Air fryers are a perfect way of achieving that crispy, deep-fried taste without the added calories, grease, and fat. Air fryers supposedly cut calories by 70% to 80% and as a result, food cooked in an air fryer has a lot less fat.
Air fryers contain a fan that pushes heated air up to 400 F around the food to cook it, similar to how a convection oven works.
As the food is heated, any excess grease is caught in a basket below, and the circulating air cooks the outside of the food first, resulting in crispy, brown coatings and that indulgent fried taste we all love - but healthier.
Today we’re going to review one of the best-rated air fryers on the market by NuWave. NuWave has been on the cookware scene for about two decades now, and their company philosophy is to “live well for less.”
They strive to create products that are environmentally friendly, safe to use, and affordable for everyone and do this by incorporating the latest culinary technology. All of Nuwave’s research and development is done onsite at their corporate headquarters in Libertyville, IL.
The Nuwave air fryer comes in three capacities: 3-quart, 6-quart, and 10-quart. Find the spec for each product below…
1.5lb French Fries, 2 (8oz) Chicken Breasts
2lb French Fries, 1 (3.5lb) Chicken
4lb French Fries, 1 (8lb) Chicken
Preheat, Warm, Sear, Stage Cooking
Smart Auto Pause For Safety
PFOA-Free Non-Stick Coating
Removable Divider Insert
Program & Save Up To 100 Recipes
Digital Temperature Control
The NuWave Brio can cook between 100°F and 400°F.
It’s also adjustable in 5°F increments with the simple press of a button, which makes it easy to operate and user-friendly even to those who aren’t familiar with the technology.
The arrows on the control panel allow you to precisely customize your cooking temperature quickly and easily so you can adapt the heat and cooking time depending on what you’re cooking.
The NuWave has adjustable wattage, with the 6-quart offering a maximum of 1800 to 900 watts with the simple press of a button, allowing you to use your Brio safely and efficiently even if electricity is limited.
6 Preset Menu Selections
If you’re running short on time, or you’re not sure how long something takes to cook, the NuWave air fryer has 6 convenient pre-programmed recipes that you can conveniently select with the press of a button.
The Brio lets you cook homemade fries, frozen fries, chicken nuggets, steak, chicken breasts, and frozen fish sticks with one simple menu selection.
Preheat & Reheat Function
The "Preheat" function on this air fryer ensures the cooking chamber is well heated before you start cooking, allowing you to achieve maximum efficiency which also ensures your food is optimally and thoroughly cooked.
Additionally, a “Reheat” function allows you to warm your food at 360°F for 4 minutes, which is perfect for evenly and conveniently heating your leftovers without running the risk of drying the food out.
The 3-quart, 6-quart, and 10-quart air fryers all come with the "Preheat" and "Reheat" function, however, the 10-quart fryer also comes with "multi-stage" cooking features as well as a “searing” option which is ideal for cooking meat.
Patented Fry Pan Basket
The Fry Pan Basket in the Brio has been specially designed to promote airflow from all directions, while the air fry basket and stainless-steel basket net allow the hot air to circulate fully ensuring your food is cooked thoroughly from every direction.
It also comes with a removable basket divider insert that allows airflow while keeping different foods separated.
Advanced Safety Features
The NuWave Brio has built-in features that ensure maximum safety in your home.
The Brio will automatically shut off when the basket is removed and stays off until the basket is securely replaced again.
Easy To Clean
Despair at the thought of cleaning up the excess grease in the drip basket? Fear not, the NuWave Brio's Fry Pan Basket and Base Tray have a PFOA-free non-stick coating to ensure food does not stick.
Clean up is also made extremely easy because all removable parts of the NuWave Brio are dishwasher-safe, meaning you don’t have to scrub them by hand.
NuWave Cooking Club App
Regardless of your cooking experience, you can access a host of recipes that have been specifically written for the NuWave Brio through the Nuwave cooking app.
This features everything from delicious meals to healthy snacks and indulgent desserts.
What We Like About the NuWave Air Fryer
- Super easy to use: digital temperature control that allows you to adjust the heat in 5°F increments with the simple press of a button. It also comes with 6 convenient meal presets for convenience.
- Preheat and reheat options: ensures food is thoroughly heated for optimal results, and allows you to reheat leftovers without drying food out.
- Advanced safety features: the air fryer automatically shuts-off when the basket is removed.
- PFOA-free non-stick coating: this ensures no food or excess fat sticks to the tray, making cleaning easy.
- Dishwasher safe: All of the removable parts of the Nuwave air fryer are dishwasher safe for hassle-free cleaning.
- NuWave cooking app: connects you with hundreds of recipes designed especially for cooking in the air fryer.
What we dislike about the NuWave air fryer
- The NuWave Brio Air Fryer can be louder than other air fryers
- Cleaning the air fryer's wire basket can be tricky due to the excess fat
What makes the NuWave Air Fryer stand out from competitors?
The NuWave Brio Fryer is one of the most popular fryers on the market and looking at the product’s features, it’s easy to see why.
For starters, it’s 6-quart capacity is a little bit bigger than the 4-quart average, which allows greater quantities and a larger variety of recipes. However, there’s also the 3-quart or 10-quart capacities if you’re looking for something smaller, or bigger.
NuWave Brio users also love how this fryer distributes the heat to evenly fry food, providing a browned crispy outside every time, regardless of where in the basket the food is placed. We also love the versatility of this fryer.
The rotisserie, muffin, and grill trays allow you to cook a range of meals, and, coupled with the 6 presets and manual control options, this air fryer is significantly more versatile than others on the market, allowing you to cook just about anything you want without hesitation.
Despite the range of features, this air fryer is still user-friendly and accessible for a range of users. The display is easy to read and work out, and most features require the simple press of a button.
What can you use the NuWave Air Fryer for?
Like we said before, the NuWave Air Fryer doesn’t just fry food but can cook a range of meals in different ways. It works by blasting food with hot air which cooks the food on the outside first, allowing it to crisp up.
You can use it for anything from roast chicken to kale chips, pizza, fries, or donuts, and it allows you to cook both healthy meals and indulgent desserts.
Air fryers are quick and convenient, but also allow you to enjoy the taste of fried food without having to deal with the excess fat, added calories, and messy cleanup.
Overall, we were impressed by the NuWave air fryer, and the 6-quart capacity is perfect for most people, as it provides slightly more space than your average 4-quart fryer.
The NuWave air fryer is user-friendly thanks to its simple operating system and range of preset features, and it cooks a range of meals to perfection: meaning you get maximum taste and minimum fat.
The removable parts of the fryer are dishwasher safe for convenient cleaning, while the PFOA-free non-stick coating ensures no food or residue sticks to the tray.
The "Preheat" option allows you to heat the fryer before adding your food, providing more efficient and thorough cooking, while the "Reheat" option is perfect for heating leftovers without that dried-out texture that you get when you microwave or oven-heat your food.
The built-in safety features ensure that the fryer shuts-off automatically when the basket is removed, ensuring maximum safety at all times.
Our only criticisms of the NuWave air fryer is that it can be slightly noisier than other air fryers on the market, and the wire basket can be a little tricky to clean.
However, we don’t feel like these drawbacks jeopardize the product completely, and still feel that, ultimately, the NuWave air fryer provides great bang for your buck: providing affordability, ease of use, and effectiveness.
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