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CHEFMAN - 3.5L Analog Air Fryer - Black

Model: RJ38-V2-35SKU: 6180849

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1620 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Air Fryer that makes cooking simple and healthy

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    Tlok
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    My fiances mom is into gadgets from as seen on TV and this is what turned us onto the air fryer. Normally we are not really too impressed by those type of gadgets, but once in a blue moon, she stumbles upon something evolutionary. And it is not surprising that the air fryer is found at most every retail store and seems to be one of the most popular cooking items and for good reason. Her mom only has  2.5 liter air fryer, so the extra cooking space for this really accommodates bigger portions especially since my fiance likes to cook for several days for work. We were able to cook a variety of items once we first got this unit, including dumplings, green beans, steak, fish, pork. The options are really limitless. The technology behind it is that it circulates the heat like an oven and it is able to cook at high temperatures without any oil or extra ingredients. However, we normally pre marinade our meats and for the deep fried batter items, we like to sprinkle some oil on top like a rub, so that it fries and crisps more evenly. Not to say that it doesn't without oil but it is a tad drier. I would say potatoes, tater tots, and the steak came out perfect and similarly to stovetop cooking. However, for the green beans, it was a bit more chewy and the dumplings seemed a bit more dried, so more of a borderline steamed lightly fried texture. Overall, this really aided me in my cooking adventures because just having to clean pans and constantly watching it so it doesn't overcook really made cooking burdensome for me but this invention made it more accessible since you just set it and forget it. Not literally but practically since all you need is to adjust the temperature and then flip midway through. And the cleaning up for the kitchen is normally assigned to me, and only having the base of the unit and the fryer to clean up was a cinch. The thirty minute timer and auto off functions makes the task of cooking more at ease while integrating safety minded functionality. Some recommendations is to include touch button and digital timers just cause it's more fitting of modern tech gadgets. However, it gets the job done in its form and provides a healthier way of living with practically oil free meals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Basket is Junk!!

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    Kathleen
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    I would not pay full price for this Chefman 3.5L Air Fryer. It is definitely not worth it. I bought it on a Black Friday sale which is all it is worth. The basket is pure junk. You have to have it situated just right for the unit to work. There are times I have to fist tap it on the right side of the basket to get it in all the way. Very annoying!!! Sooo why the 4 stars? Once you get the basket in, the unit works great! Very powerful yet quiet. I was amazed at how quickly it cooked things. Size wise it is 3.5 liters (about 3 1/2 quarts). I can fit a 4 pound whole chicken in it or 2 Cornish hens. Now a slap of reality. People please! This is not a magical appliance that is going to spit out fried food with no oil. It is a mini convection oven which basically, dumbed down, is an oven with a fan that cooks things really fast. Close enough. If you want that "fried" texture do this: 1. Spray your food with oil (olive, canola, etc.) Use the canned stuff you buy in the store or buy a sprayer online you fill yourself. 2. Add a little (3 tablespoons) of oil to the bottom of the fryer for more of that fried texture. {FYI The manual states not to add oil to the bottom of this model.} Not as much oil is used as deep fried so it is definitely still healthier and you definitely get the fried texture. There are recipes available that use flour instead of just Panko or bread crumbs just in case you don't like Panko like me. Cleaning the basket is very easy if you lightly spray the grill and inside if the basket with whatever you have or use a paper towel with oil and lightly coat it (after you wash and dry it, of course). I did this the first time I used the unit, set the temperature to 400 and set the timer for 4 minutes. That burned off the chemicals inside the unit and set the oil in the basket. I haven't had to spray it since and it wipes right out. Repeat as needed. It is very versatile. Great to used on those hot summer days. There are so many things you can cook in it. You can use any dark pan that will fit so use your imagination and have fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great deal ruined by unexpectedly shoddy design

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    BJMitche11
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    This 3.5 l appliance is larger than the air fryers usually sold at bargain prices on Black Friday and appears to be ample for catering to the needs of a one- or two-person household. The food basket is close to 8" in diameter and is several inches deep. Most of the reviewers here are quite satisfied with the product's performance; although I can accept their judgement I wouldn't know first-hand because I found sloppy manufacturing to be off-putting. In particular, juggling the food basket so that it would seat properly (the device won't turn on if the basket is improperly inserted) required more time-consuming eyeballing and/or tactile attention than would be expected. Two floor samples were even worse in this regard than the unit I initially purchased. With regrets I returned my purchase. A second source of concern is the plastic (polymeric) spacers that keep the basket tray from contacting the walls of the basket. The Chefman product seems to be unusual in that food is not placed in a real basket of some sort; instead, it rests on a circular wire rack (the "tray") that is supported by these spacers at the ends of the tray's radial ribs. I have concerns about the long-term thermal stability of the polymeric material the spacers are made from. If the spacers deteriorate, the tray will rest on the floor of the basket. On the assumption that I am just an air fryer worrywart I'd give the product 4 stars. People who run a busy kitchen should be aware that they may find that routine use of this air fryer requires more attention than "toss the food in the basket", set the temperature, and press "on" suggests. A poor fit made the product unacceptable for me; other users will differ.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fryer!

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    WonderWoman
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    My review for the fryer is 5 stars! So far, we have used it to warm up pizza. We warm up 4-5 pieces at a time, set it up for 10 min and wow... you get a nicely warmed/even crispy pizza, we won’t be warming up pizza in the microwave anymore! Takes much less time than a regular oven. The next project is to make sweet potatoes fries. Will update the review after we do it! But so far, we highly recommend the fryer. However, I don’t know if we got a refurbished item from BB or what happened, but after returning the first fryer because a piece by the door/drawer you pull out to put the food in, wasn’t attached properly. Then it took them 14 days to send a replacement!! When I opened the “new” replacement, I noticed several small scratches all over the fryer. It definitely didn’t look brand spanking new to us. I didn’t return that one since we had already waited long enough for it. We thought that if it worked properly, we would keep it. But I am very disappointed at BB’s service. An employee even suggested for me to glue that loose part of the first one I had bought. Seriously???

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome air fryer!

    Posted
    Midge

    I really love this are fryer! This is my first time trying one, but I was waiting to try one until they were not so expensive. This one I got for a great price here at Best Buy. It's got a small profile, similar to the size of my Keurig . It cooks very quick, makes things toasty and brown and crisp without oil! I've been using it everyday. It's way better than heating up the house with the oven and it makes things crispier than using the oven. I've been cooking chicken, burgers, fries, frozen snacks, you name it. The directions are super easy and cleanup is a breeze. Nothing sticks to the inner basket just wipe it clean. I'm looking at purchasing the larger size so I can cook more stuff at one time! Totally recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not happy at all!

    Posted
    ginnydee

    I was so excited to buy my first Air Fryer. I wound up having to throw out the chicken breast I was trying to cook. I opened the drawer to turn the breast, closed it and couldn't get the fryer to work. I tried turning if off and on several times but nothing worked. Finally I cleaned it up and then tried turning it on again. Bottom line was the drawer wasn't closing flush with the dryer. It wasn't really noticeable but but I finally got it to closed by holding the fryer with one hand and kind of pushing the drawer in to get it to go in that extra about 1/8th of an inch. Then it worked. Obviously, it wouldn't make the connection until the drawer was in there properly. I brought it back and the customer service person asked me if I wanted to exchange it for another and I chose not to. After that I looked through the store and discovered that the very same air fryer was on display. I tried opening and closing the drawer and had the very same problem. I just didn't like the fact that I had to hold the fryer with one hand and finagle the drawer with the other to get it completely closed. I was so disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great inexpensive air fryer

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    RxMom88
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    After hearing all the hype, I wanted to try out an air fryer, but I didn’t want to break the bank on something that I might not like or use frequently. I was in Best Buy and the Chefman Air Fryer was on sale and I had a couple of rewards certificates, so I thought - for $40, why not? I’m glad I tried it!!! Now, remember, this is NOT deep fryer. It is basically a compact, tabletop convection oven. But, we actually bake our tater tots and frozen fries, (which is what I mainly purchased it for - so I could free up oven space). I was pleasantly surprised that the potatoes crisped more evenly, and more quickly in the air fryer than in my conventional oven! I started to make a parmasean coated homemade french fries in it, and they are a HUGE hit with the family. Lightly breaded chicken breasts also turned out well. You do have to be prepared to experiment with different foods, temperatures and recipes to get the hang of it, but for our household, it is a great little appliance!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    cook fast and taste good

    Posted
    Aisha
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    One of my friend told me she bought one air fryer, it doesn't use oil. That's what I need, so I shopping around and found this one it also had promotion when I bought it. This Air Fryer is amazing. it cook faster than my oven. my oven, something need 30 minutes ready, I set this Air Fryer 20 minutes, it is a little bit over cooked. but it taste really great. if you use this, Please follow the instructions. set less time than you expected or you can just pull out the frying pan and check. It comes with a recipe book too. the recipe book show you how to prepare and make delicious food! the most important thing is it is healthier. No oil or less oil in our food, you will have a healthy body and your family members too. Recommend this. 3.5L is good for a family about 4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A really good air fryer

    Posted
    Cmpadilla2
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    I have looked for an air fryer for a while and finally decided to get this one for two main reasons. First is the size of the basket, this holds 3.5L a good size but not the largest I could find. Which brings me to the second reason I bought this and that is cost. I paid 50.00 and I couldn’t find anything this size that was this price. As far as performance I couldn’t be happier, so why four stars? A little rubber piece that holds the tray in the bottom of the basket came off and I can’t get a response from the company to get a re9placement. It still works but I have to be carful when I toss the frys that it doesn’t fly out of the basket. But it makes great frenchfrys, as good as ones cooked in oil. So far that is all I have made but that is enough 0to highly recommend this fryer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome and Fun

    Posted
    Calvin
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    This air fryer is so much fun to use and so easy to clean. It makes cooking stuff not only easier but less costly. For example if you want to bake some pizza rolls or something simple like that you can throw them in this for ~10 minutes and have perfect crispy rolls without having to heat up your whole oven and burn a ton of propane for a few rolls or run your 1000 watt microwave and have mushy food. For the price, quality and overall use this thing is totally worth it and worth the 5 stars! P.S I've been using this fryer at least once a week for the last few months with no issues at all and it's still like new.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great air fryer!

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    lbooth169
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    I've been wanting an air fryer. When, I saw this one I decided to give it a shot. Upon unboxing, I noticed there was a cookbook with all kinds of healthy air frying recipes and I decided to try one of them. The instructions on starting the air fryer were simple, preheat and turn on the timer. I mixed up my healthy breakfast in an oven safe dish and chose recommended timing for cooking. It was simple to use and my dish came out needing to have a little more cooking time, but that was fine. I'm very excited to use this more, since the clean-up is easy and the concept is fabulous. Less mess and we can still experiment with different types of foods.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

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    Texastornado
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    I was hesitant about buying an air fryer, because I was unsure if they really lived up to the hype. I had been looking at them for a few months, but couldn't allow myself the gamble of spending so much on something that might not work the way expected. Then this one went on sale for a price I couldn't resist. I bought it an dried it immediately. Instant gratification! This air fryer works great with crispying up all kinds of foods and even brings some foods back to life. I just recently reheated Olive Garden breadsticks and they came out even better than at the restaurant. Still experimenting, but this air fryer is certainly living up to my expectations. I even had my boyfriend and my dad buy one for their houses. It works wonders! Best money I've spent in a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Big Fat Bacon Cooker

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    maddymappo
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    I think this is an unnecessary gadget. i purchased from the store on Black Friday. with a big discount.. Glad i did not spend too much. So far not impressed. Cooked cauliflower, gave each floret lots of room, no over bunching up, oiled a bit and seasoned. Preheated device 5 minutes, then took 15 minutes for the cauliflower to become nicely golden browned all over. But hard as rock. Not cooked. Sliced sweet potato very thin and it cooked a little like chips but just okay, not wonderful and could have done as well, likely better in the broiler or oven. The only thing I made thus far which comes out very good is bacon because the oil drips down and the bacon cooks quickly and very crispy and flavorful. So a big fat bacon cooker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Simply not good.

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    TeeEl
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    I bought this as my first air fryer. I wanted a budget purchase as my first one so I could learn on it. This isn't good. There's no other way to put it. "Why isn't it good?" Great question. The short of it is that the metal "grate" that the food cooks on has far too much surface. This means everything cooks onto the grate and gets stuck. Fried chicken? Not in this thing. All of the coating gets stuck and comes up when you try to flip it or pull it out. If you get frozen tater tots or fries, those are fine. Who knows, maybe just short ribs or other types of meat are fine. But having used a non-budget air fryer at my ex's I know how great they are. This isn't.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Healthier eating

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    Mct35
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    This takes a bit of practice, as does any appliance. It works really well with frozen fry products, onion rings, fish filets (cook in foil with butter & seasonings). I tried it with homemade fries. They have to be cut thin to cook well in this air fryer. I tried frozen fried chicken. Results not so good. Smaller pieces cooked better. I would use the regular oven next time. Not knocking this product, I think air fryers are better suited to certain foods over others. I do recommend this air fryer. It's easy to clean, cool to the touch, easy to use, and the cooking bin is good size. I cook for my family of 3 and it works well for us.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this air fryer

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    David
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    I love this air fryer! Technically, it is a portable oven using electricity, but the conveniences it gave me is much more than that. In addition to the fryer itself, it nicely comes with small accessories it need. It is very easy to use, just set the temperature and timer, and I put 10 marinated chicken wings in it, for about 18 min at 350°F, it comes out hot and delicious. It is 1200W, based on the spec, which is powerful and sufficient for almost all daily cooking. It is much quicker than using the heavy weight traditional oven , which is good for me in a busy schedule.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great on small quantities

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    Gamenomore
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    It takes a little practice it goes from not ready to over done very quick but once you know the right time settings it is great. My family uses it a lot, home made fries are great in it and I have to say I think this is how I'll cook bacon from now on. It does a great job with sides it has a harder time with fried chicken and I don't find it worth it for big stuff anyways since u can't over crowd the pan and it takes a little longer I think. Sides are done quick and so is frozen food like nuggets or tender. It's great for multitasking, being able to make the side while cooking the main course.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great air fryer

    Posted
    Tashaun
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    This is my first air fryer and the things I like about it are that it's easy to use and clean, it came with a book of recipes, and as far as cook times it's great because it doesnt take long to make a meal at all. I had been wanting one for a while but the prices were too high for me so when I saw this one on sale at Bestbuy I had to get it and I'm glad I did. The only thing I would like is for it to be bigger.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    KS72
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    I have tried many other Air Fryers and returned them all. This one I am keeping! It is well made, cooks fast and thoroughly, cleans easily and is the right size for 2 people. I have been pleased with cooking not only the fast food , fries, chicken wings, other quick nibbles but baking salmon filets, reheating restaurant meals, cooking sweet potato fries from fresh, I even tried meatloaf in silicon molds.. They turned out great. I have cooked rolls from premade and biscuits from scratch. They cooked nicely. I have recommended this to friends and 2 of them purchased model this as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE OUR AIR FRYER

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    CAPPYG
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    THIS IS OUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AIR FRYING AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED!! OUR MODEL IS THE PERFECT SIZE FOR A COUPLE! EASY TO USE, EASY TO SETUP & EASY TO CLEAN!! THERE IS A SLIGHT LEARNING CURVE BUT AFTER A FEW USES YOU'RE OWN YOUR WAY. POTATO WEDGES ARE WONDERFUL! CRISPY, BROWN AND GREASE-FREE! WE ALSO HAVE DISCOVERED SEVERAL BRUSSEL SPROUTS RECIPES WHICH ARE EXCELLENT!! CHICKEN, SHRIMP & SCALLOPS HAVE TURNED OUT PERFECTLY. IT IS ALSO PERFECT FOR REHEATING. AFTER 2 MONTHS, WE COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED WITH OUR PURCHASE! WE LOOK FORWARD TO EXPANDING OUR AIR FRYER RECIPE COLLECTION.

    I would recommend this to a friend