Cosori Air Fryer review: this large air fryer is great for families

The Cosori Air Fryer is Amazon's favourite air fryer, and it's a strong contender for ours, too. While this air fryer isn't the most multi-faceted machine, it's smart and easy to use, and its large capacity is perfect for families

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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 litre/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

Available in the UK as the Cosori Air Fryer XXL, and in the US as the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL, the Cosori Air Fryer is a large air fryer that's great for families. It has 14 settings included for cooking anything from frozen food to steaks, meaning it's a good choice for those who want fuss-free cooking with no guesswork involved. However, the Cosori Air Fryer is not a cheap option, and it lacks the versatility of some of the other air fryers I've reviewed. 

The Cosori isn't my first air fryer review. I've been testing out the best air fryers for the best part of a year, so not only have I perfected my homemade wedges recipe, but I also know what makes an air fryer great and find it easy to compare the top options on the market. If you want a large air fryer and have the budget, the Cosori Air Fryer is one of the best. Keep reading for my full Cosori Air Fryer review. 

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, all pictured below. The resulting food was absolutely delicious - crisp and evenly cooked through.

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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. 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. 

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 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.