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Post# 1017132   12/6/2018 at 20:54 (192 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Have someone requesting one for a Christmas giftie. The Farberware model of request has some bad reviews (some DOAs and failures within months, imprecise temp control and timer knob breaking, non-stick finish chips/peels quickly). Performance reports range from poor and irritating to good with specific foods and after experimentation with settings.

What's the word?

Post# 1017149 , Reply# 1   12/7/2018 at 01:39 (192 days old) by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Farberware NEVER again in my house after I bought a toaster oven when I was living in Dallas and it tended to start by itself (maximum temp) in the middle of the night.

Post# 1017152 , Reply# 2   12/7/2018 at 04:39 (191 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
re: Self-starting Faberware?

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Word, there: Unplug when not in use... I do that with all my small appliances, as any accidental start-up can strike, regardless of whether or not the unit is well-attended...


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Post# 1017155 , Reply# 3   12/7/2018 at 05:25 (191 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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I have a Philips XL. It works well, but is rather hard to keep clean. There are a lot of problems with smoke too with that particular model. I belong to a Dutch Facebook Airfryer group. The XL model is the model with the highest failure rate. Philips has replaced a lot of them. It looks like the later made models aren't much better. A lot of people reported good results with cheaper brands. Most of them not available on the American market as far as I can see.

Post# 1017159 , Reply# 4   12/7/2018 at 06:35 (191 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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A couple of weeks ago I got a Nuwave using a 20% off one item at Bed Bath and Beyond. I really like roasted veggies and thought this might be a good way, based on infomercials to make them quickly without heating the oven. Well, it is. I toss the veggies with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing from ALDI and follow the direction that came with the Nuwave. They come out perfect. Tried chicken breasts last evening. Came out nicely browned and very juicy in only 12 min. This is a great addition to my kitchen..


Post# 1017256 , Reply# 5   12/7/2018 at 18:18 (191 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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This is the model of request: Farberware FBW FT 42138 BK

This is the model I selected: Ninja AF100

Post# 1017259 , Reply# 6   12/7/2018 at 18:27 (191 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

I got the one that has an "oven door" set up instead of a pull out basket. It does hold a huge amount. Mine came with a rotisserie which is good for fries and breaded "stuff". It does a good job but I'm glad it was a gift. I do like it for shish k bob.

Post# 1017877 , Reply# 7   12/13/2018 at 13:58 (185 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Tom, which one of the "air fryers" did you get with the "oven door"?   


My other half likes to deep fry things often and I'd prefer to avoid a lot of fried food for health reasons.  As such, I've been looking into one of these "air fryers" (a misnomer, really a mini convection oven, since you can't "fry" with air).  The thing is I don't have tons of counter space, so I want to get one with multiple functions, rather than a "uni-tasker" as Alton Brown would call it.   


Most searches I've done don't reveal the lower priced models, but I did find a couple around $100 (+/-).  However the reviews I've been seeing for the cheaper oven door models with the plastic exterior haven't been favorable, many complaining of a "burning plastic smell" while in use. 


I like the look of the Farberware model below ($70), but my friend Thomas is saying "oh hell no!"   So I may have to bite the bullet and buy the more expensive $200 Cuisinart model TOA-60 (pic #2), though I would love to have the (Rolls Royce) $400 Breville model (pic 3).

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Post# 1017891 , Reply# 8   12/13/2018 at 16:52 (185 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Kevin, neither. Mine is a POWER XL. It came with rotiss, basket, skewers, six shelves has a light and some other stuff. Works well. Haven't tried to dehydrate anything yet. My Nieces make jerky regularly in theirs. (they gave me mine). It comes with 3 different cook books. It will take frozen bread dough and bake it perfectly in 20 minutes.

Post# 1017892 , Reply# 9   12/13/2018 at 17:07 (185 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Power XL

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Ah OK, so yours looks like this?


I was looking at these too, I like that it has the rotisserie and the other stuff.  I may take a closer look at it too.



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Post# 1017910 , Reply# 10   12/13/2018 at 19:28 (185 days old) by Xraytech (Rural southwest Pennsylvania )        

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I bought my brother a once used Farberware model for $20
He is quite pleased with it, he uses it daily to roast Brussels sprouts or asparagus, and often baked chicken wings, which come out very crispy as we like them. Also it produces cheese sticks better than in a regular oven or a deep fryer

I may consider one myself, but I want the Cuisinsrt like Kevin shared

Post# 1017932 , Reply# 11   12/13/2018 at 21:16 (185 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I bought the Cuisinart a couple months ago. It is a convection toaster oven air fryer and works great. I bought it to replace 2 appliances (toaster over & Philips air fryer) so that I could free up a little space on the counter. French fries in the Cuisinart take about 15 minutes whereas in the Philips they would take 28 minutes. The fan in the Cuisinart is quieter than the fan in the Philips.


Post# 1018024 , Reply# 12   12/14/2018 at 17:07 (184 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Kevin, that be the one! I noticed on QVC that there is a new even bigger one out now.

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