DeLonghi IdealFry air fryer review
Pros: looks great, large capacity
Cons: large footprint, comparitively low power
Star rating: 4/5
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With its pleasing wedge shape, this DeLonghi model looks great on the worktop and promises to do more than just crisp up a potato waffle for the kids.
There are two heating elements at work (above and below the removable pan) and you can choose to have one or both in operation, so you can grill as well as bake and air-fry.
You can set the timer and temperature via the knobs on the top of the unit. The basket is easy to handle with its chunky grip, so you can shake food around to ensure an even fry.
There’s plenty of space for generous portions – a whole bag of oven chips cooks in 22 minutes and a kilo of our own homemade spicy fries had crispy edges and fluffy centres in 26 minutes. This is helped by the fact that residual oil is kept in the tray, rather than draining off as it would do in other basket models.
We tried a chicken and potato bake in the tray, and after 30 minutes of minimal effort had a tasty supper, with a nice charring to the oiled chicken skin and tender, crunchy-edged potatoes.
We put this small oven to use during a rare UK heatwave, when turning on the main stove was unbearable, even in a large kitchen. This heated quickly without turning up the heat in the room, so definitely a plus if you’re in a small space.
We also made scones and a fruit loaf in the DeLonghi, using a small silicone baking sheet and loaf tin inside the tray. It’s a versatile gadget.
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DeLonghi air fryer specifications:
Dimentions: W291 x D288 x H388
Dishwasher safe: yes
Recipe book: app available
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