About AirWave Fryer
Instead of greasy oil, AirWave Fryer is an “amazing” way to fry your favorite foods using only a whirlwind of super-heated air. This way, you’ll be able to get that great crispy-fried taste without the added fat and calories.
In fact, AirWave Fryer’s Turbo AirWave Action can help you cook with 80% less fat and calories, and its easy-load basket and timer and temperature control make everything super simple.
You want to boost your health, but it seems like everything that tastes good is bad for you and your family. Can the AirWave Fryer give you the best of both worlds? If so, what kind of results can you realistically expect? Will some foods work better than others? Is it worth the price?
You’ve got a lot of questions about AirWave Fryer. And we’re here to walk you through the decision-making process step-by-step. So, let’s start from square one.
What’s So Bad About Frying?
From a scientific perspective, here’ what happens when you fry food:
“Deep frying food is defined as a process where food is completely submerged in hot oil at temperatures typically between 350 °F (177 °C) and 375 °F (191 °C). One common method for preparing food for deep frying involves adding multiple layers of batter around the food, such as cornmeal, flour, or tempura; breadcrumbs may also be used. After the food is submerged in oil, the surface of it begins to dehydrate and it undergoes Maillard reactions, which break down sugars and proteins, creating the golden brown exterior of the food. Once the surface is dehydrated, it forms a crust which prevents further oil absorption. The heat conducts throughout the food causing proteins to denature, starches to undergo starch gelatinization, and dietary fiber to soften.”
Delicious! But the problem is that the oil used to fry your food is high in saturated and trans fats. And if you consume too much, they can lead to increased cancer and diabetes risks, higher cholesterol levels, obesity, and heart attacks.
Pro tip: However, don’t think that all fried foods are equally unhealthy. Instead, there are a variety of factors that can reduce many of the health risks associated with fried foods, including using correct temperatures and cooking times (this reduces the amount of oil that soaks into your food), using fresh oils with high smoke points, and starting with healthy ingredients.
But by using air instead of oil to fry your food, the AirWave Fryer will give you the exact same results without the health risks, right? Let’s find out.
Is the AirWave Fryer Really Frying Your Food?
Even though you might not use any oil during the cooking process, it’s important to note that the AirWave Fryer isn’t necessarily oil-free. Why? Because some foods will require that you use oil when making them from scratch, as you can see in this Philips Airfryer Recipe Book (we’ll talk more about similar options in a moment).
Nonetheless, since you won’t be using oil, you won’t really be frying with AirWave, either. Instead, the exterior of your food will be dehydrated using circulated hot air (or what the company calls “Turbo AirWave Action”), which then creates a crunchy, browned exterior and soft, gooey interior. But since you’re creating a different chemical reaction than actual frying, you won’t get the exact same taste for all your favorite foods.
For example, this Newsweek article noted that their air fryer allowed them to make "soy-marinated chicken wings, bacon-wrapped shrimp and cheese-filled risotto balls, crumb-coated cubes of cheese,” and even cauliflower. But some frozen foods were preferable to scratch-made, especially french fries. Remember this, because we’ll come back to it shortly.
Really quick though: How much less fat and fewer calories can you expect with the AirWave?
Will AirWave Reduce Fat By 80%?
The AirWave Fryer website didn’t provide any documentation to back up their “80% less fat” claim. However, we did find a nearly identical claim on the Philips Airfryer home page, which states, “Compared to fries cooked in a normal Philips deep fat fryer.”
So, as you might imagine, this claim might not necessarily apply to the AirWave Fryer.
Important note: Just because a food has less fat in it though, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthier. Why? First, because not all fats are bad for your health. Even “bad” saturated and trans fats have their place, as long as you don’t go overboard and eat too much.
Second, some oven-ready (i.e. frozen) items are better than fresh foods when using devices like AirWave, such as cheese sticks, french fries, chicken nuggets, and fish sticks. And in a lot of instances, these types of foods might have already been pre-cooked in high-fat oils, and might contain higher levels of sodium and other preservatives.
Now, we’ve talked about the Philips Airfryer a few different times already, but is there any other competition for the AirWave Fryer?
Airwave Fryer vs. the Competition
Since you’re in the market for an air fryer, the good news is that you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. To see for yourself, just type the phrase into any search engine and watch how many results pull up. In fact, these devices are so popular you’ll probably be able to find a few options at local big box retailers.
We’ve even reviewed a couple other ASOTV air fryers, including Cooklite Aero Fryer and Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer. Here on HighYa, these options have mixed customer reputations, with some finding that they work well, while others complained that they don’t work as advertised. Is this what you can expect with AirWave?
Two HighYa readers had provided feedback about the AirWave Fryer at the time of our research, giving it an average rating of 3 stars. One reader claimed that it was “fantastic” (although they noted it could be bigger), while the other claimed to have never received their order.
What about from a price perspective? How does AirWave stack up?
Will You Get Burned By AirWave Fryer’s Price?
AirWave Fryer is available in two sizes:
- 3-Quart: Three payments of $33.33
- 5-Quart: Three payments of $49.99
Whichever option you choose, you’ll also need to pay $14.99 S&H. Along with your order, you’ll receive a free copy of the Chef Certified Ultimate Cookbook.
Like most Tristar products, the AirWave Fryer comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H. Pro tip: Considering AirWave’s size and weight, this means you could lose $20+ by the time you ship it back to the manufacturer.
Still want to process a return? You’ll need to call customer service at 973-287-5130.
We’ve covered a lot here, but before wrapping up, let’s talk about AirWave’s manufacturer.
The Company Behind AirWave Fryer
AirWave Fryer is brought to you by Tristar Products, who’s second only to Telebrands within the As Seen On TV industry. They’ve been around for decades and are responsible for dozens of popular products, including Perfecter Fusion Styler, Clear TV, and many more.
Here on HighYa, many of Tristar’s products come with 1.5 to 2-star ratings, based on complaints of poor quality, failure to work as advertised, and difficult customer service experiences. Admittedly, this doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same with AirWave Fryer, but it’s certainly worth considering before handing over your money.
Should You Roll the Dice On the AirWave Fryer?
Ultimately, we think there are two important factors to account for if you’re considering the AirWave Fryer:
1. Realistic Expectations
ASOTV companies are masters at making relatively common products seem extraordinary, and we don’t think the AirWave Fryer is any different.
Will it technically create a Maillard reaction on the exterior of your food, while using less oil than traditional deep frying? Probably. Will it provide the same exquisite taste as traditionally fried foods? While air fryers seem to provide better results with some foods than others, probably not.
2. Overall Value
Infomercial-based products are also great at providing many of the same features found on mainstream products (e.g. AirWave’s easy-load basket, timer, and temperature control), but at a lower price. In fact, AirWave’s 3-quart model can be purchased for $100 less (or more) than some of the competition.
However, the initial price isn’t the only factor to consider. You’ll also need to factor in quality and longevity, neither of which are exactly strong points with ASOTV products in general, or Tristar products specifically.
Add to this that, even though some options might cost slightly more than AirWave, the fact that they can be purchased locally—saving you money in non-refundable S&H charges and making the return process easier—might provide more value for your hard-earned dollar.
Did you roll the dice on the AirWave Fryer? Did it meet your expectations, or was it a flop? Whatever happened, tell us about it by writing a review below!
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
The basket will not come out of the bowl. I have pressed the red button until my fingers are raw and it still will not come out.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Hard to guess at temputure and time
I have tried frozen mushroom with not much luck. They came out with the coating off the mushroom. Tried hamburgers at temperature and time that was suggested and it came out nice and brown on the outside but blood red on the outside. I spray the fry pan with Pam and everything is still sticking. Any suggestions? I was very pleased with Rib-eyes but had to add 4 more minutes to suggested time.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
7 out 7 people found this review helpful
We have had our AirWave for about 3 months. We love it, and use it daily for everything, even making a crispy taco bowl by simply weighting the center. We have cooked beef, pork, chicken, potatoes, all browned great and had great flavor.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
11 out 11 people found this review helpful
Product is fantastic! I use it all the time. Great for chips, chicken drums, etc. Cooks food well with in, nice and crunchy on outside. Gets rid of so much fat and oil from inside food. It's quite amazing.
Only downside is it's not really very big so doesn't cook enough in one go. I'm going to buy another so I can have two on the go at the same time.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
34 out 45 people found this review helpful
I ordered it 4 weeks ago (they say wait two to three weeks)
I paid but didn't get it, even after four weeks. Sounds like I've been scammed!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Mar 26, 2014
I don't know if the company is real, because I ordered for this since January they never sent it. In February they sent me a card saying they would ship it on the 5th of March, today is the 26th of March I have not received it. I hope I was not fooled.