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Ninja DZ201 Foodi 6-in-1 2-Basket Air Fryer with DualZone Technology, 8-Quart Capacity for $149.99

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I think this would be good if you wanted to make two sides of a small amount... pictures of air fryers often have food piled high, but you're supposed to have a single layer, ideally with space around things. I only bring this up as something to think about when evaluating how big a fryer basket you need, these are two 4-quart baskets. I use a single 7 quart unit, which has a nice vertical distance between a single layer of food and the heating element (the more distance the better).

FWIW I don't have any credentials other than someone who got a fryer in June, watched hours of YouTube air fryer cooking videos, and has replaced almost every method of cooking I did with cast iron pans and my Foreman grill with the air fryer.
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I think this would be good if you wanted to make two sides of a small amount... pictures of air fryers often have food piled high, but you're supposed to have a single layer, ideally with space around things. I only bring this up as something to think about when evaluating how big a fryer basket you need, these are two 4-quart baskets. I use a single 7 quart unit, which has a nice vertical distance between a single layer of food and the heating element (the more distance the better).

FWIW I don't have any credentials other than someone who got a fryer in June, watched hours of YouTube air fryer cooking videos, and has replaced almost every method of cooking I did with cast iron pans and my Foreman grill with the air fryer.
Replaced all your cast iron? What about steak? wait and even hamburgers? im still wary of cooking chicken are you doing drumsticks and thighs raw?
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I needed to not buy steak anymore to afford the air fryer LMAO Kidding but I haven't bought steak in a long time. I have done lots of chicken breasts (both from frozen and thawed) and thick pork loins (thawed). There are lots of YouTube videos on air fryer steaks though, I would be fine with trying that.
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Replaced all your cast iron? What about steak? wait and even hamburgers? im still wary of cooking chicken are you doing drumsticks and thighs raw?
In my experience you can pretty much do any of what you've asked of. I'm in same boat as Slikku, use my air fryer far more than my other cooking options anymore. Have done raw chicken breast and steak in it on multiple occasions and it comes out just as good, if not better, than anything I can do with cast iron or my grill or whatever.

Which is maybe more a testament to my cooking skills but *shrug*.

Haven't tried hamburgers but would assume it'd do fine for those too.

Reduced cooking time is another big plus. Can usually shave about 50% cook time off compared to using the oven.
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I think this would be good if you wanted to make two sides of a small amount... pictures of air fryers often have food piled high, but you're supposed to have a single layer, ideally with space around things. I only bring this up as something to think about when evaluating how big a fryer basket you need, these are two 4-quart baskets. I use a single 7 quart unit, which has a nice vertical distance between a single layer of food and the heating element (the more distance the better).

FWIW I don't have any credentials other than someone who got a fryer in June, watched hours of YouTube air fryer cooking videos, and has replaced almost every method of cooking I did with cast iron pans and my Foreman grill with the air fryer.
You lost all credibility with me after reading you cook steak on a foreman grill haha
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Replaced all your cast iron? What about steak? wait and even hamburgers? im still wary of cooking chicken are you doing drumsticks and thighs raw?
I have the 4qt ninja. Just cooked raw drumsticks last night. Package was 6, but could fit more if needed. I cooked for 22 mins at 390 and it was a little too long/high but they still turned out well. Added bbq sauce and cooked for another 3 mins. The time/temp might be okay if it was filled with more chicken.
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If this thing had detachable baskets I'd be all over it. Those removable bottoms are such a pain.
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If this thing had detachable baskets I'd be all over it. Those removable bottoms are such a pain.
I like these much better. First of all, the handle is attached to the main basket. Systems where the basket is attached to the handle and hook onto the main container are prone to failure (I almost burned myself/smashed something when I shook one filled with hot food and the bottom flew off). Secondly, they take up much less room in the dishwasher since the bottom has the dimensions of a plate. I agree though I wish they were easier to remove (a dedicated hooked handle to come with the device wouldn't be bad)
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You lost all credibility with me after reading you cook steak on a foreman grill haha
I think you quoted the wrong post, I didn't post anything about steaks on a Foreman grill.

On the hamburger question I get good results cooking 1/4 lb Costco frozen patties in the air fryer (380 for 12 minutes, season and flip and season other side at six minute mark). It creates a lot of smoke / haze though that I don't get from cooking most other things in the air fryer.

On raw chicken thighs and drumsticks, I cook raw breasts and wings in the air fryer frequently. Shouldn't be a concern over any other cooking method as long as it's at least 165 degrees. For me the convenience of the air fryer isn't cook time as much as it is flexibility with frozen food. I can get ten frozen (raw) wings pieces from a Costco bag to seasoned, crispy and done in 30 minutes. Frozen is usually cheaper and can be stored for a long time.
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Ends up being cheaper at bed bath and beyond if you have a 20 percent off coupon which they provide all the time
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Does anyone have any suggestions as to other comparable air fryers that they consider to be better? I was considering this one at Kohls with a 40% off coupon the other week. My guess is it would be cheaper than this with that coupon (though obviously not always available).

I saw someone saying that single layer is best. Idk how this is possible when making something like fries. Wouldn't you fit like 10 fries in this thing in a single layer? Same with chicken breasts. In a single layer one side of this would cook maybe two chicken breasts right?
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I got the PowerXL Vortex 7 qt from Kohls and paid $130 after a sale or coupon, can't remember which.

That model is wide enough to make a plateful of fries, when you dump out some from a bag of frozen fries and shake it in the basket, they even out to roughly a single layer. I'm not saying there's no overlap, but they shouldn't be a deep sea of fries like you see in marketing pictures. Getting the largest capacity you can greatly increases flexibility, a wider basket really helps.

I cook 4-5 breasts in a single layer depending on how they're sized coming out of the bag.

An air fryer is basically a heating element above the basket, with a fan above that to move hot air around. You want a single layer of food so the air can circulate around as much food surface as possible.

The use case of this deal's fryer with the smaller baskets would be if you cook for yourself and wanted to make a couple of fish fillets and hush puppies at the same time, or maybe a few wings and some fries. Seems to me using it to make two batches of the same thing as a normal practice would just increase cleaning time, I'd rather just clean one big basket and plate.

Last tip is get a can of EVOO spray, that's the secret to many great air fryer recipes.
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