Aug 09

Big Boss Air Fryer Reviews  

Air Fryer Brand

Big Boss manufactures several kitchen appliances. Their air fryers are distinctive because, like Big Boss convection ovens, they consist of a transparent round bowl below the heating unit, in which cooks can watch food brown. All the different models and colors use only 1300 watts, retail for $75-175, and average 3.5 to 4.5 out of 5 stars at Amazon. (A blue-topped model currently rates five out of five...on only one review.)

One reason for the mixed reviews may be that this brand has been on the market longer than some, and thus got more reviews from people who didn't know what to expect from air fryers. However, some reviewers disliked specific features of Big Boss air fryers, especially the bright lights. These air fryers use a combination of convection, halogen, and infrared light to heat food; some people expressed concern about possible harmful effects of using infrared light, and some foods don't cook well in this type of fryer.

Top three reasons why people choose Big Boss air fryers:

  1. To cook healthy at home. One review mentioned that lean meats that "turn into nasty little hockey pucks" in a conventional broiler or oven air-fry to perfection in about 20 minutes in the Big Boss.
  2. Tidiness. Big Boss users report that even though the bowl part of the air fryer is heavy and needs frequent cleaning, it's still a huge improvement over cleaning a deep-fat fryer.
  3. Roomy cooking area. The Big Boss comes with stacking racks that allow fat to drain out of foods like chicken (even small turkeys) while they cook, and that big, heavy bowl can also be used as a mixing bowl. (On the other hand, some customers thought the Big Boss was too big--sixteen inches across the base and, since the bowl heats up in use, this fryer definitely needs space where it's out of everyone's way.)

Top five questions and answers about Big Boss air fryers:

1. Where's the recipe book?

Answer: Apparently several customers failed to receive a 45-page instruction book that includes sample recipes. More recipes have been shared at a web site dedicated to this fryer.

2. How hard is this device to clean?

Answer: The lid, which forms the bottom of the heating unit, has to be washed by hand. The bowl has to be lifted carefully in and out of the machine after frying meat. On the other hand, if what you air-fry are mostly cut vegetables, you could just wipe the bowl (after it cools down) and run the racks through the dishwasher.

3. How big is the Big Boss air fryer?

Answer: Noticeably bigger and heavier than some other air fryers: 16" wide, 12" high, 15-18 pounds.

4. Are there any known medical reasons not to use infrared light in cooking?

Answer: Infrared light is what's used in microwave ovens, so it's generally regarded as safe.

5. Is it possible to bake in the Big Boss?

Answer: The Big Boss is not recommended for baking cake or bread in pans. The use of infrared light suggests that traditional baked goods might not come out well. (That's what the company makes ovens for.)


This air fryer has been on the market for years. Depending on how they've used it, some people report that it may not last as long as they expected, and/or parts may be hard to repair or replace. All light bulbs eventually burn out, but the company might be well advised to make it easier to find the kind their air fryer uses, since those who use Big Boss fryers seem to want to use them for years. (This is not yet a valid brand comparison; some other air fryers haven't been around long enough for customers to evaluate how long they last.)

The Big Boss might be the best choice for someone who air-fries whole chickens or young turkeys (up to 14 pounds), since it's designed to hold this volume of food and to be cleaned easily afterward. The big glass bowl is definitely not ideal for anyone with weak or shaky hands. The combination of features from convection and microwave ovens seems to present novel challenges and opportunities for creative cooks.

Aug 09

Avalon Bay Air Fryer Reviews  

Air Fryer Brand

Avalon Bay is a more specialized manufacturer currently offering just three products: ice makers, coolers for wine bottles, and air fryers. The air fryers inspired enough customer loyalty to launch one independent web page where a customer and friends had posted, as of August 7, 2015, ten recipes. Avalon Bay air fryers retail for about $100.

Top three reasons why people choose Avalon Bay air fryers:

  1. Low-fat frying. Several reviewers mention the taste and crispness of air-fried food, especially potatoes. No oil needs to be added to food unless you want to add oil for flavor.
  2. Easy cleaning. Even those who brushed or sprayed oil onto food (before or after frying) mention having to clean only the fryer basket.
  3. Price. Several satisfied Avalon Bay users mentioned living in small apartments. One said, "Every college dorm should have one."

Top five questions and answers about Avalon Bay air fryers:

1. What can I cook with this device? Is there a cookbook?

Answer: Basic instructions come with the device. Fancier recipes are available online; those who've tested recipes from a web site dedicated to air-frying say those recipes work with the Avalon Bay fryer, and one customer who had a recipe book for a different brand of air fryer said those recipes also served her well. Minimalist cooks who just drop in cut potatoes, zucchini, sausages, etc. and cook until done give the Avalon Bay fryer good ratings.

2. How big is it?

Answer: It's 13" wide, 11" high, and weighs 13.6 pounds.

3. Does the Avalon Bay air fryer cook breaded or battered foods?

Answer: This fryer gets mixed reports for breaded and battered food. It will definitely cook the food, but some foods come out better than others.

4. Can you bake a cake in it?

Answer: The Avalon Bay air fryer doesn't come with cake pans, nor does the home page mention pans being available. However, an air fryer can be described as "a mini convection oven," and it's safe for metal pans if you have pans that fit.

5. What's the wattage?

Answer: The air fryer plugs into a standard 120-volt wall socket, but apparently uses 1500 watts, so it might cause a power surge in some buildings. I wouldn't plug it into the same circuit with a computer.


Those who want a relatively low-priced air fryer, and chose an Avalon Bay fryer, generally seem to love it. Only one reviewer complained of having received an apparently defective fryer ("handle rusted"), and some mention that this fryer seems to ship well. The majority of customers who don't like Avalon Bay fryers seem to be people who don't like air-fried food. A few wanted more detailed instructions; by now, reading the Amazon page for this product will help. By and large Avalon Bay air fryers get excellent reviews.

Aug 09

GoWISE USA Air Fryer Reviews

Air Fryer Brand

GoWISE USA is a general manufacturing company whose stated mission is to help save the Earth, help you save money, and improve your lifestyle. This company makes a variety of air fryers; current prices range from $69 to $315. Amazon customer reviews give all models four to five out of five stars.

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Aug 08

Cozyna Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer Review

Air Fryer

Don’t struggle with the hassle of frying if you don’t have to. In fact, the Cozyna provides some of the best air frying possible without all the hassle and headache associated with cooking. These types of fryers deliver the results of deep fat fryers without the mess, and without the fat. No matter what you’re cooking- onion rings, chicken wings, fried veggies, grilled cheeses and more- anything can be cooked with ease and grace with these new air fryer models.

There are more than one use for this device too- it does it all. It cooks fries, grills chicken and other meats, bakes and roasts and eliminates fat, oils and greases. Cook practically anything you could ever imagine in this easy to use device. On average, you’ll use far less oil than with other devices, plus, everything from burgers, fish and large chicken quarters.

Completely easy to clean, completely dishwasher safe, non-stick and portable, you’ll never get the types of quality from other types of devices as you do the Cozyna- at such a low, affordable price. One of the even better aspects about this device is that it can be yours with a complete money back guarantee- promising quality and guaranteeing that you’re happy with your purchase.

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Aug 08

Black and Decker HF100WD Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer Review

Air Fryer

Black and Decker Air Fryer products have always been known for their quality, especially when household kitchen appliances are created. The Black & Decker HF100WD Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer has everything you need to give you what you crave without having added fats, greases, or pounds.

What really sets the black and Decker product apart is that it has twin convection fans cooking the food rather than just one, meaning that your food cooks evenly, gets fast quickly, and gets just as crispy as you want.

While most models can only consistently reach temperatures of around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the Black and Decker model goes above and beyond to reach 400 degrees without even breaking a sweat, overheating, or struggling to operate.

Like other models, safety ensures that this product shuts itself off after sixty minutes of operation, but that should be plenty of time to finish whatever food you might be cooking.

If you’re looking for great features, look no further, because the Black and Decker delivers just about everything you could ever want in a fryer with absolutely no guilt, and all of the flavor. Control your food like never before in this 2 liter cooking device that’s perfect for families, friends, and even neighbors. You never have to worry about burning your hands either, because the Black and Decker HF100 model was built with you in mind.

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