Cuisinart Air Fryer – a quick review
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
Good day everyone! Let’s take a look at the Cuisinart air fryer. In my opinion, the design itself seems a little retro or old – fashioned, but it is a very popular machine. Literally thousands and thousands of people are searching for this particular air fryer. Why? Well, lets look at the specs.
First off, there are those who are impressed with the stainless steel design, not to mention that you actually see what’s going on in there when your food is cooking. Most air fryers on the market right now, even the number one best-selling air fryer, will not let you see inside. You basically just have to trust the air fryer to do what it’s supposed to do.
This is all well and good, but people sometimes like to see their food cooking, just to make sure things are going the way they should.
If you happen to open the door while the food is cooking, the fan will turn off. This makes me think of the safety feature microwaves have so you aren’t getting cooked when you open the door.
As a cook, a safety tip I learned…and you can use this with just about any device similar to microwaves and ovens, make sure your face is away from the door when you open it. A bunch of steam may come out and you DO NOT want that to hit your face…IT WILL BURN YOU!
The powerful heated airflow simulates fried foods with perfect results and the machine itself is very quiet. You won’t even realize it’s working while you move on to something else
The stainless steel aspect makes this appliance extremely easy to clean. Most surfaces will only take seconds to be cleaned or wiped off, reducing cleaning time so you can get out of the kitchen and back to your daily life.
With it’s compact design, you can easily place it on the surface of any kitchen counter. It will hold up to 2.5lbs of food and can heat up to 450 degrees F.
It also includes an air fryer basket and drip tray. A lot of these air fryers claim to be oiless, which is technically true, but for some foods, you may want to add a tiny bit of oil for flavor. I’m going to be honest, air fryers are awesome and the food tastes great, but the food doesn’t taste as good as if you fried your food on a stove top, but not by much, but, the food is healthier with an air fryer.
There are some instances where you won’t even be able to tell the difference. We just need to try to ween our dependence on oil out of our lives eventually.
For some reason, people seem to think that air fryers are only for potatoes, such as french, fries, chips, and vegetables. Air fryers can cook virtually anything that can be placed in it, the only issue is size. If you find the right air fryer, you can even make a whole turkey! The possibilities are quite literally endless.
Apparently there are customers complaining that this particular air fryer will not shut off at certain times, and they have real trouble shutting it down. There is no interior light inside, which defeats the purpose of being able to see inside in the first place.
There is no bottom heater, so you may have to turn your food over, but this is a feature you will have to deal with for most air fryers on the market.
This is not uncommon with most air fryers. You have to pay attention and understand what temperature levels the food you’re cooking can take. For instance, in this particular air fryer, you may think 400F for 10 minutes might be fine, but they will probably burn. A better course of action would be to start at 275F for a few minutes and adjust as necessary.
You just have to know your machine. I make pancakes on my stove top all the time and they come out perfectly.
One time, I was visiting my cousin and made pancakes on his stove top at the same temperature I normally cook and I ended up burning them. The problem was because I wasn’t used to the way that oven cooked.
Although it claims to be easy to clean, it is not. None of the items included are dishwasher safe and a person may struggle to clean it after cooking. Wiping off the outside and the trays are a cinch, but cleaning the interior after cooking a meal may be another story entirely.
Of course, you can always use foil to compensate.
It’s not easy to get the trays out once you’ve finished cooking. One would expect a feature that allows the trays to slide out, but it doesn’t exist. Make sure you are wearing hot pads or oven mitts when retrieving your food or you ewill regret it.
This air fryer cooks fast and it gets hot…very hot. Make sure you do not touch the door while this machine is cooking unless you wish to change the color of your fingers in the most painful way.
The timer sometimes sticks, which leaves the product on. This is a huge design flaw that needs to be addressed and fixed by the manufacturers as soon as possible.
While other air fryers mention that you need to rotate your food once. There were a few users mentioning that you must rotate your food multiple times. With the fact that this air fryer cooks fast, and the outside gets very hot, the chances of you burning yourself increases exponentially.
There are good and bad things about this product, so purchase at your own risk.
Wrapping it Up
Thank you for reading my review on the Cuisinart air fryer. Please click on all images for more information. If you’re thinking of an alternative, may I recommend a Philips?
They were the first people to introduce air fryers and have had nearly a decade to work out all the kinks.