My relationship with my Air-Fryer is a love hate one
Roslyn Lee, Amazon
16 August 2014
Summary: My relationship with my Air-Fryer is a love hate one. When I first got this, I tried the recommended recipes, but the prep time for the food did not change. Pros -shortened cook time -no oily mess to clean up and no smell of old grease. -great for quick individual snacks Cons -not meant for a family of four. Small portions for 2 light eaters or one good eater at best! (Ex. I can only fry 9 dumplings at a time.
Summary: Not mentioned on the product page, but the manufacturer recommends using an Oil mister on food before cooking it in this. Food comes out edible, but if you are expecting it to taste "just" like real fried foods you might be disappointed. I quickly found that the cooking times recommended tended to be too short, the food might "look" done, but even the french fries came out with some almost over cooked, some cooked properly, and a few undercooked.
Summary: I;m waiting for the price drop for on this item. when it drops below the 100 dollar mark, then I and many others will be buying, until then, you can keep it, because its just a device blowing hot air like a hair dryer cooking your food. My convection oven works just fine right now, popular brand and works wonderfully, and I can even bake a pizza in it.
Summary: Where to start - it took 20 minutes to get into the item as it was triple boxed! It did arrive undamaged though, so that was a good start. I was, however, completely surprised at the size of this thing. When you see the photo, it leads you to believe it's compact and somewhat "sleek"....ahhh NO. It's BIG and bulky. We made sweet potato fries first time out. It works ok but it's not the Tfal Actifry...not at all.
Summary: I found it was good for cooking chicken, although it took a lot longer than the recipe book suggested. I found it was no good for making chips. I had several attempts and adjusted the cooking temperature, the quantity of chips and the type of potato. They always turned out with 3 sides of the chip not browned, they were not crispy and were tasteless.
Summary: You still need to use a tiny amount of oil when cooking. To be honest only used it so far for chips and the 'fat' ones seem to turn out best. They are not crispy though and not golden brown more like burnt brown. I follow the cooking times but still seem to come out on the burnt side.
Summary: it is a good product which allows you to enjoy food which is normally fried but without the extra calories. However, it takes a longer time to 'airfry'. Also not all cuisines can be air fried. Very good for french fries though.