Air fryers have seen a steady increase in popularity in recent years, and it isn’t hard to see why. They combine two of our favorite things, convenience and cooking power, in a compact frame.
That’s especially true with models such as the Sboly air fryer. This model ranks among the most compact on the air fryer market, but can it stand the heat of our review?
Some of the most defining features offered by the Sboly air fryer include:
- Measures 13 in. x 13 in. x 14.5 in., weighs 12.97 lbs, operates at 110 v, has a capacity of 8.9 quarts
- Eight preset cooking options
- An ability to cook a wide range of foods, including French fries, pizza, cake, chicken, steak, shrimp, mixed vegetables, and fish
- A three-minute preheating feature that allows you to cook faster while ensuring the inside and outside of your meat are cooked evenly
- Non-stick rubber alloy design that makes it much easier to clean, including non-oil-based paint
- Air dispersal system that can generate superheated air at 1800 rpm via air circulation technology
- Uses 85% less oil and fat than traditional fat fryer models, helping you cook in a healthier fashion while cutting down on the amount of oil splatter and cleaning time
- LCD display that makes it easy to adjust the settings and temperature mid-cook
- Automatic shutdown safety feature to protect against overheating
- A special securely-fitted silicone sleeve that stays locked into place
- A special noise cancelling feature that ensures you can cook your favorite meal without disturbing those around you
- Dishwasher safe
This is a good all-around air fryer for those new to these appliances. Several of the features included are designed to help make the cooking process easy. For example, the LCD display makes it easy to change the temperature while you’re cooking something, letting you tweak things according to how the food looks.
This is also quite a compact unit, measuring 13 in. x 13 in. x 14.5 in. and weighing just under 13 lbs. If portability is the main thing you are looking for in an air fryer, it’s hard to find a model more compact and easier to transport than this.
Lot of Pre-set Options
Even better, this model boasts an 8-in-1 setup that allows you to choose from eight separate presets to quickly cook different foods in different ways. Whether you want to defrost, dehydrate, broil, steam, fry, or simply warm your food up a bit, you’re bound to find a setting that can do so perfectly. This is due in large part to this model’s fast and effective air circulation system, allowing it to heat up the air used for frying faster than other options.
The non-stick design also makes this model a lot easier to clean than others. Even better, this model does not make use of oil-based paint, which can not only peel off but imbue your food with an oily odor or taste as it does so.
Dishwasher Safe Parts
While this model is dishwasher safe, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid doing with this model, starting with the fact that it is not meant to be immersed in the sink. You’ll also want to avoid placing the unit up against the wall or other appliances, as this can cause an unsafe buildup of heat. Ideally, you should leave at least 10 cm between the back and sides of the unit and any wall or other appliance. Hot steam is emitted by the unit while it is cooking, so you’ll also want to refrain from putting anything on top of the unit for the same reason.
Once you’re done cooking something, you’ll want to make sure to give it at least 30 minutes of cool down time before cleaning or handling it.
Pros and Cons
That non-stick design is especially welcome. If you have ever had the displeasure of having to chisel away at splattered-on oil that has hardened, you know it isn’t an experience you want to repeat. Thankfully, this model’s non-stick design, combined with its generally easy to clean nature, make it a lot easier to clean up after a meal. The fact that it’s also dishwasher safe ensures that cleanup is as quick as it is easy.
In addition, this is a highly compact model. One of the biggest upsides of air fryers is that they are portable, but this unit takes that idea to a whole new level. Weighing a hair less than 13 lbs, this model is incredibly lightweight, saving you from having to schlep it around.
Add to that its noise-cancelling nature, and it’s this model’s commitment to convenience that makes it great for travelers and beginners alike.
As with any model, it has its detractors. Some users have complained that the model does not heat up quickly enough. That being said, with its three-minute heating time and 1800 rpm for heat circulation, it’s safe to say this isn’t a complaint shared by most users.
A little more worrying are the complaints that this unit experienced burning or broke down after a couple of uses. However, this is surprisingly typical in the air fryer industry overall. There’ll always be individual units that are factory duds – but overall, this model has received a warm response from users who have enjoyed using it again and again.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
This really is the Little Air Fryer That Could, and it does a great job of offering a solid cooking experience. Its compact frame contains a host of features that make cooking and reusing this model a breeze. It is especially easy to clean after use, which in turn makes it that much easier to use. As long as you treat the model with care, this model from Sboly can be a great gift for those looking for a compact and affordable air fryer.