NuWave Air Fryer Review (2021) – Are These Air Fryers Any Good?

NuWave Air Fryer Review

When was the last time you fried your vegetables? Probably never. But how many people do you know that have bought an Air Fryer? Tons! In this article, we provide the NuWave Air Fryer review and some great alternatives.

Air fryers are all the rage these days. If you jump on TikTok or Instagram, you find tons of food videos cooked in an air fryer (#airfryer). With more people cooking at home due to COVID, millions of Americans have found how simple and convenient and healthier cooking with an Air Fryer can be. The problem is, there are so many on the market it’s hard to know which one to buy.

This article will review three NuWave Air Fryers that can accommodate a large amount of food. We’ll also review some of our favorite air fryers that are perfect for limited counter space.


NuWave Air Fryer Review

NuWave Brio 14 Quart 

The NuWave Brio 14 quart is by far the most versatile air fryer on this list.

The NuWave Brio Air Fryer is the perfect choice if you want to make large portions of your healthy favorite foods fast. No added oils mean the food you serve your family and friends has less fat and up to 75% fewer calories, so you can all enjoy the great fried food taste without worry and guilt every time. You can save those extra calories for dessert!

The precise temperature control ensures that your healthy foods are cooked to perfection through even heat distribution with a wide variety of foods.

With a removable drawer, The NuWave air fryer can also convert into a rotisserie air fryer (accessories included), saving yourself from an oily mess if you were cooking it in the oven. You can also download the NuWave app (iOS and Android) for hundreds of recipe ideas.

Recently featured on QVC (clip below), this air fryer has all the features you need to create a wonderful meal. The only drawback of this NuWave air fryer is the size. If you have a small kitchen, this may not be the best option as it measures 13″H x 15″W x 16″ D.



NuWave Bravo XL

The NuWave Bravo XL 1-cubic-foot capacity is big enough to perfectly cook a 10-pound chicken, a 6-pound roast, a 13-inch pizza, or nine pieces of toast. In addition, 1,800 watts of power enable the NuWave Bravo XL to reach your desired cooking temperatures faster than other models in its price range, getting delicious, healthy meals on your table in less time.

The air fryer does most of the work through its high-speed air circulation, with the LED digital controls keeping you updated on the status of your meal.

An integrated stainless steel digital temperature probe ensures perfect cooking results of your favorite meals by measuring internal temperatures in precise 1° increments—no more undercooking or overcooking.

The bravo air convection oven is similar to the NuWave Brio, except for a rotisserie option. If rotisserie air fryers aren’t important to you, this may be a great option as this comes in at 9″H x 9″W x 9″ D.


NuWave Brio 6

This 6-quart NuWave Brio digital air fryer comes with six convenient preprogrammed recipes.

The Brio lets you cook homemade crispy onion rings, gooey mozzarella sticks, pounds of french fries, and more in their nonstick coating food basket.

The Brio’s digital LCD display and quick buttons let you get cooking with a simple press of a button yielding perfect results.

The NuWave Brio’s Fry Pan Basket is specially designed to help airflow from all directions to help manage any temperature fluctuation. The air fry basket and stainless-steel basket net allow the hot air to circulate all around to ensure your food is cooked from every direction. Even the removable basket divider insert allows airflow while keeping different foods separate.

Another reason why we love this NuWave air fryer is the safety features it includes. The NuWave Brio 6 comes with an automatic shut off if you accidentally leave it on and basket movement detection, shutting the unit off if the basket is moved.

Priced at around $100, the NuWave Brio 6 is an affordable option for those just getting started on their air fryer journey.


NuWave Air Fryer Alternatives

While there is a strong following of loyal NuWave customers, we’ve also tested some similar products you should also consider.

Cosori Air Fryer Max XL

The Cosori Air Fryer is a trendy unit due to its ease of use and cost. It comes with 100 recipe ideas, and 11 presets allow you to cook an entire meal with a push of a button. The Cosori Air Fryer is larger than most of the air fryers we reviews (14.3″ H x 11.8″ W x 12.6″ D), but if you have space, this is worth considering.


GoWise Digital Air Fryer

The GoWise Air fryer is an affordable unit that is great for anyone new to cooking. The sleek and modern look with the advanced touch screen menu comes with a 5.8-quart tray. Take the guesswork out of cooking with the built-in touch screen menu featuring eight cooking presets Fries/Chips, Pork, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Cake, Fish, and Pizza.

It is equipped with a wide temperature range from 180 Fahrenheit to 400 Fahrenheit in 10-degree increments and a cooking timer for up to 30 minutes. The GoWise Air Fryer comes in a variety of colors to coordinate with your kitchen design.


Ultrean Air Fryer

Another affordable multi-color option, the Ultrean Air fryer is a great unit and comes with a hassle-free operation with accessible buttons and an easy cooking setup; it comes with an auto switch off timer (0-30mins) and adjustable temperature setting (180°F-400°F). Smaller quart tray than GoWise (4.2q vs. 4.8q), but just as good and is less expensive.


Why Are Air Fryers So Popular?  

Before you go out and buy an air fryer, we should probably answer the question that most people have. Why are they so popular?



One of the main reasons why people purchase an air fryer is health. Depending on which air fryer you buy, they require little or no oil. It’s no secret that eating fried foods leads to obesity. With an air fryer, you can enjoy your fried foods more healthily.


Quick Preparation

If you’re short on time, air fryers are a great way to cook great-tasting food in a short amount of time. Pop the food in, set the timer, and it’s done! Also, depending on which air fryer you buy, you can cook different foods simultaneously with the included separator, cutting down on cook time.


Easy to Clean

There’s nothing worse than trying to clean a greasy pan after you’ve fried your food. In many cases, you have to let the pan soak in soap and water overnight. However, air fryers are easy to clean. Since there’s no oil, cleaning up takes minutes, not hours.



Air fryers, for the most part, are relatively inexpensive. You can grab a great quality air fryer for $150. Considering this is about the same cost as a good toaster and is far more versatile, it’s no wonder why millions of Americans have bought an air fryer.


NuWave Air Fryer Review – Final Thoughts

Overall the NuWave’s products are one of the best air fryers on the market. The full feature fryers offer tremendous versatility. In addition, as one of the original air fryer manufacturers, they’ve managed to stay competitive in pricing while offering a quality product.

NuWave LLC also offers a great manufacturers limited warranty and will send you a replacement unit if you have a valid warranty claim, such as a defective unit. (not surprising they don’t cover physical damage or anything outside of their warranty agreement.

The easiest way to get your NuWave Air Fryer is through Amazon. You can receive it within a few days and free shipping!




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