BLACK+DECKER Purifry Review
Pros: Good cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons: No digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurate
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|Pros||Good cooking performance, easy to clean||Fantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functions||Great cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracy||Inexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performance||Good cooking performance, inexpensive|
|Cons||No digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurate||On the expensive side||Not the easiest to clean||Fry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracy||Very small capacity|
|Bottom Line||An incredibly capable cooker that offers up commendable performance and an excellent price tag||Exceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design make this one of the best options on the market||This high performing, four quart model offers the most consistent quality of the bunch||An effective and inexpensive model that offers decent cooking performance and good temperature accuracy||A fairly good appliance that is held back by a relatively small capacity|
|Rating Categories||BLACK+DECKER Purifry||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja 1550 Watt||Ultrean 4.2qt||Dash Compact|
|Cooking Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (25%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (20%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Specs||BLACK+DECKER Purifry||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja 1550 Watt||Ultrean 4.2qt||Dash Compact|
|Outside Dimensions||11.1" x 9.8" x 11.5"||11.5" x 13.25" x 12.75"||13.6" x 11" x 13.3"||13.2" x 11.3" x 12.4"||10.2" x 8.1" x 11.4"|
|Capacity||2.1 qt||6 qt||4 qt||4.2 qt||2 qt|
|Accessories||Basket divider||None||Multi-layer rack for dehydrating||None||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Purifry produced the best results for some foods in our testing but had some drawbacks with others. This combination of performance allowed it to share the top score in this metric with a few other models. It earned superlatives in our cooking tests for onion rings, tater tots, and chicken breasts. Its onion rings were perfectly golden and crispy, yet nice and tender inside. It repeated that feat with tater tots that provided a nice crunch, quickly giving way to a delightful fluffiness. Its chicken breast came out tasting like store-bought roasted chicken.
It had some weak points when it came to doughnuts and (like all the air fryers we've tested) sweet potato fries. Doughnuts came out with a nice crust, but the insides were a bit overcooked and tasted a bit more chewy than fluffy. Sweet potato fries came out browned but not crispy. However, the only model we've found that could produce even a slightly better texture than that is the GoWISE, and even that model fell short of the crunchy decadence one would hope for.
We generally like the Purifry's user interface and experience. However, it missed out on a top score, as it was lacking a digital readout. Ithas two knobs — one for selecting cooking time and one for temperature, and some indicator lights to let you know when preheating is done. This interface is simple and easy enough, but we prefer a digital readout that shows the exact temperature and time, versus knobs that aren't always precise. The numbers on these dials are also small and relatively hard to read, so it's fairly easy to set the wrong temp or time by mistake.
Another minor complaint we have with the Purifry is the fact that its frying basket fits very tightly. That makes it a bit difficult to remove it with one hand, as you generally need to stabilize the unit with a second hand as you pull out your food.
Ease of Cleaning
We had almost no issues in cleaning the Purifry. The fry basket tends not to hang onto grease, and there aren't any nooks or crannies where food scraps can hide. Our only complaint is that the texture of the fry basket is a little rough, so it might tear tiny bits off of your sponge.
At higher temperatures, we found the Purifry's temperature accuracy to be spot on. At the lowest temperatures you'd use for air frying (300˚), it tended to run a bit hot.
The Purifry retails for a fairly reasonable price, especially considering its outstanding performance. While it isn't a bad value, other models in our review score higher and cost less.
The BLACK+DECKER Purifry offers good all-around performance but isn't the best model in its price range.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell