Other Air Fryers We Reviewed
Unlike most of these appliances, the Cuisinart Compact AirFryer isnt oddly shaped like a huge egg or space capsule. Rather its a big stainless-steel cube that looks like a truncated toaster oven. While its boxy shape helps it fit more neatly on a countertop or in a cabinet, the Cuisinart still takes up a bit of countertop real estate .
Youll find the Cuisinart is a relatively uncomplicated appliance in terms of heating elements. It doesnt have cooking preset programs for specific foods or additional cooking functions like keep warm or dehydrate, to make the cooking process easier. You simply turn dials to set the temperature and the cooking time, and theres no need to preheat. Theres also a straightforward manual that includes recipes to get you started.
Since it has a wide air frying basket, food can be spread out to get more even and crispy results with relatively quick cooking times without the food drying out. Most others force you to pile the food on top of each other, which can create uneven results. Using the Cuisinart Compact AirFryer, homemade fries looked and tasted like they had been bobbing in a deep fryer vat of oil.
Air Fryers We Tested That Didn’t Make The Cut
We’ve reviewed a few air fryers by Krups. We like the Krups Easy Fry Deluxe Digital a bit better than the Krups Fry Delight thanks to its design and cooking results. However, neither are very close to mimicking the crispiness of food that came out of a deep-fat fryer.
Farberware 3.2 quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer is a very reasonably priced air fryer that does a decent job of crisping and browning, especially with frozen foods. But the basket sticks and it’s a little confusing to use.
The Power Air XL is small in size and capacity, generic in appearance, and its basket doesn’t glide out very smoothly.
The Black and Decker 2L Purifry is still a big appliance, yet comes with a much smaller basket. With no digital controls and tiny numbers, it’s really difficult to set a precise temperature setting.
While we’ve always loved the Instant Pot products, if you’ve never used an air fryer before, we can’t recommend company’s Instant Vortex Plus . Its “Getting Started Guide” was not very helpful and we found cooking with the included tray yielded better results than the basket the manufacturer suggested using. However, after lots of trial and error, this device produces solid results.
Gourmia 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer Review: Design
Sitting on the countertop, the Gourmia Digital Air Fryer looks like a large barrel, measuring 11 x 12.5 x 13.9 inches. It has a handle on the lower half for pulling out the basket.
On top there’s a large digital display with small buttons for the various pre-programmed settings. These are each displayed with both a name and an icon for example, one says seafood and shows an image of fish. When its not operating, the display goes to sleep for a streamlined look. We find the design somewhat generic its functional, but not easy on the eye.
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What Makes A Good Air Fryer
This list should help you find the best air fryer for you and in no time, you’ll be chowing on the crispiest — and healthiest — chicken wings of your life. We’ve built upon our initial round of testing by retesting some of the air fryers we loved and weaving in some new models to see if any recently released air fryers or ones we missed last time are worthy of consideration.
Our original test cohort.
Unlike previous air fryers we liked from Krups, T-Fal and Black & Decker, today’s modern air fryers are more powerful, meaning quicker access to crispy fries, onion rings, chicken nuggets or any other frozen food that you might typically make in a deep fryer or a rotisserie. They also have more capacity for air frying so you can cook more food, and are lighter, quieter and easier to clean.
No matter how simple or complex, though, what truly counts is how well they deliver goodies straight from the fry basket. When it comes to air fryers, that can vary a lot, whether you’re frying up a frozen bag of tater tots or cooking from a recipe book. Here’s what we learned after putting several top-rated models through their paces to find the best air fryer in 2021.
The Best Air Fryer In 2021
Shopping for an air fryer the small kitchen appliances that claim to recreate the crispy, crunchy taste of fried foods, without the oil and fats used in traditional deep fat frying can be a confusing endeavor when you consider all the options out there. Not to mention the sheer number of opinions on whether or not theyre actually as convenient as they say they are.
So to see which air fryers perform the best, and which might be best for certain users, we put nine models to the test, running them through a comprehensive evaluation process. We selected three top choices that did a great job with our test recipes and impressed us with their features and construction, so regardless of your cooking needs, budget requirements, or storage space, you should find an option that works for you.
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How To Cookwith Gourmia 6 Qt Digital Air Fryer
When using this air fryer, wed advise you to follow the user manual in terms of loading the food and choosing the exact cook mode. Nevertheless, here are some useful tips that will help you
- Shake the food a few times as they fry. You will need to open the air fryer to pull this off
- If you need to add some oil, use a sprayer to sprinkle oil around the food lightly. This helps to prevent them from sticking to the basket.
- Try a few cooking methods with the air fryer
- Make sure you follow the recipe book if you dont know how to prepare a specific food in the air fryer
- Pat food dry before cooking it in the air fryer
Air Frying Just The Beginning
Crispy, golden goodness without the unwanted calories! Craving the irresistible crunch of your favorite fried foods? Now, you can enjoy guilt-free pleasure from the comfort of home with the Digital Air Fryer from Gourmia. Using cutting-edge RadiVection 360Â° heat distribution technology, this powerful cooker churns out the same crispy exterior and juicy interior as a traditional deep fryer.
No more fatty oil or messy grease. From fried chicken and shrimp to pub-style fries and onion rings, 8 preset cook modes will have you munching in no time. With adjustable time and temperature and easy-clean parts, this magical cooking machine makes every day a fry-day!
Pizza and Bake
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Gourmia Pressure Cookers Review
I know that we called this a Gourmia air fryer review, but fryers are by no means all that this brand has to offer. Lets check out some of the bestselling Gourmia pressure cookers as well, shall we?
Pressure cookers are an incredible way to make premium meals while cutting down on cooking time. If you find that you have less and less time these days to spend in the kitchen, the Gourmia GPC800 ExpressPot Electric Digital Multipurpose Pressure Cooker can help you keep making the food you love and not go down the takeout rabbit hole.
This 8 qt, stainless-steel Gourmia pressure cooker features a lucky 13 different cooking modes , as well as a 24-hour delay timer that allows you to slow-cook tomorrow nights dinner a full day ahead. And once its done, the removable inner liner pops right out for a quick and easy clean.
The family-size Gourmia GPC800 may be more pressure cooker than you need if youre living solo or with your partner. The Gourmia GPC400 ExpressPot Electric Digital Multifunction Pressure Cooker gives you all the pressure you need at half the size of its bigger brother, making it a great fit for smaller apartments or condos.
What Can I Cook In An Air Fryer
A good air fryer can also be used as an oven to bake, broil and help cook meats, casseroles, or even desserts. They are, of course, limited by their size and dont offer any advantage here over a traditional oven. But if you use your oven for storage, it tends to heat up the kitchen, or you often wish you had an extra oven, these countertop appliances can come in handy.
One thing to know: These kitchen tools are big and oddly shaped, so they take up a lot of countertop space and arent easy to store.
Bottom line: If you find crispy foods irresistible but want to avoid the fat, this might be just what you’re looking for.
Some popular cooking options include:
- Vegetables you like to roast, such as potatoes, carrots, and squash
- Meat dishes, such as battered chicken, bacon, burgers, and hot dogs
- Frozen foods like chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, tater tots, onion rings, and french fries
- Baked goods such as donuts, fritters, and funnel cake
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Gourmia 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer Review: Verdict
In our opinion, the Gourmia Digital Air Fryer is one of the best models out there. It almost always gives great air fried results and can also be used effectively for roasting and broiling. The digital controls are particularly helpful and cleanup is pretty much a non-event as the basket can go in the dishwasher.
It might not be the one for you if you want to make fresh fries on a regular basis, but it scored well for the majority of recipes otherwise. Be cautious of small children though, because of the hot exterior.
Its not a particularly attractive product either, but were big believers that function is more important than design. Its less than half the price of our winning air fryer as well, the Cosori Smart Wifi Air Fryer 5.8qt. It didnt quite take the top spot of best value air fryer the GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart 8-in-1 Air Fryer nabbed this as it scored similarly and is $3 cheaper, so Gourmia just missed the spot!
Sharon Franke is a journalist who specializes in testing and writing about kitchen equipment. A thirty-year veteran of the Good Housekeeping Institute, Sharon also worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years. In her free time, she is an avid home cook who is in the process of mastering the art of baking sour dough bread.
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Gourmia Reviews: What Do Customers Think
Time for this Gourmia air fryer review to take it to the streets and see what real people really have to say about this brand and its products. There are no customer reviews on the brand website itself, so we hunted down comments posted on the sites of Gourmias assorted retail partners.
Firstly, lets take a look at how the top-selling Gourmia air fryers are rated on Amazon:
- Gourmia 6 Qt Air Fryer4.6/5 stars from 342 reviews
- Gourmia Air Fryer GAF635 6 Quart4.6/5 stars from 215 reviews
- Gourmia 16-in-1 Multi-Function Air Fryer Oven4.3/5 stars from 668 reviews
- Gourmia 6-in-1 Air Fryer Oven4.2/5 stars from 579 reviews
As the ratings above show, buyers overwhelmingly affirm that these products are just as easy to use as claimed, and the results are top-notch. This is so easy to use and is amazing! one five-star reviewer raved of the 6 Qt Air Fryer. Cook time is cut in half Im not tech savvy either, so dont even worry about not knowing how to work it.
That signature air fryer gets another big-up at Best Buy, where it pulls in 4.7/5 stars based on 1,216 reviews. One buyer noted how handy this tool is for both novices in the kitchen and experienced cooks who are just looking to make meal prep go more smoothly:
So to sum up, overall it seems like this brand is really delivering on its promises to simplify things in the kitchen and allow for high-quality cooks with a minimum of fuss.
Best Air Fryer Toaster Oven: Cuisinart Toa
If you prefer the versatility and extra space that comes from having an oven-style air fryer, theCuisinart TOA-60 is a great option. We loved the square shape and compact size of this oven . The large knobs were straightforward and easy to use and although this is subjective, we appreciated the lack of LCD screen. There was something about the tactile feel of using separate knobs to select the cooking mode, temperature and timer that made us feel in total control over the cooking process.
One of the primary reasons we chose this model over other oven-style fryers is that its fryer basket is just a little bit deeper than the other ones we tested. Its not by much, but just enough to make it noticeably easier to shake up fries or other loose items you may be air frying. We found shallower baskets are more likely to either send a few fries flying off, or just not allow you to shake them up effectively. The interior light was a nice perk as well, and made it easy to keep an eye on the food inside without opening it up and losing heat.
Performance-wise, theCuisinart TOA-60 cooked food to near perfection and even resulted in our favorite fries of the bunch.
One of the most valuable features of the Cuisinart is its 3-year warranty, the longest of any oven-style version we tested. That Cuisinart stands behind this product should address any concerns with the relatively high cost of this model.
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Where Is Gourmia Made
Although Gourmia proudly announces that it is headquartered in Brooklyn, this is only the brands office and warehouse. The brand website does not specify where its products are made, but a bit of internet sleuthing reveals that the answer is almost certainly China, which is a major manufacturing location for appliances.
Gourmia Digital Air Fryer
If you’re not looking to drop a full Ben Franklin on your air fryer, know that you don’t have to but can still nab a quality air fryer oven for relatively cheap. Of the many we tested, the Gourmia was among the least expensive at under $50 but it performed quite well in most of the tests.
This five-quart oven cooked chicken wings especially well with crispy skin and juicy center, and we found the power nearly on par with the Ninja and Dash ovens. It also made very crispy French fries and toasty mozzarella sticks with a gooey center.
One small drawback for this machine is its slightly clumsy build. The basket didn’t slide into the oven as flush as you might want and that could ultimately lead to problems but it didn’t affect my use of it in any way. This air fryer also has a lot of presets which I don’t generally care for since they don’t account for how much food you’re cooking or the size of, let’s say, a chicken wing or thickness of your French fries. I find it’s always better to use a rough preset recommendation and a lot of progress checking the first few times you cook something. That way you’ll learn about the oven and its power for yourself.
All that said, this 4-quart digital air fryer has a lot of oomph for just $60 and it’s a great size for most kitchens.
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What Exactly Is An Air Fryer
If you’re sorta, kinda not sure what an air fryer even is or why they’ve become so popular, let’s start there. The trendy air fryer is a fairly simple cooking machine that employs extremely hot, fast circulating air to flash-roast food inside of a contained frying basket. While there’s generally no or very little oil used, the results can be similar to that of traditional frying in that food comes out crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.
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Air fryers heat up fast, cook quickly and make healthier versions of traditionally fatty fried foods, so what’s not to love? But it’s not just healthy versions of bar snacks. I use my air fryer for cooking skin-on chicken thighs to crispy perfection, veggies including mushrooms, pork chops, peppers, onions, and even seafood — namely shrimp, scallops and filets of fish. And because most air fryer baskets are nonstick, cleanup is often as simple as a quick spritz and wipe with a soapy sponge. Many are dishwasher safe too.
Starting to see the appeal?
We retested some of our favorites and put a few new models through their paces.
How To Use An Air Fryer
These devices are easy to use and often easy to clean. Always check with the manufacturer’s instructions, but most will follow these basic procedures:
1. Preheat before cookingYour air fryer needs time to come to temperature before you use it, just like your oven or skillet. In general, preheat the appliance at 375°F for three to five minutes, depending on the size of the fryer.
2. Dont overcrowd the food and lay food down flatJust like conventional frying, overloading your air fryer will not produce the best results. Adding too much foodespecially frozen foodsin the basket could produce soggy or uneven cooking results. It could also increase the cooking time.
3. Flip while fryingSome of the same principles of deep-frying apply to an air fryer: Don’t forget to batter and/or bread items properly before dropping them into the air fryer, and be sure to flip your food halfway through the cooking process.
Also, keep an eye on your food while it cooks. This will let you adjust timing as necessary and help get you used to your new appliance.
4. Clean the air fryer when you’re doneDont forget to clean the appliance after cooking and the device has cooled down. Food particles can get lodged in the nooks and crannies, building up over time and causing issues down the line.
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