Cosori Air Fryer review: we reviewed Amazon's favorite air fryer

In this Cosori air fryer review we tried it out for a few weeks, making fries, chicken bites, and bacon, to see if it deserves a spot in your kitchen

Cosori Air Fryer review
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Real Homes Verdict

Our small appliances editor put the Cosori Air Fryer to the test for a few weeks to see how it performed. It's smart and lightweight with a generous capacity, making it a great choice for families

Reasons to buy
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    5.5 liter/5.8 quart capacity

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    14 preset modes

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    Preheat function

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    Frozen mode

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    Keep warm setting

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    100 recipes including

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    Lightweight and with ergonomic handles

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    Dishwasher-safe parts

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    Easy controls

Reasons to avoid
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    The preset cooking modes aren't always useful

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    It doesn't do anything but air fry

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    The "shake" reminder is smart, but a little annoying

The Cosori Air Fryer is an Amazon favorite, with thousands of positive reviews across the brand's line of fryers. In this Cosori air fryer review we put the brand's first air fryer to the test, the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL as it's known in the US, and known in the UK as the Cosori Air Fryer XXL. 

Below we also compare this model with a later Cosori fryer, the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501. Both have a generous capacity that's perfectly suited to families, and 14 cooking modes that can be used to make anything from frozen fries to steaks. 

Like many of the best air fryers, the Cosori air fryer is a drawer model. It has a removable cooking area that allows you to lift a cooking basket out of the base, leaving any fat or liquids in the bottom of the drawer as you tip out your fries or fresh chicken wings. 

This is also a budget-friendly air fryer when compared to many of the air fryers I've tried over the years. Having tested out countless fryers with my perfected french fry recipe, I was able to compare the Cosori air fryer to models from Ninja and Instant Brands. While it's not the most versatile air fryer I've ever tested, it is great at making fries and chicken wings in record time. 

Cosori Air Fryer: what’s in the box?

COSORI Air Fryer

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  • Weight: 5.4kg/14.4lbs
  • Power: 1700w
  • Dimensions: H32 x W30 x D30 cm
  • Cooking functions: steak, poultry, seafood, shrimp, bacon, frozen foods, french fries, vegetables, root vegetables, bread, desserts
  • Additional functions: preheat, keep warm
  • Capacity: 5.5 litres/5.8 quarts
  • RRP: £109.99, $119.99
  • Colour: Black, white, red
  • Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe drawer and basket

Cosori Air Fryer: first impressions

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The Cosori Air Fryer arrives in a large box and comes fully assembled and ready to plug in and go. It's got a basket that sits inside a drawer on the lower portion of the fryer. You can slide forward a plastic panel to press a button and remove the basket from the drawer, which removes the basket full of your air fried food on the attached handle. The design is reminiscent of the Proscenic T21 Smart Air Fryer, but it feels less flimsy and the basket doesn't hang off the handle quite so much.

The exterior of the Cosori Air Fryer is a stylish and textured plastic, and it's available in black, white and red. My air fryer arrived with a sticker on top that warns you not to touch the exterior of the air fryer when it's cooking because it gets hot to touch. I didn't have any issues with this when testing though, and found the Cosori Air Fryer safe to use in the corner of my kitchen. 

Underneath the body of the air fryer you'll find two grooves to place your hands, which makes it easy to carry. It's also very lightweight given how large it is, meaning it's a good option if you want to store away from the kitchen and take it out when you need to use it. 

Using the Cosori Air Fryer

COSORI Air Fryer

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Many air fryers come with preset modes for different types of food, which is something I'm a little wary of because no two dishes are quite the same. However, the Cosori Air Fryer does come with 100 recipes that work with these 14 settings, which include seafood, bread, bacon, root vegetables, and french fries. 

The controls on the Cosori Air Fryer are easy to use. It's digital and you can select from a setting and other buttons by simply pressing the touch panel. You can turn on the air fryer using the central power button. Then, it's just a case of selecting your preferred setting and adjusting the temperature and time if needed.

Every time you touch a button the Cosori Air Fryer beeps, but the panel is responsive and it's easy to start, pause and pre-heat. The controls are responsive and show the remaining time when you start the cooking process.

When you pull out the drawer mid-cook the air fryer automatically pauses, and will resume as soon as the drawer is back in place. 

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The Cosori Air Fryer comes with a large and informative instruction manual and recipe book

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The handbook has a page on how to use the presets, which includes adjustments of time and temperature required for different food items. This lets you know which setting to use with meatballs, chicken wings, corn, frozen chicken nuggets and more.

I enjoyed using these recipes to familiarise myself with the air fryer, testing the Mongolian chicken wings and roasted cauliflower recipes, as well as the potato wedges recipe.

How good is the Cosori at air frying?

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The Cosori Air Fryer is excellent at air frying. It made delicious crispy wedges from scratch and cooked frozen french fries until they were perfectly crisp. The Cosori has a "shake" setting on certain presets, which sounds a loud beep five times to remind you to shake your food in the tray. This is useful, especially for making evenly cooked french fries, but if you don't shake immediately the same sound will go off a minute later, which could be a little annoying. 

In this Cosori Air Fryer review, I made air-fried chicken wings, buffalo cauliflower bites, and potato chip nachos with homemade guacamole. The resulting food was absolutely delicious - crisp and evenly cooked through.

I have no doubts about the Cosori Air Fryer's abilities to air fry evenly and the preset cooking modes make sense with the general classifications of different foods. Steak's default setting is 205°C for 6 minutes and the vegetable setting is 150°C for 10 minutes, including a midway "shake" reminder. 

Cleaning the Cosori Air Fryer

Cleaning the Cosori Air Fryer is straightforward – a big plus in the air fryer vs deep fryer debate. The exterior wipes clean and the basket and drawer can both be washed in the dishwasher.

Both items are quite large so I did find them a bit hard to fit into my dishwasher, but it was easy enough to wash them by hand thanks to the non-stick exterior of the fryer basket and the drawer interior. 

Which Cosori air fryer should you buy? 

Cosori Air Fryer two different models compared

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Cosori sells a variety of air fryers, and we've been able to review a range of them to directly compare between models. This review is of the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL, or the Cosori XXL in the UK. We have also tried the Cosori L501 Air Fryer, which is the latest iteration from Cosori and has a few design differences worth considering. 

For a start, the Cosori L501 Air Fryer has a removable air frying insert that lifts out from the bottom of the basket. By contrast, the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL has a basket that lifts all the way out by pressing down on the hinge of the handle. Personally, I prefer the L501's style of air fryer basket, because it's a lot easier to put in the dishwasher. However, this style of air fryer does make it hard to tip onto a plate without any oils and juices spilling out from the air fryer base. This shows in the image below, which compare the Cosori L501-style air fryer on the right, and the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL on the left.

Oil spilling out from the basket of the cosori air fryer

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In terms of build, the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL has a plastic exterior with a front panel full of touch-sensitive presets, and the Cosori L501 air fryer has a glass top panel that will work better if you're placing the air fryer on a kitchen island as opposed to under a kitchen cabinet, where the touch control screen can be concealed in the dark. 

Both have a reminder to shake midway through cooking and a square cooking basket that fits large cuts of meat. However, the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL is a little larger. The L501 is 5 quarts and the Cosori Max XL is 5.8 quarts. 

Should you buy the Cosori Air Fryer? 

If you're looking for a large and easy-to-use air fryer, the Cosori Air Fryer is the one for you. It's perfect for families thanks to its generous capacity, and the 100 including recipes are easy to follow and great for those who want a source of inspiration for midweek meals. 

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The Cosori Air Fryer has a bright and easy to use control panel

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Some of the other air fryers I've tried have a variety of modes for different types of cooking such as grilling and roasting, but the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL sticks to simply air frying. It does this very well though, cooking frozen food, meat and veggies perfectly and reminding you to shake with the required modes. 

About this review, and the reviewer

Millie Fender is an ecommerce editor at Real Homes, specialising in small appliances and all things cooking. She loves putting new products to the test, whether they're air fryers, blenders, or even pizza ovens, and her family and friends love eating the results. 

Millie has a constant stream of new products waiting to be reviewed in her kitchen. It's a little snug, so if she thinks anything deserves to stay there, you know it's something special. 

Millie Fender
Small Appliance and Cooking Editor

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is now the head of all things cooking, working as the Small Appliances and Cooking Editor on the Homes Ecommerce team. Millie is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. She has passed our five-step certification process to become a verified customer advisor on coffee machines. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring London's top food markets.