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(Last Updated On: November 4, 2019)

Craving for some fried goods but scared of the oily factor?

No worries! We now have air fryers! The perfect kitchen appliance that brings golden fried food without the added calories!

And although there are various air fryers in the market today, the NuWave brio is a rising name that combines most favorite features in an air fryer into one appliance, outshining its competition.

The NuWave Brio Air Fryer is one of the most innovative and latest electric fryers that you can find in the market today. It is the critique’s choice and is quite efficient in cooking mouth-watering foods.

The air fryer has made appearances as the “As Seen On TV” star and boast over hundreds of reviews on Amazon. It is marketed as the superior air fryer boasting accurate temperature controls and an even heat distribution.

But…

Is the NuWave Brio Air Fryer as good as it is hyped up to be? Or is it one of those that amaze the crowd and disappoints once lying on your kitchen countertop?

Let’s find out!

Specifications and Features

The NuWave comes in 3 different sizes to match your oil-free frying needs— 10 quarts, 6 quarts, and 3 quarts.

NuWave Brio 3QT

NuWave Brio 6QT

NuWave Brio 10QT

Temperature Range

100°F – 400°F

100°F – 400°F

100°F – 400°F

Product Dimensions

9 x 9 x 12.5 inches

19.2 x 16.7 x 16.1 inches

20 x 17.7 x 16.3 inches

Weight

7 pounds

19.38 pounds

20 pounds

Wattage

1,300 watts

1,800 watts

1,500 watts

Cooking Capacity

8 oz. Chicken Breast. 1.5 pound French Fries

3.5 pound Chicken, 20-pound French fries

8 pound Chicken, 4-pound French fries

Features

re-heat, pre-heat

re-heat, pre-heat

warm, pre-heat, sear, stage cooking

Digital Touch Screen Display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rotisserie Function

No

No

Yes

Non-stick coating without PFOA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Smart Auto Pause For Safety

Yes

Yes

Yes

Removable Divider Insert

No

Yes

No

You can use this air fryer to easily fry, grill, bake and roast all kinds of food without adding oil. Its design allows food to be cooked from all angles, so you will not have to worry about rotating or flipping during the cooking process.

This is because of the inner basket that is enclosed in an outer basket. And as the food cooks, fat and grease will drip out of the external reservoir. Both baskets can be inserted into the unit like a drawer and then pulled out together with the handle.

The air fryer is also fully equipped with bright LED controls which can help you customize on how your food is cooked with just a press of a button. Also, you’ll be able to use such controls in order to change the settings and temperature, based on your preference. Also, thanks to the LED control screen, you should be able to operate the fryer even under poor lighting conditions. You will also like its sleep design that eliminates the hassle of using nozzles and switches.

In addition, the air fryer is compact, lightweight and durable. It takes up just about the same amount of counter space as a coffee pot, so it will not be an intrusive and large addition to your kitchen countertop.

Cooking Efficiency

The NuWave Brio Air Fryer is designed to provide the most efficient cooking. As I’ve mentioned before, it does not require any oil when cooking, however, we found that adding a small amount, at least a teaspoon of oil, can help keep your food moist and prevent it from drying out.

The air fryer also features a pre-heat option which automatically heats the machine before you need to put in the food, so you can precisely measure the temperature inside the air fryer for better control on your cooking.

You get to control the temperature from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, in 5-degree increments. The food cooks equally as per your need and at a much faster rate than other types of air fryers.

Designed for your convenience, you will also like the audible alert of this air fryer that notifies you when cooking is complete. For added versatility with the NuWave Air Fryer, you can also purchase several accessories such as reversible rack, grilling pan, baking pan, cupcake liners, and silicone trivet. There are also additional racks which facilitate grilling and roasting. And since this air fryer is much more compact than the oven, it can do all these tasks at a faster rate, but in limited quantities.

Using the NuWave Brio Air Fryer

Like most air fryers, the NuWave Air fryer is pretty simple to use, thanks to its digital display. You will have to gently clean the parts out of the box first. Place the unit in a not so crowded area in your kitchen and the space around all side should be clear.

Press the on/off button in order to turn on the air fryer. The unit has a default wattage, however, you can choose and change the wattage if you wish.

Use the “Menu” button to choose a preset function. Keep pressing until the preset you want is lit. Each function has its default temperature and time, so you won’t have to adjust those.

But, if you want to adjust the temperature and time manually, then you can just click on the up/down arrow.

Once all requirements are set (preset function, temperature and time), you can now add food ingredients to the basket. Carefully take the basket out of the unit. Put the ingredients into the fry basket and put it back to the unit. Make sure that the basket and basket holder is properly slotted together.

Press the “Start/Pause” button. Leave the unit to cook. If you need to shake, turn or try out the food while the unit is cooking, you can just press the “Start/ Pause” button again in order to halt the cooking process.

The NuWave Air Fryer also features re-heat and pre-heat functions. You can use these functions as you see fit.

This is the basics of how to use the unit. If you are still confused, the provided instruction manual should be able to give a better explanation.

Safety Concerns

The NuWave Brio Air Fryer boasts a built-in safety control that prevents the appliance from operating unless the basket is in place. However, although the safety mechanism appears useful, the manual emphasizes that kids need to be closely monitored when using this air fryer.

The device releases hot steam from its rear air outlet opening that could cause a burn. In addition, hot steam may also escape when you remove the frying pan from the unit.

And although most accessories are intended to be inserted into the NuWave’s chamber, such as the reversible rack, baking pot, and grill pan, these can be extremely hot during the cooking process. And to ensure longevity, you will want to avoid scratching its non-stick surface with knives or any sharp edged kitchen metal utensils.

Lastly, this air fryer is not for outdoor use and you should never let the cord hang over the edge of the counter or table.

Clean Up

Of course, you do not want to take precious time in cleaning kitchen appliances. So, it is quite important that cleanup is rather quick and easy.

The good news is, the NuWave Brio Air Fryer is super easy to clean and maintain. Its Fry Pan Basket, the Tray Base, and Net are all top-shelf dishwasher safe for your convenience.  In case, you do not have a dishwasher, these parts are easy to clean with just warm water and soap.

The body of the air fryer, on the other hand, can be easily cleaned by wiping it down with a damp cloth.

Pros:

  • Reasonable price
  • Smaller and lighter than most competitors
  • Bright an easy to use LED digital display
  • Available in 3 sizes— 3 quarts, 6 quarts, and 10 quart
  • Built-in safety control
  • Audible alert when cooking is complete
  • Variable temperature setting
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Tray does not always connect easily
  • Smaller basket might not be suitable for large families
  • Some parts break easily
  • Coating on accessories peel off

Bottom Line

Overall, the NuWave offers most of the best features of top-notch air fryer models at a fairly budget price. It is by far the most awesome and best model in its price range. For those who need something efficient but cheap, then you really can’t go wrong with the NuWave Brio Air Fryer.