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GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart Programmable Review

Offers good performance at a relatively low price
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Price:   $149 List | $65 at Amazon
Pros:  Great cooking performance, relatively easy to clean, inexpensive
Cons:  Mediocre temperature accuracy
Manufacturer:   GoWISE USA
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jul 16, 2019
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 8
  • User Friendliness - 25% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 9
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 6

Our Verdict

For those looking for the convenience of a dedicated air fryer on the cheap, the GoWISE 3.7 Quart offers great performance at quite a low price. Not only does this model make some of the best onion rings and fries, it is also the easiest to clean of all the fryers we tested. It even has an easy to use interface. Really the only downside to this machine is its relative lack of temperature accuracy, which means you may get slightly different results each time you use it, and it may not handle more creative recipes as well as some other fryers. If temperature accuracy and very consistent results are important to you, you'll likely want to spend a bit more on the Ninja 1550 Watt. It is actually slightly more difficult to clean, but delivers spot-on temperature accuracy, and thus was the most consistent of all the models we tested.


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Pros Great cooking performance, relatively easy to clean, inexpensiveGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyGood cooking performance, easy to cleanVery intuitive, relatively good cooking performanceGood cooking performance, multitude of cooking functions, may replace your conventional oven
Cons Mediocre temperature accuracyNot the easiest to cleanNo digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurateExpensive, can sometimes be difficult to cleanExpensive, poor air frying temperature accuracy
Bottom Line Offers good performance at a relatively low priceOffers the most consistent quality of the bunchGood overall performance, but not the best in its price rangeGood performance and intuitive design, but costs more than other models that hit the same marksA great option for cooking connoisseurs that want a high-quality and versatile device that can also air fry
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Rating Categories 3.7 Quart... Ninja 1550 Watt BLACK+DECKER Purifry Philips HD9641/96... Breville Smart...
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Specs 3.7 Quart... Ninja 1550 Watt BLACK+DECKER Purifry Philips HD9641/96... Breville Smart...
Outside Dimensions 12" x 8" x 8" 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 11.1" x 9.8" x 11.5" 14.4" x 10.5" x 11.3" 21.4" x 17.2" x 12.8"
Capacity 3.7 qt 4 qt 2.1 qt 2.8 qt 4 qt
Accessories none multi-layer rack for dehydrating basket divider none air fry basket, baking tray, oven rack
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 2 Year Limited
Power Consumption 1400W 1550W 1200W 1425W 1800W

Our Analysis and Test Results

The GoWISE 3.7 Quart offers the best performance to price ratio of all the models we tested, making it the perfect choice for those that want a dedicated air fryer that can get the job done, but want to make the smallest investment possible.


Performance Comparison


Despite a relatively low street price, the GoWISE 3.7 Quart was at or near the front of the pack in all of our tests, making it one of the higher scoring models that we tested.

Cooking Performance


The GoWISE 3.7 Quart absolutely nailed some of the foods we prepared in our cooking tests, and even food it didn't excel at cooking came out tasting enjoyable at the very least. This earned it one of the highest scores in this metric.


The GoWISE was the best in the field when it came to cooking both onion rings and sweet potato fries. Its onion rings were near perfectly golden and crunchy on the outside, yet remained nice and tender inside. Though we still haven't found an air fryer that could make truly crispy sweet potato fries, the GoWISE came the closest. Its sweet potato offerings had a bit more crunch than the competition, and tasted a bit less soggy.

Outside of fries and onion rings, the GoWISE's results in our cooking tests fluctuated a bit. Its tater tots tasted nice and crispy, but cooked a bit more unevenly than many other models. When making doughnuts it cooked very evenly, but failed to get that little bit of crispiness on the outside that you'd want in an ideal doughy treat. Chicken breast proved the most difficult dish for this machine, as it failed to get much of a crisp on the outside and left a rather stringy, chewy texture on the inside.

The GoWISE generally does great with traditional fried foods like onion rings and fries  but has some struggles with meat.
The GoWISE generally does great with traditional fried foods like onion rings and fries, but has some struggles with meat.

Overall, we don't think any of the GoWISE's weak points in our cooking tests are deal breakers (unless you're planning to make a lot of chicken), and its top-notch performance in the onion ring/fry genre can make up for less than stellar doughnuts. However, if you're going to be trying a bunch of different recipes/cooking styles, things might be a bit hit or miss with this machine. If that's the case, you'll probably want to consider spending a bit more on the more consistent Ninja 1550 Watt.

User Friendliness


Offering both a nice interface and numerous cooking settings, a slightly less than ideal fry basket design is the only thing that kept the GoWISE from earning a top score in our user friendliness testing.


This machine offers a slew of 8 different cooking modes: warm, chips, chicken, steak, shrimp, pork, cake, and fish. It also offers a temperature range of 170˚ to 400˚. Selecting your desired cooking mode, temperature, and cooking time is easy as there are dedicated buttons for each and a large LCD screen that lets you know what's been selected.

Dedicated buttons for most functions make controlling the GoWISE quite easy.
Dedicated buttons for most functions make controlling the GoWISE quite easy.

The only complaint we have about the GoWISE's overall user experience is the fry basket. It's not particularly difficult to remove and replace, but it does tend to stick a little bit. That means you have to pay attention when removing the basket, and often use two hands. This isn't a huge deal, but some models like the Ninja 1550 Watt feel slightly more precisely engineered with a basket that easily slides in and out every time.

The fry basket is both large and doesn't slide in and out very smoothly  usually making its removal a two-handed process.
The fry basket is both large and doesn't slide in and out very smoothly, usually making its removal a two-handed process.

Ease of Cleaning


Of all the models we tested, the GoWISE is the easiest to clean. Even super clingy foods failed to create too much of a cleaning kerfuffle.


No matter what food we threw at the GoWISE, it easily came off with only moderate scrubbing and didn't leave any kind of a lasting mess. The frying basket is relatively smooth without the grooves and tiny holes of other models, leaving no place for grease and grime to easily hide. Our only minor complaint in cleaning this fryer is that the texture of the frying basket can sometimes pull some fuzziness off of softer sponges, but apart from wearing out your sponges a bit faster a quick rinse completely alleviates this problem.

The GoWISE fry basket's hols are large enough that grease generally doesn't build up  making cleaning fairly easy.
The GoWISE fry basket's hols are large enough that grease generally doesn't build up, making cleaning fairly easy.

Temperature Accuracy


The GoWISE's temperature accuracy does tend to waver a bit. In our testing it tended to run a bit cold. At temperatures set below 350˚ it was generally 10˚ too cold, and as we raised the set temperature up to 400˚ that discrepancy increased to 15˚. Increased temperature accuracy is one benefit you do enjoy if you upgrade to the Ninja 1550 Watt.


Value


Though the GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart has a relatively high list price, it generally sells for less than half of it. At the average street price, it is quite a good value, offering nearly the same overall performance of the top-scoring Ninja 1550 Watt for around 30% less.


Conclusion


The GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart is the best value per dollar that we've found in any dedicated air fryer. Though some temperature inaccuracies can lead to slight inconsistencies in its cooking, it generally serves up delightfully crispy food for substantially less than the competitors.


Max Mutter and Michelle Powell