Reviews You Can Rely On

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
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
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
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
75
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#8 of 13
  • Cooking Performance - 35% 8
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 9
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 7

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.

Compare to Similar Products

 
TaoTronics XL 6 Quart
Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award   
Price $130 List$120 List
$119.99 at Amazon
$120 List
$119.00 at Amazon
$96 List
Check Price at Amazon
$70 List
Overall Score Sort Icon
75
92
85
72
67
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Excels in making chicken, 11 cooking presets, presets for baking, ample one hour timerFantastic 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 Doesn't crisp thick outer shells, tight drawer, digital interface not intuitiveOn the expensive sideNot the easiest to cleanFry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracyVery small capacity
Bottom Line While excellently priced, its lower max temperature makes it difficult to properly air fry many foodsExceptional 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 TaoTronics XL 6 Quart Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt 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%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
7.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
5.0
Specs TaoTronics XL 6 Quart Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt Ultrean 4.2qt Dash Compact
Outside Dimensions 11.73" x 11.73" x 13.39" 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 6 qt 6 qt 4 qt 4.2 qt 2 qt
Accessories None None Multi-layer rack for dehydrating None None
Power Consumption 1750W 1700W 1550W 1500W 1000W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


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.

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.

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.

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.

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...
The Taotonics inner basket comes with a handle, making it easy to...

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.

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


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 does offer an excellent price point and performs well for specific foods; just be sure to take a moment to think about what you'll be cooking up before purchasing. 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.

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