Being a wonderful kitchen gadget, it’s getting popularity FAST. But nothing comes without some inherent problems. Your air fryer is no different and there are some disadvantages of air fryer.
Don’t get me wrong. I love air fryer for roasting, frying, dehydrating, and other purposes. In fact, I have written an in-depth air fryer reviews a few days back.
I just feel that you should be aware of such problems. That will help you determine is an air fryer worth buying or not. Stay put!
Common Disadvantages & Side Effects Of Air Fryer
The below-mentioned downsides of air fryers should not discourage you from having it. I have no such intention. But a reality check is always good before you make up your mind.
Here are some common drawbacks of air-fryer that you should be aware of:
- Can Be Awfully Loud!
If you are sensitive to loud sounds (I get migraines from it!), it may not be ideal for you. All the air fryers make noise when turned on. Of course, the level of noise will differ from brand to brand, but you will notice the noise.
To give you an idea of how loud the can be, think about your hair dryer or vacuum cleaner. If the sound of the them makes you irritated, the noise of the air fryer will do the same too.
It has both the ventilator to suck in air and exhausts to leave the air fryer. It circulates the hot air forcefully and the entire process leads to loud noises. You simply can’t talk and fry at the same time!
- Taste Difference
Let’s get real. You can’t get the 100% same taste that any deep fryer can offer. If that was the case, deep fryer won’t exist. Of course, there is a difference; even if it is a little.
Let me explain why.
Unhealthy food always tastes better than healthy food. Am I wrong? I don’t think so! The air fryer does not require using much oil to offer you healthy food. You assume the rest of the side effects of the air fryer.
- Less Crunchy Food
Of course, air fryers can offer crunchy food. The French fries, your chicken wings, and other food will be crunchy & crispy. But it won’t be as crunchy and crispy as what you see in the restaurant or what you get from the deep fryers.
When you use your deep fryer, you completely submerge your food into the oil so that all the sides become crispy and crunchy. Air fryers circulate hot air to do that. But still, there will be a little different for sure.
- Longer Cooking Time
Using hot air to cook your food will take a longer time than boiling them with hot oil. It’s common sense! You can’t compare transferring heat around your food with boiling them with super-hot oil!
Air fryer circulates hot air around your food and inside them to cook them. Normally it would take a few more minutes than your deep fryer to cook your food.
- Cleaning Is Hard
People who are not accustomed to air fryers will find it problematic to clean than their deep fryers. Technically though, it should be the opposite. Because most accessories of the air fryers are dishwasher safe and a simple wipe down will clean it most of the time.
Cleaning the air fryer will become difficult only if you treat it like your deep fryer. Unlike your deep fryer, an air fryer requires daily cleaning. And if you don’t clean it daily like your deep fryer, you will find it hard to clean after a few days.
- Comparatively Expensive
It’s just a settled fact that air fryers will cost you more than deep fryers. Of course, the price differs between the two in terms of features, model, and capacity. But you have must understand that it will cost you a little more than the deep fryer.
- Require Extra Accessories
You will get the pan and a basket along with your air fryer when you buy it. That will be enough for most of your frying and cooking needs.
But a certain type of food will require different accessories and you must buy them separately from the market. For example, think about the rotisserie. You must buy it separately.
- Not Suitable For Large Families
For your quick snacks and meal solution, air fryers are second to none ONLY if you have a small family. It’s suitable for singles or for a family having 2 or 3 members.
But if you have large family members or you often have large family gatherings, your air fryer won’t be much helpful. Because of the limited capacity, you won’t fit it much helpful and you will be better off with your deep fryer.
However, a few brands offer air fryers with more than 10 quarts. They have the capacity to feed 5+ family members at a time.
- Inconvenient Operation
Often, air fryers come with short power cords. You will have trouble setting it up in the kitchen. To make the scenario worse, you may have to change your kitchen wall outlet if it is too far to reach.
Also, the problem will be serious if you try to fry something in an open space due to the short cord. Make your preliminary inquiries about the length of the cord to avoid future disappointment.
- Kitchen Space Trouble
Getting an air fryer will require extra space on your kitchen counter. And some air fryers are bulky and may not have enough space on the counter to fit in.
You may have the impression that they are smaller kitchen gadgets but large size fryers will shock you for real.
Make sure you have enough space on your kitchen counter and take note of the specific spot there before you order your air fryer.
- High Temperature
The highest temperature of any good quality air fryer may go up as far as 450-degree F. This is insanely powerful heat. Even a few seconds of wrong cooking time may completely burn your food.
Unless your fryer has some presets, there is a higher chance that you will burn your food for the first few times before you get it right.
Luckily, most air fryers from reputed brands come with auto shut-off and overheating protection. Just make sure yours have such cool features to avoid such unpleasant circumstances.
- Never A Good Substitute For Ovens
No matter how good or how bigger the capacity your air fryer has, it will never be a good substitute for your oven. The oven works totally differently and serves different purposes.
Read the NuWave Bravo xl air fryer convection oven reviews to understand how they differ.
- You Can’t Use Sharp or Abrasive Objects
We often use metal spatulas or knives to stir the food from the pan or remove the food from there. But you can’t do that with the fryer because such sharp objects will damage it by leaving scratches on the pan.
You should buy a new pan if the nonstick coating of it starts to peel off.
- Electricity Interruption
Are air fryers toxic?
No, they are not. But they run on electricity and electricity poses some safety concerns. Apart from that, air fryers require non-stop electricity.
All the air fryers run on electricity and power cuts are real no matter in which state you live. So, imagine you are frying or cooking something and in the middle of that—the electricity is gone! It will completely destroy the food.
I have no intention to change your decision not to buy it. But I like to inform you of what you are getting into. So, it’s very important to learn some common pros and cons of air fryer to make an informed decision because it costs money.
I just hope talking about some common disadvantages of air fryer will help you make a better decision.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment box.