This Air Fryer Oven Review is all about the Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air. I think this is hands down the best air fryer on the market. I have used this thing at least every other day since I got it. It does everything you could want a small oven to do.
Air Fryer Oven Review: Why Breville
Before using the Breville Smart Oven Air I had one of those egg shaped round air fryers. I used it for around a year and a half. Eventually the display screen began to flash some weird numbers and it would turn of and on while it was cooking something. I knew this meant it was on it’s way out. I kept using it despite these problems but sure enough eventually it simple died in the middle of cooking food, I had to quickly finish cooking it in a toaster oven.
While I really liked the round egg shaped air fryer, there were somethings I did not like. There is no window in order to watch the food. You have to remove the basket in order to see how the food is cooking. I also dreaded having to clean the air fryer what I was done with it. That was always a chore. I especially did not like that it only lasted a year and a half before it decided to quit on me. Other than these things I really liked it and used it very frequently.
The Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air solves these problems. There is a large window so you can keep an eye on your food. There is even a very bright oven light that you can turn on and off using a button. I really like the oven light. Cleaning the Breville air fryer is a breeze. I line the pan with tin foil which means the only cleaning involved is removing the tin foil and putting it in the trash. Done all clean, it really couldn’t be easier to clean. It is also extremely well build and high quality so I fully expect it to last for years unlike the cheap round egg shaped air fryer.
No contest the Breville air fryer is superior in every way to the egg.
Air Fryer Healthy
Is using an air fryer healthy? Frying with Air is much healthier than deep frying in a vat of oil. The food is crispier isn’t soggy or greasy and it has less calories because you are ingesting all of the grease that a traditional deep fryer soaks food in.
Air Fryer Oven Review: What Else Does It Do
Not only does it do a magnificent job of air frying it does so much more.
The Breville Smart Oven Air Has 13 programmed settings:
- Slow Cook
All of these settings can be adjusted any way you like. You can also adjust the settings while the oven is running. You can find many easy air fryer recipes online to make great use of all of these settings.
How Does An Air Fryer Work
In a traditional deep fryer there is a reservoir filled with oil. Food is placed into a basket and lowered into this pool of grease. After it is done cooking the food is lifted out of the nasty grease, drained and the food is dumped onto a plate.
Of course the food tastes good but it is extremely unhealthy and you have to drain the grease from the fryer, put it into a container if you plan on using it again or you have to get rid of it the grease. Oil can also be expensive, peanut oil is very expensive stuff. Not to mention grease stains on clothes and getting burned with hot oil.
An air fryer removes all of these problems. An air fryer works by using a large powerful fan in a small oven space. The oven heats up and the fan moves at a high rate of speed. This powerful fan causes the heated air to circulate rapidly around the food allowing it to cook perfectly and taste just like traditionally deep fried food.
Before using an air fryer I was skeptical that it would be as good as it claimed. I was pleasantly surprised because it really is as good as a deep fryer, but much easier to use and healthier for you.
Air Fryer Oven Review: Air Fryer Uses
Here are some great foods that I have air fried. Of course they don’t have to be air fried. They can be cooked many different ways using the abundant amount of settings on the smart oven.
- Air fryer fried chicken
- Chicken tenders
- Chicken patties
- Frozen french fries
How to Use An Air Fryer
Using the Breville air fryer is simple. In fact using any air fryer is simple. You simply place your food on the rack or in the basket, Air fryers use either no oil or very little oil it’s entirely up to you. Using a little oil helps the food cook better, I always spray some oil directly onto the food.
You spray the food with your favorite oil.
A great sprayer that I use is the Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle, Non-Aerosol for Olive Oil and Cooking Oils, 8-ounce Capacity, Set of 2 each squeeze of the trigger sprays one quarter of a teaspoon of oil so you always know exactly how much oil you are using.
That’s it turn the air fryer on and it starts cooking. If you are using the egg shaped air fryer it’s a good idea to shake the food halfway through cooking to ensure that it is cooking evenly.
When I am done using the air fryer I unplug it. The Breville has a great plug design as well, it has a ring you can stick your finger in making it super easy to unplug. A small but very nice touch.
How to Clean an Air Fryer
Cleaning the egg shaped air fryers can be annoying. I know I hate to clean them. Generally there are two baskets, one basket holds the food and the other basket catches the grease or crumbs or any other debris. Cleaning the the crumb basket is pretty straightforward. The food basket is the really pain.
To promote air flow these baskets have slots and holes in them, this makes it more difficult to clean because grease and food gets into these slots so you have to clean each slot individually, it is very tedious.
After a while cleaning failed to remove all of the grease stains and I could never get the fryer perfectly clean no matter how much I tried.
The Breville air fryer like any other toaster oven air fryer is much simpler to clean. I air fry using the included pan and I put tin foil on the pan so when it is done cooking I simply remove the tin foil and throw it away and that’s it.
Occasionally I will rinse off the pan but usually it never even needs to be cleaned. Cleaning is as simple as it can get.
The Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air is a great choice if you want a great air fryer that can do so much more.