If you’re into meal prepping or are vegan, you know the beauty of the sweet potato, that versatile spud that’s good for you and takes well to any flavor you can imagine. You also know how long they take to cook, and that, as fries, they never really get that crispy. This is not the case in an air fryer, where the circulated high heat partially dehydrates the outside to a crisp, similar to eggplant, while cooking the insides until soft. Whether cut into fries, cubes, or spears, sweet potatoes cook up much faster than in the oven.
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.
“This is a great addition to your kitchen. I do think calling it a ‘fryer’ is a little misleading. I know that all these companies are calling them fryers, but really, this seems more like a countertop convection oven. It does everything your oven does but faster. It won’t heat up your entire house or kitchen, and it uses less energy. However, it also cooks in smaller quantities than your oven. It’s incredibly easy to use and clean. I’ve used it almost every day since I took it out of the box, and I’ve played around with cooking all sorts of different things in it. We are a family of four, and to cook a whole meal in it requires cooking things in shifts. If you’re doing part of a meal in it, it’s perfect, or if you were a couple or single person cooking for yourself, this would be a great alternative to using your big oven. I definitely am glad I purchased this air fryer and will continue to try cooking all sorts of new items in it.”
There’s no denying it—the air fryer is awesome. It gives you crispy, salty French fries in a matter of minutes with half the fat and calories you’d expect in a traditional restaurant order or McDonald’s run. And, there’s no comprising on the taste. In fact, you can even add in your own herbs and spices and use out-of-the-box ingredients to shake things up.
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Oh, friends! It was so sad! I could only cook four thighs at a time, despite the recipe's idea that you could fit six. (Where do they find these miniature chickens? Why not call for a broiler or a squab?) Two people would need to wait an hour of "fry" time to get more than two pieces each—often a necessity with good fried chicken. When done, the exterior was blotchy and scaly, and vaguely, but not really, fried-looking. Taking a bite, the meat was surprisingly juicy, but the crust was horrible, with a peculiar texture that, while sloughing around between my teeth, reminded me of shale.
Will it be frozen fries, chicken wings, chips, and other simple dishes, or more complex recipes that require different heating options, like grilling, steaming, and baking? Air fryers like the Philips XL AirFry are perfect for people who will need an appliance with different modes so they can make a large variety of meals. The downside to it is the steep learning curve you have to go through in order to understand the machine fully, but once you do, you’ll be making mouth-watering cuisine in no time.
Some drawbacks to this machine are that it is loud and very smoky. All of the fryers produced more smoke than we expected, but this one was the worst for that. It was also tough to clean. This was one of few that had a cooking basket made of wire, like hot-oil fryers. That means there are lots of tiny grooves to get clean. The denser metal baskets on competing air fryers had larger openings that didn’t trap food as much. We pre-soaked the Philips basket, but it still took some effort to get it totally clean. At least you have the option of throwing it in the dishwasher.
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.
I purchased this product about 6 months ago. It is great for frozen foods like fries, tater tots and anything thing that's breaded. I will not get meat of any kind. I tried pork chops and they were dry, I tried chicken breasts that were Marinated and still dry, did this multiple times at different cooks times and used a meat thermometer so I did not overcook. I used the rotisserie once to make kabobs, it was an awful process, it is difficult to get the sticks attached to rotisserie bases. The meat stuck even after spraying the sticks. The drippings pored out of the bottom of door as it turned. I threw the sticks away because I will never try that again. Have not used basket yet. Mine did not come with drip tray, it is not to bad to clean up, crumbs get lodged in door hinges, I use a dirt devil to get them out.
I bought this in February, 2018 and have used it less than 10 times. I was cooking chicken breasts on the wire racks last night and it turned off in the middle. I finished the chicken in my regular oven and let the airfryer cool down. It still wouldn't turn back on after cooling down. No lights/power or anything. I called Tristar's customer service this morning and was told that it's guaranteed for only 60 days. I wish I would have seen these reviews before I wasted my money.
Of course you can cook this oil free, but you’ll get a much better result if you lightly spray with a bit of oil. This is the oil sprayer I use. Basically it’s easy to clean and it was highly rated. I have Mistos but I really don’t like them since they are hard to clean and remember any oil residue will get rancid…YUK. One or two quick sprays on both sides is all you’ll need.
The appliance looks like a large rice cooker fitted with a detachable tray where the ingredients are to be placed. Some models come with an inbuilt food agitator which churns the ingredients while cooking (check product details before making a purchase). Air fryers circulate hot air around the food (200 °C / 400 °F) at high speed to cook food such as potato chips, chicken wings, fish fillet, etc., and produce a crispy layer around it.
Sure, there’s something nice about the crispiness of a fry right out of the deep fryer. However, if you’re looking to make a chicken, a steak, or an apple pie, you’re not going to turn to a deep fryer. More than likely, you’ll be turning to the conventional oven for those things. With an air fryer, you get the best of both worlds, so you can cook all of those things in one appliance.
However, my kitchen just didn’t need another gadget but last week, I was finally convinced. A Nourish student showed off golden egg rolls fried in her airfryer. My husband and I ordered the best fried brussels sprouts from Falasophy in the Fourth Street Market in Santa Ana. And I discovered that Trader Joe’s now sells crinkle cut butternut squash, which clearly were screaming, “Fry me, Jess!”
So how does the air fryer stack up against the others on this list? Well firstly, it’s a pretty generic design that follows the tried and true formula of two knobs to adjust the temperature and timer and a bottom drawer that houses the mesh basket. Both of these elements are dishwasher friendly which is a good thing since they are the only components that need cleaning.
While I was prepping the unbreaded chicken, I set the oven to preheat at 400°F, which brings me to one big perk for the air fryer: It requires not preheating. Typically, for oven “frying,” you want the oven at a very high temperature, thus heating up your kitchen. The air fryer saves you from an unbearably hot kitchen; however, it gives off a much louder noise than any oven when operating.
Air fryers are healthier, if not necessarily better tasting, than deep frying. Our testers noted the lack of grease across all the finished foods — especially in the chicken strips. It was easily the biggest benefit we found with these products. We knew that air fryers only need a single tablespoon of oil to cook with, but we underestimated how favorable the results would be. Aside from that, though, none of the food really blew us out of the water. As our research had warned us, a lot of the air-fried foods were comparable to oven-cooked foods. The zucchini and broccoli were the major exceptions — they came out so dehydrated, they were nearly inedible.
“Wow — I love this MultiFry! My first test was to overload it with half-moon-cut potatoes and onion slices for pan-fried potatoes. I was merciless and loaded it up with three pounds of potatoes. Enough for six people. I used about five tablespoons of olive oil and set on four, with the bottom burner on. Forty minutes later, was I ever pleased. Beautiful, crispy bites of potatoes that I could monitor easily through the see-through cover, and the little stir paddle flipped and stirred to perfection while I was busy doing other things, like making ribs in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. So next night I made some catfish fillets and shrimp without the paddle. Perfection once again! I own the Power Air Fryer XL, and this outperforms it hands down.”
You can easily and safely cook just about anything in this excellent kitchen appliance. The handy recipe book has 50 wonderful recipes to get you started, but pretty soon you will find that you are using the GoWISE USA 3.7 quart air fryer much more than you are using any other of your kitchen appliances. Forget about all the mess during and after cooking with this convenient model.
The only website where we encountered any customer feedback for the Power Air Fryer Oven was on Amazon, when two reviewers had given the device an average rating of three stars. One (five stars) reported that it delivered great results, cooked without using oil, and worked as well as a traditional oven. On the other hand, the one-star reviewer reported that it featured less-than-stellar functionality.
With three levels of cooking surfaces, the manufacturer claims you can cook an entire family meal with just one device, while keeping an eye on the whole process through its crystal clear, extra-large window. When you’re finished, the Rotating Mesh Basket and other accessories are made of durable stainless steel, so they’re dishwasher safe for fast, easy cleanup.
I ordered my Power Air Fryer oven less than one month ago. I used it for the very first time and it shut off with my chicken half cooked. Ughh! That was very disappointing because I had to switch to the conventional oven to continue. It's disappointing that the unit simply stopped working the FIRST TIME, and that I am not the only one experiencing that problem. I'm currently packing the unit to send it back for a replacement. They said for my troubles, I would get a $50 card, but it seems you have to sign-up for a program to get it. That is not free, so I ditched that option. My experience with the unit and the process has not be great so far. So I would not recommend this product to anyone yet. I'll see how quick they address the problem. Luckily, I paid for the six-year full protection plan, seems I may really need it.
On top of the flipping features, the T-fal ActiFry is also relatively easy to use and well-designed. It offers an on/off button, and a timer, which maxes out at 99 minutes. The simplicity is a double-edged sword for some -- there’s no temperature dial here. Instead the fryer heats to 338 degrees, so you’ll modify how your food is cooked more based on how long you cook it rather than the temperature you cook it at.
Who doesn’t love a corn dog? These whimsical, perfect little bites of smoky hot dog goodness come with a crunchy cornflake coating—thanks to the air fryer—that will make party guests smile. Look for high-quality uncured hot dogs at upscale grocery stores such as Whole Foods. Mustard is best friends with corn dogs, so pick out your favorite to serve with these fun and festive snacks.
Thanks to Philips’ patented Starfish technology, all food is exposed to constant, circulating heat allowing you to cook your favorite foods with a tablespoon or less of oil. The result is evenly fried food – with no turning needed - even when food is piled up. In addition to the heated air flow, powerful direct heat from above quickly crisps the food for delicious, golden-brown results while draining excess fat.
Appears very solidly built. Heats up fast, very quiet. Super easy to clean. Simple controls. Does exactly what I bought it for. The picture is of two Gorton's frozen Grilled Salmon Filets. Turned out flaky, juicy, and nicely browned. I like to re-heat pizza in it, as it doesn't turn out soggy like in the microwave. Quick for heating up fully cooked sausages, as the grease all drips into the bottom pan.
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What makes the former product better than the traditional ovens? The former appliance is much smaller than the traditional ovens. This makes them an efficient and easy to store option for families. Many people will also tell you that this product gives you tasty and crispy food at a faster speed. It is true! A traditional oven may heat up the food in 10 minutes, but the latter allows you to cook the delicacy in just 6 minutes. Do you see the difference?