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I have birthday money!! I'm thinking of getting an air fryer. It's been on my wish list for a while. Anyone have one?. Do you like it? What do you like/not like about it? What brand do you have?

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We have one! 

 

I'm pretty sure we have this one, gotten on sale. Note: there are 8 people (7 old enough to eat food out of the air fryer), so it gets a good bit of use.

 

Pros: It's a solid product. Ours has been used at least a few times per week since the fall and is still going strong. We got a larger size and can do a full bag of frozen fries (see the ridiculous household size). I like crispy foods, and it definitely does a better job than the oven. Also, if you worry about the heat of using an oven in the summer, it is definitely a cooler alternative. Ours cleans up easily. 

 

Cons: It's not really that much faster than oven baking in most cases. Depending on the food you cook, you'll still need to use a bit of oil. Can take up a bit of space depending on your kitchen set up / available storage space. 

 

Overall, I'd say it's more of a novelty purchase than a solid cooking tool. For us, it was a worthwhile purchase due to the kids using it, but if it were just my husband and I, it would have been a waste. If your normal food choices are ones that could alternatively be air fried, it would probably be worthwhile. 

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Thanks, I  wanted it for the crispy food more than anything. We have an Instapot, so that does quick. I gave away my deep fat fryer (all that oil!) but I miss the  French fries. I was thinking that birthday money would be good to spend on it, as it isn't something I'd normally purchase, since it's not really a sold cooking tool

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Then I would recommend it! It does do a great job on fries. :) 

 

Pro tip: it's also really good for Brussel Sprouts!

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12 hours ago, Sylvaa said:

It does do a great job on fries

Really? My main concern was soggy fries :)

If it makes fries crisp, I might consider getting one too. Have you tried frying other veggies, like broccoli/cauliflower? Is it faster than oven? 

 

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On 6/23/2019 at 1:07 AM, aramis said:

Have you tried frying other veggies, like broccoli/cauliflower?

 

I do not own one but I have had some extremely good air-fried broccoli, and I second that it's fantastic for brussel sprouts.

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29 minutes ago, Deckard Gainz said:

 

I do not own one but I have had some extremely good air-fried broccoli, and I second that it's fantastic for brussel sprouts.

Thanks!

update: I did get an airfryer.So far, I've only cooked one thing but I am happy so far. I cooked frozen sweet potato fries, and they were so good!

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Oh thanks all for sharing this! I had a coworker who was willing to sell me hers for $30, but was questioning on space if it wasn't any different than an oven. Knowing it changes things up has me thinking good things.

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