Dash compact air fryer review: How does this budget model perform?
Dash air fryer oven review
Air fryers have been around for a little over a decade — which is plenty of time for multiple versions to hit the market. However, if you just want to give air frying a try, it can still be hard to find a quality air fryer that costs less than $100.
Dash claims to have a solution. The company’s Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer is an affordable option that allows you to cook using “up to 75% less fat than a traditional deep fryer.” It features a redesigned crisper basket that allows you to cook more food faster, making it ideal for snacks and meals.
We wanted to find out if the Dash compact air fryer really could help you make healthier cooking choices more conveniently. So, we put the Tasti-Crisp to the test, and here’s what we discovered.
How we tested the Dash air fryer
To learn how well the Dash air fryer oven lived up to its claims, we asked an individual who regularly uses a Ninja 5-in-1 Indoor Grill to test this model. Our tester used the Tasti-Crisp for several weeks, exploring the unit’s options and taking extensive notes.
What is the Dash air fryer?
The Dash air fryer is an affordable countertop appliance that uses convection heating to circulate hot air around food to mimic the effects of frying. Unlike traditional methods of frying food, an air fryer doesn’t require added oil to cook, so the process can produce healthier meals and snacks.
Upon opening the box, our first impression was that the Dash air fryer had a compact and clean design that was best for individuals who might not have a great deal of countertop space. The unit has a 2.6-quart capacity that features an analog interface for temperature control and cooking time, which we found as intuitive and easy to use as a toaster oven. The 1,000-watt device weighs just 7.2 pounds and is available in grey, aqua, teal, black, red and white.
How does an air fryer work?
Setting up the Tasti-Crisp air fryer was very simple, we just unboxed it, took off the plastic packing and inserted the grill plate, and it was ready to go. However, before the first use, the manufacturer recommends washing and drying the appliance.
For our initial test, we cooked three dishes: chicken tenders, coconut shrimp and zucchini chips. The cooking process was the same for each.
- Place the air fryer on a flat, stable heat-resistant surface.
- Remove the crisper drawer to add food.
- Close the drawer and use the dial on the top of the appliance to set the temperature.
- Turn the dial on the front of the appliance to select the cooking time. The appliance will automatically turn on and start cooking.
- Halfway through the cooking process, remove the drawer and shake the food to ensure even cooking.
- When the air fryer has finished cooking, a chime will sound.
We cooked all three dishes in under two hours. While everything cooked as expected — the chicken hit the right internal temperature — this model only fits about one-third the amount of food as the 4-quart Ninja grill. If you are making dishes for more than one person, you may need to cook in batches.
Dash air fryer features
The Dash Tasti-Crisp is a no-frills air fryer. It only features a temperature control, a timer with auto-off to prevent overcooking, a 2.6-quart crisper drawer, a crisper tray, AirCrisp technology (that circulates the air inside the appliance) and a cool-touch handle for safety.
Dash air fryer cost
The Dash Tasti-Crisp air fryer retails for $49.99.
Where to buy the Dash air fryer
Dash air fryer pros
The Dash Tasti-Crisp air fryer features an attractive and compact design that doesn’t require much space to operate. It’s simple to use, and the smaller size also means the appliance will heat up more quickly. We like the convenient handle on the top that makes it easy to move. Most importantly, you can make a wide variety of foods in a short amount of time, and it’s easy to clean.
Dash air fryer cons
While the unit saves cooking time because it doesn’t need to preheat, there is nothing on the appliance that lets you know when the unit has reached the desired temperature. We think the addition of a temperature warning light, so you could easily see when the unit was on, would be a welcomed feature, as would a cancel function so you could quickly shut off the air fryer if needed.
Is the Dash air fryer worth it?
If you like simplicity and only need to cook a small amount of food, the Dash air fryer is ideal. It’s a great appliance for the individual who likes to cook up a quick, tasty dish on demand.
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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