Aria Air Fryers CPW-908 Aria Ceramic Air Fryer, 5Qt, White
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And an air fryer can stand in for a toaster at times as well, producing crispy frozen waffles and even toasted bagels. Evenly browned chips with a crisp exterior and good flavour before seasoning are what we look for from each model tested. We've tested more than 40 air fryers over the years, and we believe they're a great addition to most homes.
After a brief flick through of the manual we were able to get cooking pretty quickly thanks to the easy set up.We liked this pan for many reasons – it’s ultra robust, cooks well and comes in a good range of sizes. Play with the flavours, choose different herbs, different wines or even nothing, not even a cross on top when you just want the fastest of treats.
With most air-fryers, you need to shake your chips halfway through cooking (or more often if you want to see how they are getting on). Our chicken breast – air-fried at 200C for 15 minutes – was golden and crisp, with juicy, succulent meat in the middle. If you want to adapt a recipe for air-frying, BBC Good Food’s food copy editor Samuel Goldsmith recommends reducing the cooking time by 20%. Our chips were a pale golden colour after 25 mins at 190C (using the 'fries' preset), and had a fluffy middle and crisp, well-sealed exterior. The touchscreen can be hard to activate with greasy fingers, but that is par for the course among air fryers we tested.Equipped with tall walls and a large flat surface area, this pan is ideal for those dishes that require a hard sear, like a rump steak. Through our Lab tests, at-home use and recipe development, we've found that most foods cook best at high temps, like 400˚F, for short periods of time.
We also like that it has only four preprogrammed settings: frozen fries, chicken, fish, and meat, all of which you access through a single dial on the control panel. We found the browning to be a little inconsistent when air-frying salmon and chicken breasts, and our aubergine – while flavoursome – lacked the restaurant-style grill marks we were hoping for. Temperature control: We made sure each air fryer was actually able to reach its max temperature and maintain a relatively consistent temperature while cooking. However, air-frying does have some negatives, so it should be considered as part of a balanced diet. Thanks to the quick air circulation, cooking requires almost no oil and there is no unpleasant smell.The temperature dial turns smoothly and without much force, but the timer dial requires more strength to turn.