If you’re like me, you probably don’t have extra counter space just laying around. And I’m a big guy! I need my space to chop, cook, and clean. That’s why I’m a fan of the GoWise US air fryer.
Luckily, the GoWISE is an air fryer unit that does not dominate ALL your kitchen counter space. And, for being a space-saving air fryer unit, it still can handle a full bag of sweet potato fries- and even a whole chicken!
Plus, the GoWISE customer support is, well, the most supportive out of all the air fryer companies we’ve seen so far. When you’re looking to invest in an air fryer customer support that can send you missing or broken pieces as you start testing recipes is a tremendous help.
Has a handy rotisserie attachment to cook a whole chicken in an hour!
Great for couples or families of 4
Best warranty we’ve seen, covers 1 year.
Only suitable for plastic-tipped utensils, otherwise scratches easily.
The handle is connects to the inside tray so you can easily drop grease and food everywhere.
Need to pause AND resume cooking to change time or temperatures.
Review Of Product
Ease of Use- 3/5
I have high standards for ease of use.. I like my products to be intuitive enough that I don’t have to read through a whole instruction manual. With this GoWISE USA air fryer unit, you need to be patient.
You want to be careful loading and cooking food because the handle to open the unit is attached to the crisping tray. (As a note, the crisping tray is where the magic happens. The tray where you load your food to be air fried to perfection.).
In scouring the internet for an air fryer to use or gift, I see a handful of reviews were this feature got home cooks in trouble. Either they open the handle too fast causing grease and screaming hot food to fly onto their kitchen.. Or they jostle the handle to shake up the food and end up damaging their air fryer.
Next, there’s a slight issue with the temperature and timer settings if you change them mid-cook. This only pops up if you’re looking to go off-recipe and replicate your favorite meals in the air fryer. Trust me, if you want to cook it in an air fryer; a recipe exists online. A quick google can confirm temperatures and cook times from anything from asparagus to zucchini. And all the meat, seafood, and poultry in between.
However, it’s worth mentioning for you more adventurous home cooks!
Based on the ease of use, I do have to ding this unit for safety. While it is safe if used as intended.. You may be in such a rush to chow down you pull the handle to quickly and spill the grease from the unit! That makes the GoWISE USA air fryer unit not child friendly for kids who want to join you in the kitchen. (At least not those under 10 or so!)
Space – 4.5/5
In general, air fryers are girthy pieces of kitchen tech. Despite that, the GoWISE USA air fryer unit ranks high here because it has a small foot-print compared to other air fryers with super multi-tasking ability. Meaning, you can feed a family of 4 using this economically-sized unit in under an hour without a ton of “active cooking time”. You can set the time, the temperature, load in the food.. Take a nap.. And when it’s dinner time everyone gets to be full and impressed.
Cooking Capacity – 4/5
The GoWISE USA air fryer unit CAN fit enough food to feed 4. That’s why it does rank high in terms of cooking capacity. Practically, you’ll likely need to cook 2-3 components for a full dinner.
Not just french fries. Not just wings. Not just golden brown glazed brussel sprouts. (I’m starting to drool just typing this out!)
Anyways, you may need multiple rounds in the GoWISE USA air fryer unit to cook everything one after the other. Since other air fryers that are considerably larger can also have racks to cook multiple foods at once, I dinged the GoWISE air fryer unit here.
But, the GoWISE air fryer unit still gets high marks and will be ideal if you use it alongside other cooking techniques (like adding golden crispy fluffy french fries to the burgers you’re making for dinner).
Finished Products- 4.5
Food comes out crispy, which is a win in my book. May take some tinkering to nail down the proper temp and timing though.
Crowding the GoWISE air fryer with too much food to cook or too much thick food will increase cook times and may cause your food to not be as crisp. But that’s true for frying, baking, roasting, and sauteeing as well in general.
How Does It Compare?
The GoWISE air fryer unit is definitely not your only choice. Here are a few other options so you can see how they stack up.
The Elite Gourmet EAF2612D Air Fryer
|Ease Of Use:||9/10|
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Very safe! The Elite Gourmet doesn’t get hot to the touch. Safe for kids to help out with during dinner time.
Smaller unit, makes it perfect for cooking for 1 or couples.
Dishwasher safe for nearly effortless clean up.
The dial is tough to operate because the unit is analog.
Can cause your temperatures to be off just a little while cooking. Especially at high heat a minute or two can make or break your meal.
Will take multiple rounds of cooking if preparing food for a family of 3 or more. (Or if you’re cooking up a storm for friends.
DASH DMAF355GBAQ02 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
|Ease Of Use:||9/10|
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Dash air fryers are simple and intuitive to use, this one is no exception.
Best choice for colors and aesthetics.
While it has a larger capacity, this unit still won’t capitalize on your counter space. It’s a good “step-up” from the compact air fryer models.
Some parts can be easily shaken loose, such as the handle.
Fitting food in the unit can be a bit awkward. You may need to play jenga with your ingredients.
Cosmetic issues happen too, although they don’t affect the cooking.
BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer
|Ease Of Use:||8/10|
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Not hot to touch! Safe for kids and for your kitchen counter. Don’t need too much extra buffer space to avoid overheating like some other units.
Simple and easy to use and clean. Very intuitive right out of the box.
Perfect size for 2 people.
Dial can be hard to read. Making food take longer to cook because temperatures and cook times are off.
It’s a small unit, so not ideal to cook for 2+ people.
Need to clean before use or run through the dish washer to get rid of chemical smell. Otherwise, the plastic smell affects the taste of the food.
The Truth About The GoWISE USA Unit..
Being only one guy who can only eat so much, I scoured the internet to see what others thought of the GoWISE air fryer unit too:
Should You Invest In A GoWISE USA?
It depends! For a small family, couple, or bachelor/bachelorette I’d recommend this unit. Even more so if you LOVE crispy indulgent foods but don’t want the added fat that comes with fried foods.
What makes the GoWISE air fryer unit an even better fit is if you’re short on space in your kitchen. Apartments, dorms, cramped kitchens, and even mobile homes can fit one of these.
And the GoWISE is powerful enough that you won’t have to compromise size for soggy food or long cooking times. Plus, if anything goes wrong you have the 1-year warranty that’s got your back.
Definitely check it out for yourself here.
Otherwise, if you’re looking for a unit with a bit more capacity and you have a bit more budget.. I recommend the DASH DMAF355GBAQ02 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer. It’s a step up in size and looks great in any kitchen.
Let me know in the comments below which unit you get!