HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Home & Family » Cooking & Baking (Group) » Air Fryers - should I get...

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:26 PM

Air Fryers - should I get one?

If yes, what kind?

24 replies, 1171 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 24 replies Author Time Post
Reply Air Fryers - should I get one? (Original post)
Iris Jan 2022 OP
TreasonousBastard Jan 2022 #1
essaynnc Jan 2022 #2
Iris Jan 2022 #7
Major Nikon Jan 2022 #13
lillypaddle Jan 2022 #3
cilla4progress Jan 2022 #4
GentryDixon Jan 2022 #21
viva la Jan 2022 #5
Iris Jan 2022 #8
Freddie Jan 2022 #15
dweller Jan 2022 #6
Iris Jan 2022 #17
happybird Jan 2022 #9
Iris Jan 2022 #18
LunaSea Jan 2022 #10
barbaraann Jan 2022 #11
Scrivener7 Jan 2022 #12
Iris Jan 2022 #19
Scrivener7 Jan 2022 #20
lark Jan 2022 #14
Iris Jan 2022 #23
lark Jan 2022 #24
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2022 #16
locks Jan 2022 #22

Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:38 PM

1. I have had three air fryers, and none of them worked for me...

That does not mean I find them useless, but I have simply not found a use for them.

They did not save me time or energy and didn't even reduce fat intake that much since I didn't eat much fat to begin with. Most of the time they just gave me aggravation and wasted food as I tried to figure out how to make them work.

YMMV, of course, and it might work well for you, but maybe not that much better than a decent countertop broiler.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:43 PM

2. we've tried them here....

the couple that we tried were so small, you couldn't cook much at once.... a convection oven is basically the same thing???

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to essaynnc (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:52 PM

7. That's what I seem to be finding.

Smaller versions

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to essaynnc (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 08:31 AM

13. An "air frier" is a convection oven

While they are a particular type of convection oven and not exactly like a conventional one, they are in not in any way a ďfrierĒ.

I suspect many people buy them thinking they will produce the same results as a conventional frier in a more healthy way and are disappointed on both aspects.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:46 PM

3. Yes, you should get one

I have a small one, which suits my purposes for the most part. However, if you are going to be cooking for more than yourself, and if you're interested in making meals, not just snacks, get something over 2 liters. Also, a square basket, not a round one. Buy some filters, they are definitely worth the small investment and make cleanup so much easier. Sometimes I just wipe my basket clean and don't wash it.

As to what kind to get, research it on the internet. I'd go look at buyers' comments on Amazon. Those can be a real eye opener.

There are so many recipes on Youtube and elsewhere. I love my air fryer, but I am really limited by it being so small. As to importance in the kitchen, Instant Pot is #1, and then air fryer follows.

Best of luck!

Edit to add: Go look at the recipes on youtube and you will find out what you can do with an AF. It's just another tool for you to use, like a crockpot or instant pot.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:47 PM

4. We like our Cuisinart

we got from Costco

Gotta love the fast-cooking convection oven, and of course the fat-free frying.

Also has a toaster.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cilla4progress (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 07:52 PM

21. That's the one I got from Costco.

I quite like it. The pizza setting is nice too.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:48 PM

5. I have a little cheap one

It's good for tater tots and such. I also just made chicken breasts, and it was good!

I'd say, try $60 one, and see of it's worth the counter space l.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to viva la (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:54 PM

8. That's what I was thinking.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to viva la (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 10:57 AM

15. Me too

Mine also cost about $60 and I use it mostly for frozen potatoes. Also good for hot dogs. I use it for baked potatoes (about 45 min) in the summer when I donít want to use the big oven. Was worth the $60 but I wouldnít bother getting a fancier one.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jan 9, 2022, 11:50 PM

6. I was given a small one

and itís a pain to clean 😖
I already have a convection oven, and it works fine for the same purpose, plus itís larger Ö

What I would like is a conventional oven/ convection oven combo, Iíve seen microwave/ convection combos but I donít want that Ö



✌🏻

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dweller (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 10:20 PM

17. The cleaning concerns me.

I'm sure your dream of a combination of conventional and convection will come true eventually!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 12:51 AM

9. Got one for Christmas last year. A Ninja.

The thing I use it most often for in bone-in chicken. Coat the chicken up with whatever spices you like, then spray everything with some Pam, and it comes out crispy, juicy and very tasty. Used it a lot when the weather was warm so heating the oven didnít make the house hotter.

Itís not hard to clean, no worse than washing a pot. The juices that collect in the bottom are good dumped on your potatoes or rice.

I cook for one, so the small size is a bonus. It wouldnít work well if you're feeding more than two people at a meal.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to happybird (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 10:21 PM

18. I never thought if the advantage during summer months

We grill a lot but that's not always practical time wise

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 01:18 AM

10. Air Fryers ARE

tiny convection ovens.




that is all.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 01:41 AM

11. We have an Oster that's an air fryer, convection oven, regular oven, and "toaster."

It's great! The toast feature works like a toaster oven, not a pop-up toaster.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 08:08 AM

12. I could never cook fish until I got an air fryer. Delicious.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 10:22 PM

19. That's why I'm looking at one!

What kind do you have and what size?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 03:38 PM

20. I got a Nuwave 3 quart, but if I were doing it again I would get a

bigger one. This is fine for 1 but when cooking for 2, I need to do batches, which is not good.

Works well, though. And the basket of this small size goes right in the dishwasher.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 09:30 AM

14. My husband got a MBiano air fryer from Aldi's and loves it.

No, it doesn't really taste fried, but it is good and isn't hard to clean either. I had bought his a Ninja Foodie before that and he hated it - was so complex and difficult to use or clean. He used it twice and returned it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to lark (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 10:33 PM

23. I was thinking basic and then got overwhelmed by all the options

So this is helpful! I'm back to looking at basic

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Reply #23)

Wed Jan 12, 2022, 10:18 AM

24. Yep, this is basic, but it has multi compartments so it has everything you need.

It's also easy to clean, unlike the fancy ones.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jan 10, 2022, 08:29 PM

16. I am fascinated to learn here that air fryers are really

convection ovens.

I will say that I knew almost nothing about them, other than I'd see them hyped a lot.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Iris (Original post)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 08:40 PM

22. D- at best

Would never have purchased one myself but got a Ninja fryer/toaster, etc., etc. for Christmas so I have really tried to learn to use it. Unimpressed. potato chips supposed to take 20 minutes but take closer to 40 and are still soggy in the middle. Chicken burned on the outside before it cooked on the inside and was far afield from "fried". tried squash and it burned as well. toast does ok, but so did my $15 toaster (which, sadly, I gave away when I got the fryer. and DO NOT buy the cookbook; it is poorly written, senselessly arranged and unimaginative at best.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread