@Dmelly Re: “button” That’s what they want you to think! And I’m pretty sure that’s the spray oil dispenser the air fryer comes with. Pepper grinder is to the right of it though. @FSSZilla There is a drop shadow, it’s just not strong enough.
@Bandrik while interesting points… What if you just finish your food? And don’t bring chips home from restaurants( didn’t even know you could do that)?.. Every example you gave sounds extremely strange… But hey if it works for you it works
@Bandrik@unksol At every Mexican restaurant around me, if you get takeout they give you a big white paper bag of chips and a bowl of salsa. I always threw them away after the meal because they generally suck after they assume room temperature, but if I bought a $50 gadget I guess I could revive them.
I do wonder what it does for storebought chips. I bet a warm Julio’s (or Brookshire’s knockoff) chip is good. A warm Dorito may not be so good.
Grammar/typographical question: Are questllipses/questipses/quellipses (?..) a thing? I think it’s a good idea, but the kerning could use some work.
@Bandrik@djslack I’d have just eaten the chips at the time. Then again I’d never order takeout ( but also don’t have the option even if I would) and rarely go to a restaurant but that’s where I’d expect the free chips. We can’t all live in a big city so if it works for you it works I just don’t get/need it apparently.
Not sure what those at the end were. Quesadilla type… I just throw a tortilla in the cast iron skillet and top with cheese and pulled pork + toppings. I don’t know if it technically counts as one but it’s delicious
@Bandrik Update: DERP. I meant to say “reheat pizza”, not frozen pizza. As in, pizza that is already cooked, and you were saving the leftovers in the fridge. I would NOT cook an uncooked frozen pizza this way. Just wanted to correct this.
@unksol The places around here give huge portions that I could never finish in one sitting, so I just take the rest to go, which I feel is perfectly normal. In fact the mexican places will give you a paper bag for the chips and give some salsa to go in a little plastic cup, similar to what @djslack was saying. And the air fryer does revive the chips.
A friend of mine has one of these, they’re trash. She loves it, because she’ll do anything she can to eat ‘healthier’, so she uses it with no oil at all and then pretends that the soggy garbage that comes out is better than actual fried food. If you’re some kind of psychopath who enjoys a pale, flaccid french fry, this is absolutely the product for you.
A halfway decent convection toaster oven will do everything this does, only better, and be more versatile besides. Looks like the temperature on this model doesn’t go above 400, so you’re only going to get okay results if you’re starting with stuff that’s precooked and frozen like chicken nuggets, or if you’re re-heating something.
@Lazarpandar It’s actually very good at cooking raw meats (I’ve done raw chicken, shrimp, fish, and pork) and it does indeed use NO oil. Air fryers specifically state you’re not supposed to put any oil in the basket as it could cause an oil fire. You put oil on afterward for “flavor”.
@Lazarpandar@silveropal3 Lazar ignore silver. Oil IS REQUIRED. Ever recipe specifically states you must coat the food in oil and even recommendeds a sprayer. Just look at the recipe guide for this product. OBVIOUSLY you don’t pour oil into it there is no place to put it but if you don’t coat the food in oil it won’t “fry”. You definitely don’t add it after for “flavor”
@Lazarpandar@unksol You must not have read the manual for this particular model, let alone any other make and model. It specifically states you do NOT need to use oil. That’s pretty much how it goes with all air fryers as they literally use AIR to “fry” the foods. Some air fryers do state that you may lightly mist foods with oil, however, it is not a requirement.
An air fryer uses hot air to crisp (“fry”) the foods inside of it. It’s almost like a mini convection oven as it circulated hot air to cook your food fast and evenly.
@Lazarpandar@silveropal3@unksol@Bandrik - I am not even remotely contemplating buying one, but purely out of curiosity, can it do more than just reheat frozen convenience food? Have you ever used one to actually cook a meal from scratch - meat, veggies, starches? Seems like it has a decent internal area. How is it for heating up your lukewarm coffee?
@Lazarpandar No oil needed. Period. End of story. I’ve had one for a year, and it is awesome. My favorite is to put a frozen piece of salmon in there for 15-20 minutes, flipping it once and basting it with an asian zing sauce towards the end. Comes out perfect. Also cook chicken and shrimp. And left-over pizza is A-MAZ-ING! Better reheated than the day you get it from the pizzeria.
@aetris Got one, I usually put raw chicken wings rubbed with salt, pepper and paprika for about 25 minutes at 390F. Delicious and pefectly cooked, the secret is to use meats that have plenty of fat content so they are “self-frying”.
@Lazarpandar@unksol Haha I’m not sure why they call it air frying. Maybe because it can in fact fry the foods if you spritz them with oil and they thought it sounded better than air roaster or mini convection oven.
@aetris@Bandrik@Lazarpandar@unksol Most I’ve done in that department is fish and fries or fish and a vegetable. It’s like cooking two different types of pastas: I just put the longer cooking one in first.
When I type I capitalize certain words so skimmers can quickly see point words. Kind of like how important text in subs in some video games is highlighted or a different color…or dare I say it - capitalized.
I couldn’t care less about comments on an air fryer on sale on Meh, however, if I have time and see the replies then I will reply. Today I have some time.
You said air fryers require oil but they don’t. I wanted to help out you as well as others who may buy this item based solely on whether it needs oil or not.
@Lazarpandar@moosetoga@therealjrn@unksol You guys must have a lower threshold for what constitutes “getting worked up”. This is a text-based conversation. I’m not yelling at anyone, I’m just letting people know you don’t need to use oil.
@Lazardpandar I didn’t feel the need nor want to capitalize entire sentences or phrases - that’s just too much capitalization. I capitalized some key words instead. Also, look at your search phrase, “do air fryers use oil” - of course you’re going to get results that say YES because they do in fact use oil if you want them to. Do air fryers use oil? YES. Do you need to use oil in an air fryer? NO. Can you use oil in an air fryer? YES. It’s pretty simple.
And yes, I do sometimes use capitalization for intonation. I’m not excited to tell you you’re wrong. I’m just letting you know you are, however, you seem bit defensive about it. Not sure why. Could be my mistake.
I apologize, it seems I got the replies mixed up.
@Lazarpandar I just wanted to let you know you don’t need to use oil in it but you can.
@moosetoga No need for name calling in my opinion. You can use oil in the air fryer but you don’t need to. Oil does help crisp up potatoes and breading, though.
@unksol I see that you are actually the person who stated oil is REQUIRED. It’s not, just thought you might want to know. If not, that’s cool. Carry on.
@reclaimercube I get the first two. What on Earth is with the shit foot rests? If you really want some just buy some number 10 cans. Or a few concrete blocks. Or lift your knees. All meh solutions. I Cannot get behind the shit squatter campaign
I can’t believe how many of these have already been bought. Just use a toaster oven you will get better results anyhow… absolutely no reason to clutter your kitchen even more with this. - Just google TO3000G.
Having a toaster oven is IMO worth cluttering your kitchen a bit more for cooking small batches of things especially during the summer when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen with your oven. Toaster ovens because of the small space can provide better results.
Also people, frozen fries already come coated in oil. So that they crisp up nicely.
@bduncan They do things differently. Different tools yield different results. I have both and use both for different purposes. I just put them away and take them out of a pantry when I want to use them, so there is no clutter.
My friend has one. We built an entire party around this thing, bags and bags of pizza rolls, and wine that paired with pizza rolls. We were already drunk when we started this party but that’s irrelevant. It was awesome, and thanks to Meh, I can soon make this same awesome mistake
If you love chicken nuggets, these suckers are great. Dollar store nuggets come out crunchy and tasty in like 7 minutes. If I hadn’t acquired one recently, I’d be in. Worth it for late night nuggets and fries, but I’ve also made amazing pork chops, asparagus, and bite sized potatoes. The small one is great for one or two people. But you need a BIG one if you’re cooking for more than a couple of people.
@laurelnev@unksol My local Dollar Tree had frozen prime rib steaks, pork chops, Red Baron pizza, key lime pie slices, and frozen mango chunks in the case last week. The selection is always interesting.
so do these basically work like tiny verisions of those old convection ovens, that you were even supposed to be able to cook a pizza in but the peperonis would fly everywhere? cause I remember those made pretty good french “frys” and crispy fish sticks
I have an air fryer and like it but I use it to cook frozen fried food (french fries etc) or leftovers. You can not fill it too full and you have to shake the basket every few minutes to stir the food around. I love mine and think it turns out great. I have been thinking of trying some raw veggies in there but now winter is coming to the northeast so the regular oven helps heat the house before we get into using the wood stove so I probably won’t
Why do I need this gadet? My oven cooks prepared breaded food just fine. Fries, chicken, fish, etc. Doesn’t seem like you could do homemade food in it. What is the purpose? Slightly crisper Frozen food?
I ordered one and it came in today DOA… If you have one on the way, make sure you plug it in before you cut up your potatoes. I call Chef Sifu customer service and they told me to contact Meh… We will see. Peanut butter sandwich anyone?
@tbyrd66 mine too! Worked once and did great but getting it to turn on was a PITA!! Not even sure how we got it working the first time. Wanted to do wings today. They’re in my oven now. Meh should be ashamed of themselves for selling garbage like this! Meh… ruining Saturdays one loyal customer at a time…
I’m always tempted by these, as my wife has to remove fats from her diet for gastrointestinal reasons, so the lack of oil needed is appealing. But, good reviews seem to be about reheating frozen or other pre-prepared food, whereas we cook much from scratch.
Where I’d be most interested in it’s performance is how well it could roast a basket of raw veggies (peppers, potatoes, carrots, eggplany, etc)
I’ve got a basic Philips model (twist knob, none of that newfangled digital stuff) and I love it for snacks and such. The big draw for me is it cooks stuff in half the time, much quicker than the convection setting on the big oven.
It gets used for fries, breaded shrimp, pizza rolls, mozzarella sticks, buffalo rolls, all sorts of stuff I probably shouldn’t be eating. It’s great for a single item for the two of us, but trying to do shrimp AND fries for two is a lost cause. It can’t do it in one batch, and with two batches you’ve lost the time savings.
While you might be able to coerce it into actual cooking, it seems to have been made for fast heating of precooked stuff. Kind of a crunchy microwave.
At $250 I’d say it’s not worth it. For $50, sure. I think I paid $60-70 for mine.
I haven’t tried a convection toaster oven, I didn’t even know they existed until today. The old toaster oven we had was pretty useless, and we got rid of it years ago.
I have another brand but it looks a lot like this one. I think I paid $40 ish new for it-some black Friday deal. I tried it on french fries and was not very impressed (a few were perfect, a few were burnt and the rest were soggy), not too much better with eggrolls or chicken nuggets. I also have a convection toaster oven and that thing is amazing-pizza better reheated than fresh, perfect eggrolls and crispy french fries, and it’s quieter and I think more versatile. My air fryer has been residing in the basement somewhere for a long time now.
If you take the basket out and look at the bottom front there is a small groove. In that groove is the safety switch. There is a tab on the bottom of the basket that slides into the groove and should hold the switch down but it doesn’t. Plug the unit in and hold switch down. If turns on that is your issue. My son and I took the bottom off to expose the switch. If you remove the switch by two screws you can see the small black button that presses the switch when the basket is inserted. We took a small piece of toothpick and pressed into hole of button to extend it and put back together. It has taken 6 or 7 tries but I think finally have the correct length of toothpick. It’s a shame this little plastic piece that costs less than a penny is causing all of the trouble. I have cooked egg rolls fish filets, chicken wings, chicken guest, a hot pocket, heated leftover biscuits. All have done well. The wings were great. Hopefully I won’t catch the house on fire. I tried Chef Sifu customer service email and they told me they won’t help because I purchased from a clearance site. I asked why they sold broken units to a clearance site. They replied they would take my comments into consideration . oh and of course unplug the unit before you take it apart. If that doesn’t work go buy a stainless steel bowl and a heat gun
I tried Chef Sifu customer service email and they told me they won’t help because I purchased from a clearance site. I asked why they sold broken units to a clearance site. They replied they would take my comments into consideration .
Operations like this piss me off. As I have gathered from hanging around here for a while, when Meh buys something, part of the deal they work out is who is going to support the item. Sometimes it’s the manufacturer, sometimes they say no and the warranty/support is through Meh. And sometimes the manufacturer claims no knowledge and tries to act like because you bought it through a discount site they have washed their hands of it. Sometimes it’s because the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and sometimes it’s because the manufacturer is shady.
It sucks, but Meh won’t let you down in the end most of the time.
@tbyrd66 You have just made my entire YEAR!! Same thing! Thank you for writing this! Like you, it took me 6 or 7 tries to get the right length of toothpick since you want the switch to properly shut off the machine when you remove the basket, and not stay permanently ON (Talking Heads comes to mind)! But it works now and I just made the wings I had leftover from “Sad Saturday”. They were incredible!! Meh didn’t make you return it, did they? I would think not since it has been opened up now. Guess I am going to have 2 fryers now because I ordered a new one on that website that will remain nameless…
@dgbarstow2@snapster@tbyrd66 I’m not so sure Woot is ruined–I like ordering shit and having it go out the next day for free. The Customer Service team has really stepped up their game too. It’s now possible to actually talk to a human being during business hours about any order problems.
There for awhile though…sheesh…Bezos really turned it into a shit show…but I kinda like the Woot Experience now.
1 a person who acts obsequiously towards someone important in order to gain advantage.
@dgbarstow2@tbyrd66@therealjrn I support the idea that Woot is not ruined. It is not as personal of course anymore but that’s not all bad. The introduction of Prime shipping is a primary show of support we wanted years ago. If their deal standards remain high, and it’s not “growth at all costs” I like the chances that it survives and even thrives.
@dgbarstow2@snapster@tbyrd66@therealjrn Yeah, not ruined, though the “brand” has been damaged. Yes, one deal, one day was unsustainable for growth, but jumping to thousands of items made the paradox of choice a huge detriment.
@dgbarstow2@narfcake@tbyrd66@therealjrn not that we’re proving that logic wrong in today’s internet climate, but “One Day, One Deal” was not historically a growth inhibitor for Woot. At least not when allowed to expand sideways to new categories. (while “A Shitload of Boring Deals” was actually a proven growth inhibitor over the long term!)
I had one that I used all the time and it just went out. I thought to myself “Meh, or someone else will have one for sale.”
Like others say above, these are great for frozen foods like fries and pizza rolls but the best use I have is chicken wings. They come out perfect.
The wire cutter is getting worse and worse. I love my PowerAirFryerXL - it works great - it was roughly $80 on sale. I use it all the time - its easier to use that an convection toaster oven, the results are better - and it is easier to clean.
Just a question for anyone with a broken unit, did any of you get an E1 after the unit ran for half a minute? I tried searching the web for what that is. I thought it might be fixable, couldn’t find anything
@mangomama2 received a second unit and the thing spun the fan,no heat and my wings were still raw 40 minutes later! absolute junk. refund please! i didn’t want a second unit but you guys sent me one! urg!
I have ordered many many things from MEH, I’m not sure how much i will order from meh in the future, if they don’t stand behind what they sell!! My first 1 broke after a few weeks, I was sent a 2nd one,(which i didn;t want) and it was DOA on arrival, now meh isn’t doing the right thing by just issuing me a refund,they want me to contact chef sifu,wow,total run around!
First Meh order. I was in love with this thing. My microwave died and I didn’t replace it because the AIR FRYER was better at reheating leftovers 99% of the time. I cooked egg rolls, meatballs, veggies, so much. My beloved air fryer did it all.
Then I went to use it the other day, and… nada. The display came on depending on how I jiggled the basket, but it would never actually come on. It was a passionate, but brief affair. Hoping Meh will refund…
@carminapirhana@RiotDemon I think Chef Sifu skipped town. None of thier contacts work I got on the phone with the Woodson group who is supposed to be their parent company and they sounded like they were trying to avoid a federal agent when I asked about the air fryer. They said they don’t sell air fryers and you have the wrong number then hung up. Im like all this for a fucking air fryer. Anyway i need to know how to see if Meh will reimburse me. @carminapirhana how did you do it?
Same problem as others - dead fryer for me. Tried to contact the manufacturer right after my air fryer display did not light up even after trying to plug into several outlets. The e-mail address bounced and my voice mails have not produced a return call.
Sent a note to meh last week but did not get an acknowledgment. Tried again today and got an acknowledgment. Hopefully, I’ll get a replacement or a refund…