Air fryer review: Does Cosori’s multifunction air fryer make healthy and delicious meals?

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Allen Foster
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To get winning dishes from the Cosori air fryer, use the included recipes and follow them precisely. Cutting veggies a little too big or chicken pieces a bit too small can vary the results greatly.

Cosori Air Fryer review 

Cooking healthy meals can be a time-consuming task. Owning an air fryer that can cook your favorite comfort foods quickly — and in a way that has fewer calories — not only satisfies your cravings, but can make your life easier as well. 

Cosori claims to solve these problems with their Air Fryer Max XL. The company says you can efficiently cook delicious and healthy meals using up to 85% less oil than a traditional deep fryer, with easy cleanup. 

We decided to test the Cosori air fryer to see how well it performed making healthy and crispy foods easily. Here is what we discovered.

How we tested the Cosori air fryer

To test the Cosori 5.8-quart air fryer, we enlisted an individual who regularly cooks with a wide variety of countertop cooking appliances. Our tester has previously used a GoWISE air fryer, a Ninja Foodi, a Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven, a De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven and an Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid. For this review, the tester used the Cosori air fryer oven for several weeks, making a variety of foods on their own and following recipes, and took extensive notes on the unit’s performance. 

First impressions

The Cosori air fryer arrived undamaged. Each component was wrapped in plastic and cushioned with styrofoam, and the entire unit was boxed in cardboard.

Like most models, the air fryer has a somewhat boxy appearance with a large drawer in the front. The matte brushed texture, however, is rather unique among air fryers as most have a glossy finish. It has a 5.8-quart capacity and is slightly taller than a slow cooker, but still fits well on a counter, leaving several inches of headroom when placed beneath a cabinet. 

What is the Cosori air fryer?

The air fryer that Cosori manufactures is a compact convection oven. It’s specifically designed not only to heat up quickly and circulate hot air around your food, so it not only cooks thoroughly and evenly, but also produces that tantalizing crispness that is so desirable in comfort foods. The main health benefit is that the unit requires little to no oil, which means no added calories from cooking oil. 

How does an air fryer work?

Before using the air fryer for the first time, we removed the two baskets (outer and inner) and washed them thoroughly using a mild dish detergent and a nonabrasive sponge. Alternatively, you can wash the baskets in a dishwasher. We also had to wipe down the entire unit, both inside and outside, with a moist lint-free cloth, and then dry it. After reassembling the freshly cleaned unit, we gave it a test run according to the owner’s manual, and then we were good to go. 

While this might sound extensive, the whole process only took us about 30-40 minutes, and during most of that time, it was safe to walk away and let the unit do its thing.

These were our steps to start cooking.

  1. Plug in and turn on the air fryer.
  2. Press the Preheat button and adjust the temperature using the + or – buttons.
  3. Press the start button to begin preheating.
  4. When the unit beeps three times, add the food to the basket and cook as directed by the recipe.

Cooking tests

To test the air fryer’s capabilities, we cooked two types of chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, broccoli, banana bread and french fries.

Boneless skinless thighs: When performing the first test, cooking boneless skinless thighs, we used a generic online recipe and estimated the best cooking time for this air fryer. Unfortunately, the cooking time turned out to be too long and the chicken thighs ended up being flavorful, but much too dry.

Bone-in skin-on thighs: For bone-in skin-on thighs, we used a recipe that came with the Cosori air fryer. This time the chicken turned out super juicy and thoroughly cooked with a crispy skin. The recipe used one of the preset buttons, so cooking was remarkably easy. 

Drumsticks: While we followed the directions to cook the chicken drumsticks, it’s possible they were a bit too small for the recipe because they turned out a little dry. The taste wasn’t bad, but we were confident that cooking on a stovetop, on a grill or in an oven would have produced better results.

Roasted garlic broccoli: The roasted garlic broccoli turned out great. It had a nice snap to it and a good roast on the outside. We like that the unit alerts you when it’s halfway through the cooking cycle so you know when it’s time to shake the contents in the basket.

Banana bread: We were surprised by how well the unit baked. We followed the included book's recipe and made two excellent, soft and delicious mini loaves of banana bread. Since we didn’t have a proper mini loaf pan, we used Pyrex glass containers, which didn’t end up being a problem.

French fries: From our extensive experience using a wide variety of air fryers, we knew that air frying doesn’t produce the greasy crispness that makes fries such a tantalizing guilty pleasure. If you’re used to air-fryer fries, these will satisfy you. Otherwise, you might be a little disappointed.

Cleaning the Cosori air fryer

We found cleaning the Cosori air fryer pretty easy because the main parts that need cleaning, the outer and inner baskets, are dishwasher safe. Regarding the rest of the unit, after the air fryer was unplugged and had thoroughly cooled, we simply wiped down the exterior and interior with a damp, lint-free cloth.

Cosori air fryer features

The Cosori air fryer has a 5.8-quart capacity with dishwasher-safe, PFOA- and BPA-free baskets. The 11 presets include Steak, Poultry, Seafood, Shrimp, Bacon, Frozen Foods, French Fries, Vegetables, Root Vegetables, Bread and Desserts. The unit comes with a 100-recipe cookbook with original Cosori recipes. Additionally, this model has a shake reminder, a keep-warm function and an automatic shut-off. It can quickly switch from displaying Fahrenheit to Celsius.

Cosori air fryer cost

The price of the Cosori 5.8-quart air fryer is $119.99.

Where to buy the Cosori air fryer

The Cosori Air Fryer Max XL is available on Amazon

Cosori air fryer pros

We found the Cosori air fryer simple to use and easy to clean. It produces consistent results when you follow the recipes from the included book. The buttons are labeled with pictures so they are easy to understand, and the exterior doesn’t get very hot. Best of all, the whole process makes cooking a little more fun.

Cosori air fryer cons

While the presets make the unit user-friendly, we did have to experiment a bit to learn how the air fryer functions before attempting to cook from a recipe that didn’t come with the appliance. In addition, the basket can be a little sticky when you’re trying to remove it. While some users report the handle on the basket is not very durable, it is, at least, replaceable.

Is the Cosori air fryer worth it?

If you love comfort foods and are interested in cutting down on your oil intake, getting a Cosori air fryer is a great way to achieve that goal. We found that it makes crispy, healthy foods easily. The appliance is ideal for someone who likes a good home-cooked meal but isn’t very experienced at cooking. The recipes are easy to follow, with most requiring little more than the press of a button to create a dish that is cooked to perfection.

 

Allen Foster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

 

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