The Farberware is one of the best air fryers on the market, backed by a reputable brand name. A classic design, simple use and easy loading procedure make it a whizz to use, and its great performance is a boon for those who want a healthier way to fry their food.
Because of its size, this model is a great pick for anyone cooking for a small family, who wants a simple, easy-to-use model without expensive added features.
This model has a couple of features that are great benefits compared to other air fryers on the market.
It has a 2lb capacity, which is a good size for the everyday user. It’s large enough to fit food for a regular family – like a bag of frozen fries – but probably not large enough to create a larger amount of food. As a result, it’s probably best for serving 3-4 people, rather than any more. It'll make the perfect amount of fried pickles for one, though. The design is adequate, but it’s probably not attractive enough that you’ll be showing it off to guests.
This model comes with variable temperature control and a 30-minute timer. Both of these can be set by the large dials on the front of the machine. It has useful indicator lights to show you when it’s operational and when it’s warming up.
The Farberware Air Fryer is dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up, which makes it easier than other models that must be hand-washed.
Design and build quality
The Farberware Air Fryer is a moderately attractive model of air fryer, but its plastic-looking exterior lets it down a little. It only comes in one color – a black/silver hybrid – and the fryer drawer can be accessed by pulling it from the front of the machine, similar to most models on the market.
This model has two dials, one to control temperature and one to control the timer, which makes it an analog device. The timer dial can be set between 0 and 30 minutes, but the analog nature of the dial makes it hard to get very specific. It’s somewhat easier to use digital models of air fryer, as they allow you to more specifically set temperature and time controls.
This model is a useful size, with a 2lb capacity that will allow you to fit most things you’d like to fry, like this crispy panko tofu, assuming that you aren’t cooking for a crowd.
Ease of use
This model is quite easy to use. It’s a simple design, with only two dials: one to set the fryer temperature and the other to set the timer. You simply need to set the temperature, load the fryer, and allow it to do its work.
It’s slightly less easy to use than both digital models and models with pre-programmed settings. It’s harder to use than a digital model because the dials mean that you can’t control the machine as specifically as you may like to. Digital models allow you complete control, as you can use the digital interface to select exact temperatures and times.
It’s also slightly harder to use this model than one with pre-programmed settings. Some more advanced air fryer models have pre-programmed settings for certain types of foods or cooking styles, which allow you to add those ingredients to your air fryer, press a button, and allow the machine to set the cooking time and temperature automatically instead of having to look up the recommended settings. This is especially useful if you are cooking the same thing regularly, as you don’t need to bother with setting the air fryer every time.
This model is dishwasher-safe, so it’s very easy to clean; you just need to disassemble the parts and put them through the machine. The outside is also sleek enough that you can just wipe it down in case of spills; however, the large dials may collect dirt and spills more than a flat, touch-screen digital interface would.
How Does it Compare?
The Philips Airfryer is the original air fryer, and one of the best on the market. It does better than the Farberware for a couple of reasons; a more attractive design, and its patented starfish cooking design is supposed to make cooking more even.
Both models are analog, both have dishwasher-safe parts, and both are found in black models. Neither have pre-programmed settings, so they must both be used manually.
The Philips model does have a slightly smaller capacity, at 1.75lbs, but this is not a particularly sizeable change. As a result, it’s better if you’d like a model with a potentially better cooking system, a more attractive design, and a two-year warranty; the Farberware is ideal for someone looking for a marginally larger machine.
They're both have similar warranties - this unit being a 1 year guarantee found at the manufacturer's site.
The GoWISE 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer is a more advanced air fryer model from GoWISE that does better than the Farberware in a number of areas. Like the Farberware, it has variable temperature and variable time settings. It has dishwasher-safe parts and a 30-minute timer. That, however, is where the similarities stop.
The GoWISE model is digital rather than analog, so it can be set more precisely for different temperatures and cooking times. It also has eight pre-programmed settings, which makes it substantially easier to use than the Farberware when it comes to making classic fried foods like chips. Instead of setting temperature and time manually, you can simply press a button and let the air fryer control its own settings. If you’re planning on using your air fryer regularly, this is a massive benefit.
It is also manufactured in a few different colors, as opposed to the Farberware’s one black color option – and its design on the whole is more attractive. It’s also likely to be easier to clean, as the flat digital interface won’t catch spills like the stand-out dials of the Farberware model.
If you like simplicity in your kitchen appliances, the Farberware is a great choice; it has all of the essentials that you need in an air fryer. If you’d like something a little more upmarket, with more functions and pre-programmed settings, go for the GoWISE instead.
The Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer is a very large air fryer that offers a unique design compared to other air fryers on the market. Instead of a compartment that pulls out from the main body of the machine, this model features a glass container that has a lift-off lid, so you can see exactly how your food is cooking. It’s a useful and innovative feature, especially when cooking fries, where ten minutes can spell the difference between crispy and burnt.
It’s substantially larger than the Farberware, with a 16-quart capacity. Like the Farberware, it’s analog, with two dials to control the temperature and the timer. Unlike the Farberware, this timer can go up to 60 minutes, and the temperature can reach a whopping 450°F.
It’s supposed to have ‘triple cooking power’; incorporating halogen, convection, and infrared cooking methods to better and more thoroughly cook your food. Two trays allow you to cook two types of food at the same time. Please note, that given the size and design of this machine, some parts may not be best suited for the dishwasher.
If you need a large appliance for cooking for a large family, appreciate being able to see your food as it’s cooking, or like the idea of choosing between six different unusual color options (**availability may vary), the Big Boss is a better option for you. If you’re cooking for fewer people or want a dishwasher-safe machine, go for the Farberware instead.