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Ultrean 4.2qt Review

An effective and inexpensive model
Ultrean 4.2qt
Credit: Ultrean
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Price:   $96 List | $70 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performance
Cons:  Fry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracy
Manufacturer:   Ultrean
By Michelle Powell and Max Mutter  ⋅  Mar 22, 2021
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 7
  • User Friendliness - 25% 7
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 8
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 7

Our Verdict

The Ultrean 4.2qt, which often sells for less than its list price, generally offers a great cost to performance ratio. In our tests, it offered similar cooking results to many devices that generally sell for significantly more. It also displayed relatively good temperature accuracy, and is reasonably easy to use and clean. If you're shopping on a budget, we think the Ultrean 4.2qt is a good choice.

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Pros Inexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performanceFantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functionsGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyGreat cooking performance, relatively easy to clean, inexpensiveGood cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons Fry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracyOn the expensive sideNot the easiest to cleanMediocre temperature accuracyNo digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurate
Bottom Line Good cooking performance for a reasonable priceA high-performing and multi-functional device that leaves very little to be desiredCan cook the widest variety of foods well, and is quite easy to useCan cook some great dishes yet costs significantly less than most competitorsA capable cooker, but better value can be found elsewhere
Rating Categories Ultrean 4.2qt Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt 3.7 Quart... BLACK+DECKER Purifry
Cooking Performance (35%)
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8
8
8
User Friendliness (25%)
7
9
9
8
7
Ease Of Cleaning (20%)
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Temperature Accuracy (20%)
7
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Specs Ultrean 4.2qt Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt 3.7 Quart... BLACK+DECKER Purifry
Outside Dimensions 13.2" x 11.3" x 12.4" 11.5" x 13.25" x 12.75" 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 12" x 8" x 8" 11.1" x 9.8" x 11.5"
Capacity 4.2 qt 6 qt 4 qt 3.7 qt 2.1 qt
Accessories none none multi-layer rack for dehydrating none basket divider
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 2 Year Limited
Power Consumption 1500W 1700W 1550W 1400W 1200W

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ultrean 4.2qt performed at or above average in all of our tests, yet generally sells at a below average price.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Laura Casner

Cooking Performance


While not the absolute best performer in our cooking tests, the Ultrean 4.2qt seated itself firmly in the lead group.


The best dish this fryer prepared was onion rings, which came out with a near perfect crisp and very even cooking. Doughnuts, chicken breast, and tater tots all came out well cooked and tasty, but with some minor inconsistencies in both texture and evenness.

The Ultrean generally served up good air fried foods in our testing...
The Ultrean generally served up good air fried foods in our testing, with some minor inconsistencies.
Credit: Laura Casner

Like most air fryers, the Ultrean 4.2qt struggled a bit in getting a good crisp on the outside of sweet potato fries. Most models have similar issues, which is why we use sweet potato fries in our testing. However, there are a select few models we've tested that made delectable sweet potato fries, and the Ultrean 4.2qt was not one of them.

User Friendliness


The interface of the Ultrean 4.2qt is simple and sleek. However, cycling through time and temperature settings takes a lot of scrolling, and the digital display is rather small.


The most significant ease of use aspect of any air fryer is how easy it is to remove and replace the fry basket. Since many recipes require that you shake the basket a few times during the cooking process, being able to do so easily and without fuss is essential. The Ultrean 4.2qt's fry basket has a handle that doesn't get hot during cooking, which means no need for pot holders. However, we found that the basket stuck a bit when sliding it in and out of the device. Additionally, we found that the bottom of the fry basket tends to fall out when trying to dump food out of it. However, these are relatively minor annoyances and, in our opinion, far from deal breakers.

After particularly messy recipes the Ultrean took some, but not too...
After particularly messy recipes the Ultrean took some, but not too much, effort to get clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Cleaning


The basket and rack of the Ultrean 4.2qt are dishwasher safe, but we felt that more significant messes required some hand scrubbing. In general, We found this hand scrubbing to be easy, though the fry basket did seem to hang on to grease just a bit more stubbornly than the baskets of some other models.


Temperature Accuracy


The Ultrean 4.2qt proved to be relatively temperature accurate in our tests, generally staying within 10˚ of the set temperature. When set to lower temperatures it would occasionally run up to 20˚ hot, with that discrepancy quickly shrinking at higher temperatures. While potentially not accurate for particularly temperature sensitive recipes, we think the vast majority of people will be more than pleased with this level of accuracy.


Value


The Ultrean 4.2qt generally sells for a bit less than its list price. If you can find it on sale, it offers a very good performance to price ratio. Even if you buy it at full price, it offers a fairly good value. However, its list price approaches those of some of the top performing models on the market, so at that point you may want to consider investing a bit more in an upgrade.

Conclusion


If you're shopping on a budget and can find it on sale (which, in our experience, is not difficult) the Ultrean 4.2qt is a great low-cost option. In fact, it cooked nearly as well in our tests as some of the top models on the market.

Michelle Powell and Max Mutter