Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer review

The Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer is the holy grail of cheap air fryers. It's an under-$50 Walmart exclusive!

Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer with 12 One-Touch Presets, New, GAF414, 12 in High
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Real Homes Verdict

The new Gourmia Digital Air Fryer is proof that you don’t have to splurge to get a great air fryer for your kitchen. This inexpensive appliance proved to be a little workhorse in the kitchen, crisping up all sorts of delicious food without any fuss. It’s easy to use and clean, and overall, it’s the perfect choice if you’re a newbie to the air fryer bandwagon.

Reasons to buy
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    Affordable price

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    Efficiently cooks a variety of foods

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    Quiet during operation

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    Intuitive touchscreen

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    Useful one-touch cooking options

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    FryForce 360 Technology fries with air for up to 80% less fat

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    Optional preheat and turn food reminder

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    Guided cooking prompts walk you through the cooking process

Reasons to avoid
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    The basket is on the smaller side

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    Units gets warm while cooking

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There’s something to be said for the simple, user-friendly Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer. Because over the past year or so, air fryers have gotten more complicated — and more expensive. While some people love all the bells and whistles, this gadget is the perfect appliance for air fryer newbies, offering the right balance of features and value. 

This new air fryer is easy and intuitive to operate, but the best part? It’s as budget-friendly as they come these days, retailing for just $49. (Take that, inflation!) With 12 one-touch cooking options and a 4-quart capacity, the Gourmia is a versatile cooking tool for the kitchen — in fact, it’s up there with the best air fryers we’ve tested. 

After putting this small air fryer through its paces for several weeks, we’re confident giving it two big thumbs up. Here’s everything we love about the Gourmia air fryer and why you might want to consider bringing it home. 

Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer | $49 at Walmart

Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer | $49 at Walmart

The Gourmia 4-quart digital air Fryer is a cook’s best friend. With 12 one-touch presets designed to make cooking simple and hassle-free, and FryForce 360 Technology to rapidly circulate heated air around your food you'll get fast and even results with a crispy, golden finish. Make everything from crispy air-fried chicken wings to dehydrated apple slices.

Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer review

What I thought about the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

An unpackaged Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer with literature on distressed wooden table

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I’ll be honest: I didn’t have high expectations for the Gourmia Air Fryer, but it proved me wrong! It may be inexpensive (seriously, it costs half as much as many of the best air fryers I’ve tested), but it aced every test with flying colors, helping me whip up all types of tasty food. I used the air fryer to make everything from bacon to chicken breasts, and every recipe turned out nearly perfect, with well-cooked interiors and beautifully browned outsides. 

The 4-quart basket is a good size for two people, and unlike many other air fryers, the one-touch cooking settings actually work well without needing any adjustments. Bottom line? If you’re in the market for an inexpensive air fryer, this one gets our resounding seal of approval. 

Testing the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

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Camryn Rabideau

I’m Camryn Rabideau, a contributing editor and, product tester for Real Homes, and to date, I’ve tested more than a dozen air fryers, as well as hundreds of other kitchen gadgets. It took me a long time to come around to the idea of owning an air fryer, but once I finally caved, there was no going back! My Ninja air fryer is now a must-have gadget in my kitchen — I use it to cook meals multiple times a week, and it’s the only way I’ll cook French fries and chicken wings. 

Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer specifications

  • Model Number: GAF414
  • Dimensions (in.): H11.85 x W10.53 x  D13 
  • Weight (lbs): 12 pounds
  • Capacity (qts): 4 quarts
  • Power (W): 1,200 watts
  • Warranty: 1 year

Unboxing and setting up the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer in box on distressed wooden table

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There weren’t any surprises when I unboxed the Gourmia air fryer. It’s an average size and weight for an air fryer, with a black plastic exterior and a touchscreen control panel at the top of the body. 

Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer wrapped in plastic packaging on distressed wooden table

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The appliance itself was wrapped in a layer of plastic and held in place by styrofoam inserts, and all I had to do was remove the packaging and tape holding the basket closed. The crisper plate was already inside the air fryer basket, and there was also an instruction manual and air fryer recipe booklet in the box. 

Close-up of Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer basket

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Once I had all the packaging removed, all I had to do was wash the basket and crisper plate with a little dish soap (I like Palmolive liquid detergent, available on Amazon) and warm water. After that, it was just a matter of plugging in the appliance, and I was ready to start cooking. 

Using the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

What you can cook in an air fryer is not limited to the tests I chose to perform. There are loads of different things you can make, including boiled eggs in an air fryer.

 Cooking chicken bites 

A close-up shot of the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer cooking battered chicken bites

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For the last few weeks, my “hyperfixation meal” has been these frozen breaded chicken bites — I eat them at least three or four times a week for lunch! (They’re just adult chicken nuggets if we’re being honest.) I usually cook them in the oven, which takes around 25 minutes from start to finish, so I decided to see if cooking them in the air fryer, instead. 

Using the Gourmia’s preheat function, I let the air fryer warm up before putting in the chicken. It took around three minutes before the appliance beeped at me and told me to put in the food. From there, I followed the instructions on the bag, which said to cook the bites at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking. I love, love, love that the air fryer has an optional mid-cycle alarm, which reminded me to shake the basket so the chicken would cook more evenly. 

A bowl of cooked chicken bites prepared using the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

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After ten minutes, the chicken was heated throughout, but I wished the exterior was a little crispier. The next time I made them, I left them in for 12 minutes, and they came out perfect! It was so much quicker than cooking them in the oven, and it’s going to be my go-to preparation method from now on. 

Cooking French fries

A bag of frozen french fries with Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer on wooden table

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I frequently use my air fryer to make French fries — both homemade and frozen — so it was an obvious test for the Gourmia. I pulled out a bag of crinkle-cut fries from the freezer, and I used the appliance’s one-touch French fry setting, which cooks for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. (The package recommends 12 minutes at 400°F, so the one-touch setting was pretty close!)

French fries setting on Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer (Set to 400 degrees Farenheight for 15 minutes)

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When using the setting, which is easy to find thanks to the fry-shaped icon and label, the air fryer automatically selects a pre-heat cycle and turns on the mid-cycle shake alarm. I let it do its thing, and when the fries were finished, they were beautifully browned and crispy.

Crinkle cut French fries cooked in the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

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My partner thought they were perfect, but I prefer my fries a tiny bit less crispy. Still, they were well-cooked and not burnt, so you can use the one-touch setting without any adjustments.  

Cooking bacon

Three rashers of cooked streaky bacon in the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer basket

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Another food I always make in the air fryer? Bacon. It’s way faster than cooking it in the oven and less messy than making it on the stovetop! The Gourmia has a designated bacon setting, which automatically sets a six-minute timer at 375°F. Again, I decided to use the setting without any adjustments to see how well it worked!

The air fryer’s basket is a moderate size, and I was able to fit three strips of bacon inside it without overlapping. The end of each slice did have to fold over a little, though, as the basket wasn’t quite long enough to hold the full strip. Looking back, I probably could have fit another slice in there and still gotten good results. There was no mid-cycle shake notification, and after six minutes, the bacon strips were perfectly cooked! 

Three rashers of cooked streaky bacon made in the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer on paper towel and white ceramic side plate with metal fork

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They were my preferred level of crispness, but some people might want to add on another minute or two if you like your bacon extra crispy. I will say that the air blowing around the basket did cause the pieces to move around a bit, and they were kind of folded up on themselves. They still tasted good, though, so that’s what counts. 

 Roasting chicken breasts 

Two uncooked chicken breasts in Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

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In addition to its standard air frying function, the Gourmia also has settings for baking, roasting, broiling, and dehydrating, and I wanted to test one out. I was planning to make chicken soup for dinner, and instead of just cooking the chicken in the oven like usual, I put it in the air fryer instead. 

Close-up of roast setting on Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

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When I hit the “Roast” button, the air fryer defaulted to a 25-minute timer at 400°F . I let it preheat, then arranged two chicken breasts inside the basket. They fit nicely side-by-side with enough space to let air circulate them. The air fryer prompted me to flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time, and the meat was starting to brown up on the outside. I checked the meat’s internal temperature with around two minutes remaining, and decided to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time. When I was checking the temperature, I did notice that the outside of the appliance was quite warm — it wouldn’t burn you, but it was definitely hotter than I expected. Keep this in mind if you have small children around the house.

Two skinless chicken breasts cooked using the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

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When the air fryer dinged at me to let it know the cycle was finished, the chicken breasts were a tiny bit darker than I would have liked — I probably should have just left it at 25 minutes and let the residual heat finish cooking the inside. Overall, though, the chicken was cooked throughout and made the perfect addition to my cozy wintertime soup. 

Cleaning and maintaining the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer

I hate washing dishes by hand, but it's so easy to clean this air fryer. So easy that I can’t even complain about it. The nonstick finish on the basket and crisper plate — which is free from PFOA and PFTE, aka “forever chemicals”—  doesn’t let anything stick to it, and I was able to wipe out crumbs and oil with a paper towel. We've got a whole guide on how healthy air fryers are if you're concerned about the aforementioned acronyms. 

After that, all it needed was a quick scrub with some soap and water, and it was as good as new. Alternatively, you can put the basket and inner plate in the dishwasher, but keep in mind that the basket is pretty big, so it’s going to take up quite a bit of space. 

Is the Gourmia 4-quart digital air fryer right for you?

The Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer has a lot going for it. It’s super easy to operate, impressively versatile, and best of all, really budget-friendly. It’s a perfect mid-size option if you’re cooking for two or three people, and its one-touch cooking settings take all the work out of programming the appliance. If you’re cooking bacon, fries, or even chicken, you can just hit a button and let the air fryer do the rest. It doesn’t get easier than that, so this model is a top choice for anyone who’s maybe a little less tech-savvy or a newbie when it comes to air frying. 

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Where to buy

The new Gourmia 4-Quart Digital Air Fryer is a Walmart exclusive. You can buy it on Walmart.com.

How we test air fryers

 There are a few key factors that make amazing air fryers stand out from the crowd — because there certainly is a crowd when it comes to these popular small kitchen appliances, with hundreds of models out there to choose from! Here’s what I’m looking for when we test air fryers at Real Homes

  • Power: People love air fryers because they create a lovely brown, crispy exterior on food without using oil. They do this by circulating hot air around the cooking basket, just like a convection oven. When testing air fryers, I like to look at their wattage (that is 1,200 in this case), and I assess how well the appliance crisps the outside of food while also cooking the interior. 
  • Ease of use: There are some air fryers out there that you need a mechanical degree to operate. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time for that! I like when appliances are easy and intuitive to operate, with clearly labeled buttons and easy-to-navigate settings. I like to test out multiple cooking functions and cook a variety of different foods to get a sense of how easy it is to use the appliance. 
  • Safety: Good safety features are a must-have for air fryers. I evaluate whether the outside of the appliance and basket handle are comfortable to touch during use, if the appliance automatically pauses when the basket is removed, and overall, whether it feels safe to use. 
  • Clean-up and storage: There are some people out there who enjoy washing dishes, but I’m definitely not one of them. If you ask me, the best air fryers are quick and easy to clean, even after cooking messy foods like bacon. Bonus points if the components can be put in the dishwasher! 
Camryn Rabideau
Contributing Reviews Editor

Camryn Rabideau is a writer and product reviewer specializing in home and kitchen products. In her five years as a product tester, she's tested hundreds of items first-hand, including many, many kitchen appliances for Real Homes, and also works on our sister brand, Homes & Gardens. Camryn does her product testing from her small homestead in beautiful Rhode Island. Her work appears in publications such as Forbes, USA Today, The Spruce, Food52, and more. When she’s not tinkering around with the latest home gadgets, she spends her time tending to her animals, working in her garden, or crafting.