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    Dash Compact Air Fryer 1.2 L Electric Air Fryer Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry Basket, Recipe Guide + Auto Shut off Feature – Aqua

    Good day everyone! Let’s take a look the #3 Best seller for air fryers on Amazon; the “Dash Compact Air Fryer”! From the image, you can tell that it is a small, compact device that looks like it only feeds one or two people but if you’re looking at this, you probably don’t want to make huge meals, am I correct? As always, I keep my reviews fair by pointing out “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”! Let’s take a look 

    The Good


    This air fryer might be the lightest of all air fryers on the market, making it very easy to handle if you need to move it from place to place. I can see this being a perfect gift for a college student or one of your young ones moving into their very first apartment. I know some of you parents worry and even though they are adults now, you want to make sure they are eating well. The dash compact helps those who want quick, healthy meals without the need of a microwave and a conventional oven.

    If you have the right materials, you can also bring the air fryer with on camping trips and while traveling. It’s very versatile and can be brought almost anywhere.


    One of the greatest things about this product is the auto-shut off function. There are a few air fryers out there that customers have been having issues with as far as not being able to shut them down. This can lead to a very dangerous and worrisome situation for some, but with the dash compact air fryer, you need not worry about that.

    This air fryer can even be used by kids because of the simplicity as well as having a cool housing touch so you don’t burn your hand when performing operations.

    Dishwasher Safe

    An air fryer that isn’t dishwasher safe may not be a deal breaker for some, but it certainly helps others when they are searching for a specific one for ease of use. A lot of air fryers on the market are dishwasher safe and the dash compact air fryer is no exception, this makes for an easy cleanup once your meal is complete.


    I have to be honest, not having to use grease or oil may not be entirely true. You CAN make some products without using oil and it may turn out great, depending on what it is. However, you might want to add a tiny bit of oil to certain items. Even if you add oil to some food you are cooking with, the amount you use will be almost negligible compared to the amount you would normally use.

    My suggestion is to create your product with a little bit of oil at first, see how it turns out. Then, the next go round try it without oil and see how you like it. You have to know your machine and what works for you, may not work well with others, it depends on your style and your taste.


    This thing cooks fast! Have you ever waited for your conventional oven to preheat? It takes a while doesn’t it? This air fryer can have your food ready before your oven is even fully preheated. That is what I like about air fryers, the speed is incredible! And this one is very safe to use, but be careful, don’t put your face or any skin near the opening when your food is ready, that steam will burn!

    Affordable/Custom Colors

    This air fryer is pretty cool and it is VERY cheap! I’ve had users ask me to display prices for items, but unfortunately I am unable to. You may click the link above and it will direct you to the price of the item. If you aren’t sure about an air fryer and want to try one out, I suggest this one, you don’t have much to lose.

    I’ve only seen one other air fryer that has offered color variations but this is the first one I’ve seen that has offered five unique settings that can help with the decor of your kitchen. Take a look at the images below.

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    Some might happy with the “cute” designs while others may be content with its versatility. In any case, this is a great gift for anyone who is looking for something new in the kitchen.

    NOTE: If you get a color other than aqua, the price may change, but not by much. 

    The Bad

    Limited Recipes/Capability

    This isn’t that bad, but I’ve reviewed a lot of air fryers and I most recently saw one that offered a recipe cookbook that offered 100 recipes. The dash compact air fryer only offers 15 but that is probably still pretty good for the size and it’s limited capability.

    The compact size can either be good or bad. Do you want to make large meals for a large family? Then, this air fryer isn’t for you. Are you a single person that wants to make a quick meal healthy meal and you don’t have an oven? Maybe you don’t want to use a microwave but want something decent? This air fryer is for you.

    Plastic Smell

    When you first start using this air fryer, there is a feint plastic smell, which drives a few consumers crazy. Fortunately after using it a few times, it tends to disappate. It seems like you are going to have to have some patience with this machine if the plastic smell is going to be a bother.

    Even Cooking Issues

    Sometimes, the food does not cook evenly, having parts of the food either overcooked or cold. This has been a complaint from several users, however, there have been over 1700 reviews and they are mostly positive.

    With any appliance there are going to be mechanical issues so sometimes you may have to just try your luck and focus on the positive. This air fryer is number #3 for a reason and if it was a terrible product, it would not have such a high ranking.

    The Ugly

    Functionality Issues

    There are many positive aspects about this product and there are also negative ones. The main one I come across is that this air fryer seems to work perfectly after about 3 – 4 sessions and ceases to work afterwords. With the negative complaints coming in about this device, functionality seems to be at the top of the list.

    There are a lot of people that are happy with this device, but the complaints appear to legitimate and not just customers blowing steam. 

    Poor Quality

    There are areas of this device that appear to be cheaply made and may get damaged rather quickly. A few users have complained about sections of their product begining to rust after use. Another user said that the handle broke off immediately after they opened it.

    Other users haven’t had any issues with this appliance until a few months later. Some users that complained were offered a replacement by the company so there is some customer support. 

    Food Feels “Baked”

    While a lot of people are saying this device worked perfectly for them and simulated the “fried” food taste. Others have complained that the food that comes out does not get crispy at all. Personnally if my food was not crispy, I would ask to have the device replaced until I got one that worked correctly because that is what it is designed to do. 

    Wrapping it Up

    Thank you for taking the time to read my review on the Dash Compact Air Fryer. I hope you received all the information you were looking for and helped you make a decision, click on the aqua images above if you would like to make a purchase, you can change the colors if you want once you get to that page, again thank you! 

    – Ibrahim




    1. Aly

      I really like the look of this model. The sleek, modern, and compact design is also a plus in my book. The choice of colors are really fun… I could see any of those fitting in with the black, white, grey, and stainless steel decor in my kitchen. However, I don’t like the thought of a plastic smell though or uneven cooking. Function always wins over a pretty style in our house. 

      Do you think the reason that it is a top seller is the look and the size? Or more because it’s so affordable?

      • admin

        My personal opinion of its popularity is the look and compatibility.  Nowadays, anything that’s compact are extremely useful 

    2. Nate MC

      This is a great review. I was actually in the store awhile back ago and came across an air fryer, but it looked a lot bigger than this one. I like that the Dash 1.2 is compact. If this air fryer really does cook food faster than it takes to pre-heat an oven, then it is definitely worth the cash! 

    3. fabio gargiulo

      Definitely try it! I didn’t know this article but surely in this post everything is well explained. The review of the article is well articulated with an excellent description of its strengths and weaknesses. Surely with this air fryer the recipes will be more light winking at health. Thanks again.


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