I recently purchased a Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer and wanted to share an honest and unbiased review! Read on to see if this is a product that could add value to your life.
Air fryers are all the rage and for good reason. We can now “fry” up some crispy snacks without the negative effects of using oils. What’s not to love?
But with prices ranging from less than $50 to well over $2,000, it’s hard to know how to choose the best one. I recently purchased the Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer and wanted to share my opinion of this product. Is it worth the price?
For comparison’s sake, let’s first take a look at the less expensive, basket-style air fryers.
Basket Air Fryer
I have wanted an air fryer for quite some time as I had heard great things about them. As it happens, a friend gave me one that she no longer used and I was very excited to give it a try. Unfortunately, I found myself completely underwhelmed with the product.
It was a basket air fryer, which I assume is supposed to make it seem more like a “real” deep fryer but, in my opinion, this setup works against it.
Items must be laid in a single layer with some space between them. Since the cooking surface of the basket itself was quite small this didn’t leave room for many items. As it turns out, this is why my friend was no longer using it. She would have to cook food in batches, with the first batch sitting out getting cold while she cooked the second batch.
The air fryer did come with a rack that rested on the surface of the basket to create an extra cooking surface but that created problems of its own.
The air fryer recipes I have seen require that the food be shaken, turned or rotated halfway through the cooking process.
It’s impossible to shake the basket with a freestanding rack inside without the food on the rack flying everywhere. If you opt to turn or rotate the food instead, that involves somehow removing the rack to get at the food beneath it. The rack sits down inside the basket and there’s not enough room available between the rack and the sides of the fryer to grasp it. In addition, there are no sides on the rack, no way to hold that food in place while lifting it.
For me, the whole process was just more trouble than it was worth
Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer – Is it Worth The Price?
The Pampered Chef Air Fryer opens from the front, similar to a toaster oven. This is a huge improvement from the basket air fryers because it’s easier to get food in and out, as well as turn/rotate food (just slide the racks out!)
This is a great feature to me because the design is similar to a toaster oven and I love my toaster oven. I’m a single person so it’s perfect for creating single-serving meals. It doesn’t heat up my kitchen like an oven does and uses a fraction of the electricity. And, by some weird coincidence, my ancient, secondhand toaster oven gasped its last breath the very moment I was considering the Pampered Chef Air Fryer.
Because this air fryer has the ability to air fry, bake, toast, and function as a rotisserie (it comes with a rotisserie basket for french fries and a skewer for whole chickens), I have used it just about every day since I got it.
The rotisserie cooks a 4lb chicken in 45 minutes, which is much more time-efficient than putting it in the oven.
The 9”x10” cooking surface on each of the 2 racks that are included provides plenty of room for family-sized meals but there’s room for a 3rd rack (which can be ordered separately) if you want even more cooking space!
This Pampered Chef Small Bar Pan fits perfectly on the rack for baking saucier or more tender options;
You can even use this as a food dehydrator. I love these Pampered Chef Fruit Leather Trays because they make delicious and healthy snacks!
Despite the ginormous cooking capacity of this appliance, the entire unit measures a mere 14½” tall x 12 3/4″ x 14 1/4″ to enable it to fit in the smallest of spaces!
But…Back To Me
So, what do I do with my Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer?
I have made homemade Chinese dumplings, crispy vegetable spring rolls and Chinese-style pancakes using the air fryer. I have toasted sandwiches, including western breakfast burrito, veggie bagels and made spinach and feta pizza for one.
I have made whole meals using this baby such as homemade chicken tenders with french fries. I can bake potatoes, roast ears of corn or bake pork chops.
My favorite air fryer recipe are these bacon wrapped cheese dogs that I made with my granddaughters:
What can’t I do with this air fryer? I can’t answer that question because I haven’t had anything fail me yet!
Bottom Line -Is the Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer Worth The Money?
By now you’re asking yourself how much this prized piece of machinery costs, right? And is the Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer worth the money?
I will tell you that, from my experience, it IS worth the money. While I’ve gone over the specifics in regard to cooking, I can also say that there is a 1-year warranty, with a no-holds-barred, for-any-reason return or replacement policy. You can send it back for any reason whatsoever! Yes, even if it just doesn’t match your kitchen.
Add to that the 4.7/5 star rating out of 976 reviews and I think we can say that this is a bargain at the price of $289!
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Have you used the Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and share your experience!
All my best,