Chefman Air Fryer Reviews

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Despite the Chefman 6.3-Quart Digital Air Fryer+ being their most expensive product in our review, it is our favorite for several reasons. It has a classy outward appearance and comes equipped with some great functional features and attachments.

However, given that it has a mid-to-high-end price point, this model may not be the pinnacle of small kitchen appliances, but out of the air fryers to come out of the Chefman house, it’s the one we recommend.

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1. Chefman TurboFry Dual Control 3.6-Quart Air Fryer

Chefman TurboFry 3.6 Quart Air Fryer Oven w/Dishwasher Safe Basket and Dual Control Temperature, 60 Minute Timer & 15 Cup Capacity, BPA-Free, Matte Black, Healthy Frying Cookbook Included, Manual
  • HEALTHIER FRYING: This air fryer makes ‘healthy fried foods’ a reality. Temperature range from 200-400°F allows you to cook at your desired temperature, achieving a healthy, crispy, fried finish using at least 98% less oil than traditional fryers. Air fry vegetables, pizza, frozen foods and leftovers – this air fryer evenly crisps every inch of your food.
  • SPACE SAVING BASKET: A sleek, rounded shape and matte black finish earns this air fryer a prime spot on countertops- all while remaining compact and easy to store. The 2-in-1 tank & basket allows for maximum capacity with a small footprint, saving space on your counter and in your cabinet; perfect for any small kitchen, dorm, office, RV trips, and more!
  • PERFECTLY CRISPY RESULTS: Achieve perfectly crisp results for a wide variety of foods, with little or even no oil. The Dual knob control both temperature & time; 60-minute integrated timer easily let you air-fry everything from frozen veggies to mozzarella sticks, chicken or fries, and even re-heat yesterday's dessert! No need to worry about overcooking – once the timer is up, the fryer will automatically shut off.

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If you are in the market for a small, entry-level appliance, the Chefman TurboFry 3.6-quart dual control air fryer might seem like it ticks all the right boxes. 

It looks good and has a decent cooking capacity, but it is let down somewhat by a lack of features and a sub-par performance.

Pros

  • Decent Capacity for the Entry-Level Price Point
  • Uses 98% Less Oil
  • Dual Dial Controls
  • Dishwasher Safe

Cons

  • Issues with The Non-Stick Coating
  • Circular Basket
  • Burnt Plastic Smell for First Couple of Uses
  • User Manual Lacks Cooking & Temperature Recommendations

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 12.27lbs
  • Capacity: 3.6-Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1200W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 200°F/400°F

Looks

At first glance, the Chefman TurboFry is an attractive, sleek air fryer with a quality black matt plastic finish. On closer inspection, the materials used appear cheap and are more suited to the budget price tag.

The dual controls are not dissimilar to a combination lock you might find on the front of a safe. At the same time, the embossed “Chefman” logo is subtle and understated, giving the overall appearance a cool, almost secret agent-like aura.

Score: 3/5

Capacity

For an appliance with an entry-level price point, the 3.6-Quart cooking capacity is a touch above standard, making it capable of cooking for two to three people. That could have been improved upon had Chefman used a rectangular basket rather than circular.

Score: 3/5

Features

Dual Controls: Unlike other analog air fryers, this model has fused the time and temperature dials to make the setting system more intuitive. It also makes you feel like a safecracker. However, it doesn’t just look cool; it feels smooth and more functional than conventional, separate dials.

Uses 98% Less Oil: Having the ability to cook healthy, low-fat foods is the single most appealing factor of using an air fryer. The industry standard for oil reduction usually resides somewhere between 75% & 80%. 

Chefman makes the bold claim that their TurboFry appliance uses up to 98% less fat than traditional cooking methods, which would be a considerable advantage to anyone trying to cut down on fat and improve their health.

‘Auto Shut-Off’: This air fryer comes with an auto shut-off feature that will end the cooking cycle once the timer reaches zero. Perfect for consumers with bad memories who occasionally burn their food.

Dishwasher Safe: Not all air fryers are dishwasher safe, so we appreciate the models that are, as cleaning up after a meal is our least favorite part of cooking.

Score: 3/5

Performance & Cleaning

The TurboFry, an entry-level fryer, performs as well as you would expect. While not producing the crispiest foods, it is a decent gateway into the world of air frying. Though it is more adept at cooking fries, nuggets, and frozen processed foods than it is cooking thick, fresh meats.

Consumer reviews repeatedly voice concerns about the inadequate non-stick coating that, in some cases, begins to chip away after only short periods of use. Making the basket more challenging to clean and, more worryingly, can contaminate the meals of unaware users.

Score 3/5

Should you buy the Chefman TurboFry Dual Control 3.6-Quart Air Fryer?

While the TurboFry isn’t a bad appliance for its relatively low outlay, we feel there are better brands and models on the market with larger cooking capacities, more features, and, more importantly, cook higher quality food.

Overall Score: 12/20

2. Chefman XL 6.8-Quart Air Fryer Oven

Chefman 6.8 Quart Air Fryer with Space Saving Flat Basket Oil Hot Airfryer with Dishwasher Safe Parts 60 Minute Timer and Auto Shut Off, BPA Free, Family Size, Manual-6.5 Liter
  • HEALTHIER FRYING: This air fryer makes ‘healthy fried foods’ a reality. Temperature range from 175-400°F allows you to cook at your desired temperature, achieving a healthy, crispy, fried finish using at least 98% less oil than traditional fryers. Air fry vegetables, pizza, frozen foods and leftovers – this air fryer evenly crisps every inch of your food.
  • BIGGER SERVINGS: Extra guests, or just extra hungry? Either way, this air fryer was thoughtfully designed with the whole family in mind. The 6.5-liter capacity and flat basket increases space by 40% so you can make delicious, crispy and healthy food for the whole family!
  • PERFECTLY CRISPY RESULTS: Achieve perfectly crisp results for a wide variety of foods, with little or even no oil. Manual temperature control & 60-minute integrated timer easily let you air-fry everything from frozen veggies to mozzarella sticks, chicken or fries, and even re-heat yesterday's dessert! No need to worry about overcooking – once the timer is up, the fryer will automatically shut off.

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The saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is particularly pertinent in the case of Chefman’s 6.8-quart air fryer, as the inner workings of this appliance do not match the fantastic looking exterior, according to many consumers.

Blighted by performance and reliability issues, this large appliance doesn’t perform as well as it should for its mid-range price point.

Pros

  • Large Cooking Capacity
  • Looks Great
  • Fairly Quiet

Cons

  • Reliability Issues
  • Timer Doesn’t Pause When the Basket Is Removed
  • Vague Timer

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 12 inches 
  • Appliance Weight: 14.48lbs
  • Capacity: 6.8-Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1700W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 175°F/400°F

Looks

The 6.8-quart Chefman XL looks excellent. Its gloss plastic finish is complemented by the silver handle and white Chefman logo.

The timer dial has a “C” emblazoned across its chest like some kind of a superhero of the kitchen. 

While the dial is attractive, its functionality is hampered somewhat by the vague design, with only two dots representing each period of 9 minutes on the timer. Estimating the cooking times when frying food such as chicken is less than ideal.

Score: 3.5/5

Capacity

With a touch under 7-quarts, this Chefman model has a substantial cooking ability making it ideal for creating healthy meals for up to four people. The size could have been increased had Chefman opted for a more efficient rectangular basket design.

Score: 4/5

Features

Innovative Space Saving Design: Chefman claim this 6.8-quart model has an “innovative space-saving flat basket design”, but we can’t figure out what that means or how it works, and Chefman offers no explanation on what this innovation is. So, while they list it as a feature, we’re unable to give this model any bonus points.

Dishwasher Safe: As always, we’re happy to speed up the cleaning process with a product that can be popped in the dishwasher.

Score: 2/5

Performance & Cleaning

A whopping 18% of 635 users rate this appliance at three stars or less, with a large portion of those consumers citing poor build quality (mainly issues with the handle) or reliability issues, with many people receiving faulty units that just stop working altogether.

On a positive note, issues with the non-stick coating chipping away from the basket found on the TurboFry appears to be absent in this model, making it much easier to clean.

Score 2/5

Should you buy the Chefman XL 6.8-Quart Air Fryer Oven?

The seemingly substantial reliability issues we found when researching this product leaves us unable to recommend this 6.8-quart appliance. It looks great, runs quietly, and has a vast cooking capacity, but what good is that if these air fryers don’t function as they should? 

It’s worth noting that many customers are delighted with their appliances and haven’t encountered the problems we’ve mentioned; however, there are enough complaints to make us stop and think twice.

Overall Score: 11.5/20

3. Chefman 6.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer+ Oven

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Chefman 6.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer+ Rotisserie, Dehydrator, Convection Oven, 8 Touch Screen Presets Fry, Roast, Dehydrate & Bake, BPA-Free, Auto Shutoff, Accessories Included, XL Family Size, Black
  • THE ONLY PRODUCT YOU’LL NEED: This versatile product functions as an air fryer, rotisserie oven and dehydrator, perfect for nearly any cooking task. Make better-for-you fries that are just as crispy and tasty, roast a whole chicken, or dehydrate that leftover pineapple you’ve been meaning to eat.
  • THE ONLY PRODUCT YOU’LL NEED: This versatile product functions as an air fryer, rotisserie oven and dehydrator, perfect for nearly any cooking task. Make better-for-you fries that are just as crispy and tasty, roast a whole chicken, or dehydrate that leftover pineapple you’ve been meaning to eat.
  • CONVENIENT ACCESSORIES: Interior lighting allows you to easily watch your food as it cooks. Accessories include 2 air flow racks, rotisserie spit and forks, rotating basket/retrieval tool and drip tray. Removable drip tray and dishwasher safe parts make cleaning a breeze.

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Air Fryer ovens have a distinct advantage over the more traditional models with the ability to cook with two racks on separate levels, thus improving the cooking capacity. This 6.3-quart appliance has a substantial cooking capacity, which is encased in a sleek, black body.

It comes with a multitude of attachments and features to ensure this is an appliance worth considering.

Pros

  • 8 Presets 
  • Large Two-Tier Cooking Capacity
  • LCD Touchscreen Control Panel
  • Cooking Accessories
  • Removable Drip Tray

Cons

  • Potential Issues With the Door
  • Unclear Instructions

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11 x 10.5 x 14.75 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 19.41lbs
  • Capacity: 6.3-Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1700W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 90°F/400°F

Looks

The Chefman Air Fryer+ is an elegant device finished in a polished gloss black plastic that makes the appliance stand out. It comes with a large window built into the door, so you can view your food which is illuminated by the interior light.

A large LCD control panel decorates the front of the fryer using pale blue food icons and temperature settings, while an enormously flamboyant stop/start button sits on the top.

Score:4/5

Capacity

Thanks to a two-tier rack system, Chefman has improved further on the 6.3-quart cooking capacity giving consumers double the capability. Either split the layers and cook different food groups or use the sizable racks to make pizza, the options are almost limitless.

The rotisserie spit and air fryer basket only add to the options available with this substantial appliance.

Score: 4/5

Features

8 Pre-programmed Settings: To give users a helping hand, Chefman has added eight food presets that set up the appliance with a touch of a button. The settings include Fries, Meat, Fish, Shrimp, Chicken, Rotisserie, Bake, and Dehydrate.

Rotisserie Spit: Unlike a conventional air fryer, the large oven-style interior can hold a rotisserie spit allowing consumers to make delicious and tender roast chicken.

Removable Drip Tray: Cleaning is the least fun part of cooking, so we’re always happy when it is made easier. The removable drip trip makes getting rid of grease and grime a cinch.

Interior Light: Seeing inside the oven when it’s in use is not a necessity, but it sure whets the appetite to watch your food turn golden brown as it sizzles away. The interior light facilitates just that.

Score: 4/5

Performance & Cleaning

The consensus is the Chefman Digital+ produces delicious, crispy, air fried food. Complaints about food quality are minimal; however, some consumers have concerns about build quality.

Numerous customer reviews repeat the claim that some appliances have a faulty door mechanism, causing the appliance door to randomly pop open, bringing the cooking cycle to a halt. It’s worth noting that most devices don’t have these issues, but there are enough customer complaints to cause a little worry.

While the removable parts are dishwasher safe, the racks and drip tray are not the easiest to clean, despite their non-stick coating. The positioning of the door also tends to accumulate crumbs and food particles in the hinge when removing food from the fryer, increasing the need for a more thorough cleaning.

Score 3/5

Should you buy the Chefman 6.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer+ Oven?

Despite this being an expensive unit, we believe the value for money for this air fryer is adequate. If your budget allows and you require a 6.3-quart sized device, then this appliance is worth considering. Although it is worthwhile comparing this model against similarly priced air fryers to ensure you choose the right one.

Overall Score: 15/20

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