You may have caught an early-morning infomercial where Emeril Lagasse hawked his new super air fryer 360. In addition to roasting a 10-pound turkey, drying fruit pieces, baking sweets, and toasting leftovers, this multifunctional kitchen appliance can also crisp French fries. Deep-fried dishes can be prepared in air fryers with no mess or oil normally associated with the process. They operate similarly to convection ovens by distributing heat evenly throughout the food via a fan.
Emeril Lagasse’s Power Air Fryer 360 Receives Positive Reviews It is claimed that it may serve as a replacement for a wide variety of kitchen appliances, including a microwave, a slow cooker, a food dehydrator, and even a freestanding air fryer and deep fryer.
When it comes to dimensions, the Power Air Fryer 360 is about the same as a tiny microwave oven or a supersized toaster oven. It was compact enough to fit on my kitchen counter and behind my cabinets, but it took up too much visual real estate. It’s too big to work in a cabinet, but it looks great with its all-stainless steel body and glass door while on display.
They have included “360° Quick Cook Technology” in the Power Air Fryer 360. There are five separate heating elements, two at the top and two at the bottom, plus a fan to move the hot air around the meal. In addition to the manual control over time and temperature, the appliance has 12 preprogrammed cooking functions, including air frying, toasting, bagel baking, pizza baking, roasting, broiling, rotisserie cooking, slow cooking, reheating, and dehydrating. The manual provides an in-depth explanation of each cooking mode and a preset chart displaying the required temperatures and cooking times.
It may be used as a traditional oven, a pizza oven, or a rotisserie, and it even features a crisper tray for air frying. The three rack locations allow you to cook a large quantity of food at once. Contrarily, the capacity of the crisper trays and bake pans appeared on the small side. Crisper trays are necessary if you plan on making French fries for many people or drying a lot of fruits at once.
The temperature can be adjusted from Fahrenheit to Celsius, and the fan and light can be activated with the same knob.
Since I had never used a kitchen appliance before, I was excited to put my new air fryer through its paces by preparing two classic fried dishes: French fries and buffalo chicken wings. There was no letdown for me. When I flipped on the air fryer, I placed a crisper tray with frozen steak fries inside. I made them into a crispy treat by using the air fryer function. I used the air fryer’s default settings of 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 minutes.
It took us two tries to get the fries just right. When the air fryer’s preheating cycle was over, I expected a beep to alert me that the appliance was ready to receive the food. However, the timer on an air fryer starts ticking as soon as the oven reaches the desired temperature, so you can immediately throw your food in there.
Sadly, after the food was inside the air fryer, I noticed that the convection fan emitted a very annoying buzzing sound. The oven is completely silent when using cooking settings that don’t activate the convection fan. However, when using the air fry option, I could hear the range from other rooms and even on different floors of my house. This is the single worst drawback of the air fryer.
Even after all that, I was pleasantly delighted to find that the fries turned out even better than they normally do in my regular oven. Though golden and crisp on the outside, their interiors were delicate and soft.
Next, I dusted half a dozen chicken wings with baking powder because I’d read that it can mimic the texture of a batter- and oil-free deep-fried coating. The wings only got about half as brown as I’d hoped after 20 minutes at 400 degrees, so I switched to broil and bumped the heat up to 450 for another 5-10 minutes. Because I had read that the Power Air Fryer 360’s air frying mode can take longer to cook some items than the instructions call for, I devised a backup strategy.
Drippings and oil spatter from the chicken wings accumulated in the air fryer after they were cooked. The wings had a crunchy exterior and tender meat on the inside, but I don’t think they were worth the effort. After seeing the messy interior that resulted from roasting just six chicken wings on the spit, I will never again advocate for roasting a bird larger than four pounds on the spit.
I was crossing my fingers that everything would be worthwhile in the end. After 15 minutes of cooking time had elapsed, the appliance beeped, and the interior light illuminated to signal completion. Unfortunately, the exterior of the air fryer had become rather hot to the touch, even though the door handle was still cool when I grabbed my fries, so keep that in mind if you have little children helping you in the kitchen.
There wasn’t anything remarkable about the other features. The frozen pizza crust was not any crispier after using the pizza function than it would have been using my regular oven. I enjoy that I can toast up to six slices of bread or bagels at once, and the process only takes as long as it would in a standard toaster.
Using the convection fan for this method takes 6 hours, which is a long time to have such a distracting whirring sound reverberate throughout the house. A further letdown was that I couldn’t use it as a slow cooker because my 5.5-quart Dutch oven wouldn’t fit inside. I would only feel comfortable leaving the appliance on some days while I was out of the house because of how hot it gets.
A standard dinner plate can fit inside for warming or reheating, but as mentioned before, this is likely to be slower than a microwave. The baking and roasting settings are adequate for preparing a cake or a few chicken breasts for dinner. More baking sheets and crisper trays may be needed if you plan to prepare food for a large group of people.
I recommend using a regular oven. An air fryer’s sole real benefit is that it may be used in homes without other suitable cooking appliances such as an oven, toaster, or microwave.
Cleaning the stainless steel exterior after use is mandatory for keeping it fingerprint-free. The drip pan and frying trays can be removed without much effort, and it’s recommended that you wash them by hand after each use.
Since it takes around 15 minutes for the appliance to cool down, by the time the inside was cool enough to clean, any food residue had dried and become difficult to remove. While aluminium foil in the drip tray may make cleanup easier, it won’t affect the home’s interior or the door.
The Air Fryer 360 costs roughly $200, which is more than the average price of dedicated air fryers. But if you only need a handful of the features, the cost can be reasonable. If your kitchen doesn’t already contain a toaster oven, convection oven, deep fryer, and a food dehydrator, purchasing one is a small price for the added usefulness. The Air Fryer 360 comes with a generous 90-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out risk-free if you’re still on the fence about whether or not it belongs in your kitchen.
It’s versatile but not the ideal option for air frying.
Unless you have a small kitchen or know you will use multiple features, the Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360 is not useful enough to justify the higher price, larger size, and higher noise level. However, it is a great all-in-one appliance if you have a small kitchen or know you will use multiple features.