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Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer Review

This simplistic model is easy to clean, but it trades price for performance, as it is not very intuitive and the small basket is limiting
Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer
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Price:   $82 List | $81.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Simple design, great price, always-on mode for longer cooking, easy to clean, non-stick, cooks juicy chicken, solid temperature accuracy
Cons:  Small basket, large footprint for such a small basket, lacks functions
Manufacturer:   Amazon
By Hayley Thomas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 28, 2022
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 7.8
  • User Friendliness - 25% 5.2
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 7.5
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 9.0

Our Verdict

The budget-friendly Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer rocks a simple design. The interface is clearly labelled but not particularly intuitive. The temperature is surprisingly accurate for a low-priced model, and the non-stick material makes the basket very easy to clean. The small basket is big enough for one, maybe two people, but this air fryer is too small for a family. The footprint is still rather large for such a small cooking capacity. While the price tag may be enticing, there are higher-performing options that only cost a little more.

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Pros Simple design, great price, always-on mode for longer cooking, easy to clean, non-stick, cooks juicy chicken, solid temperature accuracyEven cooking, accurate temperature, good crunch, non-stick, sleek, controls are straightforwardInexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performanceGood cooking performance, inexpensiveInexpensive, simple interface, removable basket, cooks a nice crispy donut
Cons Small basket, large footprint for such a small basket, lacks functionsTouchscreen occasionally doesn't register touch, one level in basket, limited one-hour timerFry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracyVery small capacityDial system is sticky, inaccurate temperature, uneven temperature intervals, maximum cook time of 30 minutes
Bottom Line This simplistic model is easy to clean, but it trades price for performance, as it is not very intuitive and the small basket is limitingEvenly cooks food, offers straightforward controls, and provides easy cleaning - all at a great priceAn effective and inexpensive model that offers decent cooking performance and good temperature accuracyA fairly good appliance that is held back by a relatively small capacityThis simple, budget friendly model offers limited functions alongside a subpar performance
Rating Categories Amazon Basics Compact Beautiful by Drew B... Ultrean Air Fryer Dash Compact Dash Deluxe Electric
Cooking Performance (35%)
7.8
8.3
7.5
7.5
6.5
User Friendliness (25%)
5.2
8.4
7.4
5.8
4.0
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
7.5
9.5
8.0
7.0
7.0
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Amazon Basics Compact Beautiful by Drew B... Ultrean Air Fryer Dash Compact Dash Deluxe Electric
Outside Dimensions 15.5" x 11" x 12.5" 6.1" x 10.4" x 7.4" 13.2" x 11.3" x 12.4" 10.2" x 8.1" x 11.4" 12.5" x 14.8" x 14.9"
Capacity 3.2 qt 6 qt 4.2 qt 2 qt 6 qt
Accessories Cooking tray None None None Removable basket instead of tray
Power Consumption 1400 watt 1700 watt 1500 watt 1000 watt 1700 watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

At 15.5 by 11 by 12.5 inches, this air fryer is relatively small. The basket is 3.2 quarts, which will be sufficient for one or two people. While it is budget-friendly, it may not be worth the money, particularly if you are looking for a more versatile option.

Performance Comparison


Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - the basics 3.2 offers an okay experience at a budget-friendly price.
The Basics 3.2 offers an okay experience at a budget-friendly price.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Cooking Performance


During our testing, we cook sweet potato fries, onion rings, donuts, chicken breast, and tater tots according to the times and temperatures recommended by the air fryer manufacturer. We measure cooking performance via texture, evenness, and cook time.

The Amazon Basics does not consistently produce a proper texture. Tots and sweet potato fries are not crispy on the outside, although the onion rings offer up a nice crunch. It cooks most food items evenly, but the donuts seemed to cook faster on the outside while remaining quite doughy in the center. Tater tots also suffer from a softer-than-desired center. As far as cook time goes, the tater tots and donuts take a bit longer than recommended, but the chicken, onion rings, and sweet potato fries are fully cooked when your timer goes off.

For a budget-friendly air fryer, the Amazon Basics produces an evenly cooked and deliciously juicy piece of chicken. The only downside is that the basket is so small you can barely fit one breast.

Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - the texture and evenness of the tots are a little off. some are...
The texture and evenness of the tots are a little off. Some are burnt while others remain overly soft on the interior.
Credit: Austin Palmer

User Friendliness


The user-friendliness of an air fryer is determined by its interface, basket accessibility, and general versatility. The Amazon Basics is controlled by a digital interface and it's relatively easy to understand. The plus and minus buttons are used for both the temperature and the time.

Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - the buttons are responsive and intuitive.
The buttons are responsive and intuitive.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The basket holder slides in and out with ease, and there is a small piece of plastic that covers the button, which is used to remove the inner basket. The inner basket doesn't clip back in easily, which means some finagling is necessary. However, for a budget air fryer, it's pretty easy to use.

Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - pulling the drawer out is easy to do one-handed.
Pulling the drawer out is easy to do one-handed.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Ease of Cleaning


Wiping down and washing air fryers can be rather cumbersome, especially if there are lots of nooks and crannies. The Amazon Basics is pretty easy to clean. The basket holder and inner basket are the only two pieces that require cleaning; both are coated with proper non-stick material. The inner basket has slits in the bottom that food can get stuck in, but the material is slick enough that the foods can be excavated with a few swipes of a brush.

Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - the non-stick coating makes the post dinner clean-up a breeze.
The non-stick coating makes the post dinner clean-up a breeze.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Temperature Accuracy


Using a series of thermometers, our testers are able to measure the accuracy of each air fryer's temperature. The Amazon Basics is only off by a few degrees here and there. The temperature ranges from 280°F to 400°F and can be adjusted in increments of 10°F.

Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - we test each air fryer's temperature with our own thermometers.
We test each air fryer's temperature with our own thermometers.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Value


The Amazon Basics is one of the least expensive options in our test suite, making it very wallet-friendly. Unfortunately, with the lower price point comes some performance flaws. If you are looking for a versatile, do-it-all type machine, this is not the one for you. However, if you're just looking to fry up some onion rings from time to time, it works just fine.

Conclusion


The Amazon Basics Compact is a very budget-friendly option for those looking to break into the air fryer world. However, other options perform significantly better for just a few more dollars.

Amazon Basics Compact Air Fryer air fryer - the amazon basics is a decent air fryer, but other products in our...
The Amazon Basics is a decent air fryer, but other products in our fleet offer a higher value.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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