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GoWISE USA Digital Review

This accurate, budget friendly air fryer is the perfect option for casual side dishes like tater tots
GoWISE USA Digital
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Price:   $160 List | $79.96 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% 7.7
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 8.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 9.0

Our Verdict

The GoWISE USA Digital 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 functionsEven cooking, accurate temperature, good crunch, non-stick, sleek, controls are straightforwardGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyViewing window, interior lights, two separate baskets, user friendly, straightforward cleaning, preheat function
Cons Leaves meat dry, difficult to open, buttons are not always responsiveCostTouchscreen occasionally doesn't register touch, one level in basket, limited one-hour timerNot the easiest to clean, costUnevenly cooks potatoes, does not provide proper potato crisp, large footprint
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 makes this one of the best options on the marketEvenly cooks food, offers straightforward controls, and provides easy cleaning - all at a great priceThis high performing, four quart model offers some of the most consistent qualityA duo basket air fryer for simultaneous cooking, with high temperature accuracy and user friendly controls
Rating Categories GoWISE USA Digital Instant Vortex Plus Beautiful by Drew B... Ninja Air Fryer Instant Vortex Plus XL
Cooking Performance (35%)
7.7
8.7
8.3
7.7
7.0
User Friendliness (25%)
6.0
8.4
8.4
8.8
8.6
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.5
7.0
7.5
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
9.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
Specs GoWISE USA Digital Instant Vortex Plus Beautiful by Drew B... Ninja Air Fryer Instant Vortex Plus XL
Outside Dimensions 13.5" x 12.5" x 11.5" 11.5" x 13.3" x 12.8" 6.1" x 10.4" x 7.4" 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 15.9" x 12.5" x 15.1"
Capacity 5.8 qt 6 qt 6 qt 4 qt 8 qt
Accessories None None None Multi-layer rack for dehydrating Two cooking trays
Power Consumption 1700 watt 1700 watt 1700 watt 1550 watt 1700 watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

The GoWise Digital performs well across the board at a price you just can't beat. From the accurate temperature reading to the easy cleaning, it is a no-brainer for the casual chef. It does not perform particularly well for more involved recipes like chicken breast, but for anything you'd typically be deep-frying, like tater tots or donuts, it works great. The eight air fry settings temperature range of 180 to 400 degrees make using it a breeze, however, the 10 degree set increments and tight-fitting drawer can add a level of struggle when you're trying to get specific or have your hands full. If you're looking for an inexpensive air fryer for your frozen tots and NOT your juicy chicken breast then the GoWise is a great option at a more-than-fair price.

Performance Comparison


GoWISE USA Digital air fryer - 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...
We found it difficult to keep our meat from drying when cooking it in this air frier.
While our test chicken was cooked evenly with a nice outer crisp...
While our test chicken was cooked evenly with a nice outer crisp, the texture and moisture content suffered greatly.

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.

GoWISE USA Digital air fryer - 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.
It is difficult to remove the drawer without bracing the unit.
With a robust basket handle, it's easy to stay burn free while...
With a robust basket handle, it's easy to stay burn free while plating.

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

GoWISE USA Digital air fryer - 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.

GoWISE USA Digital air fryer - the gowise is a great budget-friendly option.
The GoWISE is a great budget-friendly option.
Credit: Jason Peters

Hayley Thomas and Michelle Powell
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