They use no more electricity (1700 watts) than a hair dryer, far less than an electric range burner which can be 2500 watts. Also since you cook for less time, it's pretty clear that as compared to an electric range they're more efficient. Add to that the "XL" can easily cook meat and other things simultaneously with the divider its power remains @1700 watts where adding a second burner on an electric range (or microwave) will double energy used.JL8Jeff wrote:How is the air fryer on the electric bill? Have you used the air fryer for reheating meals? I usually cook meats on the grill outside even if it's 0 degrees out. I have not fried anything in a pan in oil in a long time. I wonder if you can get chicken wings crispy with it.
Anyway, getting food crispy is no problem, getting them crispy and cooked the way you want is a matter of practice. It's been opined that they wind up is a cellar with other disused gadgets. That may be true but it's not the fault of the gadget, it's lack of perseverance on the part of the buyer to use and learn the gadget.
My GF's fryer was at Bed Bath and beyond for $99 with their 20% coupon it's ~$80. My "XL" was IIRC originally $139 on sale for $99 and with the 20% off coupon it was $80 and that made the purchase a no brainer. I've blown more silly money on fishing gear that didn't cook my catch for me than that!
Oh, you couldn't get me to cook in frigid weather if you paid me, while not very hot, in winter the air fryer helps warm the kitchen too