products bearing the Power Air Fryer brand name. In fact, since they use the same Rapid Air cyclonic technology and pre-set functionality, it’s worth pointing out that we performed an in-depth review of the Air Fryer, which could help provide some meaningful insight into some of what you might expect:
These certainly looked like they'd be crunchy, but a single bite gave way to a pretty boring, chewy, and flavorless taste. My hypothesis is that since frozen vegetables are slightly more processed and designed to be cooked straight out of the bag, they're more likely to taste delicious after one Airfryer session. But fresh produce proved too raw — and resistant — to the heating powers of the Airfryer.
Would not recommend this product. The basket is VERY hard to get in and out. Purchased one and returned it for that reason and got a new one, this one worked for a bit but started having the same problem. Then the outside part of the basket broke off, making it impossible for the unit to turn on without holding the basket in place. Have had for 9 months and the company will not replace the basket outside part and told me I would need to buy another one instead. Very very disappointing.
In terms of accessories, you get an e-book and physical cookbook with more than 40 recipes. Perhaps the biggest incentive to give this air fryer a go, is the 2 year warranty which suggests a quality build. However; we did find it hard to slide the bottom drawer or ‘container’ back in and it required multiple attempts. In fact, several online reviews have also pointed out this issue and it looks to be a design oversight from the brand.
Unlike most models in this price category, it doesn’t have digital controls. While it’s not huge, it is taller than typical toaster ovens. It accommodates two pounds of fries, six slices of bread and according to Cuisinart, a four-pound chicken. If you love to toss everything in the dishwasher, be aware that all the parts need to cleaned by hand. But unless you already have a toaster oven that you love, the Cuisinart is a worth considering for its versatility.
Hi Helen–I would try oiling the basket of the fryer but brush it with regular oil and don’t use Pam. I didn’t have to do this with this chicken, but a good method for getting breading to stick to whatever you’re cooking is to make sure that the flour is almost like paste–which should happen here because of the buttermilk soak, but if you refrigerate the breaded pieces for about an hour, the breading will adhere. This is messy, I won’t lie, but it does work. Only other thing I can think of is you may have crowded the basket. Many people swear by the parchment rounds they sell to line the fryer basket. I bought them off Amazon but to be honest, I find them more trouble than they’re worth, but your mileage may vary.
There are many advantages to using an air fryer over an oven. For example, the oil is extracted and usually kept under the basket when in an air fryer. In an oven, all the simmering oil gets splattered around, and even though the food may turn out delicious, there’s a bit of a mess left afterward. Also, when deep frying food in an oven, the heat might be too harsh and can leave you with an under-cooked meal that looks nice and crispy on the outside, but raw on the inside. The hot air circulation in most air fryers is designed to evenly cook food. ( safety – our first priority)
If money is no object AND you are sure you will use it enough, then buy the Phillips. It’s sturdy, it’s got a few bells and whistles, such as a sliding rack to hold the basket, a preheat feature etc. even though, oddly, it only goes up in 30-degree increments. The bottom basket cleans easily, and the larger grid and higher wattage means even cooking and less need to flip. The larger grid does mean small things fall down. Get it HERE.
I really liked the way the airfryer worked and performed but after only three times the fan quit it cost me 40 bucks to return it !!!! also if I would have got it replaced , the NEW unit WOULD NOT HAVE CAME WITH ANOTHER 60 DAY WARRANTY !!! SO WHAT'S THAT SAY ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN THEIR PRODUCT !!! ALSO THEY WOULD NOT REIMBURSE MY SHIPPING FEE !!! Like I said, I loved how it performed !!! BUT UNTIL THEY ADMIT AND ADDRESS THE FAN PROBLEM I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER ONE OF THEIR PRODUCTS !!! DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT !!!!!