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CHEFMAN - TurboFry 3.7qt/3.5L Analog Air Fryer - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 49 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Airmazing! Changed my cooking life.

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    CrysisComplex
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    I just want to say this is my first time using an air fryer at all and I'm so glad this was my first experience into the Air Frying world. Everything is easy and delicious While maintaining the juicy and tender food that comes out perfect every time. Chefman made a great device here and I can see why there is so many people rave to this device. First off the design is like an oval-like egg with it's top shaven off, the black design is nice. it's quite large which is a showcase to anyone going past the kitchen. The upright shape I guess maintain space-saving but it didn't matter to me. There is a Temperature knob with temperatures up to 400 degrees and a Timer knob independently from each other. LED lights at the top indicate power and use. This TurboFry has a 3.5 litter basket which is about 15 cup capacity. To me this is my only regret is not going for a bigger air fryer, While it holds enough food for maybe 2 people or a small family, bigger families 4 or more would want to get a bigger air fryer. This one is perfect though if you live alone, maybe a starter to Air Frying like I am, and could be perfect for tailgates. It's so easy to use my wife loves it, over the weekend we made Tequila Chicken wings, Fried stuffed jalapenos, Herb steak, and potatoes. Everything was cooked to perfection but more so everything was JUICY! tender and just oh so good. I'm not a fryer but I was open to trying way more things with this. Especially with the handy guide, Chefmen gives us. for safety reasons, the auto-shutoff turns off the Air fryer if you pull out the basket to restart. I know the box says it uses 80% less oil which is great but the food comes out so good I truly don't miss pan-fried food just yet. This can bake, grill, or Roast almost anything and that's what makes it fun to use. I can't wait to try some fish in this thing! But wait...Do you want to know the best part of this Chefman? Cleanup. so so easy. I have never experienced a cleanup from oil from food so easy to clean. The basket and take were very easy to wipe down. Don't use a Brillo pad to clean, soap and water would clean this thing just perfectly. (It's also dishwasher safe) then get ready for your next use because you will be using this often. This is brilliant technology and I heard so many good things about air fryers but totally was one of the people who ignored them for a good while. but I'm a believer and Chefman now has a huge fan going forward. Everything I had so far was just amazing with each bite. If this is healthy eating sign me up and I want more. Now if you excuse me, I am going to go make some more Tequila wings. 5 out of 5 stars with a HIGH recommendation to any friend or family member looking to cut down their cooking and cleaning time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    French Fries with almost no oil and no oily taste.

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    JerryZ
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    Easy to use. I cut my potatoes into wedges, rinsed them under the tap, drained and patted dry,. Next, I poured a spoonful of olive oil in a small bowl, added the wedges, using my hands, tossed them around then lightly sated them. Dump them into the tray, pop it into the unit, set the dial for 400-degrees, 20 minutes and that's it. Out came beautiful, crispy outside moist inside with no oily taste fries. Easy to clean too. I like: * large container size * easy to set and read temperature dial * Easy to set timer * blue and red indicator lights on top * the outside of the fryer stayed cool to the touch, but heed the warning sticker on the back and don't touch * Really liked that the heater turns off when you remve the cooking tray! The only thing I would change is to have the removable tray turn to lock so shaking the basket contents doesn't end in the tray getting tilted and food gets under it. Super easy to clean. NO smelly, smoky burt oil!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick and Easy Food

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    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- The setup of the CHEFMAN Air Fryer was quick. It’s all one single unit and comes with a non-detachable cable. The cable is about 4 feet in length. Products like this one usually have short cables to prevent risk of fire. ---PROS--- This product has the following pros: Analog dial timer Analog temperature dial Cool house touching 1200 W of power Easy to clean Auth-Shut off Maximum Temperature of 400 degrees Minimum Temperature of 200 degrees ---CONS--- The products cons are: Analog dial timer Weighs 10 lbs. It’s bulky Closing pan requires double-checking ---THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT--- Ever since I bought my first air fryer, I fell in love with them. This one is my third air fryer simply because they are easy to use and faster to cook in. To start with, this air fryer’s aesthetics compliment my kitchen’s other black appliances. It is shiny but with a matte look that doesn’t reflect you or your kitchen. It will be pleasant to look at if you decide to leave this on the counter top. This is the first analog dial timer air fryer that I own. This can be a pro for people who aren’t used to digital timers or pushing buttons. My wife, for example, prefers using this air fryer now because you only have two things to turn for it to start cooking, the temperature and the timer dial. The dial timer is also a con because you can’t reduce the time to cook once you have set the timer where a digital timer would let you do that. Cooking frozen, raw chicken wings was a breeze. The package stated that in a conventional oven, it would take 60 minutes. In the air fryer, it took 20 minutes. I marinated them with some lemon-pepper seasoning while frozen and they came out delicious. I did have an issue closing the pan tank. It closed and cooked, but I noticed that it had to give it an extra small nudge for it to look closed, where as my other air fryers glide in and out with ease. Not something concerning, though, as the fryer works as intended. The removable flat basket was a challenge to clean because food debris sticks to it. I sprayed it with PAM oil but it still didn’t clean as easy as I’d like. It is dishwasher safe, though, and I cleaned it by hand. It’s size makes it easier to store, but it is still a bulky item, like all air fryers. The weight of it may be a con to some if you are gifting this to people you may not be able to carry heavy items. ---RECOMMENDATION--- I highly recommend this product for people who prefer analog vs. digital options and are looking to cook for 2-3 people in their household.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent appliance for anybody’s kitchen

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    stevefromtheburbs
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    My past experience with an air fryer left me feeling bummed, like it was just hype. Then I tried this. All I can say is WOW, it really works and works well. My first attempt was frozen tater tots. Follow directions for french fries and they turned out perfect! Weird thing is even if done in the oven they taste greasy, but not in this air fryer. They tasted like tater tots without grease. Very good. Next up I tried my daughter’s beyond burger (veggie burgers) and they also turned out awesome. Coated them with olive oil, seasoned, and set them up for 15 mins, each side, and turned out amazingly yummy (her words, not mine) No fried grease smell overpowering the house. Clean up is as easy as ha d washing the basket and the little lift that sits at the bottom of the basket. Both are non stick and a breeze to clean. Can put in top rack of dishwasher but worry about long term durability, so quick handwash and done! Safe and easy to use. I worried about my kids cooking using the stove or oven, they are college aged and sometimes forgetful and careless about hot stovetop or oven. This shuts off when you remove the basket to check the food and turns back on when re-inserted. Place hot basket on a hot plate thing and that is it. Doesn’t get super hot on outside like a toaster oven. Lots of ideas in the boom and will be trying them all. The only thing to consider is this is better for smaller portions and not big meals. You can stack food like French fries but will take longer. Can’t go wrong with this one! Glad I have this and will use it for anything I’d put in the oven and anything I’d fry on the stove.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Eat healthier without added oils

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    JKinSYR
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    This is my first air fryer as we have been wanting to get one for a long time. This is a great little appliance for anyone wanting to eat healthier and still indulge in “fried” foods. It has a simple to use turn dial for heat setting and timer setting. That’s it. No extra buttons to familiarize yourself with for a learning curve. Pretty simple and easy to use right off the bat. It has a 15 cup capacity in it 3.7 quart basket area. Looks nice when sitting on the counter as it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Has 1200W of power so it gives the appliance plenty of power to get the food cooked properly and thoroughly. And for easy clean up the basket and tray are both dishwasher safe for convenience. So far we have used this recipe book that comes with it to make chicken wings and they turned out great. Frozen, raw, chicken wings that we seasoned and sprayed with some oil. No mystery ingredients from the restaurant, so we know exactly what is in our food. They turned out great and were just to our liking. Took about 30 minutes total to get the wings how we wanted them and that was super simple to do. Set it and shake the basket half way through or rotate the wings for an even crisping. Since our first food trial, we have been using it for homemade zucchini fries, air fried ravioli, and air fried broccoli. Loving our food experiments and the fact that this is healthier than eating deep fried in oil food. PRO: Durable and sturdy Easy to use dial Medium sized basket Healthier eating CON: Wish the basket was bigger to fit more food in

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent sized with analog timer

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    DavidJr
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    Air fryers are pretty awesome, providing the crispy frying capability without all of the oil and mess. However, the ones that still use a basket like this one have a slight disadvantage since items tend to float around in oil and fry on all sides. When in the air fryer, if layered, you will have to stir, flip or shake them occasionally to ensure an even fry, such as a decent amount of fries. Even though this has a large 3.7qt/3.5L, it is still recommended to keep the layering of items down for best consistency. Even the recommended sizes and cooking times are on average for 2-3 servings. Overall though, the Chefman Turbofry Air Fryer has fried everything I have thrown in it with a clean crispness and consistency. I do find this model a little dated with the simple 2 dial system that uses a basic analog timer. However, I know there are some that prefer that style. I personally like to know that the timer is exactly 18 minutes and not just roughly past the dot between 10 and 20, same goes for remaining time. But, this one is bigger, longer timer and cheaper than an older model Chefman Analog air fryer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing air fryer!

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    JamexRZ
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    I love this fryer. All foods I have tried come out crispy and healthy, little to no oil! Setup was easy, they recommend to always use the inner tray for more uniform frying. One dial controls the temperature and the other one is the timer (the fryer auto shuts off). I have tried chicken breasts (breaded and non breaded) and french fries and they always come out amazing and crispy! They also included a nice recipe booklet and the instructions for time for common foods are on the spot! Check my pics! One thing that I'm doing is just washing the trays by hand with soft soap and a soft scrubber. I have not tried a dishwasher, they say its safe, but I don't want to risk nicking its coating in a dishwasher. I have hand washed it several times and its holding up, no nicks nor rust.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wings, rings, fries, cheese sticks in ½ the time…

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    banjo
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    Wings, rings, fries, cheese sticks in ½ the time… This was purchased with the idea of a “snack machine” to whip up orders of wings, rings, fries, cheese sticks >> all kinds of snacky finger-food without having to fire up the oven and deal with a lot of different pans. Mission accomplished as this little convection oven cooks up food in ½ the time of a conventional oven, keeps the kitchen from heating up, and is VERY easy to clean up afterwards. Dishwasher safe container and drainage screen, but really it is so quick to clean up that a quick wipe with the soapy cloth and rinse just takes a minute. For a family meal, this works best for the items that would normally go in the oven or deep-fry cooker, as long as you keep in mind the overall capacity and plan what to use the Chefman for and what order to put in the different items. For a single person, no problem putting a whole meal in at once for quick and oil-free cooking. For a couple of people, still plenty of room to make a couple of good platefuls of food. More than that, and a little planning is needed. This model does not have some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, but that’s actually a nice thing as there is a temperature knob and a timer and off you go. A digital display might be nice, like you have on most microwaves, but actually who pays much attention other than “set it” and “it’s done” – so extra bells and whistles don’t really get much use after all. Love the way the “crispy” foods are really, really crispy – and the bar-b-que chicken wings are well-cooked and very moist inside since they cook so quickly. Actually, the more we use this, the more we like it as we learn what cooks best and how best to cook. NOTE: I saw a review or two saying that there was not way to turn off the unit without unplugging it? Easy peasy just turn the timer knob back to “0” and listen for the bell “ding” – you have to turn the timer knob firmly, so maybe those reviewers were a little shy about turning the timer knob back. Bottom line >> the wife is happy, which means I am too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy way to make healthy food

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    callmeageeth
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    I've never owned a true deep fryer, so I can't compare it to an air fryer, but I can say that when you figure out what you're doing, the air fryer can deliver some great food. The biggest challenge is stepping outside of your comfort zone (coming from someone who tends to make the same things to eat) and trying to experiment. For example, I would buy this just to make tater tots and sweet potato fries. But for some people, they may not eat those enough to justify the purchase. When looking around for new recipes, I was amazed at how many different types of things you can make with this fryer. For example, it does a great job of "air-frying" frozen vegetables (no more boiling water and dropping frozen veggies into the sauce pan), it makes delicious pizza rolls and reheating leftovers. So not only does it make healthier food (using less oil) it is a great set it and forget it counter top device that is just easier to use (for certain things) than an oven of your stove top. Another benefit is clean up. The basket is dishwasher safe (which is awesome) and is easy to clean up by hand. It certainly beats cleaning pots and pans or baking trays that you might use to make food the more traditional way. If you are interested in trying out an air fryer, this is a great option. And personally, I prefer the analog controllers (vs digital controls). I think it makes the fryer look elegant and easier to use. You literally turn the knob for temperature (between 200 and 400 degrees F) and the knob for time (up to an hour). And it turns off automatically, no forgetting to turn the oven off. The "large" basket is good for small families (2-4) people. If you're cooking for a crowd, it will obviously take longer to cook because you'll have to make several batches. But if you're like me, I'm mostly cooking for 4 people and the basket is plenty large to make enough food for my family. While I don't think it's a bad looking small appliance, and for what it does and the size of the frying basket it's not that big (compared to say a Ninja Foodi) but I still don't like it cluttering up my counter. It's pretty big to just be sitting on your counter. But if it's not there you, then it's out of sight out of mind. I know that sounds nit picky, but I think it's something to consider when thinking about how much you'll use it (especially given my comments above where if you're new to an air fryer, you might not know what all it can do). But if you regularly use your oven to bake frozen items or use the stove top or microwave for frozen sides like vegetables, this is a great option as it's much easier to use and clean up (and you don't have to wait for preheating). All in all, air fryers are nice appliances to have that give you options in how to make your food. And this Chefman is a terrific balance of performance, looks, size and price. I recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Air Fryer and I'm Sold

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    Samrio
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    I've never owned an Air Fryer before! Having owned an oil based, messy one, I had virtually given up on using a fryer. This doesn't suffer from the same messy issues, and is much easier to clean that I anticipated. The unit is fairly simple to use. It comes with a manual, a recipe guide, and not much anything else. Just find your favorite food (plenty of recipes on various websites), and set the temperature and cook time. Even at the highest temperature (400 degrees F), the unit didn't heat up my kitchen in the 15 to 20 min cook time. Clean up was ridiculously easy, compared to an oil based fryer, just take the basket out and clean. Nothing crazy! The turn knob offers just enough resistance, and it's pretty easy to read the time and temperature. I was able to fill the basket with 2 to 3 russet potatoes, cut into fries, without hassle. Just make sure to follow instructions to move around (shake) the basket during cooking, or you'll end up with somewhat raw items. This isn't a defect of the unit, just how the heat is distributed inside the basket. Overall, I'm really impressed with this fryer, and have started using it almost daily to make something. So far, it's tackled fries, chicken strips, and I even made a steak in it! If you're looking for a fryer, are tired of oil messes, and was something easy to use without risk of burns from oil splash, this is a great option!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very easty to use, cooks beautifully

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    Dan292
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    This air fryer is delightfully simple to use. There are only two controls, a temperature dial and a timer dial. Set the temperature, set the timer, and walk away. Some caveats on this in a moment. We’ve prepared three different foods in this so far. We made brats and vegetables, and that turned out well. We had four brats in the pan, and the upper ones cooked faster than the lower ones, but all were completely cooked by the end of the session. The vegetables, which we had wrapped in foil as recommended by the recipe we found, turned out perfect. We then made chicken breasts. This was easy. We put two of them in the fryer, and 25 minutes later, we had two nicely-cooked chicken breasts. Air frying typically takes about half the time it would take in a conventional oven, and that certainly turned out to be true in this case as it typically takes about an hour to bake a chicken breast in a 400 degree oven. Most recently, we made French fries, and here you have to be a little careful. The included recipe booklet suggests 25 minutes at 400 degrees to cook the fries, and it should also say that you should pull out the fryer basket about every five minutes during that time and give it a good shake to redistribute the fries, otherwise, some will be crispier than others. The design of this fryer makes it easy to interrupt a frying session as all you do is pull the basket out, do whatever you need to do (shake it, add spices, whatever), and put it back in. The heat automatically shuts off when you pull out the basket and then restarts when you put it back in. The timer runs continuously through the process. The basket includes a tray to elevate the food slightly off the bottom of the pan for better air circulation, and both can be cleaned in the top rack of a dishwasher. They’re also easy to clean by hand. We had never experienced air-frying before, and we like both that we can cook foods without the need to deep fry them in oil and that foods cook in about half the time they would take in a conventional oven at the same temperature. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    deep fryer results without all the oil

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    Aaronxx7
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    the Chefman turbofry air fryer is not only a great cooking appliance, but also a very sleek and efficient machine. The design is focused on saving space with fast frying results. The basket is 3.7qts, and the whole machine is not much larger than the size of the diameter of the basket, so it's not going to take up as much counter space as some of the other air fryers. It also comes in a matte black, which lets it hide out on the counter without sticking out like a sore thumb. The matte finish is also easier to keep clean. The simplicity of the controls makes it even more elegant, and doesn't require a degree in digital appliance operation. There are no buttons, or touchscreens that sometimes don't respond, just 2 dials, one for the temperature and one for the cooking time. Making it extremely easy for anyone to cook with. It takes just a second to start cooking. The basket has a very sturdy handle attached to it. I have had some air fryers with thin handles that start wobbling after just a few uses. Not only is the basket and handle very durable, but there is also a removable tray inside that basket that is held tight by high temperature rubber guards. The tray helps the air circulate, and pops out for easy cleaning. So far I have been very impressed with the results of the food I have cooked. I don't like adding extra fat of any kind to my food, so this air fryer is perfect for that. At higher temperatures , food comes out very crispy and brown on the outside and fully cooked and juicy on the inside. It takes a little longer to cook foods compared to an oil fryer, but much faster and with better results than a conventional oven. I was also very impressed with the included recipes, as some of them would not be what you would expect to see made in an air fryer, and most of them could not even be made in an oil fryer. There are still so many recipes I want to try, off the Club Chefman website. Overall this cooks fast, with a great crispy texture on any typically fried foods. But offers way more cooking options with a cooking range of 200-400°f , and up to an hour timer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ding fries are done! Sorta...

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    Chris
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    Let me start by saying I love fried food. I own a deep fryer, and I'm not afraid to use it. But I kept hearing about air frying from my friends and coworkers and they all swear by it, so I thought I would give it a try. The first thing I like about this air fryer is how fast it is compared to traditional oil fryers. I don't have to wait for it to warm up. Typically I can make a batch of food faster than my deep fat fryer takes to even warm up. Second, I like that it doesn't heat up my kitchen very much... that's really important when my air conditioner is struggling to cool my house down when it's above 90 every day outside. 3rd. It's versatile. I am able to cook more food in it than stuff that would typically be fried. It says I can cook chicken breasts and other kinds of meat in it, but I chose to cook some large peeled and deveined shrimp in it, and they came out perfectly steamed. I tried several different foods to get a good idea of how it worked and if I liked it or not. 1st. I tried frozen shoe string fries... I followed the included directions/suggestions and they came out golden brown, and looking so beautiful... unfortunately, they were as dry and crunchy as if I picked a bunch of sticks out of my back yard to eat. 2nd. I tried frozen Chicken nuggets, once again I followed the suggested time and temp settings, and the nuggets came out nearly identical to how they come out when I deep fry them, only they were much less oily... the crispyness I would rate as a 9 out of 10 compared to deep fat. 3rd. I cooked up a batch of tater tots, and I would rate those an 8 out of 10 compared to deep fat. Just as crispy/crunchy, nice and golden brown, but a little bit dried out. 4th. I steamed some shrimp in old bay... they came out perfect, 10 out of 10... plus there's no way for a deep fryer to steam shrimp, so an extra 10 points... 5th. I cooked up a batch of Nathans frozen onion rings... again an 8 out of 10 compared to deep fat frying. They were plenty golden brown, and plenty crispy... the only issue it they were a little to hard and crunchy and kinda dried out. Over all I like my air fryer, but not as much as I like my actual deep fat fryer. The air fryer is fast and multi talented as far as what it can cook and how fast it cooks it, but once my deep fat fryer is up to temp it can fry a batch of food in about 1/3rd of the time so when cooking for multiple people the deep fryer is faster. The deep fryer also seals in the juices and food is much more tender/juicy with a flaky crispiness instead of a dry toasted crunchiness that the air fryer has. I do like my air fryer a lot though, and would recommend it to anyone looking to be able to make healthy food quickly and easily. The fried description is a little misleading though because the food comes out more like it was cooked in a toaster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprised how well it works

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    RandallFlagg
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    Unboxing the unit is simple. It's just the cooker and a packet of instructions. The air fryer has but two controls, a timer that goes to 60 minutes and a thermostat that goes to 400 degrees. I unboxed the fryer and washed the removable rack and basket with hot soapy water. It does state that it's upper rack dishwasher safe, but I prefer to just hand wash it, dry and put it back once it's cooled down. Plus the rack has 4 rubber feet that I feel would get lost or damaged with repeat washings. So, once washed and wiped down, the fryer was ready for use. I did a batch of frozen store brand steak fries to see how it compared with the large air fryer/pressure cooker I've been using. I poured about 25 fries in the basket, gave them a quick spray of coconut oil and put the fries in the cooker. According to the quick start page, they have about 20 items listed and frozen fries are on there. 400 degrees at 20 minutes compared to my larger unit that runs at 360 for 16 minutes. The timer finished at the end of the cook cycle and sounds like one of those old timers with a single "ding". I have to say I'm either getting better at air frying or this thing just kicked my name brand expensive pressure cooker/air fryer's butt. The fries were moist and powdery (is that a word?). A squirt of ketchup on them and I was plenty happy. I would totally recommend this unit to others as it's fairly inexpensive and works well with frozen fries. I'm sure I'll be trying other items and it will be hit or miss as I adjust cook times and temps, but I'm also sure I'll have some really good meals too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Air Fryer, Excellent Value

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    Indiaj0nes
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    PROS ---- 1. Good capacity, 3.7 Qt. Typical ones are 3.2 Qt 2. Pan is dishwasher safe 3. Pan is non-stick 4. Timer and Temperature in a stacked 2 knob design. Its a clean design 4. Max temp of 400F 5. Good even Frying 6. Blue and Red LED on top. Red means cooking and Blue means the tray is correctly fitted. CONS ---- 1. None so far! REVIEW ----- The first time i got an air fryer was like 2 years ago on black Friday. It was a Faberware from Walmart. And have to say that the experience was great. I could make fries and BBQ chicken wings without using oil. I think not a lot has changed in terms of functionality since then but i have to say a few things about this air fryer. The Chef mate has a nice clean look. It has a dual Knob and it controls both the temperature and the timing and i think this makes it look cleaner rather than having 2 separate knobs for temperature and time. The fry pan is a non-stick one and that's a good thing. i made sure to clean the pan before first use and the first set of fries i always throw because they always have a plasticy smell on them. I tried cooking fries and hot wings and it came out crispy and good. The cooking was actually better and more even than the faberware i had from Walmart. The faberware had a small box which told me the timing and the temperature to use for cooking fish, fries, chicken etc. I would have liked to have it on this one... The pan and the insert both are top dishwasher safe. This is the best part of the air fryer because the air fryers tend to drip a lot of oil that comes off naturally from the chicken at the bottom. Making this dishwasher friendly was a good thing for 59$, i highly recommend this air fryer. This is super value!! ------

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Consistent Delicious Results

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    jailoliv
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    I am going to start by pointing out the few not-so-great points. First, the dial is analog. Although I do know that many people prefer that to digital, I believe that it is just a few, especially nowadays that most manufactures design digital controllers to be simpler than their analog counterparts, contrary to what they used to do in a not-so-distant past – and I am sure that there are still some bad implementations out there. It did not need to be Alexa compatible but it surely deserves a digital type. I must admit, though, that the analog dial for the Cheffman TurboFry is simple and easy to use. The second issue I found was that it uses a basket, which requires stirring occasionally if you use more than one layer of food. If you cooking for one or two people, then one layer will probably be enough. The basket is relatively big but not wide enough to cook a lot without layering. In a way, I actually like it because the TurboFry does not take too much space on the counter. Now that I have left the “issues” behind, I will focus on the good. The most impressive thing is the consistent, good results. I air fried chicken breasts, ribs, tater tots, French and sweet potato fries. All of them came out perfect the first time. To my surprise, the chicken breast were juicy and the seasoning tasted better than it usually would in other cooking methods. The fries came out crispy, just the way I like them. For the chicken breast, I did brushed it with a little bit of olive oil. It is not necessary but it helps with the flavoring. My picky ten-year-old daughter actually said she loved it and asked for more. That alone would have convinced me this product is excellent but I really enjoyed every food I have tried so far. Cleaning was very easy. Much easier than regular fryers. They say you can wash the basket on the top tray of the dishwasher but I hand washed it as I usually do for this type of kitchen gadget. It lasts longer that way. I would have given it a five-star rating if it were not for the analog dial. At least four and half stars but since it is not an option, I am giving it four.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good if you're starting out...

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    MurphyR
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    I’ve tried a few recipes from the included book, and they have all been straight-forward. Particularly the bacon and parmesan Brussel sprouts and the sweet potato fries. If you haven’t used an air-fryer before, essentially it works as follows: whatever you’re cooking, you toss it in oil (they recommend olive, I used avocado) before putting it into the basket; set the temperature and timer; most likely you’ll pull the basket out and toss the food around mid-cooking; once the timer is done you just pour out whatever you’re cooking. The recommendations in the recipes seemed fairly spot on, assuming you’ve pre-heated the air-fryer. The first thing that I cooked was the Brussel sprouts, and step 1 was cooking the bacon. The instructions said to cook for 6 minutes, but that the bacon would likely be done by 5 minutes. After the full 6 minutes, the ends of the bacon were crisp, but most of the rest was still fairly raw. Perhaps this would have been better with pre-heating. Further, it is very easy to use for drier vegetables like the sprouts. With the sweet potatoes, you have to be careful to not overfill the basket. Whatever is standing on it’s own will be well cooked. If two of the fries are lying together, the air doesn’t get in between them and they will be largely un-fried (they’ll be hot, but won’t get the crisp outside). I think this is useful if you’re cooking a lot of vegetables and don’t like to lay everything out for a toaster oven or regular oven (or if you just don’t want to heat up the full oven to cook a small amount of vegetables. Is this an absolutely necessary kitchen appliance? No. Does it have uses? Definitely. If you like the idea of the air-frying, go for it. If you’re living alone and only need to cook small portions, go for it. If you’re cooking for large groups, this won’t have the capacity to feed more than 2-3 people.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fried without guilt!!

    Posted
    Airtaz
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    I haven't been able to eat fried foods in years for health reasons but that has just changed thanks to this sleek guy!!! It doesn't take up much room but holds a lot! It is very simple to operate and doesn't have more controls than an airplane....One knob location with dual controls, one for temperature and one for the timer. They did a great job streamlining this unit. It has a very sleek clean look to it. The black finish blends in to any kitchen design or color should you decide to leave it out on the counter. While I admit there is a learning curve in operating it I have not killed any food or overcooked it. I have made popcorn shrimp, mozzarella sticks, french frys and more with it. Love the fact that everything is so crispy!! The chicken nuggets were amazing and not soggy like they are from the microwave. All this yummy food with none of the grease from a traditional fryer! While it does put off some heat it is nothing compared to the oven. My only complaint is you have to pay attention to make sure the basket slides all the way in as it likes to stop just short not a big deal but since the unit will operate it may not cook properly. No regrets except wondering why it took me so long to decide to try it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cooking with Air

    Posted
    Janine
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    Definitely a better alternative than cooking with oil. Getting this air fryer set-up and ready to use, was pretty simple and straightforward. The analog controls were basic, but all you need to use the appliance. Included with the fryer was a Chefman Air Fryer Recipe Book - ‘Frying Fit’ - which came in handy as I’ve never used an air fryer before, and this little booklet gave me some ideas. Please do read over the Safety Instructions. Bear in mind the exterior of the fryer does get really warm, and make sure to not block the rear vent or put your hand over that area while food is cooking. The food I first tested cooking with the air fryer was prepared vegetables, so there was no need for me to coat them with a light layer of oil, as the instructions recommend. The vegetables turned out just as I’d expected them to, well-cooked through, nice and hot, moist and tasty, not at all shriveled or dried out. Next, I’m going to try making my own homemade french fries. The cooking timer sound is rather pleasant, not jarring, and if you are listening for it, you will hear it. Not in the same room? You might not. The fryer itself does make a humming sound when working, but it’s not overly loud. Just enough to remind you that it’s on. Not sure, but maybe Chefman sells accessories to go with this small kitchen appliance. If they do I’d kinda like to see perhaps a double-tiered insert, to be able to cook multiple types of vegetables at the same time, instead of having to have them all on the one tray. This Chefman Turbo Fry 3.7qt Analog Air Fryer is definitely a keeper, and a welcome addition to any home kitchen; for people looking for a more ‘healthy’ alternative to oil deep frying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A cooking sensation for sure !

    Posted
    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    I have heard many good things about this type of product. So was eager to give this Air Fryer a try. Came with a small cookbook to help get started. The tray for food is a little small. My older sister said it won’t hold a 3 lb. whole chicken but not so sure about that. Younger sister gave us some tips on how to use machine. She said to be sure to turn over the food so it doesn’t get burned. She recently made turkey kebobs. Yum. We tried potatoes and chicken wings first. Very satisfying results. But older sister likes to make desserts too. Joining the Club Chefman to get more ideas on how to use this machine. https://www.clubchefman.com/about Of course I encourage everyone to check out the product web page to learn more about good things this machine can do. Like cooking with very little oil and how crispy food comes out. Looks easy to clean. Being able to remove food tray makes it a breeze to keep it clean. The temp control knob on my stove recently broke so glad I can use machine on an electrical outlet near the stove. This is a cooking sensation in my opinion, so encourage people to try one out soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend