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GoWISE USA 5.8 Quart Digital Review

This accurate, budget friendly air fryer is the perfect option for casual side dishes like tater tots
GoWISE USA 5.8 Quart Digital
Credit: GoWISE USA
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Price:   $160 List | $84.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Accurate temperature, great for potato products, easy to clean
Cons:  Leaves meat dry, difficult to open, buttons are not always responsive
Manufacturer:   GoWISE USA
By Hayley Thomas and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 8
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 8
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 9

Our Verdict

The GoWISE offers above-average performance and an excellent price point. While it may not be the perfect option for juicy meats, it works wonders on any item you would otherwise toss into a deep fryer. The eight air fry presets and average temperature range are paired with stellar accuracy, so you know your tater tots are being fried to perfection. Once all is said and done, it is best to let it cool, but otherwise, cleaning up is a breeze. The GoWise is a casual air fryer for the casual chef — at a price that won't have you second-guessing your purchase.

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Pros Accurate temperature, great for potato products, easy to cleanFantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functionsGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyInexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performanceGood cooking performance, inexpensive
Cons Leaves meat dry, difficult to open, buttons are not always responsiveOn the expensive sideNot the easiest to cleanFry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracyVery small capacity
Bottom Line This accurate, budget friendly air fryer is the perfect option for casual side dishes like tater totsExceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design make this one of the best options on the marketThis high performing, four quart model offers the most consistent quality of the bunchAn effective and inexpensive model that offers decent cooking performance and good temperature accuracyA fairly good appliance that is held back by a relatively small capacity
Rating Categories GoWISE USA 5.8 Quar... Instant Vortex Plus Ninja Air Fryer Ultrean 4.2qt Dash Compact
Cooking Performance (35%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
User Friendliness (25%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
9.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
5.0
Specs GoWISE USA 5.8 Quar... Instant Vortex Plus Ninja Air Fryer Ultrean 4.2qt Dash Compact
Outside Dimensions 13.5" x 12.5" 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 5.8 qt 6 qt 4 qt 4.2 qt 2 qt
Accessories None None Multi-layer rack for dehydrating None None
Power Consumption 1700W 1700W 1550W 1500W 1000W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The GoWISE is a great option for those on a budget.
The GoWISE is a great option for those on a budget.
Credit: Jason Peters

Cooking Performance


While there were other air fryers in our test suite that outperformed the GoWISE in cooking performance, it definitely didn't disappoint. From greasy onion rings to chicken breast, we feasted of a range of food items while testing. We paid special attention to texture, evenness, and cook time, and found that food items like french fries, onion rings, and tater tots turned out well. They cooked quickly and evenly, with a little variance in the texture. Sadly, our onion rings came out a wee bit dry and crunchy rather than juicy and crispy. That being said, the competition is stiff.

The GoWISE performed significantly less impressively with food items like chicken breasts. Cook time and evenness are okay, but the texture that this air fryer yields is sub-par. Our chicken breast came out very dry and a little chewy; some of our testers even described it as stringy. Fortunately, the outside had a nice crisp to it, and the inside was cooked evenly. Testing indicated that this air fryer works best for starchy, carby, or breaded items like french fries, onion rings, fries, and even donuts.

We found it difficult to keep our meat from drying when cooking it...
While our test chicken was cooked evenly with a nice outer crisp...

User Friendliness


The GoWISE is somewhat user-friendly. This air-fry-only device has a temperature range of 180 to 400 degrees. Some of the others in our test suite surpass the 400-degree mark, but this range works well for freezer french fries and tater tots. It is easy to dump the contents of the basket out without burning yourself, and a simple press of a button separates the basket from the drawer, which allows for easy cleaning. The GoWise also comes with eight air fry presets, which are useful for air frying newbies.

While we love a digital interface, the GoWISE is not super straightforward. The buttons do not always respond to your touch, which can be frustrating. The temperature can be adjusted in increments of ten, which is okay, but we prefer increments of five, or better yet, full control over the temperature.

Unfortunately, the buttons on the GoWISE are not as responsive as...
Unfortunately, the buttons on the GoWISE are not as responsive as we'd like them to be.
Credit: Jason Peters

The timer can only be set for 30 minutes. It is not difficult to start it back up again if you need more time, but we prefer the set it and forget it approach, which you cannot do if your food requires over 30 minutes. Our last, and possibly biggest gripe with the user-friendliness of the GoWise, is that the drawer is difficult to remove from the unit. It is virtually impossible to remove the basket without bracing the unit, which makes it hard to do one-handed. Make sure you set those tongs down before trying to open up the GoWise, or you might pull the whole unit off of the counter.

It is difficult to remove the drawer without bracing the unit.
With a robust basket handle, it's easy to stay burn free while...

Ease of Cleaning


The GoWISE is super easy to clean. As we mentioned, the basket can be removed from the drawer with a simple press of a button. The basket also has a handle, so as long as you are careful, you can clean it while it's still relatively hot. Unfortunately, when the basket is removed from the drawer, the drawer is left without a handle. Because you have nothing to hold the drawer with, you must allow it ample time to cool. A quick wipe down is a breeze, but you'll probably want to enjoy your freshly fried food before you tackle cleaning the drawer, or you might get burnt.

Since there is no handle on the drawer itself, it's best to let it...
The basket pops out of the drawer with a simple click of a button.

Temperature Accuracy


The accuracy of the temperature setting is very impressive. We only noticed a small variance in projected and actual temperature during our hands-on testing. We found that at 300 and 375 degrees, the actual temperature was slightly lower. Our biggest concern in this metric is that the air fryer reaches the highest temperature it is advertised to reach. Some of the products in our test suite claim to reach 400 but come up short. We are happy to announce that it has no issue reaching its peak temp of 400 degrees.

The GoWISE has no issue reaching its max temperature.
The GoWISE has no issue reaching its max temperature.
Credit: Jason Peters

Value


The GoWISE is on the lower end of the price spectrum. While it is an excellent deal, it's important to take a moment to think about what you are going to be cooking. If you are planning to make a moist, gourmet chicken breast, you may want to take a look at the higher quality options in our test suite. If you are looking for a quick way to fry up your store-bought french fries and onion rings without breaking the bank, this is a stellar option.

Conclusion


With its next to perfect temperature accuracy at a decent price, the GoWISE is a solid choice. It may not cook everything to perfection, but for quick and easy side dishes like tater tots, or breakfast treats like donuts, it gets the job done well. Its temperature ranges from 180 to 400 degrees, and once it cools down, cleanup is a breeze. If you're looking for something casual with a price to match, look no further.

The GoWISE is a great budget-friendly option.
The GoWISE is a great budget-friendly option.
Credit: Jason Peters

Hayley Thomas and Michelle Powell