Kalorik FT 42139

Last updated date: November 30, 2018

DWYM Score
3.3

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We looked at the top 1 Air Fryers and dug through the reviews from 2 of the most popular review sites including Healthy But Smart and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Air Fryer you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 28 expert reviews, the Kalorik Kalorik Smart Air Fryer placed 7th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 13, 2019:
Checkout The Best Air Fryer for a detailed review of all the top air fryers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
552 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Crispy food: a good number of people have specifically noted that their Kalorik Air Fryer has resulted in very crispy fries and chicken. The overall flavor and quality of the food produced has been really well received, so that’s a big plus. Really easy to clean: people have been thrilled at how easy the Kalorik Air Fryer is to clean. For one, being able to put the baskets and rack into the dishwasher is a huge help for customers who have a dishwasher. But even without a dishwasher, the baskets are easy to give a quick soak and a wipe down. There are no fiddly little parts to scrub at the end of each cooking session.
- Healthy But Smart
June 15, 2018 | Full review
The Kalorik Air Fryer has multiple usages including frying, baking, grilling as well as roasting. The conveniently massive frying basket allows you to cook more food for more people. The dual-layer rack allows you to cook two separate dishes at the same time, saving more of your precious kitchen time! With non-stick removable parts, the Kalorik Air Fryer’s cleaning process is made hassle-free as it is durable enough to be placed in a dishwasher. There is no need to preheat the Kalorik Air. Fryer before preparing meals. There are no unpleasant smells or greasy stains left behind. The Kalorik Air Fryer also comes with an excellent recipe book, which contains multiple healthy meal ideas.
- AirFryerReviews.net
What experts didn't like
The coating on the basket peels off: some unhappy customers have found that the non-stick coating on the basket starts to peel and chip after a while. This a complaint I have come across when trawling the reviews of quite a few different air fryers. It’s really unfortunate because the last thing you want to corrode is the surface you are cooking directly on. Basket too small: many customers in the negative review sections have lamented the size of the basket compared to the size of the unit itself. They feel that the whole unit is far too big for the amount of food it can cook in one go (it has a maximum capacity of 2-pounds of food).
- Healthy But Smart
June 15, 2018 | Full review
The size of the Kalorik Air Fryer (14 x 12 x 14 inches) can be a bit too big for most kitchen counters especially for those who desire designs that are more compact. The Kalorik Air Fryer took slightly longer to grill original baked recipes. Cannot be used outdoors if you decide to have a picnic or good barbecue as weather conditions can affect the Kalorik Air Fryer’s functionality.
- AirFryerReviews.net

From The Manufacturer

The Kalorik Black Airfryer is an innovative appliance that lets you cook a variety of meals quickly and deliciously. You can fry, grill, bake, or roast anything from French fries and onion rings to steaks, cakes, and vegetables. Using modern technology to circulate hot air inside its cavity, the Kalorik Airfryer cooks food quickly and evenly with little to no preheating required. It also features an adjustable temperature up to 400 Degree F and a 30-minute, built-in timer with automatic shut-off. The Airfryer's non-stick coated, removable parts are also dishwasher safe, making cleanup convenient and hassle-free. Large enough for family-style cooking, the Kalorik Airfryer can hold up to 2 lb. Of fresh or frozen food in its 3.2Qt basket-add your ingredients, turn the dials, and enjoy your meal in minutes. As an added bonus, a dual-layer rack and 25+ recipe book are included. Use the rack to air fry two types of food simultaneously, placing one food under the rack and another on top-steak and potatoes, French fries and onion rings. The possibilities are endless!.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Philips HD9641/96
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Philips HD9240/94
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
3. GoWISE USA GW22638
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 3
4. T-fal ActiFry
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7
5. NINJA AF101
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 1
6. KRUPS AJ1000US
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Kalorik FT 42139
Overall Score: 3.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Air Fryers

Fried foods are a distinctly American obsession. From chicken nuggets in our school lunches to funnel cakes at the county fair, digging into a fried meal is a tasty endeavor. However, it’s no secret that fried foods aren’t doing any favors for your health. Indulging in fried food once or more every week puts you at a higher risk for cardiovascular health problems and Type 2 diabetes.

You don’t have to kiss fried foods goodbye entirely if you’re watching your waistline, though. Over the last few years, air fryers have boomed in popularity for lightening up deep-fried goodness for a more heart-friendly meal at home.

Air fryers are an entirely different beast than the countertop oil fryers you may have bought in the past. Instead of immersing baskets of your food in hot oil (which can splash out of the basket and burn you and requires heavy-duty cleanup), air fryers use a very small amount of oil to crisp your food. A light spritzing from an oil spray bottle should be all you need. Just choose whatever food you’d like to fry, preheat the unit for a few minutes, and place it in the removable basket. Then set the timer and temperature, pop the basket inside the contained countertop unit and get ready to chow down.

If you’re wondering how air fryers crisp your food without large quantities of hot oil, it all comes down to one dirty little secret: they’re not actually fryers at all. In reality, air fryers are countertop convection ovens that rapidly circulate hot air around the food you place in the basket, browning them for a crispy, “fried”-looking result. Plus, cleanup is a breeze compared to standard countertop fryers. Some air fryers, like the Phillips Avance Digital Turbostar, even let you pop the non-stick drawer and basket straight in the dishwasher after your food has finished cooking.

Another bonus of air fryers is that you can open them at any time to check on your food’s progress without losing heat or affecting the cooking time. This helps you get your food to your own perfect level of “fried” for a more personalized meal. Since the air fryer uses such a small amount of oil, you’ll want to stop and shake your air fryer’s basket throughout the cooking process to make sure that nothing gets stuck to the sides. Although some models are known for consistent cooking across the entire air fryer basket, you still shouldn’t skip this important step.

These appliances aren’t just for piles of fries and chicken wings. Other items that cook up well in the air fryer include vegetables, like brussels sprouts and broccoli; light fish dishes, such as salmon or trout; and Italian favorites, like lasagna or personal pizzas. Air fryers are far more versatile than countertop oil fryers or toaster ovens, so they’re worth a second look even if you’re not a huge fan of standard fried fare.

The meals you make may not taste exactly like the fast food French fries or deep-fried chicken wings you might be craving, but they’re a worthy, tasty substitute for anyone who doesn’t want to completely give up the fried lifestyle. Your heart and taste buds will thank you!

DYWM Fun Fact

Even if you thought chemistry was boring in high school, you may still be interested to learn how it helps you cook up delicious treats in your air fryer. A chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction creates the crispy finish on your air fryer-cooked french fries. First described in 1912 by French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard, this chemical reaction between amino acids and sugars in your food creates a browning effect when your food is exposed to high temperatures. Your air fryer relies on this reaction to create that telltale toasted look and feel on the outside of your chicken wings. It also produces the flavors and aromas that you associate with fried food — but without the hefty calorie count.

The Air Fryer Buying Guide

  • One of the most important factors you’ll want to think about before purchasing an air fryer is how frequently you’ll use it. You might not want to drop as much money on an air fryer if you’re only whipping up fries and chicken tenders every once in a while. Some units cost up to $300, but there are also great models, like the GoWISE USA, available for less than $100.
  • Air fryers are available with different capacity baskets, and estimating how much food you’ll cook during each use will help you choose the best option. Are you a solo chef who wants a side of French fries with your meals? A family with a few kids who clamor for heaps of fish sticks? Or somewhere in between? The Kalorik FT’s 3.2-quart basket makes it a solid mid-sized choice.
  • Take a look around your kitchen and consider where you’ll use your air fryer, and where you’ll store it when it’s not in use. Air fryers are larger than many countertop kitchen appliances, and you’ll need at least five inches of space between the back of your air fryer and the wall for the fryer’s exhaust fan to properly function. The fryer will also need to be well within reach of a power outlet — these puppies don’t run on batteries. A model like the NuWave Brio, which only takes up 18 square inches of counter space, is a good pick for smaller kitchens.
  • How much time are you willing to spend cleaning up after you’re done air frying your meal? Almost all air fryers are easier to clean than countertop oil fryers; quickly rinsing the basket and drawer and sticking them both in the dishwasher is par for the course for most models. However, some units, like the Philips Avance XL, have baskets that must be hand-soaked and scrubbed before the next use.
  • All air fryers come with temperature controls and timers, but some models have other preset options and extra features on their control panels. You’ll want to take a look at each fryer’s control panel options; some choices might have specific settings that better match your particular cooking preferences. For example, the Phillips Avance Digital Turbostar keeps things simple with temperature and cook time settings on an easy-to-read digital display, while the GoWISE USA has eight presets for fries, chicken, fish, steak, and more.
  • You’ll also want to consider what you’ll be primarily cooking in your new air fryer. The T-fal ActiFry, for instance, is really best suited for French fries, but not a lot of other foods.