This unit is also easy to use. The controls are digital and intuitive. Its cooking compartment is on a track so the basket doesn’t have to click into place, which was a surprisingly difficult task on some of the machines. With the Airfryer XL, you just slide the compartment out on its track and lift the basket out. Most units recommend shaking the basket mid-cycle to rotate food for more even results. That process was easier on this machine than the others, because of the track.
Our own testing agrees with other users experience.  We first put in frozen chips and set it to what was recommended in the cookbook.  They came out well cooked and crispy.  Next we threw in some chicken drumsticks – 4 in total – and found the top and bottom to be more brown than the sides.  Note that we were testing the larger 5 L model, but the results can be applied to the smaller capacity version as well.
Sure, sometimes you want a fryer with all the bells and whistles, but sometimes you just need something that’ll do what it says on the package. If you’re just looking for something that’ll fry the foods you want to be fried, oil free and with no hassle, look no further than the Bella for your best air fryer. Why is that? Well, just look at the features:
Next up is the Power Air Fryer XL, which boasts a 3.4 quart basket with a non-stick coating -- so your food should be easy to remove after cooking. This fryer features 7 preset programs, including a roast preset, bake preset, steam preset, and more. On top of that, the fryer heats up to 400 degrees, which should be perfect for the vast majority of uses.
If you’re truly looking for a healthy alternative to frying, why not try a convection toaster oven? They employ the same exact technology, but have the added bonus of being something you already use all the time for a million other foods that aren’t frozen fries or chicken fingers. They’re leaner, cleaner, and endlessly more useful than their mysterious fryer cousins. Oh, and most models are the same price if not cheaper. If you step up to investing in an entire convection oven, your capacity issues disappear completely, and you can fake-fry, bake, and broil to your heart’s content.
I LOVE this 8 QT Power Air Fryer Oven! I had the 5.3 QT Power Air Fryer for almost a year and loved it, until the lock that keeps the basket attached to the pan broke. Sadly for me the outer pan landed on my foot with hot chicken wing grease. I wanted to find an Air Fryer that did not have a two piece slide out drawer that I had to be wary of. As soon as I saw this Power Air Fryer Oven I knew I had to try it. No Basket to shake, no handle lock to break. The door opens like a real oven. It even slides up and off to clean. This is one of the best decisions I have made. The oven cooks much more even than the regular air fryers. You can cook much more food either in quantity or variety at once in the oven. You are able to use one or all of the racks. Or you can space them to fit your foods. I have had zero issues with this and feel. It is very easy clean up, I just soak with dish detergent in the sink after I take the food out and by the time dinner is done, they are clean. I simply rinse and dry. No sticking, No scrubbing. I ordered the white to match my kitchen and love it.
Those dials are on there for a reason, so pay attention to them. “Take the time (about 3 minutes) to set the air fryer to the proper temperature before you get cooking,” says Dana Angelo White MS, RD, ATC author of the Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook, “Preheating the air fryer is best for optimum cooking, the temperature and air flow will be at right levels and food can cook to crispy air fried perfection,” she explains.
It is possible that you could make yours crunchier and less burnt by setting the Airfryer to a lower temperature and leaving it in for longer, but having tasted the few perfectly air-fried pieces in my batch, I'm not sure than any batch of air-fried raw vegetables could mirror the same taste or texture of the deep-fried, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth kind.

SAVE YOUR MONEY! It does not last long and they don't stand behind their products for any longer than 60 days. I really loved it at first, and my daughters spent their money on me because I asked for the oven for Christmas last year. I asked for other products from this company for Christmas this year but told them not to waste their money. Buyer beware!

At a capacity of 2.8 qt, this is a relatively small appliance and so cooking for 2 people is the way to go.  Food will come out crispy if desired and most customers have reported positive experiences in this regard.  We would agree with them, and although you’ll get food that is under or over cooked here and there, the unit mostly gets the job done.


There are plenty of air fryers out there, but there are also plenty of reasons why the Philips HD9641/96 is the best one. For starters, most users argue that the device is able to cook food nice and evenly, which is pretty important. Not only that, but the interface of the Philips HD9641/96 is relatively easy to use thanks largely to its so-called “QuickControl” dial, and features a relatively small footprint compared to many of the other air fryers out there.
Purchased Power Air Fryer Oven we have had an air fryer for years and love it so we were excited to try it. Five minutes after turning on the first time and very strong electrical odor was emitted and the fan quit. Did not work again. Odor so strong it lingered in the kitchen for hours. We are not first time air fryer users so this was very disappointing. Also machine cheaply made and tricky to use. Sending it back. Very dissatisfied.
While this device does give you brown, crispy chicken every time, you don’t need to worry about your calorie intake. When chicken fingers provided by a restaurant as a starter can contain some 700 odd calories, this device brings that calorie count right down to a low of 250 calories. This healthier way of cooking, with a lower calorie count does not mean that your food cooked will not taste exquisite and delicious.

"You can make the best possible version in the air fryer," says Mims. "Yes, of course you can deep fry them. Yes, of course you can bake them. But they never live up to their promise. They're always coming out soggy and chewy, rather than truly crispy." So from now on, it's all about the air fryer. "The high heat, circulating at a super-fast speed, dries out the chickpeas so they're almost dehydrated." And a dehydrated chickpea is a crispy chickpea.
The oven was dead on arrival and the manufacturer / seller will not provide a return shipping prepaid label nor will they send another oven before receiving the DOA ( dead on arrival ) unit even with my credit card as a guarantee I will return the DOA Power Air Fryer Oven. All expenses, due to receiving a DOA unit, will be at my expense. The consumer probably has a 50-50 chance of experiencing problems such as mine and if that possibility causes one to be angry, they should stay clear of the Power Air Fryer Oven.

The HighYa team has reviewed several of the most popular air fryers over the years. And during our research, we’ve learned that capacity (cooks greater amounts of food), the wattage (cooks faster and more evenly), and number of available features (adds convenience) often have the biggest impact on customer satisfaction, according to their online reviews.
Apart from the calories which cause us to become overweight and thus lead to the development of some mild to severe chronic illnesses and conditions, deep fried foods also contain Trans fats. These are a result of the hydrogenation which manufacturers add to the deep fried products in order to increase their stability and shelf life. This process changes the structure of fats and makes it much more difficult for our bodies to break it down properly.
Once the chicken was in the fry basket, I simply hit the “fry” button which set the air fryer at a temperature of 390°F for 30 minutes. The setting seemed accurate to me, so I didn’t adjust it. I started with the unbreaded and let it run the full 30 minutes. For the oven, I lined a sheet pan with foil and placed a rack over the foil. I baked the chicken on the rack, putting it in the oven at the same time as I set the air fryer. The air fryer works on a timer and shuts off when the food is done, decreasing the potential to burn the food or overcook your food. When the air stops circulating in the air fryer, the cooking process stops, unlike a hot oven that has recently been turned off—food left in the warm oven will continue to cook.  
Specialty root chips can cost $5 to $6 per bag at the grocery store; save big bucks by whipping up a couple batches in your air fryer. The secret to crispy beet chips is to slice the beets super thin; if your knife skills aren’t Top Chef level, use a mandolin to get wafer-thin slices. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket; air flow is crucial to getting the chips nice and crispy.

This air-fryer riff on the Chinese takeout classic saves the day with nearly half the saturated fat of restaurant versions and loads less clean-up than deep frying at home. Air fryer sizes vary (hence the cook time’s wide range); if you have a smaller air fryer, commit to cooking in batches so that there’s plenty of room for the air to circulate and crisp up the chicken.
I'm Ashley Clarke Thompson. And I'm Ry Crist. And we're here at the CNET applicanes office to talk about what has been on our mind and in our stomachs for the past two weeks. Which is air fryers. Yeah, so air fryers, the thing you have to understand about these things, is that they aren't really frying anything. It's just blowing hot air over your food in this kind of small, contained space and that makes them sort of a small, counter top, convection oven And nothing that you cook in them is gonna be much different than what you get out of a convection oven. It's just kind of a different way of doing it. And you know, it has good marketing. It's all about, like you can fry up foods healthier, you know? But at the end of the day, we really weren't Too impressed with most of these. Yeah, I mean, it's the same difference between frying and air frying as frying and baking. If I just put a bunch of frozen french fries out on a baking sheet and baked them, I'm not using oil, I'm not deep frying them in their own juices or anything. It's just going to be what we get out of an air fryer. Which is just this, golden brown, kind of crispy, kind of dry. Frozen fries. And these are perfectly reheated, these are snackable. I enjoy these fries, it's fine. But a lot of these new fryers cost $200, $300 and that just feel absolutely ridiculous. I wouldn't spend more than a $100 for a Unitasker like this that's just heating up frozen stuff. You know, I honestly couldn't especially for the more expensive fryers that we tested. I mean, some of them the MSRP is $300. Which for me was a lot of money for something that essentially does one thing really well. I mean, as somebody who tests small appliances, I think you would be better off with a toaster oven. It can do the same thing, especially if it has convection in the toaster oven, and it can toast, which these cannot. Yeah, thank you for talking while I was chewing by the way. Now it's my turn. Your turn, yeah. The one that we have here, the Simple Chef, is just 70 bucks. So it's the cheapest we tested. Did a fine job with fries, did the cheese sticks and pizza rolls and frozen snack tests pretty well Didn't do great with fresh fries, and burgers, and chicken wings. It was okay. But again, nothing better than you'd get out of your oven. So if you understand that you're not getting a special cooking appliance that's gonna unlock some new recipes and really just Convenient oven for your counter top, I think this one is fine. But I wouldn't spend much more than that. Yeah, I agree. I mean, if you have just some spare money and a love of pizza rolls and mozarella sticks then sure, 70 bucks, not too bad.

Bought oven in June of this year, used about 4-5 times. Cooking French Fries on the french fry timer and the inside glass on the door shattered. Contacted Seller only to be treated like I did something wrong. Sent me a postage paid return label and I had to box up and take it to Fed Ex to return. Now they want me to sign a Release Form that basically relinquishes them for any wrong doings for the old oven as well as the new oven before they will send me a new oven that I already paid for. Totally Ridiculous! One step away from calling Better Business Bureau.

Cooking oils break down over time. Animal-based shortenings have very limited shelf life, as they do not react well with the outside air and become rancid. Vegetable oils also begin to separate into water and fat after several deep frying sessions. Replacing these cooking oils, especially in the quantities required for larger deep fryers, can become expensive and time-consuming.

CR’s take: The most expensive of the group, the Philips TurboStar HD9641/96 has a capacity of 3.1 quarts, which puts it in the middle of the pack in terms of size. The electronic controls are fairly easy to use and read, and there’s a handy knob to set the cooking time and temperature. Preprogrammed settings for commonly cooked foods eliminate a step. Cleaning the nooks of the basket can be a chore, although the rest of the fryer cleans up easily, earning this air fryer a Good rating in our cleaning tests. The warranty is one year.


Countertop oil-less fryers are gaining hype as a small appliance category, and many manufacturers now sell these products hoping to cash in on the air fry trend. Whether you should buy one depends on how much you enjoy fried potatoes and frozen snacks in all their varied forms. If the answer is a lot, then by all means choose a model that you can afford. Otherwise, consider relying on your trusty oven when the fried food craving strikes.

A few months back, I went to a kitchen appliance trade show and was surprised by the large number of manufacturers coming out with air fryers. "Enjoy great tasting fried food"[sic] reads the cover recipe booklet for Philip's new Airfryer XXL, a lovely sounding idea. With their focus on faux fried flavor, an aversion to fat, and an emphasis on convenience in the marketing from almost every manufacturer, the rise of air fryers felt like the second coming of the George Foreman Grill.
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