Air Fry Oven Vs Air Fry Basket: Which is Superior?

I recently got sucked into buying an air fryer after seeing one too many TikTok videos. Everything cooked in the air fryer looked so delicious. I have a Breville Oven that has an air fry setting. Is it worth the price to purchase a separate Cosori air fryer? Which air fries better?

I tried cooking the same recipes both using my Breville Air Fryer and the Cosori so that I could compare the results more fairly. I want to share my thoughts and also some pros and cons of each air fryer in case you are more sensible and only want one or the other.

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Pros of the Cosori Air Fryer

  • Easy Cleaning – The biggest benefit of the air fryer over the oven is the easy clean-up. The basket and the carrier are both non-stick and clean up like a dream. In comparison, the oven is a challenge to clean. In fact, I spent the better part of a day cleaning my Berville toaster oven.
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  • Crispier Finish – Maybe it’s because it’s so easy to spray oil on the food while it’s in the drawer, vs inside the oven. If you spray oil directly into the basket while it’s in the oven, it gets smokey. Sometimes the recipe calls for you to flip the food mid-way and spray the top with oil. This is much easier to do without making a mess iin the Cosori.
  • Heats Up and Cooks Faster – Because the Cosori basekt is more of an enclosed area, it heats up more quickly than the oven and cooks faster. It’s only by 1-2 minutes (for my test chicken tenders), but if you’re making a bunch of batches, it can add up.
  • Less Expensive – The large Cosori air fryer is $120. The Breville smart oven is over $300 (but it does a lot more than air fry).
  • Takes up Less Space – The Cosori is smaller than the oven if you can only choose one.

Advantages of Air Fryer Ovens

  • Larger Basket – The biggest advantage of the oven version of an air fryer is the larger basket. The Cosori basket is 9 inches square. If you have more than two people, I feel like you have to do multiple batches. The Breville basekt is 13×11. Thos extra few inches can be the difference between one batch and two.
  • Easier to Use – Maybe it’s because I haven’t been using the Cosori for as long, but if you use the manual settings, it stops when you pull the drawer out to flip or toss. You have to push pause and then play to pull it out. I don’t like all of the manual settings because I’ve noticed when I use them blindly the results are either underdone or overdone. Manual is the way to go for me.
  • Does Everything in addition to air frying.

In conclusion, I really LOVE the Cosori for air frying as long as I don’t have to serve too many people. BUT if I had to take one appliance with me because my house was on fire, it would definitely be the Breville Oven. I use it every day for toasting, roasting, baking and frying.

The Cosori Air fryer is more of an occasional use item for me. If I really have a craving for something fried, like chicken tenders, it makes them much better. If frying is your main objective, go for the drawyer-style air fryer.

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