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Which cooking appliance should I buy?

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 17:48

My ancient cooker blew its fuse and I obviously have to stop using it before it kills me! I can't afford a new one + delivery, etc, right now.

I think I'm going to get a portable induction hob - I've seen a two-ring one on offer - and either an air fryer or a mini-oven. I live alone but do quite a bit of 'proper' cooking, including full-size roasts which I then cut up & freeze.

The air fryer's a Tefal EasyFry 2in1 EY505827 Air Fryer & Grill, costs about £80.
The mini-oven's a Klarstein, £120.

Can't post polls in Chat any more, so here we are:

YABU - Air fryer
YANBU - Mini oven

Further comments, flaming and advice welcome Grin

Which cooking appliance should I buy?
Which cooking appliance should I buy?
Which cooking appliance should I buy?
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SittingintheSunshine · 27/04/2023 17:49

I think if it was me, I would get a second Hand cooker from Facebook marketplace instead!

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 17:51

I'm with you, @SittingintheSunshine, but it's too difficult! No car, I live upstairs, old one would have to be disposed.

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tootiredtobother · 27/04/2023 17:52

i have a gas range cooker 110 in size going begging if you want it and can collect from north oxfordshire
PM me if you do

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 17:53

Thank you, @tootiredtobother, but no car and no gas! Lovely thought, though Flowers

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tootiredtobother · 27/04/2023 17:53

ah just seen that you live upstairs and this is a big beast

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 20:52

Bump for after-dinner MNers. DID YOU COOK YOUR DINNER IN AN AIRFRYER?? Can an airfryer replace a proper oven, or should I get the small version of a proper oven (at least it's obvious how to use that!)

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Floralnomad · 27/04/2023 20:54

Halogen oven , about £40 and can cook everything in it , I’ve had one for years .

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SinisterKnitter · 27/04/2023 21:01

An air fryer is just a small fast fan oven. For your situation you might be best off looking at the capacity of the 2 options to see what would suit you best.

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 21:04

SinisterKnitter · 27/04/2023 21:01

An air fryer is just a small fast fan oven. For your situation you might be best off looking at the capacity of the 2 options to see what would suit you best.

Thanks - what capacity can realistically handle a chicken with spuds? I've read loads of articles, but user reviews tend to contradict the claims. I suspect nearly all the articles are sponsored!

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 21:05

Floralnomad · 27/04/2023 20:54

Halogen oven , about £40 and can cook everything in it , I’ve had one for years .

I had one ages ago, but kept burning things and the element was a pig to clean. How do you get yours to play nice?

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eloquent · 27/04/2023 21:29

I regularly do a roast in my air fryer, but it's a dual drawer ninja.

It gets used at least once a day.

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GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 23:15

Thank you! I'm still as confused as hell. I've learned that the only air fryers everyone loves are really expensive. So that's a no. But fairly large airfryers and mini ovens are both available at around £100-120, which seems more attainable.

I've never used an air fryer, as you can tell! Still welcoming any & all input Confused

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Bodenesque · 27/04/2023 23:42

I'd go for a remoska as I can't think of a single think you can't cook in it.

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SpudsandGravy · 28/04/2023 00:11

Highly recommend the Instant Pot Versazone air fryer. It has a larger capacity than quite possibly all of the others. I now use it for everything except large pizza (although it will do that too if I cut it in half). Just treat it like a small oven 👍

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GarlicGrace · 28/04/2023 01:07

That Clever Chef looks good, @negomi90 👍🏼 The massive options with pressure cookers look even better, but probably not £100 worth of better for my purposes.

Oooh, I'm starting to feel nearly informed now! Thank you! Looks like one more day of exploring different devices, then I'm going to have to buy one. I can't face many more days of microwave-only meals.

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Floralnomad · 28/04/2023 01:24

GarlicGrace · 27/04/2023 21:05

I had one ages ago, but kept burning things and the element was a pig to clean. How do you get yours to play nice?

I’ve been using them for about 10/15 yrs , I’m on my third or fourth one . I did have a Ninja foodie for a while but I gave it away as my halogen was soo much better . I don’t find it burns things at all .

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Belledan1 · 28/04/2023 04:08

I got a basic electric cooker from currys. Think it was 230.00 with delivery, installation and they took the old one away. It is a good cooker. Might move next year so did not want to spend a lot. They do deliver to flats too. You can have it on buy now, pay later too so no interest.

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HappiDaze · 28/04/2023 04:22

In Chat there is a thread on various ninja air fryer type appliances titled something like my dad has offered to buy me an air fryer

Definitely worth you reading it as there's loads of info

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GarlicGrace · 28/04/2023 11:41

That thread was really helpful, @HappiDaze, thanks. after reading all the posts, a few thousand Amazon reviews and half a dozen air fryer instruction sheets - I've decided to get the German mini-oven.

It just seems like a huge faff, turning things over, fitting everything in, shaking baskets, revising times and, if you get a multi-function one, pressure cooking then baking Confused I don't need a device to do steaming because, you know, I've got pans!

I wouldn't even have known what to consider without you lot. Thank you Flowers

My dad has offered to buy me an air fryer... | Mumsnet

Do I want one? Do you use yours? The one he's linked is 12L, is that big enough to cook for four? What do you cook in yours? Thanks!

https://www.mumsnet.com/talk/_chat/4790071-my-dad-has-offered-to-buy-me-an-air-fryer

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Roselilly36 · 28/04/2023 12:47

Depends on the space, we bought a mini oven, only just fit under the kitchen cabinets, wasn’t impressed by the performance either. We bought an airfryer, it’s used once or twice everyday. So pleased with it.

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Ariela · 28/04/2023 13:35

TwoMonthsOff · 28/04/2023 00:04

I’ve got a Panasonic combination worktop oven its fantastic only use the hob in the main oven, it’s a microwave, convection fan oven to 220, and grill .
This one
https://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/home-appliances/microwaves/combination-microwaves/nn-cd58jsbpq.html

I'd also suggest this. Use mine a lot, as you can do chips, jacket potatoes etc very cheaply as obviously the microwave speeds up, the grill browns off and so saves ££ on electricity.

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