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TaoTronics XL 6 Quart Review

While excellently priced, its lower max temperature makes it difficult to properly air fry many foods
TaoTronics XL 6 Quart
Credit: TaoTronics
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Price:   $130 List
Pros:  Excels in making chicken, 11 cooking presets, presets for baking, ample one hour timer
Cons:  Doesn’t crisp thick outer shells, tight drawer, digital interface not intuitive
Manufacturer:   TaoTronics
By Hayley Thomas and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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75
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SCORE
  • Cooking Performance - 35% 8.0
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 9.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Taotronics performs very well in specific situations. If you want to air fry a chicken breast without compromising its juicy interior, it works wonders; however, if you're looking to crisp up some onion rings or similar foods, you may want to look elsewhere. The max temperature is actually close to 380 degrees, even though it is advertised as 400, which makes it challenging to crisp up those heartier fried foods. With its unreliable buttons and hard-to-open basket, it's not the easiest to use. However, it is straightforward and easy to clean. Overall, this air fryer is an excellent option for those who are more concerned about keeping their food's moisture content intact than crisping up a variety of foods.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Taotronics performs impressively in the cleanup and cooking departments, depending on what you're cooking, but lacks a little in user-friendliness and temperature accuracy. It is budget-friendly and works very well for specific foods, so be sure to take a moment to think about what you'll be cooking up in this puppy before purchasing.

Performance Comparison


TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - if there's one thing the taotronics does best, it's cooking up a...
If there's one thing the Taotronics does best, it's cooking up a chicken breast.
Credit: Jason Peters

Cooking Performance


The Taotronics performed well in this department. While it doesn't crisp to perfection, it truly shines when given the opportunity to cook food items like chicken or other meats, which should be cooked all the way through. It took a little longer than the recommended 20 minutes cooking time, but the end result was beautiful. After 30 minutes, we were left with a surprisingly moist and tender piece of meat, coated with a delicate crisp on the outside.

TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - the taotronics cooked our chicken breasts to perfection, which a...
The Taotronics cooked our chicken breasts to perfection, which a slightly crisp outer layer and a moist center.
Credit: Jason Peters

Unfortunately, this level of perfection was not spread across all the foods we tested. Items that are best served crispy, like onion rings and tater tots, simply did not crisp enough. The high points of the crust browned, but the lower points remained somewhat soft. Items that are not meant to have as hard an outer shell, like donuts and sweet potato fries, cooked nicely on the outside — without compromising the soft interior.

TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - these onion rings may look pretty crispy; unfortunately, only the...
These onion rings may look pretty crispy; unfortunately, only the outermost bits browned during testing.
Credit: Jason Peters

User Friendliness


The Taotronics scored just average in this department. It offers 11 cooking presets, two of which are designed for baking, which renders this option surprisingly versatile. There are also preheat and keep warm settings, which can be very useful. The temperature range is 150 to 400 degrees and allows for adjustment in 5-degree increments. This is better than some of the other budget-friendly options in our test suite, which only offer 10-degree increments. The timer also goes up to one hour, which means you can most likely set it and forget it.

TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - the taotonics has 11 settings, two of which are specifically for...
The Taotonics has 11 settings, two of which are specifically for baking.
Credit: Jason Peters

The digital interface is not super intuitive, and unfortunately, the button's recognition of our pressing them was intermittent. This can be very frustrating in the moment, but at no point did the buttons stop working altogether. The other bone we have to pick with the Taotronics is that the drawer fits very tightly — too tightly. This makes it difficult to remove, without bracing the unit as a whole; having something big and hot that can be yanked off your countertop — if not braced properly — can be a little risky. Just be sure to have two hands available when you plan to check on your food.

TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - the basket is tight, so opening it is a two hand job.
The basket is tight, so opening it is a two hand job.
Credit: Jason Peters

Ease of Cleaning


The Taotronics is one of the easier-to-clean models we tested. The basket is nice and smooth, ensuring that nothing gets caught in the crevices while cleaning. It is also easy to remove and comes with its own handle, so cleaning it while hot is a non-issue. The drawer, or outer basket, also comes with a little lip — so that you have a spot to hold — that isn't piping hot. We do recommend letting both baskets cool down a bit before trying to clean up.

With no grooves and a little lip to hold onto, the outer basket is...
With no grooves and a little lip to hold onto, the outer basket is super easy to clean.
The Taotonics inner basket comes with a handle, making it easy to...
The Taotonics inner basket comes with a handle, making it easy to clean, even when it's hot.

Temperature Accuracy


The Taotronics claims to reach 400 degrees, but we did not have that experience. This probably plays a role in why we could not get the more robust outer shells of food items — like onion rings and tater tots — to crisp up the way we'd prefer. We placed a great deal of weight on the air fryer's ability to reach the max temperature for this metric, which is why we docked a few points here. Otherwise, it was mostly accurate.

TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - unfortunately, the taotronics doesn't quite reach its max...
Unfortunately, the Taotronics doesn't quite reach its max temperature of 400 degrees, but we didn't let these tater tots go to waste.
Credit: Jason Peters

Value


The Taotronics is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum and well worth the money, depending on what you plan to cook in it.

Conclusion


If you prioritize a soft and juicy piece of chicken over crispy onion rings, then this may be the air fryer for you. With its slightly lower temps, this kitchen buddy will keep your meats from overcooking and your french fries from burning — all at a budget-friendly price.

TaoTronics XL 6 Quart air fryer - the taotonics set is great for chicken, french fries, and other food...
The Taotonics set is great for chicken, french fries, and other food items you want to remain soft in the middle.
Credit: Jason Peters

Hayley Thomas and Michelle Powell

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