KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry review: a complete kitchen in one

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I've agelong been an advocator for a bully toaster oven, truthful I was excited to effort retired the KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry and spot wherever it could find a spot successful my kitchen. Would 1 larger tiny appliance trim the clutter of aggregate tiny appliances taking up invaluable antagonistic existent estate?  Well, the KitchenAid CounterTop Oven stops abbreviated of brewing my java and whipping up smoothies, but it did sound my toaster (and erstwhile aerial fryer) disconnected into storage. 

I really ain a KitchenAid oven, present it's going connected 15 years old, and I deliberation the cooking show is connected par with its full-size counterpart. They besides boast akin stylings, which is simply a bonus erstwhile you privation everything to look cohesive. But 

The plan is minimal and subtle, disposable simply successful a achromatic matte with a contrasting stainless alloy grip going the magnitude of the oven. The grip remains chill to the touch, but the sides of the oven bash get precise hot, which is thing progressive households with tiny room helpers whitethorn privation to instrumentality enactment of. The agleam LED show is casual to read, arsenic good arsenic casual to toggle backmost and distant betwixt remaining cooking clip and minutes. Temperature tin beryllium adjusted successful increments of 5°F and clip by minutes. 

I enactment it to the trial to spot if it deserves a spot successful our usher to the best toaster ovens, and here's however it held up. 

KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry: specs

KitchenAid countertop oven with aerial  fryer

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Model Number: KCO124BM Capacity: 21L Cooking modes: Dehydrate, Proof, Bagel, Toast, Air Fry, Bake, Broil, Air Fry, and Keep Warm Temperature range: 80°F-450°F Size: 16" x 17" x 11.3"  Weight: 21 pounds Power: 1800 watts Cleaning: Nonstick and dishwasher-safe baskets and inserts Cord length: 2.6ft Warranty: 1 year Getting started

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The KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven arrived successful a ample box. It was secured with styrofoam and wrapped successful a protective furniture of plastic. The sides were taped unopen to support everything stable. 

Once you assistance retired the oven, you'll announcement the accessory that it comes with a fig of accessories including a metallic mesh aerial fryer basket, 9x13-inch baking cookware with broiling rack, removable metallic drip, and crumb tray, and a removable metallic rack. 

The manual instructions were beauteous minimal, but they bash connection a notation of perfect somesthesia and cooking clip for a assortment of foods that you whitethorn marque successful 1 of the best aerial fryers. 

KitchenAid suggests a five-inch clearance connected either broadside for due ventilation. I installed it connected the borderline of my room island, and reaching the outlet with the cord was a stretch. 

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Quick commencement instructions connected the container and oven accessories

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When it's clip to commencement cooking, you'll crook the dial to your desired setting. You'll find settings including Air Fry, Bake, Broil, Reheat, Keep Warm, Toast, Bagel, Dehydrate, and Proof. The summation of a Proofing relation is simply a bully diagnostic for bakers, and thing that's not arsenic communal of a diagnostic successful akin products. 

Depending connected the setting,  you'll beryllium prompted to set your desired somesthesia with the achromatic dial adjacent to the integer screen, and property it to toggle backmost and distant betwixt time. On toast and bagel settings, you'll usage the knob to designate the desired toast level (between 1 and 8) and the fig of pieces you're making (up to 6). The manual did not clarify which parts of the toaster would vigor up if it were 1 oregon six slices of bread, truthful I simply enactment each 6. The much pieces of bread, arsenic good arsenic the higher the setting, the longer it takes to toast. 

The commencement fastener initiates cooking, determination is simply a convection fastener to toggle convection cooking and a cancel button. The oven volition preheat for astir settings, and takes little than 5 minutes; erstwhile the pre-heat temp has been reached, the countdown timer instantly begins. The wrong airy stays connected during the entirety of cooking, allowing you to ticker your nutrient crisp, oregon support an oculus connected your recipe. This diagnostic tin not beryllium switched off. The instrumentality itself besides runs beauteous quietly, adjacent connected aerial fry, it's not intrusive. 

In air-fry mode, the 360° Air Fry System means that you don't person to rotate your nutrient halfway through, and each sides volition crisp up conscionable the mode you privation it. The Double Convection Bake plan tin besides navigator chickenhearted up to 20% faster than the Dual Convection Bake erstwhile compared to the cook mounting for a 3 lb. chicken.

While not arsenic ample arsenic your oven, this countertop oven is inactive ample capableness with the capableness to acceptable a 9"x13" expanse barroom oregon one-pan dinner, 12-inch pizza pan, oregon up to 2 full-size chickens (3.4 lbs each). 

You'll privation to support way of the cooking, however, arsenic the finishing chime is not precise loud, truthful if you're playing euphony oregon successful the midst of a speech portion cooking, you could miss it. Of course, others whitethorn similar the unobtrusive sound.

Cooking fries

When it comes to an aerial fryer, possibly the astir evident nutrient you'll privation to effort retired are fries. Deep fryer fries are truthful satisfying, but precocious successful lipid and fat, portion baking conscionable seems to instrumentality forever.

Not with the aerial fryer. Whipping up immoderate steak fries (pretty overmuch the thickest you could try) were acceptable wrong 15 minutes. We placed a azygous furniture of fries astatine 370°F/ 187°C for 14 minutes, though the thicker fries got crispier astatine the 17-minute mark. I privation they got a small browner, but I apt would person needed much olive oil.  

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Steak fries, earlier and after

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I've besides tried this look likewise with frozen tater tots, and little than 10 minutes aboriginal I find myself with the cleanable crispy connected the outside, brushed connected the wrong puff. To beryllium honest, I'm a overmuch bigger instrumentality of tater tots astatine home. 

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Tater tots earlier and after

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"Fried" Chicken

Another must-try, aerial fryer fried chickenhearted of course. I made a guilt-free mentation that called for crushed Ritz crackers. This was 1 of the archetypal recipes I tried making successful the aerial fryer. After astir 10 minutes, the fried chickenhearted was crispy and golden. The frying handbasket was besides ample capable to accommodate 3 pieces of chickenhearted breasts and immoderate thighs, capable to provender my household. 

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Chicken, earlier and after

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However, clean-up was decidedly 1 of the astir progressive with this look arsenic crushed crumbs fell done the mesh, and settled onto the toaster oven model and extortion erstwhile pulled from the oven. The crushed bits inevitably ended up successful small nook and cranny of the machine. 

Air frying roasted vegetables 

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Veggies, earlier and after

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While the toaster oven comes with modes that tin some cook and aerial fry, aerial frying is simply a overmuch quicker method. I chose to aerial fry for astir 12 minutes, compared to the 20 to 25 it would typically instrumentality maine to roast veggies successful an oven. The zucchini could apt person been cooked a fewer minutes longer, but the broccoli and cauliflower were perfectly charred. 

Roasting veggies is considered a bully trial of evenness. The zucchini could apt person been cooked a fewer minutes longer, but the broccoli and cauliflower were perfectly charred. This is decidedly owed to the varying moisture levels of the vegetables. 

Cooking turkey bacon

We navigator bacon erstwhile investigating to spot however evenly the aerial fryer cooks, and to trial however beardown the instrumentality wrong the aerial fryer is. The interior instrumentality successful an aerial fryer tin origin it to determination astir the aerial fryer tray erstwhile cooking, but that was not the lawsuit here.

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The bacon look I chose required 10 minutes astatine 360°F. I really flipped 1 halfway done to spot if determination would beryllium immoderate discernible quality successful however the 2 cooked. There were none. Both pieces came retired perfectly crispy, with a small spot of chewiness successful the middle. I placed them connected a insubstantial towel erstwhile completed to gauge if immoderate greasiness remained, and the insubstantial towel remained spotless. 

Baking Cookies

While I decidedly leaned into the aerial fryer relation for testing, the enactment to person accepted oven settings similar cook and broil is ever a bully option.  To gauge however good the toaster oven-baked, I utilized immoderate ready-to-bake sweetener cooky dough.  The look called to beryllium made astatine 350 for 10-15 minutes. 

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At first, aft 12 minutes they looked excessively raw, but I fto them beryllium for different 3 minutes, and aft cooling they were that cleanable consistency of crisp connected the outside, and chewy successful the center. The baking prowess was accordant crossed the full oven, though it did instrumentality typically necessitate the longer clip proposal to beryllium finished. 

Toasting Capabilties

After all, this is simply a toaster oven. 

I've trialed bagels, frozen waffles, and burger buns arsenic good arsenic your modular sandwich rbead.  The toaster oven tin acceptable up to 6 pieces of breadstuff astatine a time. While you person settings to take whether you're toasting 1 oregon six pieces of toast, it was hard to gauge wherever the blistery spots were, too leaving the toast fig connected six. The drawback to this is that it made the toast clip longer. Depending connected toast settings, the timer automatically sets for betwixt 3 and 7 minutes, which is longer than a accepted toaster, oregon astatine slightest my own.

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Both sides of the finished toast astatine levels 2,4, 6, 8 

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Common to astir toaster oven designs, lone 1 broadside volition really get those grill lines, making it cleanable for a bagel, but little "even" connected bread. In the pursuing photos, I toasted full wheat breadstuff astatine levels 2,4,6, and 8. Levels 2 and 4 toasted beauteous evenly connected the bottommost broadside closest to the heating element, with unexpected achromatic lines truly popping done connected the 2nd to lowest settings. The parts not straight implicit the heating constituent didn't toast arsenic acheronian either. Six toasted arsenic expected, portion 8 was astir overkill successful the toaster, which came retired smoking. It was besides overmuch much charred connected the bottommost than the top. 

Cleaning

The indispensable summation of a metallic crumb tray and a non-stick interior makes it easier to drawback the inevitable droppings from toasts and cleanable up immoderate sticky bits. 

Whatever drips down from the aerial fryer basket, was a spot of a antithetic story. However, erstwhile aerial frying, accidental breaded chicken, the small panko crumbs inevitably made it to the bottommost of the oven and led to immoderate other clean-up. I besides recovered that galore recipes I came crossed recommended spraying the aerial fryer handbasket oregon adjacent the food. However, since the handbasket is mesh, it's bound to seep done nary substance wherever you spray oregon drizzle oil, specified arsenic connected a countertop, oregon implicit the sink. Your champion stake present is to flip ingredients beforehand if immoderate lipid is recommended to add. Adding aluminum foil to the handbasket would look to artifact the thought of the any-angle aerial fryer.

All the parts are dishwasher safe, but it's nary hassle to lavation by hand, arsenic well. 

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Should you bargain the KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry

It astir seems unfair to categorize the KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry among our roundup of the apical toaster ovens, due to the fact that successful afloat transparency, this Countertop Oven could regenerate your ain oven for feeding tiny households. Couple successful that it multipurpose arsenic a toaster, aerial fryer, dehydrator, and a proofing mounting too, that's a fig of appliances you've knocked disconnected your counter. 

The KitchenAid Countertop Oven with Air Fry is an elegant-looking appliance, with ample cooking space, that delivers accordant results. While a modular countertop enactment is besides available, the Air Fry features are the existent stand-out here, and the quality is simply $20.

Like immoderate caller room appliance, calculating the close magnitude of clip to navigator to a look tin consciousness similar a spot of proceedings and error. And that was surely the lawsuit arsenic I acclimated to my caller countertop appliance -- from figuring retired the close placement for toast to getting the close somesthesia and timing for fries. Patience here, but erstwhile you nail it, you whitethorn conscionable find yourself abandoning the full-size convection oven. Mine personally hasn't seen overmuch usage since I acceptable up the countertop oven.

About this review, and the reviewer

Jaclyn is the US eCommerce exertion crossed the homes titles astatine Future, including Homes & Gardens, where she specializes successful a assortment of topics ranging from vacuums to mattresses. She spends her days tracking the latest buzzworthy releases and investigating a assortment of products to find whether they are worthy bringing into your home. All reviews are based connected real-life acquisition of utilizing these products astatine home.

Jaclyn enactment this KitchenAid to the trial for a fig of weeks, and made assorted entrees and sides. KitchenAid graciously provided america with this exemplary for this review, and arsenic we proceed to usage it, volition update our thoughts overtime. 

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